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THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS, IT’S ALL ONE STORY
Everything worth doing takes time. Commitment and intention are everything. Otherwise, projects end up half-baked, or worse yet, contain inaccurate information when they were thought to be “finished”.
Our title says it all. Remember the big picture. “You’re only as good as your last job” is something else to keep in mind, no matter how far up the tree you climb. Another is, “The higher you climb, the harder the wind blows.”
Stay calm and focused on your goals, and try to ignore the noise that passes for excellence. It just ends up competing with your attention for what really matters. Continue reading “”
THANK YOU FORZA MAGAZINE
The magazine about Ferrari just published a feature on a super rare aluminum bodied 1967 Ferrari 275 NART Daytona Spyder. I was fortunate enough to photograph it for Forza, and Jay Gillotti wrote the text. Grazie!
OK, here’s the last in my arbitrary list of 5 traditional photographic rules meant to broken on the 21st day of the 12th month of the 21st year of the 21st century:
“Don’t Place The Horizon In The Middle Of The Frame”.
Another version of this is, “Never put your subject in the middle of the frame”. That’s another compositional rule to break, unless you’re shooting for a full-bleed double page spread! Continue reading “”
CHECK OUT OUR NEWEST VIDEO CLIP
If you have 22 seconds to spare, I think you’ll like it!
Lots of film work lately! More video to come…
PERSONAL WORK – 2021
Followers of my blog know that at the end of each year I post a series of three personal photographs from a non-assignment single location.
Here are some images I made at the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon this fall.
The following photographic advice is often recommended: “Never shoot at noon on a sunny day.”
You actually can do this.
However, here’s a tip. It’s easier to do if it’s late fall, winter, or early spring. And you need to aim the camera up. Include that beautiful blue sky in your image.
THERE ARE NO RULES #3
This one’s pretty easy, right: “Never shoot a car in a parking lot.”
You actually can break this rule and get away with it – sometimes.
Until then, keep fake’n it ’till you make it, right? Not really.
To really make it, from my perspective, you need to think outside the box and create something new (without Photoshop). Don’t copy. Find your own voice.
(Photo: Shot with a Leica M and 90mm lens)
The Porsche Club of America’s Pacific Northwest Region publishes a monthly magazine called The Spiel.
This month’s cover story features R Gruppe, a much smaller club that I have also been a member of since its beginnings in 2000. Thank you to editor Doug Andreassen and crew for the cover photograph and the chance to write a foreword for the article. And Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Once again, photography rules are meant to broken, again and again.
It can be a part of your practice. That’s how you get to Carnegie Hall…
This rule is a bit more commonly encountered in photography: “Never shoot with trees sticking out of your subject.”
However, in automotive photography, there’s a difference between just having a car look like a planter and having your rule-breaking photo published as an opening spread in a 100K reader magazine!
THERE ARE NO RULES #1
Once you learn all the rules for photography, you need to start breaking them.
The #1 rule I love to break is, “Never shoot into the sun.”
VIRTUAL TRACK RIDE – CIRCUIT OF THE NORTHWEST
This is the motorsports complex we’ve been waiting for in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s what the Hermann Tilke designed track will look like – now available to pre-visualize on You Tube.
It’s the perfect location near Bremerton, Washington and a perfect road course with complex corners and elevation changes, just a short commute from the Seattle & Tacoma area. There will be secure car storage facilities available along with a service shop for members. Motocross and karting areas are also being planned. More to follow on this blog.
BACK FROM DENVER
I’m fortunate to have been assigned to photograph three well-known Porsches for three different clients in Denver, Colorado last week.
A 911, a 356 and a 550 Spyder were my subjects. I was even able to film the 911 in a new and exciting way. Should make for a cool short video on Bring a Trailer.
THANK YOU PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA
A cover using your photograph is always special. I’ve received many of them over the years, but this one really makes me smile.
Thanks to PCA, Panorama Magazine and their staff for this recognition in the October issue. Continue reading “”
Here’s another perfectly shaped car. The Porsche Carrera GT (Project Code 980) manufactured between 2004–2007.
I’ve actually driven one, along with the 1958 356 Carrera GT Speedster below, and a few other landmark Carreras, thanks to the insistence of the owners. I think I can go to heaven now.