Prom 2009

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A few prom pics of Dylan & Katie, and Tyler & Meredith.

Best Bud

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My son Campbell, who also happens to be my very best buddy.

Rainy Day

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My friends overlooking the Elk River near the Tennessee/North Carolina border on a very rainy day.

Model Mandy

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I had a very fun studio shoot over the weekend… Mandy’s natural beauty, along with her ease with posing and being photographed, made my job very easy. Thanks also for my wonderful assistant Shelia, who worked with the hair, changing backgrounds, holding lights, etc.

The above image was shot with a three strobe setup. A single soft-box was positioned to camera-left as the key light. A reflector umbrella was behind the camera at a 2:1 ratio from the key light. I used a strip-light soft-box to highlight the hair. Aperture was f/8.0 with a 1/100 second exposure.

Red Intensity

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I’ve been posting a lot of nature shots lately, so let me change things up a bit and post one from the studio:

Since this model had an edgy hairstyle, I wanted to give an edgy appearance to her photo. Normally, I would turn the face away and at an angle to the main light to bring out more soft shadowing, but instead I posed her directly into the main, giving a more intense and harsh lighting effect. Women also photograph well looking upward, so I stood on a chair only almost directly above the model and took the shot in a downward direction. I also turned the camera about 45 degrees to frame the face at an angle.

The studio setup was a main strobe with softbox about 3 feet away from the model’s face. There was a secondary strobe with an umbrella reflector immediately behind the camera, and I had an assistant holding a 3rd strobe a few feet above her head to highlight the hair. Finally, the model was also holding a white card at her waist to bounce some light under the chin. The background was chosen black to accent to intense look of the shot.

Good Friends

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Shot in studio.  I muted the reds in the image to turn those shades to black and white, leaving the blue colors.

Photo details: Nikon D80, Nikon 18-200mmVR lens @48mm, f/4.8, 1/100 sec. shutter, 100 ISO.  Shot in studio with four lights (softbox main, fill umbrella as a  reflector, head light, and SB600 sppedlight to highlight the background.

Electric Woodshed

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The “Electric Woodshed” playing at the Blue 5 in Roanoke, VA.  This guitarist is my long-time friend Craig Counts.  Since the Shed plays classic rock, I wanted to give this image a “classic” appearance, so in post-editing I used filter that mimics an older photo processing style referred to as cross-processing. 

Photo details: Nikon D80, Nikon 50mm prime lens, f/1.8, 1/60 sec., 100 ISO.  Flash fired with SB-600 speedlight.  Used “Cross-process” filter in post-processing. 

Barefoot Mullins

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The Mullins Family in studio.

Photo details: Nikon D80, Nikon 18-200mmVR lens @28mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec. shutter, 100 ISO.  Shot in studio with four lights (softbox main, fill umbrella reflector, head light, and SB600 to highlight the background.

Spinning Wheel

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This spinning wheel lady was a historical reenactor at the Watauga Fort in Sycamore Shoals State Park (Elizabethton, TN).

Photo details:  Nikon D80, Nikon 18-200mmVR lens @40mm, f/4.5, 1/20 sec. shutter, 100 ISO.  I cropped out some distractions and applied “film noir” VP filter.  I also added some slight depth of field in post processing.

Little Courtland

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I couldn’t think of a better way to start my new blog than with my new little nephew Courtland.

Photo details:  Nikon D80, 50mm prime, f/1.8, 1/60 shutter, 100 ISO, SB600 flash w/Omni-bounce @ 45 degrees, Courtland on a black background, conversion to b/w in post-processing with “Dramatic”  VP filter.