Well, after 5 years of blogging on my old site, I had to say farewell to the format and content as it wasn’t meeting my needs – the content was all Flash, I couldn’t embed metadata, and the interface was just getting…old. So, I have a new website – and new blog! Sad to see that much history flushed, but that was part of the problem – the site platform just didn’t allow any flexibility. That said, let’s get on with the next 5-year chapter of what’s happening with my romps through the world of photography.
First up, a big mention to the ever-patient and talented Scott Portugal, who is awaiting his last set of re-touched and color-corrected images from an interior shoot we did of his design work in NYC and NJ. Scott doesn’t mess around, and he’s a dedicated perfectionist (which is why the final photos have to be just as immaculate, for his portfolio). Here’s a sample of thehigh dynamic range (HDR) photography we made, combining the best of up to five exposures of the same scene. The end-look is a little surreal, and bypasses the need for extensive lighting – unless you need an off-camera flash pop or two, which I did add from time to time.
Next, a shot from a day I sent with Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer. Cesar was visiting a local elementary school to promote the Mutt-i-Grees curriculum, in conjunction with North Shore Animal League America. I covered his visit and interactions with the students and parents, and watched them all delight in his warm and caring personality. Nice guy – not the first time we’ve worked together, but I definitely enjoyed a more intimate setting with him, and he had me laughing more than a few times throughout the day. Watch for the rest of the shoot in his magazine, Cesar’s Way.
Cesar shoots me a smile after 6 hours with the kids - the man has more energy than you'd imagine possible, and he's doing great things with it.
Lastly, I’ll finish up my first entry with the lovely Beth Stern, spokesperson for NSALA. Over the years Beth has become my most regular and favorite of subjects, and Beth has charmed everyone & everything from my mother to my lenses with that smile and her kindness (and I’m betting the fuzzy friend in her arms will feel the same) in the process. Beth and Howard adopted the cat, Walter, from NSALA – making it two cats and a dog that now share their home. Hat’s off to you for your big heart, Beth – and don’t ever let anyone say anything different.