after 235 posts, 400 comments, and 2.5 years of love, we're sad to say goodbye to this blog :(
we're totally stoked about our fresh v2.0 blogsite by purr design. head over and sleuth it out:
while we won't be updating this "older-school" blog, we're keeping around for those want to see our roots.
ps - don't forget to change your bookmarks :)
for the last several years, nicole has been working super hard on her PA school work and clinical and I am super proud of her efforts. i wanted to share this image of nicole, which is a new recent favorite:
good things come to
those who wait.... and coming soon, here's what's
5 personal posts about the mesh between buisness, technology, life, and macguyver skillz
4 engagement sessions
3 portrait sessions
2 creative projects (completed)
1 unconventional bridal photographer workshop
and the best part of it... it will be all showcased on our brand spankin' new custom blogsite by purr design.
can't wait to share!
our christmas card this year was nicole's idea. we got great evening light on green mountain (walking distance from our home), set up a single off-camera flash triggered by radiopoppers, and fired off about a dozen shots using a timer. (most have us wrangling dash to have him "look at the camera." okay, okay, not the normal thing to do, but it was we knew would make our parents smile so we made it happen :)
we designed the card ourselves and they were printed by our favoritemost lab folks at whcc on uber cool linen paper... if you would like a something uniquely different this holiday season for your family holiday card, contact us and we'll help you out!
flip open the card and here's what is inside:
and the back:
that, in itself, makes the palm springs airport the best airport of the year (and i've been to about 15 different airports this year).
i couldn't decide which i liked best, so i am posting all three and would like YOU to decide (in the comments section below:)
shortly after take-off, i snapped this shot of the mountains near joshua tree national park with all the recent snow they got this week. i could have paid hundreds of dollars for a scenic flight of the area, and got this view for free with my $300 round-trip airfare ticket from denver. the key: 1). sit in the back of the plane in a window seat so you don't see the wing. 2) shoot with an-ultra wide angle lens smear against the window 3) shoot through the least disorted portion of the window, which on my window was the top 4) also, i like to shoot at least 1/1000 sec to reduce possible blurring from the airplane. also, telphoto shots can be cool and if you are using a vr lens like the nikor 70-200 f/2.8, click on the "active" vr mode made for shooting in airplanes... it is one of the few times we can use the feature to our advantage.
this week i've been in palm springs, ca, a stone's throw from joshua tree national park to continue a project with the intent towards publication of a fine art book.
joshua tree is a wild place. my interest photographing there started with studying the work of ansel adams. about 6 years ago i visited the natioanl park and took photos with a vintage honeywell pentax slr camera (that my father gave me) with some t-max 400 b&w film. i was disappointed with the results because i was comparing myself to ansel himself... mistake. this time around i came prepared with a wide-angle lens and my creativity and lighting style. i wasn't just going to photograph cactus, i was going to light them as i would light a portrait in a style i could call "me' using a single off-camera flash (a nikon sb-600 speedlight). if additional light was necessary, i was determined to push the limits of what this small flash could do.
here are a few of my favorite images taken over the last 3 days...
some on-axis fill adds the 3d pop:
a 20 second exposure and light painted with a flashlight:
day #2. okay, it is snowing. in a desert. go figure :)
a flash was the only way to capture the snow coming down in a way that makes for a very holiday-esque feeling... me likey :)
i shot this like a groom with the groomsman in the background :)
day #3 (this morning). left at 5:15 and made the drive to joshua tree again. 18 inches on snow in one day happens once in about every 25 years, so there was no excuse NOT to go. while the roads were a bit slick, we made it safe and sound even though the park entrance was closed, so we had to walk into the park, which was totally fine with the rangers who gave us permission.
can you spot the moon?
the early morning rays:
three of my students came along for the adventure (we left a 5:15 am)... so they were treated for some updated facebook portraits:
here's gintautas ("mr. g"), who flew all the way from florida to attend my class. his son is named "juozas," so it was only appropriate that he had his photo taken in joshua tree.
