Here are a few shots from a still life test shoot, both low & high-key, with beer. Also I did a conceptual shoot with a mountain climber on top of Mount Diablo.
As things go, when Kim and I got to the top and were ready to shoot it started to rain ☺. Not a big deal for him as it was his kind of weather, but I had to cover my strobe and try and keep my equipment dry.
Still life shots done in the studio...
Augusta Lee Collins is is the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and is a great friend of mine too! When I said I wanted to do a film portrait with the 4 x 5 view camera I borrowed he was immediately willing to help.
I had the shot in mind and wanted it to be down by the water. We ended up down at the Alameda docks where the USS Hornet is docked. That provided great backdrops and the light worked out great.
The first image is 4 x 5 B&W film and the other two are digital images. I limited myself to one light, sunlight, and utilized a reflector for fill.
As part of a personal project that is trying to define my style and incorporate my influences I came up with this project. My photographer friend Hiram graciously loaned his 14 year old daughter Izzy as a model. Part of the inspiration comes from Watson's iconic "Geisha" image. This is my style acknowledging the influence of Albert Watson and many many others on my work.
This would not have happened without the wonderful collaboration of Susan Schrimpf (Makeup) and Liz Bliss (Hair) who both work at Jerol Salon in Danville. Time was of the essence and we decided that we would need to do it on a Sunday....
A friend loaned me his large format 4 x 5 view camera last week. I got some time late afternoon on Friday to shoot a few frames. Nothing like film. I think I may do some portraits in the studio with it soon.
Enjoy some old-school film...☺ Photographed negatives with my full frame digital back and slight curves, dodging and burning in PS.
Too much like fun.
Love to swing...
We did a shoot with model Ryan Zavala in January and came up with some great images. I even shot a roll of Tri-X on my old medium format Mamiya and have included one of those. This is a more intense look that I am experimenting with and have gotten a lot of encouraging comments on.
Here is one of the film images.... still love the film look. I have been doing more lately and will soon do some 4 x 5 portrait work. Stay tuned...
As part of a separate project here are a few preliminary shots for a chocolate assignment...
Theme is importer of chocolate needs some images for their new line of flavors. Hard part was the gold foil and even lighting on a black reflective surface.
We had Liz Bliss and Susan Schrimpf from Jerol Salon in Danville do hair and makeup respectively for a shoot with model Stephanie Williams (Model Mayhem name: BellaAlemania #1856313)
The shoot went well and I feel like we got some great looks for a great model who already has a great portfolio. Thanks to all!
A few photos from a recent model shoot with Holline Chase (Model Mayhem #2112933)
Most of the shoot was a high-key setup with white clothes on a white background. We were very happy to have some different style images to add to her portfolio. Holline was easy to work with, had a great smile and was on time! All the makings of a fun session. Thanks Holline!