Update for June: SASCO Mine Shoot

Announcing a New Photo Shoot for Late June

I can’t wait to show you shots from this project I just set up.

It will be a TFP (time for print) shoot with 2-5 models. It will also be at the SASCO Mine site. Planning for being there near evening, then shooting through sunset and into the evening shooting some lowlight, no-light, and light-painting shots.

SASCO Hotel Ruins - Jane
SASCO Hotel Ruins – Jane

I love the SASCO Mine site. It’s dangerous, but exciting. The graffiti makes it look like a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

This shot with Jane is one of my favorites from the last shoot at that location from the SASCO Hotel ruins which are a short distance from the smelter ruins.

I nearly always use strobes and flashes now. This one had us out in the Arizona sun around 10:30-11:00. I don’t usually shoot past 10am in this heat. I also usually won’t shoot until after 5:00pm. I don’t do well in sun with my northern skin. 

SASCO Mine - Smelter Graffiti
SASCO Mine – Smelter Graffiti

I’m still planning the shoot out – I’ll have to transition from shooting day, to sunset, to night (dark). I’m hoping for some really great stuff from all this. I’m hoping for fewer models because, otherwise, I’ll need to shoot a lot of group stuff which means very few photos, but lots of variations on basic themes – shooting and reshooting the same group pose until it all works out just so.

Then again, maybe I need to rethink the way I’m going to shoot a pro shoot with a group of ladies I may never have worked before.

I’m pretty jazzed for the big smelter again. It’s been a while since I’ve been out there and the last time I didn’t get a lot of shots I was really hoping for.

SASCO Mine - Alexis
SASCO Mine – Alexis

This time, I’m getting so many more shots I didn’t think I’d ever get to get.

I’m really looking forward to working with this group of models. It’s going to be exciting. I hope.

So, I want to get some awesome photos by the myriad of graffiti-laden walls (photos below).

 

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Abandoned Vail Warehouse, Scottsdale, a Wedding, a Short Film, and the Sasco Shoot

Eastside Wash Culvert
Eastside Wash Culvert

In case you didn’t see the title of this post, I’ll reiterate: “Abandoned Vail Warehouse, Scottsdale, a Wedding, a Short Film, and the Sasco Shoot.”

This sums up my last couple weeks.

I rented a camera for a wedding on Saturday. Booked a shoot for Friday to try out the camera (Abandoned Vail Warehouse Photo Scout). Got a call that the wedding was being pushed forward due to rain. Booked another shoot for Saturday (Scottsdale). The wedding got moved to Sunday (The Wedding). I’ve been working on and off on a Short Film and that was Tuesday after the wedding (The Short Film). Finished off with another shoot on this last Friday at the SASCO Abandoned Mine (Sasco Shoot).

Right?

I’ve only really finished processing The Wedding and The Photo Scout. Lots of great images from the Scottsdale Shoot. Working those next.

I have another shoot tomorrow morning. Ought to be interesting. Might have another on Saturday, too.

All of my shoots now are TFP. Doing an awful lot of it lately.

Stay tuned for more information on my new Easy Trade program.

Exciting things coming our way!

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Little Plans: Modeling and a NEW TFP

Little Plans: Modeling and a NEW TFP

Two aspects of my business revolve around modeling and TFP. If you’re not familiar, TFP is a photographer/model term used to describe a sort of “trade” agreement in which the model and photographer both agree to trade for equivalent services. It’s a trust matter. Sometimes the photographer doesn’t deliver and sometimes the model doesn’t deliver.

I want to offer a better TFP.

Because I want a better TFP, I want to know your experiences with TFP. Whether you’re a photographer, videographer, musician, model, actor/actress, or a complete newbie (or seasoned pro), I want to know your experiences and stories.

Good, bad, ugly? Let me know. It remains private. I can take it.

Interested? Click here for more info and to submit the survey.

Everything will be kept completely confidential: I’m using this to build a new type of TFP plan. One with choices and real benefits for a modern, electronic, social media world.

So, please fill out this short survey. I strongly encourage your elaboration. The devil, as they say, is in the details. I want your stories, good, bad, or indifferent.

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What’s Up (May 2018)

Big Plans, Little Plans, Modeling, New TFP

Big Plans

I started working on a new plan for Techno Obscura. I’ve been working on it for months, actually. Little pieces turned into bigger and bigger efforts requiring more and more research. I’m finally getting to implementing it now.

What is it? I’m tired of being spread out. I have a website, all my stock media sites, various social media sites, a few portfolio sites, and I still don’t have time to keep them all updated while also helping my wife with her business. I’m just worn too thin to be effective anymore. What’s the fix?

First, the website is in dire need of work. I haven’t updated it in ages and its costing me business and making more trouble than its worth. To be fair, I’ve been working very hard with my wife to ensure the long-term success of WeeGonza Bazaar. Mostly photo and video work as well as a lot of art and making some awesome new products for her. After Phoenix Comic Fest, in only a couple weeks, I will begin working on my website and new content full time. I will still be working with my wife, but I’ll be taking more of an advisory role while we basically trim the fat and focus exclusively on our web “experience.”

Modeling and new TFP

If you want to see more about TFP, please visit this post: Little Plans: Modeling and a NEW TFP. If you just want to see the survey form, it’s here: TFP Survey Page.

Exciting times ahead!

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Cthulhu Librarian’s Discovery Announcement

Announcing the latest, Lovecraft/Cthulhu inspired Photo Painting

The Librarian's Discovery
Librarian finds a great old one populating her library

 Immediately off the holidays, I have been getting more and more requests to see my artwork. I suppose my work on putting this site together has been taking a bit longer than it should. So, without further pomp and circumstance, I introduce a new print entitled, “The Librarian’s Discovery.”

This piece really drives home my love for both photography, digital painting and the Cthulhu Mythos. I remember reading these stories when I was in High School. They didn’t really scare me, but they were invigorating nonetheless. When I first sketched this composition out on paper, I had no idea it would turn into this. I love the “underdog” status she has, her cute smile and the fact that she shot first. Take that! No madness here. No gibbering mess. She is a librarian with amazing super powers and a refusal to succumb to madness.

The model is professional, freelance, traveling model, Charlie Kristine with whom I worked a few years back for some experimental photography. It is from those shots I found the image of her in a running pose.

The Cthulhu model is actually a reworked photo of a large Cthulhu figure used for some type of Hero Clix game. I haven’t actually played the game. I imagine the Cthulhu figure was righteously expensive. Which is neither here nor there, but the idea about the figure used with a real model in an image was intriguing. I wound up adding more tentacles, altered the eyes, and enhanced the look of him. Also added the bullet blast spray in bright green.

Print sizes vary a lot. Existing prices and sizes reflect the image filling the edges of the print as close as possible, leaving a 1/4″ border to allow for matting and framing. Additional sizes are available. Please ask me if you want a different size.

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