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Hollywood Glamour photography

I have always been intrigued and impressed by the Hollywood glamour photography of George Hurrell and decided to work a project to emulate it. We are all familiar with the wonderful images of Hollywood stars and the wonderful images.

It appears Hurrell worked in the days before strobe and he used large tungsten lights with large format cameras. I’m doing this project with strobe lighting and my DSLRs. I do have modeling lights in the strobes and was able to see about what I would get with the strobes, but it is alway a bit interpretive when using strobes. I set up in my home studio and used one key light and a hair light sometimes. I had the models point their face almost directly at the key light to emulate Hurrell’s lighting.

I had gathered a bunch of inspirational image that I likes and had them on a “mood board”. The models and I decided which images to use for inspiration .

My sister Mary Simmons did hair and makeup in the kitchen.

After the shoot I converted the images t black and white and did basic retouching.

Tilt Shift football photography

Tilt Shift football photography at Clarkston high school football stadium, clarkston Michigan. More having fun with tilt shift photography this time at a football game. To make the tiny sets look I had to go up into the stands and looked down a bit at the stadium. Tilting the lens away from the plane of focus drastically reduces the depth of field and the resulting images.  For these images I am using the Lensbaby Edge 80 on my Nikon D750. I even did a tilt shift panorama for fun.

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Hometown Friday Night Football

Stills from Clarkston High School Hometown Friday Night Football.  These shots are my impressions of all that goes on for a school to deliver a Friday nigh football game.  The event starts with concessions getting ready and the players getting taped up.  The fans start to come into the stadium as both teams take the field for there pregame warmups.  The teams go back into the locker rooms for the last inspirational speeches from various team members and coaches, they really are very good!  Then the show starts. The cheerleaders go to the end zone to welcome the home team onto the field with the traditional ripping through the paper banner.  The teams gather on the sidelines and stand at attention as the marching band plays the national anthem  In this evening’s case the white rowdy student section sand the anthem, but got a bit ahead of the song, fun.  This game started in full sun with lengthening shadows and continued into sunset, dusk and full dark under the lights.