Monday, October 28, 2013

Sara and Mallorie have adventures.

A dear friend of mine has moved to Las Vegas. She also happens to be an amazing model. Together we have formed an unstoppable duo. Nothing can stop us now. Below are the results of our adventures. In order, in the month of September to mid October.

If you enjoy these you should follow her on instagram #Saraontheinternet, or facebook, Sara X

First we (totally serious) just kinda went out on the town, after all its been about 8 years since we last worked together.

Next we played with my Plague Doctor Mask!
I made this last Halloween and have been wanting to do a creepy shoot with it for a year now!

Sara is, if you have not noticed covered in tattoos, we spent an awesome night photographing those.

The below is our conception of sexy pictures. We were playing around after making some headshots (not shown here) and these just sort of happened.

And lastly yesterday we played around on the UNLV campus, we both are really versatile, but for some reason people see tattooed girls and "dark" photos and think thats all you can make. So I with my punk ethos intact, and Sara with her goth cred hidden where no one could find it, went out and took some simple pretty photos, because we can. 

Thats about all for now, but rest assured, there will be more.

Friday, August 2, 2013

I take cream with my coffee.

I've been wanting to make images that fit in places, on walls in homes. It occurred to me that my liquid shots have a lot of potential, if photographed as drinks. I wanted to try different viscosities and transparencies.
I used whipping cream for maximum viscosity, and opaqueness. The coffee is just coffee, nothing special there. After some mishaps with instant coffee I decided there was just no substitute for the real thing.

A few months ago I started on this project with just water, shot and coloured to look like some sort of exotic alcoholic drink.

Obviously no kitchen would be complete without at least one of these!
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I can now officially say you are reading the blog of the Las Vegas Photographer of the year!

In other bright news I have opened a new studio at 1115 S. Casino Center blvd. In the Arts district of Las Vegas.
I hope anyone who stops by here to check in for new tips and tricks will forgive my lack of posts, Ive been busy opening the studio, and being a boss winning awards and such.

The studio is open for private lessons, and I hope to see some inquisitive minds come by to say hello.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Great news! I am being featured in an art show.

The date: September 27th
The occasion: Awesomeness

I need to sell 20 tickets before the 24th, and it occurs to me that because of my travels I have people all over the world who like my work, but will be unable to attend the event.

So here is the deal, if you buy a ticket I will offer you 10% off any shoot, or print(s), or product. Good for shoots for up to a year, and prints forever, but limited to a single purchase (collections and products included).

If you've been considering buying a print, or print collection this will help both of us out, and make me feel loved and supported.
Just save your e-ticket, and redeem any time :)

And of course if you can make it out to the art show, I am happy to honor this offer this, plus the regular discount I offer at shows. And you get the added benefit of coming to an awesome show!

For those of you who didnt catch the hyperlinks here is a plain text one:

Just make sure I am selected as the artist you are supporting, I'm greedy like that.

Its bound to be an awesome show, and I hope to see a giant amorphous mass of friends and supporters. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Perfume and the refractive index

(Warning, there is absolutely no exceptional photography here, these images are just for learnin')

I never thought I would blog about perfume, but after being gifted with a bottle of very pricey stuff I noticed something. Something very cool.

Something to do with light and SCIENCE!

Objects have a refractive index, if an object has a very similar refractive index to another object it becomes INVISIBLE!
(big version)

Make note of the diptube, it becomes invisible when submerged in perfume. Which is awesome.
Have a closeup

Apparently being able to see the diptube is considered trashy, so a few years ago MeadWestvaco Calmar created a diptube to meet the rigorous demands of fancy perfume buyers. One that is INVISIBLE!

While this post has little to do with the photographic applications, it is an awesome example of similar refractive indexes.

Stay tuned for photos that are actually awesome that use this technique.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Photo fun with roommate!

While shooting some objects in low light conditions last night I decided to have a little messing around photo fun time with my awesome roommate, so now you all get to hear how its done.

This is a single image, no photoshop other than to crop. Which is cool for two reasons:
1.) I have a super pretty awesome roommate
2.) In case it has escaped your notice this is not a standard writing in the dark / slow shutter speed image, my pretty roommate is perfectly visible and clear.

This is basically a fun "party trick" use of stopmotion.

The shutter left open for a full minute, with a single flash fire.
As with my other explanations of stopmotion the clear image is created by the short duration of the flash.
Only after the flash has fired, and the shutter remains open, the subject begins writing, or drawing or whatever.

