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Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in Announcments, Photos | Comments Off on Debi2013

Debi Lou 2013 Fashion Show

What a show!  Just want to give a shout out to all you guys that modeled for the show. You all did such an amazing job!

All of the best photos are in the post below.

Anyone feel free to download any of the photos on this page.

 

 

For anyone interested in prints, or editing on their photo, contact me through the “Contact” page on this site.

Premium photo edits (like the first 4 on this page) cost $25.00 per photo.

 

Check out my Facebook page for some of my favorites from the show – Who knows, your photo may be chosen as a favorite!

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New Photo set! – Beauty in the Dark

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Blog, Photos | Comments Off on New Photo set! – Beauty in the Dark
New Photo set! – Beauty in the Dark

I just uploaded a new set of photos to my landscapes Collection, called Beauty in the Dark. Head on over and check it out!

Beauty in the Dark

Low light/night photography is one of the most inspiring types of photography. It has a very calming yet mysterious feel about it, and always leaves the viewer… Read More

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Twilight of Life

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Photos | Comments Off on Twilight of Life
Twilight of Life

This is one of the first photos I took upon entering Mexico and has become one of my favorites! We were in the van across the street from this old run down house and I noticed the old lady resting her head on her hand and just looking out the window. I took photos for a good 10 minutes before she noticed me and started looking nervous… 😛

Forsaken

Posted by on Aug 18, 2012 in Photos | Comments Off on Forsaken
Forsaken

This is the face of Infiernillo, the most poverty strichen district in Mazatlan Mexico. Infiernillo is a large squatters camp where houses are no more than wooden frames wrapped in tar soaked card board and scrap plastic. There is no plumbing and only a select few are lucky enough to have a light bulb to light their huts at night. Infiernillo means “Little Hell”, an appropriate name for the place, as much of what you find there is of the most unpleasant and repulsive nature. This place is infested with every plague imaginable, fleas, ticks, lice, mice, rats and mosquitos. Even some diseases that supposedly have long been irradiated still exists in this place.

The one light that shines ever so brightly in the place of darkness is the children. Even in the poorest conditions the children of Infiernillo represent a hope for their families. Poverty means little to a young child. Even in poor conditions children find happiness and joy in the company of of other joyful souls engaged in the wonders of childhood.

Even as a beacon of hope that shines ever so brightly, the children dangle by the most delicate thread that at any moment could break sending them plundering into the darkness. Life is delicate, and this is no more true than for the children of Infiernillo. The squatters camp is situated literally on the edge of a highway, which is like a death trap for any young child. Many of the children of Infiernillo never make it past the age of 8, on the account of this concert monster that never sleeps. Even more horrifying to some children than the risk of geting run over is the even of watching their fiend or sibling fall prey to the lifeless road.

Even through all this, the children of Infiernillo shine as a light in a place of darkness, and hope that one day they can be free.

 

Forsaken - The story of a child - By Daniel Reaser

This is Bartito. In this photo he is three years old. Bartito was raised by his eight year old brother until the age of two and a half, when his brother drowned. At this time he was essentially left to care for himself at the age of three and a half, as both his parents are drug addicts and his father is an alcoholic. Bartito could commonly be seen on the street, filthy and half clothed, fending for himself. Every time we would visit the squatters camp, all the children would come running and creaming to greet us, but none more than Bartito. Bartito craved attention and even the smalest signs of love set his face off in a huge smile. any love and attention you could spare, he would soak up like a dry sponge.

At the age of five, Bartito was run over while riding his bicycle on the street. Though not killed, he suffered injuries that will last his whole life, adding part of him to the toll this place has taken on the children.

I know Bartito will always remember me, and i will always remember him for the smiling wild child he was.

Door Onto The Unknown

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Photos | Comments Off on Door Onto The Unknown
Door Onto The Unknown
Door Onto The Unknown - By Daniel Reaser

Door Onto the Unknown

I found this old shack while out on one of my photo walks in Mexico. What drew my attention was the white writing on the door. It just kinda seemed to jump out at me. Once I took the time to look over the shack I knew that it would make a good photo! The white writing contrasts really nice with the door, and the blue top and bottom just made it very interesting.

 

 

I always try and look for some meaning in what I am photographing and find some way that it can  symbolize our journey through life.

This photograph represents those times in life when the future is uncertain and we do not know what lies ahead. Many times we come to a phase in life where where despite all out calculations, reasoning and planning we feel we are walking into a mysterious, unknown place.

The white writing on the door represents how we are always calculating and making plans for the future. Hoping dreaming and even scheming, but despite all this, life is still a mystery. you never know what lies on the other side of the door, the only way to find out is to set all plans aside and walk through the door onto the unknown.

 

 

 

 

Black and White or Color?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Photos, Tutorials | 1 Comment
Black and White or Color?

Every time that I’m going to publish a photo to my website, Flickr, 500px, or any other social media site, I have the mental conflict of what color format I should publish the photograph in. Should I publish it in color, black and white or sepia? This is obviously a question that every photographer faces on a regular basis. Sometimes it can be very hard to decide. In fact, a couple times I have decided not to publish a photo just because I could not settle on a color format. Although the solution to this question is based on personal preference, a few things should be considered that might make the decision a bit easier.

I personally never shoot an event in black and white because every time I do, I end up regretting it. I get the photos up on the big screen and I make a comment saying, “Oh darn! If only that one was in color!” You cannot convert a black and white image to color, but you can do the other way around.

