Archive for medium format digital portrait

Congratulations Lee & Sian!

Posted in Events, General, Portraiture, Weddings and Bridal with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2014 by kendoophotography
Sian and Lee having fun in studio. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

Sian and Lee having fun in studio. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography


Congratulations to Lee & Sian!  Lee and Sian recently became engaged to be married.  We completed their engagement session recently with portraits taken both in studio and on location at the beach in Carmel.  What a great fun couple!

Sian and Lee at the Beach. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

Sian and Lee at the Beach. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

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I just wanted to share a few portraits of Sian and Lee. Each portrait was hand-retouched in preparation for printing in studio and mounting. We also used the studio’s specially converted K7 B&W printer which produces really stunning B&W portraits of unsurpassed quality.  For more information on fine portraiture or scheduling a portrait session, contact me at my boutique portrait photography studio in Carmel, California.  Ken  (831) 626-1844

All I Want For Christmas…

Posted in Events, General with tags , , , , on December 5, 2012 by kendoophotography
Not your father's Lexus.  Phase One 645DF, Schneider 55mm LS, IQ180

Not your father’s Lexus. Phase One 645DF, Schneider 55mm LS, IQ180. ©2012 Ken Doo Photography

All I want for Christmas is….a new concept car from Lexus!  Ok, not really, but if you twist my arm….  I photographed the Lexus during a break I had photographing a small project  at the recent 55th International Autoshow at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, sponsored by and Kelly Blue Book.  Wow—really neat car.  I’ve been really busy in studio and haven’t been able to update the blog as often as I’d like. Following a whirlwind water polo season and photographing games, I have been busy photographing weddings, events , family portraits and commercial projects—all the while trying to upgrade/update the studio’s workstation computer and completing yet another special B&W K7 MPS piezography printer conversion, with both glossy and matte capabilities.

Adults only.  Phase 645DF, Schneider 55mm LS, IQ180.  ©2012 Ken Doo Photography

Adults only. Phase 645DF, Schneider 55mm LS, IQ180. ©2012 Ken Doo Photography

I am really excited about offering my clients truly fine art printing on museum quality materials, not available at typical pro-labs, for both color and B&W images.  The studio’s new fine art B&W capabilities are already being utilized commercially in reproducing historical B&W images of the City of Pacific Grove.  Although most of these images are anticipated to be wall portrait sizes between 24″ x 30″ and 30″ x 40″,  some larger images may exceed seven feet in length!  More to follow!

For more information about medium format digital photography and fine art printing, contact me at my boutique portrait photography studio in Carmel, California.  Ken  (831) 626-1844

New Wedding Book Cover Catalog and Swatch Book In!

Posted in Events, Portraiture, Weddings and Bridal with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2012 by kendoophotography

New GraphiStudio Wedding Cover Catalog and Swatch Book. ©2012 Ken Doo Photography.

This just in:  GraphiStudio’s new Cover Catalog and Material Swatch Book!  Finally, choosing the right cover and fine art media choice for your custom GraphiStudio Wedding or Family Book couldn’t be easier!  GraphiStudio Wedding and Family Books are custom designed and handmade in Italy using the finest materials, and of course, your images all hand-retouched by your professional photographer, Ken Doo.  For more information on weddings, family portraits, and the incredible GraphiStudio Books, contact me at my boutique portrait photography studio in Carmel or call (831) 626-1844.  Ken

Carmel Author Phil Bowhay Releases New Book “What Steinbeck Left Out…Pseudo Sins & Other Observations”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 14, 2011 by kendoophotography

Carmel author Phil Bowhay. ©2011 Ken Doo Photography. Phase 645DF, Phase One IQ180, Mamiya 150mm. Layout and publication by Patricia Hamilton, Park Place Publications.

