Archive for fine art

Photographing Artwork for Artists

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2018 by kendoophotography

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I have been doing quite a bit of copy work for artists lately. Some clients have found my services through my website, , though most are from referrals from other artists.  Most of the photographic copy work that I do are of paintings.  It gives me the opportunity to see and appreciate the work of some very talented artists.  Once in awhile, I am asked to photograph unusual artistic endeavors, many of which are quite fascinating.  In the above image are a series of masks that artist Andrea Jones created, using actual molds of human faces.  Some are mono-toned reminding me of the famed Blue Man Group, see, some more colorful, some etched with messages, and some just downright eerie in their presence.


I wanted to share this project because of its unusual nature.  Although these masks were previously hung on walls, I did not want to photograph them hanging on walls as I felt the work would lose dimension and character.  The difficulty was how to photograph these fragile masks, yet carefully prop them up at the same time.  After some thought, I designed a makeshift holder and started setting up in studio.  I chose two strip soft boxes with grids to light the masks and emphasize the textures. Einstein mono lights were used in the strip boxes. I used a Profoto Acute2 B600 and strobe on a Red Wing boom arm overhead, with a 5-degree grid for a bit of fill.

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Black plexiglass adds just a gentle reflection for a bit more dimension.  The above is the end result, un-retouched, straight out of the camera.  I used a Phase One XF camera with Phase One IQ3 100 medium format digital back, Phase Schneider 150mm LS BR.

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Ken Doo

Figuration New Portraits by Charlie Craddock at M42 Gallery Oct 15-Nov 30 2011

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2011 by kendoophotography
Figuration New Portraits by Charlie Craddock at M42 Studio/Gallery in Carmel Valley

M42 Studio/Gallery presents Figuration New Portraits by Charlie Craddock, exhibited October 15 through November 20, 2011.  The gallery is located at 16 B Carmel Valley Road (near Rustica Cafe and the Wild Goose Cafe!), Carmel Valley Village, California.  An opening reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.   You won’t see a fine art giclee canvas edition at this exhibition (maybe next time on fine art papers!), only Charlie’s originals, but you will see Figuration quotes printed by me for Charlie Craddock on Breathing Color’s 300MS Fine Art Decor paper.  For more information, contact M42 Studio/Gallery at 831-659-0242. 

Introducing Fine Art Media Stretched Gallery Wraps!

Posted in General, Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife, Portraiture, Weddings and Bridal with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by kendoophotography

After the holidays, I finally found the time to experiment with various fine art medias and produce gallery-wrapped images, over stretcher bars—much like stretched canvas, but with fine art medias

This destination wedding image was printed on fine art bamboo paper in preparation to be gallery wrapped and stretched. ©2011 Ken Doo Photography

This delicate process allows me to offer my portrait and wedding clients another beautiful and unique option to show their favorite images.  It also is an option for artists that I do medium format digital copywork reproduction and giclee fine art printing for their own work.  So far, the best fine art medias I have found to stretch are Bamboo, Sugar Cane, and a finely textured cotton fine art paper from Breathing Color.  These beautiful fine art papers are suitable for just about any image.  Images are printed with archival pigmented inks and spray sealed.  Images may be printed up to 44″ in width by whatever length.

After sealing, the image is carefully stretched using a unique process over wood stretcher bars, just as would be done for a stretched canvas. The image is mirrored and wrapped on the back of the bars as well.A pneumatic staple gun is used on the back of the mirrored gallery-wrapped image for both fine art medias and stretched canvas.

Fine art media gallery wrapped and stretched, ready to hang! ©2011 Ken Doo Photography

I’m really excited to be able to offer this very unique photography product to my clients.  For more information on mirrored gallery wrapped stretched wedding and family portraits and art, contact me at my boutique portrait studio in Carmel, CA.  Ken (831) 626-1844

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