The first thing you need to do when deciding how to edit a photo is to identify your goal. What do you want this photo to accomplish? What is your purpose for publishing the photo? I publish my photographs to symbolize a piece of my art. I edit those photographs as to what looks appealing to the viewer. If I am trying to get a response on a site, for example, Flickr, then I will choose the color format that gives the most impressive and affecting effect.

Another thing to consider is the content of a photo. Sometimes the colors in a photo are not very appealing. In this case, converting to black and white could be a good choice.

Black and White PhotoPlain blue or grey skies can often ruin a beautiful photograph. I cannot count the number of times that I have gone to the trouble of planning a photo trip to a beautiful location only to have my hopes for good photos visually dashed by a grey sky. Although this is disappointing, not all is lost. By converting to black and white, one can minimize the effect of a grey sky and rescue the photo.

 

Another time that the black and white effect can be a lifesaver is in low-light situations where there can be quality loss, or motion blur. By applying a black and white effect, you can minimize and even use motion burrs and graininess to your advantage

Sepia can also be used in any one of these instances, but it works best in high contrast photos where there is a true white, true black and mid tone grey.

Of course, we cannot forget color. When color looks better than all the other choices, use it. One thing to keep in mind is that color tends to have a less dramatic effect than black and white.

Sepia PhotoIn the end, the most important thing is that the results please you as the photographer and it accomplishes your goal/s. Do not ever let photographic rules and facts or the expectations of others dictate your work – Be yourself!

 

There are many opinions on this topic – and I would love to hear yours.

 

 

 

What Makes a Good Portrait

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Photos, Tutorials | Comments Off on What Makes a Good Portrait
What Makes a Good Portrait
Photograph by - Daniel Reaser

Photograph by www.DanielReaserPhotography.com

What makes a good portrait? Light? Expression? Color? Angle? Although all of these do contribute to making a good photo, none of them are the making factor for a killer portrait. So what is? First I will briefly go over what does not make a portrait. Light, color, angle etc… contribute to making the photo pop. They make it unique and give it the finishing touches, but they do not make the killer photo.

A killer photo is almost purely based on authenticity. Like I said, light and angle accent the great photo, but the authenticity of the photo subject is what will make the portrait a great portrait. This is why some of the greatest portraits in history came from journalists photographing their subjects in their natural environment.

Afghan Girl - By Steve McCurry

Photograph from www.Nationalgeographic.com

This photo by Steve McCurry was published in National Geographic magazine, June 1985 and is regarded as one of the most famous photographs in history. It was taken in a refugee camp in Afghanistan – in a far from ideal photographic environment. What makes this photo is the terror in the girls eyes and the fear in her face. The authenticity of the photo makes it great. Authentic portraits make the best photographs – something that can not be imitated in a studio.

Given all of this – there is still great value in studio photography. A photographer can still take authentic photographs in a studio setting. This aspect is out of the photographers hands and is up to the photo subject. If the subject feels comfortable, they are more likely to be themselves and render authentic photographs. This is the skill that is important for a good model.

Work with subjects in their natural environment. A good photographer knows how to follow as well as lead his photo subjects/models on a shoot. Ultimately the success of a portrait is based on the subjects authenticity and the ability of the photographer to capture it.

New Collection – Portraits

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Photos | Comments Off on New Collection – Portraits
New Collection – Portraits

I have just added a new collection to my portfolio. Portraits – drop by and have a look! 🙂

In this collection I strive to capture what the person is feeling.

I like to photograph kids because they are honest. They do not try an put on a fake mask for the camera. They are themselves – uncaring about the fact that they are being photographed. My favorite place to go portrait hunting is in the squatters camps. There is a sense of community there  – a place where beauty and pain come together and form the perfect bond. The expressions and feeling I can catch in the children’s faces can not be faked or imitated in a studio. That’s not to say that there is no value in studio photography, but I much rather photograph people in their natural environment. Read More…

Longing

Joy

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Equipment? – I Think Not…

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Photos | 1 Comment
Equipment? – I Think Not…

One problem that a lot of photographers face, and I know I definitely face, is a lack of resources and equipment. I just wanted to take this post to marvel at what a person can do with just a few pieces of paper and basic household lamps and lights. I took the following two photos using just a few pieces of paper and lamps. It does not take big fancy equipment to take good photos. Even with the simplest equipment a true artist can take breath-taking photos that would compete with photos taken with even the most expensive equipment. A good friend of mine, and mentor, once told me that it is not the camera that makes the photo, but the photographer. He has been using the same DSLR camera for 15+. His camera has very limited functions the the quality is not nearly as good as our modern DSLR cameras, but he still manages to catch something in his photos that is just pleasing to the eye. In the end, the power to impress is in the hands of the photographer. Do not worry about the quality of your equipment, if you have a simple point and shoot, use it for what it was made – to take photos and leave the rest up to your artistic imagination. What is the true limitations placed on photographers by their equipment? Feel free to share your experience… Would love to hear from you. 🙂

 

 

 

New Photo in Abstract Color

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Photos | Comments Off on New Photo in Abstract Color
New Photo in Abstract Color

 

I have just posted a new photo to my Abstract Color Collection

Abstract Colors Collection - Daniel Reaser - Click to visit

New addition to Abstract Colors Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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