Sunday, April 27, 2008


You can never have too many models if you're a photographer, and that seems to be my shortfall (the lack of models). However, lately I've had the opportunity to do some portraits for my good friend Christy and my girlfriend, Jen. They are both extremely good models, though neither one of them thinks so, and I had a great time blowing a few hundred frames on the two of them! (isn't digital great?) Both of these shots were taken right at dusk, about 7:30 pm. Its spring here in Kentucky now so the sun is setting a little later each day. I used a Nikon SB-600 shot thru a white translucent umbrella for both photos at about 1/2 power, triggered using my Nikon D300's CLS system. For Jen, the flash was at camera right about 1 foot above her head and for Christy it was at camera left about the same height. I had the flash positioned as close to both of them as I could so I could get a nice, wrapping light.

If anyone is interested in having a portfolio done, or even a few head shots, I'd be glad to do a few for free. I love shooting people and it is slowly becoming my 2nd favorite type of photography (after landscapes of course) :) You can email me by going to my about page and viewing my complete profile. My email is listed there.

Hope you enjoy these shots as much as I enjoyed taking them. And a big thanks to Jen and Christy for being such patient and gracious models!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Photoshoot for Oliver's Billiards

Saturday I did a photoshoot for Oliver's Billiards, the best pool hall in Louisville Kentucky. I have played pool there so many times over the years that I couldn't possibly count them. The owner is one of the coolest guys I know and they have a great staff there, ready to bend over backwards for you to ensure that you have a great time. The facility itself is very nice and clean, and they have the best deals on pool in town. If you enjoy billiards, and live in the Louisville area, you should take the time to visit.

The shoot was a little harder than I expected. As you can guess, its rather dimly lit and has a mixture of incandescent, florescent and natural light (via the windows) so it was a White Balance setting nightmare! I finally came up with a setting based on the strongest source of light and just went with it. I shot most of them with off-camera flash trying to balance the ambient light with my strobe, using my SB-600 shot through a white, translucent umbrella on a stand. I also shot a few without flash, using my tripod and a very long shutter speed. I liked these rather well, but the client wanted very well lit photos to show all that Oliver's has to offer. They haven't posted any of the shots yet, but I will update the post when they have them on their site.

Below is my favorite photo of the day, along with a shot Jen took of me while doing the photo shoot. It was a fun time, and one heck of a learning experience!

f/22 4 secs ISO 200 @ 18mm

Thanks Jen for the photo!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Project 365!

As many of you may know, I have a Flickr account where I post the bulk of my photos on a day to day basis. I really enjoy the site and have made quite a few new friends, enjoyed viewing others' works and have learned a lot!!

At the beginning of the year, I decided to join a group called Project 365! The goal of this group is that you have to take/post one photo a day, every day for 365 days to the group!! This may sound easy, but I'm in 99 days now (tomorrow will be 100) and at times I felt like it has sucked the life right out of me. However, being forced to pick up the camera every single day for 365 days in a row has its advantages.

First of all, I've had to get a little creative on the shots I take. After looking back at shots I had taken previous to joining the group, I noticed that I have a tendency to take certain types of photos, even though I've always considered myself to be one of those "all-around" type photographers.

Secondly, I've become very familiar with my equipment. I bought a new camera about a month ago, and although I don't have every single feature down perfect, I have explored many of its options and tried to incorporate them into one or more photos I've posted to the group.

Thirdly (is this a word?) I think I have improved certain skills that I was lacking on before. Having to take a shot every day, will make you think a little more about what you're going to shoot. Even though some days, I have just snapped something to post to the group. I always didn't think of myself as a very good portrait photographer but at the beginning of the year, I set myself a goal (along with joining the group) that I would make myself learn how to shoot better portraits. I'm still not great at them, but I feel I have improved significantly.

Fourth, (I'm not going to say fourthly) I've gotten to see what other photographers face and what photographic decisions they make on what to post to their projects because I view their posts as much as I do my own, scratch that, I view them more than I do my own. Its kinda like getting a little peak in to other photographers' lives. Plus, again, its a great learning curve. You might see a photo similar to one that you have taken but with a different twist.

Fifthly (what the hell), I've become very inspired by the many great photographers in the project, posting on a daily basis. One thing you can never have enough of as an artist of any medium, is inspiration!!! Even simple photos that you see, which aren't technically magnificent, might have some significance to you on another level.

So, all in all, I have really enjoyed being part of this group but at the same time, the negative impact is, it takes a lot of time and commitment to be involved in a group like this. Also, I feel that sometimes I may have posted a photo that I wasn't exactly proud of or didn't seem very artistically creative. However, I'm not giving up and look forward to the challenge, and to what other members of the group and myself can come up with.

If you'd like to view my Project 365 album, you can do so by clicking HERE.

Just keep your nasty comments to yourself! :)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Louisville Photography Collective

For people who enjoy Flickr, there is a new photography website for people from the Louisville, Kentucky area. It is very similar to Flickr in that you create a profile, join groups, post photos, and can comment on others as well. Plus its another great learning resource. Check it out!

The Louisville Photography Collective

My page on the Louisville Photography Collective

Thanks, and enjoy!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

A photoshoot with Martin Prihoda

One of my favorite photographers has been gracious enough to share a behind-the-scenes look into a photo shoot he did for the band Delerium. Its really cool to watch him work, check it out...

Friday, April 4, 2008


This is my first post, just attempting to get a feel for blogger and the layout