month: September 2010

Fish Eye or No Fish Eye

We just finished a huge shoot for FGCU. We were asked to get a “dramatic” picture of the Lutgert building. Usually clients want an “architectural” type shot where the building is perfectly represented, with no converging verticals or distortions. Well they asked for dramatic, here’s my favorite shot taken from the series using the fish eye lens:

Web Show for Style Matters International

We just finished shooting and producing a web show for Fox4 News fashion guru, Cheryl Lampard of Style Matters International. It was a fun shoot, some of which took place at Pure, a local restaurant/bar here in Naples. Many of the other pictures were shot in Mercato and other areas around Naples. Cheryl came to us and asked if we could produce a show that would “make a statement” something that could be used as an opener on her website or as an introduction prior to a presentation. After a few re-edits and and design choices we came up with this show:

The Natural Light Portrait

We’ve always loved a good natural light portrait. Of course it’s not always possible to shoot with just natural light. Many times the light has to be supplemented or even created using flash or a constant light source. Recently, however, we got lucky when we photographed William in New England. The direction and the quality of the light was perfect, soft but not too soft… enough to create the contrast we were looking for without giving hard shadows. The only supplement was a white screen off camera right to fill in the low key areas. I like all three of these pictures, but I think the center shot has that undefinable quality that captures the personality of the subject, and what separates a snapshot from a portrait.

Nominated at the 4th Annual Photography Masters Cup!

I just received this press release from the “Masters Cup” photographic competition I entered earlier this year


LONDON – Professional photographer Gareth Rockliffe of the USA was presented with the 4th Annual Photography Masters Cup Nominee title in the category of Nature at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photo Show attended by over 40,000 online viewers who logged on live from 154 countries to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry ranging from Christie’s in New York, National Geographic Channel, Fox Broadcasting Company, Amsterdam Worldwide, Kodak USA to Esquire in London who honored Color Masters with 235 coveted title awards in 31 categories. The judges reviewed thousands of images submitted from every corner of the globe online for eight weeks before making their final nominations and Gareth Rockliffe’s photograph “Glass Fishing Ball,” an exceptional image entered in the Nature category, received a high percentage of votes overall.

“The Masters Cup celebrates photographers who operate at the highest levels of their craft,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Gareth’s work represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”

See the 4th Annual Winners & Nominees at http://www.thecolorawards.com/gallery

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.

Here’s a link to the Nominee Gallery:

Could This Be A UFO?

Jan and I were on vacation in the Adirondack mountains. Her family have had a cabin there for years. It’s a truly heavenly part of the world. During this down time I get the chance to catch up on photographic techniques that intrigue me. Time lapse photography has been something I’ve used many times over the years, but I’ve never done any during the night. So, I set up the camera to take a shot every 30 seconds, then left it pointing to the sky with a fish eye lens attached. It ran for about five hours. In the morning we were packing to leave, so I very quickly looked at the first few frames then set Quicktime to create the movie. I didn’t even look at what I had until we got back to Naples. Bear in mind the Adirondacks has had many UFO sightings… I’m not sure if this is one or not!