Optics and Illusion
I started my professional career shortly after being discharged from my United States Air Force service duty. Although I was an active photographer during the service duty, I was not actively pursuing commercial photographic endeavors.
I built my first real portfolio of still photographs while working for The Martin Aircraft Company. A new plant had been built in the city of Orlando Florida around 1957. I interviewed for a job as a documentary motion picture photographer, and for a period of time fulfilled that function with the Co. During that period the company was actively seeking engineers to work for the company.
A writer working at the company was seeking a photographer who could capture images of other engineers working at the company. I happened to have several still images I had captured during filming exercises. He requested I work for him for at least 30 days to build up images to be used in advertising. There were a lot of interesting things happening there and offered a young photographer an opportunity to exercise his skills at dramatically depicting those events.
It was here I first could explore several lighting and optical experiments that dynamically captured the minds of the viewers. Accomplishing these goals set the stage for continuing to probe the vast selection of techniques.
- Dynamic use of flash off camera.
- Dramatic perspective control.
- Optical focus experimentation.
- Auxiliary lighting techniques.
- Multiple exposure imaging.
- Color enhancing with filtration.
- New digital controls.
- Applying the 3 “D’s.” Daring, Dramatic, Dynamic.
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