Early Morning Shoot on the Lake

this morning we awoke for the sunrise…

which does wonders for your hair….
if you want to look like Janis Joplin.
In any case, I have an early post. Perhaps more later on this evening. We had this gorgeous Idaho lake, Coere d’Alene to shoot:

but of course were quickly bored by natural beauty (been there, done that) and moved on to lighting things up. We are both loving the Nikon wireless flash system, effectively bringing a studio into virtually any location. Here you can see one shot using the creative lighting system, and one without:



Oh, and just a cool grab shot dad did in our last location, Nevada City, Montana:

More soon…


Welcome to Idaho! We traveled from butte to this georgeous lake in Idaho today. Cloudy and flat light saved us, preventing us from stopping and shooting at every turn, and allowing us to get a bit closer to the coast. Tomorrow we should make it to Spokane, with a early morning rise to shoot Coeur d’Alene Lake, here in Idaho.

A few pretty sights along the way:

Bozeman to Butte, an all day trip.

Those of you who have been to Montana and know that Bozeman to Butte is something like 44 miles. With scene after scene like this gorgeous side light illuminating these horses, we didn’t make it very far very fast. Dad and I left Bozeman this morning, headed to the Oregon coast. About 10 miles out of town, the sky opened up as it has a tendancy to do in Big Sky country. We quickly got off the highway, and drove 20 miles out of our way to grab these horse shots. It’s great to be traveling with another photographer…where food, time, and destination are all distractions in the way of getting “the” image.

Light Me Up!

We’re finishing up our last day at the DLWS and having a blast. This image was inspired by working this week with the legendary Joe McNally. Using two SB 800’s, one fired toward the model from camera right and one skimming the front of the car from down low, the light converts the Bozeman car junkyard into a really dramatic set.

This shot is proof again of the lesson I have gotten so lucky off of time and again…never put your camera away until you are back at home, warm again and completely done for the day. I was shooting all afternoon and the sun had just set. I turned around from the trunk of the car and loved the contrast of the yellow streetlight balanced with the twilight sky and great montana buildings. Pulled my viewfinder to my eye, and presto, this biker glides into my frame and I click away three times. This is the resulting shot. Not tough, just paying attention and got a little lucky.

A pretty sunrise over Bridger Mountain gap. It was gorgeous, and I love the cartoonesque quality that this fence post took on. Bundled with the gentle pastel pink sky and field, it takes on a decidedly different look than what I am usually attracted to shooting. But hey, when it’s 5:30 in the morning and all you can shoot is rising sun and snow covered peaks on the horizon, the results ain’t half bad.

A Morning With the Cowboys

Our second day here in Bozeman photo workshops. It’s 11:15pm. we began today meeting for our departure at 5:35. Finished our work last night at 11:30pm. You get the idea. We’re tired. Here’s my favorite pic of the day. In fact, my favorite image in a while. Hope you like it more than my scattered sentences.

Rain, Lights, Action!

So here in Bozeman it’s rainy and dreary and inspiring. Our days are packed to the hilt with trainings and on location shoots – this morning in Haylight Canyon, and just an hour ago in an old abandoned stockyard. In between it’s Photoshop, lighting, and other tools brought to life in the classroom. Part of photography is sucking, which I did this morning, and part is total and sheer inspiriation, which I felt this evening. A few to share from both shoots:

In the Valley of the Mountains

Greetings from Bozeman, Montana…home base for the next few weeks. I’m here on a photo journey with my dad and other fine photographers…about to begin a training with master photographers Joe McNally and Moose Peterson. We are then headed on the road for personal projects. I am not sure that life gets any better than this. We start shooting tomorrow morning – so for today – a shot of my dad getting prepared and playing with camera gear!

Adventures in Light

The ultimate task of any photographer is to capture light. We’re not looking to actually take a photo of a “thing” – we’re looking at how the light reflects off of that thing. Sometimes our eye can see, and sometimes, on those really hard days, it can’t. I had one of those nights last night. I was working with a challenging lighting situation on little sleep, trying to “see”, and got stuck. I can’t say that that has happened to me in years. But there it was. Perhaps it’s the photographers version of writer’s block. The more I thought, the more muddled gray I saw.
So..as a reminder to me, this morning I am working through older photos, and came across a few that really demonstrate how light is more important than the object itself.

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