Friday, December 21, 2012

Mario Testino on Exhibit at MFA in Boston

Going to Boston for the holidays?  Don't miss the Mario Testino exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts.  And no, that is not a typo; there are dual exhibits running of Testino's work. This is Testino's first show in the United States, but according to the Boston Globe, his work has appeared in other museums around the world, most notably the National Portrait Gallery in London. That show, in 2002, still holds the record for the most-attended photography exhibit at the Gallery.  He is one of the outstanding photographers of his generation, and is perhaps best known for his much celebrated work in fashion photography and advertising campaigns for high profile clients such as Gucci, Versace, Gap and Burberry.  His subjects include stars from the worlds of fashion, cinema, music, and royalty including portraits of Prince Charles, Diana, Princess of Wales and engagement portraits of Prince William and Kate Middleton,  plus other members of British Royalty and other royal families throughout Europe.

In the Museum's Gund Gallery is the In Your Face exhibit (through February 3, 2013) presumably timed to coordinate with the November, 2012 publication of Testino's book with the same title.  The exhibit includes photographs of  Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, (this image also appears in the book The World in Vogue People Parties Places, pages 187-187) Giselle, and old friends, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards,

Also on exhibit in the Herb Ritts Gallery through June 16th, 2013 are Testino's British Royal Portraits.  Included in the exhibit is this portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales, taken shortly before her death during a sitting at Kensington Palace.  The image is part of the permanent catalog of the National Portrait Gallery in the UK, (where Testino has previously exhibited), along with 17 other catalogued portraits by Testino.  

Other images include HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH Prince William & HRH Prince Harry, taken for their official Christmas card in 2004HRH Prince William, and official engagement photos of TRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Memorial Day Tribute

Below is a wonderfully moving tribute, set to photographs and music, to those who have fought to preserve our liberties. Many, if not all of these images, are part of a book called Where Valor Rests published by National Geographic.

I first became aware of these images and this publication about two months ago when I attended Photoshop World, in Washington, DC. One of the presenters was Dave Black, who has made a name for himself utilizing a technique called lightpainting. He had been invited by National Geographic and Arlington National Cemetery to photograph in Arlington National Cemetery. Some of his images were included in the above video. They were taken during the middle of the night on July 4, 2006, using long exposures and specialized lighting. Follow the link to his blog for more information on the images and the shoot:
Dave Black lightpainting in Arlington National Cemetery

Saturday, May 26, 2012

David Stoecklein - Photographer of the American West

Do you print with an Epson printer?  Recognize this image?  It has been used in several promotional mailings from Epson regarding their Signature Worthy line of paper and also graces the sample paper pack for the line.  Not only are the papers worthy of consideration, but so is David Stoecklein, the photographer who snapped this beautiful image.  One of the Canon Explorers of Light, Stoecklein has devoted nearly the last quarter century to chronicling and preserving, through his imagery, the lifestyle of the American West.
In this beautiful video, while promoting a line of canvas for Epson, Stoecklein speaks about his work and the -40 degree morning when the above image was taken (about four and a half minutes into the video):

Stoecklein is a master of backlighting and silhouette as evidenced in his images entitled Cowboy's Dream and The Lesson

His website is replete with his beautiful images.  Be sure to visit his Western Gallery.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher: African Tribal Nations

Recently, I discovered a fascinating body of work by two women who have spent 30 years documenting and photographing African culture. Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher met while photographing a Maasai Warrior ceremony in 1978. They have spent the last 3 decades traveling throughout 40 of Africa’s 54 countries making a photographic record of sacred tribal rituals. They have produced over 10 volumes of photographic work and have had many international museum exhibitions. Together they have published their photography in a series of acclaimed books as well as major magazine features in Time, Life, Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Geographic Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art have mounted comprehensive exhibits of their work. They exhibit and lecture widely at prestigious venues such as the American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Institution, and the Royal Geographical Society in London.  In 1999 they received the Award of Excellence from the United Nations Society of Writers and Artists, and were specially honored by Kofi Annan.

*This information has been gleaned from the websites of their various agents. For more information and to see more of their work, visit: and

Below is a beautiful video interview with Fisher and Beckwith discussing their work:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Multiple Exposure Blending

I am pleased to announce placing in the merit award category for Black and White and Color Magazine's 2012 Single Image Contest on page 150. The issue may still be available on newsstands; check Barnes and Noble.  All of the contest winners are listed on the Black and White and Color Magazine website.

This is the image that was selected:

This was largely inspired by the work of Tony Sweet, who is one of the foremost fine art flower and nature photographers of the day.  This the result of shooting multiple images with a slight camera movement in between each shot.  The frames are then blended together into one photo.  Some Nikon cameras are capable of doing this in camera; however, some Nikons can only blend 3 multiple exposures into one image and some can do 10 which is the preferred amount.

Don't have a Nikon that is capable of creating a ten image multiple exposure?  Well don't despair, neither do I.  But there is a script that can be downloaded and used in Photoshop which can accomplish essentially the same thing in post-processing that the Nikons can do in camera (a script is similar to using an action).  The script is courtesy of Uwe Steinmueller and can be downloaded from this page.  Scroll all the way down to the bottom to the Free Scripts and download the one entitled DOP_LayerStackOpacityBlending.

In order for the script to work, it has to be loaded into the script directory in Photoshop.  On a windows machine, the path would be C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\Presets\Scripts and on a Mac, the path is Applications> Photoshop (your version #)> Presets> Scripts.  To run the script, close and re-open Photoshop and then go to File>Scripts and then select the script entitled DOP_LayerStackOpacityBlending_Integrated.  The script will open and then you can browse for the ten files to use for the multiple image exposure.  Save your blend as a tiff and then you can continue to work it in Photoshop.

There are several videos recorded by Sweet that will help to demonstrate how to achieve this effect.  This first one will show you how to do the camera movements (although using a Lensbaby, the camera movements are the same for any lens):

This next one will show you how to use the script:

Here are more examples of some of my images rendered through multiple exposure blending: 

Try it!