then the cameras were turned and grabbed this shot... he's got a great eye and is wicked good in ping pong....
i lost a bet to him after he severly beat totally schooled me four games (in a row) of ping pong the night prior. he failed to mention his grandmother was a ping-pong champion and taught him a few tricks. the wager: a topless photo taken in the cold which was then to be used as a profile shot on facebook for 30 days. the shot was taken, but he conceded that it did not need to be posted on facebook.
lisa got the long-distance award since she traveled all the way from kodiak island, alaska to attend my week-long arcgis workshop.
here's the departing shot from this morning with the top down in the mustang convertible rental car (thanks to the fine folks at avis for the free upgrade!!!)
the poker tourney shall be grand.... up for grabs is a weekend condo stay up in frisco among many other awesome prizes. if you are interested in only the poker tourney, there will be a $5 entrance fee along with the $15 buy-in.
we are donating a $550 family portrait session (starting bid at $200) and a $250 pet portrait session (starting bid at $100). there are massage & fine restaurant gift cards donated, a cool skateboard, a signed guitar, a videography package (for those wedding clients who haven't booked a videographer), among many other awesome things... just in time for the holidays, might i add.
****SCRUMPTIALICIOUS UPDATE ***
we had decided to sweeten the silent auction with one of our very own wedding packages. that's right! here's the deal. you'll be bidding on a $3200 wedding package credit, good for our basic package with bidding starting at $1500. if you decide to upgrade to a higher package with album, you would simply pay the difference. there is no "retainer fee" and the balance (if any) would be due 30 days prior to the big day. happy bidding!!!!
here are the fancy wedding-like invitations nicole did up with all the details:
and in case you are map challenged (like me):
rsvp in the comments section below. hope to see you there!
okay, okay. before i start getting calls from forbes, the cover is pure fun. no, it wasn’t really published. no, i don’t work for forbes. but yes, those are real airplane keys. and yes, that is my buddy, gino siller holding the keys about ready to pilot. not only is he a good pilot, but he’s got some great photoshop talent as demonstrated above!
on tuesday’s Veterans Day, we paid tribute to America’s military veterans by joining the friendly skies. the day before, i called up gino. 60 seconds later, we had a guy’s day out planned. spousal approval wasn’t easy... but forgiveness was better than permission on this one (thanks, hon :)
we headed for the airstrip around lunchtime. after gino completed the pre-flight checks, i grabbed my nikon d-300 with my favorite nikon 12-24mm f/4 anti-portrait lens, an sb-600 and triggered this shot using my radiopoppers. metering the sky was easy. f/11, 1/320 sec, iso 100. the pop-up camera flash was dialed down minus 2.5 in the i-ttl mode and the off-camera sb-600 was set to i-ttl “0.” this allowed the my sb-600 to blend in with the sun to serve as my main light (sunglasses prevented blindness.... not something to you want to bestow on your pilot prior to take-off).
i chose the 1/320 second which made it easier to bring down the ambient light and over-power the sun just a tad. new concept? check out the wrap-up from the coffee-shop class 8 about metering with a flash, kern-photo style.
the nikon d-300 pop-up flash served as on-axis fill made famous by dan winters and explained by the strobist’s on-axis fill article. on-axis fill might be against instinct for some pros. but it has an un-canny ability to increase shadow detail, creating a spiffy 3D pop i like.
funny enough, i nailed the exposure on the first shot, thanks to nikon’s awesome flash metering! i took a few more, but chimping on the back of the screen made me underestimate and over-expose a few shots. next time, i should trust my equipment better.
i like simple lighting. with no time to set up big strobes, i chose to decrease the distance to my subject and use small flashes instead. by taking a few steps closer, my small flash downed a can of spinach and became that much stronger (call it the “popeye effect”).
