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Jumping Joe – Retouching Contest Winner

Thank you for everyone’s patience. The time has come to announce the winner of the Jumping Joe retouching contest and who will receive the Nik Color Efex Pro 4 software! I had a lot of really hilarious and awesome entries. As you may recall, folks had an opportunity to download an unedited file shot by my Phase One IQ160 and edit it however they see fit. You can read about the original contest details here. This contest is meant to be fun and humorous, so I chose ones that were lighthearted and showed some fun creativity. Thank you to everyone that entered! It’s great seeing everyone’s different interpretations.

The next contest will be bigger and better!

The original image for reference.

Here are some of the honorable mentions that I really enjoyed. The winner is on the bottom of the post.

Click the image to visit the respective retoucher’s website/portfolio:

Entry by Filip Osowski. Fantastic entry. He would have won, but he had won a contest before. Sorry Fil! Check out his awesome work: www.filiposowski.com
Hilarious entry by Nathan Smith: PHOTONATE.COM
A very clean Joe C wallpaper. I like it! Another entry from Germany!
Can never get enough of Joe on rollerblades. Entry by Alfred Williams
Entry by Mike Nelson. Joe decided he was tired of jumping and figured he would just shrug it out. Clean work!
Ladies, you can have your very own Jabba The Hut Joe C slave girl! Entry by James Rose. Really funny and a valiant effort
One of my favorite and funniest entries by Drew Xeron. Nice work Drew. www.drewxeron.com
Entry by Marek Kunicki. No website provided. I can feel the electricity. Great work.
Entry by Justin Lane from the other side of the planet! (Sydney, Australia) It’s true, Joe jumps for joy every time he is in Vegas.
An entry all the way from Germany! I like your timely Wall Street theme! Good work Alex Schnieder



Entry by Tim Fraga (www.timssolution.com). I like this because the image really tells a story and truly reflects the real Joe C’s rebellious wild-man nature and his love of rollerblades! He used used Nik’s Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 4 Detail Extractor for this image.
Screen cap of my Creative Director's screen (Scott Rodgers) of my images from yesterday

Shooting Print Ads With The New 2013 Honda Accord in New York City

Screen cap of my Creative Director’s screen (Scott Rodgers) of my images from yesterday

Yesterday, we took out 2 of the first accords in the country through NYC. The new 2013 Accord is a really nice car, especially for the money. Lots of features for the price point. The shoot came together last minute (less than 48 hours notice). There was literally no time for permits to shoot this before deadline. I just had 2 assistants acting as human light stands and holding lights in their hands and battery packs around their shoulders. We only had the cars for half a day, but under the supervision of my Tier 10 Marketing Creative Director, Scott Rodgers, we rocked out some really cool stuff. Will share when I can! This is merely a teaser.

I sure am shooting a lot of car ads for being a portrait shooter. Haha. When did this happen?

Scott and me with the new Accords in Brooklyn. We enjoyed driving them around.
iphone location photo. I used Nik Software’s snapseed app to make it really pop

Awesome Motorcycle Club Photoshoot With Digital Medium Format – Pics And Video

I just did a promotion with Phase One and Nik Software to showcase the abilities of Phase One’s medium format camera system (I shoot with the Phase One IQ160 – 60 megapixel) as well as their amazing RAW processing software Capture One and Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4. It’s pretty awesome to have the support and backing of 2 fantastic companies that really support the kind of images I like to create.

“Get the Best of Both Worlds
Used together, the two pieces of software give you the tools to bring out the best in your raw files and style your images for the perfect creative look. Use Capture One Pro 6’s raw processing engine to get the ultimate image quality and use the many photographic filters in Color Efex Pro 4 to get the creative look you want.
Save $149 on your purchase, and buy this great software bundle for $350. The offer is valid until September 2nd.
Buy the software bundle

Check out the 2 videos below. Part 1 is the actual shoot itself and part 2 is where I discuss my lighting and show part of my post production process.

I shot these with a 1.2k hot light par and a few strobes (as you will see in the video). I used fog machines to create a dramatic environment and to allow the beams of light to carry in the shot. I used mix light sources with different light temperatures to create a warm/cool effect in the photos.

Hope you enjoy!

Part 1:

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Part 2:

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Thanks to those that helped out!

Joe Cereghino (helped film and edit the videos), Mike Nelson (assisting), Israel Groveman (assisting and modeling), Garrick Boyd (assisting), Bubba’s East Coast Rods and Customs (location support), and the Boozefighters “Dirty City” chapter for lending their time and resources

Click the image to download the high res file

Photo Retouching Contest Time – Jumping Joe And Win Free Stuff

Click the image to download the high res file

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!

Learning To Fly – Fun With A Trampoline And The Phase One IQ160

I took the day yesterday to do a personal shoot. We had a beautiful, but hot, day here in the Washington DC area. Some friends came together to help with the shoot. Shooting with a digital medium format, the Phase One IQ160, is pretty awesome. You can see in the image above, the incredible depth and detail of the subject and the clouds behind. The images were sucked in using Capture One software by Phase One and the black and white conversion above, for example, was created using Nik Software (Silver Efex Pro) within Capture One using easy to create custom process recipes.

Honestly, due to the ease of use of the camera system and its incredible quality, this shoot was pretty easy and I am very pleased with the results thus far. Just needed a few willing subjects, some volunteer assistant friends, an old trampoline, a couple of lights, and the IQ160.

vimeo Direkt
Setting up with a trampoline and the Phase One IQ160
Photo by: http://www.facebook.com/DCPPhotographer
Joe C jumps on the trampoline on top of some stairs
Using Capture One software to review my 60 Megapixel raw files and process them using Nik Software plugins

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