Since I’ve moved from Nucleus to WordPress the URLs for RSS feed have changed. I tried to make it seamless but that didn’t work, so you’ll have to resubscribe to the feed.
I’ve converted Reactuate blog to WordPress. It was a relatively painless procedure using the script I had written for my wife’s conversion. Unfortunately there are probably some broken links, but they are mostly old.
I’ll make it look right after while. Right now I’m going to go enjoy the Incredibles with my family.
If you know me you know I have a thing for red heads. I’m married to one. I’ve photographed a lot of them. So when I saw the BOTB line up I was excited to see one red head in the bunch. That redhead was Alexandra Sullivan.
She is a bold one. Her homemade bikini was something to behold made primarily of stocking material. And she and I had the most interesting exchange when picking wardrobe.
Me: “I’ve got this grass skirt and some lays(sp?)”
Her: “OK, I’ll wear my bikini bottoms.”
Me: “Good wear a bikini.”
Her: “I don’t need a top if we’ve got lays.”
Me thinking: OK I’m not going to argue with you.
I was looking though Lithium Picnic’s portfolio and was reminded of the iPod for some reason. Then I started wondering if leather bondage stuff comes in white.
Going to include 2 pictures today of the lovely Kerriana. She was such a cute little package and my first model to shoot with.
My idea was to shoot her on the stage of the resort, with red curtains as the background. I did and there were some some blue backgrounds that were cool too, but my two favorite images weren’t those. The head shot to the left was taken on stage with theater lighting. But it is a close headshot and you can’t tell the black is a theater backdrop.
The other image was shot after that. We had a lot of time left because I shot so fast, so we went wondering around the jungled area in the middle of the resort. There was this little cove/valley area with these pseudo mayan sculptures in it. It looked cool, but I didn’t see much in the way of posing places. So we decided to put Kerriana on this table held up by some mythical creature. You can’t see the table much, but I love the pose and expression.
While in the Cancun airport I was walking past some high end clothing store and my photography obsessed eye noticed this picture of a red head in a black swim suit. Everything in the image was super-saturated, from her hair and lips to the green grass. It was compelling.
It was the store’s catalog for purses. I asked if it was free and got a copy. Went to the gate and sat down with another photographer from BOTB2 for a 3 minute wait. Occasionally I’d look at the book. At one point in our conversation I needed to show him my camera. I pulled out my headphones and CD case, setting them next to the brightly colored catalog. Pulled my camera out and showed him the grid in the viewfinder.
Then I put the camera away and kept talking.
Time to board came and zipped up my bag. Got up and forgot the catalog, and my headphones and CD case.
Lost were all of my CD backups of original NEF files from the competition, backup CDs of software including DiskWarrior and Adobe CS. And three movies. Shawn of the Dead, Office Space and The Chronicles of Riddick – which I had just bought before the trip.
Oh well it could be worse. Everything can be replaced. I’ve got the orginals on two different hard drives.
So I think I’ll post a picture a day from the workshop to my blog. And here’s the first of the Breanne.
The guys running the workshop were all about the sponsors. That was OK for One Model Place and Stare Magazine. Which is what this picture is all about. OMP gave us some cool swag including t-shirts and baseball hats. I’m not a real fan of baseball hats, but I really like the feel of this one and wear it often. Stare gave all the girls a stare bikini, so when it came time to shoot Breanne I told her to wear the swim suit and the let her wear my t-shirt. This was the image I submitted.
I’ve got another of her in just the Stare bikini that I really like too, but it needs some adjustment first.
If I’m pimping the sponsors one of the bitches got out of line. The Hensel Lighting guy was an asshole, and a bigger asshole when he was drunk. There were a couple of times this came to the forefront. On Saturday night we were at a night club in Playar Del Carmen and I’m sitting at the table with drunk Hensel guy and David Messy. Drunk Hensel guy – our official name for him – says to David, “No offense to these guys, but none of them know what the fuck they are doing. My girlfriend knows way more than them.”
This is stupid on a number of levels. First he’s a sales guy and he insults all the people who might buy his product. Second, he hadn’t seen any of our work, so he couldn’t judge. I could go on, but I think you get the point.
Second time his drunk side showed up was on the way home. I’m sitting on the second row of the van with him and his girl friend is sitting on the first row in front of him. For some reason he’s pissed at her. So at one point he asks me to switch places with him. I’m not sure why at the time, but it became clear it was to get away from her. Though he continued to mumble stuff at her I won’t repeat, but I did remember thinking if he tried to hit her, I’d stop him.
The other bad think about Hensel guy was he spent two hours Saturday morning pimping his products badly for us. As a result we only had 1 hour with David Messy, which was a shame.
OK, I’ve got that off my chest. I do like that picture of Breanne though.