The holy grail of beverage photography is the ability to sync a flash at a high enough speed to stop the liquid, and beverage photographers have been using exotic and expensive lighting to achieve these results. Beverage photographers have traditionally used very high power strobes, dialed to the minimum power settings to create the shortest flash durations.
Ferenc and István Ivanics walk the Earth like Cain from Kung Fu (but without the violence), and three years into their epic 6 year 9000 mile journey they drifted into Costa Rica. I spotted them while I was driving in Villareal and almost wrecked my car rubbernecking, trying to figure out if they were missionaries from a strange cult that tracked UFO’s into the jungle or perhaps something more sinister and bizarre.
I wanted to create the “classic” luxury brandy shot with the golden spot background and the glow in the bottle. I also need to test a new lens, camera, and lighting, so with some reflectors pilfered from Peter Lippmann and a sheet of glass for shooting I set up the studio and got to work.
Fashion shoot in Costa Rica for a German company selling American westernwear using Swiss and Argentine models. Jesus, the world is getting to be a small place. We had a great time during the three day shoot despite the blazing sun and heat of Guanacaste. Location scouting was the key to making Costa Rica look [...]
I recently had the opportunity to assist the great Parisian product photographer Peter Lippmann while he was on a shoot here in Costa Rica. Peter was contracted to take some interesting product photos of shoes, but in an entirely different way. He chose to photograph the shoes in trees lit by strobe power at night. Assisting Peter [...]
I adore bouillabaisse. I learned to make a great one years ago from a French chef, have had the real thing in Marseille fresh from the Mediterranean, and now have had the best one ever in the unlikely location of Costa Rica.
I had wanted to shoot his photo for a long time. I do some work at the wonderful Four Seasons Hotel in Costa Rica, and I was photographing a corporate group playing golf and doing various activities and I camped out on this amazing hole and waited for the perfect light and the perfect shot. It was [...]
This is a simple, and clean product shot that I used to illustrate the price of clean water in Costa Rica. I was publishing a rather controversial local magazine, and the hot topic of the month was sewage treatment. This is a difficult concept to properly illustrate without being nasty, so I chose this approach [...]
Fashion photography is a process, somewhat like cooking, where collaboration and good ingredients are everything. This series was shot for a local clothing store on a tight budget, with local talent and art direction. Laura Sibley, the art director, managed to swing a perfect location in a Moroccan style villa that suited the clothing perfectly.
I was contracted by the American magazine Healthy Living for a cover-shoot story of an organic ginger and turmeric farm in Costa Rica run by New Chapter, a supplement company in the States. New Chapter has an amazing farm in The Children’s Rainforest near San Ramon where they grow quality ginger for export, preserve native plant species through their “sacred seeds” project, and [...]
Somehow, I blame Werner Herzog for all of this. Whenever I manage to do something stupid in a “man versus nature” sort of way, I can’t help but to think that somehow the Bavarian madman director is influencing my bad decisions. Anyone that has seen the superb documentary about the making of Fitzcarraldo can feel the [...]
Amateur boxing from Granada Nicaragua. This was a blast, the little kids were amazing. Life for the kids in Grenada is touch, there are so many “lost children” who live on the streets and sniff glue to kill hunger, misery, and boredom. Seeing these kids boxing was great, and in the amazing setting of colonial [...]
The allure of the clean white kitchen is inescapable. It is also really tricky to shoot because white walls are a series of gradients that can look muddy if lit improperly. I shoot interiors differently from most photographers in Costa Rica because I generally work in daylight, and do not use HDR photography as it looks [...]