Kim and Whit cutting up in the studio.
Social Media Portrait session with my daughter. It's been a long time sinch she had her portrait done and it was time to update those Facebook, Linked In and Google Plus profile pictures.
I borrowed a friends' 85MM 1.8 for a different look. It was a much softer feel than I was expecting.
Strobist Info: Shot in Studio with Einstein Lights. 1 in large softbox at 1/128 power subject right and 2nd behind subject gridded to 15° on 1/1128th power. V-flat fill on backside of Key.
5DMKII 1/160th @ F4 @ ISO 50
Here is a further test image of the True HDR iPhone app. I shot this through the glass at the Grizzly Bear enclosure at the MN Zoo on an iPhone 4.
True HDR takes three exposures (thank goodness the bears weren't moving) and merges them. The photos were synced to my HP PC over the Photo Stream feature in iCloud and auto-imported into Lightroom via a watched folder. Minor postprocessing performed in Lightroom.
The girls were playing in the studio Saturday and decided they wanted to do jumping shots. When they saw this one on the screen they decide that it needed an explosion hurling them outward. Of course, I obliged.
A lone hiker meanders down a dune toward the rising sun at Great Sand Dunes National Park.
I saw this hiker immediately as I framed the shot. My initial reaction was to curse his intrusion into my abstract. As I decided on my focus point I realized that cropped down this image would be more powerful with the hiker present.
It would be easy to 'erase' him and content-aware fill his trail in. There is something about the vastness of the dunes that are enhanced by this tiny figure and his undulating course. With the dramatic sunrise light enhancing his isolation the image becomes more desolate and thusly, more powerful.
Post processing in Lightroom. 1x3 Crop
A blustery sunrise at White Sands National Monument.
Great Sand Dunes National Park at sunrise. The light was amazing on this day.
Model Ashlee Capri stopped by for some lighting tests and a few head shots today. We decided to go high-key on her and glam it up a bit.
Highway 82 - New Mexico. Ruins and Graffitti captured on a very windy afternoon during violent thunderstorms.
Dan MacKenzie lines the moonrise up with the Pinnacles on the Spring Badlands workshop
Jennifer and Steven in the Rock and Roll couple shoot.This was a commission job. The couple sent in images of famous rock and roll couples from the 70s and requested an all B&W shoot. It is the first time I have not processed a digital shoot in color.This was my favorite image of the set.
I saw this lone tree jutting out from this rather unusual formation as I drove through Zion national park. Fortunately there was a parking area for my small car and an easy trail to traverse to get there. Mother Nature supplied the dramatic skies.
A vernal pool in a Zion National Park. There was no parking area next to this scene. I had to walk down a narrow cutting filled with highway and no shoulder. It was spooky when two cars past.
This shot gets back to my HDR roots a little. I was teaching HDR to camera clubs in 2006 when no one had ever seen it - let alone used it. Then I abandoned it for a while. Now I am back-occasionally.
The sun glances off this cliff face at Zion National Park. Originally, I disliked the distortion of the sun brought on by the 17 MM Lens but now, I think it kinda looks like the sun is turning in and shining deliberately and affectionately toward the mountain. I used a software package, I'd not used in a very long time to put the finishing touches on this image.
Waiting for the sunset at my Badlands Workshop. I decided an HDR self-portrait would be the perfect way to play while I waited for the sun to light up the underside of this cloud bank.
We took some of our workshop participants to this relic parked near the Badlands National Park boundary, The trick to this shot was finding the right sky to use as a back drop. There were also the added difficulties of not trespassing and overhead powerlines. The day we took these shots there were very high winds and that gives the grass a more 'dreamy' effect. PP: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop, Nik Viveza, Silver Efx Pro
Final night's sunset at my Winter Badlands Workshop. I am not sure I've seen a finer sky at Badlands.
A coyote pounces through the afternoon sun on the rims at Badlands National Park
The morning sky lights up like a fire above a Door Trail hoodoo. This is one of the signature destinations on my Badlands Workshops. There are so many ways to photograph this formation and every sky makes every shot different.
A lone Photo Workshop Participant waits for the Badlands sunrise.
This was my working studio at the One Adobe Conference this week. My job, photographing people hob-nobbing with the giant Ampersand
Had a great shoot in-studio today with Miliani.
The way the light attaches to a girl: Wyoming model Chelsie Olson braves the cold wind at sunset to bath in the winter's afternoon glow.
The cold-unglamorous world of modeling. Model Chelsey shivers in 20° F Windchill waiting for the sun to peak so we can shoot her in amazing light
Wyoming Model Chelsie Olsen strikes a pose in the cold December 30th wind. It was much colder than it looked. Still, outdoors, in Wyoming, this late in the year, I can't complain. The results were worth the discomfort.
