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Subject:Taking it slowly
Time:08:47 pm
I am still shooting, just taking things slowly. I work for Chrysler and the place is on fire right now. I am looking forward to leaving the auto industry, hopefully under my own steam. The stress that comes from wondering if one will be laid off has caused me to be a little less than enthusiastic about setting up sessions. I'm finding it hard to commit to anything right now because of it.
However every now and again, I find myself behind the camera; happily stress free, wondering how anything could make me forget how much fun I have doing this. After the shoot with palegothgoddess I worked with new models Jacqueline, Tay Gibbs, and an old favorite Kristi. All fun and with distinctly different carriages on film. I have a second shoot with Tay Gibbs this Sunday. We are going for a semi-erotic feel so it should be fun for us both.
Anyway here is a shot of Kristi all angelic and glowing like she does:


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Photographer: veilofgrey/Kevin the verbose
Model: Kristi
-KevintheVerbose
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Subject:Lighting and test models
Time:09:12 pm
I just looked out the window to get an idea what time and in which direction the sun is setting. Ideas for the setting sun have been rolling around in my head recently.
I'll need to test to narrow down the look and get it right. This week, I have to look over 4 locations. If they are not facing the right direction they'll get nixed. This project is going to be somewhat challenging as exposure will have to be spot on for semi-back-lighting.
I will be working using a dome meter for this and back-lighting is normally easy but when you have a true equilateral triangle going on for lighting, well the shit can get thick. I have worked this before and gotten it right but am frequently off by about 1/4 of a stop a third of the time. Not a horribly unacceptable variance but the killer here is that this time one of the light sources will be constantly decreasing. Keeping 3 light sources ratio-ed properly as one decreases should be damned hairy to do. It's very important that I loose neither the warmth or enveloping quality of the sun for these.
Yeah, I need some test models, now. I need to have these locations nailed by the 14th for a session with a new outdoor fashion model. I have to start sending out emails right away.
-KevintheVerbose
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Subject:Returning....
Time:10:17 pm
Looks like I will be working with the lovely Mel R. on Monday. Last time I shot with her, I believe, was maybe 8 or so years ago. She wants to recreate some of the work we did previously. Sadly she no longer does nudes but apparently she does the hell out of elegant still.


Our old work, that one session, even with notable post production issues, still 'works' for me. She's a go getter such that eight years later, the memory of that shoot makes me very excited to continue where we left off.
Please critique as you will.
Photographer: veilofgrey/Kevin the verbose
Model: Mel R.
-KevintheVerbose
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Subject:Father the sleeper has awakened...
Time:06:40 pm
The header for this post is a line from Dune. I think it might apply. I see plans within plans and all of that.

I am beginning to gear up for shooting this year. I have been in hibernation mode while trying to improve my post production skills from nothing toward meager. This has a cost in visibility.

Visibility, it's popularity's twin brother in photography. It's the thing that makes models want to work with you because Ann mentioned you worked with her, your work was seen here, etc. In my area it is the corollary arising from attending group shoots, posting often, and engaging in forum discussions ending in theatrics. And well... I have not been doing any of the above and have no desire to start.

For me to improve I have to shoot a little more often while concentrating on improving my weak points during the time off. I think there is a noticeable difference in my work after I return from my cave.


The shot above was taken last month. I would say my studio work is trending in this direction; whatever 'this direction' happens to be. I am very much looking forward to finding out what my location work looks like this year. If I am lucky, I'll be able to describe it before it is time to hibernate again.

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Photographer: veilofgrey/Kevin the verbose
Model: palegothgoddess
-KevintheVerbose
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Subject:Updated the site...some oldies...
Time:09:29 am
I updated the Culled Section of my website. I added 18 shoots to the site all but 3 of them are from 2007. Let me know whatcha think and if you find any mis-loads. Here are 2 old shots I believe from 2006. I used to work with both these two. Alexis is now working in the health profession and Kamal is half of a duo on a radio show, an actor, and play-write. I have photographed three fliers for him- two for his radio show and one for his play. This was to be one of many sessions I had with them both.

When you are looking at a lady like this it is just over. She is just gone.


Of the many shots I have taken of him this one still has a presence I like.


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Photographer: veilofgrey/Kevin the verbose
Models: Kamal and AlexisJ.
-KevintheVerbose
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Subject:Where I am at...
Time:10:24 am
Well, I am home with sprained and torn ligaments in my right foot. I can't bear any weight on it and the doctor has removed me from working until the 1st. Sigh....so I thought I would write something, hopefully intelligibly, before the pain medicine kicks in.
I'll cut to it, it seems my efforts to force myself to learn much more about Photoshop and LightRoom post production techniques by shooting digitally are starting to pay off. I hope to have a solid hold on the basics before the end of the year. Currently, I am finally starting to know enough that I can get things to look the way I want them to with a little less searching to find where this or that is in Photoshop. Anyway, Vicodin is making me damned woozy so I had better wrap this up. This is pretty much what my post production work is looking like now:


Layer masking, adjustment layers selectively, selective sharpening, and playing in the different modes were necessary for me to get this look. (Funny enough these pants were actually brown to the eye but translated as somewhat purple blue when shot...go figure?)