The part of the image is that a crisp shot of my roommate is created with the flash, the process goes as such:

  1. Focus camera with lights on
  2. Turn off camera and make sure there is NO visible light
  3. Open shutter (begin taking photo)
  4. Subject is posed
  5. Flash any flash once
  6. Have subject begin writing
  7. Immediately extinguish any light once writing is finished and close shutter.

The result you see above is created as so.
Were I to trigger my flash twice with my subject in two different poses we would have an image with two crisp, albeit possibly slightly transparent roommates, in a single shot.

You can trigger your flash as many times as you like, creating as many clear, separate images as you like. Anything the flash hits will be "frozen" by the flash.

While this is a fairly simplistic demonstration of this trick, complex beautiful images can be created as such.
Alternativelyallowing some light continuous light will illuminate your location, and result in a ghostly transparent but clear image of your subject.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Self Portrait

The most self indulgent aspect of art. 
The Self-Portrait. 
I was long overdue for a new one of these. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Semi Candid

One of the wonderful things about being dear friends with your models is that occasionally, out of nowhere, magic happens, and when it does it looks like this: 

Every photographer should be so lucky as to have such beautiful inspiring friends.
Thank you Sarina Valentina!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

For a good cause.

For everyone who comes here for science photography, I apologise for the lack of it recently, there will be more any day now.

For those of you who just like all of my work I have good news, I have donated my work as a photographer to a worthy cause, which is not terribly unusual.
What is unusual is that I am also the subject. This is probably the only such self-portrait I'll ever make.

So let me introduce you:

The basic overview of this calendar and "why":

"Today – 8 March 2012 International Women’s Day – the Nude Photo Revolutionaries Calendar is being launched in homage to Egyptian atheist, student and blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy who posted a nude photo of herself, announcing the post on Twitter under the hashtag, #NudePhotoRevolutionary.
To Download the Calendar, click here.
The calendar is the idea of campaigner Maryam Namazie to support Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and join her ‘screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy’.
Namazie says: ‘What with Islamism and the religious right being obsessed with women’s bodies and demanding that we be veiled, bound, and gagged, nudity breaks taboos and is an important form of resistance.’
The calendar is designed by SlutWalk Co-founder Toronto, Sonya JF Barnett who says: ‘I felt that women needed to stand in solidarity with Aliaa. It takes a lot of guts to do what she did, and the backlash is always expected and can quite hurtful. She needed to know that there are others like her, willing to push the envelope to express outrage.’
Others who join the ‘scream’ include mother and daughter Anne Baker and Poppy Wilson St James, teacher Luisa Batista, We are Atheism Founder Amanda Brown, atheist bloggers Greta Christina and Emily Dietle, FEMEN activist Alena Magelat, photographer Mallorie Nasrallah, actress Cleo Powell, freethinker Nina Sankari , writer Saskia Vogel, and Maja Wolna. The women are photographed by Julian Baker, Adam Brown, Grzegorz Brzezicki, Lucy Fox-Bohan, Agnieszka Hodowana, Ben Hopper, N. Maxwell Lander, Mallorie Nasrallah, Mark Neurdenburg, Vitaliy Pavlenko, and Michael Rosen."

That lovely description was lifted from blogger Maryam Namazie, As are the details below:

Join the ‘Scream’ on Facebook and on Twitter under the hashtag #NudePhotoRevolutionary.

To purchase a copy of the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar via Paypal, click below. Your support is important. BUY A CALENDAR TODAY! Proceeds will go towards supporting women’s rights and free expression.

 Click here for more details and purchasing.

And this awesome article!

Friday, December 2, 2011

"compact macro" is not macro

Basic lesson for today canon's "compact maco" while being a cute little fixed lens is NOT a true 1:1 macro. Years ago I let Canon fool me an purchased a compact macro.
Its been a very nice little non macro lens since then, but there are times when I want nothing more than to take an actual macro image.

About a week ago I ordered 3 extension tubes from China for a total of $8 (I really hope they were not made in prison camps).
This order was to assist me in making a decision about whether or not I could handle the near microscopic MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro lens. Its an insane lens. There are no others like it. And I wanted it (one can always turn a broken lens backward to achieve a similar effect but not like this lens).

The thing about getting that close is that any motion at all, even someone walking in the room next to the one youre in can cause you to lose your focus.

The same goes for my massive stack of extension tubes, Oh and there is no auto focus /focus assist.

With that said heres some fooling around in my kitchen from tonight...these images are not cropped down.

The bug is a gnat being eaten by a sundew.

These drops are therefore slightly smaller than a gnat's head. and my DOF is therefore also slightly "smaller" than a gnat's head.
the Plant is called Eater, aka Drosera Capensis, aka cape sundew