AsukaBook Layflat Hard Cover Book

Photo of a my Bluetick Coonhound resting on a pony cart.

Photo of a my Bluetick Coonhound resting on a pony cart.

I will be taking a lot of photographs of my new puppy Annabelle.  Obviously, trying to print and hang that many images on my wall will never happen.  I book is a great option for multiple like images, of a new puppy, a young child or a vacation.  A high quality but affordable option is the AsukaBook Layflat Hard Cover book.

It comes in a variety of sizes and page options.  Feel free to contact me if you are interested in preserving your memories or having me document something important in your life.  John Whitehead Images

Wide Angle Dog Photography

Wide angle photograph of my Beagle playing with my Bluetick Coonhound puppy.

Wide angle photograph of my Beagle playing with my Bluetick Coonhound puppy.

I took this image this morning.  I have been trying to get something with my wide angle.  It was tough shooting without looking through the lens and making sure what I wanted was in focus.  I loved using my F4 was a waist level viewfinder. This was one of 200 frames most of which were junk.  The Beagle always looks this vicious while playing and the Bluetick is hard to get with her head up.  It looks nasty but they were have lots of fun.

Multilayered Horse Riding Silhouette

Finished multilayered Horse Silhouette.

Finished multi-layered Horse Silhouette.

Finished multilayered Horse Silhouette.

Finished multi-layered Horse Silhouette.

I took this image on Monday.  The lesson was over before the sun really set with nice colors.  The photograph looks flat and gray to me, so I added many layers of textures and effects.  The finished images is vibrant and a whole lot more interesting.

A Cute Puppy Face

Cute head shot of of my bluetick puppy in the snow.

Cute head shot of of my bluetick puppy in the snow.

This is a great example of how a catch light can illuminate eyes.  It is very hard to get detail in the eyes of this puppy.  In this case she stumble over to a concrete wall with freshly fallen snow.   The white ledge worked as the perfect catchlight for the 3 second she stood there.  You can see the catchlight in the bottom half of her eyes the reflected the ledge.

Bluetick Coonhound Puppy

Bluetick coonhound puppy with her first coon.

Bluetick coonhound puppy with her first coon.

Bluetick coonhound puppy playing with 4-year-old beagle.

Bluetick coonhound puppy playing with 4-year-old beagle.

8 week old portrait of Anabelle a Bluetick Coonhound.

8 week old portrait of Anabelle a Bluetick Coonhound.

A few pics of Anabelle my 8-week-old bluetick coonhound puppy and my beagle Jack.  I try to get a variety of nice shots when ever I get a new dog. I love the puppy images I have of my Bloodhound who passed away in December.  Direct natural light is the way to go for dogs that are black or dark colors.  The trick is to illuminate the eyes and bump the shadow up in raw. To signup for my newsletter for special offers and discounts please click on this link.

A Different Kind of Senior Portrait

Candid professional quality soccer images.

Candid professional quality soccer images.

Candid professional quality soccer images.

Candid professional quality soccer images.

Sometimes the last thing a teenage boy wants is a senior portrait.  I know that was the case with myself.  There are so many options available if you break out of the school yearbook box.  I still don’t like the standard senior portrait shot in a studio.  Even if you are mandated by the school to go to a specific photographer, that is just usually for the yearbook image.   The problem with most yearbook photographers is they run a volume business model.  I am only interested in individuality and quality.  I do not put a time limit on location work.  I am only interested in getting the best possible images, rather than one quickly.  To see some environmental portraits please visit my website.  To sign up for my newsletter to receive special discounts and offers visit this page.  Feel free to spread the word to your friends.

 

Total Equine Learning Center Winter Project

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg working with horses.

Students at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg have been working with project horses and ponies all winter long.  I was out at the barn Sunday so I took a few pictures for the girls.  They spent lots of long cold winter days this year working with their animals this year in preparation for next weeks graduation.  I am available for equine photography.  I can shoot candid or posed.

My New Bluetick Model

My new bluetick model I picked up in Virginia Sunday.

My new bluetick model I picked up in Virginia Sunday.

My new bluetick model I picked up in Virginia Sunday.

My new bluetick model I picked up in Virginia Sunday.

My new bluetick model I picked up in Virginia Sunday.

My new bluetick model I picked up in Virginia Sunday.  You will be seeing lots of her in the future.

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Subtle, Striking Black and White

Candid subject with fill flash and custom toning.

Candid subject with fill flash and custom toning.  Chimney Rock, North Carolina

I love poetic images like this.  It has a nice blend of subject and environment.  Most clients when getting portraits are so used to the subject filling the frame they don’t see the impact an candid/envirnonmental portrait can have.  It tells so much more about a person verses a glorified smiling head shot.  It leaves you wondering about what they were thinking at that moment in time.  This is why I think location is so key when I take photographs.  To see more portraits please visit my new website at www.jcwphoto.com.  For special offers and discounts sign up for my newsletter.

Custom Toning Environmental Portraits

Adding depth to a photograph with toning in Photoshop.

Adding depth to a photograph with toning in Photoshop.

Unfortunately, not every photograph taken is  perfect.  I was hiking with my family in North Carolina for this shot.  I knew I wanted some photographs because my bloodhound was getting very old.  Actually, one of the reasons for taking this specific trip was so the dogs could make the trip.   All I had was a regular on camera flash.  My daughter squints real bad in the sunlight, so I have to make sure she is in the shade.  I had to use fill flash to make this image work.  I put the flash on manual and put it on full power.  I took a few test shots to see what was the optimum distance.   The flash was just not powerful enough for the distance I needed to be away from my subject.  I try to never use direct flash because it really flattens your subject

Using in Adobe Camera Raw I was able to dramatically open the image.  The rest I did in Photoshop.  I cleaned up nasty shinny spots on her face from the flash and slightly increased the color in some spots.  The rest was just basic toning.  I custom tone all images whether commercial or an environmental portrait.

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Adding depth to a photograph with toning in Photoshop.

Adding depth to a photograph with toning in Photoshop.

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