Monday, February 12, 2018

" Wet Plate " Series

Smithsonian Institution Bldg ( The Castle )  /  Washington DC

 I updated my NIK Software and discovered it added a new effect - Wet Plate.  Ive always loved the look of Wet Plate or Collodion Process Images but just never made the effort to pursue it.  Even though I basically still have all the 4x5 equipment /ect - I spent many many years with a full blown Film Processing and Print Darkroom - Have sold off much of that equipment and am pretty sure my sticking my hands in chemicals days or over.  I've noticed that many Designers selecting Images for Corporate or Hospitality Interior Design Projects have been choosing stylized Black and White Images for Install.  So I've been fooling around with this effect and created a Wet Plate Series of Washington DC Images that you may see in the link below - but who knows - maybe someday I'll get around to trying the real thing

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Evening in Washington DC

View from the Jefferson Memorial at Sunset

I've been shooting the Cherry Blossoms in DC now for quite a few years.  I never get tired of it but it can be challenging to produce images that are not just a repeat of previous years.  Typically I go down pre-dawn and shoot as mentioned in this Popular Photography Article.  This year I decided to make my way through the mass humanity and go down in the afternoon - it was great and I was certainly successful - but I still like the early morning hours better.  Of all I shot that day this might be one of my favorite images - and it's not even of the Cherry Blossoms.  I just got a Canon 8-15mm f/4L and this is one example of what it does

Monday, December 8, 2014

Washington DC Photography : Providing a Diverse Collection

I am truly fortunate to have the opportunity to license images from my collection of Washington DC Photography for such a wide variety of print and electronic media.  I recently licensed 12 images to Harlequin Books as Book Covers for The Fatal Series by New York Times Best Selling Author Marie Force - with more to come.  One advantage in providing a wide variety of DC Images is that whether it's an Art Buyer or Architectural Design Firm seeking images for a Corporate / Hospitality Decor Project - or in this case a Book Publisher requiring a series of diverse DC Images - I am typically able to fulfill their entire project needs as opposed to them having to source imagery from multiple artists.  This saves the Art Director or Art Buyer time and effort, makes their job easier, and is a big plus for me in acquiring ( and expanding ) projects and licensing images of Washington DC

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shopping Dining Downtown Washington DC

In a previous Post I mentioned providing stock images for various client's marketing needs regarding the economic growth and impending further development of Northern Virginia.  Lately I have also been doing the same for Downtown Washington DC - in particular the 12th & F St area all the way down to 7th & F St and the Verizon Center Area.  I have many memories of this area - especially the old 9:30 Club at 930 F St - and boy has this area changed dramatically since those days.  This area of NW Washington DC now become high end shopping and dining and my images are being used to promote the available commercial space in this area to attract further retail, corporate,  and commercial interest.  I've really just only started this gallery - but I understood from clients there was a need for this imagery and one thing I have learned in business is to find a need and fill it. Here's a link to a Gallery of Images of what I've shot so far in two afternoons - Downtown Washington DC Shopping and Dining

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Washington DC Photography - DC Cool Ad Campaign

I am truly fortunate to have the opportunity to license images from my collection of Washington DC Photography for such a wide variety of print and electronic media.  What's Cool about this image is that is was actually included in my archive of DC Photography as an afterthought - plucked from my Washington DC Cherry Blossoms Gallery by an obviously talented and extremely savvy art director for use in the DC Cool Ad Campaign - to be reproduced as full page ads in various print publications including Food + Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Essence, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, and city magazines in major feeder markets like New York, Philadelphia and Boston, as well as 9' displays around DC.  What's especially Cool for me is this was shot fiddling around with a LensBaby I had just bought and trying to figure out how to use.  If you're not familiar - a LensBaby is an inexpensive plastic lens that offers the ability for some pretty interesting blur effects.  I was a bit concerned at first with this image going 9' but it looked fantastic.