Category Archives: Illustration

Asparagus apropos

I came up with this studio illustration for the cover of a special section on the Asparagus Festival in 2007. I shot a couple of different set ups. First was a just simple bunch of spears artfully bundled together. Then I decided on an even simpler arrangement. A single strand of asparagus held aloft elegantly […]

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Blast from the past: Playing chicken

Photoshop manipulation of news photos is strictly forbidden. But with photo illustrations, which are considered to be akin to drawings or paintings, more artistic license is allowed. They’re typically used in the features sections of papers (such as The LENS section in The Record). Such pictures should be always labeled “photo illustrations.” In January 2008 […]

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Page 3 Girl

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/11 w/ fill-flash. ISO: 200) When Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation bought Dow Jones and Company, ostensibly to get at the Wall Street Journal, it also purchased The Record. You see, Dow Jones owns the Journal and Ottaway Newspapers Inc. Ottaway in turn owns […]

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Playing chicken

“I love it when a plan comes together” Col. Hannibal Smith from The A-Team (Camera: Nikon D2X: Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm. Exposure: 1/125 sec., f/16. ISO: 200) Photo illustrations are basically illustrations done, well, photographically. They’re used to represent a concept or idea. Because they’re illustrative rather than reportage, there’s more leeway on their manipulation than […]

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Food for thought

Duck L’orange can be an alternative to the traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 24mm. Exposure: f/22 @ 1/80, ISO 200) When I have a food shot in the studio, I’m usually a one-man-band. It’s not like I don’t need or want any help, but there’s nothing in our […]

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(Bathroom) Mirror, mirror on the wall

(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: f/18 @ 1/80, ISO 100) I improvised a setup for the shot of the two rolls of Kodak film in the previous post. I used some 1/2-inch PVC pipe to create a light tent illuminate the film. I hung a piece of black cloth above and […]

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One of the things I like about shooting in the studio that, even though the idea for the picture isn’t mine, I still can contribute something to the process. The paintbrush shot lit from above only. Notice the flat colors of the paint. The thought behind this picture was to illustrate an editorial on the […]

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My kingdom for a fork

I made this picture for our annual Asparagus Fest tab cover. I shot a couple different set ups with bunches of asparagus, and I thought that a single spear on a fork might make a nice, graceful shot. Problem was I didn’t have a fork. I scrounged around the office, and finally finding one in […]

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All thumbs

A hand model I’m not. But when I got this assignment to take a studio shot of serving size equivalents (one serving of vegetables is about the size of a light bulb, etc.), I was the only one around who wasn’t already occupied. One part of the story was that the measurement of one teaspoon […]

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Zen and the art of food photography

One of the reasons why I like shooting food illustrations is that I feel that I am creating something. In the rest of my job, I am a visual reporter, recording events that happen. In the studio, I come up with the ideas and how to shoot them. The quality of the photo lives (or […]

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