T.K. Wetherell (1945-2018)

Posted by Scott Holstein on December 17, 2018 in On Assignment
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Dr. Thomas Kent "T.K." and Virginia "Ginger" Wetherell pose alongside the fence in front of a Spanish moss-draped live oak tree on their farm in Lamont, Florida.

Dr. Thomas Kent “T.K.” and Virginia “Ginger” Wetherell pose alongside the fence in front of a Spanish moss-draped live oak tree on their farm in Lamont, Florida. Dr. Wetherell was president emeritus of Florida State University in Tallahassee and a former House Speaker in Florida’s House of Representatives. He lost his 16-year battle with cancer on December 16, 2018.

This past February, I had the pleasure of creating environmental portraits of Dr. Thomas Kent “T.K.” and Virginia “Ginger” Wetherell on their farm in Lamont, Florida. T.K. was president emeritus of Florida State University (and an alumnus), former president of Tallahassee Community College, and a former House Speaker in Florida’s House of Representatives. Ginger is a former state legislator and lobbyist. 

I photographed the Wetherells alongside the winding, white fence in front of their home near Tallahassee, Florida. They were flanked by beautiful, Spanish moss-draped live oak trees. T.K. and Ginger were very kind during our photography session together and I enjoyed meeting them.

Sadly, as reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, on December 16, 2018, T.K. lost his 16-year battle with cancer. Rest in peace, Dr. Wetherell.

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Alaqua Animal Refuge Featured in TV Series on Nat Geo Wild

Posted by Scott Holstein on April 3, 2018 in On Assignment, Photography Tips
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Laurie Hood of Alaqua Animal Refuge cuddles with two puppies.

Alaqua Animal Refuge founder Laurie Hood cuddles with two puppies in 2008. The refuge and Hood will be featured on the new tv series “Animal PD” on National Geographic’s network, Nat Geo Wild. Hood founded the refuge in 2007 in Freeport, Florida. Scott Holstein/Rowland Publishing.

Alaqua Animal Refuge and its founder, Laurie Hood, will be featured in a new television series on National Geographic’s network, Nat Geo Wild, along with Walton County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigator Breezy Adkinson. The series, “Animal PD,” premieres on April 14th at 9:00PM. Read more about the show in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

About the photo:
Placing the subjects in the shade gave me easier control over the lighting than if they were in direct sunlight. A large octa softbox at camera-right provided a soft boost of light. If no shade is available, sometimes a large softbox can both shade and light the subject.

A daub of peanut butter on Laurie’s cheek was intended to help create a moment with the puppies. However, they ignored the treat, causing my trick to fall flat. Luckily, Laurie did what she does – she loved on the animals, creating the moment that makes the photo.

See how my peanut butter trick redeemed itself on my photoshoot with quarterback Christian Ponder and his dog Dallas.

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Wayne Rogers (1933-2015)

Posted by Scott Holstein on January 1, 2016 in On Assignment
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Wayne Rogers portrait in Florida. Rogers was an actor most known for playing Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre on M*A*S*H.

Portrait of Wayne Rogers in Destin, Florida.

Wayne Rogers has passed away. He was an actor most known for playing Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre on the M*A*S*H television show of the 1970s. Also an investor, Rogers was more recently a regular panelist on the Fox News Channel show, Cashin’ In.

I took portraits of Rogers several years ago for a cover story in Emerald Coast magazine written by Scott Jackson. I photographed Rogers at his beach condo in Destin, Florida, during Jackson’s interview. He was kind and laid back, giving us plenty of time to complete the interview and get the photos we needed, and he even posed for fan snapshots with us when the work was done.

Portrait of Wayne Rogers in Florida. Rogers was an actor most known for playing Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre on M*A*S*H.

Wayne Rogers.

I took some unposed, ambient shots of Wayne Rogers during the interview to give the creative director and design team additional options. Then for his portrait session, I set up some lights in the living room and photographed him lounging in a chair. As is typical with photographing celebrities, Rogers was able to simply turn on the charm for the camera, which makes things easy. Lighting was simple; the main light was a small softbox in close to him at camera left. In some shots I bounced another light or two (also at camera left but further back) off the ceiling to raise the exposure of the background above the ambient level.

