New Orleans!

We just flew back from New Orleans, and BOY ARE MY ARMS TIRED. But seriously, folks. It was the first time I’ve been back to the US since I moved abroad, but I’ve never actually been to NOLA or spent any time in the South, so it was all new. Most importantly, the whole family – officially related or not – was gathered for my brother Aaron’s wedding. I shot the wedding – what a pleasure – and there will be posts to come on that, but there was plenty of time for shooting around New Orleans as well. One[…]

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Tough Simon (3 of 5)

Who knew Simon had his septum pierced? Not I. But man was that badass. He stood next to a corrugated metal wall, with a dark grey painted wall behind him. I put the Speedlite/umbrella combo, on a stand, pointing at the wall, and he stood in between. That setup gave us a dramatic shadow, but a lot of strangely omnidirectional fill light. Then he made faces. After awhile, we even tried some stuff with colored gels! The green is from a gel; the skin tone in the shadow areas is just the overhead light sneaking in. This was one of[…]

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Weekend in Berlin

What a great city! Awesome mix of stuff. Super friendly people. Really easy to get around. Entertaining thunderstorms. And I’ve just posted my portfolio of the trip – follow the link to see more photos. We spent the weekend with our friends Leslie and Peter. I’m going to duplicate this pose when I shoot my brother’s wedding shortly… Very fancy graffiti, including, “Who the heck had that idea?”, “Glitter-illusions for babies”, and the many floors of Tacheles (which we wandered into accidentally). There were a lot of great doors and locks (I think I added around 20 photos to my[…]

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Greek Orthodox Easter…in Greece!

In April, Lefteris and I spent a week and a half in Greece – visiting the village where he spent a lot of his childhood, enjoying Easter (what an experience), and then traveling around a bit, including a couple of nights on Santorini – all with four of our great friends. It was just outstanding. He took me to Athens once before, but the islands…I can see how a person could get kind of addicted to seeing them. Seems like they all have a different flavor – and the whole place is so unbelievably beautiful. I’ve posted my portfolio of[…]

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Fun with lighting + London trivia for Americans

London trivia for Americans: did you know that in London, virtually all apartments are rented furnished? On the one hand, I guess it’s nice not to have to move sofas up and down tiny flights of stairs very often. But on the other, this basically means that you’re constantly living with whatever the landlord decided he/she didn’t want. For someone like me, who used to do interior design for a living and has just moved from a big beautiful apartment filled with things I spent years selecting and/or creating, THAT SUCKS. One interesting thing I’ve discovered in the process of[…]

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It’s autumn

I hate the short days. A lot. So last weekend, we checked out Hampstead Heath to enjoy the fall colors and try to find good things about the autumn. I guess I do love the leaves…but why does it have to get dark so EARLY? Anyway… I want to do many, many more photos of leaves in motion! Figure it out? This is a reflection. I love the dappled light in the far-away leaves… Inter-species snorgling! Something about the light on the forest floor… So idyllic! I totally feel like these three leaves are giving a speech to a crowd[…]

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Where (and when) will the moon come up?

I posted a few weeks ago with links and instructions for figuring out where the sun will go down. While in Hawaii I wanted to take some moonrise shots, so did some research on how to do the same sort of thing for the moon. One major difference here is that while the sun moves (in relation to the horizon, and in relation to time) very little from one day to another, the moon comes up about an hour later each day. That seemed wierd to me at first, but when you think about it, a lunar month is 28[…]

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What I’m reading: Striking Poses and Master’s Guide to Wedding Photography

I’ve just read two outstanding photography books. I’ve been going through the entire photography section at the library (and neighboring libraries) and looking through the sections in virtually every bookstore in my path, and I’ve only bought a very few books–just the ones that I think I’ll want to refer back to. Both of these have jumped to the top of my list. Striking Poses: Creating a Visual Dialogue is a book of environmental portraits shot all over the world, with each one accompanied by a short conversation with Max Fallon, the photographer. His focus on people and relationships as[…]

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Interior design photography tips

I’m interested in combining my background in interior design with my current interest in photography. So I’ve been reviewing books and magazines to figure out some of the elements of good interior photography. Here’s a list of tips I’ve come up with. There are plenty of tips on lighting interiors out there, so I skipped that and looked at composition and viewpoint. Some of these may be obvious to experienced photographers, but as I’m not one, they’re all news to me… Feel free to overexpose and blow out the windows. It makes it look like a room is flooded in[…]

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