Process

Behind the Scenes of Dosed

It was cold, dreary, snowy, and worse for this shoot!  The snow was pretty deep, but thanks to our recent Arctic Vortex (which would be an awesome name for a Swedish speed metal band), it was frozen pretty solid.  Not solid enough to hold me up, but it kept Kayla and Aubrey from sinking in too badly.  My knees were frozen, as I was kneeling in the slushy top layer of snow (it had snowed a couple of inches of wet snow during the day).

Anyhow, Kayla was an amazing model, as usual.  I really need to work with her more often.

Thank you to Aubrey Castleberg for capturing some behind the scenes photos!

No, honey!  It's not what it looks like!   Behind the scenes photo courtesy of Aubrey Castleberg

No, honey!  It's not what it looks like!  
Behind the scenes photo courtesy of Aubrey Castleberg

Based on our relative states of dress, I couldn't complain about the cold at the time, but I can here and now! Behind the scenes photo courtesy of Aubrey Castleberg

Based on our relative states of dress, I couldn't complain about the cold at the time, but I can here and now!
Behind the scenes photo courtesy of Aubrey Castleberg

Kayla and Aubrey look through the raw photos in the warmth of Kayla's car.

Kayla and Aubrey look through the raw photos in the warmth of Kayla's car.

POTD: You Get What You Ask For, Sometimes

I love the delicate beauty of this clematis flower's petals juxtaposed with the almost mechanical intricacy of its filaments.  This flower is from Amy's favorite plant, gifted to us by a beloved friend, Lydia.  

Shot with a Canon 7D at ISO 320, f/8 for 1/40 sec.  The camera was stabilized on a tripod. The file itself was processed in Lightroom, Photomatix Pro, Lightroom again, Photoshop, with Topaz Adjust, and then final tweaks back in Lightroom.

Enjoy!

This clematis plant has nearly taken over the corner of our house

This clematis plant has nearly taken over the corner of our house

POTD: ...But It Also Breeds Creation

Michelle is an awesome model.  We are always able to collaborate and come up with some rockin' (if I do say so myself) photos.

This shot was almost a throwaway from a session in which we were concentrating on other concepts.  She had just gotten a new tattoo of a lyric from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song Californication.  

This lyric happens to have a lot of meaning for me, so I definitely wanted to get a great shot of it.  The only problem:  Michelle had the tattoo inked around her torso from back to front, callously ignoring my needs as a photographer.  We quickly came up with the idea to use a long exposure and "roll" her body from back to front so we could show the entire lyric.  Other than toning and some finishing touches, there's no Photoshop or digital trickery in this photo - it's all one shot.  

The tattoo reads:  Destruction leads to a very rough road, but it also breeds creation.  Awesome lyric.  Awesome tattoo.  Awesome model.  Hopefully an awesome photo.

I need to work with Michelle more often.  Her Red Hot Chili Peppers tattoo made just one awesome photo that we've created together.

I need to work with Michelle more often.  Her Red Hot Chili Peppers tattoo made just one awesome photo that we've created together.