Alabama Hills Sunset

One of things we’re always looking for when traveling to areas with clear air are sunsets.  We typically arrive about an hour ahead of the scheduled sunset, select a good location, set up and wait.  We’re obviously reliant on nature to gives us a show and it does not always happen.  One has to do the work and be in position should it happen.  We’ve had nights where we got nothing and nights where our efforts were rewarded.


Death Valley – Monday

Monday was an extremely full day.  To say we did a lot is an understatement so I’ll likely have additional Monday posts.  One of the places we visited was the charcoal kilns.  These kilns are located at somewhere between 6,000 – 7,000 feet elevation.  Up where there are trees and snow in the winter.  They were used to make charcoal for fuel for the miners and were last used about 130 years ago.  Despite the age there is still a lot of ash around and when you walk into them the smell of the charcoal is strong.


Death Valley – Sunday

We arrived in Death Valley on Sunday October 12, 2014 to find an unusual haze in the air.  It was extremely windy so a lot of dust was being kicked up.  With a limited amount of time before sunset we headed off to Badwater as it is fairly close to our hotel.  This was shot just before reaching The Devil’s Golf Course.  The sun was sinking fast s we pulled off the road and had a go at making some pictures.  When shooting landscapes you’re at the mercy of nature and must take what is given and make something of it.


The Buildings of Darwin

On our way from Death Valley to Lone Pine we stopped at Darwin to check it out.  I think the population is somewhere between 40 and 50 and it largely resembles a ghost town.  We did speak to a few of the people and they were very nice.  A former mining town, it’s now mostly inhabited by artists.


Mikki – Recent Works

This collaboration with Mikki is likely the last shoot I’ll do in the Empty Room.  Please spend some time looking at Mikki’s work.


Evie – Recent Works

I was extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to spend a few hours in studio working with Evie.  I had a few basic ideas and wanted to explore being more intentional when creating sets and composing images.  What I mean by being “intentional” is to pay extreme and detailed attention to all elements in the image while composing it.  Light and shadow, lines, texture, background, foreground, use of props, concepts and the model’s pose.  I find these types of exercises a lot of fun and invaluable in the learning and growing process.  It helps me tremendously in sharpening my abilities to see and recognize all of the elements while shooting.




I’m a believer that an image achieves it’s maximum strength when there’s nothing remaining that can be removed. It becomes simple and much cleaner presenting the viewer with an honest reality of the intention of the image.  In general my work is clean and simple because it’s that aesthetic that pleases me most.  When an image contains multiple elements I always ask myself what each of the elements contributes to the overall feel and aesthetic of it.  If an element is not contributing I remove it, ideally while composing it.  I believe that it’s important to take the time when composing the image to evaluate all elements being intentional with which are included.

Clearly post processing is an important step in the work flow when making pictures.  The example image I’m presenting here struck me as soon as I shot it. It was one of those that I knew had strength.  It was presented in an earlier post as a part of a series and post processed differently that the one shown here.  I knew I was going to treat this image in a few different ways because I knew it would retain its strength.  Both are fairly simple, however, the one presented here is much simpler and I believe has more strength.

My model for this work is Zoe West, please spend some time looking at Zoe’s work, she’s a fantastic model and a joy to work with.



Zoe West – Something New

A few from my recent collaboration with Zoe West for the Something New portfolio.

Please spend some time looking at Zoe’s work, she’s a fantastic model and a joy to work with.


Zoe West – Recent Works

I assisted Mike Pannier at a natural light workshop this past June and Mike had booked Zoe as one of our models for the event.  I had heard of Zoe and seen her work prior to the workshop but had never met her or worked with her.  After seeing her work at the event I had to have her over to work with me in the Empty Room.  After a few scheduling challenges we finally made it happen.  We had a great time collaborating and in fact took the Empty Room in a different direction.  We did shoot for the normal Empty Room and Something New portfolios and working together we came up with this group of images.  This is the first cut of post processing and I may tweak them a bit before I’m comfortable with them as final images.

Please spend some time looking at Zoe’s work, she’s a fantastic model and a joy to work with.



Playing with Paper, the Creative Nude

Saturday 11/15/14, Shoot at RED Studio

Michael Pannier & Bill Earle

This workshop is an opportunity to photograph the human form in original, imaginative settings we’ll create throughout the day. The photographers will have the ability to work with both fine art nude and fashion settings uilizing common items found in the studio. We’ll convert part of the studio at RED into a work zone to experiment with paper, foam board, and other items to construct multiple setups for the photographers and models to use.

Photographers will have the opportunity to experiment with several setups they have constructed and experiment with different lighting techniques to control and manipulate the idea. Photographers will work one-on-one and in teams with the models for six hours of shooting. Two professional models, Erica Jay, MM#2108801, and Laina Vandekieft, MM#2907440, will join us to inspire photographers of all levels of experience.

Click here for registration.