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    I know you're time is valuable so thanks for taking the time to visit. Here you'll find irregularly-timed irregular posts about what I've been up to or about topics that interest me or I think might interest others. Mostly the content will be about photography, cinematography and the such, but I'll also occasionally diverge into my personal life and share slices what I do in my spare time.

Image of the Week on FoundFlow

This week I was honored to have one of my images selected to be Image of the Week on FoundFlow by FoundFolios.com. This shot was complicated and difficult but turned out quite really great. We shot it for Toyota using two neighboring sound stages and two perfectly-aligned camera set-ups. One stage had the seat buck and interior talent. On the other stage a set builder built a driveway set and we shot the full vehicle with exterior talent on-set.  Yep, that’s my Golden Retriever standing in. The two separate shots were then married in post production to produce the final image.

 

Recent Shoot For Line 6

I shot a job late last year for a very cool company that makes really cool musical instruments and accessories for musicians. Line 6 contacted me because they wanted to step up the quality of their photography on their website. Here’s what Dave Patrikios, Creative Manager of Marketing for Line 6 had to say about working with me:

We chose John to shoot the Line 6 StageScape M20d specifically because of his automotive work. Our product is a real paradigm shift in the world of live sound mixers – it’s a smarter, faster, more elegant machine that required a photographer able to accentuate its lines and contours, capture its personality and give it the thoughtful, careful treatment it deserves.

Working with John was a real pleasure. He’s willing to try new things, get his hands dirty and do what it takes to get the best shot. My team is extremely satisfied with the outcome and sure that his incredible photos will support the success of our product.

The people from Line 6 were really wonderful people and I enjoyed collaborating with them. We got some really great shots of their ground-breaking mixer that they were very happy with. I wasn’t able to show the shots until recently, when the new mixer was released to the public.

One of the shots being used at www.line6.com front page.

Here are a couple of the shots I delivered to Line 6.

©2011 John Early

 

My Work Featured in FoundExposed:Objects of Desire October 2011

Today some of my work was featured in the latest FoundFolios FoundExposed series. The theme this time was “Objects of Desire.” I am truly flattered to be featured beside the company of some really great photographers such as Stan Musilek, Jimmy Williams, Bill Cahill and others.

My feature shot is a bold graphic shot of the front grill of an Infiniti FX45. We shot this as part of a dead front shot for Infiniti.com. After I delivered the shot to  the agency, I wanted to simplify the shot and take it back to it’s stylized shapes. So, I darkened the interior, removed windshield wipers, and some patterned “bumps” in the grill design I found distracting. It’s always been a favorite of mine. Please let me know your thoughts.

Some Accolades Come My Way

Recently, I took a business trip to San Francisco which consisted of hanging with my rep Lenlee Jenckes and fellow Lenlee Represents roster photographers and going to agency portfolio shows every day for three days. After the shows, I decided to tack on a few days to the trip and just go shoot some stuff for me. I’d just head north along the coast and shoot landscapes, nature, life, whatever I felt like. No restrictions. Oh and maybe stop in at a few breweries along the way.

I ended up having a ball. I not only experienced a “high on photography” feel I haven’t felt so intensely for a while, but I got some pretty cool stuff to boot.

In fact some other folks agree. I took 2nd place in the 2011 PDN Great Outdoors Photo Contest with one of those shots. Unfortunately at the time PDN has not updated the 2010 Contest winners so  there is no link available. Here’s a crappy iPhone shot of  my image in PDN.

 

The image was captured just before sunset. I’d been on the run driving and shooting all along the coast since sunrise. I pulled in to check out the lighthouse and had to park really far away due to the summer crowds of tourists. Despite the distance, as soon as I stepped out of my truck and made my way down to the ocean, I knew I had a special location. I set up, composed the image and shot alot of various exposures for HDR combination later. I used a heavy variable ND filter to slow my shutter speeds way down to blur out the waves and make them look more surrealistic. I processed the RAW images using Aperture 3. Later in PhotoShop I combined the various light and dark exposures as different layers. Then using masking I painted the light exactly as I wanted it to appear.

After several requests I have made high-quality large-format prints of this image available on my stock site. Here’s the final version.

"Between Day and Night" - Pigeon Point Lighthouse, CA, USA