Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mardi Gras #2

Photo of Luke Boor performing on the main stage at Saengerfest Park for Mardi Gras Galveston 2015. Kim and I have to constantly ask ourselves: "Wasn't it just yesterday that this young man was the ring bearer at our wedding?" Sony A6000, 1/500 sec at f/5.6, ISO3200.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mardi Gras #1

A few weeks ago, I found myself at a place I thought I'd never be -- down on the Strand in Galveston for Mardi Gras. Being a long-time Galveston guy I've always resented having to pay to get on the Strand for Mardi Gras. Or maybe I'm just cheap. But on this particular day, Luke Boor -- an old friend -- was performing on the main stage at Saengerfest Park. It was Friday before the large Saturday parade so we ventured down to see him play. Luckily, Kim and I made it into the area before they started charging admission. As we were leaving near dusk I snapped this picture of the Railroad Museum. As you can see, the crowds were thin ... a calm before the storm.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Levitation #2

More experiments with compositing and levitation. This is an image of Alyssa that I took in December in the studio.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Levitation #1

I've been tinkering around with composites for a few years. And recently I've also been tinkering around with a Sony mirrorless camera. Lots of experimentation and learning curves with both ... definitely taking me out of my comfort zone and pushing things pretty hard in Photoshop with the composites. The above composite was inspired by the work of Brooke Shaden, who I've been following for about 6 months -- very conceptual and artistic. And above all it's challenging to put these constructs together -- getting the pieces, masking, color toning and making something that's obviously surreal somehow believable visually. So, lots of hours and layers and megabytes and experimentation here. Photo of April (my model) was taken in the studio; photo of the trees was taken at Frankie Carter Randolph Park. I started this as a personal challenge for myself but as things evolved, ended up entering into the Bay Area Photo Club's February assignment: Out of Context.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Traveling Light -- Washington, DC #3

Another photo from Washington, DC -- this one taken with an iphone from atop the Washington Monument looking down at the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Monument. I applied the blur at the top and bottom to mimic the tilt shift miniature effect. I've seen it done many times, but this one of the few times I felt I had an image that fit that style. Interesting effect. It really gives it a unique perspective. It really looks miniature.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Traveling Light -- Washington, DC #2

Supreme Court Building, Washington, DC. Glad I was traveling light here -- very tight security to get into and on the tour of the building. No photography in the main courtroom. This was pretty typical weather while we were there -- cold, grey, and rainy. Nikon Coolpix L20, 1/64 sec at f/3.1, contrast and color bumped up a little in Nik Color Efex.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Traveling Light -- Washington, DC #1

In early December, Kim and I made a trip to Washington, DC. I knew I'd be going in and out of places where a large camera wasn't allowed so decided to use only a small point & shoot and an iphone. Thought I'd post some of these images over the next week or so. There's a certain freedom when traveling light and unincumbured with a large camera and the associated gear, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. The photo above was the Christmas tree in the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall. Nikon Coolpix L20, 1/15 sec at f/3.1 handheld, ISO400.