Monday, August 27, 2012

Firefighter Portraits

Over the years, I've worked with and known a lot of firefighters.  I have a lot of respect for these guys.  They answer a lot of different calls (most of them are NOT fire-related) they see things that would turn most people's stomach inside out, get very little sleep, and not much paycheck.  I admire them a lot.  I wanted to do some portraits of firefighters. Here are two.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Joel Grimes is My Hero

Some of you in the non-Photography world have never heard of Joel Grimes.  Until about a year ago, neither had I.  He's a celebrity portrait photographer who does a lot of commercial work for athletic companies (Nike, Reebok, etc).  He does a lot of portraits for music artists too.  Check out his amazing website at and you'll see what I mean.  The first time I saw his work, I was just awestruck.  

So I started experimenting with pictures that were similar to his style... in similar lighting, and similar post processing with Photoshop.  I've also been studying a book on doing composites by Matt Kloskowski.  I've been having fun, and I love the images that I've been creating.  I think this is a path I want to stay on.    Here is the first composite I've done.  I'm pretty happy with it, and I'll be entering it in a portrait competition.  I'm putting together a series of portraits of people in uniform.  I hope you like it too.

Friday, August 10, 2012


This is an example of HDR (High Dynamic Range). The picture is St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Spring Branch. An HDR image is actually a composite of several images over a span of exposure values.