Tuesday, December 29, 2009

North 47 CD Design - A Seattle band with a great sound!

So technically this post if from the Design side of the house, since it is more about the design than the photography.

I like the music its definitely radio material and they've got a potential to make it big. Here's a link to their fan page.

The lead singer's name is Sean and he's the man spearheading most of the bands business operations and finances.

his side business is selling antique cars, which is a dream job for most.

It was a pleasure working with the band on their album design and I hope to work with them down the road on further projects.

North 47




Designed by Made Media 2009

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Water Droplet Project

Another Macro Project.


Canon 7D

Canon 100MM macro USM F2.8


2 light stands and Boom arm

Ziplock bag filled with water

Black water tray

8x10 Photo of Seattle

ISO 100


Cyber Syncs

Canon 580ex Mii

With the winter months trapping us indoors, that shouldn't be any reason to stop taking photos. I broke out the macro lens and played around with my own water droplet project.

Inspired by the movie Avatar and the amazing special effects of the luminescent environment produced by James Cameron, I was excited to create my own "Special Affects"

Here are some of my favorite results.

I Achieved this result by bouncing the flash off of the photo. I got creative and started bouncing the light off of various magazines to get the awesome colors.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Future Photo Projects

1. Skyline water droplet project
2. Wedding Catalog
3. Car Catalog

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sometimes its just fun to do a Photowalk

Stock Photography should be added to anyone's portfolio. its a great way to improve the "Eye" for photography and also a great method to learn new locations for your other assigments, such as engagement photos or headshots.

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Mytien Headshot

Location: Seattle, WA

Mytien shot in Jimmy's home. Setup was in the living room. It was a relatively tight space but nothing some muscle couldnt change by moving furniture.

Used a Canon 7D

Canon 580ex Mark ii

Nikon SB80dx


Beauty Dish with diffuser

Shoot through white umbrella

50mm F1.4

ISO 100

Shutter Speed 1/200

F2 to F5.6

The bamboo sticks you see in the background were already there. Sometimes you have to be resourceful and incorporate elements at the location. I think they added a certain element and color to the background. However the vase was full of rocks and weighed a ton.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Enormous Possibilities of Macro Photography

Location: Volunteer Park in Seattle, WA

Sub freezing temperatures, yet a handful of us dedicated photographers came out to Volunteer park for a Photowalk.

Volunteer Park

The idea was to get some cool macro shots, landscape, and to also scout the area for future photoshoots.

Luckily for us the conservatory was open and there was a wealth plants to photograph.

The tropical room did us no favors though when the moisture and humidity fogged up all of our lens.

I used this however to my advantage and took this interesting shot of the toilets inside the asian art museum. Who takes pictures of toilets? Well apparently I do if its interesting enough guess.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Trin Headshot Photoshoot at Lincoln Park Seattle, WA

Location: Lincoln Park in Seattle, WA
Great park used for jogging, walking the dog, or catching the ferry. Brisk chilly day but loads of sun.

Trin was easy to shoot, she had a face that had a lot of range, which should workout well for her acting career. Her red hair combined with fair skin just popped in the photos. Here are samples of my favorite shots.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Still Photo Permits! Do you need one?

The answer is no as long as your not section off public space from their intended usage.


(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Secretary shall not require a permit nor assess a fee for still photography on lands administered by the Secretary if such photography takes place where members of the public are generally allowed. The Secretary may require a permit, fee, or both, if such photography takes place at other locations where members of the public are generally not allowed, or where additional administrative costs are likely.

(2) The Secretary shall require and shall establish a reasonable fee for still photography that uses models or props which are not a part of the site’s natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities.

(d) PROTECTION OF RESOURCES—The Secretary shall not permit any filming, still photography or other related activity if the Secretary determines—

(1) there is a likelihood of resource damage;

(2) there would be an unreasonable disruption of the public’s use and enjoyment of the site; or

(3) that the activity poses health or safety risks to the public.

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