Sunday, February 28, 2010

I thought this was great.
"Photographers. We’re strange, right? We can’t stop. We run when others walk. We work when others relax. We have no sense of weekends, holidays, time off, time on, or time in general, except as it relates to sunrise or set. When there’s a football game on TV, we aren’t looking always at the action on the field. We’re looking at the sidelines to see if any our buds are covering the game and how much of the long glass out there is black or white. We walk around like addled sumbitches, staring at strange stuff, hovering at the edge of human activity, aching to be accepted, dying for a moment, breathless in anticipation for that which mostly never happens. Curious behavior, at best. That’s putting it nicely. Most folks would just chalk it up to damn strange and tell their youngsters to stay away from us.

Maybe the word is hinky. We shake our heads, punch buttons on expensive cameras, eyeball perfect strangers, ask odd questions, and wait for light. What an odd thing to wait for. We also have restive, restless, roaming eyes. Eyes that don’t shut down. Eyes that often feel hemmed in or framed by a 35mm lens border, eyes that correspond to a 24-70, or a 200-400, depending on what they encounter. Eyes that curse the dumb conglomeration of plastic, brass and glass we place in front of them, asking that mix of pixels and wiring to be surrogate vision, supple as the real thing. Hah! We might as well ask a fucking toaster oven."
Wanted to share that piece of insight from Joe McNally's blog.
E. Thomas

More Cara

Makeup by Madeliene

E. Thomas

Saturday, February 27, 2010

My first ever stop motion video attemp...

And oh, what a waste of time it was.

2 hours work? 10 seconds playback of silliness.

E. Thomas

Test shoot: Cara

Had a shoot today with Cara. Was a blast. Surely my giggle fits leave something amiss in my professional persona, but I don't care.

Makeup by Madeleine.
Once again it was all exhausting but worth it. Here's the first edit and some behind the scenes.

E. Thomas

Monday, February 22, 2010

Someone recently said that I take "quiet" pictures.
I quietly disagreed.
Going over my film images, I've reconsidered my disagreement...
Have put a set up on my website, but I'm unsure if they should stay there.

Taken on various film cameras throughout Hong Kong and Canada.
I suppose you could call some of these landscapes? I don't know.

I may remove them soon.

E. Thomas

Friday, February 19, 2010

More Michelle

And more to come yet.

E. Thomas

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Test shoot: Michelle

Had a test shoot today with Michelle. Am damn happy with the results, but so exhausted. Here's the first edit and some behind the scenes shots.

Makeup by Calyn

More to come.
(And more dance shots to come)
E. Thomas

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tiny dancer

I was testing my setup for the shoot tomorrow in my usual fashion (take picture with remote, run to camera, adjust light, repeat x20) and in walked a dancer!

Here are the first couple of shots. There are so many more, all gorgeous. Have always wanted to get some dance pictures, but demand Aly (I mean it) to do it again in full get up.

More to come
E. Thomas

Monday, February 15, 2010

Some more stress

I've fallen asleep listening to french audio exercises two evenings in a row now..unintentionally, of course. Would be lovely if my subconscious has absorbed something.

Other than that I'm working through a world of stresses in regards to upcoming shoots. Will be doing some lighting tests tomorrow with new set ups. Have a test shoot with a model named Michelle on Wednesday and can't wait. This seems to have taken forever to find a good date for.

How many other 18 year old girls are out spending their money on sheets of plywood and faux fur to build photo sets?
All in the name of an image.

So high fashion, no?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Test Shoot

More from the test with Una.

E. Thomas

Saturday, February 6, 2010

First shot from test

From the test shoot today with Una. Fabulous make up by Madeliene.

Una was wonderful. Moved so well in front of the camera, took my mumbled directions beautifully, and was patient as I fiddled around with lighting.

More to come!

Some behind the scenes:

E. Thomas

Shoot in 2 hours

I've been having a hell of a time planning shoots lately. The main issue being coordinating models and makeup artists schedules. It often leaves me waiting for them to align. All these different wardrobes and concepts to consider have me feeling like I may have put a little too much on my plate when I decided I'd start shooting hard this month. Regardless, I think I'm doing fairly well in between the panicked bouts of "WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?!".
I'm doing a beauty shoot in two hours with a model named Una.
Can't wait, really. All this photography talk without walk has left my shutter finger itching to snap away.
Here's hoping I do my best and it goes well.
E. Thomas
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