Spent Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico and had the chance to explore the entire island. From the tropical rain forest of El Yunque to Rincon on the west coast I tried to capture the beauty and exoticness of the island. I included several shots of the same subject due to the changing light and how different it made each photo. It was hard to choose a single favorite so I just included all of my favorites! Hope you enjoy the photos! Prints are available – message me for pricing and options!
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I’ve been busy shooting more incredible cars! A 1932 Ford, 1954 Chevy pickup, and a 1957 Thunderbird – all flawless. Shooting autos combines the best of everything for me – my love of all things car related and photography. It’s always a challenge to find the lines that best feature the car and to get the right light. Being large reflective surfaces, you have to be careful about what is reflecting where the highlights are falling. My go-to set up for these shoots are a circular polarizer and my remote triggered speedlights. A polarizer makes it easy to remove glare and reflections off of the glass and even large body panels where you don’t want or need the reflection. Add in good natural light and you can create some fantastic photos!
I just returned from 10 days in Iceland. I’ve had Iceland on my bucket list of places to photograph for years, and it’s finally happened! 10 days is just not enough time to capture the beauty and raw power of this amazing place – there were so many incredible views and breathtaking landscapes. I’ll start off sharing some aurora photos – I was lucky enough to see it 4 nights over the course of my trip. Spectacular doesn’t come close. I”ll have more photos up soon!
I’ve wanted to get the St. Louis Arch at sunset for a long time and finally had the opportunity. Luck was on my side as the clouds and sun cooperated in a spectacular sunset bursting with color. This looks amazing on a 20 x 60 canvas!
Got to shoot some great cars this last week! The white M3 I wanted to shoot downtown. The top of a parking garage was the perfect spot and I captured the shot at dusk just when the neon lights of the nearby buildings came on.
Rig shots are awesome and the blue Lexus ISF was a perfect subject for the greens and blues in the background. I made these 2 shots also at dusk. And no, there wasn’t a following car with me hanging out the window taking the photo. A rig shot involves a long pole attached to the vehicle with professional heavy duty suction cups and the camera is attached to the end of the pole. The car is then pushed, pulled, or allowed to roll if on an incline, very slowly, very carefully. It’s not even running and the entire distance traveled is about 6-8 feet. A long shutter speed creates the illusion of speed. In post production you remove the rig, poles, suction cups. Special care has to be taken to remove the reflections of the rig in the paint and windows. A lot of work, but i think the results are worth it!
I went downtown to get some new photos of Memphis. I knew I wanted to get the bridge in a shot, the Main Street trolly, and maybe something on Beale. This was a Saturday night so I knew I’d be fighting hordes of tourists and locals alike, but decided to go for it anyway. First, some things I learned. Mud Island closes so you can get to the south end which is where I wanted to shoot from. No amount of coaxing would get the guard to let me through even for a few minutes. So I went to the parking area just across the bridge and tried to get some shots of the bridge. Even after making my way to the shore there simply wasn’t a shot. As I headed back to the parking lot, I turned around and saw a barge headed north. The sun was setting and the trees and people on the river were a perfect silhouette framing the entire shot. I dropped to the ground and braced the camera on my knees to capture this shot. Moments later the barge was past the trees and the shot was gone. Serendipity can happen.
Next, I headed to front street and the new Beale Street landing. Again, this all closes about sunset. I managed to get parked and headed up the large hill to get a shot of the bridge and the large paddle boat that was getting ready to sail. A guard saw me and started yelling. I knew he was saying they were closed and I couldn’t be up there, but the colors in the sky were so amazing that I knew I had to grab a shot and once again, I’d only get one chance. I set my tripod, metered, and tripped the shutter.
After a few apologies to the guard for not hearing him, I headed to Beale Street and the Peabody Place Trolley stop. The sun had set and I knew I wanted some long exposure shots. Patience can also be rewarded. With all of the crowds downtown on a warm spring night, it took more than one try to get a shot without a ton of people walking through the frame. After a little time, I captured these 2 photos that I was happy with.
The last stop of the night was Beale Street. The crowds were huge and I just didn’t see anything that was catching my eye so I decided to head back to the car. As I passed the Blues City Cafe, I saw my shot. I set the tripod up in the street and as I composed the frame, I felt a drop on my hand. A BIG drop. Once again luck was on my side as no one was in front of the cafe. I grabbed one shot and as soon as it fired, the skies opened up and a total deluge began. I managed to get under the awning at the cafe to protect my gear and get it tucked away. While my gear stayed dry, I definitely didn’t while getting back to the car. I hope you like the results of my evening downtown!
Shot a couple more cars for Art and Speed. If you are looking to buy a mint antique, classic, or exotic car, be sure to check out Art and Speed’s website – www.artandspeed.com. Or, if you are wanting to sell one of your specialty cars, they can also assist. Both the Grand Prix and Cadillac were totally mint – had a great time shooting these 2 amazing rides.
Being a huge car nut, geek, aficionado, and lover of all things fast, I had the best New Year’s day ever – I got to shoot 2 great cars for Art and Speed Classic Car Gallery in Collierville. The first was an immaculate 1968 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds. The car looked like it had been driven off the showroom floor! Perfection is the only way to describe the looks on this car, inside and out. Here are a few from the first shoot.
After shooting the Hurst Olds at a warehouse, I next spent some time with a 1964 Imperial LeBaron. This gorgeous royal aqua colored car reminded me of the old Lincoln Continental my mom used to drive back in the 70’s – giant trunk you could swim in, huge back seats, and a hood that reached into the next county. This car has a push button automatic transmission, electric windows, and a white leather interior – just a beautiful car. I was racing the sun as it set to get all the angles but managed to make some beautiful images of this antique luxury car.
My daughter Meagan is a fantastic stylist and has a great eye for natural beauty and the ability to show it off to maximum affect. She knows I love creative shoots so she is always on the lookout for people to model for me. When she mentioned she had a friend who I might be interested in shooting, I knew it would be good. After meeting Layla and going over some ideas, I knew I had to shoot her and I knew the perfect location – Earnestine & Hazel’s down on South Main. This bar has become a legend in Memphis and used to house a brothel on the second floor. Now it serves some of the best burgers and coldest beer in town, and to top it off, is said to be haunted. How cool is that? We met downtown on a VERY cold Sunday morning. And the results were amazing! Here are a few I had to share from the session!
I’ve always wanted to shoot the Memphis skyline, but most try to shoot from the west bank of the river back east towards the city. Thing is, unless you have a boat, it’s hard to get a good position on the far side to make the shot. I stumbled onto this location while attending a party. I knew after seeing the skyline in the distance that THIS would be a fantastic shot. All I needed was the right time and the right weather. Numerous plans fell through as the weather failed to cooperate – rain, overcast, a bland sky; all ruined any chance of a good photograph. Finally, the weather broke, the sky had streaks of red and blue, the timing worked, and I got the shot I wanted. This looks amazing either in print, metal, or canvas. Contact me to order yours today! Smallest size available is 20 x 60 due to the immense detail and size of the photo (130 megapixels)!