Pin Up Girl Mary

Back again with another model from the Air Expo 2014 Pinup shoot.  This is Mary who is a former roller girl. Talk about the complete package. Not only does she have the looks but she’s got guns for arms too! That’s a lot of firepower combined with a TBM Avenger.

See more here!

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Mary looking vibrant on the TBM Avenger.

Here’s a great pose that would look good in the barracks back in the day…or any day for that matter.

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Mary striking a striking pose.

Another great shot of Mary and here you can see how toned her arms are! We all had a lot of fun and Mary was definitely infectious with her charm. Plus she might pull a roller derby move on you so we just kept smiling ;)

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Mary looking vibrant!

See more of Mary in the gallery.

Sin City Minneapolis

I always enjoy movies and the different looks they achieve. It’s great inspiration for photography and the Sin City movies (based on the comic I know) have a distinct look. Some people scoff at selective coloring but I think in the right situation it can work quite well. In fact dare I say most non-photographers love the look.

Check out more of Minneapolis in the gallery.

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A different take on a classic view of Minneapolis.

What do you guys think of selective coloring in general?

Air Expo 2014

Really enjoyed my time at the Air Expo 2014 at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, MN. A lot of the same planes are there every year but there are always a few new ones. This year they had a Corsair and another P51. You really can’t have enough of those in my book.

Check out the Air Expo 2014 gallery.

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The sweeping wing of the F4U Corsair.

The F4U Corsair is one sweet looking plane. It had a powerful engine but was ill suited for landing on aircraft carriers so most of the planes went to the Marines instead of the Navy as was planned. Later the British made some modifications to the plane and learned techniques to land on carriers.

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The Bamboo Bomber

Another new and very cool addition. The Cessna T-50 known as the Bamboo Bomber. It does look like something that might fly in the South Pacific.

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P51 Red Tail

Of course we need to have the P51 Red Tail of the Tuskegee Airmen. Maybe one of the finest fighters of World War 2. Always a favorite of mine to view these in action.

Gallery Air Expo 2014

Air Expo 2014 – Pin Up Shoot

Last weekend I went to the Air Expo at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, MN to shoot vintage planes on the ground and in the air. I also had an awesome and unexpected opportunity to shoot a pin up model shoot with the vintage airplanes after the show. How exciting to take photos of these gals with a TBM Avenger, Corsair and B-17.

I will be sharing each of the models here who all did a fantastic job. Also this was the first time doing a model shoot like this so I was thankful to be able to learn from the other great photographers and see how they work.

If this isn’t your sort of thing I understand but everyone had a great time and felt like they put their best out there. Many of the woman were first time models and embraced the shoot and really did most of the hard work climbing around on the planes.

Let’s start with Dee Marie! See the full gallery here.

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The Avenger


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I think she saw me.

Queen of the Sky

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Looks like something from a James Cameron movie.

To see more go here Air Expo 2014 – Planes and Pinups.

2014 MLB All-Star Game

The MLB All-Star Game is in Minneapolis and half the city is lit up making for some interesting shots. Here’s a couple from around town. These are not normally lit so it’s nice to get some unique shots.

See the gallery here 2014 MLB All-Star Game.

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Gold Medal Flour lit for the All-Star Game.

Gold Medal Flour lit for the All-Star Gala after the Home Run Derby on Monday night.

The Stone Arch Bridge lit for the All-Star Game.

Here the Stone Arch Bridge is lit in yellow. I’ve never seen the bridge lit like this so it was really cool to see. This was on Sunday night as they were testing the lights. You can see part of the projection missed the bridge and is displayed on the Lock & Dam area behind it.

See more here 2014 MLB All-Star Game.

Girls of Comic Con Minneapolis

Well as promised here are the girls of the Wizard World 2014 Minneapolis Comic Con. Enjoy and see more from the convention here!


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Phoenix (I believe)

Most people didn’t mind getting into character.

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Supergirl and ?

Here’s Supergirl and her trashy friend ;) I could be wrong but I think they liked the attention.

