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Mini-Review: Saal Digital Photog Books Offer Quality at Modest Price Points

Posted in General, Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2018 by kendoophotography

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In a competitive and saturated photo book market, Saal Digital offers photographers and serious amateurs yet another quality option to consider.  Last month Saal Digital offered me a “discount coupon” to try one of their photo book options.  Typically, I have relied on higher quality book makers such as GraphiStudio based in Italy—and at commensurately higher prices as well.  But sometimes the most expensive offerings are not the best for all photo projects. Enter Saal Digital, offering a good quality product at modest pricing.

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Photo books are offered in square and rectangular formats, lay flat binding, a selection of photo and matte papers, and various cover options.  Books may be between 26 to 120 pages in length. Print quality is quite good for the price point and certainly much better than typical consumer grade offerings.

But the biggest attraction to Saal Digital is actually their website online ordering capability.  Kudos here to Saal Digital. The online process is exceptionally easy to use, select options, and create photo books.  I was amazed at the simplicity of the online software to create a photo book “automatically” with images that were simply (and quickly) uploaded from my computer.  Obviously, personal tastes vary and are subjective, and other design options will obviously produce even higher quality layouts.  Need a quick photo book? It’s hard to beat Saal-Digital’s automatic software option.

Saal Digital offers professionals and discerning consumers a good quality photo book option at a competitive price point.  You can get more information and order photobooks at https://www.saal-digital.com/

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–Ken Doo

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CHS Water Polo Wins Season Opening Tournament at Wilcox

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 7, 2015 by kendoophotography
Tournament MVP Kevan Auger.  ©2015 Ken Doo Photography

Tournament MVP Kevan Auger. ©2015 Ken Doo Photography

The Carmel High School Varsity Boys Water Polo Team opened its season by winning the Wilcox Tournament last weekend. This year marked the second year in a row that CHS Water Polo has won the tournament.  Images from the Wilcox water polo tournament may be viewed and purchased at www.kendoophotography.instaproofs.com  Proceeds help to support CHS Water Polo.  Ken

Rocco Mediate Scores the Cover for Ambassador Magazine

Posted in General, Portraiture with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2015 by kendoophotography
Golf Pro Rocco Mediate. ©2015 Ken Doo. Phase DF, IQ180, Schneider 150 LS.

Golf Pro Rocco Mediate. ©2015 Ken Doo. Phase DF, IQ180, Schneider 150 LS.

I don’t golf.  Plain and simple, golf becomes a dangerous game when I get my hands on a set of clubs. But living on the central coast of California places me in the heart of a golfer’s paradise, and I have been fortunate to have been selected to photographer several golf professionals, including Tom Kite, Joe Ogilvie, and recently Rocco Mediate.  The National Italian American Federation retained to photograph Rocco Mediate at Pebble Beach for a small publication, Ambassador Magazine.  I photographed Rocco and his wife Jessica on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach.

What Drives Rocco? ©2015 Ken Doo. Phase DF, IQ180, SK 150 LS

What Drives Rocco? ©2015 Ken Doo. Phase DF, IQ180, SK 150 LS

I chose to photograph this portrait session using my a Phase 645DF and Phase One IQ180 medium format digital back, along with a single studio strobe. The 18th hole at Pebble Beach provided a beautiful backdrop for the session. Rocco and his wife Jennifer both have friendly and affable personalities.  They were easy to photograph and made my job enjoyable. Rocco arrived at the golf links with his wife and a cigar in hand. He offered to set his cigar down, but I thought it was a perfect way to naturally add some of his personality to the portrait.

Rocco and Jessica Mediate. ©2015 Ken Doo Photography.

Rocco and Jessica Mediate. ©2015 Ken Doo Photography.

For more information on medium format digital photography, contact me at my boutique portrait photography studio in Carmel. Ken  (831) 626-1844

Legacy Water Polo Welcomes Olympian Tony Azevedo and Global Wave Water Polo Clinic

Posted in Events, General with tags , , , , , , , on January 11, 2015 by kendoophotography
Nathaniel Pettis at the Legacy-Tony Azevedo Water Polo Clinic.  ©2015 Ken Doo Photography

Nathaniel Pettis at the Legacy-Tony Azevedo Water Polo Clinic. ©2015 Ken Doo Photography

Over the January 10-11, 2015 weekend, Legacy Water Polo sponsored US Olympian Tony Azevedo and Dragon Jovanovic’s Global Wave water polo clinic held at the Santa Catalina Pool in Monterey, California.  The two-day clinic gave participants a great opportunity to learn from two of the best water polo players in the game.  I took photos of each participant with Tony Azevedo, with each player receiving an autographed 5×7 portrait at the end of the clinic.  The clinic was attended by over fifty water polo players from throughout California.

Tony Azevedo and Dragon Jovanovic of Global Wave and Mia and Whitney from Hard Core Polo.

Tony Azevedo and Dragon Jovanovic of Global Wave and Mia and Whitney from Hard Core Polo.

