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In between commercial shoots, Eileen and I have been exploring the frontiers of Idaho. The landscape sends me. It’s wide open with the light constantly changing, forever revealing new colors, new views.

Last Sunday as a storm was brewing, we headed to the Copper Basin, about 60 miles from Ketchum. There seemed to be a photo at every turn. The 14 photos below were taken in the just 2 1/2 hours we were there. Take a look and if you get a chance, visit the Copper Basin.20160710_copper_basin_120160710_copper_basin_220160710_copper_basin_320160710_copper_basin_420160710_copper_basin_520160710_copper_basin_620160710_copper_basin_720160710_copper_basin_820160710_copper_basin_920160710_copper_basin_1020160710_copper_basin_1120160710_copper_basin_1320160710_copper_basin_1420160710_copper_basin_12

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When I get busy with projects and life, my blog gets neglected. It just happens. I get an idea, I have an image or images I want to share but life – or assignments – happen and I’m on to the next things. So, no more excuses. Here are some projects and locations I’ve shot in the recent past and am now just getting around to posting. Each one was wonderful in its own way.

  • Budd Steinhilber - January 13, 2017 - 11:53 am

    JAY: I’m a professional designer, as well as a new resident at The Tamalpais. As you know, your iconic Golden Gate bridge image was finally installed in the dining room lobby, and adds a very special ambiance to that space. I was asked my opinion of what kind of treatment we should consider for the opposite wall. Seems obvious to me. It should feature a companion “bookend” image of similar size and format. IMHO the most appropriate choice would be a “stunning” image of Mt. Tamalpais (at sunrise, sunset, in fog ?). I couldn’t find much in the way of Tam images on your website—but maybe that’s because I didn’t know where to look. I’m contacting you on my own volition (not as part of a committee) to see what you may have in the way of image candidates. Budd Steinhilber,FIDSA. 415 464-1676

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I worked with Gary Hicks from SB Architects to photograph the resort spa and renovation of the world-renowned Farmhouse Inn in the heart of the California wine country. I’ve shot a lot of great projects this summer that I’ll share soon. In the meantime if I can be of any service to you,let me know. I’m lining up shoots for the next few months and I’d love to work with you.

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Bella Notte Linens hand towels and guest towels


I recently had the pleasure of working again with the Bella Notte Linens team on a photo shoot for their Spring Style Guide. I’ve worked with them many times and every time I’m struck by how well the shoot goes and how much we’re able to get done—which is pretty amazing given that the stylist for the team, Juliet, works on the shoot remotely….from a cattle farm in rural England.

It’s a phenomenal feat and one that can only be done thanks to technology. We communicate with Juliet via Skype and she “sees” everything on the set via the video feed from my camera.  On site are four amazing, creative, and communicative women—Kathleen, Bella Notte’s President and Lead Designer, her daughter Taylor, the company’s Visual Media Director, Michelle, Director of Sales & Marketing, and Leeta, Textile Designer. These women have been collaborating for months on the design, layout, sourcing, and construction of each of the sets.Everything is “story boarded,” sourced, and lined up ready to go, from props to product.

Then there’s me, shooting, working to capture the Bella Notte feeling, and doing most everything in Adobe’s Lightroom. The Bella Notte shoot runs for a number of days and the sets are amazingly inventive and incredibly rich visually. And while technology helps us accomplish a lot in a little time, none of it could get done and done so well if the team weren’t who they are.

According to a recent New York Times article, good teams have three distinguishing characteristics:

• “First, their members contributed more equally to the team’s discussions, rather than letting one or two people dominate the group.”

• “Second, their members scored higher on a test called Reading the Mind in the Eyes, which measures how well people can read complex emotional states from images of faces with only the eyes visible.”

• “Finally, teams with more women outperformed teams with more men.”

The two characteristics I’d add to this list are respect for each other and lack of ego. By the end of the shoot, we’re all ready to move on and tackle new projects, but we’re also incredibly proud of the work we’ve done and looking forward to the next shoot.

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We were in San Miguel de Allende when I got a challenge from a Facebook friend to photograph and post one new B&W photo a day for five consecutive days. I was in the land of color and trying to interpret it in B&W was a real challenge. I’ve posted the color shot and its B&W interpretation to show you the selects for the five days. Being able to add B&W filters to the images after the image was taken gives you endless variations on tone, contrast and texture to express the vibrance of color in the drama of B&W. Ansel Adams would have loved Lightroom.

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