9Apr13 – Sakura Wedding Photos, Lopez Family

April 9, 2013 in Portrait

The Lopez family first contacted me early in February to ask about photos and, although I don’t specialize in family portraits, this was a rare opportunity.  In the 12 years they’ve been married, Tiane and Julian had never had wedding photos taken, so they wanted to seize the moment with photos of their family – all this in preparation for an upcoming ceremony this summer.  So… the checklist: Wedding dress?  Of course.  Dress blues?  Check.  Avid motorcycle enthusiasts/weekend instructors and a Ducati Hypermotard?  Why not!  Sakura bloom at Camp Zama, Japan?  How could I possibly say no!  Fast forward 2 months later with the cherry blossom season upon us, add a little rain for magical effect, and click on the photo to view the resulting sakura wedding photos.  Thanks to the beautiful family for sharing this day with us!

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20Mar13 Before/After

March 20, 2013 in Portrait

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So I thought it would be kind of neat to see how far I’ve come with post-processing images from SOOC (Straight Out Of the Camera) RAW files, to the finished image… each photo typically takes me 15-20 minutes to process within Lightroom and Photoshop (if I’m in the zone, that is.  Out of the zone?  Sorry, but we’re talking weeks/months… just ask my TF clients) and I’m always amazed by the changes possible.  Shooting both RAW and JPEG formats gives me the ability to manipulate an information-laden 5k petabyte original file alongside the (floppy-disk-sized) JPEG file that the camera had already quaintly processed using my in-camera settings.  Click and drag the slider to see the difference a little post-processing can make!  Another one after the jump…

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16Mar13 – WPPI and Musings About the Future

March 16, 2013 in Portrait

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Peter Bryant and Terri Lavenstein share their wedding day with dozens of photographers during a photowalk with Moshe Zusman Workshops at the 2013 WPPI Conference. 85mm, f3.2, ISO400 1/200s, softbox with Profoto strobe at camera right.

Having just returned from my trip to WPPI University and the WPPI Conference & Expo, I’m re-energized and excited with the prospect of working on new projects and portraits over the next year!  I had the opportunity to listen to and learn from some of the best in the industry (to include Moshe Zusman, Doug Gordon, JP Elario, Craig Stidham, Jerry Ghionis…), review my portfolio with potential mentors, attend classes with other aspiring photographers, and network with artists (yes, photographers can be artists!) who have a similar vision and passion for not just delivering an end product, but one into which we have infused our personality, sweat, Read the rest of this entry →

31Jan13 – 2013 HKS Premium Day [Part I]

January 31, 2013 in Automotive

[IMG]HKS Premium Day 2013 at Fuji Speedway. January 27, 2013. [also posted on MotorMavens Reader’s Blog]

No question about it, Tokyo Auto Salon was every bit as exciting and massive as you have read about or seen in magazines, newsfeeds, or your frenzied youtube searches… it was a dizzying mixture of eclecticism and unadulterated performance, with a dash of innovation and requisite high speedlight-to-girl ratios. So where do you go when you’re bursting from 3 days of glut and glamour? If you were looking for relief from the bloated 7-course meal that was TAS, then HKS had Read the rest of this entry →

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