Sometimes editorial photography assignments come across the wire and I wonder just how the hell I’m going to pull it off. This photo ran in yesterday’s New York Times Homes Section. There gentleman lives in Washougal, Washington and has a full scale replica of Captain Kirk’s chair in his living room, which he built himself. I normally shoot only using available light, but somehow I felt like this image needed a more deliberate treatment. Using my very limited lighting kit, (in fact it’s so limited I can’t say with much confidence that it is a “kit”), I figured out a way to light the chair and him, (with a Hollywoodesque spotlight), and also simultaneously reveal the suburban outdoors to emphasize the marvelously bizzarre juxtaposition of visual information. I enjoy Star Trek, in all of its permutations, so this job was a lot of fun. Although I have deep affection for my Mark ll, I shot this with a Canon 5D, because the images for newspapers don’t demand such a giant file. I still love my 5D, and although the Mark ll sensor is bigger, I really don’t see that much of a difference in image quality, particularly for reproductions in magazines and newspapers. More on this topic later, as I have an upcoming exhibit where there are seven 40×60″ prints being displayed. I invite everyone who attends the opening to guess which images were shot with the 5D and which ones were made using the 5D Mark ll. There will be a prize for the person who can give me the correct answer!
Archive for March, 2009
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It’s that time of year when we all look outside on days like this, sunny and bright, and see the battering that the surrounding flora has taken, particularly this year of much snow. Dead plants abound. I wonder if the rosemary bush we’ve had for the past ten years will actually come back to life and how many moles have found their way to my bulbs. But fear not, hope comes in the form of the printed page. Portland Spaces Magazine’s April/May Issue is filled with great ideas including a fabulous feature story about gardening! I had the privilege of shooting a few gardens last summer for this issue. The opener is my favorite and I hope you like it too.
If you would like to look at more garden photos on my web site, you can do that here. Thanks for visiting!
For those of you who are attending Photolucida in Portland, Oregon, Photo District News has published a very nice city guide in their March issue. I was one of the photographers interviewed for the article and was very pleased to see that they ran one of my images that will be on display at the Froelick Gallery during the Photolucida events. There will be an opening on Saturday, April 25th from 4 -8 pm so if you are around, please come join us for some good cheer. That evening there is also PICA’s annual TADA fundraiser and Casey Kelbaugh’s Slideluck Potshow so Saturday night will be filled with good times.