You never know what’s going to happen during a photo shoot on location, and this time was no different. I still chuckle when I think back on it. Wayne Rogers and Scott Jackson were sitting on the couch, just beginning the interview as I was getting my gear situated. Rogers’ wife, Amy Hirsh, came in from a walk with their two Yorkshire Terriers. One of the dogs, Capo, immediately snapped its head around and locked its eyes on Jackson. An intruder! With a warrior yap, it charged right past me and toward him, transforming from a cute, little dog into a blur of fury. I watched in curious anticipation as it leaped into the air and sailed in slow motion towards the unsuspecting Jackson. Closer and closer it flew – eyes squinting with determination, jaws wide open – until it had reached him at knee-height, where his hand rested, and attached itself to the tip of Jackson’s finger with its tiny, sharp teeth. “Yeeow!” Jackson yelped in painful surprise while jumping out of his seat. I swiftly excused myself as Rogers and Hirsh tended to him. Once out of earshot, I erupted in belly laughter while feeling slightly guilty for my delight in Jackson’s misfortunes. He was fine, of course; he had Trapper John to care for the wound.

Rest in peace, Wayne Rogers.

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Hiding the Light Source

Posted by Scott Holstein on August 19, 2015 in Behind-the-Scenes, Photography Tips
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Tallahassee photography of a detective lighting a cigarette at night in a dramatic portrait created by Florida commercial photographer Scott Holstein.

A detective takes a smoke break while working a case into the night. Click to license or to order prints.

I’ve previously written about how to have flashes visible within the frame. In this post, I’ll discuss how I hid my main light within the frame.

This image was shot in downtown Tallahassee, Florida, using traffic lights and other street lights to form the background. These lights are turned into glowing globes by using a large aperture (f/4.0) and a longer focal length (200mm) while keeping the subject (and focus) close to the camera. The ambient lights dictate my exposure.

I used four speedlights to light James, our detective model. The trick to this shot is that his cigarette “lighter,” which is casting the light on his face, is actually a Read More

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Cross Country at Red Hills International Horse Trials

Posted by Scott Holstein on March 13, 2015 in Personal Projects
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Action photo of water splashing as a horse and rider jump over a fence in a water feature during the Red Hills International Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Marilyn Little rides RF Quarterman through the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Red Hills International Horse Trials is one of the best events Tallahassee photographers can shoot. It’s outdoors in the capital city in the spring, the season of perfect weather in northwest Florida. Resurrection fern-covered and Spanish moss-draped Southern Live Oak trees create a picture-perfect backdrop for the equestrian event, held in beautiful Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park on the north side of town, near Lake Jackson.

The Cross Country course, designed by Hugh Lochore, is my favorite, mixing adventure, athleticism, risk, and triumph. Plus, spectators are close to the action; rider and horse together leap over jumps mere feet away. It’s difficult not to hold one’s breath each time the pounding hooves go silent as they leave the ground and go airborne. Also exciting is the spray of water jettisoned into the air as horse and rider enter a water obstacle, such as the Sawgrass Water fence.

I like the challenge of catching and preserving a moment while shooting action, and I’m grateful as a Tallahassee photographer that I can photograph the Red Hills International Horse Trials. I hope you enjoy this selection of my best images from the Cross Country phase. Please click on an image to license it or to purchase prints. More images are available in my photo archive here.

A horse and rider jump a fence beneath an oak tree during Cross Country at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Katherine Rivera rides Royal Lufttanzer over the Shire Bound Trunk fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action image of a horse and rider airborn between oak trees at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahasee photographer Scott Holstein.

Jennie Jarnstrom rides Cape Town over the Hammock fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action photo of a horse and rider jumping over a fence between beautiful Live Oak trees at the Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Lisa Barry rides F.I.S. Prince Charming over the Hammock fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

A motion blur image of a horse and rider on the Cross Country Course at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Mikka Kuchta rides Rubens D’Ysieux in a blur toward the Hog House fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action image of water spraying up around a horse and rider at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Kelly Prather rides Blackfoot Mystery through the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action photo of a rider and horse splashing through a water feature at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Marilyn Little smiles as she rides RF Quarterman through the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action image of a horse tripping over a water jump during Cross Country at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace stumble on the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Chaotic action shot of a rider clinging to the horse's neck after the horse stumbled on a water jump by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Caroline Martin clings to Quantum Solace’s neck after the horse stumbled on the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Animation of a horse stumbling in a water feature and nearly throwing off its rider at Red Hills Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

(Animation) Quantum Solace stumbles in the Sawgrass Water fence, nearly throwing rider Caroline Martin.

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