Sunday, December 27, 2009

Rincon or Bust

On my way to Lake Tahoe for a new years snowboard adventure but had to stop and shoot some line-ups with swell in the water.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Photo Booth fail FTW?

As you can see below, things started out real harmless and innocent-like. Next thing Hugh and I knew heads were flying through backdrops.


I like double meanings. Nicole Kruse, Casa Romantica.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Geckos and Home

I'm coming home Monday boys and girl. We need to have a Click meeting before the new year. Here's a few of my new friends I've made over here on the rock, enjoy.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Optometry office shoot leads to boredom, leads to funny scope thing, leads to shiny light, leads to print it and put it on my wall.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Triangle Portraiture

I remembered back to Matt's post about using the triangle theory for portraiture. I'm pretty stoked on the results...thanks Master Matty.

Monday, December 14, 2009

hey-ho 2 in a row.

Here's an addition to the previous post. Mr. Peterson pointed me in the direction of these bad boys:

The article probably does a better job of explaining them than I do, but basically, they're custom camera profiles, and they do something to the highlights/recovery slider. You know how the recovery slider sometimes jacks up the skin tones, and/or the color in the low-end highlights??? Well these profiles help alleviate that shift, somehow, and make the recovery slider just focus on pulling back the very top of the histogram. Kinda cool. Check em out:


Oh, and since posts without pictures never seem to get read around here, here's a picture of my niece, Babymonster, eating some dirt.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


i still post. i swear. especially when it's gonna tick the counter for post number 300. boom.

anyway, came across something in LR today that I'm digging. calibration. I just discovered it, and haven't really got it all figured out yet, but it's already making a huge difference in some of my processing. If you guys have any expirience or input on this subject, I'd really appreciate it. Here's a look at some screen shots from an image it made a big difference on... (please excuse the lame composition, it's not the best image, but showcases the calibration well.)

unprocessed RAW file:

RAW file with basic processing, including the "adobe standard" calibration, which is the default setting:

same processing as the image above, this time with "camera neutral" calibration:

looks about a bajillion times better, IMO. i know LR allows you to apply custom calibration to files upon import, for a specific camera. So, I'm gonna be looking into that soon. Thoughts? Advice?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Documenting a wedding in a new way

The guys at have an interesting blog post about documenting more than just the wedding day. It's an interesting read and an interesting video. Not sure how to do it with just images but still very interesting.

Read the post here

michael + chrystalle // a wedding is more than one day from stillmotion on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Flash Techniques

Here's a guy who uses the flash quite nicely. His poses are cheesy but he takes advantage of the strobe.

Backlit flash here

Check out his bounce beauty here

Cheating your flash sync here

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

In the posting Mood

We need to have a click meeting soon, I'm getting antsy...

You ever shoot a bride and have everything set up perfect except for the unexpected bogie? Tip of the day, when choosing locations make sure you know how busy the foot traffic will be at the time you plan to shoot.

This guy is good

So the other day another photographer approached me and said that he was shooting said surfer and I couldn't use any images on Since I know the guy I agreed not to use any until his images were published. This isn't surfline so enjoy a little sample from the amazing 7d. This kid's got pop!

Any ideas on how to solve the ethical issue of poaching shots? You guys ever have some random shoot your bride and groom? Not that it matters at a wedding but I'd love to hear ideas.

bonus images from the day...