Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Last evening's assignment was to photograph newly installed exterior lighting at a large resort on Maui's upper west side. The client, an electrical contractor based in San Diego commissioned these photos. The original plan was to shoot from a sixth floor room lanai. The resort blocked out a couple of rooms last evening for me to shoot from. Unfortunately, the necessary view was completely obscured from these vantage points by swaying coconut palms. Fortunately, I arrived early enough on property that I had plenty of time to regroup, rescout and find a new, suitable position for camera placement, giving me a much better and unobscured view of the hotel and lighting installations. As the sun set below the horizon and dusk began to creep over the landscape, I began a series of bracketed exposures, experimenting with different shutter speed and aperture combinations until the optimal balance of interior, exterior and ambient lighting was achieved. It was really quite dark when this (one of the last) exposure was captured. Shutter speed, if I remember correctly, was 30 seconds at f8 iso100. The slow film speed helped to minimize the accumulation of digital "noise" common when making long exposure with digital cameras.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Barry Flannagan & Eric Gilliom of Hapa
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Check out the latest posting at Rob Haggart's A Photo Editor Blog. PhotoShelter, an online stock agency, has announced a new stock photography event to take place on July 20, 2008 called "Shoot the Day". Sounds like a fun project and I think I will sign up and get involved. You will find all the details here. It looks like sign-up space is limited, so get crackin' to be involved.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
"While I strive to admire the ‘artfulness’ of the images, I’m more than a little shocked how practically all the images are essentially snap shots. Sure, fairly good at capturing a little emotion. But man, shooting hand held with a point and shoot and on-camera flash!? Imagine if Leonardo da Vinci just sketched the Sistine Chapel and left it at that. Or just slapped together David as a charcoal sketch!
I’m convinced it’s a generational thing. I meet very few creatives under 30 who appreciate truly great work. By that I mean work that evokes emotion but is also so well executed and lit it gives you goose bumps. David gave me goose bumps. No offense, but some of the stuff you reference as artful is, well… simply snap shots that happen to be well exposed. Is that all it takes nowadays?"
Heather makes a couple of good points in rebuttal, as do others on this blog... still I remain unconvinced and hold on the the belief that it is, indeed, a "generational thing" and a trend (although this trend seems to have lasted for at least the past 6 or 7 years at least).
The argument also forces me to consider the geographical factor when it comes to making editorial images. Much of this "new" work is created on the mainland, much of it for the New York publishing markets. By nature of sheer geography, urban environment lifestyles are far different from what we experience here as tropical island dwellers. In New York, Chicago, LA... there is a sense of personal isolation, muted/desaturated color, drab/grey skies where we in Hawaii live what might be described at times as a fantasy lifestyle in an incredibly beautiful environment with bright, very saturated color, closely knit communities... an altogether different experience from living on the mainland. Here, our editorial and commercial imagery is used to portray and/or sell that fantasy lifestyle.