Thursday, September 29, 2011

Photo of the Day 9.29.11

I had the opportunity last week to head out to the Orange County Sheriff's academy for  inspection. This day is commonly referred to as Black Monday at the academy. It is a class's first official inspection with the full time Tactical Staff.  I went through this program eleven years ago and I tend to be a huge supporter of it. When I see the nervous recruits fall into formation as the Staff rolls outs looking sharper than ever I get giddy inside. I love what these men and women do to prepare the recruits to survive in real world situations involving life and death. We should all appreciate the Staff and the commitment they have to make to do this job. They're the foundation, the voices that may later keep the street officer alive.

As I looked over all the images I captured during inspection It wasn't hard for me to choose my favorites. This image was one that was shot from pretty far away but I just can't stand how great the interaction is. Pardon the grain of the "pixel push" but I had to bring it way in to share it with you. In a single image we can imagine so much. 

 Clearly this recruit did a little something to express he'd 
like some extra time with the Staff. They're so giving.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Photo of the Day 9.26.11

This photo was taken three years ago. I was shooting a documentary piece on my daughter as a thirteen year old girl. We had a good time going out together and shooting. Amanda is a perfect model. One day she came up with the idea of a photo shoot with balloons. Amazing things happened with the balloons and light. We were intentional about getting balloons we could see through. They cast colored light in her shadow and just came alive when the light shone through them. They were so beautiful to work with.

I would encourage you to go out and try things you haven't. Just do it, if it works great, if not, then you may discover something else you never would have expected. In this photo I love the feel of the 1970's sunny out door pictures I remember seeing in catalogues. When I was thirteen, I read a magazine called TEEN and I remember the photos of teenage girls out in the sun at school, at the beach or at the fair. Back lighting was big back then. This image brings me back to the feel of those days, those pictures, and those carefree teenage girls.