Saturday, October 25, 2008

The future of photography

The office had the great privilege of taking the D700 for a test drive. Its a full frame camera so what you see is what you get. Most digital cameras have a crop factor so if you shoot an image it will be magnified by the cameras chip. Roberto E. Rosales a great photographer used the camera on a couple assignments and I was blown away. I took an image of my esteemed colleague Rich Joyner. He is faster then fast with photos for pre press.

Nikon D700 4000ISO 55MM 2.8

Same settings but with a crop.

The money shot. I was really impressed with this crop. Look at the detail without going fuzzy wuzzy as a bear. Not Rich but just photo. Look at the detail of the many photos he is working.

So this means the future of photography is now with the cropping factor. Its just this technology has been rolled out at the wrong time because of the cut backs at papers, magazines and media organizations. There is some cameras coming out with megapixels growing in the 30s to 40s. Photographers joke that we could shoot with a wide angle and just crop into the moment.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mashup test

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Here is a test of me using the Google maps. I hope to learn a little more about mashups. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

So long Mr. Hoover, yes it does suck you are gone (No pun)

I had the pleasure of working with Cable Hoover at the Albuquerque Journal for just under a year. He has gotten a sweet gig at the Gallup Independent as a full time shooter. Something he has always dreamed about. While at the Journal he taught me the ropes of photo techning and how to make images better. I was really pushing him to go for this job and he got it. At the same time it was rough to see him walk out to his truck one last time. I am not one for being all sappy love tunes but he is a great worker and made my nights go by fast. Now I might have to call him while he is on assignment to just bug him. I can't imagine the photo desk with out him. Its been a rough week knowing he is gone into the Gallup sunset. I can't wait to hear his stories and see his images.

Here is to you Cable. He got this Holga at his going away lunch. Make some killer frames with those light leaks.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

On to Omaha, well, college anyway

I have gone full swing into this baseball project and have jotted some ideas down. I have really had fun doing these portraits of baseball players. I can't wait to do the pros and little leaguers. But here is the latest portrait of UNM player Brian Cavazos-Galvez. He is a pretty cool guy and one of UNM's sluggers.
The way I shot it was a flash head pointed at him then a flash head off to the left giving a little light to the claw. I shot this at 1/50th of second at 4.5 aperture. I can't remember what the lights were on but they were real low. I'll post more photos as I get them done.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

I got abducted

Sorry for the long hiatus of not posting. I was kind of busy with work and such. But anyways I am in the process of doing a portrait project of baseball players. Here is the first of the series. I will keep you guys posted on the progress.

I will try to give you technical details of the shoots. This is of Valley Vikings Ryan Reynolds, he is one of the stud pitchers in the state. I cross lit these two portraits with two Alien Bees one was a 1600 and the other an 800. The camera was a D70 and the settings were 1/250th at f16 or so.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Layman Storage and Air Care Tire Center

That's right folks, limited space is available to store boxes in my single car garage. We have two guard dogs and a climate controlled facility. Just kidding.

The last intern at the Albuquerque Journal needed a place to store his stuff before his big gig in Howston. That would be Shaminder Dulai. He is sporting a new dew. I will miss you Mr. Dulai and can't forget the late night chats on photojournalism.

While you are away I will enjoy looking through the stuff. I can't wait to see what you have in all those boxes.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Amarillo by morning

I was attending the SWPJC over the weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. I decided to drive. It was a crazy drive back home. I was in a blizzard like road conditions. I couldn't see so I stayed in a hotel for the night. I awoke and drove out that morning. There were many semi-trucks flipped over because of the ice. Breaker Breaker 10-9er we got many Smoky's responding to accidents on I-40. Do you copy?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Powerful Production About Iraq War

Every once and a while you see something that makes you stop and think. I saw this on the Dallas Morning News site a while back and come back every so often to play the chapters again. This is presented like a DVD movie with the different story elements. This new way of presenting catches my eye because its something people are used to. They don't have to click through all the different links to get to the page. The DMN has its on web page for this story. Its a very powerful story. The paper had all the ducks in a row and had some amazing access. The story is about Cpl. Eric Morante struggle to recover from being wounded in battle and trying to hang on to his Marine life. Click on Cpl. Morante's name to launch the site.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

A blend of JFK and Elvis could make a political rock star or just be Sen. Barack Obama

I had the chance to photograph possibly the next President of the United States a couple days ago. Sen. Barack Obama came to town and he had quite the following. They had to set-up overflow rooms for people to hear his speech. He spoke for about 20 minutes then had a question and answer with the crowd. The crowd had the chance to ask questions and the hands shot up like a bunch of fifth graders knowing the answer to spelling cat. "KAT!" Anyways, here is the photo.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

So last year

The tabloids and Internet sites were quite the buzz when the youngest Spears was formally introduced as being pregnant. I was watching CNN at work and had the camera by my desk and snapped this screen grab. Its kind of sad to see the news go this way. The monster machine has turned into a me monster whoever can get the biggest reaction goes for it. Spears, Jolie, Pitt and any other celebrity that might create a stir is the first story. The public wants to have the water cooler chats on the reality T.V., and celeb gossip.
People aren't interested in the serious stories that make the world go around. Kenya, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, the Koreas and any other hot spot are buried in the newscast or paper. People aren't interested in the issues of the world. Its ironic because the local news stations have the policy of "if it bleeds it leads." Why can't the major T.V. networks have that policy when it comes to issues such as genocide and war.