I had an amazing shoot with Minneapolis Model Chiisai today. This girl showed up in street cloths that most wardrobe stylists would envy. We scrapped the concept I had planned and shot her in walking around suit!
Minnesota Model Chiisai strikes a pose in our studio session. She actually showed up in this. These are her street clothes! It was hard to shoot anything but her cool outfit.
And this is what she looks like in color. Minneapolis Model Chiisai from a recent shoot.
Wasn't sure the look I wanted for this pose of Minnesota Model, Chiisai. I spent a lot of time exploring looks before deciding on a grainy high-contrast spot-lit rendition.
What do you think?
Four weeks until the Costa Rica Photo Tours start. It is time to look at old images and get excited about making new ones. This Violet-headed hummingbird was photographed in pouring rain at the Arenal Volcano area a couple of tours ago.
Minnesota Model Angie Pants stopped by for a studio session. We did a little work on her concept shoot and then turned to some edged weapons for a little role-playing fun. Then it was off to Color EFX Pro, Photoshop, AutoFX Mystical Lighting and some magic to make the finished image you see before you.
Rapport between the photog and the model can't be underestimated in getting a good image. Sometimes a model and photographer just lose it on set! What can I say, it is fun working at Fleeting Glimpse Images. My studio is a fun place. I wish I could remember what I said to Angie to cause her to burst forth...
Check out yesterday's images to see a finished shot.
Minnesota Model Angie Pants from her studio session this week.
Foggy Splitrock Lighthouse Sunrise. This image is a rework of a 2007 image in the Lightroom 4 Public Beta. The LR Public Beta allows for superior adjustments of images with much greater control in the deep shadows and nearly-blown highlights. The new Lightroom is going to allow for greater recovery of your images. Hopefully you kept those marginal images?
Gnarled tree at Sunset: Great Sand Dunes National Park. I could of sworn that I had posted this already...
Mesa Verde Mulie pauses in the morning sun and gives me a great catchlight!
I was pretty close to this guy. Lens FL 115MM
It is almost time for the Costa Rica Photography Tour to begin. Hopefull we we will see a few of these guys on the trip!
I Can't Wait.
Red-eyed Green Tree Frog near Arenal.
A Leafy Sea Dragon at the MN Zoo. Shot with a 7D And a 70-200 at ISO 1600 hand-held.
Today, I decided a hint of Photoshop Whimsy was in the air. I took yesterday's image from Ship Rock, NM and combined it with an ancient digital capture of a tiny pewter figurine and tried to either Dark Tower or Tower of Sauron it up a bit. More for fun than for profit but I enjoyed making it.
OK with cowboys now...because "You wanted to see it!" Better? Worse? Today, I decided a hint of Photoshop Whimsy was in the air. I took yesterday's image from Ship Rock, NM and combined it with an ancient digital capture of a tiny pewter figurine and tried to either Dark Tower or Tower of Sauron it up a bit. More for fun than for profit but I enjoyed making it.
Beached: Late morning along the pacific coast in Costa Rica. Not the best time of day to shoot, mind you but whaddya gonna do?
A slow wave rolls across the pacific-coast beach, catching the long red rays of the sun as it sets west of Costa Rica. For those of you keeping score, (and in the know) this is a single exposure managed exquisitely by Lightroom 4.
Bad-ass Dan from today's shoot.
Dan and I decided to go for a troubled bad-boy look here. The Duran-Duran-esque haircut made a cross between a 80's/50's bad boy heart throb. Although Dan was going for Mad Max meets Highlander, I think we managed to channel both.
The lens-flare we've fought so long to control is now "in" and judging by the model's selections, a popular choice in today's marketplace.
Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife.
Our goal here was to make Bad-ass Dan's profile hard like the blade edge of the sword he is holding. We wanted a soft expression to echo the softened light and a gleam in both the eye and wielded steel. Lastly we wanted to stylize it just enough to make it look almost painted.
Rough night in the morning light. This shoot tried to capture the aftermath of a night of crying. SLC Model Fayette Mariposa played the part beautifully. This shot is later in the shoot as the tears have dried and self-esteem returns. She realizes she no longer needs that creature that brought her to dispair.
Morning light after a rough night - preliminary shot with SLC Model Fayette Mariposa. We were shooting the aftermath of a night of crying concept. Fayette watches the sun come up out her hotel window with tears still streaked down her face. As the shoot progresses she comes out of her meloncholy, puts the man behind her and puts herself together.
Long Night in the Morning Light: Aftermath.
The morning has returned, the tears are dried and it is time for the clean up. A vulnerable self-reflective moment and the terrible night is past. Fayette washes off the night and puts on a faint smile for the day.
Long Night in the Morning Light: Sunrise and reflection for Fayette as the dappled light filters into the room.
This is an unconventional cropping for me. Normally I wouldn't let the head drift this close to the right hand edge. Actually, the model was framed like I wanted when she laid back into the shot and conjured this wistful expression taht was too good to pass up. The next shot was framed better but the fleeting expression had evaporated.
