Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Another Batch Of Old Pics...

I took another look through some old photo folders and grabbed shots somewhat at random that caught my eye. Some of them may have appeared on my blog in the past, and some may have never been shown before...

I know flowers have been done a million times before, by a million different artists. I can't help myself, though. I love to shoot them.

A detail shot from an Indian wedding. After seeing this image and many other detail shots of hands, I figure I could do a blog post focused on hands one day. For some reason, I have a lot of hand photos?!?

This was a food photo for D Magazine from last year. It looked great in print (and the food tasted great, too!)

The current Toadies line-up. The Dallas band went platinum in the mid-nineties, and they still rock today!

A portrait of Frank Campagna, the Dallas artist and muralist.

A Venice soccer court.

Me... and a dinosaur fossil... during a commercial/marketing shoot, while I'm balancing twenty five feet in the air on a tiny scissor lift. I couldn't resist taking the shot during a break, though. How often are you going to find yourself that close to a giant dino?


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Good And The Bad, Round Two...

A while back I made a post on some really great photography that I found and some not-so-great photography. I figured I would do a second installment, hoping the not-so-great photographer doesn't mind a little criticism...

First up is Garden and Gun Magazine, a publication that seems to always hit the mark. I chose the cover to represent the "winner", otherwise I'd have to scan nearly every single page of this issue to show you all the amazing photo work they run! Seriously, their work always seems to be perfect!

Oh, and don't let the shotgun photo on the cover fool you. The publication is filled with lifestyle features about fine food and wine, clothing and fashion accessories, healthy living, traveling, and a million other topics besides firearms. And the firearms that do take up the modest percentage of the magazine are all handcrafted, beautiful works of art - not your average Academy Sports $300 special. And speaking of Academy...

Unfortunately, Academy and New Balance have to be our losers in this round. I know that photography is very subjective. I know this style/look is very hot right now. I know many of you may disagree with me. However, I feel like this one just misses the mark completely.

This Urban Outfitters "trying to look like a snapshot" look works on certain subjects. I just don't see it working on a pair of athletic shoes. I want an advertisement that looks like what I wish I could do in my running shoes - run through the park as I win a 5K. I don't think the "I took this photo with my iPhone and then used the Hipstamatic App to make it look retro" style of photography conveys that feeling at all. Maybe I'm just too old-fashioned.


The Converse Crew...

There's not a ton of Photography work that happens during Thanksgiving week. I have a couple things booked, but today was dead. So, what did I do? I took the boys to get a haircut. I wish I would've taken my camera. There were a lot of great missed shots at the old-fashioned barber shop. When we got home, I had us take a shoe portrait... The four boys, all in Converse!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Weatherford, TX...

I was shooting in Weatherford, TX on Saturday. Kind of a neat little town, not too far away from Fort Worth. I'd like to check it out a little more. There seemed to be a lot of old buildings, signs and odd things worth shooting.

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