Mr. Spock

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock on "Star Trek"I drew this approximately ten years ago using pencil and inked it with a pen and brush. I was never a huge Star Trek fan, but I did enjoy the original series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Also, for some reason, I gave Mr. Spock ridiculously jacked arms. If his mind meld game was a little bit off, I guess he could just snap some necks. Mr. Spock the mixed martial arts fighter? Maybe.

Pantone huey™PRO monitor and printer calibration

Pantone hueyPRO monitor calibration deviceColor consistency between monitor and print is important. If your prints are drastically different from what you see on your monitor, chances are you need to properly calibrate your monitor. Jacking up the brightness/contrast is NOT properly calibrating your monitor.

The Pantone huey™PRO definitely improved color consistency between my two Acer V233H monitors and my Toshiba Satellite laptop monitor. I will be wasting much less paper and expensive LUCIA ink for my Canon Pro9500 printer.

Features & benefits from the Pantone web site:

  • World’s first built-in ambient light sensor enables consistency never seen before in any lighting condition.
  • TRUE COLOR. From monitor to print.
  • Multiple monitor calibration increases color fidelity from monitor-to-monitor-to-print.
  • New color patches added.
  • Advanced Help built in provides step-by-step instructions through calibration and beyond.
  • User-defined Whitepoint and Gamma combinations provide substantial control over the calibration and output matching.
  • Zero in on shadow detail and highlights with the enhanced LCD calibration.

 

 

Hurricane Irene panorama

hurricane_irene_IMG_3084_2011_08_28_-Edit.jpg Hurricane Irene rocked us like a hurricane this past weekend. I could not stop hearing “Rock You Like A Hurricane” by Scorpions throughout the event.

I was driving home from Lindsay’s house tonight and saw a ton of people watching the sunset on the Goodkind Bridge that connects Edison to New Brunswick in New Jersey. I knew this was my chance to photograph a great aftermath shot from Hurricane Irene. (It was far too dangerous to venture out during the actual hurricane.)

Thankfully, I wasn’t blown off the bridge taking this photo. That would have been a bummer. I give myself credit for disregarding my own personal safety in the name of art. My mom will not be happy to read this.

I met Sam Jones and Melody Anderson from the “Flash Gordon” movie!

My Flash Gordon poster signed by Sam Jones and Melody AndersonOne of my favorite movies growing up was “Flash Gordon”. It is so over the top in every way imaginable! The characters, set design and soundtrack by the almighty Queen set it apart from just about every other movie I’ve watched. And I watched it. Repeatedly. Like every time it was on tv. It was great to finally meet some people from the movie this past weekend. Monster Mania is a huge horror/sci-fi convention held down in Cherry Hill, NJ and I’ve been there once before to meet Crispin Glover (George McFly in “Back To The Future”)

Posing with Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon) and Melody Anderson (Dale Arden)

A lot of people were waiting in line to meet people from “The Walking Dead”. I love zombies and all, but that show cannot compare to the insanity of  the “Flash Gordon” movie! I purchased the poster and made my way over to Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon) and Melody Anderson (Dale Arden) and had each of them sign my poster. Once that was taken care of, I asked them each to take a quick photo with me. They were very kind, but as you can tell I was not ready to have my picture taken. I was happy! Trust me! I was busy putting down my camera backpack so I didn’t look like a 5 year old in the photo.

Picnic Garden Korean BBQ meetup

Super tasty Korean bbq in Edison, NJ at Picnic Garden
NOM NOM NOM

Last Thursday I met up with a few creative people in Edison, NJ at Picnic Garden Korean BBQ. It’s across the street from Sam Ash. Amazing food and it’s done buffet style. Go up to the bar, pick out your own food by hand, and bring it back to the table to cook it. DELICIOUS! Food ranges from flavorful to very spicy. Your choice!

Kelly Formus, Eric Gautier, Rich Flores, Andrea Figueredo and I discussed plans for future photography projects. We’ve been getting together for very cool workshops that have produced excellent images for our portfolios.

Go, Rich!

I ate a ton before heading down to Delaware for a long weekend. Great way to start the trip! The cost of the buffet is approximately $25.00 as of the date this was written. Plenty of parking is available and they keep the restaurant very clean.

