Tristin Huntamer, Red Headed Model from Colorado Springs, Colorado with Eyes which change color

Tristin Huntamer is a very pretty 25-year-old red-headed nude model residing in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Young Red Head, Blue Eyes, Implied Nude, Seated on Table, Tristin HuntamerHer eyes change color, I think … They seem a lovely bright light blue in many photos, gray in others, and then perhaps with a greenish cast in yet others.  Given the right lighting, they even seem dark.

Implied Nude, Busty Red Head's backIn any event, her sensual eyes grab attention, gazing at you in brilliant color contrast with her very red hair.

Not quite in afterthought, there is for one to enjoy her lovely 34D-25 Continue reading Tristin Huntamer, Red Headed Model from Colorado Springs, Colorado with Eyes which change color

‘Karsh, A Fifty Year Retrospective’ by Yousuf Karsh – Book Review

Karsh, A fifty year retrospective, Yousuf Karsh, Sophia Loren, red hat, sofa, color

Karsh, A Fifty Year Retrospective‘ © 1988 is part a who’s who in portraits of movers and shakers and part autobiography, all courtesy of Yousuf Karsh.

Yousuf Karsh is the photographer whose portraits etched in our minds the character of the mid 20th century’s iconic personalities.

Is there a photo stuck in your mind from this period that screams character, like Winston Churchill, Jacques Cousteau, Ernest Hemingway, Albert Einstein?

If yes, there is an excellent chance that the portrait was taken by Karsh.

Karsh was born in 1908 in Armenia.  A boy during the turmoil of World War I, Karsh lived through, though not all of his family survived the atrocities.  Thankfully, by 16 he had managed his way to safe refuge in Ottawa, Canada.

George Bernard Shaw, Karsh, Pipe, Broad Lighting, Open Loop Lighting
George Bernard Shaw 1943

It was 1941 in Canada where Karsh first photographed the soon to be iconic portrait of Winston Churchill.

Before this succeed with Churchill, Karsh shares how his first sitting with the rich and famous family members of a friend resulted in a bit of fumbling and ended rather poorly.

Luckily for him, the same subjects gave him a second, more successful opportunity for a sitting.

These beginnings lead eventually to the opportunity with Churchill.

Success with Churchill flowed rather more quickly into work with the famous and powerful movers and shakers among the Allies during World War II.

After the war and decades thereafter, for people of character, whether rich, powerful or famous, a portrait by Karsh was a hallmark symbol of passage.

Why?

Aside from just the fact that success breeds success, Karsh’s images have a way of dripping with character.  His lighting is often hard, showing textures, lines, tones …  character.

His portrait lighting style is for today perhaps appropriate only to those subjects confident in their Continue reading ‘Karsh, A Fifty Year Retrospective’ by Yousuf Karsh – Book Review

Review of Nikon 85mm F1.8D AF Nikkor Lens and D7000 DSLR Camera for Glamour Portraiture

Nikon 85mm f1.8D AF Nikkor
Nikon 85mm f1.8D AF Nikkor

The  Nikon 85mm f1.8D AF Nikkor is so sharp, so small and so affordable, it is almost too good an option not to keep in the bag for just those right occasions.

The image below of the girl with the pretty blue eyes was made in studio using this remarkable piece of glass.

Other Nikon AF lenses in the same range which I have also tried include:

In our review, these other five Nikon lenses are compared and contrasted the 85mm f1.8D AF;  and, we see how and when each might play in our bag.

85mm f1.8D, Nikon, AF, Nikkor, @ f6.3, 1/250 sec, studio flash, color, Russian hat, bright beautiful blue eyes
Nikon 85mm f1.8D AF - Nikon D7000 @ f6.3 1/250 sec ISO 100 - Studio flash, uncropped color image

To view a larger size or to purchase the above image, click here.  It may take a while to load, is several megabytes …

There is also a sample version of this same image, retouched by cropping to a tight head shot and converting to black and white.  These were shot with a Nikon D7000.

Keep in mind, Continue reading Review of Nikon 85mm F1.8D AF Nikkor Lens and D7000 DSLR Camera for Glamour Portraiture

Beauty and Fashion Photographer GD Whalen of Asheville, North Carolina

Honey, Drip, Face, Drenched, Sarah RichlingGD Whalen is a photographer of fashion and beauty residing in Asheville, North Carolina.

I became drawn into the beauty of GD’s images, particularly through my attraction for his successful use of various body decorated makeup themes, which recur in his works.

Through this decorative pallet and GD’s creative eye such wide-ranging variety of look and mood are crafted that we the viewer are often left wondering, How can this be, … is this the same girl? 

GD started in photography when he was a still a kid.

” … first camera was a Kodak Instamatic with one of those flash cubes on top.

