It was a great three-day festival this year on Mulberry Mountain, just 40 miles from home. A gallery of few of my favorite shots, including a nice sequence of Andy Frasco crowd surfing to snag a sip of moonshine. I … Continue reading →
Since I’ve moved my blog to the wordpress.com platform, I’ve made some changes to the appearance, including the current featured panoramic image of the city of Honolulu & Waikiki. This is a JPEG from a 695MB, 70″ long image created from 14 high resolution vertical images, taken from the top rim of Diamond Head Crater. I was fortunate to visit my son & his wife there in July on his first work assignment out of college (yay Austin!) I shot quite a lot of stock photography, & several nice panoramas such as this one.
My first day there, my 24-105L lens totally stopped working, but I was able to borrow my son’s 17-85 to fill in, which was used to create the above image.
I may post more Hawaii images if there is any interest.
I’m often reminded of an experience I had a while back when I was asked to photograph the C.E.O of Wal-Mart for Kellogg at the Wal-Mart home office. The photo was to be a life-size stand-up of Lee Scott posing with Tony the Tiger to promote Kellogg’s branding in select stores around the country. When I arrived, I was taken to a very nice studio with a green-screen, set up with video lighting. I began to set up my gear & my own lighting, when my Wal-Mart handler informed me I was not to be in that area, and that I would be photographing in a storage closet outside the studio. I couldn’t believe it. But here it is. This is where I photographed the CEO of the largest corporation in the world with one of the world’s most widely recognized corporate icons. I was given exactly five minutes for the shoot. No time for adjustments, makeup, variations, nothing. So here’s the result.
Wal-Mart CEO Less Scott with Tony The Tiger at Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas
According to the editors at AdvertisingAge- “Marketers need to jettison generic ad creative and text-heavy wall posts in favor of high-quality, engaging ad creative with smart imagery and limited text. Facebook will reward them for doing so with greater exposure in users’ News Feeds.”
Good news for me, since I am, ahem, IN the business of providing high-quality smart imagery. (Too many words…need picture.)
This is a magazine cover portrait of Greenhouse Grille co-owner Jeremy Gawthorp.
Looking around the studio tonight, I came across a nice AP print of a lone spacewalk astronaut hovering in deep space above the earth. It reminded me of a time I photographed a heavy metal band in the “studio” at the Hutch News. Which was actually an open space in front of two desks on the way to the men’s bathroom. One of the desks which was “mine”.
So, after shooting these dudes, putting the meager lighting set away, I realized these assholes had stolen a really nice AP (albeit a mass-produced lightweight Polycontrast RC) print; it was still an original silver-based print I had on the front of my desk showing the huge nuke on the Bikini Islands sucking up several Navy warships up into its inferno. This is the closest web version I could find of the image.
Pricks. But I guess it really sums up heavy metal.
This month’s issue of Western Art & Architecture Magazine featured a spread on local Artist George Dombeck. Though you may not recognize the name, his photorealistic paintings of barns & other outdoor themes are featured in many area restaurants & public spaces. I had a great time photographing Mr. Dombeck & his surroundings. Though the feature was called “In The Studio”, I couldn’t limit the shoot to just one space, as George also created all the architecture in his little piece of paradise north of Goeshen, AR.
I’m told that no one reads blog posts anymore, but I should go ahead & post to help me SEO. Use lots of therms like Commercial Photographer, Architectural Photography, lifestyle imaging, and plain old “Photographer”. OK
So if you read this, please send me a note or an email. I think the spam filter will allow real people like yourself to get through.
If some actually lets me know they read this, I’ll be prompted to update some recent photography projects, shooting for interior designers, construction companies, ad agencies, architects, and commercial real estate firms.