Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hair in the Air

A little Saturday morning fun and frivolity! I had a young woman come in to the studio for (very last minute) Senior portraits. In the process of taking standard portraits, I realized that she was relaxing, being more "real", and that she fussed with her hair a lot as a normal habit. Okay then, let's get the hair involved!

Hair! (DS3_9719)

I love that this only took two attempts to capture. The first one was a tad early and the hair was not fully fanned out. Attempt number two was spot on!

As it turns out, this was the image she selected for inclusion in her high school yearbook. I love that she indulged her playful side and let that be the image sent out for her peers to see.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Celebrating the Male Form

Earlier this week I had a photo shoot that is elusive: A male nude. It seems women are much more accepting of their bodies than men - in general, of course. So it was with great pleasure I did this session. He and I shared a sensibility; we were proud to be celebrating the male form.

Male Nude 1 (DS3_9907_2)

There are many great shots but this one really stood out for me. I love it.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Rogue at Fifteen

Fifteen years ago I got an itch to have a motorcycle custom built for me. Not one of the current crop of outrageously expensive, impractical, nearly undriveable cruisers that are little more than butt-jewelry. No, I wanted a light weight, single-cylinder, back-road pocket-rocket. A bike made for the tight, twisty, hilly roads of western Wisconsin. The fine staff at Motorcycle Performance had just the thing in mind. Based on one of their existing track bikes, they proposed something similar and suggested $5,000 as the build price. Sign me up!


And here it is! I badged it as "Rogue", as in, apart from the herd. (No Sarah Palin jokes, please.) For the most part it does everything it was designed to do. It is not all that fast, perhaps an honest 120 mph if I am all tucked in. But it surely unkinks those twisty roads, flicking lightly from side-to-side in the corners. Mmmm.


It is a 540 cc, single cylinder engine originally from a Yamaha SR500. Base horsepower was a paltry 28, and this one does 42 at the rear wheel. It weighs around 350 pounds. The chassis is mostly a Suzuki GS500, with upgraded suspension and breaks. Body work is either stock or from Airtech (the solo seat conversion) and the fairing is from a Yamaha YSR50, extensively modified.

I changed the oil today, and washed and waxed it. I was observing that it looks pretty darned good for 15 years old! I hope you agree.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

In the "Second Glance" post last Friday I indicated that I would have more to share. The new page is up for you perusal.[LINK]

Comments are welcome...

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Neon Glow

I have a new project to occupy time around other studio shoots. I have been asked to collect samples of various neon signs around town, especially some of the more iconic examples. This shot of Sardine's sign may not be part of the final set, but I like it quite a lot

Neon Glow 1 (DS3_9296)

The glow of the sign itself, the partial reflection in the window, and the flare from the nearby light all add up to a photo to linger upon. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Second Glance Faux Cover

I have had a number of faux covers in my head for a while. Here is the second, done up this time as a book jacket.

Second Glance Cover

I created an opportunity to put myself in front of the camera for a change. It was an effort to put myself in the shoes of my boudoir customers. So I allowed a friend and fellow photographer to (wo)man the camera and be in charge of the shoot. What is it like to be nude in front of not just the camera, but another person, a person of the opposite sex? What is it like to be directed and posed, perhaps in ways that are unfamiliar or even outside one's comfort zone?

I will explore all of that in detail soon! In the meantime, this is one of those images mocked up as a book cover that explores some of the conversations I have been having with (mostly) women lately. Interesting knowledge is gleaned when you stray outside your comfort zone into the relative unknown.

UPDATE: the link to the aforementioned material is HERE.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Faux Cover Shot

I took a recent image and envisioned what it might look like as a magazine cover. Let me assure you that graphic design is not my forté, and will not be any time soon. I wanted the cover to be a bit staid; not a high-fashion glamor magazine like Harper's Bazaar Cosmopolitan nor as cluttered as Rolling Stone. I was aiming for a look a bit more stark, like Harper's.

Beauté Magazine Cover

Click HERE to view large on a white background.

This is just for fun, and I would enjoy your comments. On a geek note, the QR code, should anyone photograph it with a camera that reads such things, will direct them to my web page.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Boudoir Peek

Here is a rare opportunity: Take an extended peek into a boudoir photo shoot with Nataraj of eyeDance Photography. Read about what happens and the experience of the process. See a variety of images from the shoot, not just one. Read what the subject herself has to say. Your feedback is welcome, here or at the page. [Rated R - Parental Guidance recommend]


Here is the LINK.

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