Category Archives: Photo of the Moment

An experimentation with smoke photography. Colors added in post production. To see more of my smoke photos and license them for your own use check more of them out at iStock.

So, I’m pretty new to still life photography and photography in general – but I’ve found some techniques/processes that seem to work for me – allowing me to create a technically sound image that is sharp and in focus at 100%

I was especially excited with the recent photos of these fake grapes. I basically hung them from a wire in my white/lightbox. I have 4 shop lights at 200 watts each shining on the grapes – as seen in the reflections on each grape in my before image.

Once I got the image on the computer, I added a bit of vignette and then dropped it into Photoshop from some levels work. I raised the levels a bit on a few different layers and touched them up to reduce the harsh reflections.

The image is available at Shutterstock!

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Does this facial express not say blues to you? I really wish this one was a bit more in focus, but the expression was too good to keep off the blog. Enjoy!


I hit up the Blue Room in Kansas City on 18th and Vine Street. There was a great jam session that went on for hours. The organist, Rich Hill had laid his drink down for a moment and I thought the lighting was just perfect.

Looked through my Seattle photos and found this one... it looks a lot cooler in black and white than in color.

Does anyone know what type of bug this is? It looks like a bee, but can’t tell since all that was left was a thin dry shell. Pretty gross and awesome all at the same time.

Does anyone know what type of bug this is? It looks like a bee, but can’t tell since all that was left was a thin dry shell. Pretty gross and awesome all at the same time.

As I was flying out of Seattle, WA this morning at around 6 am, I was lucky enough to be in a window seat on the side of the plane facing the mammoth of a volcanic mountain: Mt. Rainier. Enjoy!