Bling Girl, Bling Body Decor, Large Bling, Bling Stuck on body, Bling glued to skin, Bling dress, Bling ShoesJust felt natural to me.  Edward Steichen was the first photographer that really impacted my thought process.  He and Edward Curtis both had the ability to light and shoot their subjects to bring out the Continue reading Beauty and Fashion Photographer GD Whalen of Asheville, North Carolina

Saw a Nikon D7000 ‘Like New’ Used for $650 on Amazon …

A Nikon D7000 DSLR used, in “Like New” Condition, for $650.00 from a seller with lots of 100% positive feedback … I almost bought it and it’s still there as I write this.

In fact, if I didn’t have two D7000‘s already, I would have bought it.  I know it can easily be resold for $800.00 to $950.00 if it is in anything like the condition it is described.

And, the Amazon buying experience is usually a very good one.

$650.00 is a killer price for a really killer camera.

So why am I taking a pass?

Continue reading Saw a Nikon D7000 ‘Like New’ Used for $650 on Amazon …

What is the difference between a Speedlight and a Speedlite?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Speedlight and a Speedlite?

Trivial camera question right?

When I heard the question, I had to know.

Before I heard the question, I didn’t even know there was a difference.

Like in high school, when I had to sound out the word light for my English class… L I T E, right?  Or is it R I T E

Now that I know the difference between Speedlight and Speedlite, it’s something to stump photographer buddies with at the bar while sharing our latest portfolio images on iPads and betting beers on the right answer.

So, what is the difference between a Speedlight and a Speedlite you ask?  Continue reading What is the difference between a Speedlight and a Speedlite?

Professional Nude Model Sarah Jain of Los Angeles, California

Perfect Nude FormAt 5′ 4″ and 105 pounds, Sarah Jain is a spitfire of a nude model and cannabis advocate living in Los Angeles, California who credits cannabis for inspiration of what we are seeing here today…

“Personally, I smoke a lot of Cannabis, which really helps me to get the creative juices flowing.

I am also spontaneous and uninhibited which also helps.

Being a big kid, and not giving a shit what other people think really helps too!

A lot of inspiration also comes from trying to show the humor in the not so humorous situations.”

Body StalkingsWhat you do to get ready for a shoot?

“Smoke a few Continue reading Professional Nude Model Sarah Jain of Los Angeles, California

‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today’ – Volume 3 – Book Review

Ballet Dancer Nude, World's Greatest Erotic ArtThe World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today, Volume 3‘,  is 272 pages of the most fabulous, according to some, erotic art of 2009.

Volume 3 is very much like Volume 2 and Volume 1 … not a how to book.

This is a display of some of the finest erotic art available from some of the most talented artists of our time circa the copyright of 2009.

These are images of art to enjoy and inspire.

Over 200 pages are devoted to Continue reading ‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today’ – Volume 3 – Book Review

Photographer of Women, Steven A Thompson of Los Angeles, CA

The sensual allure of Leah Hilton magically ‘floating’ in a darkened bedroom first lead me to explore more of California photographer Steven A Thompson’s work.

Leah Hilton Nude“I’ve been a photographer, in loose terms, for as long as I can remember.

Inspired by the black and white prints of Continue reading Photographer of Women, Steven A Thompson of Los Angeles, CA

Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Review

Nikon SB-600, Speedlight, AS-19, IR PortThe Nikon SB-600 flash, love it?

When I get it working right, I like the pictures I can take with it.

It is one impressive performer, working along in conjunction with the Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System or i-TTL Setting on Nikon DSLR Camera Bodies).

Frankly, the  i-TTL settings are the only way I used these, or other speed lights.

In fact, the Nikon CLS feature is one of the reasons people buy Nikon.   Nikon’s CLS is arguably one of the most accurate exposure systems for on the fly shooting on the planet today.  It’s uncanny, I get great results with it most of the time and with very little exposure muss and fuss.

SB-600 Location, Multi Speedlight, Alex Arden, Beautiful Bright Green Eyes
Location Shoot - two SB-800 & one SB-600 Speedlights - Nikon CLS for exposure control in i-TTL modes

Other than the SB-600 the other speed lights I use, and prefer are SB-800‘s.

Mostly I am shooting Continue reading Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Review

‘The Portrait’ by Glenn Rand and Tim Meyers – Book Review

The Portrait, Glenn Rand, Tim MeyersThe Portrait‘ by Rand and Meyers is a soft covered book chock full of technical information for aspiring portrait photographers.

While many subjects are covered, at 10 x 8 x 0.5 inches and with 200 pages, this book is loaded with detailed information which seems to keep drifting back to lighting portraits.

Where are lights positioned?  What is Rembrandt Lighting?

What was the arrangement of light in Rembrandt’s studio?

What is the color of light?

What happens to shadows on a face as lighting is made harder, softer, moved up/down around ….???

There is a Continue reading ‘The Portrait’ by Glenn Rand and Tim Meyers – Book Review