scenenick November 02, 2012
Wow very nice
Serendipity1 December 17, 2012
Very Nice! Congrats!
tsambaproductions December 17, 2012
LeighAnnC December 18, 2012
Congrats on the award!
anneschlueter March 08, 2013
Congratulations! Very intense!
GRACECAPRI March 08, 2013
tsambaproductions March 08, 2013
congrats again
AlanJakarta March 08, 2013
Wonderful artistic image. Congratulations on being a runner-up.
mailsmc March 08, 2013
Powerful shot!!! Congrats on your award!!
jleiweke March 09, 2013
paulinephillips March 09, 2013
Congrats, well done....
GordonD March 09, 2013
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murphey March 09, 2013
Amazing !
redwriter March 10, 2013
Beautiful work. Congrats on your award. - Jake
SammyNJM March 12, 2013
bethannebethel March 16, 2013
Wow didn't realize this was YOURS. It stood out 1st time I saw it. Just didn't notice photographer name. Duh! Fantastic composition. Is that the necklace you gave Serena?
bethannebethel March 16, 2013
Wow didn't realize this was YOURS. It stood out 1st time I saw it. Just didn't notice photographer name. Duh! Fantastic composition. Is that the necklace you gave Serena?
Wayne_Sr March 20, 2013
Congratulations ..:~)
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JLPhotoz April 27, 2013
Awesome photo
susankohkonen May 16
WoW I love it

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Behind The Lens

This image seems to draw the most attention of all my shots but I myself am a bit torn. You see it is full of contradictions, as I'll explain later. The first is where this image was taken. Many have assumed this shot was taken in a studio, but actually it falls under "street photography" as I took it on the fly while digging around lower Manhattan.
I took this shot at about 10 am. It was a grey, overcast day so there was very little reflect light.
The lion was in a display window with a single, large light hanging about 4' above. The store was small and shoppers could actually walk around it as they shopped. When I set up the shot I knew I was going to drop all of the background and focus on the lion and the necklace. I was close and shooting with a prime that let in a lot of light. I used the self-timer, a fairly log exposure and held the camera/lens firmly to the glass to avoid blur. I used a small but strong flashlight brings out the necklace. I propped it at the very bottom of the windowpane to bring out the teeth and create a strong highlight to define the necklace.
I shot this with a Nikon D600 matched with a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 with a hand strap. No tripod or flash. (See above for how the photo was taken.)
Some have asked whom I shot it for thinking the jeweler had been my client. Truth be told, I was walking the streets of SoHo, NYC, when I happened upon a trendy store that actually had this stuffed lion in their window, a stunning necklace dangling in its snarling mouth. I am an animal loving vegan and my heart cracked a bit when I saw it. I had to shoot this as proof of the atrocity! But I also got caught up taking a shot of an amazing cat and a stunning necklace. I knew as I took the shot I was going to compose it with the dramatic black background you see here. I imagined embellishing the image by adding blood on the teeth, dripping onto a pile of shredded hundred dollar bills and the political statement it would make. But upon seeing the composed image as it stands, I was compelled to stop. This is the shot. The take away is up to the viewer.
I've spent most of my life as a designer/art director and have spent the requisite ten thousand hours retouching photos before stepping behind the lens myself. I knew when I shot it what was needed. I did the majority of the color work in Lightroom and did the masking and final composing in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
I like to carry a pack that doesn't look like a camera bag but safely hold all that I need. When street shooting, I carry both a DSLR and a mirrorless. My DSLR today is a Nikon D810 with a Spider Pro hand strap. If I have a big enough bag I put in my holster/belt too. If I have to go on a roof, climb a structure or just want to be ready for golden hour I wear it and set my camera with two presets to be ready. I carry two lenses at all times: a prime, used to be my 50mm f/1.4 but have fallen in love with the Sigma 35mm f1.4 art lens and either my Nikon 105nn 2.8 macro when in a confined space or a Nikon 70-200mm f4, which is big but very light. Both lenses use 67mm filters so I carry a case that holds 4 (usually a polarizer and multiple NDs). The mirrorless I use is a Sony Nex-7 with a 19mm 2.8 which a great, small back up. The rest of the back is lens wipes, extra batteries, a flashlight, a multi tool and a Manfrotto Pixi table tripod.
The best advice I can give is to be prepared. Think about the shot or shots you are going to take. What are the variables your left out the last time and missed in post. Imagine the final shot and if needed go online and study what others do and have done. There are many skilled shooters out there happy to fill you in. And if you don’t get the shot at first, then adjust your set up and keep going back until you do.

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