Sunday, January 31, 2010

Portrait session of Denver Multimedia Artist, Peter Strange Yumi

I recently shot a portrait session with Denver video artist, Peter Strange Yumi. Peter wanted both some formal and environmental, editorial portraits for his updated artist's bio.

We met at his home and shot a series of natural-light portraits, which I've converted to black and white using the Alien Skin Exposure Photoshop plugin. This plugin simulates various color and b&w film emulsions - in this case I used the Ilford Delta 100 filter.




Technical data:

Nikon D700
Tokina 12-24mm f/4
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fan me on Facebook and Yelp!

I've recently created a fan page on Facebook for Calanan Photography and I'd be mighty honored if you would become a fan.

On this page I'm posting updates, samples of my work, tips/tricks, industry news and holding Q&A sessions with my fans. Stop on by!

Calanan Photography on Facebook

Also, Calanan Photography is on Yelp and I'd appreciate it if my clients and customers would post a review of your experiences with my services.

Calanan Photography on Yelp


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Playing in the snow, Breckenridge, CO

Manray and I recently had the pleasure of joining a group of her friends in Breckenridge, CO for a weekend of snow, sun, food, drinks and fun. Most of the folks were from back East and hadn't been to the Rockies - in one case we had a Floridian who hadn't even skied/sledded before!

While the bulk of the folks took advantage of Colorado's excellent skiing, a small cadre of us spent the weekend snowshoeing and I've included some of my favorite shots below.

Side note: The effects of climate change are definitely apparent as Denver has absolutely no snow and relatively warm temperatures and we didn't run into any substantial snow until we reached the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 at about 11,000'. Fun fact:

The tunnel was built under the Continental Divide, and at a maximum elevation of 11,158 ft (3,401 m) above sea level, it is one of the highest vehicular tunnels in the world. It is also the longest mountain tunnel built under the Interstate highway program, the highest point on the Interstate Highway system, and one of the last major pieces of the system to be completed.

Hopefully new storms will completely wallop the Front Range with new snow as the state's snowpack is well under average and a severe drought is forecast.

Enough bad news, onto the fun!

Lunch break!

Randy and a Robber Jay

More photos in this Flickr slideshow:

Monday, January 25, 2010

National Western Stock Show Parade, Denver, CO

The National Western Stock Show recently kicked off their 2010 show here in Denver, CO with a parade/longhorn cattle drive through downtown. This was my first time experiencing such a thing and I was fascinated by the juxtaposition of downtown skyscrapers and real-life cowboys.

I was also secretly terrified at the sight of so many longhorns negotiating their way through the streets - I kept envisioning a Pamplona-like spectacle of humans and horns but thankfully it never materialised.

Technical info:
Nikon D700
Tokina 12-24mm f/4
Nikon SB-600

Aside: working with such a wide-angle lens one needs to get pretty dang close to the subject to fill the photo...more than once I caught myself only a whisker or two away from the business end of those wonderful beasts!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the parade:

National Western Stock Show Parade

National Western Stock Show Parade

National Western Stock Show Parade

National Western Stock Show Parade

National Western Stock Show Parade

More photos in this Flickr slideshow

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

More drive-by shootings

My obsession continues...

.o is for occlude.
.o is for occlude.

.d is for dyad.
.d is for dyad.

.s is for swell.
.s is for swell.

Denver, CO
Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

[Part of my "Drive-By Shootings" taken-while-driving street photography series]

More in this Flickr slideshow

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Christmas in NY

For the holidays, Renee, Kerby and I drove from Denver to our respective hometowns in Western New York. More than the great food, delicious cookies or thoughtful gifts the best part of this trip was spending time with - and photographing - members of our family.

Here's to a Happy New Year!


Lexi and Sean

Harv and Al



Pop Justin


Lexi and Laykin

More photos from our visit in this Flickr slideshow