Display Cabinet Lighting

Feelux NDPro-1024I shot this ad campaign and booth graphic images for a high-end commercial lighting company. The art director and I concepted the shots before we ever saw the product or understood its scale — which was way smaller than either of us thought. Our main shot was of two lighting fixtures suspended between the box of artist’s pastels and the camera.   After completing several variations on our main shot I suggested working the lights into the pastels since, like the pastels themselves, the lights come in a variety of hues designed to match a retail store’s existing light color.

Lady Hayden

Hayden Bishop I was fascinated by a series of 18th century paintings I recently saw at the Portland Museum of Art.  So much so, that I decided to recreate the feel of them when I set up this shoot with actress Hayden Bishop.  I spent a lot of time with those paintings but got pulled away before taking down the artist’s name.  I’m now in a search to find out who he was and see more of his work.

Drone… the good kind

Medlock Fields_stylized-1090361lgWhat do you do when your ladder won’t reach?… you learn to fly!

I started out with that arm flapping thing — and sure, I could get a little lift but there was no way I could also operate a camera — so I added a drone to my collection of camera platforms.  My drone had a nasty on-the-job accident a few months back (I don’t want to talk about it) but that hasn’t kept me grounded.  The new improved model should be in soon, but in the meantime, I’ve been working with a hand built, duel control drone.  For this model, the pilot controls the aircraft, while I control the camera.  This is a great combo for difficult flying conditions like populated areas or obstacles in close proximity to the ideal shooting angle.  I’ve been shooting both video and stills with the drone.  For this particular shot, my client needed stills of some baseball diamonds for a commercial display.  This is the first of many.


Police Station

Police_Station-2130lg The new Decatur police station — one of several shots for a forthcoming police recruitment brochure.  I was surprised to hear that there’s a fair amount of turnover in the Decatur police department, due to the fact that there are almost no high speed chases… or anything else to do for that matter.  The city realized that to attract the right kind of officers, they needed to start advertising how nice it is to be on bike patrol or otherwise hang out at the square.

To show this building at it’s best, I had to create a composite of several shots.  The flag, Marta train, officers, and pedestrians were all from different shots — like lapse photography, but where I combined the best parts of all the images.  We also couldn’t get into several offices to turn the lights on, so I recreated the lighting by pulling parts from other windows.

Lainey Papageorge

Lainey_Papageorge-8193Cleopatra was envious — or would have been if she’d seen this necklace by Lainey Papageorge.

I’m currently working with Lainey on a retrospective of her work for a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta.  These pieces are amazing.  Only about 100 left to do… piece of cake…


Brimstone-6235lg“On another note, I have been accepted into the first three juried shows that I have heard back from! I think that is outstanding and were it not for your fabulous photography, I suspect there would have been a very different outcome.”

Susan Toole

Brimstone Studio, Atlanta

The Longboard

My daughter has gotten into long-board skateboarding so for Christmas one of her skater friends gave her a blank.  He helped her cut the shape and sand the wood — then it was time to design the graphics.   She went through several ideas before settling on an Alice in Wonderland theme.  This is the point where I got involved.  She had a rough graphic of Alice which had to be enlarged well beyond it’s limitations for it to fit the original board plans.  Taking both the graphic and the board plans into photoshop, I sized the image of Alice to fit, then taught her to use the graphics tablet to redraw all the lines.  Next we duplicated the rose background to take it from edge to edge, manipulated a swirl pattern that emulated falling down the rabbit hole, added a “we’re all mad here” graphic, and built a tattoo for Alice’s arm with contact info in case she loses it.  I output the full-size graphic as a decal.  Six or 8 coats of polyurethane later and it was ready for “sea trials.”   Here’s a shot of her with her long-board on the Athens Greenway trail.Longboard-3591churchill_st016

El Yunque rainforest, Puerto Rico

Rain_Forrest_Triptych I had the great fortune to travel in Puerto Rico this February.  Among all the amazing things I photographed were these 3 sets of vines in the El Yunque rainforest.  I was thinking about this vertical crop on each shot as I took them, but it wasn’t until after I saw them side by side that I realized how well they worked as a triptych.  Together they appear to me as the uprights of  a gate — blocking your way, but giving glimpses of the lush green forest that lies behind.

Most of the images I took in the El Yanque rainforest are detail shots.  When I looked at the forest as a whole, the landscape didn’t seem all that different from other forests I’d been in.  But in getting up close, I was quick to realize just how vibrant, green, and alive the place was.  The details were what made the place so remarkable.

More shots of Puerto Rico to come.

Testing a Photek Softliter

feather_mask-3128I like to experiment with different lighting sources and recently tried a  Softlighter 60″ diffusion umbrella.  One of the beauties of an umbrella is the shape of the highlight reflection in the eyes.  A standard softbox causes a rectangular reflection that seems unnatural, but an umbrella creates an octagonal shape that is more pleasing.

Another feature of an umbrella is its thinner profile as compared to a softbox which requires more depth in order to produce the same sized light source.   This means the light can be moved closer to the subject, making the transition between highlights and shadows softer.

For comparison, I switched light sources between a small softbox, a strip bank with a grid, a medium softbox, and a 48″ umbrella — while keeping my model in the same general pose.

After comparing the contrast, eye-reflections, and light spill onto the background, I was very happy with the Softliter and settled on it as my light source for the remainder  of the shoot.

MODA Gallery

Susan_Coddon-9645Got a call from metal arts and jewelry designer, Susan Coddon — letting me know that using the work I shot for her in an application to the Museum of Design, Atlanta (MODA) got her into the show.  On top of that, the image I shot was picked up by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for a review of the show.

Congratulations, Susan!