Photos from the water polo clinic may be viewed and purchased online at my event hosting website www.kendoophotography.instaproofs.com   Two separate online galleries gave been set up, one for each day of the clinic.  Please contact the studio for questions, requests, or to place a direct order.  Ken  (831) 626-1844

CHS Water Polo Team & Individual Photos and the 2014 CHERRIES File is Online!

Posted in Events, General with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2014 by kendoophotography
Brett Luch fires on goal. An image from the Cherries File. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

Brett Luch fires on goal. An image from the Cherries File. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

The 2014 Carmel High School Boys Water Polo season has finally come to an end, marked by an exciting finish with Carmel beating Soquel to win the league Championship.  Photos from Frosh, JV, and Varsity games remain online for purchase at www.kendoophotography.instaproofs.com.  Also just posted online for review and purchase is the “Cherries File.”  The Cherries File is an accumulation of the best images from throughout the entire water polo season. It’s worth a look!  Team & Individual photos are also posted online at http://kendoophotography.instaproofs.com/enterEvent.php?id=1143304  The Frosh, JV, and Varsity Team photos will be on display at the end of season banquet coming up in December. Each team portrait was photographed using a medium format digital camera, with the resulting image printed large at 40″ x 60″ with incredible detail.  All work is produced in studio and I have since expanded my fine art printing offerings to artists and photographers with Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction.

Please contact me at my boutique portrait studio in Carmel if you have any questions.  Ken (831) 626-1844

 

Veteran’s Holiday 2-for-1 Event Print Sale!

Posted in Events with tags , , , on November 5, 2014 by kendoophotography
Floor exercise.  ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

Floor exercise. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

In honor of our US military veterans, all Beach Blast Gymnastics Tournament print orders placed Friday, November 7, 2015 through Tuesday Veteran’s Day November 11, 2015 will be doubled two for the price of one!  Order one print(s) and receive two of the same image, same size—for the price of one.  Photographs make great gifts for family and friends.  Order early to beat the holiday rush!  See, www.kendoophotography.instaproofs.com  Your invoice will show one print, but will be doubled automatically by Ken Doo Photography on delivery.  Offer available for print orders only, same image, same size ordered.  Contact the studio for any questions or to order direct.  (831) 626-1844.  Ken

Beach Blast Gymnastics Tournament Comes to Monterey; Monterey Bay Academy of Gymnastics Team Portraiture

Posted in Events with tags , , , on October 29, 2014 by kendoophotography
A floor exercise competitor finishes her event at the Beach Blast 2014 Tournament

A floor exercise competitor finishes her event at the Beach Blast 2014 Tournament. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

The Monterey Bay Academy of Gymnastics hosted their annual Beach Blast Gymnastics Tournament last weekend. The tournament was well-attended with hundreds of competitors representing several teams from California. Ken Doo Photography was the event photographer at this tournament, covering seven sessions over the two day competition. We focused primarily on the Beam and Floor exercise events.  Photographing the event was challenging with capturing moving gymnasts, low light and no flash (to avoid distracting competitors).

Catching air on the floor exercises.  ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

Catching air on the floor exercises. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

 

Nearly seven thousand images were taken during the course of the event!  Event images from Beach Blast 2014 may be viewed and purchased online, or see www.kendoophotography.instaproofs.com  Each session (1 through 7) will have several galleries (A, B, C, etc.) to aid in viewing the events. All sessions:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are now complete with both Floor and Beam events online and available for viewing and purchase.   Each gallery is considered a separate “event” and purchases made using the online shopping cart will need to be completed before moving onto the next gallery or event.  Images online have not been edited or retouched. Selected images for purchase will be edited and/or cropped as needed prior to printing.

On the Beam. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

On the Beam. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

All purchased prints are quality guaranteed. Both print and low resolution downloads are available for purchase online.  Call the studio at (831) 626-1844 for different size options or special requests. A high resolution print CD/download option of all images taken of a single gymnast is available for purchase. Call the studio for details.  ken.

Head coach Jessica helping to set up the team.

Head coach Jessica helping to set up the team.

Just a month earlier, I photographed the Monterey Bay Academy of Gymnastics Team. Aside from the normal team and individual photos, the gym wanted a large group photo of the competition team to put on display.  The team was photographed with a Phase One 645DF and IQ180 medium format digital back, including the individual images with gymnasts flying through the air! The short flash duration capabilities of the Phase One IQ180 and leaf shutter lenses actually made it easier.

Monterey Bay Academy of Gymnastics. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

Monterey Bay Academy of Gymnastics. 30 x 60 wall portrait! ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

The final image was printed in studio and measures 30″ x 60″ . It was mounted and framed in a solid wood, matte black frame, and is currently on display at the Monterey Bay Academy of Gymnastics in Sand City, CA.  What a great way to build team spirit!  For more information about event photography or medium format digital portraiture, contact me at my boutique portrait photography studio in Carmel, CA or call (831) 626-1844.  Ken

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