Day sail with Sailing Fearless in the SF Bay
Day sail with Sailing Fearless in the SF Bay. Stephan Sowash runs his sailboat charter out of the Presidio Yacht Club harbor located at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. The best part is being able to be right in the bay in five minute from leaving the berth. Stephen is a great boatman and great host. I had the opportunity to experience a great day on the Bay with a great group from the San Francisco Opera and the creative group for Wagner's Lohengrin opera that is playing there now. Contact Stephen and Sailing Fearless through his site: Sailing...
I thought I would share some personal fun work that I have been doing recently the last couple of weekends. One was a jazz concert with Richard Harris & Friends at the Martinez Library and the other was the Dublin Car Show. Both were fun events and here are some of the images after I got done with them.
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....
I decided to shoot a salad ingredients assignment using simple natural light and the finished salad using only a desk lamp as a light source. You don't need lots of fancy studio lighting (but I am not giving mine up ☺) to do well lit images.
Parameters for this image were that it had to fit an 8" x 10.5" page, salad ingredients on white background, which is the client's preference. We went for a bright contemporary look, but a traditional layout of the ingredients.
Though not part of the assignment we shot the finished salad in the evening using a desk lamp as the only light source....
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...