Sometimes, the most literal image isn’t the one that communicates the best. An example of this is photographing surgical students in a cadaver lab. Yes, body parts everywhere, in various stages of surgery. If you’re shooting for images that depict the students, how they concentrate, how they look while working, it may not be the best idea to show the grisly details of the bodies. Sometimes, the best way is through. This image was shot through the shoulders of other students working together. It shows the concentration of the student and a potential applicant could look at this and think, “yes, that could be me.” The cropping was done in camera. It follows some of the general rules for positioning the subject but breaks the rule of not cropping into the subject. Besides, I think the rules are just “guidelines”! The only post work was to increase the saturation a little bit to help the blues of the surgery gown and the warmth of her face. Look ahead, look behind, and always, look through.
Fat Tuesday is over and so is Mardi Gras. Pack up your instruments, put away your beads and Lent begins. This wrapped-up cello was all by itself in Lincoln Park and seemed to be resting from the festivities.
One of the many products we shoot in our studio are tires. We photographed a new tire for Continental and it won an award this year at SEMA. Congrats to Continental and to all our crew and digital techs.
The Holidays are just about over. If you’re tired, this might be how might look after the you’ve opened all the presents, finished the holiday meal, drank the last Manhattan(!), drove the last mile and yes, unplugged the last inflatable in the yard.
New Years Eve brings some regrets (wish I hadn’t erased that hard drive) but the new year does bring hope and a clean slate and a chance to catch my breath before we run full speed into January.
Enjoy the night, toast away the year, and make BIG resolutions. Gotta’ aim for something.
Happy New Year….ML
Do you ever just sit in your car before going into the house because you don’t want to miss the story on WFAE? Well, our local NPR station is running it’s donation drive right now and I thought it would be a great time to show an image we did for them. We called the project “Where do you listen to WFAE?”. Our locations included a local park and cafe plus this driveway. In each location, Mike Collins of Charlotte Talks, is interviewing someone while our model is listening to the radio…with ear phones, on the laptop, or just in the car. Hence, a 1963 Ford Galaxy convertible in baby blue. How else would you pull this shot off. As she’s listening to the radio, it’s like the interview is happening in the back seat!!!
So listen to NPR and donate to WFAE.
This ends the plug. More later…ML
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My recent trip to San Antonio Tx for the Annual Farm Bureau Convention/Meeting was the learning experience I expected. The farmers and ranchers I meet and interact with are always generous, courteous, and well mannered. Plus they were some fabulous boots (see photo). As we do mainly commercial photography throughout the year, this trip always starts the year with good people, good food, and some great imagery.
Some of the good eats were Bananas Foster (almost caught my coat on fire…exciting stuff) and little peach empanadas.
There’s also a lot of skulls/masks here. Some are very colorful.
The main speaker of the conference was retired Commander Stanley McChrystal. This man served honorably for many years and he was a great speaker.
So now a new year begins. Lots of images to share. Thanks to Mary and Mike and Ken. They make the long hours easy to bear and are fun to be with.
Next post…a prison story! More later…
Happy New Year. It’s 2014 and it feels like we were just worried about the turn of the century messing with our computers.
We start the year with some business annual report photography. It started out as 2 guys walking but they had this fabulous briefcase. Along with the shoes and the cuffs, I didn’t want to pass up this shot even though it wasn’t on the shot list. A lot of great images happen that way. The trick is not to just see it, but to just shoot it!
On the road soon…I will keep posting.