Tuesday
Jun232015

Wildwood, New Jersey, Boardwalk Scenes

Images from a recent visit to the Jersey Shore.

Friday
May012015

Skipp Pearson: Jam session, April 30

I had a rare opportunity to photograph one of my favorite jazz musicians last night at Le Cafe Jazz during a friends-and-family exclusive jam session. Skipp is reportedly about to begin chemotherapy, so this was a special night for him and his fans. 

Reflecting on the evening, I can honestly say I've been a fan of his work for nearly 20 years now, as I first heard him play in 1995 when I was a college student. I was fortunate to have him play at my wedding and the reception for my first exhibition. I sincerely hope he's feeling better soon.

Thursday
Apr302015

The Seiko SNK803

These $50 Seiko SNKs are fun and well-made automatics. I bought a navy-blue dialed one for Jenny and we both loved it. I decided to get this vintage-ish cream-colored dial version for myself and pair it with a flieger-style strap.

Wednesday
Feb182015

Photographing watches

I've recently become interested in horology and collecting unique timepieces. The Gruppo Gamma Mk III Vanguard caught my eye as an evolved Panerai homage, so I ordered one and couldn't wait to photograph it. This watch has hardly been off my wrist since it arrived.

I discovered I have a lot to learn about shooting watches. I went with a simple setup consisting of two lights (speedlights with shoot-through umbellas) arranged for standard cross-lighting, and the 100mm macro lens. Reflections in the watch crystal are a big issue, so I will likely be constructing some sort of product photography box to provide wraparound lighting and reflection control for future shoots.

I really like how the "lume shot" came out. I kept the lights on, but dialed my power down a bit and used a longer shutter speed to capture more of the glowing luminescence.  

 

Monday
Nov102014

Taming The Beast

I spent some time this weekend with local auto enthusiast Silver DeSando, who has created "The Beast," a zombie-response truck inspired by the Resident Evil series of video games and movies. I first encountered The Beast at Supah-Pop Con here in Columbia and shot some photos of it then. I mentioned that I'd be happy to get some shots in a more realistic environment, so this was our first effort, along with some detail shots.

Some of the crazy toning and HDRish effects aren't really my style, but I was having fun playing with the new Nik package and I couldn't help myself.

Larger images are over at my Flickr page.