Archive for April, 2010

April 2010

Posted: 04/30/2010 in Webpost

Just Playin’ During my 20+ years as a photographer THIS is probably the first time I have created a photo montage, a composite photograph or whatever THEY are calling IT today. For many years photographers were asked to designate these type of images as photo illustrations or photo manipulations. Today photographers must decide whether to create images in-camera or in-post. “If you want to be a photographer, be a photographer ten hours a day instead of spending five hours retouching some half-ass picture you don’t like in the first place.” – Martin Schoeller

photo illustration ?

Assisting – Helped my friend and colleague Jim Yost create still images for Mark VII Equipment Incorporated. *Videography that I created for Mark VII Equipment during May, June and October of 2009 are now online at

Behind the Scenes iPhone captures

Progress Report – This weblog has received 10,000+ hits since 03/2009 and DONCUDNEYPHOTO.COM has received over 150,000 visits since 01/2009. (Weblog FYI) – Top Referrers: – Busiest Day: 10/18/2009 = 322 views. Thank you for visiting.

Assignment – Collaborated with Michael Martin & Jason Hayes to create high definition video and high definition stills of the Colorado Mammoth’s final 2010 season game at the Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado. *This is my first attempt at a Tilt Shift-Time Lapse video. I have many criticisms of my first attempt. Segments too short, etc..

iPhone images from the Pepsi Center rafters

Just For Fun – When my friends daughter Stephanie asked  if I would take a few pictures of her and her boyfriend Matt before their junior prom my reaction was, “sure, as long as I can create at least one image where you both look pissed or upset to be attending the prom together.” They agreed. Yes, the boutineer goes on the left arm. Oops.

Assignment – Photographed Kate Hart of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty and the Director of Spa & Fitness at Cherry Creek Country Club for business and personal promotional materials. *Final layout will be posted after publication.

Just For Fun – One of my first assignments as a professional photographer was creating live performance images for local and touring musicians. Steel Pulse was one such band and believe it or not, 15 years later, David Hinds appeared to remember me. I had no idea Steel Pulse was playing at Copper Mountain the day my girlfriend (Kelly) and I went snowboarding, but it was nice to see da Boyz, snap a few images of David and dance to some authentic raggae. Ya Mon. Irie. Video posted at Copper Mnt. Sunsation 2010.

David Hinds of Steel Pulse at Copper Mountain’s Sunsation 2010

Assignment/Assisting – Collaborated with Jim Yost Photography to create still images of a remodeled kitchen for Janel Davenport Kitchen & Bath Design. Styling by Janel Davenport and Heather (?). (BoringPhotoFact)nine flash heads were used to achieve correct color balance, correct depth of field and correct resolution.

glass tile detail – the remodeled kitchen – iPhone capture

HD Video – High definition video and stills of welding, grinding and production processes for Engineering Fluid Solutions.

Prop Shopping – Found this little gem while I was helping a friend remodel his parents basement which had not been touched since 1970 something. If any one out there knows the designer of this lamp, please email me with their name. Thank you.

Assignment – Photographed Dexter Fowler, leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the Colorado Rockies, Steward Ceus, goalie for the Colorado Rapids and Cecilia Quintana for the April 2010 issue of Mile High Sports Magazine. Doug Ottewill, Editor/Producer. Nick Heckman, Art Director. Kieran Cain, Colorado Rapids. Jung Park, Metroboom (Clothing). Lori Greene, American Crew (Hair Product).

Dexter Fowler

Cover Outtake

Steward Ceus

Cecilia Quintana

Assignment/Assisting – Collaborated with Jim Yost Photography to create still images for UQM Technologies located in Frederick, Colorado. With more than 35 years of experience in developing and applying electric power systems to advanced vehicles (like the RTD buses on the 16th St. Mall/Denver), UQM Technologies is a technology leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance, power-dense and energy-efficient electric motors, generators and related power electronics. No, the Corvette pictured below does not contain an electric motor; it just has a really cool paint job!

BTS iPhone Captures

Prop Shopping – Mattel’s Basketball (1978, LED, 9 Volt, Model #2437) Mattel was originally founded by Harold Matson and Elliot Handler who created the name ‘Mattel’ from the beginnings of their last and first names (huh?). The company started out selling picture frames out of a garage workshop in 1945. Elliot started a side business of selling doll house furniture from the scraps of wood from the picture frames, and with the success of the doll furniture, the emphasis was turned to toys. Mattel started making electronic games in 1976 with the handheld Missile Attack game (which lived only a short time), and soon followed by Football and Auto Race. Cost = $.69 at Goodwill

Worth Sharing – I am one of those guys that watches a movie once and maybe once again after several years. Not only have I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button many times, but I have studied the movies cinematography, it’s theatrical lighting and it’s revolutionary post production in awe. If you are at all interested in how they made Brad Pitt age the way they did……watch this video.

Assignment/BTS – Created images of Heather Doty of Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation for the May 2010 issue of ColoradoBIZ Magazine. Chelsea Palmer, Art Director/COBIZ. Roz Brown, Media Relations Manager/Ball Aerospace.
*Final layout will be posted after publication.

Just Playin’ – Lena at Bath Time by iPhone.

Location Scout – More scouting for upcoming photo and video shoots.

Assignment/BTS – I love when you walk into a new clients office and they comment, “we really like what this photographer did,” and you can smile and say, “well thank you, that’s my photography.” Collaborated with Jim Yost to create still images at The Glo Carwash corner of Sheridan and 63rd Avenue in Arvada, Colorado for Mark VII Equipment Incorporated. Steve Robinson, Creative Director.

iPhone Captures

My Two Cents – I am not an economist but one easy way to judge how well our economy is performing is by the size or thickness of VOGUE Magazine. Remember back in the 1990s when a VOGUE was three inches thick and two of those inches were expensive glossy ads? You’d flip through 100+ ads before you reached the Table of Contents. And remember all those dog, cat and bird magazines at the grocery store? Alright, let’s not remember that, but the days of thick, ad-filled magazines is definitely over or at least on hold for a few more years. THE GOOD NEWS is that my momma was right, “cream rises to the top” and many creatives believe that magazines have “become the (only) home for original (creative) photography.” Am I coffee or cream? Yes, there are less magazines and less ads (smaller budgets), but in the long run, I think that is a good thing!

Archive – Photographed Hank Brown (at the time, President at the University of Colorado/Boulder) for the cover, table of contents and 2-page feature in the April 2007 issue of ColoradoBIZ Magazine. Tom Visocchi, Art Director.