Sunday, November 15, 2009

Logos, Anyone...?

Sometimes I think the very things that define me are the things that serve to confuse me.

Scientists will say I am Right Brained - uses feelings, "big picture" oriented, imagination rules, symbols and images, present and future, philosophy & religion, can "get it" (i.e. meaning)believes, appreciates spatial perception, knows object function, fantasy based, presents possibilities, impetuous, risk taking... phew!! Thats some serious BS! Simply put am an artist... thats all I know.

Over the past couple of years I have been trying to figure where do I go with my Photography. Perhaps the era of thinking of it as an 'elevated hobby' is slowly coming to an end as I realize am delving deeper in to the science and business of it. Graphic design has been my bread and butter for a few good years. It comes naturally... yet I truly despise it.

I am working on my aspirations for 2010, all about growth and more redefining. Lets see where this rabbit hole goes... Below are just a few logos I have created over the past 10 years, for personal clients as well as with an ad agency. These were done using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and even by hand.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Eboni & Ivori

Salt & Pepper Shakers... Shot in Macro on the Sigma 70 - 200mm f/2.8 lens. An SB-800 in the back, from behind a black cloth backdrop, triggered by a PW. Natural light to the right through an open door. A white card to the left, reflecting on the objects.
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Friday, November 6, 2009

The Trumpet

Another entry in the Fine Art Series

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

2 Wheels, 1 Love...

I have passed by Yanic's workshop a few times before, and was drawn by the MotorCross action posters he has on the walls. I stopped to ask about possible dirt track locations as I have been seriously thinking about exploring some photography in that field. I ended up taking his picture and a first lesson in the Theory of Bike Riding. I later went to Barnes & Noble and found the November 2009 issue of Digital Camera World featuring... guess what? see for yourself... especially on page 20!!

Tech info:
 The photos were shot with a 45 Watt A/C flash at front, with the SB-800 at in the ceiling at the back fitted with an orange gel, both triggered by PWs. Camera, Nikon D300, with Sigma 24 - 70mm f/2.8 lens @ f/4, shutter 1/250, ISO200...

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gangstaliscious Terry on E. Franklin

I dragged Terry back to E. Franklin Street, because after shooting Ron a few days ago I spotted an alley I wanted to explore. I used the SB-800 shot through an umbrella, and CLS to trigger the set up. Stef was my adjustable human lightstand.  The camera was mounted on a tripod, as I shot at 1/20sec to record the background, aperture f/2.8, and exposure compensation pushed up to +5. I did this in order to keep ISO at 200. We also shot a few the next evening in this amphitheater made of cut stone... Serene! On both occasions I used Dre's Sigma 24 - 70mm  and 70 - 200mm lenses interchangeably. All in all we had fun, and something gives me the impression Terry really like the shots, maybe it was that she LITTERED Facebook with them :D.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Jammin' with E. Franklin's Ron

Franklin Street, a dying breed of quintessential small town main streets. The businesses dating back to the early 1900s, with redbricks that aren't facades... Now with the emergence of chain business such as Starbucks and Walgreens, the threat is more imminent, of this rustic town blossoming into a center for Suits. Ron represents East Franklin St., easy going, laid back... care free. He is a professional, licensed 'pan handler', collecting small change for hours entertainment. I stayed with Ron and his pals for at least an hour, as he serenaded the passers-by, and occasionally puffing a cigarette.

I snapped a few rounds, with one SB-800 speedlight set up to the left, using my Nikon D300 and CLS, and toggled between a Sigma 70 - 200mm f/2.8 and a Sigma 24 - 700mm f/2.8 then packed up and bade him goodbye. As I walked down the streets the wind picked up a bit, it was chilly. I pulled the zipper up on my sweater to my neck. I could still hear Ron in the background, strumming his guitar, singing his lullaby to East Franklin Street...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Love For All Seasons, Pt I

From this day forward, let us laugh together, and plan together,
let us find our favorite places, and go together...
Let us enjoy the sunshine, and the rain,
being alone together, and in crowds together...
From this day forward, together,
Let us love!
Let Us Walk Together
- Unknown

I shared a Sunday afternoon with Theo & Mel in DC.  The weather was great and they were a playful couple, and totally in love with each other. I wish them the very best as they plan the biggest adventure of their lives. This for me was definitely part 1 of a 3 part shoot. Lots more to come... keep watching!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

The Evening Mail...

This evening the car battery died because I left the light and heater on pretty much all day. It was 3˚C this morning, and there was a thin layer of ice covering almost everything. Anyway I got a jump start, but was afraid to turn the car off until I was sure the battery regained some 'juice'. So I picked up Stef and we went out to the country. The Sun was setting and the Fall colors were rich. We drove for a while, stopping a few times to shoot a few rounds and I found this mailbox in the middle of nowhere. I used Dré's brand new Sigma 24 - 70mm f/2.8, coupled with a Circular Polarizer, and a ND Filter. Photoshop CS3 was used for the effects. I thought it was an interesting deviation from normal photography.
Ok so I did put one in. Shot with the same lens on my D300, I used my SB-800 speedlight off camera, rear curtain, triggered by CLS to light the mailbox.

Tech info - ISO 200; Aperture F/14; Shutter 1/50sec

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

At Day's End...

