More Images from the Pharmacy Collection

I returned to the pharmacy collection last weekend with the express intent to photograph some particular medical devices: scarificators–used in the “art” of bloodletting, and other purposes prior to the advent of the hypodermic needle.  These images represent only a sampling of the variety of the scarificators in the collection.  I think what intrigues me Read more about More Images from the Pharmacy Collection[…]

Image Restoration Project (Photoshop)

Many of you know that in addition to photography, I teach Adobe Photoshop in our local community college. I had a friend inquire about restoring / preserving a deteriorating document that probably dates from the later part of the 19th century (post Civil War, but pre-1900). As you can see from the image below, the Read more about Image Restoration Project (Photoshop)[…]

Air! Skateboarders at Centennial Park

Stopped by the Centennial skateboard park this afternoon on my way to a shoot and grabbed a few quick stills with the D2x / Nikkor 12-24mm combo.  I’d love to go back and do it right sometime, but this sated my need to shoot something today… [clearspring_widget title=”” wid=”46928cc51133af17″ pid=”4ac03cdfec479a62″ width=”432″ height=”240″ domain=””] Thanks for Read more about Air! Skateboarders at Centennial Park[…]

Are You Ready to RUMBLE!?!

Had an idea for a portrait.  Sweaty high school football star, backlit, with the goalpost in the background.  Looked around for a suitable field.  The one close to me didn’t have the kind of goalpost I was looking for.  Eventually found the field, and Henry, a terrific young guy from my church who happens to Read more about Are You Ready to RUMBLE!?![…]

Headshots – Masquer Ministries

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I’ve been privileged to be able to photograph the dress rehearsals for Masquer Ministries: a phenomenal drama troupe that calls my church home base.  Well, they’re preparing for their Season’s Prelude fund raiser and needed headshots, so I had a chance Read more about Headshots – Masquer Ministries[…]

More Portraits with the Octabox…

Hi Friends, I gave my photography students an assignment last night to come back next week with 3 images taken at the extreme wide angle end of their focal length…whatever type of camera / lens they have. (The class is a mix of P&S and DSLR users). I explained to them that where we often Read more about More Portraits with the Octabox…[…]

New Lighting Modifier: 5′ Narrow Profile Octabox!

After having seen it demo’d with a Nikon SB-800 speedlight at David Tejada’s “Small Strobes Big Results” seminar here in Orange County, I knew this 5-foot “DynaPhos” brand “narrow profile” octagonal softbox was a must have.  Though frequently out of stock at, patience paid off and I finally received mine a few weeks ago.   Read more about New Lighting Modifier: 5′ Narrow Profile Octabox![…]

History of Medicine…Worm Syrup Anyone?

I had a wonderful opportunity recently to be invited to shoot an amazing collection of antique pharmaceuticals and medical instrument: many of which are pre-US Civil War! A friend and I spent a couple hours browsing the collection, trying to focus on what would make an interesting image; knowing all the while that we’d have Read more about History of Medicine…Worm Syrup Anyone?[…]