When In Doubt, Shoot…Booze!

September 5, 2017 § 6 Comments

“Booze, Glasses and a Book”

It seems like ages since I shot in my studio. For most of this past year, and actually back to last fall, I’ve been shooting outdoor and location projects.  Recently I discovered that one of my closest and dearest friends was a “baker’s confectionary artist”.  I know she is an amazing artist with what I call a “Daliesque” style when it comes to her paintings and sketches, and I know her father had a bakery, but I never put the two together, until I saw a recent post of hers on Facebook.  She doesn’t just bake something that’s good to eat, she creates “edible art”!  Anyhow, I’ve been looking for a still life studio project to sink my teeth into(pun intended), so I contacted her and asked if I could photograph her “culinary creations”.  She said she would love to work on a project, so look for a future posting here of some of the most appetizing images I’ve ever done.  O.K. so what’s all of that have to do with booze images.  Well, feeling rusty in the studio, I decided I needed to set something up and shoot.  For me, I always find that shooting booze is fun.  Great shapes, great earthy color, and the interplay between subject and light is always beautiful. So I got the ingredients, played around with my lights, played around in Photoshop, and wound up with a number of new booze shots for my stock library.  I started with the book and glasses shot, and after a few more images from the front, decided to back up and shoot some behind the scenes(bts) images to show the elaborate(sometimes) set-up that goes into creating a very simple looking final image.  While moving around to the side to shoot one of the behind the scenes(bts) images, I noticed that the glass of booze had a very different look both in the glass, and with the surface on which I was shooting, so I shot images from different angles which are included here.  Also, while cleaning up the backgrounds etc. in Photoshop, I thought I would “paint” in a new background on a few.  So now let me shut up and show some pictures!

“Booze With Painted Background”

“Close-up”

“Fade To Black”

“BTS 1”

“BTS 2, Showing Mirrors”

“From The Side”

“Reflections”

As always, thanks for looking!

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Personal Work…Before and After Images

August 7, 2017 § 2 Comments

“Rupert & Fanny”

Sometimes after shooting images for clients, it’s nice to just give myself a nice relaxing self assignment.  One of my favorite subjects to shoot is Cleveland.   Shooting neighborhoods, buildings etc. in my hometown is a labor of love.  I recently blogged about an ongoing personal project of shooting the many churches in and around Cleveland.  Sometimes though, it’s nice to just stay home and find something to shoot.  I used to do this with still life in my studio, and plan on doing some more of that in the near future, but at our home, we have horses and a lot of cats.  I have hundreds of cat shots, and quite a few horse images.  Last Sunday was a beautiful sunny but cool breezy day, a perfect day for my wife to let her horses out.   I grabbed my camera and spent a peaceful Sunday shooting the horses.  I always have my camera set to raw so I can add color, texture, and possibly adjust the exposure in Photoshop.  My original images as you can see, are fine, but being raw, they lack “punch”!  I like to add some more color, texture, and my usual preference is to make my images a little darker and moodier.  In this instance, I also removed the bridles, replaced the green metal gate with more split rail fencing and generally cleaned up the area.  I’m including the “before” images, so you can get an idea of what these images looked like right out of the camera.

“Rupert & Fanny Original”

“Rupert Posing”

“Rupert Posing” Original

“Rupert, Fanny, & Berti”

“Rupert, Fanny & Berti” Original

Rupert, Fanny & Berti” Again

“Rupert, Fanny & Berti” Again Original

“Indie”

“Indie” Original

“Indie” Again

“Indie” Again Original

“Indie” One More Time

“Indie” One More Time Original

I know this was a long one, but as usual, thanks for looking!

 

Cleveland Churches…Beautiful, and Sometimes Famous!

July 31, 2017 § 2 Comments

“Saint Theodosius”

Cleveland is known for it’s varied ethnicity.  There are numerous neighborhoods based on the backgrounds of it’s local citizenry.  We have Little Italy, Slavic Village, Asia Town, and numerous others.  The local restaurants in each of these neighborhoods boast some of the best ethnic food you’ll find anywhere.  While enjoying the various dishes served up in these neighborhoods, what really amazes me in these neighborhoods is the unique architecture, particularly the churches.  I’ve spent the last couple of years photographing these churches, possibly for a future book project.  Just when I think I’ve shot my last church exterior, I discover a new one.  I still have a lot of interior shots to do, so I’m looking forward to a lot more shootings.  Anyhow, here are a couple of images each, from three of my churches.  I mentioned in my title “sometimes famous”,  Saint Theodosius was where the wedding took place in the movie “The Deerhunter” with Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. These shots are a tiny sampling of what I have in my collection, but like I said, I think there’s a lot more out there left to shoot!

“Saint Theodosius”

“Trinity Cathedral”

“Trinity Cathedral”

“Saints Peter and Paul Ukranian Catholic Church”

“Saints Peter and Paul Ukranian Catholic Church”

Thanks again for looking!

