1966 Mustang

Metro Detroit Car PhotographerI recently met Barry at a parking lot where a lot of, well, car nuts (enthusiasts, whatever, this is Detroit!) hang out with their hot, customized, modified, cars. Barry’s 1966 Mustang has 500 plus horsepower under the hood, a strengthened frame so it doesn’t twist, because that’s a lot of power. It has a new hood scoop, tires, wheels, awesome! He brought it to the studio so I could photograph it for a day. This is the first of a few shots that I did. Afterword, I showed it to my friend Jim Tocco from Designers & Partners. He added some art direction and text. You can see the original here. As always, I’m interested in what Emmeline or anyone else thinks.

Industrial Table Top Photography

Detroit industrial PhotographyWe have been forging metal for thousands of years.  Modern industrial processes are used to forge a wide array of automotive parts. As it involves shiny metal, I enjoy photographing it. In this case, it’s a die and the finished forged part. I stood them up on a table top in my studio using blocks and shims. Afterwords, I put them on a brown background in Photoshop. I’m always interested in your thoughts and comments.

Medical Equipment Photography

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This is a tourniquet used when doing surgery on hands, arms, legs and feet. We weren’t doing surgery in the studio; it’s not nearly clean enough. The red and blue together with the low-key feel help make this an interesting photograph. The doctor was my assistant. He’s very good, but I’d get nervous if he were working on me in a hospital. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.

Gourds

It’s a classically autumn vegetable. Cultivated for centuries, they have been used for food, kitchen tools, toys, musical instruments and decoration. They have fascinating shapes and colors that make interesting subject matter for photography. I’m sticking with the simple approach again, a single light source and a white background. I feel that it allows the nature of the gourd to be revealed. As always, comments are welcome.

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Industrial on White

It works for vegetables, why not industrial parts? A simple graphic shape on a white background lets the object express itself. Lots of time spent prepping, photographing and retouching the part reveals the beauty inherent in the object that serves some other useful purpose. The beauty that surrounds us unnoticed is uncovered. I love the quote attributed to Albert Einstein:

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Detroit Industrial Photographer Tom KirbyAs always, I am interested in your thoughts.

Root Vegetables

Root Vegetables have that gnarled, misshapen, twisted look that I find intriguing. I added glamor to these beets with water, giving them a little shine. It contrasts with the messy root hair and debris on the stems. Photographically, a single light and a simple white background let the beets be the star.Detroit Food Photographer

Health Care Photography

Detroit Photographer Tom KirbyI had the opportunity to work with an excellent art director on a project for a local medical equipment manufacturer. This is one of several photographs we made that day in my studio. Collaboration was theme of the day, as we worked together to making photographs that would enhance the design of the brochure. As always, please let me know what you think.

More Vegetables on White

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Wax beans provide an interesting subject. The simple curving shape, and nice yellow color make for a less dramatic image than the Garlic Scapes. Still, there is a quiet, subtle beauty to the yellow beans. The organic shapes and calming horizontal lines. Odd numbers seem to work better too. Please let me know what you think.

Small Product Photography

Detroit small product PhotographerI took a CPR class a few years ago, the EMTs doing the class emphasized how important breathing is to being alive. So not breathing dust, pollen or particulate is likewise important too. These masks are the simplest form of defense. Of course making an interesting photo is my job, a background with some texture helps. As always, I’m interested in your thoughts.

Carrots right out of the Ground

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I like reality, in advertising photography there is an ideal of perfection. I like perfection too, but sometimes, the gritty reality of things is far more interesting. Perfect, straight, and clean carrots might be preferred for some situations, but I like the dirty twisted ones. We got these from our CSA, and they tasted great once they were cleaned up. Please let me know what you think!

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