Friday's Fab Photographer

Friday's Fab Photographer: Mark Theriot



Today's Friday's Fab Photographer - a regular feature here on my blog - is Mark Theriot. 

Take it away, Mark!

Although I’ve been interested in photography my whole life, only within the last four years have I really rediscovered the passion.  It’s not my day job - although I do generate an increasing amount of revenue from it – but it is what I love.

I’m a firm believer that continuous learning is key to everything I do, with photography being no exception. To this end, I started a small blog to document my learning – and hopefully help others along the way. It’s called the “Imperfect Photographer” for a reason, unless you are a very special person, you never reach true perfection, but you can work everyday to move ever closer to that ultimate target.

One of the keys to learning is to improve every single day, even if it’s only by a few inches!  This is doubly true when it comes to nature and animal photography. In order to help with that, here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned so far.


Action Photography Can Really Be Boring!
Patience is a virtue when it comes to animal photography, it’s not uncommon for me to literally spend hours waiting for something to happen – and when it does, you’ve got to act quickly because it can be over in minutes. If you’ve found the right spot with your scouting, give it time. I’ve included a few more tips in a recent blog post.


One Last Tip, Don’t Always Take A Picture!
It’s so easy to get caught up in our photography that we forget what’s around us. Take the time to enjoy what’s around you, and marvel – just for a little bit – of the wonders around you!
I look forward to “meeting” everyone on line!

Mark Theriot



·      Email: imperfectphotog@me.com
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·      Image Gallery: http://theriotmedia.com/




Friday's Fab Photographer - George Howard


Each Friday, I try to run a post here: Friday's Fab Photographer. This week's fab photographer is George Howard.



Take it away George.

Thanks Rick for the invitation to be featured in your blog. It is indeed an honor.

As an avid amateur photographer, my favorite type of photo session is one where I wander the streets, or the trails, looking for compelling images. A few years ago I was struggling to find such images in my local environs. Unless I was traveling to places new to me I could find little to inspire me enough to squeeze the shutter button. 

About the same time as I realized I had developed this photographer's block, I became dissatisfied with the layout of my website which grouped my images in such uninspired categories as landscapes, portraits and miscellaneous. It eventually occurred to me that I needed a theme, some underlying notion that ran through a series of photographs; something specific to seek during photo sessions that could be subsequently displayed in a cohesive group. 

Now when I wander out with my camera in hand I am mindful of the various series I have working. This approach keeps those areas I regularly traverse fresh as I look for the combination of the right light and one of those underlying notions. A beneficial side effect of this approach is that I tend to keep a camera with me more frequently since I hate to come across a perfect candidate for one of my series with no way to capture it. 

One final note, developing a strong series takes time. Several mediocre images even though tied together by a great notion remain mediocre to the casual viewer, so be patient in the building of your series

Rick previously featured two images from my Shadow Boxing series. Here are two more.


The next two are from my Window World Series.






You can view some of my series at www.georgefhoward.com – with more coming soon to SmugMug. I also have a Photo of the Week mailing list that presents one of my images each week along with some insight into why the image works. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, contact me through my site.

Thank you again Rick for sharing your space with me.  May your light always be right.

Friday's Fab Photographer: George Stark



This week's Friday's Fab Photographer is George Stark Take it away George!



Photographing anything is my passion.

I love the rush of taking the shot and the process of sitting at the computer bringing the image to life!  I still get giddy waiting for the print to roll out of the printer.

There were so many times when I'd be driving through the countryside and see something that was a great shot, but I'd keep on driving, only to have the image haunt me forever. So I started slamming on the brakes. I consider myself to be a "Just off the Road" Photographer. Not that I have anything against hiking, but I find the majority of my shots are taken with my rear end hanging over the roadway not far from the car.

I enjoy the challenge of taking the shot at a location anyone can drive up to and finding "My Shot" in the viewfinder.

The images here were taken . . .  "Just off the Road"

Above:
Driving through Eastern Washington I hit the brakes.  My tripod was inches off the highway.
Three shot bracketed HDR, Lightroom 3,  Photomatix, and CS5.

Above:

Set up the tripod just off Hwy 101 Gold Beach, Oregon.
Slow shutter speed 0.7secs  blurring the water. Processed in Lightroom 2 and CS4.

Above: 

Near a parking lot in Santa Monica, California. The wavy fence caught my eye.
A tripod, three shot bracketed HDR processed with lightroom 3,  Photomatix, CS5, and little Topaz Adjust Plug-In


Above:
On my way into a local restaurant in down town Seattle on a sunny day. The windows just caught my eye.
Leaning on a parking meter for this shot. I processed with Lightroom 3, CS5, and a little use of theTopaz Adjust Plug-in.

What I love about photography is there is always something new to learn and experience!

