Case Marine makes water filters, reverse osmosis water makers, and various other water improvement devices for, mostly, large ships. I spent the day photographing their people and machines near the Arlington airport. The Canon 5Ds and my tilt shift lenses performed very well. In fact, I will now say I am convinced the digital camera out performs the 4×5 film camera. Check out these pics for sharpness at original size (which by the way is only 1/2 the size of the original RAW file (51 million pixels to 100 million pixels if I combine files in panoramas or HDR).
One of my clients has me prepare photos for retail furniture boxes… Each box has a picture of the contents. The products are sold through Costco.
Puyallup Fair Grounds… Lots to see.
This photo was made with more than 25 exposures in 3 cameras on 4×5 film. The effect intended was to have this product depicted as a planet… with the product’s installation tools orbiting. Of course, the planet is lit from the inside to depict molten lava.
The print was 10 feet wide by 8 feet tall and it was impressive. The client made a lot of money, sold the company at a profit and retired. I, on the other hand, am still working. Perhaps, I should have done the photo for free only asking for a % ?
So what are these products?
Here is a tough product… reflections everywhere… all goofy…. polished stainless so it;s supposed to look like chrome…
We shot it with the regular lighting setup and again later with a plexiglass soup bowl over the top (just a small hole for the camera lens (which i then retouched out).
Which one should go in the catalog?
Cars and Hot Dogs and SUN!
Zantedeschia aethiopica aka Cala Lily… By the way… I shot these with all natural light in the shade beside my house using a white card and a chrome reflector. Frankly, what a pain in the ass. Natural light is very hard. The wind blows. The reflector wiggles. The amount of light keeps changing. I have to use slow shutter speeds to get the shot. The only way you can do commercial photography and not waste yours and your customer’s time is to have control of the light. FLASH would have taken this photoshoot from 3 hours to 30 minutes. Just tossing that in because a potential customer brought this up that “…she only wanted natural sunlight to be used for the photos…”. Keep in mind also this was in February in Seattle. I refused the job.
More Cala Lilies: Big Sur Cala Lily Valley
It’s always a great experience to photograph other people’s artworks. Tom and Shauna Saffle have this retreat in the eastern cascades (known as the “Ranchette”) which they have modified into a time capsule of 1950 or 60ish dioramas. Each room has the flavor of days past. Additionally, Tom had me photograph his welded steel sculptures posted around the property. The Elk and Deer trophies are for sale. Tom calls them “torchadermy” (taxidermy with a welder).
They are compelling.