Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Back roads adventure...

I had the opportunity to venture to a part of Edwards Air Force Base that I generally don't go and haven't been to in probably 10 years.  The lighting was really just amazing and the conditions were great for an impromptu photo scout.  The road image was actually suggested by a friend of mine and as I started composing the shot it really starting coming together.  It was a pretty wonderful scene and I think it would be a spectacular location to photograph people.  It is also secluded enough where you really don't have to worry about a lot (or any) traffic down that road.

I also had the good fortune that the flowers were blooming and looked really beautiful.  Now I wish I could say that my allergies were doing well and all I can say is that with the desert in full bloom I think it's (the desert) is trying to kill me!

The other really cool thing about this location is that there are a couple of airframes that have been strategically placed in the desert.  I am not really sure of the history of why they are there but the contrast of the Joshua Trees with the airframes just sitting there was really interesting.  I was also fortunate enough to have a nice long lens with me so I was able to really pull the two elements together.  

Thursday, April 08, 2010


I had the opportunity this evening to photograph the sunset silhouetting a group of energy producing windmills.  I live in the Antelope Valley and on the mountain on your way to Tehachapi they have a pretty large windmill farm.  These things are really impressive and are pretty darn huge.

My buddy Mike, over at the Cassidy Image Works blog, came along with me and it was a pretty great time scouting out the area.  We will definitely return to this subject again!  This was just the first of a series of trips that will hopefully produce some amazing alternative energy images!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Sweets for the Soul...

I had the opportunity to travel down to the Los Angeles/Hollywood area on Friday and stopped in at Sweets for the Soul.  A friend of mine has been raving about the place telling me how amazing the desserts were and how photogenic they are.  Well, he was spot on for both areas and I have to say that I had the best darn brownie that I've ever had.  If a brownie can be amazing it was pretty darn close in my book.  After my first sample, and before I left, I picked up a set for the kids and Denise to try.

Before I would let them eat them though I wanted to photograph them because they look as good as they taste.  Plus the heart shape is just really neat and has a very romantic feel too it.  As you can see in the image in the upper left  I was using continuous light through the china ball that my buddy Mike passed down my way.  I actually have four compact florescent bulbs in there with a four-by adapter.  I was very pleased with how well it work and equally pleased with the way the images worked out.

Before I completely finished I asked Desirae to "model" with one of the brownies.  She wanted to eat it but was very good playing along until I got the shot I was looking for.  This shot here was actually made with a large Photoflex LiteDome through an AB800 with a silver reflect underneath for a little fill.

OBTW, the brownies were just as good as when I had them!