Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I came in to work the other morning and someone had lined up 3 pennies, 3 matches and 3 cigarette butts in front of my studio door. They were arranged in nice little symmetrical piles. I'm sure it was some of my homeless buddies just goofing around. I'm usually slow between Christmas and New Years and work on studio/equipment/taxes/archiving etc. but now I had some inspiration. Groups of 3's ...... Think it made a nice little series .......... Last post of 2008. Bigger and better things to come in the new years and maybe I'll even finish some personal projects.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Made it out to the sod farm for our shoot on Menopause. Glad it was warmer than normal in Dec. A big thanks to the agency Directions and Angie for make-up and styling at faceartistry
It got cloudy towards the end of the day and some rain, but lots of great shots.
Yea !!!! The check is in the mail, says the NC clerk of courts. This is an update from going to court
Of all the post I’ve done this one seems to be the most popular. I’ve gotten over a dozen
emails and phone calls from people in NC, NJ, FL and as far away as India who believe they
are owed money by Eran Salu and Business Leader Media ( Business Leader Holdings LLC
incorporated in Las Vegas ).
This was never about the money but, the principal. I could of been paid right away, if I’d
signed away my rights to 6 years of photographs for Business Leader Magazine,
but I decided to go through the legal sysyem. The jobs were shot back in Oct. 2007
and Nov. 2007
the wheels of justice turn slow.
For everyone who has contacted me, all I can say is persistence pays off. Stay the course, keep all your records and don't give up. Knowing I can collect,
I’m now pursuing my copy right infringement case. I’m fortunate to have family and friends
that work for UNC law. I’ll keep you up to date on how that goes.
Not, I was hanging with Jamel. Who kinda looks like Kanye West. I meet Jamel about 3 years ago when he was producing a record for Terrance and we did a shoot for the CD. Now Jamel is out from behind the mixing board and doing his own thing, think of Luther Vandross with alittle hip-hip mixed in. Jamel has so really good connections so I can't wait to see what happens when hid disk comes out. I did my best Jill Greenberg rip-off lighting.
I was back in southern pines to show the funky,fun and hip side of the town for an article coming out in the Spring. The only problem was I was the youngest person their. It was like a retirement home and everyone had on a Christmas sweater .......
Maria and the band were great, think I got some good detail shots that might work.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Will a 20' x 20' fit in the studio ? It will with inches to spare. I have a shoot coming up and needed a big overhead. MY 6x6 and 8x8 are to small,I needed something really big. My Avenger 20' x 20' H2000M arrived yesterday and guess what ? No directions in the box and no PDF online . How do you put this thing together ? I left 6 messages at Bogen/Avenger and emails to customer service, that was over 20 hours ago and I still haven't heard back. I think it's assembled correctly ? Maybe next time I'll order from Matthews.
To rent or buy ? The two philosophies when you need equipment. I could've rented a 20x20 for $400 but decided to buy one. It should be paid off in 2-3 jobs. I always like to have equipment at my finger tips, I find it stressful to rent. I'm a gear-head, I love Ebay and auctions. I lost track of my Speedotron heads after 20, I have no idea how many packs I have. I'm now on my Profoto kick. I got 2 tenba air cases off ebay last week for $50. Did I need them ? No, but what a deal ...., they retail for @ $350 each.
I got a fancy bottle of Hennessy Paradis for xmas. $350.00 for cognac ? The only problem was it was empty, so I went to the local ABC store and bought the cheapest cognac I could find and refilled the bottle. No I can impress all my clients and friends with a fancy drink. Had to snap afew shots aswell.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Copy shots of kits. Kinda tricky with the reflections from the white. 2 exposures, main exposure and than very carefully move everything except the black box and put in a black card. Process the files, drag one over holding the shift key and if nothing has moved they match pixel for pixel. Make a layer mask and erase.
Lots of lights, not those kinds of lights. Christmas lights. Most people think photographers live in big fancy houses, but this is mine, a 70's split level ranch, nothing fancy. We did alittle Christmas decorating this year. I tell everyone I did it for my kids. I think its really for me. It brings back childhood memories of driving around the hills of Pittsburgh with mom,dad and the grand parents looking at the crazy display's of Christmas lights.
