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Banquet Room

This restaurant needed a new photo of their beautiful round high-ceiling banquet room. White floor, black tablecloths, and lots of glass looking outside. My wireless 400W Mono-light with TTL metering made it easier. I exposed for outside to be light, and let the mono-light determine the exposure for the inside. I adjusted the height and...

Home-made panoramic head

All of the components are Arca Swiss connectors. The camera panning base screws onto a 3/8 stud on the tripod, and holds the Hifine CL-90N Quick Release Clamp. The base has 360 degree markings for precise positioning of multiple shots in a panorama. The Neewer 200mm nodal slide rail is held by the Quick Release...

Sometimes HDR is not enough

This shoot for an Interior Designer was a very challenging room. Off-white walls and white ceiling, with a deep navy blue cabinet, an even darker and less reflective navy blue sofa, and very bright lamps on either side. Incandescent lighting was mixed with a south facing wall of glass, on a sunny day. The designer...

What You See is What You Get

What you don’t see is what the photographer started with! The final photo is what you send to the client.  You don’t want them to see what you started with!  In this case it was a three shot panorama using my finger as the estimated null point. And I had to be too close and...

Model Releases

You can not get away from legal issues – even when doing street photography.  This is my answer.  We were pleasantly surprised at the great food available at Au Bon Pain on L Street in Washington DC. A nobody taking pictures will probably never have a problem.  But as you get more recognized, it becomes...

Isolating the subject

In Guadalajara there is an artist village area called Tlaquepaque. Here you can find little trinkets for a few pesos or fine antique furnishings priced over 10,000 US dollars. The Sergio Bustamante Gallery is here. Along the main street, which is reserved for foot traffic only, one of his sculptures – La Reflexion –  sits...

Pier 39 Inside and Out

Pier 39 on San Francisco Bay is always noisy and full of activity.  To convey that in one photo requires some creative tricks! Here I have combined two shots, one of the docks covered with seals, and the other of the main dock full of people.  You look at both as one opens inside the...

Beach Dreams

Beach Dreams. Two photos from the Carolina Coast. One was captured looking down from the seventh floor hotel hallway in Myrtle Beach. The other is Wrightsville Beach at sunrise. Combine the two in Photoshop with many adjustments to make something totally different! In the hotel photo everything but the stucco railing and fountain was removed,...

I am now an FAA Certified UAV Pilot!

I am now offering Aerial photography! I have obtained the FAA UAV Pilot certification and can offer a wide range of photographic services from a new perspective!  This new commercial/residential center in Chapel Hill is beautiful!  It was a dreary cloudy day and I had to shoot into the sun.  The sky was horrible –...

Taking a photograph

Taking a photograph requires planning, preparation, and thought. This is as opposed to doing a selfie or a snapshot – where you go “Oh, look at that,” and swing your cell phone up to shoot multiple shots of something.  The digital age of photography combined with huge memory capacity of most devices, can make you...

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