Sunday, May 3, 2020

Peanut M&Ms

All through the late 70's I carried my own book. I made the calls and I booked the appointments and rain or snow I would bring my portfolio to art directors in NYC agencies. The reason for the image above is that every time I would head out, I would buy a small package of peanut M&Ms. I knew that if I could suck the candy coating off before crunching down I was "chill". However, if I just started eating the candy whole, I would know that I was not relaxed enough to be a good salesman. I would breathe slowly, calm down and as soon as I could just suck the candy coating off before chomping on the peanut, I knew I was ready to sell.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

How to be a Grinch


I was doing a shoot for Milkbone in California. There was a client, an art director and Gracie's (Max's) trainer but they were all women. We had never thought that we might need a male model to be the "Grinch". That's how I became it. I shot Gracie in various poses first and then, using the same light I slid on the net gloves with the long fingers and one of Jim Carrey's Grinch bathrobes, sat on a chair and leaned in. The trainer who had just completed the Grinch movie was kind enough to brush out the extra long fingers. My client was the one who actually pushed the camera button and took the pictures. What fun!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Two Cameras

I have been a Nikon shooter for a long time now. The F on the left was my first real pro camera and the one on the right is my current shooter. I hear every once in a while about the demise of Nikon. I simply don't believe it. The F comes from 1971, the D850 comes from 1 year ago. Still, I can swap lenses on the cameras. The F has a 1968 55mm Micro Nikkor that I shoot with regularly with on the D850. The D850 has an 80's 28mm 2.8 that fits on either camera. As a back up I have my older D700. It too takes all of my Nikon lenses. I have 5 older prime Nikon lenses and 2 more modern zooms. I wouldn't have 7 lenses if I couldn't still use all of the lenses I have bought over my over 40 years as a commercial photographer. Thank you Nikon. I love a heavy camera and the D850 with the attached extra grip certainly is. I am a studio shooter and I love having a camera that's a defensive weapon. I won't list all the great things about this camera but the ability to choose from 3 different raw sizes is pure genius. Thanks Nikon. You have been nothing but good for me since 1971.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Kelby Worlwide Photo Walk 2019


Nobody signed up for my Photo Walk 2 years ago. I didn't do one last year but I tried again this year. The place was Warner Brother's now defunct Jungle Habitat in New Jersey. This time 7 people signed up and 4 actually showed up. I had a great time as did the others. 
 This is the amphitheater at least it was back in the 70's. You can still see the benches but over the last 40-50 years, trees have grown up all around. The rest was all dilapidated cages, buildings and tunnels. The day was beautiful, the participants were great and a good time was had by all. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Poor, poor Abaco


Mark and I were assistants for Denny Tilman way back in the mid-70's. The location was Abaco Bahamas. My job was to be in the water keeping the boat steady and helping the models get onto the plexiglass table so it looked like they were walking on the water. I recall diving off the boat into a school of barracuda. I got back in the boat quickly. The truth is: Mark and I spent the days helping Denny and the night drinking way too much. I even drove a golf cart into a swimming pool. I loved being an assistant. I loaded film, built sets, printed in non ventilated darkrooms. Mark and I have way too many stories from those days. I have a BS degree in commercial photography but I really learned my craft as an assistant for major photographers in NYC.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Why I run 3 monitors



I have always watched TV while I work. Maybe watched isn't the proper verb as "listened to" is probably more accurate. I use a Dell 27" that is profiled for Photoshop and color accurate work. An older Cinema Display for YouTube TV and the MacBook Pro for Skype and email. People have told me that the reason I need the noise from TV or radio while I work is because I am very ADD and the noise keeps part of my mind busy while the rest of my brain works on each project. When working with clients it's music from Spotify. When working alone, it's YouTube TV or Netflix. No one has ever complained. Most of my clients love music and I love just TV.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Weird angles

I love to shoot from angles that might be unusual. I was driving around Spain a while ago when I saw the Rock of Gibraltar from a different angle. It made me realize that while we all have an idea of what things look like, people who live near famous things see the good, the bad and the ugly. If I had been closer to the rock with a wider lens, I would have gotten a nice image of just the rock (I actually did later) but this is the view that the locals probably see more often.