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Photoshoot With Cari On The Farm Using New Phase One 75-150 Leaf Shutter


I recently ventured into West Virginia to do a personal (fun) shoot on a horse farm. Just an opportunity to mess around for a couple of hours on a beautiful day. Most of the shots were done with one or two lights, combined with ambient light. You can really see the dynamic range of the Phase One camera in the sky, and that new 75-150 leaf shutter I’ve been using is SHARP.

My lovely DC / Maryland / Virginia-based model was Cari Funkhouser: https://www.facebook.com/cari.funkhouser?fref=ts

Feel free to ask technical questions in the comments section below.


2 lights. Gridded beauty dish main light. Flash with silver 7″ reflector on the back for a bit of rim. Check out that dynamic range! Click photo to see larger
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The color and exposure effects on the image above were created using Nik Software's Color Efex Pro 4. You can see my settings here
The color and exposure effects on the image above were created using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4. You can see my settings here. Click the photo to see larger.


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Love the natural depth in this. The beauty of medium format and long focal length. click to see larger
Love the natural depth in this. The beauty of medium format and long focal length. click to see larger
Behind the curtain!
Behind the curtain!
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Catch Some Of My Work On The Phase One Camera Website

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Phase One is featuring some of the new images I took with my new Phase One and IQ digital back. See more here and click my name under the “photographer” menu. It’s always really exciting to know that the makers of your camera system choose your work to help represent the abilities and greatness of their technology! Whew! Mom is so proud.

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Catch Me On The Front Page Of Gizmodo – Golden Lamborghini Edition

Check it out! I’m on the front page of Gizmodo and a few other sites! Thanks Gawker team! Intel flew me to Miami made me a part of their new marketing campaign for the new Ultrabooks, giving me a chance to photograph and drive around around with some awesome cars. Make sure to check out the full article and the video. Special thanks to Nik Software, Phase One, Prestige Imports of Miami, and the Gawker team for giving me a shot (so to speak).

Click here to check out the full article and the awesome video!

Let me know what you think.

You may recall this photo I posted before. This image comes from the shoot described above.

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Photo Retouching Contest Time – Jumping Joe And Win Free Stuff

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It’s contest time again! You may recall this image above from a shoot I did with my Phase One a few weeks back (click the hyperlink to see behind the scenes and video). Snag my buddy Joe in the image above and put him in some crazy places or situations. Serious or funny, doesn’t matter to me. Just be creative and keep it PG-13 appropriate please :D

You can see examples from one of my previous contests here: Robots On The Move contest

My friends over at Nik Software, one of my favorite photo editing Plugin companies, has offered my readers a copy of their awesome software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition for the contest, which is currently on sale for $199.95 on their site. Go on over to their site to learn more about the software and even download and try it freeYou must use one of their plug-ins on your entry, but make sure to let me know which plug-in you use when you submit!  Remember you can download and try it for free.

If you already have Color Efex Pro 4, I’m sure I could convince my friends at Nik to offer you another one of their great programs instead.

This is a really awesome prize and a product that I personally use just about every day.

Quickly solve imaging challenges and extend your creativity in never-imagined directions with unmatched quality. Versatile features like filter combinations, visual presets, history browser, natural borders, and a host of incredible filters make this an essential part of your photographic toolkit. - Nik Software

Here is the contest fine print:

  • You have 1 week. Deadline is 11:59PM (East Coast US Time) August 30, 2012 to submit your images. You can either email me (douglas[at]sondersphotography[dot]com) directly or post a link to your edits as a comment on this post. May sure to include a link to your webpage (if you have one) so I can include it in the post if you make the finals or win.
  • Go nuts. Create the coolest, wildest, most creative retouching job on these photo…but keep it clean please! Put Joe C in any serious or wacky scenario that your mind can create.
  • This is an international contest, so anyone on this planet can enter.
  • On September 4, 2012, my friends over at Nik Software and myself will select and announce the winner. Of course I will also the various top entries with links to the submitter’s webpage. Runner-ups? You get to have your work and website up in front of 10′s of thousands of eyes.
  • The fine print: I still own the copyright of this image so no going and using this in advertisements you crazy kids, but you are welcome to post your entry in your online and print portfolios and such of course.

Download the above high res image of Joe C shot by my Phase One IQ160, 60 megapixel medium format. I would include the RAW file, but there are logistical issues with sharing a large 60 megapixel raw file with countless people, so here is a high res jpg that opens up to 140 megabytes. CLICK HERE

You could win this!

So I Took Some Time Off For The Holiday… And Now I Am Back!

Photo of the Phase One IQ160 along with me on holiday. Image captured by my iPhone with Nik Software’s Snapseed App

I know I have been a little thin on the blog posts. I’ve been working like a crazy person all over the United States the past month or two shooting tv ads, billboard ads, and magazine covers. Good for business but hard on my sleep schedule. Never fear, I am back and well-rested and ready to share with you some great new stuff!


Rock And Roll Reunion : 3 Doors Down And The Phase One

Im the little guy third from the left. Photo taken at the end of our promo photoshoot with the Phase One IQ160

Somewhere about 8-10 years ago, a rock band that was soaring in the charts hired me to be their tour photographer. No, it was not that easy. It’s a long story about how I convinced a magazine to hire me, then got the band to be in the magazine after doing some cold calls, and then convinced the band to hire me after doing the shoot. That rock band was 3 Doors Down. They helped me launch my career and became sort of a second family of big brothers to me. You can see some of my old tour photography with them on my website.

Recently I photographed the band in the Michigan area for their new press photos with the new Phase One IQ160 60 megapixel medium format camera. Above, I got to sneak in for a photo with my homies in our last setup of the day. I normally never/rarely take posed photos with my subjects. You can see the incredible depth in that shot. Having the capability of a faster flash sync speed, I was able to increase the shutter speed in place of using an ND filter to force the camera into a shallower depth of field f-stop setting.

Shoots like this make me miss my old rock and roll days, but the industry and my career are very different now. Although, its nice to do these shoots when I can! I’ll post the behind the scenes video and final edited photos when they are all done!

The band checking out the photos on the back of the Phase One’s class leading high resolution screen