King Mackerel Prepared by a Master Chef

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Of all the photo shoots I have been on over the years this one for Grady-White is among the best. There are several reasons why. I had been wanting to do a shoot for Grady-White for awhile. I like boats. I grew up on the coast and always knew about Grady-White boats, some of the best built. I even worked for a boat company at one time.

Five of us spent a week in July on Bald Head Island. Joining me were two assistants, the art director and Charlie Adams, President of Adams and Longino Advertising.  We stayed in a condo that was connected to the same dock in the photo. So every morning before sunrise we would leave the condo, walk down the dock to photograph this one boat for a couple of hours. We repeated the process in the afternoon until sunset. Although the boat never moved, we got a variety of looks with different light, skies and camera angles. The rest of the day we spent talking, resting or going to the beach. But what made this shoot unique was Charlie. Charlie is a master chef. He prepared these amazing night time meals with fresh seafood. The most memorable was the smoked King Mackerel. The end result was a poster in color and a black and white ad and one of the best weeks ever.

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Charles Register is a North Carolina photographer with over 20 years experience producing quality, creative imagery for corporations, advertising agencies, magazines and small businesses in boardrooms, resorts and remote locations around the world.  Emphasis on travel and tourism, lifestyle, environmental portraiture, architectural photography, scenic landscapes and golf courses. Contact for assignments at 919 414.8235 and please visit www.charlesregister.com

Now You See It, Now You Don’t!

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What you see here is the new student housing building at VCU. What you don’t see is the traffic signal and traffic sign that was in front of it. Due to the tight constraints of this urban environment, the best view included the signal and sign covering part of the building. There was just no way around it. What was the solution? Did the city of Richmond remove the light, sign, pole and all? No. What I did was photograph the building from the ideal spot, despite the obstruction. I then moved a few feet over, far enough for the camera to see parts of the building that were covered in the first shot but not far enough to change the angle too much.

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Using Photoshop, I copied the uncovered areas from the second shot and placed them over the signal, sign and pole in the first shot. The concept was simple, but required great attention to detail to blend the two. I had to skew some parts to match the lines of the building. Since light is always changing at dusk, I also had to color match. Next, I blended the streaking car lights from shot 2 into shot 1.

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At this point I chose a sky from my library to replace the existing sky and remove the remaining traffic signal and street sign.  I also flipped the new sky photo so the darker clouds would be on the right side above the building instead of hidden behind it.

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Charles Register is a North Carolina photographer with over 20 years experience producing quality, creative imagery for corporations, advertising agencies, magazines and small businesses in boardrooms, resorts and remote locations around the world.  Emphasis on travel and tourism, lifestyle, environmental portraiture, architectural photography, scenic landscapes and golf courses. Contact for assignments at 919 414.8235 and please visit www.charlesregister.com

Was It Just Plain Luck?

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Some have asked if it was planned or a lucky photo opportunity. I did plan it. As a professional photographer that is what I do. I got the idea while sitting at a traffic light. In front of me was a dog in the back of a pick up truck. I envisioned a vintage red truck and began searching for one. Found a couple that weren’t quite right. One wasn’t even drivable. Then one day I saw this truck drive through an intersection in Raleigh. So I followed him. When he stopped at the next traffic light, I got out, ran up to him and told him my idea. He was all for it. I had already scouted locations and had one that was perfect. My friend Maggie had a Dalmatian. Now everything was in place so we set it up for one Sunday afternoon. There you have it.

Charles Register is a North Carolina photographer with over 20 years experience producing quality, creative imagery for corporations, advertising agencies, magazines and small businesses in boardrooms, resorts and remote locations around the world.  Emphasis on travel and tourism, lifestyle, environmental portraiture, architectural photography, scenic landscapes and golf courses. Contact for assignments at 919 414.8235 and please visit www.charlesregister.com