The Palouse in Monochrome
The Palouse is an amazing region of middle Eastern Washington and Western Idaho. Recently my wife and I went on a road trip back home, and we drove through some amazing and diverse landscapes. From the Washington, Oregon and California coasts, to the farmlands of central Washington and into the Palouse region, then up through the Rockies to my home town of Coeur d’Alene, ID (pronounced Kore • Duh • LANE). The Palouse (Pah • LOOSE) is know for its extremely vibrant green rolling hills that seem to stretch on and on for miles.
The Palouse was formed during the Ice Ages, and is a major farming region. To check out more info about the area, and see some images in color check out The Palouse Scenic Byway. There are awesome times of year to visit to get amazing, endless shades of greens that make abstract photography here very interesting. However, as we were driving through the region mostly after harvest, the fields were either all golden, or dirt hills from being harvested.
Driving along I wondered what the images might look like in black and white, but the colors that were there, and not obstructed by the haze of wildfires in the region, were beautiful too. Once I got home and finally starting going through the images it became clear that while they were nice in color, they took on a whole new meaning for me in black and white. I certainly plan to go back for the peak green season one of these springs, but for now I love the surreal feel of the black and white, not to mention since most people shoot in color here, and I don’t recall seeing many shots in black and white from the region, though I’m quite sure there are more out there….but what the hell…I’ll add some monochrome to it. You can view more from this series, and other landscape work here. More to come from this road trip!
The Year 2014
So the last time I wrote anything it was October of last year, so much for keeping up with the blog. 🙂 To be fair, it has been a crazy start to the year. First was the move. My wife and I packed everything up, bought a car and headed for Los Angeles. 2 weeks in the car with 2 cats and a carload of everything, and it was still a blast. We stopped in the beautiful southwest, which was really just a tease because we were there in February, and I’m dying to go back already. It’s a stunning part of the country and I’m stoked that we live a lot closer to it. Some serious camping adventures are coming. Below are just a few of my favorites, you can catch more from the southwest here.
We are settling into LA nicely, it is certainly different here. I’m in love with the weather and getting back to having a more active outdoor lifestyle. It has its minuses, but in the end I think we’ll be happy here, or somewhere in California for quite some time, as it may not always be LA. It has definitely been a very good change of pace. Once we got moved and settled I ended up flying back to NYC to wrap up a big commercial job I did for the new Crowne Plaza Hotel by JFK. Below are just a few highlights from that property. I love shooting hotels like this. Lots of style and thought went into the interior design which makes it a lot more fun to shoot.
Soon after getting home from NYC it was time to head to Charlotte for a big shoot at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. We spent over a week shooting still and video (more on that to come next week). Shooting Charlotte was a blast and I got one of my favorite hotel exterior shots. The hotel sat in a beautiful courtyard, and there just happened to be a perfect sized parking garage across the street. It came out awesome, we shot for over an hour and in the end I used over 50 different lighting layers to create the final image. The video below is the 3+ hours of retouching crunched down to 10 min. It goes pretty quick but it can give you a birds eye view of all the lighting work it took to make the image.
Here is a before and after as well 🙂
Stay Tuned…Big Things Coming!
When I left NYC I did leave the bulk of my headshot business there as well. I always knew this would be the biggest business challenge about the move. It took several years to build it up in NYC so I imagine it will take about the same or less here, and I’m perfectly fine with that. I’m going to work at getting back to NYC a couple times a year for headshots and I’m starting to push LA headshots more too, change is always a little nerve racking, but exciting at the same time. The headshot business has always really taken off with word of mouth, so I’ll go back and do it like NYC, just shoot and shoot and shoot and eventually people will talk! In the interim I’ll be working on some personal projects finally this year that I’m excited about. I’m looking to improve my commercial portfolio in the portrait department, so I’m going to create a few projects that have been eating at me for a while now.
Here’s a few fresh headshots from LA
Some very big things are going to be coming from me in the next couple months in the headshot department, and it’s geared for other photographers so keep your eyes peeled! Part of this process has also been a re-branding and revamp of everything. A special thank you goes out to Jeremy Deming of Jerm Designs and ArtCo Lab in Coeur d’Alene, ID. He killed it on my logo and gave me a really awesome branding package. If any photographers out there are looking for a killer graphic artist check him out, he kicks serious ass 🙂
For the past almost 9 years now I have been living in NYC and have never photographed the fall colors. It has always been something I have wanted to do and for whatever reason I haven’t been able to or made the time. This year I changed all that. My wife and I rented a ZipCar and headed out of the city at 5:30am to drive 2 hours north into upstate, NY. It’s absolutely stunning upstate. My good friend and super talented photographer Ron Rinaldi lives up near Woodstock and so that’s where we headed first. I also brought along the jib and slider as I’m moving into adding more video work to my scope of creativity.
I will at some point return to the east coast and start up north in Maine and spend a couple weeks driving south doing photo and video along the way, but for now the day trip was good enough, and the color did not disappoint. It was absolutely stunning, especially around the Tannersville, and Kaaterskill Falls area.
I have been flooded with a bunch of thoughts of video and photo projects I want to do before my wife and I move back west to LA in February (check out the LA Headshots page here.). I’m setting up to do a bi-coastal thing for my headshot business as I don’t want to completely abandon what I’ve managed to build in NYC, but frankly, I’m tired of winter for awhile. The short video “Color” (Below) is the first, and the next will be one of NYC itself. Vignettes, if you will, of a city that I have come to deeply love, along with the beauty of this state. This little adventure was a nice break from an exceptionally busy month with headshots, and wrapping up post production on the Marriott San Diego Gaslamp shoot. More from that to come. I’m about halfway through the retouching on the stills, and we are also putting together a few behind the scenes videos from the Marriott shoot! For now enjoy some color! 🙂