Dec 2011 14
Welcome to Member of the Week!  This week we meet Gordon Brugman of Smoky Moments Photography. 
Gordon has been photographing for over 30 years. I asked him what he loves to photograph the most, he replied, ” Landscapes and wildlife of the Great Smoky Mountains, using HDR photography, Ortonization and Photoshop techniques to share the beauty of my backyard with the world. “
Gordon says he gets his inspiration from the natural beauty of the everchanging Smoky Mountains. I asked him what was in his bag, he said, ” I shoot pretty simple, believing the eye is the most important photographic equipment at my disposal. My go-to camera is a simple Nikon D5000 using either an 18-55 Nikon zoom lens or my Tamron AF 70-300 Tele-Macro zoom lens. A 25 year old Slik Tripod (old school!), polarizers and a Nikon remote shutter trigger pretty much complete the package.”
I asked him if he could go back in time and give his younger self some advice, what would it be? He replied, “Consider every image an opportunity to hone your skills, learn techniques and advance your art, but not until first appreciating the moment in time you are about to capture. “
Thank you Gordon your work is beautiful and so are your words.

Jan 2012 16

Our Member of the Week comes to us from the West Coast – it’s Sean Hoyt from Seattle, Washington. Sean is no stranger to Adoramapix, he has already purchased more than 80 of our photo books and continues to impress us with his work.

Sean has been professionally photographing since 2005 and just recently picked up THE KNOT award for the Best of Weddings 2011.   Before he turned professional shutterbug, he was a graduate research assistant in electrical engineering working on robotics and circuit design.  He entered the field because of the technical challenges mixed with the psychological and artistic components. He says it’s the best of all worlds.

I asked Sean what his favorite subject to photograph was and he replied, “I enjoy photographing people and love. This could be two people  “in love” or family bonds. I use photography to express those connections.”

So Sean, knowing what you know today, if you could go back in time and give yourself some advice, what would it be?  He answered, “I would join more groups to learn from other peoples’ mistakes and triumphs. Peers also challenge and inspire me to innovate and be more creative. I’ve never been secretive about how I do my business. I think the artistry, personality and mastery of equipment is what distinguishes good from the not-so-good photographers.”

I was curious to know where Sean receives his inspiration from, he said, “Facebook is becoming huge and I follow a ton of photographers’ daily postings. I also take inspiration directly from my clients as they each have a unique story to tell. They’ve also likely done a bunch of fieldwork and bring ideas to the table. One of my favorite photographs from my portfolio is of a brial party in blue store windows. We did a bunch of prep work and bounced ideas off each other before the wedding so we could go into it and have fun. It worked out really well.”

When Sean first started out, he was toting around a D70 with a 70-200mm 2.8 lens. I asked him what he’s toting around today , he replied, “Nikon D3s, D3, D200 bodies. Nikon 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.4 and Tamron 11-18 DX lens that I use on the FX D3s. …I use SB-800s with Pocket Wizards and a portable beauty dish for engagement and family sessions, but have 500Ws Bowens monolights with batteries for bigger groups. Also, I  have 128GB of CF memory and a cool Custom Brackets C rotating bracket. It all goes in my ThinkTank Urban Disguise 70V2.0 bag which can hold a pro body and a telephoto lens upright in the center column. Best. Bag.  Ever.”

So what’s in the future for Sean, besides the Nikon D4? He said, “I am  actively transitioning into a hybrid “fusion” market where I will deliver both photographs and highlight films to my clients. If you thought stills photography was a challenge, try doing film. It’s immensely more difficult and rewarding.”



Thank you Sean for sharing, your work is both breath-taking and inspirational.  So if you would like to see more of his work on facebook you can click HERE.  If is your thing, feel free to follow him HERE.


Oct 2013 10

Each month we like to find out more a little about our members. This month, our spotlight turns to Florida as we feature Fred Holmstock of Land and Sea Imagery.

Fred picked up his first camera when he was only 6 years old. But more than just “taking” pictures, Fred was curious about, and began to study the whole photographic process including the physics and mathematics of light & lenses, as well as the chemistry of the photographic development process.   At the same time and throughout high school, he continually worked at taking more visually interesting photos.   Later, at the University of Florida, Fred was a Journalism (Broadcast) and English (Film) major, but never lost his interest in still photography. Winner of numerous local and regional photography contests, including the Kodak International Snapshot Award (KINSA) in 1980, he eventually pursued a career in television broadcast and computer animation, which ultimately led him back full circle to his initial passion, still photography.

Delicate Sunset
I asked Fred where he receives his inspiration from, he replied “Mostly landscapes, and anything visually interesting…  with emphasis on the word “anything”.
He is the epitome of an amazing artist striving for the perfect photo with his next answer. I asked him what his favorite image of his is, and he said, ” My favorite image of all time is the NEXT one I take because it will represent an accumulation of all my previous photographic knowledge and ability.”
Photographers always like to know what’s in the camera bag, when I asked Fred, he replied ” I use both Nikon and Canon bodies and have a variety of lenses for each.  Most people ask why, but I have found that my Nikons are better suited in certain situations and my Canons in others.  Suffice it to say that I’m ambi-camera-dextious.”
Fred continues to photograph images in and around south Florida and elsewhere, some of which are then enhanced using computer software that he wrote and developed for the computer graphic and animation sequences produced by his broadcast television production and computer graphics businesses.   The software he created is a proprietary bilateral filtration algorithm, and is part of what he uses today for the enhancement and effects seen in some his images.   Sometimes compared to PhotoShop and other digital image manipulation programs and photographic styles such as multiple image HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, Fred’s process uses only a single image (exposure) which utilizes the image data that already exists to enhance the image through relational and proximal digital pixel value modifications that result in changes and variations of bit level luminance, chroma and pixel density to create effects not readily available or achievable with standard ‘off the shelf’ software.
Currently, Fred is taking on an ambitious challenge.  He is photographing unique American geography and geology locations that too few of us have the opportunity to see and appreciate. He is venturing out west  to complete this portion of his project by photographing several scenic areas in the southwestern United States.  The name of the project is Land & Sea Imagery: American Landscapes.  You can view more information on this project by viewing his Kickstarter page HERE.
Thank you Fred for sharing your beautiful images with us and we wish  you well on your photography journey. You can check out more of Fred’s work on his website Land and Sea Imagery or on his Facebook Page also by the same name Land and Sea Imagery  and of course, track his progress and add support with his KickerStarter page.