Archive for February, 2010

First day of Photography Master Class Workshop

It’s been a while since I’ve taken any classes and I’ve been feeling in a bit of a “rut” creatively.  I thought it would be good to take a photography class and get some fresh ideas and also network with other local photographers.  I was especially interested because the instructor, Barbra Kates ( is an artist.  I feel pretty competent with the technical aspects of photography (although I’m still learning new things all the time), but I really want to be pushed creatively.

The first class was a lot of fun.  We had an immediate assignment to walk around the building and try to find interesting lines and to take some photos.  I’m looking forward to the rest of the workshop which also includes a couple of field trips.

Photographers are nerds! (I'm one too)

2010 personal project – my year in photos with Madame L – Month 2

Madame L and I had our monthly photo shoot on Valentine’s Day.  We are both single at the moment and decided it would be great to have some fun together and enjoy the day.

This was our first shoot since she got her hair cut short.  I really like the way it looks.  She had a lot of great ideas and we did a number of creative things.  I’m really having a lot of fun with this project, more from a personal standpoint than as a photographer.  I get to spend time with one of my favorite friends and she invites me over to dinner a few days after our shoot.  Not only is she a fantastic person, and lovely, but she’s a pretty darn good cook too and we have great conversations.

Museum of Flight

Hanging around

One of the trade associations I am a member of has their meetings at TMOF on Boeing Field in Seattle. It’s a great meeting location, with a view of the runway on one side of the room and Mount Rainier to the south. I’d definitely recommend it.

I tried to show up a little early for our last event and get a few shots off. I have taken a guided tour before and it’s very fascinating. There’s so much history there and it’s a testament to mankind’s creativity.

I only had a few minutes to take photos. I need to plan some time to visit again when I can spend more time there.

Playing with light!

I was recently invited to participate in a small group of photographers that get together once a month to explore different aspects of “strobist” lighting.  This month I offered to host the get together and let the group spend some time shooting with my studio lighting.  We had a local model who volunteered to work with us and I think we all had a lot of fun and came up with some nice shots.  Our goal was to practice rim lighting, but this particular shot which I liked best ended up being more of a pinup shot.  The model had great legs and was wearing some really shiny nylons and I couldn’t resist lighting them up and making that the focus of the image.  I used a wide lens and stood fairly close to her, which had the effect of making her appear a bit elongated.  Fun stuff!

There are some shots from the other photographers here:  If you’re in Olympia and would like to network with other local photographers, I encourage you to check out our group:

She's got legs!

Groovy Goldie Godiva

This last weekend I shot with my favorite model, Goldie Godiva. She is the most creative model I’ve worked with. Every time we shoot together (this was our 5th shoot), we have a lot of fun and make some great images.

This time around she had the idea to shoot in front of a wall of photos of people with tattoos. She has no tattoos, and thought it would make for a fun dichotomy, her tattoo free body against a backdrop of tattooed people.

We shot in my small spare bedroom which I normally use as my workout room. We spent over an hour putting photos on the wall. We ended up with about 5′ X 10′ of usable space to shoot in. I used a couple of small inexpensive strobe lights and shot used a couple of wide angle lenses. I had to be creative with the space and the lack of high quality lighting.

I love working with her and it was a lot of fun trying to figure out how to make things work in that small space. I know she’s already cooking up another idea!

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