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Annika photographed by Kevin Warnock – photo 7, shoot 3, May 13, 2012, Piedmont, California USA

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Annika photographed by Kevin Warnock - picture 7, shoot 3, May 13, 2012, Piedmont, California USA

This is the 7th photograph in a series of shots I will publish from my 3rd photo session with Annika.

I took these pictures on May 13, 2012 in an elegant private home in Piedmont, California USA.

I love shooting on location in other peoples’ homes. If you have a photogenic home, fancy or entry level (but fascinating), and would be willing to allow me to use the location at no cost, please get in touch with me.

I took this picture with my Canon 5D Mark II camera. To see the picture at full resolution of 21 megapixels, please click on it twice in delayed succession.

Click here to see all the photographs of Annika that I have published to this blog

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September 11th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Annika photographed by Kevin Warnock – picture 4, shoot 3, May 13, 2012, Piedmont, California USA

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Annika photographed by Kevin Warnock - picture 4, shoot 3, May 13, 2012, Piedmont, California USA

This is the 4th photograph in a series of shots I will publish from my 3rd photo session with Annika.

I took these pictures on May 13, 2012 in an elegant private home in Piedmont, California USA.

I love shooting on location in other peoples’ homes. If you have a photogenic home, fancy or entry level (but fascinating), and would be willing to allow me to use the location at no cost, please get in touch with me.

Click here to see all the photographs of Annika that I have published to this blog

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September 8th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Annika photographed by Kevin Warnock – picture 2, shoot 3, May 13, 2012, Piedmont, California, USA

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Annika photographed by Kevin Warnock - shoot 3, picture 2, May 13 2012

This is the 2nd photograph in a series of shots I will publish from my 3rd photo session with Annika, on May 13, 2012.

My first shoot with Annika, on April 22, 2012, was her first shoot ever with a photographer, as unbelievable as that may sound.

This third series of images was taken in an elegant private home in Piedmont, California USA.

I love shooting on location in other peoples’ homes. If you have a photogenic home, fancy or entry level (but fascinating), and would be willing to allow me to use the location at no cost, please get in touch with me.

Today I will begin listing the shoot location in the title of my posts.

Today I will also begin ‘tagging’ my posts with the shoot location, which will help my readers find shoots from a particular town, city, state, province, country or other named area.

Click here to see all the photographs of Annika that I have published to this blog

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September 6th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I ordered a Nikon D800 camera today

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Nikon D800 camera illustration. Image from http://NikonRumors.com.

Nikon D800 camera illustration. Image from http://NikonRumors.com.

When I was in photography school at Brooks Institute, a poor quality school I suggest you avoid, my 35 mm camera was a Nikon FM2. I still have it.

I preferred my Omega 45F 4 x 5″ view camera, so I probably have only shot fewer than 100 rolls of film with the Nikon. I still have the 50mm F1.4 lens and the 105mm F2.5 lenses as well, and they are in near mint condition.

About 7 years after I graduated, I switched from Nikon to Canon. I have four Canon lenses, including the 16-35mm L and 80-200mm L zoom lenses. I even have a Forscher Pro Back to shoot Polaroid test shots. That was a costly item – far more costly than the camera. I think it was about USD $700 in 1994.

My current camera is a Canon 5D Mark II. This takes great pictures when they’re in focus. But due to its having a mediocre quality auto-focus mechanism, more than half of all the pictures I take are out of focus! This makes me look bad to my subjects, I fear. I give my models all the pictures at the end of shoots, so there are tens of thousands of fuzzy pictures of mine out in the wild. This is not an ideal situation.

Canon finally has reportedly fixed their auto-focus problem on their new Canon 5D Mark III, which costs USD $3,499.00 and is in short supply such that there is a wait to get one. Since focusing is so important, I was planning to buy the Mark III. But then I started reading about the new Nikon D800, which costs $500.00 less and reportedly has a great auto-focus mechanism with automatic face detection, something the Mark III lacks. I would love face detection, since I specialize in photographing models at wide aperture, where critical focus is important.

The Nikon D800 camera captures a stunning 36.3 megapixels, or ~14 more megapixels than the new Mark II from Canon. I have been in love with high resolution since I first shot 4 x 5″ film in school. I’ve read that 4 x 5″ film contains about 50 megapixels of detail. If true, that means the new Nikon is getting close to 4 x 5″ but without the huge cost and hassle of shooting people with such a large camera.

I will still be able to use my old Nikon lenses in manual focus mode with the D800, and my Canon lenses are actually still valuable to others on EBay and Craigslist. As a result, today, on June 22, 2012, I ordered a new Nikon D800 from web retailing giant Amazon. The D800 is out of stock, so it may be months before my new camera arrives, but I wanted to let you know even better pictures will soon be posted on this blog.

I am one of the few photographers that posts his work at full camera resolution, and I plan to continue that when I begin shooting with the Nikon D800.

The impressive illustration above of the Nikon D800 is from the website Nikon Rumors.

My dentist Gregory Chong already has a Nikon D800, and he called me today after he saw a post of mine on the social network website Facebook asking for feedback from my friends that own one. Chong is a good photographer, and I recommend his work. Chong decorates his office with framed prints that are lush and perfectly executed.

