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Problem liquor photographer

Posted by Greg Blue on Monday, November 30th, 2015

As soon as I saw the bottle of Buffalo Trace, I knew I was going to shoot it. I called my sponsor and told him to get over here right away. He was relieved to see I hadn’t shot it at that point, so we popped open the standby bottle, poured a couple of shots, toasted each other, and proceeded to plan on how to light the thing.

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2016 Pirelli Calendar takes a new turn!

Posted by Greg Blue on Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Don’t worry – pin up calendars won’t be a regular feature on Bluesky. But this one needs to be showcased! The venerable Pirelli Tire pin up calendar for 2016 will be showing mostly clothed women who have been chosen for their resume rather than their measurements. Yes, that was the sound of wrenches slipping out of slack hands and crashing to the oil-stained cement you just heard.
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Anne Geddes inspired image

Posted by Greg Blue on Monday, November 2nd, 2015

This image was actually shot entirely in-camera on an 8X10 view camera – no Photoshop involved. The shot was originally created for stock when my agency made a request for images representing “evolution.” This one got rejected for looking too demonic. I argued that evolution isn’t always pretty. They didn’t buy it.

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Terry Border – Bent Photographer

Posted by Greg Blue on Monday, October 26th, 2015

Every now and then I like to showcase a particularly brilliant photographer whose work is so exceptional it makes me think admiringly, “God dammit! Why didn’t I think of that?! That work should be mine!” Terry Border of Bent Objects fame is just such a photographer.

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Why I still love view cameras

Posted by Greg Blue on Monday, October 12th, 2015

My 8X10 large format camera now sits on its Gizzo tripod in a corner of my living room more as a cherished monument to the past than a brilliantly versatile photographic tool. I’ve had that camera since the 1980s and have shot many of my most important images on it, so at least it’s had a good life. Like most photographers, I’d say 98% of my work is now shot digitally (and I love digital photography), but I still do pull out my large format cameras and shoot film on very important shots.

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1st Guitarist

Posted by Greg Blue on Monday, October 5th, 2015

I’m discovering the great thing about a blog is it allows me to think out loud (great for me anyway). I shot this image a while back and it is the first in a series I have been considering doing. The series pairs historical cultures with the appropriate guitar – you can imagine the social importance of getting this right. Right? 1st Nations was the first culture to be tackled and, of course, no other guitar would do except for the iconic and venerable Stratocaster. If any culture deserved the most soulful and crunchy blues guitar, it was 1st Nations. Well, African American would obviously deserve it seeing they actually invented the blues, but there are already so many iconic images of legends like Muddy Waters that I didn’t think it needed my interpretation.

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