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Posts Tagged ‘Advertising Photography’

Pizza before and after…

Posted by Mike on November 14, 2008

Unfortunately there is this belief that just because a file is digital it’s ready to go right out of the camera… not true. Same is true from film scans… which is where this photo originates (21/4 film scanned to 65 megabytes).



after-pizzaAnd by the way… This finished version was entered into two different photography judging competitions… It scored a very low score in one and first place in the other.

So don’t give up if the world doesn’t see it your way. Perhaps they weren’t even looking.

I made this with a 110mm macro lens on a 21/4 Bronica with Portra 160NC. f22 at 1/125th of a second. Two strobes and a foam core reflector helped out. One strobe was in a soft box strip about 14 inches by 30 inches and the other light was in a 16 inch dish painted white, with a sock over it.

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Art, Michael Kline

Posted by Mike on November 8, 2008

I photographed Mr. Kline’s portfolio a while ago. He produces quite a variety of fascinating pieces both 2D and 3D.

This one struck me… I leaned the one piece over and he didn’t like that. He was “disturbed”.

Thus the title “Disturbance in the Fork”….¬† StarWars…get it?

3/4ths of what I do is driven by what pops into my head at any given moment. If I’m lucky I write it down for future work.

By the way, this was done with a Nikon 5700 point and shoot… It has a hot shoe so I could hook it up to real lighting equipment.


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Product Photography, ultimate image….

Posted by Mike on November 8, 2008

This photo was made with more than 25 exposures in 3 cameras on 4×5 film. The effect intended was to have this product depicted as a planet… with the product’s installation tools orbiting. Of course, the planet is lit from the inside to depict molten lava.

The print was 10 feet wide by 8 feet tall and it was impressive. The client made a lot of money, sold the company at a profit and retired. I, on the other hand, am still working. Perhaps, I should have done the photo for free only asking for a % ?

So what are these products?

nozzlesAnswer: They are nozzles you would use in a hot tub for air bubbles.

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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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Absolut Springtime

Posted by Mike on May 26, 2008

Working with these guy’s products is a joy because they want to pay for creativity…. They have even had contests for photos with $10,000 prizes…. and maybe you get to drink what’s in the bottle too…

absolut springtime, now until labor day

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Toyota is Green?

Posted by Mike on May 22, 2008

This ad for Toyota just popped into my head while I was taking a day off to make photos of things I like (waterfalls and green stuff in the Columbia River Gorge, East of Portland, Oregon).

What would help them sell cars? Here is one idea….

These two photos were taken the same day about 40 miles apart… It’s a great place to work since you can have any climate you want in a few miles travel.

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Nicest Sewage Pumping Station

Posted by Mike on June 8, 2006

The 4×5 proves it’s worth once again… keeping those machines in focus all the way down the line.

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