Dead Sea

This is one of those places where I didn’t think I would ever go if it wasn’t for being in the military. I knew there were some places I would have liked to have seen in Israel but I didn’t think that I would ever make the trip to specifically go here on my own. Fortunately, our ship had a port visit at the city of Eilat in Israel. Eilat wasn’t anything crazy, just a few bars and shopping malls, but from there we were able to take little tour buses around some key spot in Israel. The Dead Sea happened to be one of those places. This place was real wild to visit because I had seen pictures of it before but I never thought that it would actually look like all of them in reality. You can see from the picture what the edge of the beach actually looked like. It as this really hard salt that covered all the rocks touching the water. It was the coolest thing ever. They even had these buckets of mud that you could cover yourself in. The way it worked was you were supposed to cover yourself in the mud from the water and then go take a dip and wash it all over and when you got out your skin would be silky smooth. It worked exactly like that too. I had never had smoother skin in my life. The only drawbacks were that the water tasted absolutely horrible if you happen to accidentally get a mouthful and it burned any kind of open cuts or scratches. Besides that, it was awesome. I looked like a weirdo shooting this picture because everyone else was in the water floating around and I was just setting...

Getty Museum Jan12

Getty Museum

This is an old shot that was taken at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. I have been going through some older pictures that I haven’t posted since I haven’t been able to take any new pictures recently. I still have a few more up my sleeve but my stash is running low so hopefully I will be able to get some new photos soon. Once I get off this deployment I will finally go back to getting pictures all the time. If you live in California or are visiting and interested in museums, then I definitely suggest visiting the Getty Center. This has some of the nicest modern architecture and outdoor facilities that I have seen of this kind. From the cool white rounded buildings to the cement and solid stone structures, this place is a modern architecture photographers paradise. I’m not even big in to photographing modern architecture but I couldn’t help myself here. There are all kinds of awesome exhibits to visit and nice gardens to view on the outside as well. I took this shot inside one of the museum buildings while I was wandering around. I loved how minimal and pure this area looked and the light lit the area up with a nice clean white. It was a little dark so I used a tripod for this shot. People probably thought I was a weirdo considering everyone else was taking pictures of the actual art in the museum and I was taking picture of a staircase. O well. The best part about the place is that it is free! You can check out there Plan a Visit area of their site to find their hours, and location. This shot was a RAW image file that was edited...

Portrait of Greg

About a year ago I went to a photography meet up where they had a studio set up to shoot some amateur models. It was helpful to both the photographers and the models. The models got some good pictures and modeling experience out of it all and the photographers got to practice with new lighting techniques and get some good model pictures to add to their portfolio. I found this meet up at Meetup.com which is an awesome site to socialize and meet people with the same interests as you. You can learn a lot from many of the people here because a lot of them have way more experience than you might and also may have helpful connections as well. This photo was my first actual shoot that I had gone to with this group and it was a hit. The people were super friendly and everyone was willing to throw in a helping hand. They let me experiment with the lighting so I could get a feel for a few things and even let me use some of their flash triggers since I didn’t have my own at the time. I unfortunately never got this models’ last name but I do know that his first name is Greg. He was great because I was new with working with models and I barely had to tell him what to do because he already had posed to a position I wanted to shoot with. For this shot we had one large softbox to camera right and a smaller fill light to the left. The background was a white wall which worked out perfectly to create a non distracting texture so the focus was Greg’s portrait. I had him focus his attention away from the camera and shot away. In Adobe Camera RAW I cross-processed...