Taxidermy

Many people are fearful of dead animals on a wall, mostly due to horror films and become paranoid that these animals will come to life at any moment and attack! Not me. I grew up with taxidermy all around the house and have become interested in photographing the beautiful work taxidermists do. A local taxidermist in Keller, Texas has allowed me to photograph his work and assist him in displaying his craftsmanship. Thank you, Texas Wildlife Taxidermy for allowing me this opportunity.

With this type of photography, it is very important to capture the detail in the animal, showing the flaws or lack of flaws in the taxidermist’s work. Each hair and antler needs to be lit well enough for the viewer to see the sheer beauty of the animal and the care the taxidermist took in making the animal seem as life like as possible.

To achieve this affect, I simply lit the animal even on both sides and used a flash near my camera to make the hair and dimension of the antlers ”pop”.

Taxidermy

Many people are fearful of dead animals on a wall, mostly due to horror films and become paranoid that these animals will come to life at any moment and attack! Not me. I grew up with taxidermy all around the house and have become interested in photographing the beautiful work taxidermists do. A local taxidermist in Keller, Texas has allowed me to photograph his work and assist him in displaying his craftsmanship. Thank you, Texas Wildlife Taxidermy for allowing me this opportunity.

With this type of photography, it is very important to capture the detail in the animal, showing the flaws or lack of flaws in the taxidermist’s work. Each hair and antler needs to be lit well enough for the viewer to see the sheer beauty of the animal and the care the taxidermist took in making the animal seem as life like as possible.

To achieve this affect, I simply lit the animal even on both sides and used a flash near my camera to make the hair and dimension of the antlers ”pop”.

Light Trails

As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to photograph a busy highway and capture the light trails from the cars… but I never did have the nerve to do that on my own.

I’ve played with light writing and light trails since I began photography. It’s one of my stress relievers and is so much fun to work with.

Last night, my good friend, Pablo, and I went out to downtown Dallas and captured some images like these…

To capture these images, I raised the ISO to about 250 or 500, depending on the area… just to allow a brighter image. I raised my aperture to about 5.6 or 11.0, again, depending on the light in the area and how long I wanted the exposure to be.

For the second image, there is a little bit of a trick to capturing a person’s portrait with a light trail. I, obviously, had Pablo stay very still, but there was enough light by the street lamps, that exposing for a few seconds to capture the light trail from the car didn’t affect Pablo’s portrait. In most scenarios, I would use a flash to capture the person’s portrait, then use a flash light or sparklers, whatever I was wanting for the light trail or light writing. In this case, however, using a flash would have been dangerous for the drivers passing by, so I was lucky that there were a few street lamps in our vicinity.