Monday, October 27, 2014


In this photo of model Shannon Purdy she is hanging from the bottom of a rail bridge built in the late 19th or the early 20th century. One of my favorite aspects of this photo is the sundog or lens flare near her right shoulder. The symmetry between her round butt and the round lens flare make an implied triangle. It doesn’t hurt that her butt is slightly out of focus and the sharp contrast really grabs the eye.

Monday, October 20, 2014

On the rocks

Today we are beginning to get to some of my favorite photos from Shannon’s first shoot. As a matter of fact I have this very image printed 20” X 30” in my office. It is the largest print in my office and the focal point from my desk. I love the tack sharp detail of Shannon and the rock she is lying on while the background is allowed to fall into soft focus. Shannon has been placed near a diagonal third and several implied triangles make up the photo. Having Shannon’s eyes so near to the edge of the image grab the viewer’s attention and then lead them through to the body and out to the distinct scenery.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dark eyes

The boldness of the pose along with the slightly over-exposed models skin really grabs the viewer’s eye in this image. Speaking of eyes, since I was shooting in the mid day sun just out of the shadows Shannon’s eyes appear very dark, giving this photo its name. This image is slightly off center with the models body facing the camera yet her eyes are looking toward the center of the frame build tension in the viewers mind. Overall the harsh sunlight really makes this image and gives it a dramatic moon-like feel.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Texture and contrast

This is another photo from Shannon Purdy's coal tailing shoot in Madrid, New Mexico. There are a few things that really work well for this photo. The first and most striking element of composition is the contrast of Shannon's skin tone to that of the jet-black coal. Second, the contrast between the textures of the skin to the jagged environment really grabs the eyes attention. If you allow your eye to break the image down into parts you will notice several triangles or implied triangles throughout the image. From the large implied triangle of the coal mound itself the to small triangles created by the breast they are everywhere. In the background the elements of the tree and the sky give the photo depth.