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Galleries are open!

After a lot of searching (both through content and the soul) I’ve finally completed my Gallery of Favorites.  This gallery is divided into several categories including Urban, Decay (Rural and Urban), Nature, People, Transportation and Miscellaneous.  So many people ask, “Can we see samples of your work?” and the blog is just too disorganized to answer this question, so the gallery is the answer.

Browse our gallery and stay tuned for the opening of our Store, which will allow you to order prints of your favorite images on-demand.

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Here are a few of my favorites from Disciple Now Conyers 2013.  Hello August led the worship and Wes Springer delivered the message.

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“Altar Call”

With over 1,000+ photos taken at this weekend’s Disciple Now Conyers 2013, it was difficult to keep up with taking, processing and posting the photos as quickly as possible.  Of the 1,000+ photos taken 110 were quick-processed and posted to Facebook.  Of those 110, one captured the scene, emotion and essence of the entire weekend.  This is the type of image photographers dream of, that one image that expresses a single moment.

 

Hello August led worship and Wes Springer delivered the message to over 300 students from in and around Rockdale County Georgia.  Watching these young men worship was awe inspiring.  During the final moments of Saturday night’s session, one scene began to emerge as a crowd formed around the stage just after the initial altar call.  What takes place in this image is dynamic and full of expression.  The faces, postures and reality of the moment, the greatness of God, was sealed in a single image.

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The image in its original form was rather unimpressive.  As I was processing images for that session, I was deleting more photos than keeping and this image was not enough of a standout to justify not hitting the delete button.  The color version was washed heavy in blue from the stage lighting creating an extremely saturated image.  The slow shutter speed permitted extreme motion blur in the images preceding and after, yet this one, for whatever reason, cemented itself.  Something inside me told me to keep pushing and see what can come from this image, there was simply too much going on to let it go.  After applying a filtered black and white process, it was obvious to me the potential.  Slight adjustments to the contrast and light balance revealed numerous telling features in the photo.  A final crop of 16:9 revealed the final product.  There, on stage, the lead singer from Hello August submits to the moment and the reaction of the crowd is evident.

 

Call me crazy, but I love to study this image over and over and every time I see something new.

 

“If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit.” – 2 Corinthians 5:13

 

 

Danielle

We’ve been on a bit of a break, but glad to be back and at the photo gig again.  Today we had the chance to photograph a young and talented artist with a bright future.  Every Sunday we get to hear Danielle perform either in the youth praise band at church or on occasion in worship service.

We started with a few basic head shots.  For this pose we used a white paper backdrop and three strobes.  One strobe facing the backdrop with an organge gel, a second overhead with a diffuser and a third on an umbrella directly in front.

This image is the same as the first with black and white processing.  We also made some adjustment to the depth of field for some added focus on the subject.

This image utilized the same lighting as the first two, but the flash set facing the backdrop was turned around and created a vignette effect across the bottom of the image.  Post-processing included a bleach wash and some minor color adjustments.  The desired result was a more edgy photo with some added drama.

This image utilized two strobes.  One on the umbrella slightly off-set and another over the subject – creating some dramatic lighting and a simple yet refined image.  No post processing was done with this image.

These final two images are the same image with some different post-processing.  The one above utilized an umbrella mounted strobe set to the subject’s right and one overhead strobe with a diffuser.  We were trying to create the ‘on stage’ look one might see with Danielle performing.  The lighting was focused on her hand along the frets for effect.  The image below was processed black-and-white with some added tone adjustments.

Trying to become a sustainable business in the competitive field of photography means understanding the elements of running a business, promoting, marketing and delivering a product people will want.  The dilemma is is how easy it is for a competitor to enter the market and the hysterically low barriers of entry digital cameras has created.  Translation, anyone with a digital camera can say they’re a photographer and compete.  Often they compete only on price making it difficult for everyone else.  I’m no exception to any of this.

With this in mind it’s important to distinguish oneself as different and worth the investment by the consumer.  The only way to do this is to innovate, create and always push the limits of one’s skill to the next level.  That’s exactly what I tried to do with our shoot with Victoria.  In this shoot we tried to explore new poses and angles to create more dynamic images.  I like to think we made a good stride forward this time around.

The above shot was take with Victoria one stair-level up.  The goal was to capture the growing vines and foliage int he background while keeping a keen focus on the subject.

The above image was take with Victoria sitting in front of a store-front.  We took the photo from an elevated level and tried to keep a shallow depth of field.  Post processing included some blue-black vignette and some light cross-processing.  One of the big obstacles on the day was the wind.  I had to keep timing the shot as the wind blew Victoria’s hair one way or the other.  A short time into the shoot I quit fussing over where her hair was because I started to notice how it created variety from shot to shot.  A natural hair-dresser of sorts, primping and making adjustments in-between shots.

Up to now, I almost always forgot about the hands.  I’ll pose people in groups and focus on their face, but the hands always add a more human element.  In this pose the simple use of the hands, having Victoria lean forward and shooting close created an image full of personality.  The image below tries to capture a similar element.

The final image, below, was an experiment.  Victoria is sitting on a yellow bench with a yellow brick backdrop.  I was not impressed with the colors after looking at the processed image.  I wanted to create some drama so I converted to filtered black and white (orange), heightened the contrast and shadows, converted the image to negative, added a mask layer and filled with gradient black and white.  When I converted the image from negative again, this was the result.  I added a subtle platinum process to it for a little extra drama and thus was the final image.  This one below is the latest addition to my portfolio.