The next time you see that shot "Hit the Brakes

Thanks to Rick for the privilege of appearing on his Blog!

Cheers,
George 


P.S. For info on Topaz, see my Creative Plug-ins Page.


Friday's Fab Photographer: Adam Allegro


Each Friday you'll find a "Fab Photographer" here on my blog! - Rick Sammon

Thanks Rick!  It is an honor to be featured on your site!

About me: I am a 28 year old Naval Officer who is living a dream right now serving in Naples Italy. I was a 2005 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where I played Division 1 basketball and received my Bachelors of Science in International Relations. I have served in Norfolk, Virginia and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on two separate US Destroyers. 
             
Two years ago I bought my first DSLR and have not put it down since. Instead of focusing on one genre of photography, I have tried to expose myself to everything; Macro, Landscapes, Night, Portraits, Motion… I love it all!

All my life I have been drawn to colorful things. I try and take this approach with photography as well, focusing my attention on lively, vivid subjects. I think there is so much beauty in the world and it is best displayed in vibrant, dynamic images.

One of my favorite places to visit in Southern Italy is the beautifully preserved ruins at Ercolanu (Herculaneum). This ancient city was also covered during the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD (the other city being the famous Pompeii). After waiting and waiting, I finally had a clear hallway to take the opening shot for this post. Using my Gorrilapod, I bracketed 3 photos and got exactly what I wanted.


Above: This picture was shot at night in Barcelona, Spain at the fantastic Fontana Magica (Magic Fountain). Using a 30 second exposure, I wanted to capture the soft lines of the fountain and silhouettes of tourists looking on. It came out just as I pictured. This is still one of
my favorite images.


Above: To me, this picture captures the essence of Naples, Italy. When you look beyond all the bad press this unique city generates, you can discover a place full of cuisine, culture, and history. The colorful apartment balconies were perfectly lit this day, ideal for a colorful snapshot.

If you would like to see my new shots everyday, you can follow my daily blog at http://catchthejiffy.com.

You can also take a look at my Smugmug portfolio here http://adamallegro.smugmug.com/MyPortfolio/My-Portfolio/

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter – Catchthejiffy

Thanks for the opportunity to share my work on your blog, Rick!

Friday's Fab Photographer: Ron Matson



Today's Friday's Fab Photographer (a weekly feature here on my blog) is Ron Matson.


Take it away, Ron!


Several years ago Eric Curry was a guest speaker at my camera club. He first showed us some of his images and I was totally blown away by them, particularly with the lighting. I had never before seen anything quite like it. He then proceed to tell us he shot illuminating his subject with a powerful spotlight, taking many exposures, each exposure illuminating only a specific portion of the scene, and then he would combine the exposures together in Photoshop. 




With nothing more than that, I proceeded to experiment to emulate a similar technique. It took some time and numerous failures, but I eventually came up with a somewhat unique style of my own using light painting techniques.

Above is my first serious attempt. I shot it five times over about as many nights before I was satisfied with the results. Many people think it is still my best effort. I got lucky with it because it inspired me to further aggressively pursue the technique. This image was illuminated with a small $2.50 flashlight from Home Depot. I took 178 exposures (but ended up using only 125 in the final image). Each exposure lit only a small portion of the scene. The exposures were then layered up in Photoshop and each layer was gently tweaked to fit into the overall image. Yes, it is a lot of work.

Because my particular style works well with old machinery, I spend considerable time searching for candidates to photograph. It turns out that a great deal of the enjoyment is in doing the searching. 

With my lighting technique I must shoot in the dark of night. About half of all my shots have been where I have surreptitiously snuck into some location to do the shoot. Seldom have I been caught, even though I spend about 45 minutes with each shoot shining my flashlights around. 


I took the above image in an outdoor exhibit of mining equipment south of Tuscon. It is of a non-powered road grader (had to be pulled with a tractor).  Up until this time I had always waited until total darkness before I began shooting. This night I had several shots to do so I started a little early and when I combined my many long exposure images I saw that I got the sunset appearing through trees in the background and thought it significantly improved the image so after that I have attempted to do it whenever possible.


This was part of the display at Nevada City, Montana, a largely recreated ghost town. Sadly, I returned six months after I did this shoot to provide photographs to the officials administering the community only to find that the crane had been cut up and trashed. I mentioned before I used a simple, small flashlight. I still usually do, but with this one I had to use a spotlight to reach the top.


Above is one of my latest works. I learned of an old flour mill and negotiated my entry to it. It was a five story tower and I got quality images on four of them. I was actually locked in overnight. I find that most people owning or managing old artifacts are generally quite receptive to giving me access to photograph, with the understanding that I will provide them with photographs. 

You can see more of my work at my website.

One of the galleries is exclusively of my light paintings.

Ron Matson

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Thanks Ron, great job!

Explore the light,
Rick