Sunday, May 31, 2009

"Hanging" out at Ralph Stover

I had a pretty incredible time hanging out, literally with some old friends and some new ones. We started off at 5:30 AM at the Ralph Stover Park and I was able to make some frames while perched off an anchor (Kevin). I was straddling the rock face at atleast a 100 foot drop( I think ).
Its all about trust, eh Kevin !!
The quiet of the morning mixed in with some rock faces with interesting names, made for a relaxing shoot. Thanks guys.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day

A couple of weekends ago, my wife and I ventured out to DC for the weekend and went through the Holocaust Museum and after that, paid a visit to the Arlington Cemetery. To say the least, it was quite an intense day. If anyone has not taken the time to visit the Holocaust Museum, I highly recommend it. In spite of the portrayals Hollywood (ick) has put out through the years, it certainly takes a hold of you as we somberly walked through the halls and watched the actual video footage with heavy hearts. It is tragic that World turned the other way while atrocities were inflicted on a specific group of people for no fault of their own, through evil and calculated strategies. And there is certainly a lot of that going on now as we speak as well.

At Arlington we witnessed the changing of the Honor Guard, which was a solid display of reverence, discipline and patriotism. We met a veteran who was 93 years old named Dodd. A fantastic human being and quite the engaging conversationalist. He was one of the first Honor Guards way back in 1937, I believe. He even invited us over to his home.I told him I would take him up on the offer as I hope to make the trip and grab a photo essay in the process, soon.

I was able to capture some images of Dodd as he placed the wreath and some images of the Honor Guard who did not let the severe downpour affect them one bit.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fuel House with the Wedding Factor

I did have the opportunity to do a quick shoot at the Fuel House for a Wedding co-ordinated by the Wedding Factor. It was a rather hectic day for me as I had multiple shoots that day and was there just to capture the set up and some of the delicious food served up by Laurent Leveque of Fleur de Lys Catering.When all was said and done, it was truly a fun experience working with such talented Wedding Vendors and do look forward to collaborate again in the near future !!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Charcoal sketch by Ryan Jackson

A good buddy of mine, Ryan Jackson, completed a wonderful rendition of my adorable niece as a charcoal image and I was blown away by the outcome. He truly is a gifted man !!
Check it out. I have posted the original image and the Sketch.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

In the Flex Zone

I had quite a busy weekend with shoots all over the place. I was excited for each shoot as they were completely different. I went from doing a shoot for a Hospital to shooting a couple of extremely strong men, Michael and Shawn and then zipped into Downtown Philly to capture a Wedding Venue. I will post images from the others shortly but here are some of the images from the shoot with Michael and Shawn. The guys were great and quite patient as I cross lit them between sets with hard light. The next time I shoot them I will venture to try some more advanced lighting methods.Thanks to McNally, I was able to try some methods I would not have attempted before. Michael was most recently featured as one the gladiators from the TV show -"American Gladiators". Thanks guys !!
PS - Some post work done in LR for that "burnt red" look.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Reptile Mania

I have been wanting to shoot some reps for a long time now. Finally I had an opportunity to do it a few weeks ago. It was quite exciting as they are beautiful creatures and seemed to be camera shy. I am already looking forward to the next one.
I have a busy weekend ahead - 4 different shoots !!! Gotta get those batteries charged up and go through my check list.