Gleaner 180 Fashion Flashback Editorial
Sep19

Gleaner 180 Fashion Flashback Editorial

The Gleaner Company celebrated 180 years of service on  Saturday, September 13, 2014 but on September 6 and 8, my team was busy recreating fashion of the past and present, as part of the Gleaner’s Fashion Flashback Editorial. A month prior to the 180th milestone, I was approached by a colleague regarding a Fashion Editorial. It would be a special fashion project that show cases fashion from the 1900 through 2010. I was excited because Its been a while since i’ve photographed anything Fashion related with such thought, purpose and potential. Anyway, the planning was sound! Location scouting opened my eyes to all the historic sites we have and left me with a few options that I might use one day for a private shoot. After visiting and selecting the locations, concepts and time decisions were a breeze. We even had contingencies in place in case it rained. Based on the amount of pieces to be photographed, we decided to split the shoot over a two day period to ensure good use of time, space and ideas.  Luckily, I had the most awesome and funnest (that’s not a word) team to work with on set for both days and the team was so in sync that we got in and out with time to spare. Team Kmac: Lighting assistant and voice activated light stand Jhean: Behind the scene videographer, photographer and on set stylist. She is the jack of all fashion trades Garfene: Creative and artistic director, as well as, resident climber for those hard to reach places Shari: Stylist and Assistant Project Coordinator Models: (Day One: Samantha Williams and Shanae Bennett ) (Day Two: Kerry-Ann Hepburn and Drucilla Graham). Make Up Artists: Casandra Smith (1900-1950) and Sue Divinitti (1960 – 2010). On a side note, I’d like to give a major shout out to all the models for adjusting to the weather and some times dangerous places they had to climb. There were no Diva’s on set and this is always a welcomed experience Tickoya: The Grand Master who set the whole ting in motion. She began the leg work, got the wardrobe together and secured my skills and ideas early enough to get me excited and ready in time to create this awesome recreation of fashion over the years. Locations Day One: Fort Charles, Port Royal Dates: 1900 – 1950Conditions: The entire day we were threatened by rainfall but luckily only suffered an erratic drop here and there. Time:  We were out of Port Royal in approx. 4 hrs. Day Two: Colbeck Castle, St Catherine Dates: 1960-2010Conditions: Sunday night saw nothing but lighting and thunder storms. We went any way on Monday, but the minute we parked it started to rain. We had...

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Birds of the Flock
Apr22

Birds of the Flock

  after completing an assignment at the JDF coast guard in port royal last week about the first female commanding officer in history and dreading the inevitable wait for pickup which was underway I noticed some birds, okay A lot of birds enough birds for me to think twice about talking bad about em because i’d lose that fight based on the odds lol. anyway this group reminded me of the royal lion family in the lion king.. pride rock for lions.. Flock Rock for birds ???.     Then there was Charlie (second left) and Jimmy (third left) they were chatting it up about how stiff the other guys in the crew had become, They were making plans about hitting the beach at 5 when the fishermen started working to get an early breakfast. At this point Charlie obviously was upset about my eavesdropping as well as my obvious invasion of privacy. Jimmy the more oblivious of the two just kept on mouthing off about the plans for later. Another section of the coast guard base where a large number of birds just stood there, staring off into the...

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The Jumper at kingston waterfront
Apr11

The Jumper at kingston waterfront

At this moment, he is weightless, that second when everything is still. when your upward force is exactly equal to the effect that gravity has on your body. That second that everything and anything seems possible. Hope is weightless and bound by nothing. Believe in your actions, act on your truths follow your gut. Take your leap of...

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Human Interest :: Little Mischief Maker The Old Timer and the Rider
Apr09

Human Interest :: Little Mischief Maker The Old Timer and the Rider

About two weeks ago I had to cover horse racing at  for the first time in 2014. I’m not normally excited about the sport as I have zero interest in gambling what so ever. After shooting horse racing for the first few times it does lose its appeal. I’ve even worked with pocket wizards at the track to spice up the coverage and experience for my self and possibly the paper however that never made the papers as they’re really about that old fashion coverage -_-.. anywhoo. This time I kept my eye peeled for anything else that I saw that would make an interesting photo; to keep me awake and sane as I counted down the hours to the final race. I saw a few  and I liked em so much I decided to share it. Human Interest Little Mischief Maker This little kid amused me. He jumped the fence of the track, he’s walking in a restricted area yet instead of being stealthy he was doing the Jefferson Walk about the place. The image felt better in black and white so, I did the conversion in post, toyed with the levels and monochromatic contrast a bit. The Old Timer The fatures of the old man in the middle really caught my attention, literally he was “human interest” for me at least. His missing teeth, his unkept gray.. no white hair and beard and his track sheet clutched in his hand as he watched the horses cross the finish line. The Rider This one made me chuckle. Here we have the water truck that is used to wet the track prior to the races, after which a tractor drives by and rakes the track for a clean flat race track for the next race. at the back of the truck is a sign that says no riders, to the right of the sign is infact a rider....

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Some love from the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble
Nov01

Some love from the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble

I’ve been a bad blogger, I’ve been tardy with my posts and I’m honestly trying to address it. This is more of a check in so to speak as compared to my usual updates. Restaurant week is a few days away so the round up is over for the most part, what seems to be left is the build up events which are more of a social nature which isn’t really my forte of assignments. However in poker we bluff and play the hand we’ve been dealt. About a week ago I was invited to the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble 20th anniversary award ceremony by Souad Lawrence (founder). I had a late assignment but I still managed to make it to the ceremony which was held at the  Stella Maris pastoral center. I missed the cocktails and mingle but got there just in time for a tribute to Monika Lawrence (founder) by the SMDE dancers after which they dived directly into the awards. They thanked various organizations and individuals (internal and external) for their support over the years me being one of them for photography services at the annual Stella Maris Dance Ensemble dance performance at the little theatre. I’m still sporting my camera and ID card as I came directly from work, u can tell I rarely get on the other side of a viewfinder. Here’s a jog down memory lane of previous SDME performances at the little theatre for your viewing delight. Stella Maris Dance Ensemble  2011 performance and Stella Maris Dance Ensemble  2012 Performance.  The 2013 show is roughly a week away, I urge you to go be amazed by they art of story telling through dance. They are a talented bunch you will not be...

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Food Photography :: International Cuisine at Lillian’s
Oct23

Food Photography :: International Cuisine at Lillian’s

There was a small break in the restaurant week round up features for a food feature at Lillian’s which I co-incidentally covered for restaurant week only a few days before. Apparently there’s an International Cuisine course of some sort offered Read the details here on the Jamaica Gleaner. The food photography continues :). I was working with the D800 and and fast glass with relatively decent afternoon light so i decided to listen to the inner voice. ignore the inner strobist and  forego the speed lights and make use of the ambient light. The results speaks for them self in my opinion. I toyed with some shallow depth of field and I think it worked out well for the...

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