July 28, 2014

Whale Shark Isla Mujeres, Mexico Feeding on Fish Eggs


Typically, underwater photographers don't like their photos with what we call "backscatter," little white dots caused by underwater strobe light hitting and lighting particulate in the water.

But, in this case, we aren't using any lights; all these white dots are caused by sunlight hitting the fish eggs in the water; the food for a whale shark's filter feeding.

And, yes, we get covered in fish eggs and they get all in our clothes. Hey, this is just nature. Roll with it. :-)

Whale Shark Isla Mujeres, Mexico Underwater


Just returned from 14 days in Mexico with 5,000+ images; a mix of island scenes, a Shellhouse, whale sharks, mermaids and cenotes.

Interacting with whale sharks is very interesting, emotional and simple. They are majestic creatures. We leave the island at 6AM and about 45 minutes later we find typically scores of them clustered in a feeding area over about 120 (40m) of water. They filter feed on millions/billions of fish eggs the size of a pin head; slowing swimming at or near the surface with their mouth open taking in water and eggs. We simply slide into the water two-at-a-time on snorkel, move away from our boat and wait for them to come at or near us.

Simple, easy, rewarding and non-invasive so long as we employ our personal and regulatory no-touch/no-harrass rules.

July 8, 2014

Mermaid and the Red Love Seat


Yes, I know this is unlikely, but this is the way we think.

Model: Amanda McFarlin Kaiser
Location: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands; Lakeside Studio Virginia Beach, Virginia USA (Digital Composite)

June 20, 2014

BODYART Dance Company - "Thread" Production Promo Images


We made a set of images for BODYART's upcoming dance production that is "thread"-themed. Here's one from the Coe Hall shoot in New York.

June 14, 2014

Airline Carryon Size Revised


Airline Carryon Size Revised - Buddy Glenn Eaves alerted me to an airline carryon size change at several of the big carriers. Maximum is now 22 x 14 x 9 inches versus 22 x 15 x 9. This GoProfessional case for the Phantom 2 Vision+ QuadCopter is 16.5 x 9.5 x 21, so it's too big.
Also, the mainstay of many photographers with high value photo gear that absolutely-positively can't be lost or delayed without serious consequences to large crew, boat departure and similar sessions is something like the ThinkTank Airport Security v2.0 advertised to be the legal 22 x 14 x 9.
Things like this have a way to creating whole new industries. It just takes time and some inventive thinking.

BODYART Coe Hall Great Hall


BODYART dancers in Great Hall of Coe Hall, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay, NY.
Artistic Director: Leslie Anne Scott
Producer: Brett Garfinkel
Dancers: Rachel Abrahams, Amy Falls, Andrea Lanzetti, Amanda McNussen, Erin Okayama and Allison Ploor
MUA: Pamela Kalechofsky
BTS Video: Erica Lindegren

Checked Baggage Gouging


USAirways ORF-CLT-EWR (NewarkNJ) last week, 1st checked bag was $25, 2nd checked bag was $35, 3rd checked bag with QuadCopter was $130. Talk about gouging! Quad came back today by courier. $35. USAirways goes to the bottom of the air vendor list.

May 23, 2014

Aerial of Mermaid; Virginia Beach at 78th Street


Trying a new vantage point, 20-100' above the Virginia Beach shoreline yesterday. Hot sand almost had me looking like Dudley Moore hopping around in movie "10" with Bo Derrick.

Note that the quadcopter shadow was put/left in the frame intentionally.

Model: Brittany Grimmett

May 22, 2014

Shoreline Aerial; Virginia Beach at 78th Street


About 25' above Virginia Beach shoreline at 78th Street.

Model: Brittany Grimmett

Shoreline Aerial; Virginia Beach at 78th Street


About 100' above shoreline, Virginia Beach, 78th Street.

Model: Brittany Grimmett

May 20, 2014

"Facebook Bull"


Just when you thought I didn't have a sense of humor...here's an image I've entitled "Facebook Bull"

May 18, 2014

Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia (Cephalonia), Greece


Haven't been here in a while, but love this place. Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia (Cephalonia), Greece. This is on the Ionian Sea side of Greece where there is lots of water this color.

April 18, 2014

Milky Way; Palau, Micronesia


We had a team doing a scuba ad shoot in Palau with some tough weather days, numerous product delivery delays and a long shot list. Not much time for play, but one day we did a lunch stop on one of the Rock Islands near the Milky Way, so stopped for a few minutes to paint ourselves with white mud. Nice to look back on it.

Model: Julie Anderson
Location: Milky Way, Rock Islands, Palau, Micronesia

March 21, 2014

Mermaid Victoria in a Victoria + Albert Claw Foot Bath Tub


First session with brunette model in red wig, from Northern Virginia

Model: Victoria Vaughn Kicha

March 9, 2014

Sandbar at Saddle Cay, Exuma Cays, Bahamas Islands


Some of the locations encountered during our Mermaid Portfolio Workshops are so over-the-top they stick permanently in the mind's eye. This is the sandbar at Saddle Cay in the Bahamas' Exuma Cays. It's one of those places we'll re-visit in August with sketches of new images we want.

Model: Kristi Sherk

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