Cedar Compher, of the band Reggae Diaspora (with whom I’ve worked before) emailed me about doing a shoot to promote his new solo career. We chose the Santa Monica Pier as the location, and I used it as an opportunity to do my first full shoot with the Fujifilm X-T3. It was great shooting on and near the beach at sunset, and I think we got some good results.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted! I recently visited New Mexico for the first time. Although it’s very picturesque, I didn’t shoot many photos, due to weather and activities. Here are a few I was able to grab.
Music: “Reflections From the Moon,” Bill Frisell
The last time I took a real summer vacation was in 2006, to see a total eclipse in Tobruk, Libya. So, it’s only somewhat coincidental that my next summer vacation would be to see the solar eclipse in Teton Village, Wyoming. Dubbed “The Great American Eclipse” by the media and science press, this highly anticipated astronomical event had millions of people who don’t usually care much about science buying “eclipse glasses” and making plans to head to the zone of totality.
Eclipse photography is generally more about technical issues and challenges than art, at least for me, but it is interesting to try and conquer those challenges, for what they teach you about other photography (and Photoshop!). The above images are perhaps incomplete, but I thought it was worth posting something less than perfect as an example of what it takes to take such images to completion. I’d love to see your comments!
I was very pleased to be invited by Diaspora Reggae to shoot their live gig at Howl at the Moon at Universal Citywalk, on May 17. It was my first live gig shoot in a while, and I enjoyed getting back in the swing of it.
Howl at the Moon is a very nice club, with a really good, clean-sounding sound system. I thought they were only a dueling piano bar, but they have a lot of live bands, too. Because of the high-intensity color of the LED lighting system, I found it hard to get shots of the band where they didn’t look like Blue Man Group (or Red Man Group, etc.), so I wound up converting a lot of the shots to black and white, which really saved a lot of otherwise unusable shots.
The band consists of: Tyler Reinhart (Vocals, Keys), Cedar Compher (Lead Guitar, Keys, Melodica), Brandon (Drums), Joe Hall (Rhythm Guitar), Jason Dickie (Bass)
I was very pleased this week to learn that my photo, “Towsley Canyon Gold,” won second place in the City of Santa Clarita’s seasonal photo competition. The first and third place shots were great! I am honored to be included among them. If you live in Santa Clarita, you can enter for the summer competition here.
Diaspora is a great, L.A.-based reggae band that I met through Craigslist, and arranged a shoot while they were in the rehearsal studio. They are a great bunch of guys, and very talented. The band consists of: Tyler Reinhart (Vocals, Keys), Cedar Compher (Lead Guitar, Keys, Melodica), Brandon (Drums), Joe Hall (Rhythm Guitar), Jason Dickie (Bass)
I was happy and fortunate to be selected as part of the exhibit Hard Six: Thru the Lens, at Megasound Studios in Ventura, CA. The exhibit, which includes photos about the local band, Hard Six, opened Saturday, January 28, and continues through March 28, 2017. There was a great opening night party, featuring Hard Six and many friends from other bands. I was very pleased with how great the Xpozer image mounting system from Bay Photo Lab’s worked. The images really popped, and stood out (literally!) from the others.
A few years ago, I saw esteemed photographer Joe McNally give a talk at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Despite all of Joe’s amazing work over the years, doing shoots for various news organizations and the National Geographic, what stuck with me most were some simple shots he took of photographers with their cameras. It inspired me to begin my own project, taking portraits of all the photographers I know with their cameras.
Over a year or so, this project grew into, “The Other Side of the Lens,” which has so far been exhibited once.
Due to work, I had to put this project on hold for a while, but as I’m gearing to start it up again, I thought I would share some of the images from the extended shoot here.
Here are some shots of the gallery exhibit, which took the form of an old-school, analog darkroom, with “prints” in developer, hanging from drying lines, and “negatives” in the enlarger. It was a lot of fun to put together, and the reactions of experienced photographers taking in the digital recreations of the analog photography tools was fun to watch.
It was fun to create negatives of the exhibit, which I printed on a clear mylar film, to replicate the real thing.
I’ve been very lucky to work with local model Kataholic. We started off with basic glamour shoots last year, and this year began shooting sets for popular websites Zivity and Suicide Girls. For those of you who haven’t shot for such sites, it is more challenging than I expected. Traditional photographic “rules” for glamour photography don’t always apply. The sites have a very specific look and brand, and you have to follow their guidelines very carefully, or your shots will be rejected.
Of the two, Zivity is a little more free-form and artistic. To generalize a little, they are more fine-art glamour than commercial glamour. They give the photographer a little more free reign to come up with a look, and as long as it is within their style, they seem to be OK with it.
Suicide Girls, on the other hand, is very strict. I wouldn’t consider them commercial glamour, but they are sort of Playboy for alternative glamour (tattoos and piercings), and are very particular about what they want. Conversely, they allow photos to push the envelope a little more, and accept more explicit nudity, fetishism, and other stuff Zivity won’t allow.
Below are a few shots from my most recent shoot with Kataholic that will not be submitted to either site.
The City of Santa Clarita is showing a Dunes exhibit at City Hall from September 16 until October 27, and I’m honored and privileged to have three images on display!
Stop by and check out the full exhibit at
Santa Clarita City Hall
23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 300
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
The three images displayed are: