This time of year I like to revisit old images and sometimes edit them with newer tools.This group of performers were outside the archaeological ruins in Tulum Mexico. They were trying to solicit people to have their picture taken with a huge snake. I found them to be colorful performers.
The problem with the original image is that it was taken quickly and the focus seemed soft. To correct this I edited it with the edge tool and HDR tool form NIK. The result is an acceptable candid image although not worthy of my commercial site.
I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of new images of only digital photography. Right now I am focusing on images that are photojournalistic in nature. This image was taken at a beach in Quinatana Roo near Tulum Mexico during the winter of 2015. Please feel free to leave comments if you agree or disagree about including them in a “best of” list.
I can not see an iguana without thinking of the character that Tim Kazurinsky created on Saturday Night Live in the 1980’s. There are Iguanas all over Mexico. We had one near our condo which we named Iggy Pop for some unknown reason. We found this gal in ruins of Tulum Mexico. I found out that the females are smooth like this and the males have spikes along their spine.
I have always been fascinated by watching male behavior around women. Unlike me, most men will not glance at an attractive woman if there is any chance they will be caught ogling. They will suck in their guts until they pass out but not venture a glance. I on the other hand just don’t give a damn.
I once worked with a Cheryl, a model that owned a horse. She wanted some images of her with her horse. We took some pictures around her barn which was what she was after. She thanked me and then said she was going for a ride. There was a large meadow adjacent to the barn and I asked if she could wait for a minute because I wanted to take a picture of her riding through the meadow before she went down the trail. I knew I would have only one chance for the “pan” motion shot that I wanted. Here it is. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.
From 1975 through 1978 I was employed by the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh PA as a Photographic Instructor. With the help of students and staff we constructed darkrooms and studios. I was fortunate to have some great students who turned out to be successful photographers and illustrators and most of them also turned into great people. Our field trips were legendary. Thanks to social media we have reunited and the Facebook group now has over 170 members. This weekend a lot of them will meet for an annual reunion, which unfortunately I can’t attend.
Some of my students have not survived though like the stunning Becky Richardson who was kind enough to model for the class on one of our field trips to an old barn. Rest in Peace Becky, I am sure you will be well remembered this weekend. You can see other images and purchase prints and apparel at my commercial site. This image is not for sale.
A long time ago I used to shoot photographs for model’s portfolios. Most of these were done in my studio under controlled lighting. Kim was a model that I used for my Photography classes in Pittsburgh and she wanted to have some fashion photographs in exterior locations. We found this old deserted barn and did most of the shots outside the barn where there was decent light. I have always like this one the best however and think it is one of the best back-lit images in my collection. You see other images and buy prints of this one at my commercial gallery.
In scanning my old negatives I found this one of Carole in 1976. Together we assembled quite a portfolio during two different sessions. This one was taken in front of blooming roses at Rolling Rock in 1976. You can see others from my models portfolio by clicking here.
In the 1970’s I taught photography at the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh and still I am in touch with some of my former students today thank to Facebook. Occasionally I would take a shot or two in the studio while they experimented with lighting. This is a multiple exposure done during one of those sessions. You can purchase a print of this image or see others at my commercial gallery.