Sunday, July 29, 2012


Available light can be so beautiful!  My son Chris asked if I could take some photos of his girlfriend for her senior photos.  This is Lauren. I spent a few hours with the two of them shooting in various location close to home.  Her parents wanted a few shots around their home and I had a few locations in mind as well.

I took the above photo of Lauren on an enclosed patio at the Highlands Ranch Mansion which is close to my home.  There was an open arch on camera left and another to the rear and right.  Look like it was studio lit to me, sometimes you get really lucky with a location.

The photo above was shot under threatening skies, periodic showers would interrupt our scheduled shoot by my pond.  I placed an SB-800 back by the fence fitted with a full CTO gel on it to simulate late afternoon light. Lauren is lit by a FourSquare with a few SB-800's inside.

Here I placed Lauren on the shady side of a tree at the H.R. Mansion, Chris is holding the FourSquare on camera right.  My exposure is based on the ambient and then under exposed. The flash is used to pull the subject out of silhouette.

This last photo was taken with available light at her parents house.  An older daughter was photographed in the backyard and Lauren's mother wanted one shot there as well.  This is only the second Senior photo I've taken, both as favors.  I had a wonderful time photographing Lauren, Chris really like it as well.

I have a few more spaces available for my August 18th, Small Strobes, Big Results workshop.  For information in registration follow the following LINK.

Saturday, July 07, 2012


A few weeks back, I was shooting for a client at a location in Summit County, near Winter Park Ski Resort.  After the shoot, I took a few extra hours with my assistant John and photographed some moving water on a local stream.  My exposure was f/20 at 2 seconds. 

We had an opportunity to move around the stream a bit and managed to get a few additional images. Let's take a look at a few of them.

I cooled down the color temp of the water portion of the photo, Perhaps a bit to much... Your thoughts?  The exposure was f/16 at 1/4 second.

Here's another view of the same stream.  The exposure on this one is f/22 at 1 second.

Here is the last image of the same stream just a bit further down stream.  The exposure here was f/22 at 1/4 second.  I love slow exposures when shooting moving water.  I carry a few ND (neutral density) filters in my bag just in case I need to reduce the exposure for a longer shutter speed.  DT

Friday, July 06, 2012

First Friday Gallery Walk

Today is the first Friday of the month and in Denver, that means Gallery Night.   For many years now, Denver has had this event called First Friday.  Each month on the first Friday in the art district on Santa Fe Drive, galleries open their doors to crowds ranging between 3500- 5000 people.  Apparently, it is quite the social thing, I say apparently because I have never been to one of these events.

I decided to participant in my first First Friday, and tonight is that night.  I have put together a collection of my personal work for sale at Studio One at 802 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.  These images include cell phone photos as well as DSLR, personal work created on assignment or during my personal travels.

My wall consists of 31 images, framed in a 10.5 inch square frame.  These are Epson prints produced from my Epson 3800.  I'm looking forward to this evening and I hope that my personal work resonates with the viewer.

I might also mention that I still have a few spaces available for the Denver Small Strobe, Big Results Workshop on August 18th.  For more information and registration click HERE.