Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Make it Rain

Week 30 of the Keefer 52 project took us outside on a nice, mild, and sunny, September day. Wait, what? Yes, this photo was taken in broad daylight without a cloud in the sky. Here's how we did it. Behind Keefer is a small speed light on a stand aimed straight up. He is holding a light modifying shoot-through umbrella. I cranked the camera's aperture way down to let in very little light. This blocked out the daylight and only allowed the light from the speed light to show in the photo. With the camera set on a tripod, I was able to focus and shoot with one hand, while I aimed the garden hose in the air to fall down like rain. The light caught the flying droplets and created the illusion of rain. I can only imagine what our neighbors and the people driving by were thinking when they saw us two goofballs spraying water and taking pictures, but I think it was worth it!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Real Life | Week 29 | Keefer 52

Week 29 of the Keefer 52 project is titled Real Life, because that's exactly what it is-real. Up until now, the project has shown Keefer posed, in an alternate reality, or even in a fantasy world. But not this week. A nasty stomach bug prevented any possibility of an elaborate photo shoot, but it allowed me to capture Keefer in a photojournalist style. I'm surprised it took me this long, because it's one of my favorite types of photography. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Double Tree | Week 28 | Keefer 52

For weeks, I have attempted to combine two exposures into one to create a dramatic photo for the Keefer 52 project. After many failed attempts, I am pleased to present this double exposure for week 28. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tough Pudding | Week 27| Keefer 52

The adventure racing scene has really taken off in the past few years. The Warrior Dash, Spartan Race, Muddy Mommas, and of course, Tough Mudder, have attracted millions of adventure seekers to tackle obstacles while getting muddy, wet and cold in the process. I took on the Tough Mudder a couple of years ago, and after limping across the finish line after 10 miles of mud, all I got was a crummy headband and a warm beer. However, I kept that headband specifically because I knew I would one day use it for a photo shoot.

For Week 27 of the Keefer 52 project, I decided to use the adventure racing craze as a theme for this week's photo. Because there is an age limit to race in one of these things, we decided to recreate it right at home. With all the rain we have had this year, I'm sure I could have found plenty of mud, but chocolate pudding seemed to be the better choice.

So there you have it, a muddy week 27. Enjoy.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Half Time | Keefer 52 | Week 26

Whoooooaaaa, we're half way there.......Whoa, oh! Livin' on a pray-er! Yeah baby. We are 26 down and 26 to go. It's halftime and the game is tied. We are coming down the backstretch. So, in honor of the halfway point, for this weeks Keefer 52,  we did a play on the word half and had Keefer brush in the color-on one side.

I gotta admit, this is one of my favorites. I felt the project was a little stale the past few weeks. I'm looking forward to the 2nd half and getting more wild and creative. It's time to push the boundaries and up the wow factor.

To get a good look at all 26 together, head on over to my website and check out the gallery. Here is the link:


Enjoy and stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Brick and Roll

For week 25 of project Keefer 52, I decided to experiment with some grid spots on my strobe. Grids take all the light coming from the strobe, restricts that light to a specific angle, and creates a harsh, directional, and dramatic light. With the edgier light, Keefer needed an edgier look. Spiked hair, desaturated tones, and the photographic cliche use of an obligatory brick wall gave me the look I was going for. Enjoy.