post-processing magic assisted by the totally rad actions. here's the recipe: to desatuarate, i ran "bullet tooth" with decreasing the opacity of "gain" and "tone tweak" masks in the advance settings down to about 20-30%, then selectively added back a bit of blue using "big blue" and yellow "green with envy" (selectively painting them where i wanted). next up, lightly used "pro retouch" on the skin before painting with "can-o-woop-ass" to bring out shirt shadow details and compress highlights a bit. final touches included: sensor spot removal, resizing, and running kevin kubota's magic sharpen. (total processing time: 5 minutes). btw: there is some funky over-sharpening going on on the right image, but it is getting late and my pillow is calling my head.
and now for the rest of the story...
checking the radio frequencies (we’re not lost, we promise):
landing a centennial airport for lunch, one of the smoothest landings of my life :)
hanging out the window with my fish-eye lens to capture the view 1500 feet above mile-high denver. the wind was sooo strong. i have no idea how pilots in those open-cockpit planes ever did it.
just kidding, honey :)
our team name? the one, the only: “one drink minimum.”
wish us luck in post-season.
dash spots the first peek of dawn:
sunrise in crested butte, colorado with the aspens on fire!
dash spots a female red fox...
no, really, a female red fox.
a self-portrait in vail a few days prior.:
on a side note, we’ve been working on the kern-photo blog v 2.0... about to go live any week now.
a goosebump experience:
my dad, moi, my aunt and uncle with the famous boot in the background, fit for a giant:
in lawton, oklahoma, where my folks live a “sporting goods” store generally sells high school sports gear and guns & camo, NOT skis, bikes, kayaks, climbing gear, and freeze dried ice cream. that’s why we love rei. however, at this flagship store, it is a combination of the two :)
the place is more like an rei campus on steriods, complete with fish ponds, archery range, fireplaces, you name it!
what’s wrong with this photo? no door locks. that’s right, l.l. bean is opened 24/7 365. cool factoid.
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this shot was taken with our nikon 10.5mm fisheye hanging out the cart with the other hand on the gas :)
summer up in the mountains is hands-down better than winter in terms of the relaxation.
and a super cheesie self-portrait. for those who may not know about the alpine slide, basically you get to ride up the same chair lift, grab yer buggie, and then go as fast as you can. super tip: keeping your body perpedicular to the groud through the turns, yields the most bang-for-your-buck g-force factor :)
adults have a better time being kids again than kids being adults :)
... in line for 25 minutes at the alpine lunge slide at winter park this afternoon.... until it started raining on our party. sad face :(
we’ll try again first thing tomorrow morning. summer adventures at winter park include mini-golf (see background), the trampoline, downhill mountain biking, the human maze, among others fun stuff. our thrill: straight up full-throttle down on the alpine slide!
it has been an awesome little break to step out into the mountains for some 25 plus degree cooler weather and watch animal planet on the hotel tv (yes, we still do not have tv at home). after two weddings and a full work week, we’re ready to enjoy the time off during labor day! the good old winter park mountain lodge has great $88 deals for one night, including free doggie room upgrades!
while vacationing, dash gets the leftover sushi which makes him feel like he’s on vacation (or so we think).
we’ve got two weddings to blog and another radtastic fun-booth from last night that had guests lining up out the door :)
nerd alert: i’m wrapping up a little comparison project on the difference of nikon dx versus fx sensors with regard to depth of field & bokeh. and here’s a sampling with the 85 f/1.4. see if you can spot tell which was shot with the newest kid on the block, the nikon d-700, and our trusty d-300:
it all started with a simple pair of socks. ugly socks at that.
there were of course a few more steps in between the first photo and this one, which included cutting up one of r. j.'s old neckties -- with his permission of course. here is our ugly friend with his new set of eyes, but yet to be stuffed.
here is our ugly friend **freestanding** on our kitchen table!!! a great success!