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Some sort of kitty costume…

Here’s a kitty costume. If anybody knows what characters these are drop a line in the comments please.

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Booth Girls

Here’s a couple booth girls. Not sure what they were selling…maybe just the photos in the foreground. I need to ask more questions I think :)

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Where’s Walda?

And finally you may be wondering why there’s a dude in this. Well there’s actually a girl in a Where’s Waldo costume. I’ll wait till you find her….okay didn’t take too long. Apparently Waldo couldn’t find her pants either. Oh and who knew that Waldo and Freddy Krueger in the back dress nearly exactly alike?

For more girls and seriously awesome costumes from the Wizard World 2014 Minneapolis Comic Con go here!

Guys of Comic Con

Back with more Minneapolis Comic Con. These guys really took the whole cosplay thing to heart. Next up, of course, we need to have a girls of comic con :) See the rest of the gallery here Minneapolis Comic Con .


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Inspector Gadget floating around the Minneapolis Convention Center and navigating between drunk people.

These guys were really shy about having their picture taken (sarcasm).

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I think he had been drinking…

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Captain Jack Sparrow

Tony Stark/Iron Man and friend (?) it was nice having people actually get into character and pose for these.

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Iron Man and blue/orange guy.

Once again here’s the rest of the gallery Minneapolis Comic Con .

Star Wars at Minneapolis Comic Con 2014

At any comic con there are going to be a number of Star Wars characters from stormtroopers to slave Leia. You might even see a wookie or a sith lord.  Here are some of my favorites from the Wizard World Comic Con in Minneapolis 2014.

Check out all the superhero, movie and a few more Star Wars costumes in the Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con gallery!

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A New Hope – Leia

Princess Leia above in her pure white to slave Leia below. Hanging out with Robin for some reason?!?

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Slave Leia

Even Jedi Knights get photobombed at comic con!

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Knights of the Photobomb

Master and apprentice checking out the wares in some seedy marketplace in the Outer Rim I suspect.

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Jedi Knights at the marketplace.

And finally an Imperial Guard and a Scout Trooper. I’m not sure I’d bring either to a fight. The guards are always asked to leave and the scout trooper has trouble with teddy bears ;) Awesome costumes though!

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Imperial Guard and Scout Trooper

Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis 2014

Went to Comic Con this weekend. Was definitely different than the usual cityscapes, landscapes and architecture I normally do. Actually a great way to overcome any fear about taking photos of people. Most were more than happy to strike a pose.

Check out the full Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis 2014!

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Commander Cody executing Order Sixty-Five…not quite as exciting as Order Sixty-Six.

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Storm, Supergirl and Spiderman at Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con 2014.

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Stormtrooper…a must at any comic con.

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The Street Fighter gang. Round One…Fight!

Fixing HDR Reverse Halos in Photomatix

Halos around objects in HDR photographs have been a problem seemingly since the start of HDR. We often see halos (bright areas) around trees and buildings especially against a blue sky or any smooth gradient. I’ve noticed with Photomatix 5, especially using the Contrast Optimizer tool, that there are reverse halos. Mainly dark areas in the sky where in the past there might have been a halo. This used to be present in previous versions but most images were more apt to show bright halos rather than dark halos or maybe a better term would be smudges.

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Dark smudge from Contrast Optimizer in Photomatix 5.

You can see dark smudging in the teal part and also smudging in the blue sky. The Contrast Optimizer preset is awesome but can cause these artifacts due to the extreme settings.

To minimize this you can turn the Strength slider down to 70 and the Lighting Effect slider to 70 as well. You still get a vibrant scene but with less artifacts. You still have the option of adding more Clarity in Lightroom, tweaking in Color Efex Pro or choose your favorite program for more targeted local contrast enhancements.

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Changed the Contrast Optimizer settings of Strength and Lighting to 70.

Notice the smudges are mostly gone. Some people may not have a problem with these artifacts at small sizes. If you print at larger sizes or use as desktop wallpaper these artifacts can become really noticeable and distracting.

In the future I’ll show how you can use the radial filter in Lightroom to minimize halos and also a layer blending technique to remove it altogether.


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