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Archive for September, 2008

Quincy Jones…

Posted by Mike on September 28, 2008

Mr. Jones travels in a bubble…. He creates it as he moves and people gather around forming the perimeter. He is, after all, famous and successful.

As a result of whatever is going on inside this bubble (which is not necessarily a visible thing), he is very difficult to photograph. Looking at the camera is not going to happen…

So one way to photograph him is to back off with a 400mm lens and zero in on the core of the bubble.

The other way I get people to pay attention is to start making up a fictional news story involving the person of interest and recite it out loud starting with a scandalous headline.

I needed a photograph with this young woman and Mr. Jones. He wouldn’t pay attention so I start in on this news story about how Mr. Jones and this woman were just married and this was their first photo shoot together…. The result is below…. much better than previous frames. When he realized what I was doing he cracked up…. and it worked out fine…

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Just Walking by…

Posted by Mike on September 20, 2008

I was photographing a group of actors and directors out in front of Benaroya Hall in Seattle a few days ago and this guy walked by…. Quickly I asked him if I could photograph him….

No lights, 35 mph windstrom, 21/4 square film with 50mm lens…. a lot of Photoshop.¬† It came out great and has already won one prize in competition.

It just goes to show you that the camera and the lights and all the the-wiz“stuff” are not as good as your eyeball when it comes to making the photo.

Here is the group we were photographing for an annual report.


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Art? or Chairs…

Posted by Mike on September 9, 2008

This image popped into view and was made in about 1 minute… while I waited for a person to move out of the frame.

I call it “Grazing Chairs”.

So is this art? or crap?


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