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Photographer: veilofgrey/Kevin the verbose
Model: Tiffany Ann
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Subject:A long time ago....
Time:08:54 pm
I am faced with a nagging dilemma; whether to post process my previous work with the new techniques I have learned during the past year (give them some pop) or just let the older shots stay as they are. I find myself very much wanting to solely work on the new sessions rather than to try to wade twice in that stream. Hell, nothing wrong with laziness either but when I look at them now, I keep thinking- "the black points, exposure, curves, etc. are all off," and it annoys the hell out of me. This annoyance is why I rarely post in this journal and have avoided updating my site. Shrug...we'll see if the annoyance is great enough to cause me to redo 3 years worth of shots. Ten years from now, it might do me good to see the changes time has wrought.


For now, these poorly processed shots are of JHM. I worked with her at least 2 years ago. I remember her damned fondly as she was a trooper- the morning we shot it was bitterly cold and she never complained; actually insisted I keep going at one point. In these particular shots we were in an alleyway, the wind had picked up heading southwest, having no outlet it would smack into the wall where she stood and go straight up and out. It produced quite a few Marilyn Monroe~ish shots which had us both doubled over with laughter. I don't know if JHM is still modeling, I doubt it...but she was one of the best.


-KevintheVerbose
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Subject:Lightroom 1.4 issue....Big problem!!!
Time:10:48 pm
Hey, if you read my journal and have LightRoom you definitely need to know about this. If you upgraded to LightRoom 1.4 get that sucker off your computer right away. Some bugs got through in the update that will mess up your RAW and JPG files and EXIF data. If you converted anything in LightRoom 1.4 to DNG god help you, you'll need to use another converter to correct the error LightRoom introduced (time consuming).
Here's a link to the write up on this- http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal . In the comments section for the second post you can read all the problems this has caused. The update has been pulled from Adobe's site now. I hope this heads up helps before some one converts all their files to DNG. Please send this to other photography communities you belong to as it looks like this is going to cause many people major headaches.
Really damned annoying that they have not posted this at the head of their site. It is however up at photoshop news however.
-KevintheVerbose
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Subject:Should have showed up earlier..
Time:05:55 pm
Now where was I...oh yeah, after I worked with palegothgoddess at Lew's Pontiac shoot-out, I went back in the building to see who might be available. While there I ran into a photographer who I took a color photography course with a year or so earlier. We caught up on who was shooting what now from our class and the like. It was nice to see her as she was always this very kind presence in the class that I never got to really chat with much.

I was talking to her when Amy Jackson walked by. I worked with her very briefly. I took maybe 5 shots with her outdoors.


She has an intriguing look about her. I did not shoot her for the usual model reasons. I did not want to play up beauty or some such, I shot her for mood. The shots are not something a model would use to show them at their "best." They were shot to haunt. Something about her pale skin and cold light works for me. I thought then and think now under certain conditions this lady could kill for ambiance. But the vibe was not there. Things were rushed. I arrived late and the shoot was ending soon. Everyone seemed in a hurry and things did not flow so much as gush.

Then I worked with, Simply Sin. I think I only took 3 shots of her, vibe was not right on that too. As you can see I was still channeling the Spirit of the Buttman:



Finally, I worked with SEG. She was funny as hell and I think I took maybe 12 to 15 shots. Vibe was good but there was not enough time to explore what she could really do on film. 'wonder if she is still modeling?



Although the shoot was organized chaos, it worked for me. I work okay in chaos, I can usually create in it. Life is order fighting chaos; entropy and all that so shooting for me is somewhat life affirming. I think of the group shoots I have been to this was one of the better; certainly one of the most enjoyable. I prefer a hands off approach by the host. Everyone just kind of flowed and drifted toward and away from one another as it should be...And it was good to know that locally we support each others events. If Lew every has another one and I get invited, I'll probably show up on time.
-KevintheVerbose

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Subject:hmmm....
Time:10:49 pm
Shoot I mentioned below that I ended up having to cancel because I had not heard from the model is back on. Turns out she never received the email that I sent her with the ideas for the shoot; so she thought something came up. Shrug. We may be working together next week.

This is of course a bad sign but I will maintain my optimism...I am very interested in seeing how this one plays out.

Here's another of palegothgoddess as the "Spirit of the Butt-man" was on the wane.



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Photographer: veilofgrey/Kevin the verbose
Model: palegothgoddess
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