Been going thru some older photos and saw this. I have another version on my old site, but I like the tranquility, and realized it was never posted on my blog. I also posted this on my new Photo Community, MyShutterSpace.Com

PS: To publicly answer Julian's query, this is the Folly Lighthouse, Portland, Jamaica, taken at 6:20pm

Tech Info:

Nikon D50, Aperture f/22, Shutter 1/10 on tripod, ISO 200, Focal Length 55mm

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Salfrico, To Another Level...

This is my commitment to take my photography to another level of creativity and professionalism. My new site is currently being constructed, to include new packages, prices, and contracts.

Coming This Fall To A Site Near You!! Click the Wedding CritSheet above to view larger...

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Newly Weds

My friend Andy was my PA and second gun at Carl & Reneé's wedding. We set up an SB-800 on a light stand to the right with his Honl System snoot, and to the back left we set another SB-800 with a yellow gel and fired it thru an umbrella, to give that warm sunset feel. I think it came out decent... We used PocketWizards to fire the SBs

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Nude & Attitude...

Met up with a friend of mine last night who was willing to let me do figurescapes of her, so I hijacked Lavern's loft again and did a creative session. The model is a nicely toned athlete, and here are a few photos from the session. :D... The shoot was inspired by The Black & White Traveller. Shot with a Nikon D300, a 24 - 85mm lens and one SB-800 Speedlight, triggered by CLS. Other tech info - all shot at ISO200, 1/125sec shutter & f/18 aperture.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Ten Legal Commandments of Photography

Last week I visited the Art Institute of Charlotte in LakePointe Plaza, North Carolina. On leaving, I walked along the main road running parallel to the plaza, to catch a bus to the Amtrak Station. The photo below is a view of the Photography & Film Departments from the street across the lake. I used my Nokia e71 phone to take this. Then came the cowboy, the Plaza security guard!

With screeching brakes he flew out of his pick up truck and strut over to me and hollered, "Hey you!! Whater you doing thar?!!" He told me it was illegal for me to take any photograph of any building in Charlotte, and I can be arrested for terrorism!!! For all he knew I could be surveying the structural integrity to blow it up!! WTF? I may be new to this country but that's a load of bollocks!! However I apologized and told him I will delete it immediately. Pffft! It got me thinking anyway and I did some research. Much of what I read is summed up in another article I found on See below and let me know what you think. Also see and download the PDF.

The Ten Legal Commandments of Photography

I. Anyone in a public place can take pictures of anything they want. Public places include parks, sidewalks, malls, etc. Malls? Yeah. Even though it’s technically private property, being open to the public makes it public space.

II. If you are on public property, you can take pictures of private property. If a building, for example, is visible from the sidewalk, it’s fair game.

III. If you are on private property and are asked not to take pictures, you are obligated to honor that request. This includes posted signs.

IV. Sensitive government buildings (military bases, nuclear facilities) can prohibit photography if it is deemed a threat to national security.

V. People can be photographed if they are in public (without their consent) unless they have secluded themselves and can expect a reasonable degree of privacy. Kids swimming in a fountain? Okay. Somebody entering their PIN at the ATM? Not okay.

VI. The following can almost always be photographed from public places, despite popular opinion:

* accident & fire scenes, criminal activities
* bridges & other infrastructure, transportation facilities (i.e. airports)
* industrial facilities, Superfund sites (an uncontrolled or abandoned place where hazardous waste is located)
* public utilities, residential & commercial buildings
* children, celebrities, law enforcement officers
* UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, Chuck Norris

VII. Although “security” is often given as the reason somebody doesn’t want you to take photos, it’s rarely valid. Taking a photo of a publicly visible subject does not constitute terrorism, nor does it infringe on a company’s trade secrets.

VIII. If you are challenged, you do not have to explain why you are taking pictures, nor to you have to disclose your identity (except in some cases when questioned by a law enforcement officer.)

IX. Private parties have very limited rights to detain you against your will, and can be subject to legal action if they harass you.

X. If someone tries to confiscate your camera and/or film, you don’t have to give it to them. If they take it by force or threaten you, they can be liable for things like theft and coercion. Even law enforcement officers need a court order.

What To Do If You’re Confronted

* Be respectful and polite. Use good judgment and don’t escalate the situation.
* If the person becomes combative or difficult, think about calling the police.
* Threats, detention, and taking your camera are all grounds for legal or civil actions on your part. Be sure to get the person’s name, employer, and what legal grounds they claim for their actions.
* If you don’t want to involve the authorities, go above the person’s head to their supervisor or their company’s public relations department.
* Call your local TV and radio stations and see if they want to do a story about your civil liberties.
* Put the story on the web yourself if need be.

More Resources

* We’ve condensed these facts a great deal. We recommend downloading The Photographer’s Right and keeping a couple of copies in your camera bag if you’re shooting somewhere you might expect trouble.
* Andrew Kantor has written a good article and a PDF summary of your rights, including some of the ins-and-outs of publishing your pictures.
* The Legal Handbook for Photographers is a great resource covering all aspects of photography and the law.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

National Security...?

Taken in Bangkok (October 2008), this soldier stood at attention as I exited the Royal Palace. Only a few days before, Thailand went through political unrest as the Prime Minister was overthrown. I spent those days trapped in a hotel.

Edited in Aperture & Photoshop CS3

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Friday, June 12, 2009

On A Train Bound To Charlotte...

Just some random shots as I travelled from Duram to Charlotte for an interview at the Art Institute. A young lady across the way catching up on some work then her breakfast, the host randomly chatting to passengers, stairway to nowhere, the conductor checking tickets, a path on top of the hill at AIC and the all famous mushroom shot hahah!

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