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Photographs of boats, ships, dinghys… inside and out…

1300 HP Mitsubishi engine

Posted by Mike on January 5, 2012

Recipe:

Camera lens, flash light, and colored gels in a dark room for 90 minutes

1) 93 20 second exposures… throw more than 1/2 away…

2) pick 10 best shots where your light painting accomplished it’s particular goal.

3) use lightroom to adjust color where you want it (or acr if you like)

4) photoshop layers, blend modes, adjustment layers, grouping certain layers, layer masks, etc until it looks

the way you want it….

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Commercial and Editorial Photography Portfolio

Posted by Mike on January 15, 2011

My new brochure (january 2011).

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Making something from nothing… again!

Posted by Mike on August 30, 2009

A recent assignment called for photographing a large (91 feet or so) yacht in Seattle for a broker’s listing.

It all sounds glorious except it was parked in an ugly brown fabric boat house and wasn’t moving for our cameras.

So, out comes the creative photoshop ideas and I transported the boat to a cove on the west side of Vancouver Island with day and night scenes.

I just can’t enumerate all the actions and tweaks that went into this shot…. maybe 25 or more layers… brushes, layer masks, construction of things that don’t really exist and of course cutting holes in the windows… not to mention getting the photo in the first place so lighting during the day would look like night time….

Before:

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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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Adventure Yachts, Seattle

Posted by Mike on February 5, 2009

Adventure Yachts, Seattle

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Stills from the photo shoot:

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Ocean Alexander…. only 74 feet

Posted by Mike on August 8, 2008

Here is a 12 shot panoramic interior of one of the nicest places you could ocean-alexanderbe out on the water…. Got a few million? then you’re all set….

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Toy Boat

Posted by Mike on August 8, 2008

The impressive 80 foot Ocean Alexander… at night.

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