Monday, November 17, 2008

Erin: A second time around...


High-strung and attentive, Erin O'Neill makes her way through Graduate School at the University of Missouri. After obtaining her bachelor's degree in Convergence Journalism and spending a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia, O'Neill has returned to Mizzou. Working on Graphics Team at the local paper and as a teacher's assistant in Communication Law, her semester is both hectic and stimulating. 

I had wanted to practice studio-portraiture once more since I'm hoping to do something like it for the final project...Erin was kind enough to sit for another session since we were partners for the original classmate portrait assignment. This time I remembered NOT to shoot in tungsten...

I found the red frame just lying in the studio and we had some fun with the way, does it belong to anyone?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Balance and Fill Flash

A week when the sun forgot to shine...

This is why good aim helps...My favorite image of the assignment take, but my flash missed the kid and the kid missed the I got hit in the face and had to bring up this image in levels.


Fill-Flash Select: Mill Creek Elementary School students play tether-ball during recess one chilly Thursday in November. The students will be allowed to play outside all winter long as long as the temperature remains above 0 degrees (F).

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

In honor of the last fallen leaves: 

A re-shoot of my metal&glass.  I spent the better part of a studio session trying to reposition the white-line on these glasses.   It ended up being more efficient to reposition my camera rather than the lights.  Finally, I ended up using only one soft-box, one spotlight on the leaf, and one gold reflector.  

Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theater

Introductions final project subject: Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theater, a Branson-style variety show theater off I-70 outside Columbia. 
Hazel's man on piano and steel guitar (apparently landlord to a bunch of 4th St. J-students).

Hazel's father serving as door man...  

Hazel prepares for Saturday's performance, a Salute to Veterans (Nov 8).

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Painting With Light

A second view on the Silo: "It was a balmy night in November..."  Unfortunately, the images were underexposed and we didn't bracket it in the field. I brought these up in levels.

"Hit and run!" The unintentional ghosting of Jakob...

A modern-day phantom fills the ruins of a 1920's grain silo off the Sinkhole Trail in Rockbridge Memorial State Park. There is a current effort to fill in missing holes of the park's history; known to have included a mill and distillery, amusement park, industrial center, and various family farms. The area has always been frequented by visitors for its natural beauty even before it became a public park in the 1960's.

Monday, November 3, 2008


Final touches to an eighties prom flashback. Complements of Maude V costume rental.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Barack came to town.

What used to be Columbia's Spanish Fly, and a curious acronym in the window.