New year, new photo

If you’ve been following along here for awhile, you might remember that I started a new music project with some friends last year. I’m happy to say that we’re still having lots of fun with it, and playing out fairly regularly! With a year gone by already, our sound really taking shape, and a festival on our horizon this spring, I decided that I might risk creating a formal band photo for promotional use. We had been using random shots that people were kind enough to take at our shows. These were good, but didn’t give much for the at-a-glance viewer to go on as to what our band was about.

SO, one Sunday afternoon, I set up my makeshift home studio against a blank wall in our little cabin home. When my band mates arrived for rehearsal, I seized what was left of the natural light (along with a couple of bright fill lights) to capture some shots of them using my trusty old Lumix DMC-FZ28. I then turned the camera over to them so that they could grab some shots of me in similar light. I used Photoshop to pull everything together, dropped myself into the best shot of the guys, and added this fantastic background image, purchased from one of my favorite stock sites. This photo will get us through the next few months until we can do something outdoors with a photographer friend later this summer.

Introducing: Local Freight!

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Heirloom horses

One of my favorite projects to tackle is a good image restoration. It is so rewarding to bring a photo or a piece of art back to life! This early airbrush rendering was a family heirloom dating back to the beginning of the last century. The “paint distributor” (as the airbrush was known at the time of this piece), was developed in 1878, by Abner Peeler “for the painting of watercolors and other artistic purposes.” Unfortunately, this piece had been painted on a fragile paper, which had succumbed to years of exposure to light and air. The piece was too fragile to remove from the frame for scanning, and so we photographed it and retouched the resulting digital file. This enabled us to return the original to be safely stored away. When retouching was finished, the file was sent out for printing on a fine, acid-free watercolor paper (Rives BFK), ensuring that this favorite family image will last for many years to come!

Horses - Before

Horses - After

Community

One of the great things about digital design, is that I am easily able to work remotely with clients. Fast internet connections have opened up a wealth of virtual opportunities for freelancers! These murals, created for restaurant walls in Texas, are a great example of that. My client (an interior design firm) provided me with stacks of digital photos from these communities, along with elevation and obstruction information (doors, soffits, wall hung items, etc), and general information about each restaurant’s locale. Using these assets and Adobe Photoshop, I produced these colorful, multi-layered composite murals that are custom fit to the restaurant walls—and also custom to the communities that each restaurant serves.

Killeen & StJohn Community

Junction

Railroad House’s brand new CD. I had the absolute pleasure of working together with Larry DeJong on this project, and couldn’t be happier with the result. The band was formed many years ago around a monthly open mike session at Stone’s Public House in Ashland, MA. Larry’s concept of using historical photographs of Stone’s worked wonderfully to convey the “history” of the band as well as their musical offerings which range from Bluegrass and Americana to Jazz and Swing.

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Railroad House Band - Junction CD