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!
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:
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?
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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.
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.
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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
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.
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!
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!