A young girl hurries across the setting sun's reflection as the last light of the day falls across this pacific-coast Costa Rican beach.
Long Night in the Morning Light: The last drink dilutes in ice melted by the sun's warmth soaking the room through the eastern window. Another sip will bring little solace. It is time to erase the tracks of those tears, Fayette.
Split Rock Lighthouse Emerging Fog
Another image of Minneapolis Model Grace Christenson from our April shoot.
A juvenile Rufous-tailed Hummingbird pauses on a Parakeet flower in the morning twilight.
Model Nyckie Ziacha from this weeks shoot.
Hidden Falls at Big Woods State Park after three days of rain.
Cowboy, Paul Kruse shows off some whip tricks during my 2012 Spring Photography Workshop.
Morning glow on the door trail. From my Spring Badlands Workshop series.
A Western Meadowlark strikes a pose and sings lustily to the open skies at Badlands National Park.
Waiting For The Light: Photographer Richard Markus awaits the next peak of sunlight through the morning clouds at Badlands National Park.
This morning's Sunrise at the harbor at Grand Marais, MN. Lake Superior was like glass today.
Veiled sunrise at Artist's Point near Grand Marais, MN
Who says North Dakota isn't beautiful?
We were so far north we could see the curvature of the earth-well at least the curvature of our minds. Another shot from beyond the breakwater at Grand Marais.
Planet Earth - In orbit, from up-close... The rotated Fisheye capture can turn any horizon into a planetary body.
Sunrise at breakwater in Grand Marais harbor.
Which is the sky? Pre-dawn at Grand Marais harbor. The mighty lake was like glass this morning and the sky pastel. The companions were great and the images reflect (no pun intended) that fact. How about a September workshop here?
Sunset on County Road 90 south of Hebron, ND. The lack of clouds was a compositional challenge but I think this works...
There Shot HDR processed in Lightroom, Photomatix, Nik Color EFX pro, and Photoshop CS6 with a touch of AutoFX Mystical lighting.
Roadside sunflower at sunset becons in the soft late-afternoon glow. The backlight was especially delicious this evening.
Misty dawn on North Dakota backroads. I woke to fog this morning and had to find a place to showcase it best-the problem was that the fog only existed along this one river bottom. As I frantically searched for a foreground, the sun intruded and forced my hand.
Sunrise at the old farm by the river along North Dakota backroads.
Another in my series of farm houses at sunrise. This picture was taken in rural ND over the 4th of July. I was tempted to clone out the lens flares but decided that I liked the realism more.
Sunset on County Road 90 south of Hebron, ND. The lack of clouds was a compositional challenge but I think this works...
Model Kelly Jo Ernst feels the music (possibly Pink Floyd) as she strikes a pose during this Fleeting Glimpse Images, Concept shoot.
Bighorn Mountain Hummingbird. I find my favorite shutter speed for hummingbirds is between 1/600 and 1/1000th of a second. Tack-sharp bodies and believable wing-blur are your rewards for patience.
Impromptu Head Shot. Was working on some model submission images last night with model April (no makeup no hair style). In addition to the standard agency-requested shots, we took five minutes and did an impromptu one-light head shot. I think this was my fav... This lady has cheekbones and a jawline that kills!
Yesterday's best bird...
A Black and Green Poison Dart frog sits in a splash of sunsine amid the very colorful bromeliads. Come on our second Costa Rica tour tin 2013 and I will show you this very frog...
Totally Bad-ass images today with model Chelsea Fox. Finished concept image.
Glamming it up vintage Hollywood-style with model Bekuh.
Model Melissa Grace in Oriental Swordswoman Series
Silky sand dunes in the predawn twilight at Great Sand Dunes National Park
Fort Lauderdale Vacation
This shot of a girl walking on a Pacific-coast beach in Costa Rica is the shot before the one I posted yesterday. This has had a different regiment of processing. Comparing with yesterday's post (neglecting the difference in the poses) which do you like better?
Electric Plummage at the MN Zoo
A Flamingo abstract from the local zoo with a little post processing help...
Nobody moves… or the Model gets it!
Model Megan Rae in studio...
Happy Saint Patty's Day everyone. Have a Guinness on me!
When model Lisha approached me with this concept, I was a little apprehensive about how it might be viewed so I am posting here for feedback.
A golden Lion Tamarin strikes a pose at the MN Zoo...
Costa Rica Sunset to remind me that winter shall end soon...
Sunset during my recent Winter Wildlife Badlands Workshop invokes the tall sails of a phantom ship as it sails across the waves of Badlands Formations.
Dug this image up today and reworked it a bit: From the Minnesota Zoo Butterfly exhibit
Broken Cedars in Valley of the Gods, Utah
A spotlight shoot from Dan's weekend session. Check out the Holy Crop! blog for some details on this crop.
