Monday, September 26, 2011

Portrait session with Indianapolis Painter: Justin Vining

Long time climbing friend of mine, Justin Vining
recently made the leap from being a lawyer to chasing
his dream of being a full-time painter/artist.
It had been about 4 years since we've been able to hang out,
so last week I drove up to Indianapolis, IN
where he now lives and paints out of
Studio 654 (his studio space) in Broad Ripple.

Justin used to teach elementary art on the Northeast
side of Indianapolis, IN in Pendleton.
Justin can also complete the Rubix Cube in record setting times
ie. 20sec or less

Justin has a very unique style to his paintings,
almost reminiscent of the movie Beetlejuice.

Here are promotional shots for Justin that we captured that day:

A work in progress...

Inside the studio

I had to add this little guy because he hung out with us all day.

Refining the tip of the brush

Sometimes Justin will work outside the studio.
People passing by on the Monon Trail
are able to view an artist at work.

Studio 654

Until the Future...

Here are samples of his work:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Please GO Vote on one of my two images for "The Shot" of climber, Chris Sierzant or trailrunner, Carl Bakanowski

This contest is for PDN's (Photo District News)
"The Shot"

Chris Sierzant free-soloing "Fuzzy Undercling" (5.11b)
at Military Wall | Red River Gorge, KY.
Chris is aprx. 70-80ft (in this shot) off the ground forgoing
any ropes or safety equipment as he climbs using only brute
strength, skill, chalk and shoes as his dog "Lucifer" waits for him
at the base. A climber who free-solo's without gear has to either
top out or down climb the route. Once Chris got to the top,
he then down climbed the route.

Carl Bakanowski trailrunning through the snow.
Seneca Park | Louisville, KY

Thank you...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Please GO Vote on my image for "Ultimate Music Moment" of Explosions in the Sky

The contest is for PDN's (Photo District News)
"Ultimate Music Moment"

Explosions in the Sky
Michael James on Bass
August 31, 2010
Headliners Louisville Music Hall, KY

Thank you...

Monday, September 12, 2011 now available for Mobile Viewing

Spent the last week revamping so the site
can now be viewed on mobile devices: iPad, iPhone, Android, etc...

There are also a few new images added to the scenic gallery
from my trip to Hawaii as well as a few new portraits.

(image of Joe Kinder)

Looks best on an iPad!

Let me know what you think...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Milky Way shots from Mauna Kea and Hapuna Beach, Hawaii

I spent the last part of August on The Big Island of Hawaii.
The Big Island offers a variety of every environment
from luscious jungles to beaches, snow tipped mountains,
active volcano's, lava fields, grass lands and elevation changes
from sea level to 13,976ft/4000m in about a 90min drive.

I have always loved the skies, stars, galaxies, etc.
Here are a few images I really dug of the milky way:

Shot at aprx. 9000ft/2000m near the
Mauna Kea Visitors Center.

Shot at aprx. 9000ft/2000m
Red headlamps provided the foreground illumination.

Underneath a tree on Hapuna Beach
facing towards Kailua-Kona

Palm tree silhouette on Hapuna Beach
also facing Kailua-Kona.

Stay tuned for more images to come on other
sites while on the Big Island...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

To Die Like A Gentleman by: Damian Gerlach

A childhood friend of mine, Damian Gerlach
just published his third book titled,

Damian came to me to shoot his portrait for this book and his only requirement was that he wanted it in Black and White. Other than that, I had free reign to shoot how I saw fit for the situation.
Oh yeah and he wanted a beer in his hand - haha!

We picked a local restaurant/bar called Eiderdown in his home area of Germantown in Louisvillle, KY where Damian grew up a few streets away from Eiderdown. I thought the wood tables and brick would make create a really nice texture for a BnW image.

This first image is the one Damian chose for the book:

Here's a few that didn't make the cut...

This is my favorite one but we're not trying to promote Sprite, so the
button down version was much better for the book.

*If you are looking to purchase Damian's book or check his website,
click his name or title above for the link*