our little friend requested a photojournalistic portrait of himself -- he asked me to touch up some of his imperfections, but i told him that we photojournalists avoid retouching whenever possible. age is beauty, i told him.
we successfully used this same tactic for monday's sold-out police & elvis costello concert. i arrived 10 minutes before the office opened, was third in line, and had no problem purchasing two tickets behind the sound board in row 16. party on!
it gets better: i asked the gal at the ticket office if photography was allowed. she said they allowed "small cameras," meaning i could bring the nikon d300 minus the vertical grip and the 85 f/1.4.
nicole & i did our usual pt cruiser tailgater, complete with fruit, crackers, cheese, and some hoegaarden belgian white beer, our favorite summer brew . the concert was the loudest red rocks show we'd ever heard. our ears were still ringing the following evening :( nicole had to some explaining to do when listening in the stethoscope at work... instead of listening to heartbeats, all she heard was ringing!!! we know, ear plugs next time.
sting made his first appearance towards the end of elvis costello's opening set.
20 years since their 1986 breakup, the police still sounded awesome and gave out so much energy.
a shot of the megatron composite featuring band members sting, andy summers, and stewart copland.
without fail, the police played all the biggest hits and two encores :)
all images taken by our stellar wedding photographer, jason hayes.
ahhh.... i can vividly remember this moment.
we danced to robbi williams singing "beyond the sea"
shortly after the ceremony, outside the university of denver chapel, nicole's alma mater... i still love her dress to this day!!!
it was about 95 degrees when this was shot, but it remains of my favorite photos from our wedding day :)
mmmm... hands down the best wedding cake i've ever tasted :)
last night about handful of photographers met on the rooftop of a random parking garage in boulder to test our mettle. we each had 30 minutes to try out an idea and explain our thought process and share the resulting image. we used each other as models. my self-assignment was inspired by john michael cooper's (and soon to be my) favorite technique of painting with light. he demonstrates the whole shebang here. there's a wild surprise at the very end :)
below is my best shot from tonight using a nikon d-80 with a nikon 28-70 f/2.8 lens at 28mm, 30 second exposure at f/4.8, iso 200 on tripod, incandescent white balance, lightpainted with two halogen flashlights, and a manual triggered off-camera nikon sb-800 flash in a small softbox (which revealed subtle asphalt texture and two cigarettes on the pavement, difficult to see on the web version of the image). photographer john heisel was the 'dead' model. running back to the camera near the end of my exposure, i drew a line on the pavement with my flashlight which created the circle and line of light near his left foot.
hey photographers! we'll be featured during the studio spotlight at the next denver pictage user group meeting (PUG) held on march 5, 2008 @ 6pm at the blake street tavern in denver. we're excited to share a little bit about what makes kern-photo, well, kern-photo.
complete details here.
for those non-pictage users, PUGs are basically a great networking opportunity for fellow wedding & portrait photographers in denver who just happen to use pictage. best of all they are free to pictage photographers. we come together once a month and share, learn, and network. the PUGS are wonderful and just happen to be listed #7 on our list of 10 reasons why we use pictage.
each month focuses on a different studio (thus the name, studio spotlight), and then something to help out with the business or creative aspect of photography. at the next meeting, there will be some a discussions about digital workflow in photography... the good, the bad, and the ugly.
this should be an interesting, as we'd rather be shooting than driving a desk :)
'imagine a photo shoot where each moment is a last moment, where there will be no second takes, where what you're doing means everything.'
this quote struck a powerful chord with me after reading it the website for 'now i lay me down to sleep,' a non-profit organization supports infant bereavement photography. named after the classic children's prayer from the 18th century, 'now i lay me down to sleep' has created a strong network of denver photographers dedicated to helping parents experiencing the pain and suffering of an early infant loss. click and HERE and HERE to read news stories of photographers and families they touched.i recently volunteered for the first time with 'now i lay me down to sleep.' it opened my eyes, to say the least. this powerful experience reminded me of the fragility of human condidition. the re-alignment of priorities comes easy when witnessing death.
