Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lance and Charlotte

Yesterday my friends Lance and Charlotte got married in a small ceremony at their house and me being who I am had to bring my camera and shot some images.

These were all shot with the 70-200mm on my Nikon D800 and then processed in Adobe Lightroom. The middle image was done with my Quadra setup with a 27" softbox.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Start to the pin up

I have been wanting to do a serious pin up project for a while now and thought trying to do a Kickstarter project would be the best way to fund it. Things have been moving a little slow with it so I decided to do a few images to give people an idea of how it's going to look. I got my new friend Jackie to come out and these are what we were able to come up with.
 For this image I had a VERY large softbox lighting the background and on a boom arm above her. Then camera left I had a 53" octabox and camera right I had a hard light with a 10 degree grid on it to control the way the light spilled on the scene.
For this one I turned off the large overhead light and the big octa became the main light camera left and then I used the flash with the grid to light just the bears head since the dark fur absorbs so much of the softer light. 
If you like what you see here please check out the Kickstarter project and help fund the project or just share this link with your friends that would be a big help as well. Thanks

Monday, September 17, 2012

Details from the renaissance festival.

It is very easy to get overwhelmed at the renaissance festival, especially if you haven't been before. I had been once before and was still overloaded with things to see to the point where I sometimes forgot to shoot. Here are some of the detail images I was able to get while walking around the festival.

The below images are from the secret garden trail.

All images shot with a D800 and a 70-200mm then processed in Adobe Lightroom.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The people of the renaissance.

These are my favorite people shots from the festival. Everything was shot with my D800 and my 70-200mm then processed in Adobe Lightroom

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Renaissance Festival

I went to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival today with my friend Kim and after 5 hours of wandering aroundI got a bunch of photos to sort through. This is one that jumped out at me right away so I thought I would share it. Shot on my D800 with my 70-200mm, which on a side note I saw a lot of those lenses walking around at the festival. I processed it in Lightroom in about 5 minutes and other then the angle I really like this shot.

Friday, September 14, 2012

More with Sam

Here's a fun shot I did earlier this summer with Sam, it was shot with a Nikon D300 and a 16-85mm and I lit the image with my Elinchrom Quadra set up through a 27" softbox camera right. Quick and easy.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Shot this in the studio tonight with my friend Lahnah. It's very rare for me to be able to open up to f/1.4  when shooting with the Elinchrom Quadra but I had to turn the modeling lamp on to focus and the light quality was so nice I had to try shooting with it,  I had the light going through my 53" octabank. I was shooting handheld so I bumped the ISO up to 800 and it allowed a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second. Processed this in Lightroom.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A break in the clouds

There are times where I notice the light or clouds are doing something really cool but I never have anything to put in the foreground or I am running late to where I can't go out of my way to find something to make it work. This was not one of those times. I was on my way home and saw the clouds were doing something dramatic so I headed to a little lake I knew of that was a few miles off the main road and shot this very quickly then the clouds closed back up and the drama was gone. Shot with a 28mm on a D800 and processed in Adobe Lightroom.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


This was shot with a 50mm 1.4  on my D800 and processed in Adobe Lightroom.

Monday, September 10, 2012

In a corn field.

This is one of the first things I shot with my new D800. I only had a 20mm and a 50mm with me at this point and this was done with the 50mm. Shot with natural light and processed in Lightroom.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Just some random characters.

I love finding stuff like this around town. No special lighting here just a couple of quick grab shots but I thought they would be fun to share.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Last shoot with Sam for a bit.

The part that I hate about living in a college town is that it never fails when I find cool people to shoot or even just hang out with they graduate and movie away. That's exactly what is happening with my friend Sam, she is moving away tomorrow off to bigger and better things I am sure. On the bright side we did manage to sneak in one more shoot before she left. For this image I had a small softbox with an SB-800 camera right and slightly behind Sam. I shot wide open at 2.8 on my 70-200mm and with the open end of the alley in the shot my exposure edged past normal sync speed and to 1/800th of a second. I always keep the camera set so it can go into the high speed sync settings and it handle the scene beautifully in TTL. I processed it in Lightroom.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Late night Bemidji

A lot of time when the bar scene is a bust I like to wander the streets and see what kinds of images I can come up with. Most of the time I don't get much but every now and then I get a couple of keepers.

 Sometimes the shadows are more interesting then the subjects casting them. Shot with a 28mm.

I really like the leading lines in this one, shot with a 70-200mm @ the 200mm end. Both images were shot with my D800 and processed in Adobe Lightroom.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Another time lapse

I had noticed that the pepper plants in our greenhouse perked up pretty quick once they were watered after missing a few days and thought it would make a great time lapse video kind of like the ones you see on nature shows.  When I saw they were looking rough today I gave the time lapse a try setting the camera to shoot one image every forty seconds for eight hours and this is what I got. It was very interesting to see how much they fluctuated throughout the day.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Walking the dog

I was walking around town the other night after a shoot looking for something to shoot. When the light is good I like to keep shooting as long as possible and a lot of times that means just roaming town looking at where light is falling. I love the lines in this image, all the leading lines in the wall and the sidewalk intersecting with the shadows. I did several shots of this scene but only got one with the guy walking his dog which adds a get element to the image. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Friday at the Blue Ox

The past Labor Day weekend there were a lot of great bands playing down at the Blue Ox in Bemidji and one of those was this woman, Sarah Krueger out of Duluth so if you get a chance to catch her act I would highly recommend it.  I shot this with my D800 (the ISO cranked to 3200) and a 70-200 wide open at 2.8 

Monday, September 3, 2012

A few more from the Smokies

These are a few images from a mountain community that the US government bought when they established the pt park. Shot with a Nikon P7000 and processed in Adobe Lightroom.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


Over the years I had shot a lot of images with Jenna, she was always willing to at least hear out my wilder ideas. But while I was in Los Angeles she graduated and moved off to Atlanta so I hadn't seen her in a while. Recently though she made a trip home to visit her family before moving to Scotland for school. So we took advantage of a few hours and shot some photos. This image was done with a 28mm at f8 as well as a Quadra flash camera right fired through a 39" octabox with the front diffusion panel removed. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

More with Ashleigh

When I shot with Ashleigh the other day it was actually to do some yoga photos so here is one of those. I had a VAL holding a beauty dish camera left and shot it with my D800 and a 70-200mm.