I have a shoot next week where I need a big field of green grass ........ It's Dec. in NC ....... About 30min. from Raleigh I found a sod farm with lots of green grass and about 6 different fields to shoot in. Should be out their next week shooting.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
So 4 years ago today I was in the process of moving into my new space. My old space had been condemned by the TTA ( Triangle Transit Authority ) to make way for the Downtown rail station. Guess what ? My old space is still standing and we don't have a light rail system. I got very lucky finding my space. I worked with the TTA relocation "specialist" whom themselves just relocated here from Denver and knew nothing about the area. I looked at a property a block away and stumbled across a for sale sign on this building. I called and put down $50.00 earnest money that day. 4 years ago was a stressful time, I had 2 little girls ages 1 and 3, I was running a successful photography business, shooting 3-4 times aweek and trying to find a new space before I was kicked out. I've always been a glass is half-full person so I took it all in stride. Things have worked out well. Business is good, my property value has almost doubled and there are big plans for the neighborhood. I've grown to love my space, it still needs alittle TLC, I feel very lucky.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The Buckleyboo's are are back with some smaller versions. If my kids were younger, Santa would put a Buckleyboo under the Christmas tree. This week has been slow see post below. Had a big job that was rescheduled for Mon. than moved to Wed. than put on hold, waiting for the client to choose the talent ....... Time for a fresh coat of paint in the studio.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I have a shoot coming up where I need a BIG space to shoot some BIG products. Time to do some location scouting. Big thanks to the people at Empire Properties for showing me the old Tires and Parts place. They just closed on the property @ 10 days ago. I loved the space, but not for this project, the ceiling are alittle low. I know most of my clients are cheap but I don't think they are this cheap. Can't wait to see what Greg Hatem and Empire Properties do with this space.
Some out takes from my shoot with the author of The Millionaire Mistress, check it out on Amazon, been on the best seller list. This was a Big Tex connection, if you've followed this blog you know anything to do woth Big Tex is always a good time.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Ran into the people from the biofuels tour http://www.biotour.org. The bus was parked a block away. Ran down and did afew quick shots. There are 7 people that live, work and travel around the country on the bus. It reminded me of Ken Kesey and the Electric Kool-aid acid test.
So, Obama was in Raleigh the other day. We decided to walk up to the rally. The irony of this was by the time we reached the end of the line we were in front of Peace College, were we shot the night before ...... 1 1/2 hours in line and everyone came by and said we'd make it in. Oh, NO ....... We made it to the security gate and they stopped the line when we were 2 back. To many people. The event reminded me of a Grateful Dead show, from years past. The Obama world tour with t-shirt, button,flag and towel vendors every few feet.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Up at 5AM for a day long shoot at a "secret location". This shoot had something for everyone interiors,exteriors,action,rural farms,high tech,headshots etc. I tried to strobe as much as I could but we had a crazy schedule. The weather was gray and over cast .........
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The main goal was photo's of the building with banners and people on the balcony, it was pouring rain so I shot from inside the an event tent. I was not pleased with the shots so went back the next night and shot. I'll be going back once we get a plan and all the lights in the building on ......... For the event photography SB-800 TTL, PW on an AB 800 bounced off roof of tent for fill, shot all manual, the f stop varied from f/5.6 to f/16 depending on where you were.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Spent afew days at Duke, the getting up at 5:30 AM was a killer and went back for some night shots. I'd forgotten what a beautiful campus Duke is, you'd never know you were in the middle of NC., great gothic architecture. I felt really old with all the students around, my birthday was last week, 42 years old...... Got some great shots and a big thanks to Jennifer Sanford photo assistant extraordinaire.
World Beer Festival in Durham NC, with 18,000 of my closest friends for NC Signature Magazine. I arrived afew hours early and did some set up shots before the crowd arrived. Tronix 1200 and Profoto 600 pack, not really enough output on the 600 pack to balance the light next time I'll use the 1200 pack. I had no idea this festival was so big, next time I'm bringing a designated driver. I met people that have been coming to the festival for 11 years and most people were from out of state.