Portrait Reflected in One’s Own Eye

Posted by Scott Holstein on February 6, 2013 in Personal Projects
Creative photography of a woman’s face reflected in the pupil of her own eye.

Macro portrait of a woman’s face reflected in the pupil of her own eye. The effect was done in-camera with a mirror, off-camera lighting, and a macro lens. Purchase prints or license this image.

One day back in college, I realized I could see my reflection in my own pupil while looking into a mirror. I thought it might make interesting and creative photography so I enlisted fellow photographer Joel Fluty to endure some pretty strong off-camera flash blasts to the face. After sacrificing Joel’s vision, I determined that it was theoretically possible to make a portrait of someone’s reflection inside their own eye, but it would not be easy to accomplish. Read More


Warrior Woman with Machine Gun – Rambo Parody

Posted by Scott Holstein on June 25, 2012 in Behind-the-Scenes, Personal Projects
Creative photography of a warrior woman emerging from the water while firing a machine gun.

A warrior woman (a Rambo spoof), emerges from the water at sunset while firing an M249 machine gun as the water splashes around her. 1/160 f/9 at ISO 800. Purchase prints or license this image.

“Rambabe” is my latest personal project, done just for kicks as a creative recharge. It is, of course, inspired by the Rambo movies; I own the ’80s trilogy. While watching it one day I decided it would be fun to make creative images that change it up a bit and have a beautiful, tough woman as the “one man army” instead of a sweaty dude (no offense, Stallone).

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Photography Tips: The Poor Man’s Underwater Camera Housing

Photo of two cave divers floating in a sinkhole, created using a cheap underwater camera housing.

Partially submerged environmental portrait of cave divers Aletheia and Andre Lange in Church Sink in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Tallahassee, Florida region lays claim to a unique topographical feature – the Woodville Karst Plain. The karst plain is made of irregular limestone and underground water channels which are tied into the Floridan Aquifer. The Woodville Karst Plain is home to first magnitude springs, sinkholes, and the longest underwater cave system in the United States. As such, the region has great appeal to a courageous and adventurous type of person – the cave diver.

An article in Tallahassee magazine was featuring a local couple who cave dives – Aletheia and Andre Lange – whom I was to photograph. While I would have loved to photograph them in action in an underwater cave, I am in no way trained to do so, nor do I own an underwater camera housing. Still, I wanted to take an environmental portrait of them in the water. But how? Read More


FSU Quarterback Christian Ponder

Posted by Scott Holstein on October 3, 2011 in On Assignment
Portrait of NFL quarterback Christian Ponder's dog licking his face by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

A daub of peanut butter helped to create a moment between Christian Ponder and Dallas in Tallahassee, Florida. 1/250 sec f/8 at ISO 400.

Tallahassee magazine was doing a story on the local animal shelter – the Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center – which was recently awarded $25,000 from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for inspiring the community and adopting out 1,200 animals in 90 days.

As it turns out, local celebrity Christian Ponder, star quarterback for the Florida State University Seminoles football team, had recently adopted a dog from the shelter. So a couple of days before his last game in his college career, I photographed Ponder in Tallahassee with Dallas, his black Labrador Retriever. Read More


Scouting at Lake Jackson in Tallahassee, Florida

Posted by Scott Holstein on July 26, 2011 in Behind-the-Scenes, Personal Projects
Landscape photography of a dragonfly at sunset over Lake Jackson in Tallahassee, shot with an iPhone.

IPhone photo of a dragonfly at sunset at Lake Jackson in Tallahassee, Florida.

A few evenings ago I was scouting a location for an upcoming photo shoot. I had already scouted a half dozen locations, none of which were really working for me. This particular evening I headed to Lake Jackson, which is on the north side of Tallahassee, Florida. I had been to this particular spot before but I really didn’t think it would be ideal for this shoot. I was wrong. Read More