on a personal level, my brother, peter, died when he was 10 days old. my parents have never shown me a photograph of him, and i do not know if one exists. while my parents rarely speak of him, i know it is difficult still for my parents talk about, let alone think about. my father, being an ob-gyn, witnesses such challenges on a regular basis with his patients. i spoke with my father about my recent experience with 'now i lay me down to sleep' and gained instant endorsement :) my father will be giving a presentation at an upcoming medical conference and plans to mention the potential power such a program plays in the infant bereavement process.
the parents, grandparents, and the family were very inviting and open to me being in their lives during this time of loss. as soon as we stepped into the hospital room, it seemed the parents were extremely grateful for that we were there, which was a big relief.
i shadowed photographer rosalyn sample at mountain hi photography since this was my first time photographing in a hospital under such conditions. rosalyn and the nurses were patient and helpful and were a valuable part of my experience. thank you! i felt honored and blessed to be gain access and i ensured i worked hard to ensure upmost respect with my interaction of the family. right off the bat, the father seemed excited for us being there. in conversation, he resonated a sense of warmth in describing how he intended to 'photoshop' the images so that they were a sentimental blend of color and black & white. i smiled and joined him in his enthusiasm. i was glad to offer up images :). fast forward to a few days later, i received a call from the family informing me that they would be using several of my images to print and display at the memorial service. i felt honored that i could be apart of that. i also knew the grace of God was with the child and the family.
i look forward to continued involvement with 'now i lay me down to sleep.' words can not describe the feeling of death, especially of an infant. however, i appreciate how the power of a simple photograph can help grieving parents.
if you are a photographer interested in participating, i encourage you to click here to apply. the approval process is rather simple, and once on-board, emails are sent as services are needed. it is completely voluntary to join. photographers do not charge for services and the clients receive all images on CD. such an assignment is not for the faint of heart, but totally worth it!
if you are not a photographer, but want to help, you may make a charitable-contribute and donate here.
to honor the couple's privacy, images will not be posted.
... almost as good as mutton bustin' (no kids or animals were hurt:)
so the kiddo was actual fine, and got to kiss one of the rodeo cowgirls to make him smile :)
one major annoyed bull.... i wonder why?
four generations of buckin' broncos:
happy martin luther king day :)
ps- we are enjoying some "r &r" " in santa fe, new mexico. each time we visit this photographer's mecca, we return creativity invigorated. as part of goals #34 and #84 of my 101 goals in 1,001 days, i chose not to bring any digital slr cameras and brought a holga, a medium format film camer. they are a wonderful, plastic camera which you can purchase here for $24.99. we took 3 rolls of ilford sfx film and a red filter which are capable of obtaining a pseudo-infrared look. we giggled when we heard the little holga shutter go "click," which sounds toyish compared to what we're used to in our digital slr cameras. however, we expect the results to be creatively different. stay tuned to some of the developed printed results from a few of the pearls of the american southwest: bandelier national monument, the taos pueblo, and some southwestern santa fe architecture.
a comedic hit of the show was this rodeo clown, a cross between brian boitano and an european soccer star :)
these guys are huge. i mean huge. and mean.
about to get tossed:
the gear and behind the scenes effort that goes into these events is amazing.
about to release the bull...
and the toy version.
our favorite rodeo clown discovered four nuns enjoying the bull riding.
taken handheld with a 2.0 megapixel apple iphone. not to shabby in available light!
ikea has always been a super cool place for us. moments after stepping off the plane in portland, i noticed the big blue and yellow ikea sign right from the airport. i was giddy. we've had several spontaneous purchases their over the years, which has resulted in stellar macgyver tactics in bringing our bounty home. last night was no different. weeks ago i agreed to let my wife transform our psuedo-bachelor pad into something that makes her smile. during her final exam week, it all went down :) it started with purchase #1. i was thinking this would be something fairly easy to check with my luggage on the flight back to denver (note the spiffy packaging tape handle).