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June 22nd, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock on May 23, 2012

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Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

On May 23, 2012 I photographed Sophia Julianne. I discovered Sophia on Model Mayhem. This was the sixth photo shoot Sophia has ever done, and the first one with me.

Sophia turned 18 last month, and she passed her drivers’ test earlier in the day of our shoot. She didn’t drive for the test either of the cars she’s pictured in here, however. These cars are classic Studebaker automobiles that we encountered in the The Arsenal arts district in Benicia, California, USA. The owner of the vehicles worked in one of the art studios and saw us out talking pictures. He said we could use the cars as props. What a treat! I had never been in a Studebaker before this shoot. Look at that red metal dashboard in the shot above.

I shot these pictures in RAW format with my Canon 5D Mark II. I edited the RAW files in Photoshop. Click on them to see them in their full 21 megapixel size.

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

Sophia Julianne photographed by Kevin Warnock May 23, 2012, Benicia, California USA

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May 26th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Glamour model Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock

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Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

I photographed Jessi June on April 10, 2012 at her hotel in San Jose, California. Jessi is a full time professional model. I paid her a modest sum for this shoot, which I almost never have to do anymore. Yesterday a model I agreed to do a trade with suggested I begin charging models. I don’t want to do that because then I’ll have to worry about insurance and other business related issues I don’t have to concern myself with when I pursue photography just for fun.

Why did I make an exception and pay Jessi?

Because I wanted very much to meet Jessi to ask her about her fascinating life.

I paid her so I could interview her. She’s so busy making money I don’t think she would have agreed to simply meet me for an interview, although I didn’t ask.

The pictures here are just icing on the cake to make this post more interesting to my readers.

What makes Jessi June interesting to me?

Map of the United States showing the travel itinerary of professional model Jessi June, May 16 2012

Map of the United States showing the travel itinerary of professional model Jessi June, May 16 2012

She travels the United States full time, and models in most of the places she stops. Photographers learn of her travel destinations on Model Mayhem, the large and important website for models, photographers, stylists and Adobe Photoshop experts. She supports herself with her modeling earnings, including buying gas for her blue Toyota Tundra. When I found her profile on Model Mayhem, it included the map above that shows her past and future itinerary.

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

I find Jessi to be inspiring. I want to tour the United States and photograph people in the cities I visit. It might be more difficult for me to accomplish because I am not a sexy 20 year old woman. But I am getting to be a pretty good photographer, and maybe such photographers are difficult for local women to find in the more remote locations I would like to visit.

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

Even if I don’t get to photograph beautiful models on my trip, I will get to photograph others, since I have started blogging rather seriously over on my personal blog. I feel like I can walk up to nearly any interesting person and ask to interview them, now that I’ve done it several times with good results. I can see myself interviewing and photographing the owner of a gas station or restaurant that catches my eye.

When I drove across the United States in 2002, I asked a woman running a desolate gas station in the middle of nowhere in Nevada what US Route 50 was like, since the Nevada portion of Route 50 is called  “The Loneliest Road in America.” She said she didn’t know because she never traveled and had never been on Route 50.

She was only an hour away from Route 50, and that was the only major road around. She was in her twenties and she must have had an interesting, if perplexing, story, and I wish I had asked her to explain why she was working alone at a deserted filling station with no desire to leave. There was no other business at the exit where her station was located so it really felt like the middle of nowhere. I was driving my MCI bus conversion, so at least I made a big purchase from her.

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

I am a big fan of the Richard Avedon masterwork book of photographs In The American West. I would like to do a project like that myself, but in my style and with my Canon 5D Mark II, or its successor like the 5D Mark III, which I really want to upgrade to for its superior auto-focus capabilities.

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

Jessi was very gracious, and told me entertaining stories. I have her permission to write about her online, as well as her permission to publish the photographs that I took of her. Jessi knows a lot about the technology world, so we had things in common to talk about.

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

The shoot was short, as I only paid for an hour, since my goal was the interview, not the photography. Jessi is talented, as you can see from her portfolio on Model Mayhem that shows her wide range. My pictures here could have been better if we had both been concentrating on the pictures, instead of talking so much. Many of my shots of her I snapped between her sentences. It was an amazing multi-tasking hour. I recommend Jessi June, particularly for inexperienced photographers, as she requires almost no direction to appear photogenic.

Thank you Jessi!

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

Jessi June photographed by Kevin Warnock, April 10, 2012

Note: I made a couple of small corrections to this post May 16, 2012 at 9:20pm, at the request of Jessi June. I had spelled her name Jessie June rather than Jessi June, which I had to fix asap, and I did. Sorry Jessi — that’s a first for me. I hope that the search engines find the updated version. I also slightly reworded the paragraph that mentions her vehicle, to be more precise, at Jessi’s request. For example, I identify her Toyota Tundra where earlier I simply said late model vehicle. I had intended to provide her more anonymity, but she said her fans know what she drives already. Thanks for the suggestions Jessi!

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May 16th, 2012 at 4:01 pm