The Great Sadness

Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days are the hottest and most humid days of summer and it certainly feels as though they’ve arrived. Historically, they are experienced in July and August which typically observe the warmest temperatures of the summer months and the name itself is derived from the star Sirius. Also called the Dog Star, it was […]

Reflections

Self-Critique!

The theme for this week was reflections and I wanted to do something interesting with either water or mirrors. I had a few ideas that I won’t even try to explain and that I scrapped due to lack of time, but with the heat and humidity I wasn’t too keen on venturing outside. I grabbed […]

Post It

Fun With Post It Notes

The movie Office Space was released while I was in college and working at a theater. I kept the poster of a man completely covered in Post It Notes and partway through this week, it occurred to me to try shooting something similar. This week’s theme is yellow after all. Once I know the theme […]

Outtakes

A Different Medium

Tanner Sandals asked me to produce a few quick video segments for their website in addition to the product photos. To be honest, I was hesitant because I haven’t worked with video in years. I still have hours of footage from old projects left unedited, one of which I’d love to add animation to. The […]

Kids Feet

Tanner Sandals

Tanner Sandals, a minimalist sandal company based in Southern NH, offered me the opportunity to photograph the entire product lineup for their website and I happily accepted. They needed images of the sandals from multiple angles including the top, bottom, and side as well as images of the sandals being worn. I anticipated using a […]

Bathtub Cowboy

Blue Bath Water

I suppose this all starts with the color blue. It’s the theme for week 23 and initially I figured it would be easy, after all, I just needed to photograph something blue. The fun part comes with finding something that nobody else thinks of and piques my curiosity. First I searched around for Blue Man […]

Memorial Day

The Last Days of May

An $8 million Blackhawk helicopter landed in Arms Park along the river in downtown Manchester, NH for Memorial Day and given the weekly theme of “Memorial Day” how could I not take a walk with a camera in hand? I grabbed my new 80-200 mm f/2.8, my 50mm and my 8mm fisheye, stuffed them in […]

In The Fridge

In The Fridge

This past week I decided to make the jump to Photoshop CS6. Sooner or later I’ll update Lightroom as well, but for now my goal was to process a few images using only the new Adobe Camera Raw and learn a bit about using CS6 while also making use of a new lens. I started […]

The Embodiment of Vibrance

Post Processing: Walking a Fine Line

Pick up any magazine and there on the cover is an airbrushed model or a scene that’s been otherwise fixed for consumption. The photographer, art director, and retoucher all play their part and Photoshop has almost become a bad word. Its use has become so commonplace that Photoshop is now used in our language as […]

FeatureBikila

The Spicy Bikila Burger

I could re-title this post “A Mind at Work.” As I delve further into this 52 week photo project, I find myself observing my creative process and I’m entertained by it. It might sound strange, but my first idea for this week’s theme of “Shoes” was to have bodies buried in the backyard and have […]

Starburst

Dabbling In Cliche: Lens Flare

Lens flare is caused by light reflecting and scattering through the lens instead of refracting on it’s intended path. The result can show up in the image as streaks, artifacts such as rings or circles, and even as a sort of haze that washes out both color saturation and contrast. Lens manufacturers have spent years […]

TiltedFeature

Tilted Inspiration

Inspiration can come from anywhere and most of the time I’m not feeling all that inspired. When the April 2012 issue of Popular Photography arrived in the mailbox, I didn’t anticipate seeing an image that I absolutely had to “try”. The article “From Shutter Press to Finished Image” and specifically the Tilt Series by Romain […]

Fading Away

Session Preparation: Looking Your Best

A photo shoot of any kind is no small investment for most people and being well prepared for the session can make the difference between average and amazing photos. The biggest misconception is that everyone in a photo needs to match, when in reality nobody ever matches. Color coordination and choosing complimentary colors is far […]

Out in the Pasture

Creating Lasting Images of Our Furry Friends

The idea of a custom portrait of a pet elicits a mixed reaction from many because non-pet owners don’t understand that pets are part of the family and just as deserving of having their picture taken as the rest of us. Moving beyond a simple snapshot, many parents of pets want keepsakes both to pamper […]

Unbalanced Pieces

Bizaarchitecture Returns

It was almost a year ago that I got kicked out of the mills and posted my last Bizaarchitecture photos. This time I set up in the lobby of Waumbec Mill, had someone offer for me to use their forehead to set my white balance, took some shots of the antique knitting machine, then wandered […]