Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Santa Fe Workshop With Heisler

This past February I attended a workshop with Gregory Heisler at the Santa Fe Workshops in Santa Fe, NM. I had a wonderful week learning some new tricks and making new friends.

This photo was taken at the New Mexico state penitentiary just outside of Santa FE. This location is just wonderful to shoot at! The section of the prison that we photographed in was the scene of a prison uprising back in the early 80's.

In lighting this photo I wanted to simulate the old overhead lamps that where suspended from the ceiling in this hallway. I used an SB-800 on a boom above and just forward of the subject, I also had another SB-800 in the doorway on the left of the frame. The strobe in the doorway had the diffusion dome on it and was pointed away from the subject.

This photo show you what the location looked like before placing my subject and adding the lighting.

I also had the opportunity to be photographed seated in the old gas chamber at the prison. I managed to get cell phone service in there, allowing me the opportunity to call my wife and son. Strange, I know.

Another location we shot at was the Masonic/Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe. This was another wonderful location to shoot at. On this particular photo I changed my color balance to tungsten and used a small hot light to illuminate the subject. The light coming up from the bottom of the frame is that of a homemade "Home Depot" fluorescent lights.

If you have never done so, try to attend a workshop in Santa Fe! What a wonderful way to spend a week learning with other photographers and sharing photographic experiences with each other.

Monday, March 24, 2008


Regular readers of this blog know that I bought a Canon G9 several months ago. I just love this camera, not only can I shoot video, It makes beautiful 12.1 mega pixel RAW files. I am just blown away by the quality of the images this little camera produces.

This past week I was on vacation in California, my family and some friends took a 3 day cruise from Los Angeles to Ensenada, MX, and we also spent an additional two days in San Diego and at my late father's home of Newport Beach. On this vacation, I took only the G9 to photograph with.

I thought this quick post will allow me some additional time to work on some more meaningful post about actual assignments I've been shooting. Anyway, thought you might enjoy seeing some of the images from this wonderful camera.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Back In The Saddle

Hi there. I want to thank all of you that have written me concerned about my absents from blogging, I assure you that my family and I are fine. I've just returned from a very busy month! 2 workshops, 2 job and a vacation. I attended a workshop in Santa Fe and one in Los Angeles. Between those workshops I managed to squeeze in a 3 day job shooting helicopter aerials in Vernal, UT and an underground shoot in a coal mine in Illinois just before my vacation.

We did manage to shoot video on both shoots and I will be post them when I have the time. I have another week before things will settle down to a normal pace for me. My sister is in town visiting, she arrived at the airport at the same time that my family and I arrived at the airport on our return from our vacation. Once her visit is complete, I'll be able to resume my somewhat normal schedule of posting to my blog.

I have some exciting things going on in my life that I am looking forward to sharing with you when I can. When events come together I'll let you know. In the meantime, I look forward to new posts and hearing from you.

Thanks for hanging in there. DT