Exotic Portraiture: Split Light, Clarity and Vibrance

Exotic Portraiture: Split Light, Clarity and Vibrance

Sitar John Protopapas is primarily a World Music instructor at York College in York, PA. A study in diversity, John has a Greek background but grew up in South Africa and studied music in India.  He lives in the USA where he teaches World Music,  sitar, tabla and of course, Yoga, because, why not? The …

Vive le Etrange: Wide Angle Portaiture

Vive le Etrange: Wide Angle Portaiture

When you have an interesting, unique or just plain weird fashion to shoot, nothing brings out the odd like a wide angle lens.  Indeed, Tim Burton uses wide angle shots to great affect in all his movies. This shot was taken at 11mm on the underrated Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 ATX Pro lens for crop format …

Just a Hint of Light, Kissing the Shoulder

Just a Hint of Light, Kissing the Shoulder

Does a nude have to be nude?  Can you show someones beauty with showing them?  Every communication today seems overt and over done.  I argue that subtlety still has a place in this world.  

Essential Skill: Swimming.

Essential Skill: Swimming.

As an older parent, raising a young child, I want my daughter to choose the extra-curricular activities that help her express the woman that she is becoming, and I do not want to spend valuable emotional currency attempting to force her into courses and activities that do not sync with her sense of self. That …

Abstract Portrait

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Abstract Portrait

Straightforward portraits have their place, but if you really want to mix things up a bit, try to look at your subject from an angle that evokes emotion, intimacy, or even an angle that makes you question your perspective.  This angle represents the image less traveled. Take it for what it’s worth.

Winter Photography Bites

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Winter Photography Bites

I find it very difficult to think up subject matter when I’m not getting enough sunshine.  It’s a winter funk thing.  Still, I can always find something compelling to shoot if I head out to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey. The key here is turn off the flash.  Flash = Bad when shooting …

Festival Food: A Great Intro to a Culture

Festival Food:  A Great Intro to a Culture

I shot this photo at a Cambodian Festival in Philadelphia in the spring of 2017. The booth sold Cambodian and Thai food, but not as I know Thai food from the restaurants that I have been to.  There were salads and colorful drinks that I had never seen before.  When I struck up a conversation …

Be Afraid.

Be Afraid.

“Kim Kardashian made 17 million dollers off her wedding.Divorced 72 days later & they’re worried about gays ruining the sanctity of marriage?” – @WorldGayPride This shot made me think of the above quote that I read. I was tickled at how absurd arguments can be simplified to the absurd logic that they represent.  Of course …

Got to Shoot With a Master

Got to Shoot With a Master

Meet Jose ‘Tutes’ Tutiven, an Ecuadorian-American who is getting a ton of great commercial photo work and a lot of acclaim for his abilities. On a whim, I trekked up to Brooklyn to attend the Photoville Photo Festival in Dumbo, right under the Brooklyn Bridge. This is he sixth year running and it was held …

Sometimes You Just Gotta Dance With That Seagull

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Sometimes You Just Gotta Dance With That Seagull

Seaside Beach, Oregon