(ps- all shots taken with our my 2 megapixel iphone camera)
one thing led to another, and...
thank goodness i got a free upgrade to a convertible, otherwise there'd be no way i get this back to the hotel! it was a chilly ride home, needless to say!
packing the goods with a feat, especially as the hours approached midnight at the local fedex/kinkos:
it will be worth it to have a completely redecorated kitchen and living room for under $600, not to mention a happy wife ("happy wife" = "happy life"). PS- shipping costs were $72 for 5 packages exceeding 140 lbs thanks to fedex express with hundredweight pricing! justification: that was just a tad over typical sales tax in colorado.... thanks to no sales tax in oregon! the end.
ps - i am one step closer on fulfilling #10 on my list of 101 things to do in 1,001 days. i have successfully blogged for over a month in a row (33 days to be exact), which has been tough but worthwhile. i've also been hard at work at meeting several other goals on the list. stay tuned for details...
the proud chefs, cheryl and murray.
it was grandpa ron's 70th birthday. i told him 'chicks dig older men' and he laughed.
here's his bride laughing at an AARP-inspired, all-purpose remote control complete with super-sized buttons!
it was also jeremy's 32nd b-day. cheers, man!
tonya viewed her completed wedding album for the very first time. she was so excited!
a normal rockwell thanksgiving mother & daughter portrait.
the whole gang.
dash's thanksgiving meal with large dash of turkey & sweet potatoes which was...
gone in 60 seconds!
2. family & friends
3. furry friends (i.e. our 4-legged little boy, dash)
the mcbride's (nicole's parents) are cooking up a feast for the family in a few hours. here is a quick snap documenting one of the most important kitchen tools at thanksgiving.... the serving utensils.
we're excited to ski up in winter park on friday with r. j.'s family and will be posting some of our favorites soon!
“In my shoes…I will run faster, jump higher, and score more points. I will cross my defender and drive hard to the basket. I will create plays on offense and move the ball to the open man. I will be a team player! In my shoes…I will protect my goal like a lion protects the jungle. I will take a charge, be big in the paint, and I will forever have my hands up on defense! In my shoes…I will practice like a champion, and I will play like a champion. I will leave it all on the court. I will walk in the gym with confidence and walk out with humility. And the next time I step to my opponent, she will not be ready for me…in my shoes!”
witnessing her first 15 minutes of fame was wonderful! in a game of 'horse', jasmine pleased the crowd as the shots got more and more difficult.
denver's BEST mascot, rocky, dropped by for additional encouragment. featured left-to-right: jasmine, rocky, 'melo,' and my assistant, robert fisher.
'melo' offers jasmine tips from his pro basketball experience. i love the detail lighting effect on 'melo,' which reveals his sincere side, despite recent bad press. detailed rim light created by a nikon sb-28 at 1/4 power triggered remotely across the gym. for a top-notch article detailing different lighting strategies specifically in prep basketball, check out the strobist's 'on-assignment' article discussing (1) big gym, little lights and (2) prep basketball. for the techies, this shot was taken with the 70-200mm at f/2.8 iso 800 with the strobe at 1/4 power and 85mm spread.
during the q & a, 'melo' drew intense focus from a large crowd including gateway high school basketball players.
my assistant, robert, provided great assistance with lighting logistics. dimly lit gyms present challenges when photographing action. our strobist-inspired answer: nikon sb-28 and sb-800 flashes triggered remotely by quantum radio slaves mounted near the bleachers.
30 seconds of one-on-one time with 'melo' proved worthwhile in tickling our creative brains. we used our 'light on a stick' to capture this candid. stay tuned for a kern-photo tutorial with specific details.
