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Sunsets at Work

The sunset was entirely beautiful this evening to not pull out my camera.

Power Stations

These are the cooling towers for one of the nuclear power stations in Tennessee.  I think this was the Watts Bar station, though we passed not far from the Sequoyah station during that same trip in 2011.

Enjoy.

A most fabulous photowalk with Trey Ratcliff

Edit:  Eight more photos added. (8/14)
Edit 2: Two new and One re-edit posted. (8/17)

A few weeks ago, I got an odd e-mail about my Google+ community; Atlanta Photography being used for Trey Ratcliff’s Atlanta Photowalk.  Sadly, if you’re reading this and weren’t there, you missed it.  You can read the details here.  People have been posting their photos to my g+ group with the tag #TreyUSA and #AtlantaPhotowalk.

Enough words though.  You all come here for the same reason you surf the web and (if you’re old enough to remember them) buy *those* magazines.  You know the ones I’m talking about.

So here are the first fruits of the Photowalk last night.  There will be many more images added to this gallery over time.  I took almost a thousand shots in 3-shot bracketed groups.  HDRI is the focus of Trey’s work so of course I had to shoot for HDRi.  I shot these at +2, 0, -2 stops which gives me somethign on the order of 16 stops of dynamic range (have to confirm that number when I can find the time.. it’s off the top of my head and may be even wider than that).

Enjoy the photos.

An experiment in synthetic lighting.

While random-surfing through various comp-sci sites looking for something vaguely photography or graphics focused that would also satisfy the programmer in me, I came across a series of articles from the 90s about synthetic lighting.   The premise is that you separate out each light source in a scene, including a shot of ONLY ambient light in order to allow you to do neat things with the lighting in post.   Reconstructing lighting in a physical scene within a digital scene, alterations of light levels, colors, intensities, etc…  even creating ‘negative’ lights that subtract light from a scene.    All of this is the bread-n-butter for 3D artists, mainly because their  entire world is synthetic.   However, for photographers it’s a bit more complicated.

After reading several papers and blog posts about it, I decided to try my hand at a simple demonstration of the technique.   What I did was take a static object and shoot three shots of it.   One ambient, one with a strobe on the left, and one with a strobe on the right.   Then, using some photoshop magic, created an interesting synthetic lighting setup that let me do somethign I could only have done with gels and a lot more fiddling with light levels.

Rather than talk about, let’s get down to the fun.  Get your camera out, take an ambient shot and a shot with each of two lights individually lighting the same object.  LOCK DOWN the camera, lights and object.  You’ll be compositing all three shots together a couple of times during all of this.  Everything has to line up perfectly.

A night of low-key photography – part 2

With every shoot I do, I make an effort to revisit the shoot after some time has passed in order to look at the shots with a fresh eye.   I’ll also do this after developing a new technique or just to experiment and see if I can come up with anything neat or show worthy.

I added quite a few images to the gallery of my low-key experiment shoot with Corrie back in January.   Some of the new images are, in my opinion, my best low-key work to date, though there is one stunning high-key image included.  I just can’t seem to get away from bright lights and hard shadows.

So, sit back and enjoy the show.  I’d love to hear from all of you with comments, criticisms, suggestions or anything else you want to say or ask.

The gallery is behind the cut because, as you should already expect from me, they’re Not Safe For Work (NSFW).

Back in the Studio with Pris

I shot this lovely lady mid last year in a relatively impromptu session. We had a hell of a lot of fun and talked about another session.  Life, as it does, gets in the way sometimes and it took until April of this year to get back together for another evening of fun and photos.

Rather than go on and on about this beautiful, vibrant and awesome woman, I’ll let the photos speak for me.  Enjoy.

Waterfalls in Asheville, NC

I found this beautiful spot just off the highway on my way to Asheville a few years ago.  Enjoy.

Classical Nudes

For quite a while now, most of my work has trended towards high key lighting, almost to the point that it’s become somewhat of a signature for me. As an example, these are the out-takes from a set called “A Sleazy Drag King Shoot” due for publication next month.   Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been pushing my lighting experimentation in the other direction. Low key, softer and more subtle lighting. Below the fold are a couple of nudes from last week that give a strong sense of the classical painters of the last century. Even though the lighting is very simple (1 strobe with softbox and a single incandescent in the room), and with just a little bit of work in Lightroom, I’m very happy with how these came out.

Implied nudity behind the fold. May or may not be NSFW depending on how picky your HR department is.

Wendi in Profile

I spent some time last night doing light and posing experiments with my lovely wife, Wendi.  Generally I do not get anything usable out of such a session since I’m focused on what works, doesn’t work, and on experiments. I deliberately push things to extremes in order to study the *why* as much as the *what* of how the pose or light acts and looks.

Then there are times when with a little post work, I come up with something truly extraordinary.  The last time was the image “Stark Elegance” (nsfw) where it was a particular pose and expression that was the inspiration for an image.  This time, it’s just the way the light fell, the softness of the detail on her hair, her expression.   It’s probably one of the most elegant portraits of Wendi I’ve taken yet.

Enjoy.

A bit of Cosplay at DragonCon

DragonCon has been one of the nation’s largest SF/Fantasy fan oriented conventions for a while.  Rumored attendance numbers top fifty or sixty *thousand* people.   Even if you don’t attend the convention itself, just walking through Downtown Atlanta near the six hotels during Labor Day weekend is an adventure.

Wendi and I went downtown today to meet a friend in from Texas for lunch.  As usual, I had my camera with me and even just the couple of hours we were downtown gave me ample opportunity for a bit of photo fun.    Here’s are the best of the cosplay photos I took today.  A couple of them (Assassin’s Creed and Harley Quinn) were two lovely ladies in the table next to us at the restaurant.  The rest were hanging around or walking near one of the hotels.  Enjoy.

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