Alter Ego Photography

This photo set is from the "Candyland" photography meet-up shoot at the Fortress of the Arts, Katseye Studio, in Philadelphia on February 27, 2011. Here I experimented with montage images with an alter ego theme. I used Photoshop to combine the separate images.

Found out later that a pro photographer in Philadelphia shoots this kind of image for clients.

 Model Patricia

  Model Patricia

Note: I originally posted these images on my "Tumblr" blog site, but I moved them here, because I like the blogging features available from Google. I think Tumblr behaves more as a social network site, like Facebook, and blogging is secondary.

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I'll be moving posts from tumblr here over time.


In Kinderdijk, The Netherlands, the sun came out from behind clouds in late afternoon to light these windmills at the end of October. I used a combination of tools with these images: Photomatix to enhance my raw files and improve dynamic range with a painterly style, Photoshop to cleanup, and  then crop and re-size with FastStone Image Viewer.

And before the sun emerged:

Here father and daughter cross the canal from their windmill home to ride their bikes on the pathway where I am standing (bikes are in the rowboat).

Adorama Photography TV Instructional Videos

I subscribe to the Youtube Adorama Photography TV channel for instruction about photography, and receive notifications when new videos become available. Here is a recent posting "Book Cover Shoot" that caught my interest.

Photographer, Mark Wallace, shot a book cover for a client and he shares how he built the set in part 1, and his design and lighting in part 2.

Book Cover Shoot: Pt. 1: Building a Set: Ep 219: Digital Photography 1 on 1: Adorama Photography TV

Book Cover Shoot: Pt. 2: Set Lighting and Design: Ep 220: Digital Photography 1 on 1: Adorama Photography TV

Marilyn Monroe, photographer's model

Enjoyed watching a good movie recently "My Week with Marilyn". It's a story about events during a week filming "The Prince and the Showgirl" from the point of view of a young employee of Sir Laurence Olivier. It stars Michelle Williams as Monroe in an excellent performance. As in the movie and from further reading I found out Monroe upset the film crew so much that they put farewell gifts from her in the trash. 

The movie piqued my interest in learning more about Monroe, so I read her short autobiography, "My Story, Illustrated Edition". The book ends abruptly after she marries Joe DiMaggio, but leaves you with a lot of insight into her character. There is one haunting line from her book, the last sentence in chapter 13: "I was the kind of girl they found dead in a hall bedroom with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand."

 I was struck with the impact photographers had in promoting and helping her launch a career as an actress. Photographers were her friends, and "My Story" is forwarded by Joshua Greene, son of photographer Milton Greene, who was also Monroe's production company business partner.

Here is a photo of Monroe, by David Conover, before she became a blond star, from an exhibit at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, New York. The exhibit of an aircraft engine had the caption and text:

"Righter Aircraft Engine"  

"Manufactured in 1943 by the Righter Manufacturing Co., this engine was used in radio controlled target drones such as the example hanging above. This reusable drone was the specific product of the Radioplane Company. Both firms were located in California."

"On 26 June 1945, a photographer was sent to Radioplane by his commanding officer, Captain Ronald Reagen[Reagan], to photograph women war workers. An attractive young woman named Norma Jean Dougherty was among those selected to pose for the camera at various locations in the plant. The photographer was so impressed with her, that he shared the images with his professional colleagues and encouraged Normal Jean to become a model. Norma Jean went on to become an actress by the name of Marilyn Monroe."


Have not seen an elevator that used zero to mark a floor in the U.S, but here is one in the Radison Blu hotel in Amsterdam. To me this  mathematical  view for labeling a floor is natural. Even more intriguing is the use of negative numbers for floors below ground! Numerologists would be delighted.

I'm reading an entertaining book about zero: "The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero" by Robert Kaplan. Seems the concept of zero took quite a while to develop.

NTSB recommends full ban on use of cell phones while driving

On Tuesday, here in the U.S. the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) recommended banning cell phone use while driving. Well in Amsterdam everyone rides a bike, so I wonder if the Dutch even considered such a ban for bikes. Probably not.

Here is one example I captured last month. Notice she can't ring her bell with her phone hand to warn you to get out of the way.

I suppose texting while driving could be possible because I saw some bikers pedaling with no hands on the handlebars. Missed those shots.

Hyper and Hypo Stereo Photos

The single camera cha-cha method for creating 3D photos can be generalized to use any moving camera platform. The platform could be a car, boat, plane, train, bicycle, etc. Depending on the distance covered between left and right image capture (the stereo base), you can make either hyper or hypo stereo photos. Hyper stereo photos result when the camera spacing is greater than the human eyes, and hypo stereo photos uses camera spacing less than the human eyes separation distance.

I found a good presentation by George Themelis - NSA (National Stereo Association)  July 2010, about hyper/hypo stereo using the 3D Fuji W3 camera. He lists the pros and cons of single camera stereo, as well as general concerns encountered using a moving platform. You can use any camera to create 3D photos, although the article discusses use of the W3 features.

Here is an example of hyper stereo image taken in 2009 from a cruise ship in Venice. I used a tripod and was actually trying to create a HDR (high dynamic range) image with 5 bracketed exposures, and I used adjacent shots to create this 3D photo by adjusting the exposures of the left and right images to match.

Here is the HDR photo of the same scene as originally intended, processed with Photomatix.

3D Merry-Go-Round

Created this photo using the cha-cha method and Stereo Photo Maker. Dubois red+cyan anaglyph format.

3D Cha-Cha

Do you want to take 3D photos, but don't want to invest in a pair of cameras or the Fuji W3?

Atlantic City on a Summer Night

Droste Frame Spiral

Two versions of a Droste infinite photo of Lauren taken at the Fortress of the Arts in Philadelphia on June 5, 2011. What I learned from this was the frame should have been held with the long side vertical, so that Lauren would completely fit in the frame.

Droste Infinite Spiral Photo 2

Model Consuelo posing for a Droste effect photo from the Nov. 20 meetup shoot at the Fortress of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Droste Infinite Spiral Photo

Last weekend I went to a photography meetup at the Fortress of the Arts, Katseye Studio, in Philadelphia. I asked my model, Jenny, to hold a dart board for some special effects post processing. Here I used the Droste filter with Gimp 2.0 to create this infinite spiral. Droste is the name for infinite picture

3D Photography

My fascination with 3D photography began after seeing View-Master photos ( ) as a kid. About 3 years ago I decided to make my own 3D photos.

Struggling with a Washing Machine

Color pencil rendition from "Pinup/Film Noir" shoot at Fortress of the Arts, Philadelphia, June 5, 2011 with model Nicole.