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June 30, 2012

MerPalooza Best Mermaid Nominee


One of the MerPalooza "Best Mermaid" nominees, Kristi Sherk in a new purple/pink silicone tail and OctoTop by Eric Ducharme (themertailor.com), also a nominee for Best Tail Maker.

Photo done underwater in the Wet Cyc at the Lakeside Studio in Virginia Beach.

June 26, 2012

Vintage Hat Project - Cocktail Hat


Another of the vintage hats; this one off-white velvet cocktail hat with pink rose and feather.

Model: Rachel Faulkner
MUA: Theresa Little
Custom Painted Background: Veronica Dana

Apple Mac Pro - Tech Support


I've been having trouble with the primary Mac Pro in the studio for almost two months. Yesterday, on the phone with a senior tech support person at Apple, the tech thought the logic board was the problem and ordered a new one under the AppleCare plan.

When the board is installed by the Apple Store in Norfolk, I think MPro2 will be well again.

June 24, 2012

Greece - Ionian Sea - Zakynthos - Wreck Beach


Friends are cruising the Aegean Sea in Greece this week and it took me back an exploration of Greece a few years back; both Aegean and Ionian Sea islands. The island-hopping was by ferry, sometimes on foot and sometimes with a rental car.

Spent a whole day to get this shot of Wreck Beach aka St. George Wreck Beach. Took back roads and 4WD across a field beside an old monastery to a cliff overlooking this beach (scary in a 2WD rental car). The freighter on the beach is a couple hundred feet long. Would liked to have had a tether shooting this, but didn't.

June 23, 2012

Red Period - Tomatoes


Found a nice bunch of tomatoes on the kitchen counter one late afternoon last week, hung them outside and shot them with the changing light. Then, while processing the digital file I "worked on it" a little ending up with this.

June 19, 2012

Underwater with Marine Life; Magic


Being underwater in a large school of marine life has a very unique feeling. If they are sharks, you get something of a feel for danger (mostly because of news stories). If you're close to a whale (like this; close enough to reach out and touch), you're in awe of their size. But, even in a school of smaller creatures like this, there's something very electric about it.

It's hard to explain; maybe you just have to be there.

Mostly horse-eye jacks here; Turks & Caicos Islands last month.

June 18, 2012

Red Period


Do you recall Pablo Picasso's Blue Period from art class? I'm not comparing myself to Picasso, but seems like I'm in Chris Crumley's Red Period.

This is Bodyart dancer, Brett Garfinkel underwater.

June 17, 2012

Bodyart Dance Company - Yellow Umbrella


Was looking for a pool image this morning and saw this. Bodyart Dancers under a yellow umbrella prop we were using underwater.

Dancers are Madeline Day, Felice Gabrielle Romero and Megan Krauszer; three of the eight. I really enjoy my once-a-year shoot with this crew.

June 16, 2012

Red Satin and Red Ring Above Water


This image came from the May 24 session with Kristi Sherk over the reflection pool. Same credits apply:

Makeup: Kim Reyes, Washington, DC
Red Ring: Robert Minnick/Malena Sharkey; Way Beyond Productions, Portsmouth, VA
Location: Lynnhaven Marine Boatel, Virginia Beach

June 15, 2012

Red Satin Monster (Underwater)


No, not the model. The Red Satin Monster is Me.

Kristi Sherk showed up from D.C. a few weeks ago with five yards of red satin fabric and I keep shooting it in different ways.

Last week, scuba instructor Annette Papa, GF of Midnight Express Captain Michael Gerkin, drove to Virginia Beach from Morehead City, NC for a one-day one-on-one Underwater Modeling Course. Michael becomes the Captain of the Palau Aggressor in September and I offered to help get Annette ready for some incredible underwater time in Palau during her days off from Sam's Tours.

After our educational time, we pulled out the red satin. This is one of the creative frames underwater.

June 7, 2012

Norfolk, VA OpSail 2012 - Sunrise Thursday


iPhone alarm for 3:30AM, left dock at 4:30, shooting the pre-light and this sunrise at 5:50 between the tall ships USCG Eagle and Spain's Juan Sebastian de Elcano.

June 6, 2012

Norfolk, VA OpSail 2012 - Pride of Baltimore


Today was a parade of military ships, but the tall ship Pride of Baltimore was out in the bay under sail, so we took a few minutes to shoot it, not knowing for sure if we could get it on Friday, the tall ship's parade day. You know, bird in the hand sort of thing.

We are doing this in a new Boston Whaler 37' Outrage with three 300hp outboards and practically one of every boat electronic piece made by RayMarine. A great marine photography platform.

June 3, 2012

Six Blue Angels - Virginia Beach, VA


Six U.S. Navy Blue Angels were part of the air show over Virginia Beach today. Impressive stuff.

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