Iceland – Recent Works

On Wednesday morning our journey took us to Jökulsárlón – Glacier Lagoon. It was a beautiful bright sunny morning, perfect for photographing at this location.  This particular lagoon drains directly into the ocean and magical things happen.  The black sand beach is strewn with beautiful ice cubes in a variety of sizes from very small to very large.  The textures and shapes lit by the morning sun are dazzling.  These images were all shot on this beach that morning.

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Photographing the Nude – Indoors and Out

Join Bill Earle and Michael Pannier for this very special event. Working with two outstanding figure models, a small gathering of photographers will explore both indoor studio lighting and outdoor natural light. Each photographer will have opportunities to work one on one with each model both indoors and out. This event will take place at the spacious Frog Hollow Studio in Newtown Square, PA. The event is limited to a maximum of six photographers. Each photographer will receive individualized instruction from both Bill and Michael.

Frog Hollow offers unique opportunities with indoor studio sets and lighting and a variety of outdoor settings.

Our models for this workshop Zinn Star, MM# 407611, and Breanna Marie, MM# 3239546, two fabulous young women that will be a welcome addition to any portfolio.

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Register early as this event will sell out quickly.

Saturday August 8, 2015

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Iceland – Aurora Borealis

I was extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to spend three days in Iceland photographing this amazingly beautiful country.  We had a very full experience including rain, sleet, ice, snow, extreme wind and beautiful clear sunshine. One of our priorities was to photograph the Aurora Borealis, aka Northern Lights.  The weather in Iceland had been very cloudy, wet and rainy rendering the Aurora invisible.  Our guide was constantly following the weather and solar activity.  Yes, certain solar activity can spark the Aurora and light up the sky. Driving West in southern Iceland in search of a clear sky, things were not looking good.  Then we saw the clearing sky and continued driving.  Darkness began to descend and our guide pointed out some dull lights that were in fact the Aurora.  We found a good location and began photographing. On to a second location we went, one with more interesting landscape.

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Red Studio

As most of you know Red Studio in Frederick, MD will be closing their doors very soon.  Red has been much more than a studio, it’s been a gathering place, a creative place, a fun place, an educational place, the list goes on.  I would like to take a moment and extend my sincere gratitude to Michael Pannier, the man behind Red and all that he has brought to the photographic community.  No, I don’t live in the area but have traveled there too many times to count.  Making the long drive has never been a burden as I always knew there were great things in store.

About three years ago Michael invited me to teach a workshop at Red.  I don’t think he knows how much that meant to me and how honored I was to be invited.

Over these past few years I’ve gotten to know Michael and a lot of wonderful people from the area.  Red became what it is because of Michael’s generosity, passion for art, photography and commitment to the community.  Michael is moving on to the next chapter in his life and I wish him well.

Beyond what Michael brought to Red is his image making and artistry.  His work has been and will continue to be an inspiration for me. Please spend some time enjoying his work at Michael Pannier / Fine Art Imagery.

Your Human Body is not a Crime

I’m honored to have one of my images used in this important message.  Please take a few minutes and listen to this message and visit Model Society.

Encaustics – New Work

I’m still very much a novice with encaustics but am having blast experimenting and developing my asthetic in this medium.  Model credit for this image goes to Amy Marie.

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Dead Stuff

I’ve seen my share of dead stuff used in photographs, some of the animal variety, some of the plant variety and some just simply unknown.  In this case it’s of the plant variety and quite innocent.  I pulled this stuff out and Zoe’s eyes brightened as she loves fooling around with stuff like this.  Michael, the owner of Red Studio had a very different look on his face as this stuff made a mess of the studio.  It was everywhere and extremely difficult to clean up.  Once we started to shoot I knew these would make great encaustic pieces.  This is the first iteration.  Model credit goes to Zoe West.

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Light, Shadow, Form, Shape

I walked into Red Studio one day and saw this backdrop and knew I had to work with it.  I have long been a fan of light, shadow, form and shape and what can be achieved with it and the human form. Model credit goes to Zoe West.

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Conversations

I was incredibly fortunate to have an opportunity to collaborate with Zoe West the other day on a small project that I actually started almost a year ago.  It’s been sitting idle for quite some time so it was invigerating to get back to it.

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Bits and Pieces

Revisiting this project for the first time in 2015.

I am a constant student of photography and the many wonderful things it can bring to someone’s life.  It has brought beauty, strife, learning, growth, friends, travel and many other things into my life.  Wherever I am whatever I’m doing I’m looking at things, people, places etc and the light that’s cast upon them.  Primarily the light because it’s a key piece of what will ultimately be the image and it’s message. While at home one day I started to really look at the things around me and how the light brought them to life. On the surface little things with little meaning. Go beyond the surface and the meanings grow.  So I got my camera out and started to photograph them with no real goal other than to capture what I was feeling and what these things said to me.  Sure, this has been done before but what hasn’t?  Just because it’s been done doesn’t mean you should not have a go at it.  What you do will be totally different than what someone else does.  This is one of those things that will be ongoing with no pre-determined ending.  For me this is a wonderfully fun exercise in seeing and the results can be interesting.  I put very little thought into the pictures while shooting them.  I simply shot what I saw and felt.  All natural light with no modifiers, reflectors or enhancements.  Very simple.

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