'melo' being melo.
we had little time to set up a shot with 'melo' and jasmine. i used two of jasmine's friends to serve as lighting models to pre-visualize 'the big shot.' i wanted to get 'melo' dunking in the background with jasmine up close, similar to the shot below. previsualization is great, but when your 'professional' model would rather not dunk (his coach would kill him), plans change. so we had to react.
here's my 'big shot' at my first editorial-style shoot of a professional athlete.
technical recipe: to overpower the harsh overhead lights, i used a single lumedyne strobes at full power (200W) bounced into 40" westcott silver-lined umbrella with direct sb-28 at 1/4 power for rim light. taken with d-200, 28-70 lens at 28mm, 1/250 sec shutter, f/6.7, iso 200, standing on chair. set up and taken down was less than 10 minutes.
mark, who played the supporting role in the recent nicole & mark wedding, had a country fair of a good time with his m&m dipped apple.
a new kern-photo record was made in this self-portrait featuring 11.25 human heads.
bill nye the science guy inspired the efforts to create this homemade pumpkin bomb by the three boys (father included).
the pumpkin didn't explode, but *only* caught fire, providing a mild house-warming effect. way to go, joey!
click on the photo to view each gallery:
old friends (all guys in this 2004 photograph will be featured groomsman in my brother sean and molly's wedding on december 29, 2007).
meet the parents.
the kids staying out of trouble
the proposal... the complete story of how it went down.
it's a boy! here's dash saying goodbye to his mom, echo, from dobson kennels in brookings, south dakota. view gallery 1 and gallery 2. and here's the movies: puppy imovie 1 -- puppy imovie 2 -- puppy imovie 3 -- puppy imovie 4
rumor has it [b]ecker is capable of doing self-portraits (while holding the camera) with 9 others, kinda like this. we easily beat him this evening with 11 and could have easily fit another 9.
thanks, guys, for a wonderful night (my nicole would have totally been there, but she had a major exam to study for).
all digital cartographic products were creating using ArcGIS Desktop 9.1 software with data provided by ESRI Data & Maps 2005.
this photograph was taken on our first *real* date at the denver art museum a few years ago. it is also the site of our first kiss... which happened about 2 minutes after this photo was snapped. and it was like the BEST KISS, EVER (ps - forgive the hat and red shoes, but a guy has to do what a guy has to do that drives a pt cruiser with purple flames! hindsight is always better than foresight, especially with respect to r.j.'s
... with president lincoln's home in the background
in vintage style...
these guys look in every nook and cranny to rate how well the car reflects the original production model the day it rolled outta the factory.
and a 2006 Chrysler 300 Heritage Edition for contemporaries...
1. the image is found - a fine display of fusion of family, fun, and bleeding-edge photography
2. Jessica Claire - crisp, bright, inspiring eye from a little place called SoCal
3. [b]ecker's blog - a father of the modern day wedding photography blog
4. mike colon - a fellow nikonian and stellar wedding photographer
5. david jay - saavy biz, open source photo stud, showit mac daddy, killer marketing ideas, great
6. the boutwells - authors of our favorite totally rad actions
7. susan stripling - super polished, uber cool, wedding & fashion fusion to perfection!
8. sixpeeps - another father of the photographer's biggest marketing tool... the blog
9. jesh de rox - creative and different, canada's finest
10. the strobist - one of the best lighting resources on the web, bar none!
present were old school models....
and new school...
discussing the rulz of the road.
bustin' out the whoopee cushion at the right time.
speed limit 45... a mere suggestion.
here are our 4 image submissions (listed in separate categories)
("faces in the crowd" category)
("main street" category)
("pets and wildlife" category) Title: Dash, the swim coach. Description: "Dash," illustrates to "She-bee," a recent adoption from a Hungarian viszla dog rescue, that water can be fun. This was 2-year-old She-bee's first time swimming.
