Went with a group of photographers to South Dakota to shoot the nude in the environment. Good group. Great leader–Doug Beasley. Here’s the gallery that I put on my website of some of the images I got. Enjoy!!! South Dakota Images
When it comes to the composition of a photograph, I’m not sure “architecture” is a commonly used word but I think some photographs can only be discussed as being composed of interesting building blocks. This one, for example has a large block of shadow at the bottom. The stick creates another seeming building block that […]
Just returned from a Doug Beasley workshop in South Dakota. We took back roads through washouts and gumbo (mud that looks dry but will sink car up to floorboards). We stopped at sites sacred to local Lakota. We ate prime rib at a gas station—it’s the special on Saturday night in a place where the […]
We all know that depending on the angle of the sun, shadows can be elongated or shortened. Sometimes shadows can multiply or fatten or become the focus. You have to look carefully to see that. Check out these two images of evening shadows caught on a cloth interacting with the form behind. Nothing simple about them. […]
Sometimes shooting in a studio can begin to seem same-old, same-old. Change the lighting, change the pose but it’s still a studio shot. However, if you add a new element like a sack make of stretchy cloth—-fun begins to happen. I think this one looks like marble carved as an abstract. Too abstract? The point […]
I’m sometimes asked which I prefer–male models or female models. No preference. No difference in how I work with them. However, it’s almost impossible not to notice that my photographs feature female models much more often than male models. I’ve even been accused of using too many young women in my work. I actually use […]
Photography balances somewhere between art and science. For a long time, people debated whether or not it was art. Photography was supposedly just the science of capturing images of the real world, it was argued. The art, of course, is in the composition of the photograph. In today’s digital world, the art is often in […]
Catching a reflection on the surface of a pond is fun. Capturing both the reflection and the complexity of the pond habitat is better. In fact seeing the depth and living dimensions of the pond in the reflection gives this photograph a mythic quality, I think. Seems like a goddess has paused for a moment […]
Try capturing an image of something that’s invisible like the wind. Try capturing an image of something that mostly a sensation like feeling the wind. This image does both, I think. What do you think?
One of the things I try to watch when working with models is the “too posed” shot. Yes, the model is beautiful and graceful (she’s a dancer, after all ) and, yes, I like the fan of water coming off her hip, BUT this is a bad photograph. It’s my problem, not the model’s. She […]
I love the way water will abstract the body. In this case you can’t really identify the person in what seems to be a portrait. On the plus side, I think that adds universality to the image. I also see depth, mystery, beauty. What do you see?
If you get a chance to take a class from Karin Rosenthal–DO IT. If you get a chance to take a second class in a different place, DO IT. These are opportunities not to be missed. I have been fortunate enough to take two classes from her. The latest was on Cape Cod, working mostly […]