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Sally Harrington

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To put it bluntly, Sally is always a good time.  She is always laughing and having fun whenever I happen to see her.  Over the years, I never got too close with her but we are on hugging terms.  For the past few months, she’s been telling me how bad she wants to shoot something.  “Ok”, I said, “but it’s on my terms.”  Originally, I wanted to do something like good girl/bad girl with her.  For example, do a shot with her blowing a huge bubble with pigtails in front of a backdrop.  Next in the diptych would be a photograph of her with fake blood pretending to be raw meat like a zombie.

Obviously, that was a stupid idea and I’m glad that we strayed from that.  I went over to her place and the first thing she told me was that she was worried about what I would say about her on my blog.  “You always talk about how you met the person and what you think of them,” she said,  “Now I get to see what you really think of me.”

So off we went with three different outfits and no place to go.  I had tried to scout some stuff earlier but my sense of direction in accordance to the sunset was way off.  We were losing sun fast and we made do with what we had.  The first two were all natural light with a reflector and the last one was a three light setup.  I have to admit to myself that I’m getting more and more comfortable working with multiple lights.

This last one is by far my favorite of the bunch.  I’ve been studying light for a while and was really trying to give some depth to the photograph with the lighting placement.  This was actually one of the first frames of the set up when Sally wasn’t even really sure which way to look or what feelings she was trying to evoke.  It just happened this way.  I like that.


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September 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

Tony Borrmann

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I always like a name like Borrmann, two unnecessary letters that are just there for fun.  That’s why I’m make photographs, for fun.  Tony had asked me to photograph him welding some stuff to see what kind of cool shots we could get and since it’s summertime and all I want to do is build my portfolio, I happily agreed.

Tony is a guy who’s had a million and a half dead end jobs and has probably met more screwed up people at those jobs than you will in your whole lifetime.  It wasn’t until recently that Tony began to study welding at Cerrito’s College.  From what he tells me, he loves it and has finally found something that has 1.) job security and 2.) held his attention for more than a few months and not to mention 3.) totally badass.  There’s sparks flying everywhere and you gotta wear heavy leather jackets or else.  (Believe me, you don’t want to find out what’s happens.)

I couldn’t have imagined what a pain it was to photograph someone welding.  Basically, the arc of the welder is .9 times the brightness of the sun and looking at it with your bare eyes will give you something later on called “sandpaper eyes”.  Apparently, it feels exactly like it sounds.  Tony was kind enough to loan me a hood, so I could shoot from inside the booth.  Wearing a hood which felt like 5 or six stops down from ambient light, I had to shoot blindly with a fairly tight lens (35mm on a cropped sensor) and hope for the best.  I set my exposure with my shutter speed at 120th and slowly crept down to see what kind of motion I could get with slower shutter speeds. I propped a SB-900 (light) on a stand and used it as a rim light allowing the arc’s light to serve as the main light.  Soon the sun started to play a factor in my exposure but everything turned ok perfectly well.  I’m so happy with the results and I’m sure that you will too.  Since I only had a handful of winners this time I decided to do multiple edits.  Enjoy!

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July 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

Matt and Ryan for Dubtree Collection

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After a month long hiatus of nothing new for the internet, what do i have to say for myself? Well, school’s wrapping up and quite frankly I’ve been having a bit of a photographer’s block.  It’s mostly because I don’t have anyone to shoot during the weekdays that I’m off and on weekends I work my part time job when all the normal people have free time.  Woe is me.  But really, I’m very open to anyone who’d want to do some kind of portrait session in the next couple of weeks.  Shoot me an email and we’ll talk.

Recently I met up with Matt Simmerman to see how his company is growing and to see how happy he was with the work I had done for him recently.  Sooner or later it ended up becoming late night photoshoot with no real plans or concepts.  Just Matt, Ryan and I driving around ending up behind a Walgreen’s in an alley near his house.  Luckily, these guys were very patient with me messing around with the lights every couple of frames and we ended up getting some pretty shots of them just hanging around in an alley at night.  I was gonna go into detail about the shoot but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!


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May 1, 2011 at 9:16 am