Saturday, May 24, 2008


Today's image is from a shoot with Alan, shot digitally, transformed into a black and white and then toned in Photoshop with warm highlights and neutral darks.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Double Vision

The double exposure is an old photographic effect, usually created by exposing two different images on the same negative. In prior postings on this blog I have shown a different type of double exposure created by developing one photograph from two negatives sandwiched together in the enlarger.

In my progression from film to digital imagery I have been experimenting with different ways to create similar effects without the use of film. The three images in this week's blog are the result of this experiment.

In each case I have taken two digital images of the same model. I opened both in Photoshop, then copied and pasted one over the other as a second layer. Then in the layer dialog box I chose the blending mode "Difference" and an opacity level near 100%.
As I began this experiment I tried each of the different blending modes and played with different opacity levels for each, trying to duplicate the effect one gets with film. None of them duplicated the effect, but the method I used to create these images creates an interesting alternative to the film approach.
In particular I like the way this effect works on models with great muscle definition, like the two images of Dwain. It creates a hard edge that accentuates the muscle definition.
In the final image of the three, the overlap of the two images creates a kind of halo effect around the interior image.
Expect to see a new gallery on my website in the near future filled with other images like these as I continue experimenting.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mark - IR

Since Kodak discontinued their infrared film I have been experimenting with alternative films. This one from Freestyle is pretty much a total wash when it comes to IR effects, but I still like the image.
For anyone experimenting with Freestyle's IR film, the problem with it is that the negatives come back very "thin" after developing (i.e. light like they were underexposed) and there is zero IR glow from the skin of the model.

Back Study

This week I offer a study in back musculature. The model is Bruce. The photograph was taken several years ago.
As can be seen, Bruce was in fantastic shape when this was shot, with very low body fat and thin skin.
The composition of the photograph might be a little unusual in that the model is facing away from the camera, but as Bruce pulls and pushes on the railing with his arms, the muscles of his back come into amazing relief.
The image was shot on black and white film, scanned from film and then toned with a slightly warm cast in Photoshop.

Sunday, May 04, 2008


This week an image from my older work of a model named Chris. The photo shoot was done at a friend's house with a spectacular spa and pool. This image was shot with color slide film and scanned.

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