Dancer Christal Brown in 3D

Anaglyphic red/blue 3D image of Assistant Professor of Dance Christal Brown performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theater

Anaglyphic red/blue 3D image of Assistant Professor of Dance Christal Brown performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theater.

Last fall, I photographed the talented Christal Brown dancing for Middlebury Magazine. What I didn’t mention in the technical description of that article was that I used two cameras positioned side-by-side and triggered simultaneously to make sure we got the shot. One, as previously mentioned, was a Nikon D800 with Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 lens. The other was a Fuji X-T1 with a 23mm ƒ/1.4. The Fuji has an APS-C size sensor, so accounting for the crop factor both of the lenses’ field of view are approximately identical. The setup worked and we captured two identical sets of images.

red-cyan-blending

In Photoshop, deactivate the red channel on the cyan layer and the blue channel on the red layer to produce a red/cyan 3D anaglyphic image.

It didn’t occur to me until later that I had “accidentally” made 3D stereo pair images of this shoot.

The Fuji was was positioned to the left of the Nikon approximately 2 feet away, so I imported a Fuji image for the “left eye” image and a Nikon image for the right into separate layers in Adobe Photoshop. I wanted to create a red/cyan anaglyphic stereo image, so using the Advanced Blending window I turned off the red channel for the “right eye” layer and the blue channel for the “left eye” layer. With these channels deactivated the layered images took on the necessary red/cyan cast to work with standard 3D glasses.

As a final touch, I desaturated both layers because Christal’s red dress can be a little distracting when viewed through the red/cyan glasses.

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Falls Park, Vergennes, Vermont

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Fine art prints are available, contact me for prices and sizes.

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Michael Smiles for Beloit College

Michael standing on the frozen Lake Champlain near Button Bay. Fuji X-T1 and 56mm ƒ/1.2 lens, processed in Capture One Pro

Wisconsin’s Beloit College Magazine hired me to photograph distinguished alum and Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Michael Smiles.

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Winter Snow, Breadloaf Wilderness, Ripton, Vermont

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Winter Snow, Breadloaf Wilderness, Ripton, Vermont is available as a fine art quality photographic print. Click the link below to see available sizes and prices.

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Dancer Christal Brown

Assistant Professor of Dance Christal Brown performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theater at Middlebury College

Assistant Professor of Dance Christal Brown performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theater at Middlebury College

How do you pull off a shot like this? You need a talented dancer, a couple of speedlights, and a dark theater.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, Middlebury, Vermont

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a student in the French program at Middlebury College's Summer Language School

Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, photographed in Middlebury, Vermont

Shooting portraits in full sun can be a problem because it’s hard to compete with a light source as powerful as the sun. One sure way to work this is to place your subject in some shade and light them yourself, balancing ambient exposure with your strobe.

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Holiday Book + Print Sale!

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For the upcoming 2014 Holiday Season, I’m offering a copy of my Pane in Empty Rooms 12″x12″ hardcover exhibition book and a 5″x6″ archival pigment photographic print on 8″x10″ fine art cotton rag paper for the low price of $85, plus shipping and handling. The book is signed on the title page. Your choice of print from the Pane portfolio comes signed, titled and shipped flat.

There are only 10 copies of this book available at this price. Once these sell out I won’t be offering them at this price again.

  • 12×12 inch Pane in Empty Rooms exhibition book
  • 5×6 inch fine art photographic print of your choice on 8×10 inch cotton rag paper
  • Both are signed by the photographer and shipped flat
  • $85 plus shipping and handling*

Order now by clicking the link below. Payment processing is handled by PayPal. After you’ve completed your purchase, please email me the title and identification number from the gallery of the image you’d like as a print.

EDIT: This offer is now closed and I’ve sold out of the books. Thanks to everyone that bought a copy!

*Applicable sales tax will be added for Vermont residents.

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George Burrill for Drew University Magazine

Drew University Alum Dr. George Burrill
I try to photograph people outdoors as much as possible, but sometimes the weather gets in the way.

Drew University hired me to photograph one of their distinguished alums, Dr. George Burrill, at his home on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont. It’s a picturesque location and I would have loved to shoot him outdoors, but the high winds and rain forced us inside.

Shooting him indoors would mean that I would lose any connection with the wonderful surroundings of his cabin. Ultimately, we settled on making this photograph on his screened-in porch looking through his cabin windows behind him to the greenery outside. And that’s not a fan blowing his hair back for that studio wind-blown look: The wind and rain blew in sideways while we were shooting. Even inside the shelter of the porch I had to use sandbags to hold the light stand and softbox in place.

Technical Information

I photographed Dr. Burrill with a Fuji X-E1 camera and 18-55mm ƒ/2.8-4 Fujinon XF lens. The exposure was 1/30sec at ƒ/3.2 zoomed to 26.5mm (~40mm full-frame equivalent). It’s a two-light setup, using the overhead table lamp in the background as a backlight and an Einstein E640 monolight far camera left inside a Photoflex medium strip box for the main light.

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Lacrosse Practice, Middlebury, Vermont

Men's lacrosse practice, Middlebury College

Mens Lacrosse Team Practice at Middlebury College, Vermont

I’m not usually a sports shooter, so when the infrequent athletics assignment comes up, I strive for imagery that’s less than a literal account of the event and go for more suggestive compositions.

Technical Information

Nikon D800 with a Nikkor 70-200 ƒ/4 VR lens. The exposure was 1/1600 second at ƒ/5.6, ISO 800.

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Backpacking the Winds with the FujiFilm XE-1

Sunset behind Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range, Wyoming

The Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range, Wyoming. Four-image panoramic composite taken with a Fujifilm XE-1, 35mm ƒ/1.4 lens and a Singh-Ray 3-stop graduated neutral density filter. » View Image in Archive

Note: What follows is a rambling review of the FujiFilm XE-1 and how I felt about carrying it on a six-day backpacking trip in Wyoming. Click here to skip the text and look at the photos.

On a recent six-day backpacking trip into Wyoming’s Wind River Range, I decided it was time to change my usual camera kit. Walking for six days at over 10,000 ft with two climbs above 11,000 ft had this sea-level photographer worried about the weight on his back. More weight = more fatigue = less motivation to photograph. I had to be merciless with the gear I was going to carry so instead of my “massive” Nikon D800 DSLR and lenses, I opted for a Fujifilm X-E1 body and two prime lenses.

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