Local Carmel author and contributor to the Monterey County Herald recently released his latest book, What Steinbeck Left Out…Pseudo Sins & Other Observations, published by Park Place Publications in Pacific Grove, California.  I had the pleasure of meeting Phil and photographing him for the cover of his new book.  You can meet Phil Bowhay and buy a copy of his book at Local Artists Live! Saturday, July 23, 2011 from 12 Noon until 4:00 PM at the Barnyard Shopping Center in Carmel, CA.  The event features local authors, live music, raffles and giveaways.   For additional information contact: Donna Jett  831-622-7412  or or Flo Snyder  831-626-0577 or


Rebecca Cohen Yoga in Monterey…and beyond.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on June 17, 2011 by kendoophotography

Rebecca Cohen Yoga. ©2011 Ken Doo Photography. Phase One 645DF and Phase P65+

I like being a photographer because I get to meet a lot of different people.   Commercial photography is no different than family portraiture in this regard, and sometimes I get to work with really exceptional people.  Rebecca Cohen is one of those exceptional people.  Rebecca Cohen is a Yoga teacher.  She is intelligent, professional, talented, and approachable.   What I find attractive about Rebecca Cohen is the passion that she has for her work as a yoga instructor.  It makes the difference between someone who simply works for a living, and someone who really believes and enjoys what they do for a living.  She has extensive training and background in Yoga, even having travelled to study in India.  Although Rebecca makes obviously difficult yoga positions look easy, she is a gifted and affable teacher working with clients from beginner to advanced.

Yes, she's really on her finger-tips! ©Ken Doo Photography. Phase 645DF and Phase P65+ in studio

Rebecca is currently teaching yoga out of Monterey Yoga, located at 535 Foam Street, Suite 103 in Monterey, CA 93940, although she may be leaving the area (she is part of the military family).  Rebecca also provides Yoga therapy and Thai yoga massage.  She has developed a loyal clientele following with hopes of keeping her in the Monterey area.  You can visit Rebecca’s website at more information and photos of Rebecca taken during our photography session.  For Rebecca’s yoga photos, I chose medium format digital, using a Phase One 645DF camera fitted with a Phase One P65+ medium format digital back with 60.5 megapixels.  I knew that Rebecca was concerned with using high quality images to represent her business.  I knew that medium format digital photography would give Rebecca’s business the most flexibility in terms of images that could be used providing the absolute best in detail and quality.

Rebecca Cohen Yoga. ©2011 Ken Doo Photography. Phase 645DF and Phase P65+ in studio.

The Phase One P65+ is a full-frame medium format digital sensor (about 2 and 1/2 times the size of a full-frame DSLR sensor!) providing 60.5 megapixels.  Recently the studio upgraded to the new Phase One IQ180 medium format digital back with 80 megapixels.  Especially in print, there is a noticeable difference in quality for both portraiture, commercial photography, and landscapes.  For more information about medium format digital photography, contact me at my boutique photography studio in Carmel, CA at (831) 626-1844.  ken

Team & Individual Sports Photography at Carmel High School

Posted in General, Portraiture with tags , , , , , , on May 28, 2011 by kendoophotography

Phew!  It’s the end of the school year already!  I’ve been busy with mostly portrait and commercial photography, but I do get asked to photograph some of the sports teams at Carmel High School as well.  I just thought I’d share a few of the team photos.  Nice bright sunny weather often translates into difficult photography lighting, but I think the team photos turned out well considering.

Carmel High School Boys Swimming & Diving

Carmel High School Varsity Girls Softball 2011

Carmel High School Girls Swim Team 2011


Carmel High School JV Girls Softball 2011

All of the team photos were made into large 30″ x 40″ portraits for their respective end of year team banquets. I used a Phase One 645DF with Phase P65+ medium format digital back to photograph both the team and the individual portraits.  Lenses used were either a Phase 75-150mm or the new Schneider 110mm LS.    : ) ken

PhotoMedia Interviews Ken Doo Photography on the Medium Format Digital Advantage

Posted in General, Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife, Portraiture, Weddings and Bridal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2010 by kendoophotography

A few months back I was contacted by James Martin, a professional photographer and reporter for PhotoMedia Magazine.  Jim is a talented photographer and experienced with medium format digital photography as well.  PhotoMedia had asked Jim to write an article documenting the resurgence in interest in medium format digital photography.  Consequently, Jim spoke with me and a few other authorities in the field.   You can read the online version of the article at .  There are actually two articles,” The Return of the Medium Format Carmera” and “Medium Format Advances.”  This issue of PhotoMedia will remain on newstands until February 2011.  

