Years ago, I struggled through Ansel Adams' multi-volume photography course, and the one the U.S. Navy had for their photographers. Those painful experiences gave me a solid background in the craft, so they were worth it. Of course, in those days, 2-1/4" negs were the smallest pro size, and I was using a half-plate Speed Graphic or Graflex camera for my work and a Rolleiflex or Mamiya twin-lens for my personal photography. I carried a medium-gray board with me at all times to get the perfect exposure every time.

In those days, 35mm wasn't considered a big enough neg for normal pro work. How things change!!! It's much better now.

This was for an assignment for Vintage Guitar Magazine; a studio job. The goal was to capture for a guitar-geek audience the essence of this rare and perhaps unique creation by Semie Moseley. He built this guitar for a company in competition with Fender back in the late 1950s.  

The challenge in this assignment was to capture the very subtle sunburst color of this guitar, and to clearly show the primitive hardware elements used by Moseley, who went on to create the famous Mosrite guitars. These photos, along with several others I took of this guitar, were showcased in the April, 2010, issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine.

More studio photography with an infinite-paper background. This is a custom guitar built by Maryland luthier Bob Shade, who worked a lot with Kalifornia Kustom Karbuilder, George Barris. Barris designed the TV-show Batmobile, the Munster Koach, the MonkeeMobile, and a ton of other super cars. This guitar is designed around Barris' crest, with which he badged all his Kreations. And he prefered to use "Ks" rather than "Cs."

One more studio shot of a guitar. Also by Bob Shade in collaboration with George Barris, this is called the WingBat and looks like something a superhero might drive. The odd angle on this shot was to match another image on Bob's website.

Not in the studio, obviously.  This is a statue outside Heart House, the Washington, DC, home of the American College of Cardiology. Obviously, the mission here was to capture the shapes, not detail.

An outside shot of Heart House, which in a former life was the headquarters of US News & World Report. This assignment was "Hey; please grab a shot of the front of the building for a slide show due in 45 minutes." Turned out nicely, even if done on the fly!
A happy accident captured on my iPhone, but it is none-the-less a compelling image. The two talented musicians seen here performing at a Virginia bistro are Nick and Steve, and they are called Medium Gauge. Catch them if you can; wonderful people, they make great music and write their own stuff.

One of my more traditional studio portraits of Steve and Nick, the Medium Gauge duo. They are even more fun to see and listen to than they are to photograph!

Jerry White: A super person and musician. Studio portrait of one of my favorite people in the world.