May 17, 2016

Testing New D.E. Pool Filter

I'd like to be in the Exuma Cays.... a couple of weeks at Jess and France's StanielRents but, for now, I'm in Virginia Beach replacing a pool sand filter with one using D.E.. I checked the D.E. viz with my Dummy Fish and it works. If you go to stanielrents.com, the girl in the video is France. You can also check their gremlymedia.com for their Great White Shark session.

Reef Photo & Video Nauticam, Zendome 230mm, Canon EOS-5D MkIII, 16-35mm f2.8 (at 35mm), dual Ikelite DS-161 for fill.


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May 14, 2016

Jerry Adams Sculpture

Polyester resin and fiberglass sculpture by artist Jerry Adams, 2001, Selma, North Carolina. Hangs in the open walkway between kitchen, living room and dining room spaces at Lakeside. She has an appeal if you have a certain mindset.

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DJI Phantom 3 Pro Kit

For Sale - DJI Phantom 3 Pro Kit. I'm upgrading to a six-motor drone and the backup to my DJI Inspire quad needs a new home. It's in perfect condition and excellent for a beginner or intermediate flyer. If interested, send me PM with an eMail address and I'll send you specifics.

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May 5, 2016

SUP Crystal Lake

Worked with a serious bicyclist, SUP paddler and foodie here this week from Florida. Monday's weather was good for a mix of the SUP board and drone on Crystal Lake, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Model: Jennifer Ransdell
SUP Board: Kings 9'6" -- with Jennifer Ransdell.


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May 4, 2016

New Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) Pool Filter

Don't let your eyes glaze over; some of you will want to know this. Underwater photographers frequently encounter particulate in the water that can appear as hundreds (thousands?) of white spots in a picture when lights strike them. I've been having almost unbearable backscatter (the white dots) shooting in the pool and, yesterday, took steps to improve the situation by replacing a SAND filter with the pictured D.E. (diatomaceous earth) filter. Sand filters remove particles down to 70-100 microns (for perspective, a human hair is about 75 microns). The D.E. filter will filter particles down to 3-5 MICRONS, so starting today, shooting sessions should be significantly better. Get the picture?


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April 23, 2016

Backlit Rain with Christina Macfarlane

Working on a Shot List including an image that includes "rain." Nice if the rain is backlit. Here's one from a few years ago we'll use as a guide.

Model: Christina Macfarlane
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia -- with Christina Macfarlane.

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April 21, 2016

Prince Tribute

Every so often something strikes me as perfect; this is one of them, art by @jean_jullien on the Instagram juxtapozmag page.

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Marah Strickland Yoga Matrix

When doing personal work, I like to go off in different directions. Right now I'm working on some 16-image composites; yoga, ballet and perhaps others. Here's one of the yoga sessions:

Model: Marah Strickland (subtle body fitness)

Location: Lakeside Studio

These were all done with the Hasselblad H5D-50cWiFi, a camera I haven't been able to put down for a few months. -- with Marah Strickland.


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April 7, 2016

Mermaid on the edge of Salton Sea, CA

Salton Sea in the southern California desert about an hour south of Palm Springs. Mermaid Tiffany Cameron lying on dried marine life at water's edge. -- with Tiffany Cameron.

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Mermaid at sunset; Salton Sea, CA

Salton Sea in the southern California desert about an hour south of Palm Springs. Mermaid Tiffany Cameron sitting in dried marine life at the last light of the afternoon. -- with Tiffany Cameron.

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New Studio Setup for Cart Series

Have a new studio setup for a Cart Series (aka Morgue Art) using a Grunge backdrop combined with a Yorktown mermaid....

Model: Rachel Lauren Jones
Tail: CCPITail#3 by Christina Macfarlane
Top: Fishnet and inserts by Jackie Burwood
Cart: On Loan from Details Interior Design
Location: Lakeside Studio -- with Christina Macfarlane and Rachel Lauren Jones.

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Dead Fish - Salton Sea, CA

Dried marine life (read "fish") on the shore of the Salton Sea in the southern California desert about an hour south of Palm Springs.

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Hasselblad Mermaid Photoshoot

A Hasselblad Tech brought the new digital back (60 megapixel) and camera to Virginia Beach from somewhere in Europe or Dubai and we shot the product announcement images with a crew of 8, including behind the scenes video, underwater behind the scenes, above water time-lapse and the main images. We were online with the ad agency in Copenhagen, Denmark to resolve any burning questions.... like do mermaids have belly buttons? Great crew and everything was very successful.. -- with Kristi Sherk.


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March 30, 2016

Fiola Mare Restaurant - Mermaid Room

Fiola Mare Restaurant is named the Best Restaurant in Washington, DC. And, one of the crown visuals is the 8' siren graphic adorning the wall of The Mermaid Room.

Mermaid: Malena Sharkey
Photographer: Chris Crumley
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Tail: Custom by Malena Sharkey -- with Malena Sharkey.


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March 14, 2016

Sea Ray Poster Child

Sea Ray Poster Child

Model: Ferris Hollinger
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Boat: Sea Ray 340 Sundancer
Tech: In-Camera Bokeh achieved with Singh-Ray 8-stop neutral density filter allowing sunny day f2.8; Hasselblad H5D-50c w/80mm. -- with Ferris Hollinger.

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