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Archive for June, 2009

Granite Falls, WA

Posted by Mike on June 29, 2009

Granite Falls, WA is known for the falls, of course, the only Shinto Shrine in North America, big meth labs, and the mountain loop highway where murderers seem to like to drop off their victims…. The scenery is nice but perhaps you should be armed to cover yourself up here in this neck of the woods?

The falls….

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Chaos to order in product photography.

Posted by Mike on June 29, 2009

This one photo should be self explanatory. We needed a full sized trade show print for this 16 foot kayak…. A single exposure, even on 4×5 film, wasn’t going to get the results I wanted since  we just didn’t have enough head room in the studio to get it without using a wide angle lens and making the pointed ends even pointier than they should be. So multiple shots with a normal lens did the job.

16 foot kayack

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Life is Rich with Irony(s)

Posted by Mike on June 29, 2009

So, Sunday I am on my way to photograph a Shinto religious ceremony (the epitome of peace-loving, tranquil, harmonious religions) and this a-hole cuts me off and almost hits me so he can barge in on a right turn only lane he needs to be in but won’t wait for 2 other cars…. I am steamed and calling him bad names….

Next thing, I am laughing because this guy has provided me with the best entertainment I’ve had in quite a while….

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To get the IRoNY part, of course, you had to be on the planet these week and know that Jackson just died a few days ago at age 50 from a drug overdose… He popped painkillers like candy. But to double the irony a guy who lived just like the bumper sticker said to do had just died 60 minutes prior to my seeing the sticker. An autopsy has revealed he was doing coke and numerous other drugs too. What a shame.

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Lake Fenwick 4… art in the backyard

Posted by Mike on June 21, 2009

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Lake Fenwick 3… art in the back yard

Posted by Mike on June 21, 2009

Using the “clarity” slider toward the minus side on your favorite Camera Raw processor or Lightroom can give you a smoooooooth diffuse effect. However, in this case I wanted the water lily flower to be sharp… So I made virtual copy of the photo. In copy one it’s as sharp as a tack. In copy two the clarity slider is almost all the way negative.

The two photos are opened in photoshop as layers. A layer mask is painted black to reveal the flower through the diffusion… then you “save” and export the image from Lightroom as per usual._MG_6995-Edit

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Lake Fenwick 2… art in the back yard

Posted by Mike on June 21, 2009

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Lake Fenwick 1… art in the backyard.

Posted by Mike on June 21, 2009

Here is an illustration of depth of field control….

F3.5, F9, and F29 on a 300mm lens (Canon 5d at ISO 200)

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FROM THE CHAIR…. control of the world (almost).

Posted by Mike on June 10, 2009

Note: due to the extensive theft of the primary photograph here…. I have to remind you there is about a $100,000 fine for stealing this picture now that it’s registered with the US copyright office…..

What if you could control your world from a chair like this?

Well this fishing boat (almost 300 feet) captain can, and does, with his all new electronic bridge.

We made this photo with a Canon 5D, a 16mm lens at f16 and used 9 exposures and multiple sets of lights off and on about 30 or more minutes after sunset to layer together an exposure for each monitor level, the exterior, and the red running lights. The lens is in the position the captain’s eye would be from THE CHAIR.

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