O Brother, Where Art Thou? Photos in Sterling Colorado

My good friends Scott & Alyssa invited me to Sterling, Colorado to shoot a one-year anniversary 1930s stylized shoot inspired by the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?.” You might remember them from their engagement session and awesome wedding. And if you like homemade pie, old books, country living, watermelon, fedora, trains, moonshine, old books, 1930s living, frogs, and floating money, you might like this:wpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_01-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_02-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_03-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_04-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_05-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-trash_the_dress_sterling_colorado-2011-08-14-01-351.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_06-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_07-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_08-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_09-2011-08-14-01-352.jpg The money shot… and my favorite from the entire session:wpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_10-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_11-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_12-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_13-2011-08-14-01-352.jpg Shot with available light inside a railroad car near an old beet factory in Sterling, Colorado:
wpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_14-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-sterling_trash_the_tresh-2011-08-14-01-351.jpg Family-grown-local watermelon, a summertime indulgence:wpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_16-2011-08-14-01-352.jpg In preparation for this shoot, together we watched the movie “ “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and loved the scene in which a homemade peach pie was stolen:wpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_17-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_18-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_19-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_20-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_21-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_22-2011-08-14-01-352.jpg There were many references in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” from Homer’s Odyssey where three men stumble upon the singing sirens who play seductresses with beauty and song. Alyssa fit the role perfectly as all three:wpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_23-2011-08-14-01-352.jpg Moonshine on tap
wpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_24-2011-08-14-01-352.jpg Hot suace at near the Overland Trail on the South Platte River in Sterling, Coloradowpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_25-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_26-2011-08-14-01-352.jpg One of the key characters in the movie is believed to be transformed into a horny toad… here is the visual:wpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_27-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_28-2011-08-14-01-352.jpgwpid-scott_alyssa_photos_in_sterling_29-2011-08-14-01-352.jpg

9 Responses to “O Brother, Where Art Thou? Photos in Sterling Colorado”

  1. Scott Stebner — August 14, 2011 @ 7:36 am (#)

    RJ, these are simply phenomenal in every way! It was so much fun to collaborate with you on this shoot and see your creative genius at work, getting excited over the simplest things, eating our props, and braving a massive attack of mosquitoes. You rock.

  2. Alyssa — August 14, 2011 @ 8:42 am (#)

    Wow RJ! These are amazing!! We could not have picked a better person to capture these moments and images. You are an amazing photographer and we are grateful for all the hard work you put into every image. RJ Kern is one of a kind!

  3. Krista — August 14, 2011 @ 12:33 pm (#)

    Wow! Fantastic shoot. Way to hit it out of the park on this one. Alyssa and Scott, thanks for being great models but more so- stellar friends!

  4. Eric — August 15, 2011 @ 2:08 pm (#)

    R.J. All of your pictures look absolutely stunning! Not just on this post but across all of the posts that I’ve seen since I started following this blog. Now I know post-production plays a big role in photography. What I’m curious to though is how close do these photos look to how they came out of the camera? Do you put a lot of post time into your work or is it what we see is what you shot?

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  6. R. J. Kern — August 15, 2011 @ 10:37 pm (#)

    Thanks, Eric, for your kind words. Most of these are very close… I’d say 90% there with dodging, burning, shooting shallow depth lenses, and understanding lighting. Two of the images were composited, the one with the sirens and other with the money flying in the air. Post-processing in half the art.

    Here’s a breakdown of one scenario for you to show you what I mean:


  7. Brooke Summer Photography — August 31, 2011 @ 9:21 am (#)

    Wow, these are gorgeous! Awesome work. 🙂

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