("local music" category) Title: U2 Tribute Band at Red Rocks, Description: U2 Tribute Band, "Under a Blood Red Sky," recreates U2's legendary 1983 "Live at Red Rocks" concert at the outdoor Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO. The band creates necessary vibe needed for U2 to return on their 25th anniversary of the legendary concert.
buddy dan jablonka invited r. j. to the concours de elegance event held at the centennial airport on saturday. the charity event raised money for the morgan adams foundation, which is dedicated to helping children diagnosed with pediatric cancer. it was a memorable evening, filled with the adventure of fast cars and planes juxtaposed with emotion of phenomenal survival stories by awesome kids. check back in a few days for the full gallery!
a personal mig figher jet ala 'Top Gun' in flight.
john pembroke with his spiffy wheels. a special thanks to j.p. thibodeau for the lending us his plane for the shot.
michael procopio and his girlfriend with his ferrari 328 gts.
love the gangsta look.
nicole makes like a tree and hides in the corner...
we like the teal green color....
gotta dig the windows.
looking straight up the side of the architectural marvel.
the winning couple wed onstage in front of an audience of 7000 at red rocks amphitheater in denver.
not all cover bands are created equal. U2 was well represented by "under a blood red sky", the name of the legendary U2 album and cover band.
john hiatt's visceral voice and just makes r. j. want to go fishing and get a truck with a gunrack.
you can't go to the denver botanic gardens without smelling the flowers.
while flowers are pretty, creamy backgrounds can be just as interesting and give our eyes a place to wander.
Proud Instructors, 3rd Degree Black Belt R. J. Kern, 1st degree black belt Nicole Kern, and new 1st degree black belt Adam Smith. What a fun night!
Aaron doing his thing. The guy has got soul!
Charles Neville making that brass sing!
Check out those 60 year-old biceps and the cool T-shirt!
I love simplicity. "Brevity is the sole of wit," my father once told me.
The 360 degree stage at the Botanic Gardens makes for an interesting backdrop, not typical for a outdoor music venue.
Aaron Neville singing a beautiful rendition of "Amazing Grace" with soul and passion!
And with the light being great, it was hard not to escape to the gardens to capture some botanics in our style.
I like the cinematic quality in this one.
And, similarly, in this little guy, too.
Then we headed down the to Cherry Creek Arts Festival and watched a cool performance by an Australian dance company on 15 foot poles. We've never seen anything like it!
While at the festival, we met up with buddy Alan and brainstormed some new logo designs, shortly after Nicole was caught stealing a second waffle sample!!!
One of the most recognizable and beloved mascots in the NBA, Supermascot Rocky, caused some trouble during the halftime game...
And again chasing girls...
I love these guys are such true athletes...check out that flexibility!
All the crowds hit the field in anticipation of the fireworks....here we are in true Kern-Photo style with our fish-eye, self-portrait lens.
What a blast!
Gotta dig those colors!
Shooting fireworks is one of those tricky challenges, but our trusty Nikon 50mm f/1.4 does such a great job at f/2.0 with the ISO cranked!
One evening in Billings, MT I was out landscape photographing and the light wasn't doing what I thought, but I turned around and headed back to my rental car and got a wonderful idea.... let's see if I can make this Suburu Outback look like a car brochure. I think it came pretty close!
My father's Chrysler PT Cruiser at sunset with a really cool asphalt pit in the background and a little puddle of water to catch some reflection, which was a nice surprise. Note the fuzzy dice!
These were ingredients of spectacle at the 2007 KBCO Kinetics festival, where we were asked to serve as the media photographers (twist our arm!!!). IT WAS A BLAST! Pictures do not do justice, but may entice you to participate in next year's gala! See the complete Kinetics 2007 Gallery >>
One of the many human-powered boats during this hilarious race of the spirit, mind, and wits.
Broncos mascot, ahoy!
There's some talent!
Lockheed Martin's ASStronaunts.
The fine folks at Croc's strut their stuff!
This boa didn't get the judges too excited for a hug!