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WhiBal White Balance Card Pocket Kit

WhiBal White Balance Pocket Card KitI usually adjust white balance myself to whatever look I’m trying to achieve. That means it’s not technically correct. That’s fine when I’m getting creative with split toning and black and white images. But if I am trying to accurately depict a product or something that needs realism, a white balance card is a necessary tool.


From Michael Tapes Design:

  • It fits in your shirt pocket. (same size as an American business card …2×3.5 inches)…so you will actually use it rather than have it in your bag!
  • It is basically indestructible, waterproof, etc.
  • All 3 “Kit” versions (Pocket, Studio, Reference Kits) come with convenient stand for ease of setup on tables or flat surfaces. No need for someone to hold the WhiBal.
  • All 3 “Card” versions (Pocket, Studio, Reference Cards) are just the card alone.
  • New Key Chain Card (1x2inch) version comes complete with S-Biner attachment hardware (as shown).
  • All 4 WhiBal versions are individually measured with a precision spectrophotometer to certify that each card shipped meets or exceed or stringent specifications.
  • The Gray card is designed for low reflectivity, except that the sticker is intentionally highly reflective so that maximum TrueBlack™ Blackpoint level may be achieved by observing for maximum glare point and then backing the angle down.
  • Larger 3.5x6inch Studio size is also available
  • Can be used to set white balance reference, Black point and White point.
  • Fits shirt pocket or can hang on studio hook or lanyard. (Lanyard is supplied with Pocket version only).
  • WhiBal® is a product of PictureFlow LLC and available exclusively from RawWorkflow.com, B&H Photo Video, Samys Camera, and a few fine photo shops.

Lindsey and Dave engagement session

Lindsey and Dave at Washington Rock in Green Brook, New JerseyOn November 7, 2010 Lindsay and I met with Lindsay and Dave to take engagement photos. We drove up to Washington Rock in Green Brook, New Jersey. The weather was a bit overcast and quite cold, but everyone was a champ about it.

There were several families around at the time, so we spent a good amount of time waiting for the perfect moment. (I will also mention that my Canon 430EX Speedlite was malfunctioning during this shoot. The bulb fixture slipped off its plastic track and was not allowing for power adjustments. Made for a difficult time. Anyway, I was able to fix this problem once I got home.)

After we finished up at Washington Rock, we hopped in the car and drove down to Westfield, New Jersey. The downtown area of Westfield is great. They’ve managed to keep that old-fashioned look Americana look intact all these years. They even have a movie theater that isn’t owned by a major corporation. I’d consider that a small miracle.

We, The Chosen “What Your Eyes Said” music video

It’s been a long time coming. The video for We, The Chosen’s “What Your Eyes Said” has finally been completed. I wanted this to be an amazing video for a band that deserves a lot of success for doing what many bands cannot accomplish. WRITING AND RECORDING QUALITY MUSIC. It’s a lost artform. New Jersey is still capable of churning out musicians worthy of praise. This video was created entirely by myself in my spare, fleeting, time. Waking up early. Staying up late. Revising it one thousand times. Whatever it took to represent their energy.

Kick back and and watch We, The Chosen rock their little hearts out with “What Your Eyes Said”.

Flash Gordon sketch

Flash Gordon sketchI’ve been listening to Queen a lot lately in my car and the Flash Gordon theme keeps reminding me how awesome Queen is and how awesome the Flash Gordon movie is. Since I’ve been drawing a lot lately, I decided to do a sketch of the all-American space hero.

This drawing was done using colored pencils and crayons. I couldn’t find a pencil sharpener, so I eventually had to switch to Crayolas. SHARPENER IN THE BACK OF THE CRAYON BOX! Pure genius.

Enjoy the sketch and remember to “DIVE!”

Mermaid on the rocks

 

Mermaid for BoogsThis weekend I finally decided it was time to draw again. It’s been a really, really long time. My closet is full of art supplies I haven’t used since college! So I packed up my colored pencils and my sketchbook and made it a goal to draw something that day. My only restriction was to draw something with a lot of color because my color palette lately has been a bit desaturated.

This particular drawing took a long time because I pressed really hard on the colored pencils to get a crayon effect. Crayons have a great look, but they snap often and that’s no good.

I’ll probably do a more detailed illustration based on this sketch.