Monday night I received the ASP State Elite Award for the State of Washington. The award was presented by Rob Behm, M.Photog.,Cr., CPP, and new Vice President of the Professional Photographers of America who joined us at the banquet. The ASP State Elite Award is presented to the ASP member in good standing with the highest scoring entry at their State Print Competition. It was such an honor to receive it and especially in front of such great friends and peers. A hearty 'Thank You' to Miller's Professional Imaging for their dedication to our industry and for sponsoring this award!! As is tradition I created an image of the award. This images is a modified Black-Line Lighting images coupled with a stylized fabric. Now it is on to Western District and eventually to the International Photographic Competition in August 2016. #PPW #PPA #IPC #AmericanSocietyofPhotographers #printcompetition #MillersProfessionalImaging
I am thrilled to share the news that my submission to this years International Photographic Competition has earned me a coveted Diamond Photographer of the Year award! Yep, just hanging out here on cloud 9! AND if that is not enough fun I also qualified to receive my Master of Photography (M.Photog. degree. I am so jazzed about this. All four images will be published in the 2015 Loan Collection Book. Harmony will be featured in the January 2016 Professional Photographer magazine in the Diamond Photographers. I take great satisfaction in seeing my passion for excellence and mastery of craft celebrated. I continue to share out this infectious passion with clients every day.
Below are the images that brought me to this dance!
This was a single clarinet photographed to reveal the highly specular surfaces and form of the instrument using my Einstein E640 by Paul C. Buff with many diffusion panels, cards and carefully placed wispy-doos. Once it reached my satisfaction I then thoroughly extracted the instrument and went into artistic vision mode in the computer. I used a step and repeat process to taste and using multiple layers went to work on the color harmony and textured background. Subtle and nuanced musical references were included and screened back sufficiently so that the viewer had to actually ‘discover’ them. My vision for this piece was to create an artistic image with impact that would draw viewers in, hold them, and make them stay a while. This image scored a perfect ‘100’ at the Western District Print Competition.
This image was the reprise of last years “American Made’ which was the top PPW photograph 2014 and achieved a Merit print at IPC, however did not make Loan Collection. My purpose to revisit the image was personal, as I was determined on taking this concept image to Loan status. I worked with Dean Schmidtke, owner of Capital Heating & Cooling in Lacey, Washington, on revisiting this his machine shop space. Refinements in lighting, stylizing, and refinement by way of more Wacom time in post meant an image with much more impact and story-telling ability. Scored 96 at Western District.
ON THE EDGE OF NIGHT
This is an architectural dusk portrait of the Port of Kalama Interpretive Center created for the Berschauer Group Inc. The actual final dusk image included a parking lot left and drain area near foreground both functional elements in the actual space. For competition, where the lines of reality become blurred I transformed the image into a serene destination space with a reflecting pond in the foreground. The artwork was a result of quality zen time with my trusty Wacom pen and just imagination. The litmus test for elements being…"if it does not help the image; it hurts the image”......aka eliminate it. Thanks Bry Cox! The entire front and left side had to be rebuilt to taste, so as to balance the image and provide impact. Fun times! Interesting to note this image scored an 81 (Merit) at Western District but went ‘Unanimous Loan’ at IPC.
REFLECTIONS OF INDUSTRY
For my final image I had always wanted to photograph the Museum of Glass building in Tacoma, Washington. And especially at Dusk, or Dawn as this image was. Interesting to note that I had a bout of the flu but made the journey anyway at 4 a.m. that fateful and sub-zero morning in February. The sun being some nine degrees below the horizon and the mercury below freezing I could barely use my hands. It was a painful process I was quite honestly under dressed for but plowed through none-the-less. Both reflecting ponds were frozen over with unsightly bits of frozen irregularity. ‘Frequency Separation' to the rescue to champion that problem! This scored 91 at Western District and also went ‘Unanimous Loan’ at IPC.
Let's Talk Turkey this Thanksgiving morning. One of the most challenging situations even seasoned photographers struggle with is being faced with lighting a small space on location. This is exactly what I found myself faced with recently while creating a cover shot of Dr. Lawrence Bennett, South Sound Radiology, for a Providence 'Clinical Connections' publication. Now I am ALWAYS up for a good challenge but this one upped the ante.
Working this space required a healthy dose of patience as I had precious little room to move around once I chose my camera angle and locked my tripod down...much like an octopus moves about the rocks on the sea floor.
My experience in architectural photography had me looking to light deep-space first (not so deep in this room) and then working back one by one towards the camera. So I decided to set a color splash to complement his shirt for visual impact. For the color splash I used a Cyanish/Bluish Rosco gel (whose actual number has long since worn away) but whose light tone values seemed best along side his dark reddish shirt. I simply call this my series 22-28, Aqua 4, Gel and set it inside the light with a 30 degree grid spot and barn doors to control spread. I metered the gel with my 1 degree spot meter and placed the value around +1 2/3rds stops above our f5.6 midtone value.
A 1/4 second shutter speed was chosen as it provided a good overall screen rendering and subject capture without movement (if he was still and yes there were a few soft takes but most were totally sharp...expected). My key light was a Photoflex MultiDome Q39, Medium Softbox with grids (AC-GRIDM). I love my grids! The grids were the key to working in this small space as they kept light where I wanted it and prevented excess spill and bounced light from contaminating the scene. I also slithered like the Grinch and chased a gaggle of cords up with black gaffers tape to mitigate a problem rather than trying to do it all in post with Photoshop. Good call.
All in all this particular shoot was more like a Limbo dance but In the end, I brought home the goods. And with a quick turn the client was delighted. Mission accomplished. This is what I do. This is my world. No HDR, natural light, nor on-camera flash would have solved this space. Who said professional lighting is dead?? Long live professional lighting!!
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