Outta My Kitchen!

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Here’s an outtake image from the Woman Chef shoot Michelle and I did earlier this week. The actual purpose of the session was a series of images along a theme similar to this example:


Not quite as exciting as the outtake, eh?

For those in the U.S., have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/100 second, f/7.1, ISO 100

August 29, 2008 at 11:02 am by | Categories: Post

Tips for the iStockphoto.com Buyer

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A friend of mine (and not to mention the BIGGEST selling iStock contributor in the United States!), Sean Locke, has put together an extremely comprehensive buyer’s guide for iStockphoto.com. In blog form, Sean has covered everything from lightboxes to copyspace and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. His posts are extremely well written and very thorough.

For anyone who has ever wondered or had questions about purchasing quality stock imagery at iStockphoto, this new site is a great resource. In fact, iStock proper could learn a lot from what Sean has created and implement something similar (or just license Sean’s content) into the buyers portion of the site.

Check it out at seanlockedigitalimagery.wordpress.com”. Oh, and be sure to check out Sean’s impressive stock portfolio at istockphoto.com/sjlocke.

August 28, 2008 at 8:28 am by | Categories: Post

My Father’s Cessna, circa 1982


I’ve been working with a private pilot friend recently setting up a stock photo shoot. In the process we’ve naturally talked quite a bit about airplanes. This has brought back memories of the plane our family had when I was a kid, so I thought I’d share it here.

In today’s capture you can see my dad taxiing the plane, a Cessna 172, before takeoff. To the best of my knowledge this was taken around 1982 from our boat in Big Lake Alaska. I will say that growing up in Alaska and having a floatplane in the family made for some great times.

Nikon FM2, Vivitar Series I 70-210 f/2.8 (if I recall correctly)

August 27, 2008 at 10:46 am by | Categories: Post

The 21st Century Office


Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/320 second, f/4, ISO 100

August 26, 2008 at 9:09 am by | Categories: Post

Corner Canyon Fire, Draper Utah

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I took a break from photographing Mabey Farm Fresh Corn in the studio this afternoon to head to a favorite overlook of Draper to capture some images of a nearby brush fire. Thankfully, as of this writing, the fire was able to be contained away from the nearby homes.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/125 second, f/8, ISO 100

August 25, 2008 at 6:21 pm by | Categories: Post

My Interview on the LightSource Podcast


I’ve been a semi-active listener of the LightSource photography podcast at StudioLighting.net for nearly two years, so imagine my shock earlier this month when I was contacted by one of the hosts, Bill Crawford, to be a guest on an upcoming episode. My initial thought was something along the lines of “These guys have interviewed the likes of Paul C. Buff, David Hobby and Chase Jarvis – and now they want to talk to me?!?”. Well I quickly got over the shock and we scheduled the chat.

We did the interview one evening over the telephone and I’ve got to say that it was really cool. Bill and Ed, the hosts, make their guests feel comfortable and they are genuinely excited to talk about photography. They wanted to learn about my stock photography business and how I have been able to create a full-time income from it in a relatively short period of time. We also chatted a bit about this blog and my involvement with Photowalking Utah.

The episode is now live on their site, so if you feel like listening to me ramble on for nearly an hour jump on over and give it a listen. More importantly though, I recommend that you check out their back episodes and subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss the future ones.


The LightSource Episode with Me
Back LightSource Episodes
Subscribe to LightSource in iTunes

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A Drop of Golden Sun


Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/50 second, f/4, ISO 160

August 23, 2008 at 8:22 pm by | Categories: Post

Speed Week 2008


“What? You went to Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats and the only picture you show doesn’t have any cars in it?!? Yeesh!”

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/3200 second, f/4, ISO 100

August 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm by | Categories: Post

Alyssa Returns!

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Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/80 second, f/4, ISO 100

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Photowalking: The People You Meet


One of the cool things about being involved in a Photowalking Utah event is the people you meet. When folks see a large group of photographers walking down the street they often ask us what we’re doing. I love to use this opportunity to get to chat with the people for a minute and then take their photo. Last Saturday’s event in Ogden was no exception.

During our walk through the historic downtown area we ran into Tony and his gang. Tony owns one of the soon-to-be-gone bars on 25th street and was more than willing to share his story. He was one of the friendliest people I’ve met while photographing and was a pleasure to shoot.


After the walk around the downtown area, a few of us stuck around at the Union Pacific depot for an impromptu strobist session. One of the photographers struck up some conversation with a pair of interesting young men and before we knew it they were modeling for us. They were waiting to hop a train (literally) to Idaho and thought it’d be cool to get their picture taken.

On the top image of Joseph, I purposely created a hard look with both the lighting and processing. I wanted to show the roughness of Joe’s character while still highlighting his striking blue eyes.

I used a similar though less edgy look for Joseph’s traveling companion Jake. As I photographed him he was holding onto his cigarette to get every last bit of goodness(?) out of it and I wanted to capture that in the image.


Both Joseph and Jake made great models. I would love to meet up with them again and pay them to do some stock modeling for me. I think that together we could create some dramatic images.

Joseph and Jake

August 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm by | Categories: Post