 

 

Photo Composites…Creating Brand New Images From Old Images

June 6, 2017 § 2 Comments

“Buildings & Planes 1 Final”

I’m, again, going through boxes of old slides, scanning them into my computer and putting them in files.  It’s kind of tedious, but it’s also bringing back some great memories.  The oldest image I’ve come up with so far is from ’73.  Anyhow, through modern technology, I’m able to clean them up, add some color, and even combine two or more images together to get a final image.  That’s what this post is about.  There’s going to be a lot of images, since I’m showing all the component parts for each final image.  Some of the originals still have all the dust and dirt on them, but they’re nice and clean in the final.  The images here range from the late ’70s to some I took just last fall.  Here goes.

“Buildings & Planes 1 Original Buildings”

“Buildings & Planes 1 Original Plane”

“Buildings & Planes 2 Final”

“Buildings & Planes 2 Original Buildings”

“Buildings & Planes 2 Original Plane”

“Car & Kayak Final”

“Car & Kayak Original Car”

“Car & Kayak Original Location”

“Truck & Bridge Final”

“Truck & Bridge Original Truck”

“Truck & Bridge Original Bridge”

“Church & Fall Colors Final”

“Church & Fall Colors Original”

“Church & Fall Colors New Sky”

“Big Yellow Caddie Final”

“Big Yellow Caddie Original”

“Big Yellow Caddie Original Road”

Thanks for looking!

Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor

May 18, 2017 § 2 Comments

“Long Live Rock”

I recently had a photographer from out of town tell me he and his family were going to visit Cleveland this summer and wanted to get an idea of where things were located.  He had seen some of my Cleveland images on my website and was wondering what subjects were close to one another.  He specifically wanted to photograph the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  I mentioned that Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor, which I still sometimes refer to as “the E.9th Street pier”…the old timers from here know exactly what I mean, and why did Captain Frank’s have to go, but I’m rambling.  Anyhow, the North Coast Harbor has the Rock Hall, the Science Center, Brown’s Stadium, the Wm. G. Mather…one of the great old ships that used to sail the Great Lakes, and something that I’m sure I’m forgetting.  This is all within a very easy walking distance…I got there early, fed the meter right outside the Rock Hall and shot all of these pictures within 2 hours.  So if you’re planning on visiting Cleveland, make a point to check out The North Coast Harbor!

“Long Live Rock” from behind.

“Rock and Rollers come in all ages, shapes and sizes”

“The Rock & Roll HOF”

“The Cleveland Science Center”

“Cleveland Science Center”

“The Wm. G. Mather”

“The Wm. G. Mather”

If you decide to come, one warning, June may be tough to get around downtown with all the people celebrating the Cav’s repeat!

 

Fine Art…In My Own Front Yard

May 3, 2017 § 4 Comments

“Fine Art Plants 1”

Sometimes we photographers tend to feel envious of people who travel the world and shoot some amazing images in some far-off exotic part of the world.  I did a ton of traveling back in the 70’s, 80’s, and into the early 90’s.  It is fun to explore beautiful areas in the U.S. and abroad.  I was fortunate to visit France, Great Britain, and Mexico back in the late 60’s to the mid-70’s.  By far my favorite places were our very own National Parks.  I love scenic and nature photography.  That’s what got me interested in photography in the first place.  Eventually I studied photography at The Cooper School of Art, where I learned studio still life photography and how to operate large format cameras and studio lighting.  This led to my career in commercial photography.  Even though my travel days are in the past, I still love to go out locally and shoot nature and scenics.  One of the areas I love shooting every Spring, is along my front porch!  You read that right, a 2’x10′ strip of plants my wife planted right along our front porch.  I never know from one year to the next, what these plants will look like, or what shape they’ll take on.  Depending on whether I stand in front of them, or go on the porch and lean over the railing and shoot them from the rear, they can take on many different looks.  So here is a small sampling of what I shot last Sunday in that 2’x10′ part of my front yard.

“Fine Art Plants 2”

“Fine Art Plants 3”

“Fine Art Plants 4”

“Fine Art Plants 5”

As always, thanks for looking!

More Rust Belt Beauty

March 6, 2017 § 2 Comments

“Rusted Beauty 1”

A few months back, I blogged about the beauty of a couple of rusty storage tanks in downtown Cleveland.  There’s something that intrigues me about the giant structures that were built when Cleveland was one of the thriving midwest industrial cities…an area of the country that years later, was derisively referred to as “the rust belt”.  Well Cleveland came back strong!  If you go back to any one of my many blogs about Cleveland, you’ll see all of the improvements we made through major renovation projects.  Unlike some other areas, the powers that be in Cleveland decided to leave some of these structures as a monument to our past.  For this blog, I concentrated on one structure.  When I photographed it, I didn’t know if it was part of a bridge, or some kind of crane and conveyor belt system for off-loading goods from ships that sailed the Great Lakes.  One of my closest friends saw one of the images and said she remembers seeing this bridge in operation when she was a little girl, complete with a bridge operator sitting in his booth making sure there were no collisions between ships, trains, or anything else.  Anyhow, like I said, all of these images are various views and angles of one structure.  Hope you enjoy them.

“Rusted Beauty 2”

“Rusted Beauty 3”

“Rusted Beauty 4”

“Rusted Beauty 5”

“Rusted Beauty 6”

“Rusted Beauty 7”

As always, thanks for looking!

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