Portraits of Destiny.

My friend Destiny came over from some portraits, here are a few.

I had a pretty basic light setup. Created the Rembrandt lighting on two of them with a dual lighting on the either side of the camera for the third, to cut down on shadows and to also create the catch lights on both sides of the pupils. This image is of course my obligatory tribute to Martin Schoeller. 

The editing was pretty basic as well. I used editing layers to push the levels, contrast & brightness as well as saturation then finished with a warming filter. Used the clone and healing brushes to do a little touch up but not much. 


Portraits of a friend.

A friend and local paramedic here in Tulsa, OK Mitchell Sharp was kind enough to pose for a few portraits to help me work through some lighting setups, and this is what we came up with.

A few different arrangements, two light setup with softboxes then with reflectors and then of course my obligatory tribute to Martin Schoeller. Not quite exact but getting there. With that being said its not an attempt to just being exact to what Martin Scholler does and is famous for but to use it as more of a springboard to something of my own. To disect and then kind of reverse engineer then learn and create something of my own from there. Because we all learn from from what we see and experience in the world around us.

Tulsa Artist Thomas Tabor, in his studio.

I was able to go visit a friend and local Tulsa Artist Thomas Tabor in his studio. He has been using a process called hydro-dipping (Hydrographics). It is a method of applying designs to three-dimensional surfaces. Here are a few of the images that I captured during my visit while he worked. Yes, there studio is well ventilated and yes the fumes were still very strong.

October 2015 Free Wallpaper

“Moon over Leaning Tower” is this months Free Wallpaper. This shot was captured on the northside of the Merced river just east of the tunnel view pullout. I had been watching the moon since earlier in the afternoon and thought I might be able to get a shot of it somewhere near Bridalveil Falls. So when I saw that it was getting close I moved down valley towards the falls and ultimately decided on this vantage point and then waited. Being in Yosemite this was one of the things that was reinforced again and again, HURRY up and WAIT. Time, you have to put the time in, or you wont beable to get the best shot you could possibly get, along with do the work. By work I mean, research, both online and on foot. Put the time and the effort on the trail to find those hidden spots and then going back when you have figured out, not only the right time of day but the right time of year. All of these things come together to create the best images. A little extra effort can make the world of difference. 

Moon over Leaning Tower, Yosemite Valley

Moon over Leaning Tower, Yosemite Valley

Hope you enjoy, thank you.

The Return of the monthly wallpaper.

I am restarting the monthly FREE Wallpaper.

So here is September’s wallpaper. It is an image a was lucky enough to capture while out at Canon Beach, OR. I was out visiting a friend in Portland and we took a day trip out to Canon Beach. It was an amazing day.

The image is of the ripples in the sand, I saw the patterns created by the water and I had to have it. Hope you enjoy.

Ripples in the sand on Canon Beach in Canon Beach, OR.

Ripples in the sand on Canon Beach in Canon Beach, OR.

Portraits of Steve.

My friend Steve came over for dinner, yay Hideaway Pizza – if you ever find yourself in Tulsa, OK and are in need of some good pizza go here, then we ended up working on a couple of portraits. Something quick and not too complicated. I already had the basic setups in mind that I wanted to try, so it wasn’t too difficult getting it together and making it happen.

Steve Taylor

Single light on Steve with a cone reflector, and one light bounced off the wall in the opposite direction, to provide a silhouette to define the back of his head. 1/250 f/5 44mm


Steve Taylor

I wanted to try a basic portrait while modifying the catch lights in his eyes. I blocked half of the soft-box on both lights, to isolate the light and keep the catch light narrow on either side of his pupils. 1/250 f/5 38mm

This wasn’t a big production, something small and easy to do, HELL I did it in my living room. Taking a few minutes to move a chair and a table, put the lights up, work the exposure, then away I went. Its something anyone can do, you just have to take the time and put in the effort and do it.

So no matter what you can always make a picture or two, not much to it. All it takes is the idea and the will to do it.