Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Katten Invite

If you have followed my blog this year, you know I spent a lot of time shooting in Georgetown this year. I was hired by a Law firm to capture some of the spirit of the area for some art and marketing materials they used in their office move. This is the invitation they used for a opening of the new offices last October. To understand the card, the front of it is the bottom, with a cut out window, that opened to the image I took, and then the party info was inside of that.

Also, I had planned on taking the week off of blogging - but I am wrapping up the year, making a book of what I shot this year. So I may post, I may not - Taking Michael and Olivia downtown again today, going to check out the new visitor center at the Capital.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Resnick Family Portrait

This is one of my favorites from last month, had to save because it was a gift. I am really happy with the light retouch I did, there was a bruise on a forehead, some natural skin softening, and of course all of the spec removal on black clothes and even a couple fly away hairs. Before you say you wish they were smiling, Jackson was wanting 2 front teeth for Christmas. Click the Pic to view larger, look forward to your comments.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sunset on the Mall TODAY 65 Degrees

Shot this (Camera Phone) when the kids and I were walking back to the car after a day at the Smithsonian. The light was stunning!! I made the kids watch and look at the way it moved around the buildings. The capital was glowing in a warm light.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays

Best wishes for 2009. I am out until next year, see you then.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Myles at the Park

"Why are we the only ones here, and who is this guy with a camera pointed at me?"

I love this shot of Miles, he was not going to pretend that it was not cold. The emptiness of the park, the scale of him to the equipment and the long shadows with that EXPRESSION make this shot work so well.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Margo at the Park

It was quite the chilly day at around 34 degrees for a shoot at the park. Margo was a champ and had a fantastic smile to go with her upbeat attitude.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Michael & Ben

This shot is ALL about the smile on my sons face. If you follow my postings here, then you know that it is a struggle to get this boy to smile like he means it in a picture. So, technically not the best shot, but sometimes (ALL) its about the smile. If your new to here, my son Michael is the one with out the hat.

D200, 12-24mm @ f4, I think I filled with the pop up flash - This shot is in front of the National Museum of the American Indian. It is one of my favorites and has the BEST cafeteria I have encountered in DC. I recommend the Buffalo Chili Indian Fry Bread Taco.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Lloyd Malech

In a legal bind in the DC area, Lloyd is good friend and lawyer with 14 years experience in the DC and Maryland area. His site is at here. Lloyd we need to get a nice portrait done for that site - HINT!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ben and Leah SKINS Fans

Busy weekend, In Laws are in town.

This one is for you Jeff ; ) Thanks for the Shout Out on Friday. I got a PhotoWalkPro bump.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Track Chicks

A Christmas Promo I did for Track Chicks. I am actually working on finishing up a product photography update for the whole site. So if you have a Track Chick, head on over and get her something for the holidays.

I used White paper, Ultra 600 in a soft box, Fill cards on each side, products on on a 1.5 inch clear slab of Plexiglas. Used I stock for the ornaments for the Christmas flair.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Disappointing Loss

A little size advantage by one of the opposing players, but that is football. The Kidball Lions had a great season!! Thanks Coach Jon and Coach Lloyd. Looking forward to spring training.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Play Offs

It is going to be a good day for some football as the Lions battle it out tomorrow morning.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pass the Sweet Potatoes

These a quite possibly the BEST sweet potatoes you can eat. Head over to Pleasures of the Table and ask for the recipe. David posted his cranberry recipe yesterday, I know I am going to be making some for Christmas dinner.

BTW for those that are interested, and this is a photo blog, I shot D300, 24-70 2.8 at 2.8 800 ISO for all of the Thanksgiving shots. Just a small tweak in LR2.

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Perfect Bird

Leave it to Pleasures of the Table's David Smelson to have the most perfect bird on Thanksgiving. I will let him tell you about his brine and browning process. I am sure he will have some great Thanksgiving tips at his site this week. Be sure to take notes for next year, he knows his way around the kitchen. Thanks for the invite David!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving to you all... Hope you have fantastic holiday!!

See you Monday....

