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My two favorite improvisational comedians are Jonathan Winters and Robin Williams. Their minds are fast and furious. They can respond to a word, a sentence or a prop of any kind and create their own world and bring the audience along with them. I regularly go on photo walk-abouts and shoot whatever attracts my eye…to me this is like a photographers exercise program. So, I decided to pull things from the house and bring them into the guesthouse and set up an available light studio. Window light, one camera, one lens and me. The idea was to do improv still lifes where objects were composed simply for the pure relationships that developed. I worked fast and loose and had a great time. I processed the files to look and feel like some of the autochrome color images from early in the 20th century….http://www.galerie-photo.com/autochrome_plate.html

The Light Source:

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Russ Hahn from After Hours Creative contacted me a few weeks ago to do the photography for a new company called Drinique. They specialize in manufacturing high end plastic-ware for hotels, restaurants and bars. The beauty of this new product is the design and longevity of the glasses. I love what light can do with glass and how you can play with highlights and reflections. The cover shot allowed me to really play…thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Some inside spreads:

Back Cover:

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I started the blog thing back in November of 2009. I’ve been trying to figure out the meaning behind my efforts and have decided that these posts are simply about photography and my pursuit to make images and ultimately share all this stuff with you. There’s satisfaction in shooting for no particular reason other then exercising my eye and feeling joy. The samples below are from some of my most recent ventures out of the studio.

Photographer Imogene Cunningham was once asked, “What is your favorite photograph?” she replied, “The photograph I haven’t taken yet.” I can certainly agree with that!

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We recently did a cover shoot for Skymall’s summer in home catalog. The project involved shooting a round waterproof radio designed for use in the pool. The art director wanted to create a bright summer feel with the product floating on a little wave. My assistants rigged up a large aquarium with pumps and filled it with distilled water for optimum clarity. We added a small amount of blue food coloring and used a jug of water that we placed in the tank and moved up and down to create the waves that we wanted. The radio was suspended from a rod that was hot glued to the back of it and retouched out later. Light was pushed through the glass to put some form on the under side of the product. The soft reflection on the surface of the water was created with a large soft box placed behind the aquarium and finally a sky image I had in my archives was used as the background.

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In the world of commercial photography, it’s my job to be true to the clients conceptual needs. So every once in a while I just have to let things evolve.

These images that I call “Fun In The Kitchen” evolved from having a discussion with food and prop-stylist Kim Krejca. We decided to pair toy farm animals with the food items that come from these little “critters”. At first we were on set going for a more traditional food image that you may see in Bon Appetit magazine, and then we decided to be more playful and loose.

Food and still life photography have been in an evolution over the past few years, moving away from a very clean and even sterile approach to a more real and believable approach. Both styles require the same amount of attention to detail. In one case you are tweaking perfection and in the case of these images we are tweaking with a styled quirkiness. Please enjoy and smile if you like!

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In July 2007, the Rick Gayle Studio location which I was in for 22 years burnt to the ground. I had been thinking of moving into a new space, but not exactly that way. The fire made it really easy to make the move…no packing, plus I learned a lot from the experience and best of all (thank God for insurance) – I got all new equipment.

The day after the fire I secured a new space and had it completely built out by the first August. I had the help of a group of very devoted people who really made the new chapter possible. On the one year anniversary of the fire I decided to make still life photographs of some of the charred remains I chose to save.

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Food photography is a passion of mine. What a great combo, I love photography and I love food. We do a lot of work with AJ’S and Bashas’ and we recently shot holiday pies for them for billboards and bus shelters. We did several shots and the cool thing for me was we had over 40 pies delivered to the studio for the shoot. Nothing like having pie for lunch.

Their marketing group is over-whelmed with work so, rather than coming to the studio we work remotely with them. We get a rough idea of what their needs are, the stylist pulls props and she prepares the stand in food, a capture is made and then emailed to the art director, changes are made and then we go to final. It’s cool because they trust our vision and allow us some creative freedom.

Special thanks to Kim Krejca food stylist, Jill Flewellen stylist assistant and Ken Clark photo-assistant.

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