April 2015


There is increasing convergence between still imaging and motion imaging. As more and more communication is channeled through the web and other moving media, expectations for producers of images are growing to include both media. We’ve dabbled in video, but have yet to really offer it to clients. (Fortunately, our calendar is kept pretty full of still work.)

One area I have been focusing lately provides an opportunity to marry the concepts of still with moving imagery, and that is animation. It is extremely satisfying to work toward a single final image that looks fantastic, and then watch it move in some way. I had posted an animation here several months ago that I felt was a pretty cool concept, if not polished in its execution. Last week I had posted stills of the bike parts and mentioned some other post production techniques were in the works. This week, they move…

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I like shiny things. Apparently there are interesting scientific theories concerning why. Regardless the reason behind it, my penchant for glossy highlights and tasty reflections finds its way into my work, and I have developed an affinity for creating such photographs over the years. So, like the magpie searching from above for that magnificent mark, that decadent desire upon which to descend, I continually search for reflective items to set before my lens and subject to my strobes.

This temptation has struck me on multiple occasions while in my local bicycle shop. There are lots of shiny objects there just pleading me to take them to my studio, shine them up, and make them look beautiful. I talked to Clint, the proprietor of Coqui Cyclery, and he was enthusiastic about my borrowing some goodies, which I happily did.SAXMAN150402_Crank-255

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SAXMAN150402_Crank-295I’ve got some other post production techniques in the works for some of these images and will get them up here soon.

As with all images I post here, these are copyright protected, and I appreciate your respect for that. See more and contact me through http://www.saxmanphoto.com if you have any questions about my work.

A friend from the RVA Racing bike team has irons in many fires. He trains himself and competes as a body builder and also serves as a personal trainer for others as well. He is in great shape, fit, and cut. Naturally, I wanted to photograph him, and he had a need for new photos for his personal training website, which you can link to here.

A few of the photos have found their way onto the Saxman Photography website too.

In my product photography, I am constantly faced with the task of positioning and modifying lights in an ideal way to bring out the sculptural qualities of the subject. While always mindful of that when photographing people, Stephen’s physique provided me a unique opportunity to apply those skills to portraiture.SAXMAN150220_StephenWaller-4up

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