An idle fishing boat sits unstirring on the reflective surface of Mirror Lake at Mirror Lake State Park, Wisconsin. This is one the first images I took in the Digital Media of which I was truly pleased. Captured in the Autumn of 2005, it was one of my very early digital captures.
Terminator… the line between the day & night sides of a planetary body
The rising morning sun illuminates the interior of Saint Peter and Paul Church in rural Hebron, ND. Though long abandoned, the atmosphere is alive with light.
Early morning at St. Peter and Paul Church in rural Western North Dakota.
Colors of the Wind
Had a fabulous shoot with model Jessi June in studio today. Here is a preliminary headshot.
Great light, great subject: Cowboy Paul pauses with his horse, Pitchfork and rests while admiring the setting sun. We worked Paul and Pitchfork pretty hard and they enjoyed the well-earned breather,
Model Jessi June and a head shot from this week's shoot.
Today's Feeder Friend, a female Northern Cardinal with the wind blowing up her skirt.
Clouds veiled the sunset at La Jolla Cove last night but it was an amazing time shooting the gloom amid the bark of the California Sea Lion .
Went back for a second shoot at La Jolla Cove for sunset but the marine layer was too thick and we didn't get a hint of sun.
Strutting: A male peacock spreads his feathers in the morning sun.
This Fire Abalone traveled all the way from South Africa to a San Diego gift shop where it was collected by a photographer who had plans for it.
While in San Diego last week, I learned the part Abalone had to play in its immigrant history. I had to bring one home as a souvenir and, of course, photograph it.
Electrified: Model Teresia Brown in my latest work.
Peacock feathers in the golden glow.
Working +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Version 5!
A golden sunset arrived at Joshua Tree National Park on my last trip to LA. This was definitely worth the side trip!
Another view of sunset from Joshua Tree National Park. I waited until the sun kissed the hills for this image. What a great night at a great location.
We arrived at the location for the 2013 Badlands Workshop yesterday. While we waited for our group to assemble, this amazing electrical storgm arrived and gave us some late-night lightning practice.
Nasty storms in the Badlands tonight. The workshop participants all swam to safety.
This is a vertical of the subject posted yesterday. The shutter speed is also much faster showing a more turgid cascade.
Actual Prismatic Refraction... More in my series to dupe the Dark Side of the Moon album cover using physics to capture this in-camera. I think this is my favorite so far.
Last one in this Phyisc/Optics series. This is an actual capture of sunlight through a flint-glass prism.
Pigeon Falls, located in Grand Portage State Park, straddlesthe US - Canadian border in Minnesota. It is reputed to be the tallest of the numberous North Shore waterfalls. In high-flow spring season and heavy rain situations, it creates a massive thundering cascade.
Model +Jesse June in studio.
Today's fly in the backyard garden.
Working up a series on iridescence. I found this fly with iridescent wings hanging around in the garden today.
Backyard Dragonfly. This species makes a point of never resting on a natural object...
Neon Iridescence: I am working on a new concept shoot with a model at my studio. These are some preliminary shots to test the iridescence and lighting of some of the props for the shoot.
Iridescence Series: Green Bottle Fly image captured on the beet leaves in the garden.
After the morning thunderstorm, this Bluet species Damselfly clings to a droplet-covered strand of grass. Some iridescence is eveident in the delicate wing membranes.
Sighted the invasive Japanese Beetle in the vegetable garden this morning. I had heard reports of them in Minnesota this year but have never seen one in Apple Valley before. Need a good stock photo of a Japanese Beetle? Contact me.
A Red Admiral butterfly on cone flower from this morning's backyard shoot.
The Glow within. I turned aside from insects this morning to capture some thru-lit flower abstracts for my upcoming Macro Class series.
The sunrise is veiled in the morning thunderstorm at Badlands National Park.
A veiled sunrise at Badlands National Park.
Dawn at the 'tower'.
The low clouds roll in across the formations near Norbeck pass at Badlands National Park
The less-often photographed North face of Devil's Tower National Monument drinks in the glow from the long yellow light after sunrise.
The rising sun casts long shadows over the grasslands on the tower's north side. A short climb to the crest of the hill reveals Devil's Tower National Monument in the growing light.
Sunrise over the Yellowstone River at Yellowstone National Park.
Mist and fog veil the sunrise near the mud volcanoes.
Velvet-crowned White-tailed buck in thistles at Devil's Tower National Monument.
The Lower Falls on the Yellowstone River at Yellowstone National Park.
A Crimson Patch with wings folded.
A Malachite pauses to consider the photographer below.
Homeward bound: Sunrise at the pull out near the Pine Haven exit in Northeastern Wyoming.
Here is a preliminary image from today's shoot. the Peacock Shoot. Makeup by Nicole Patterson. H