Monday, May 30, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Looking Up

My favorite from the day.
Destinations always offer great photo opportunities.
It was one of those days when the destination offered me something that wasn't expected...

                                                  Fisherman's Walk    York, ME



Saturday, May 28, 2016

Working to Grow

Infrared photography is going to be a challenge.  I don't know enough yet - but this "work in progress" stage is an interesting one.

Working to grow.....   nurturing buds.



Thursday, May 26, 2016

One Word ~ POWER

Photos stem from the "power" that each photograph tells a story.

We start by setting a scene and begin to tell that story through the cast of light and shadow.
Each viewer will unfold their own story based on their life experiences.
That's what makes art beautiful.

I was so fortunate to have Demi as my model for this one.  She was exquisite and brought the viewer back in time with her.

"What She Left Behind....."

I've added another post of the "behind the scenes" with explanation of how I came up with these images.

Again, big thanks to Demi Remick for making this shoot so successful!



Start With a Blank Canvas ....and tell your story

I certainly don't think of my basement as a "blank canvas" ~ it's my workout room.  But it is also where I tackle some of my personal projects.  I guess you could say it's where I work things out - physically and conceptually.

By starting with a blank canvas I mean that if I took a photo of my setup and looked at the back of my camera I would have a black image. I'm not allowing ambient light to seep in.  I want to generate and control each light to set the scene I have in my head.

This stems from many workshops and practice - practice - practice over the years.  On this shoot Demi and I talked about "motivating the practical" something I learned from Gregory Heisler while in Maine a few summers ago.

So here goes    ~ the skinny on my lights

I wanted to make a "believable" room for my photograph.  Hand painted backdrop to give a look of a weathered old wall.  Old window that I picked up along the way along with material for a makeshift drapery.  As I started building my set I would take a frame and see if I was heading in the right direction.  That thought of an open window with a fan placed behind billowing the shade from the breeze came to be.  Whenever I do these shoots I always forget about my edges.  That made me think of adding my wall "wings" to extend the photograph and give my room more depth.  Of course then I had to add a few family photos!  But I've got to say once I took that next test photo I knew I had my setup ready for Demi.

Now the fun part ~ lights!  The main light was the strip soft box on camera right with a grid.  Additionally I placed an ice light for a little extra separation from the wall where Demi would be standing.  Behind my window/curtain I place not only my fan but a smaller strip box with grid to fill Demi's face and side.  Another ice light was placed directly behind Demi to give her nice separation from the wall.  Lastly I placed a couple of small lights to illuminate her feet and legs.  Spritzed the dirty windows with a little water for effect and we were ready.....     camera ~ action!

I had purchased this vintage 1920's flapper dress and it was definitely the right choice for this shoot.  Demi looked exquisite and made this "story" come to life.  Final piece was a book I picked up that is based on a story in the 1920's.  I liked the title and the colors went with my theme.

I'm going to look forward to reading this book and see if any parts of our stories come together...



Keeps Me On the Ball



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Down On The Docks

I've learned so many things from this business.  One of the the things I've learned is how hard I am on myself.  I really enjoy shooting crew.  There is just something about it that I can't put my finger on - but I get excited when it's on the days' docket.  On this particular day though I was emotionally down.  Not a particular reason just something that comes now and then.  You get used to it and work through it.  I remember leaving the docks that afternoon feeling like I didn't do as good a job as I could have.   A few days later as I'm editing photos from this shoot I realize that all is good.  I'm proud of how I shoot and what I shoot.  I like that I'm hard on myself.  It's not about striving for absolute excellence ~ is there even such a thing?~  rather I will always strive for the best that I can do.  At the end of the day I will stand behind my work with pride and continue that drive to improve.



Friday, May 20, 2016

In My Minds' Eye

I have certain "photographs" in my mind's eye that I want to make.  This is one of those photos.

Looking out over the lake early this morning the horizon line was blended by the fog as it lifted with the morning sun.

I will always be drawn to a calm body of water blended with the horizon.   I've had a few attempts over time but this one  - "makes the grade" and will see a life in print.

Negative space that will take each viewer someplace different...   in my mind's eye "beautiful"

Taken from Chase Jarvis and Lewis Howes talk "to start the day make your bed - you will have completed something and it will generate through your day"  I made my bed this morning... did you?



Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Sarcastic's Dream

Back into the swing of One Word ~~ DREAM

I must say I had quite a bit of fun with this one.  My early ideas were rough and I knew would be too difficult to execute.  But my concept stayed the course and I finally managed to come up with a way to make the photo happen.

Posing was everything in this image.  I had to make it believable.  This is how I sleep -
on my stomach with one leg up and the other hanging off the bed.  So for me it was completely believable.  But trying to do this standing up against a wall was a challenge to say the least.
I figured out the lean to my right worked best about the same time I figured out I had to keep my left hip down with my knee high and heel turned in.  I felt like a contortionist to say the least ~ with a little bit of drunken sailor mixed in!

I will be the first to admit I have a bit or sarcastic humor in me.  And I realize that's not in my dreams -- that's "real life" me!

So in my true spirit I present the "Witty Form" in a "Sarcastic's Dream"
Photography is just plain fun :)



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Seeing Light

                                                          --  Exposed --



Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Conversation

                                                   wandering with infrared



Sunday, May 8, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Colonial Theater Renovation Progress

View of the stage from the main floor level as the final pieces of steel bar joists are being removed.

Looking out from the back of the stage toward the main level and balcony area.  You can see the back side of the grand drape hanging from the ceiling.

Another angle from the back of the stage showing the grand drape.

Catching a glimpse of the bottom detail on the grand drape hanging above the stage in the Colonial Theater.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Lobby

A few details that caught my eye

Colonial Restoration Progress - May 2016