Saturday, April 19, 2008

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Thought for the day

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."

-- Douglas Adams

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Shooting in New Mexico

"Nude with Umbrella" / Karen

I took a couple days off and spent the time in Alamogordo, NM - not far from the White Sands Missile Test Facility. I traveled in the company of another photographer and a model from the Tucson area. My photographer friend had started the ball rolling when he'd made arrangements to shoot with London Andrews at the White Sands National Monument area among the dunes. The photographer and I knew someone in common (a makeup artist) who, in turn knew that I'd spent some time at White Sands in the past. That prompted him to e-mail me to ask for advice ... so I invited myself along. Then I invited the model from Tucson and then I found a model in Alamogordo who wanted to upgrade her portfolio. In short, I over booked because the modeling game is filled with "no-shows". Of course, this time they all showed.

In any case, we spent the better part of two days and the better part of the evening in between shooting artistic nudes, "motel" glamour, glamour nudes, swim suit stuff and a couple humorous editorial pieces. The artistic stuff was what I came to shoot ... the other stuff was what the models wanted or needed for their portfolios - so I had to force myself to shoot that to make the trade. Life is not always fair.

I can't put the best stuff up here in this blog because Big Brother doesn't want you to be able to see naked people*. I'd direct you to one of my photography sites where I show the best images I make but, unless you're a registered site member, you won't be able to see anything if a boob is showing. Ain't censorship grand?!?!

My photographer friend was thrilled because he'd planned on driving all that way alone to shoot one model in the desert but ended up with a choice of three to work with and someone (me) willing to share travel expenses (actually, he came out a little ahead).

I was inundated and overwhelmed because I'd committed to shooting a lot of material for each of the models in exchange for their work on some projects I have going - and when I'm shooting, I'd rather take my time than to shoot like a combat photographer.

* I think I can get away with the shot above because you need a magnifying glass to tell she's not wearing anything ... and if you use a magnifying glass, the resolution becomes so pixelated that you can't see that she isn't wearing anything.