Friday, September 24, 2010

Some Time’s you just have to get Dirty

Not too long ago I got a call from a lawyer in Ky. asking me to go to Hollywood park to photograph a race horse that had come up lame, and that the new owner wasn’t aware of this at the time of sale. Now if you have never been under a racehorse that is worth 1.5 million dollars I can tell you it’s quite an experience.  The vet was called in and he operated a portable x-ray so he could diagnose the images on the spot, my job was to document it so they could prove it was the right horse, also not shown in the photos (to keep the horse anonymous) they are tattooed on the inside of the upper lip for identification. The vet assured me that the horse will not be put down but put out to stud and should have a very happy life. Oh by the way it was very cold and raining that day and I got soaked (I added the shadows for effect)

A Day at the State Fair

There’s nothing more satisfying than going to a state fair, ordering a beer and watching the horse’s race. The other thing is, schlepping your camera and taking photos of them for fun. My wife and I do just that, and I must honestly admit what a thrill it is to see those magnificent beasts doing what they are trained to do (the horse’s, that is) I have always been fascinated with them.  Many years ago I had the pleasure of renting one for the day in France, the stable owner asked me if I knew how to ride (now what can be so difficult about riding a horse I thought) “Sure” I replied . Well let me tell you, it’s like riding a bike down a steep hill with no handlebars or brakes, so from that day on, I just enjoy watching them in awe.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

PPLAC, Get together

PPLAC’s added bonus of a once a month GTG (Get ToGether) hosted at my studio was for the third time in row a big success, along with me was Marcia Gold (a wiz at Photoshop) and we have been holding these meetings sharing tips, showing new equipment and answering questions to further our knowledge needed to run a successful photographic business. Last night our meeting featured the new versions of CS5, (with Marcia at the helm) and me showing Lightroom 3 beta 2, along with a new gizmo that got everyone’s attention was the new Spider Camera Holster which, if you shoot 2 camera’s on a job is a real piece of equipment you have to check out. Just for fun we had Sharon Lobel pose with it on (she’s better looking than me) I have to thank Rae DeVito for shooting the candid’s last night. What a night !!!!!

                                                 Sharon showing off the new Spider

and a good time was had by all.!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Father & Son

 Working with children can sometimes be
 hazardous to your career, But you have a
 job to do, I thought that this image just
shows you what goes thru a child's mind

                                                      Now that's better

Dan Friedman President and CEO Clearvision Technolgies is an Electronic Report Card web site for School reports

Getting the Job Done

FCI Trust Anaheim. California

Some of the greatest jobs we get as photographers are working with great people. Michael Griffith, owner of FCI Trust is one of those people. At the end of the day (if you do a great job) you get to call them friends. It starts with a conversation on the phone asking them what their requirements are and then explaining just how we can achieve it, working with busy client’s means having to shoot on location, so you have to be prepared to pack up you equipment and set up in their office without disturbing their daily life, here you can see that I used an assistant as to where the shot will take place and adjust lights ready for the client to step in with the minimum amount of fuss (client in the background).

Stand in while adjusting lights

President & CEO

Michael W Griffith