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Five Things Meme

I was tagged by fellow photoblogger Shawn Duffy for the Five Things Meme making its way through the ‘Net so here are my responses:

5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago

1) I was a DM for 16 Hair Salons.
2) I Partied WAY to much.
5) I did party to much, I do not remember

5 Things On My To-Do List Today

1) Walk more daily
2) Get a health check up
3) Get to the dentist and fix a broken tooth
4) Make a book with this last years material
5) Kiss my wife and kids

5 Snacks I Like

1) Beer
2) peanuts
3) pita and hummus
4) pretzels
5) Beer

5 Things I Would Do If I Was A Millionaire

1) Buy some new gear
2) Go visit Gerry and stay a month or 3
3) Buy a boat
4) Put the rest away for college for the 2 kids
5) Help someone less fortunate

5 Places I Have Lived (For Various Lengths Of Time)

1) Miami, FL
2) San Diego, CA
3) Billings, MT
4) Keno, OR
5) Washington DC

5 Jobs I Have Had

1) Solder in the ARMY
2) District MGR for Glamour Shots
3) District MGR for Hair Cuttery
4) Dad
5) Own MPalmerPhotography

5 People I Tag

1) Jen
2) Julie
3) Sue
4) Heather
5) Scott

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Silly Moment

I am doing some drive clean up and product photography this week, so I am going to share some of the lil gems that got passed up the first time around. Yesterday was just a shot I grabbed at the zoo last month. This one is form the off camera flash test I did earlier this month.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Canvasizer and Marcus

With a Pro Account over at Canvas On Demand you can have these made by submitting a web res image and then they will email you back a sample canvas to show you client.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Just grabbed one out of the archives for today, busy morning.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

That Smile

You know the one, it lights up a already bright room.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Get Your Popcorn Ready!!

Cold, Beer, Subs, Flask, ----- A WIN!! Priceless!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Pt 3

I am making these drag out -- busy day today.

THANK YOU for all of the comments this week!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Holiday Portraits Pt 2

Michael has to try a bit to coax out a good smile. I like how these came out this year. I think the spirit of the Palmer kids was caught just for a moment.

Also if you have moment, head over to Canon Blogger for Thursday Thoughts with Me. Jason has started a weekly chat series at his blog. He has been on my daily stops for a while now.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Holiday Portraits

I steamed the muslin yesterday for the holiday portraits. Is it just me, or is Olivia a natural at 4.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Band of Brothers

It all seems so long ago, we were so young, fighting a war in a desert so far from home.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

Great Falls Pano Pt 2

This is from last month. I processed with LR2 - Merge to Pano in CS3 - Nik Color efex pro polarization - curves - unsharp mask .

Thank you Scott for the shout out yesterday. Today I am doing my firmware update for my D300.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I have been changing up my routine this week - trying to get a couple miles in everyday to help with my back pain. I look forward to getting to everyone's blog soon.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Go VOTE!!!

I am walking Olivia to her school soon and charging up the PSP for Michael - We are walking to the polls afterward.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Weekend Fun

We had a great time wandering the streets here in Potomac last Friday night - It lead to a busy weekend of sports, BBQ, and the icing on the cake was second row center seats at Cirque du Soleil Kooza last night with the kids. The Tapis Rouge ticket is the way to go, You get a tent, drinks, food, gifts and great seats. If you are local, it is here until December 14th.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Go Ben Go

I listened to some of the critique from yesterdays post and created this edit of Ben making a dash to the end zone. Thanks again for your thoughts...

Test Elephant RESULTS

First a big THANK YOU to everyone that responded. If you did not check out the comment area, you should. There were very thoughtful critiques posted. The first untouched Jpeg received a half a vote for a uncommitted vote. The second, 300 preset, received 3.5 votes. The forth, PS Edit, received 4.5 votes.

I really enjoyed reading the comments and how each person gave a detailed reason for their choice - Everyone that commented has a Photoblog - Go check them out, I am...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Test Elephant

1st - is the out of camera Jpeg - Yes - sometimes I shoot Jpeg = )
2nd - is the 300 preset in LR2
3rd - is a popular plug-in for PS painted in via layer mask

Which is your favorite? and why?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Dan Glass @ Great Falls

I meet up with Dan for a quick photowalk last week in Great Falls on the Maryland side. I have a pano that I will share tomorrow.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Bear Mountain Bee

I am starting a product photography job today. Should have some to share for next week. Have a good weekend! Thanks for the comments, they are much appreciated.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


In the latest Photoshop User there was a tutorial on this. It was fitting because Michael was also awarded a MVP Pin by the other teams coach. So I fired up CS3 and knocked out this rendition.