This family portrait on the beach in Carmel became a gorgeous 30x40 museum gallery wrapped canvas. Medium format digital produces a visible difference. Phase One 645DF, Phase One P65+ digital back, Mamiya 150mm D. ©2010 Ken Doo Photography

There has always been a image quality difference between 35mm and medium format.  In the days of film, the larger real estate offered by medium format offered much high quality portraits, albeit at a slower pace than its faster and more nimble 35mm cousin.  Although medium format film processing was more expensive,  a medium format film body was not much more expensive than a professional 35mm film body.  It actually was pretty nominal.   Enter the era of digital:  35mm based DSLRs offer much higher performance than their predecessors, and though may be considered costly, not nearly at the sometimes stratospheric level of initial investment as a new medium format digital back.   The difference in initial investment between the two formats is no longer even close, with some medium format digital backs eclipsing the $40K mark. This is a substantial premium considering that even top DSLR bodies are currently in the $8K range.  One thing certainly has not changed:  bigger is better.  And the larger real estate of a medium format sensor simply offers better image quality. The difficulties in producing large sensors (up to 2.5 times the size of a full-frame DSLR sensor) has made the initial price of entry into medium format digital expensive.   Despite the recent recession, medium format digital industry leaders Phase One (Mamiya/Leaf) and Hasselblad continue to thrive offering systems costing many many times as much as a well-equipped DSLR system.  Even venerable Leica and Pentax have entered the medium format digital field.

Red Reeds in Yosemite. Phase One 645AF, Phase One P65+, Mamiya 35mm. More landscapes images by Ken Doo may be viewed at

Serious artists and professional photographers undertake photographic assignments for clients prepared to offer and deliver more than what is needed with hard-work, equipment, skill, and experience.  They promise to deliver more than what the client expects.  There is no doubt that a photographer can shoot with less, but the nature of the field and competition demands that professionals offer clients more.  For a client’s special day, event, or business endeavor, there is too much at stake to risk using anything but the best and most reliable photography equipment.  Simply stated, Medium Format Digital delivers.

Forbidden Rock by glass artist Becky Alexander. Phase One P30 MDFB. Ken Doo Photography.

I still use Canon DSLRs where I find they may be more aptly suited.  But in terms of photographic enjoyment, nothing satisfies me more than working with medium format cameras.  Although the initial investment is high, the cost over time negates the overall costs of photographing with medium format digital equipment.  It is not unusual for DSLR users to upgrade their camera bodies every 1-2 years, whereas even older generation medium format digital backs continue to produce astounding image quality and provide much more latitude for pushing, pulling, and retouching.  Blasphemy?  Hardly.  In truth, the only real significant change has been better performing camera bodies.  In terms of image quality, sensor size is just like the old days of film:  bigger is better.   I am passionate about my photography and enjoy offering my clients what I truly believe to be the very best through medium format digital photography.  Visit my boutique studio in Carmel to see the difference!

For more information on medium format digital, portraiture, weddings, and commercial photography, contact the photography studio in Carmel at (831) 626-1844.  ken

Tom Parks Stars in Hooray for Hollywood – April 16, 2010 – May 9, 2010 at the Carl Cherry Center in Carmel, CA

Posted in General, Portraiture with tags , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by kendoophotography

Tom Parks, director, playwright, actor, and longtime Carmel resident. ©2010 Ken Doo Photography

I recently photographed Tom Parks in my boutique studio in Carmel, CA  to update the popular Carmel resident’s PR photos.  Many of you may remember Tom Park’s last successful play, What Fresh Hell is This? The Wit and Wisdom of Dorothy Parker, starring Rosemary Luke, who I also photographed.  Taking to the stage for this venture, Tom Parks stars in Hooray for Hollywood, Songs and Fables from the Golden Age of Movies, opening April 16, 2010 through May 9, 2010 at the Carl Cherry Center in Carmel, California. (4th and Guadalupe).    The production, directed by Peter Baldwin, also starts Michelle Bouleware.  Showtimes are at 7:00 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2:00 P.M. on Sundays.  Perhaps better known as a director and playwright, Tom’s talent and affable personality are easily seen and captured on camera.  Tom requested both color and black & white images.  I knew that the Phase One P65+ medium format digital back was perfect to offer the smooth gradations and tonality for the perfect portrait for Tom.  Phase 645AF, Phase P65+, Phase 150mm f/2.8 D. 

Ken Doo  (831) 626-1844

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