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Since 1998 CFLP.com, the online division of Chip Feise Location Photography, has provided "digital" photographic content for world wide publication.

Starting in 1998, CFLP.com pioneered the showcasing of  corporate, philanthropic and other special events on the web using digital cameras for image capture and web publication for global display. Please read my "about" section then have a look around my site as numerous samples of my work are displayed.

Questions? Contact me  at (703) 525-4730 (USA) or my temp e-mail address - cflp007usa@yahoo.com 

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                                                 Welcome to Washington DC...Maybe?

                          "So sorry... we are closed thanks to President Obama's sequestration. You can't even visit the White House!"

                                                                           "Save your tourist dollars & try us again next year?"



                                                    

                                                     Peace Be With You This Easter!


                                                                    Polar Columns

                                                                  ©2014 Chip Feise/CFLP

04.20.14: This image, of the columns at the World War II Memorial in Washington DC, was first captured in late afternoon light then imported into PhotoShop where it was given the polarization treatment. The resulting image is very unique considering that tourists snap thousands of images of this memorial every year. Think outside the box!


                                                                        Building 81

                                                           ©2014 Chip Feise/CFLP

04.20.14: A dramatic architectural image is turned into a "wow" abstract using the Flip-Flop & Polar techniques.


                                                               Clouds Over Water 79

                                                                          ©2014 Chip Feise/CFLP

04.13.14: The human imagination with all its complexities, when expressed by the zeros & ones of computer logic, can yield some really cool imagery. Let your imagination fly!

                                                                                                            (Human Brain 2.0)



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Thank You for Visiting CFLP in 2014...

 

04.12.14: "Welcome" to visitors from Mali!     We are glad to have you visit.

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                                                             Flatbed Scanner Cool

03.30.14: Got an old flatbed scanner? Try scanning objects on it to create cool images. The above crayon box was moved on top of the glass plate in sync with the scanner bar during the scanning process. The "raw" image was imported into Photoshop and the background was darkened to black and a purple glow added. Not all images need to come from a digital camera. Explore your imagination!

                                                                                           (Image above©2014 Chip Feise/CFLP) 


                                                Retro Digital - Kodak DC120 Panorama

                                  ©1998Chip Feise/CFLP

03.29.14: The panorama above was created by using Live Picture's Photo Vista software to stitch together individual vertical images captured by a 1 MP Kodak DC 120 digital camera. This was created in 1998 and was quite an accomplishment during those early days of digital photography. Of course today with modern cameras & software, panoramic images can be created more easily and have better image quality. Back in 1998 this image was just fine for editorial publication on the web.


                                                                          Swampland 

                                                                             ©2014 Chip Feise/CFLP

03.25.14: Swampland was created by flip-flopping an original image captured by the Nikon CoolPix E100. That image was imported into PhotoShop7 flip-flopped on a blank canvas, tinted blue and then the "wave" filter was applied to the lower half of the image to give it a watery look. Try the CFLP flip-flop technique...create some cool images!


                                                    Retro Digital-Kodak DCS 620 images 

                                                ©2002 Chip Feise/CFLP

03.23.14: The nature images above were captured in 2002 with a Kodak DCS 620 digital camera. Many called the Kodak DCS DSLRs "beasts" because they were large & heavy. But they became the go to digital cameras for news & advertising photographers. Even though the sensor in the DCS 620 was only 2MP, the camera was capable of producing excellent images.

                                                                              (Kodak DCS 620 camera with 80-200mm f2.8 AFD Nikkor lens)


                                                                   Polar Dragons 2 

                                                                          ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

03.21.14: Above is a "polarized" version of a carnival ride image captured last Summer at a local county fair. Although landscapes & interiors make the coolest polar images, many other subjects work too. Scroll down this page for other examples.

                                                                                      (Nikon D2H with 12-24mm f4 AFD Nikkor lens ISO 200)


                                                                        Motion Blur

                                                               ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

03.20.14: Motion blur is easy to accomplish as in the image above which was shot using a shutter speed of 1/8 sec. To capture motion blur, set you camera's shutter speed to a slow speed like 1/15 sec or slower and pan the camera following the subject in motion. Of course make sure your image is exposed correctly by selecting an appropriate f-stop. Different shutter speed settings will yield different blur effects. If shooting at night try using a flash so as to "freeze" the subject with motion blur all around it.

                                                                                                 (Nikon D2H with 12-24mm f4 AFD Nikkor ISO200)


                                                                         Polar Tulips

                                                                             ©2014 Chip Feise/CFLP

03.16.14: The season of Spring means tons of colorful flowers which can be photographed and the resulting images can be turned into cool "Polar" masterpieces.


                                                                Underwater Parking?

                                                                                       ©2014 Chip Feise/CFLP

03.10.14: Here is a simple image straight from the imagination using PhotoShop 7 to create the "artificial" background and 2 photographic images to complete the foreground. Again, using old software & an old computer didn't prevent a cool image from being created. Use what you have!

                                                                                          (Nikon D2H + 60mmf2.8 MicroNikkor AFD ISO200)


                                                             Bold Graphic Colors...

                                                          ©2001 Chip Feise/CFLP

11.08.13: Nothing beats "bold graphic colors" in a color image. You don't need to super saturate your images in PhotoShop. Careful use of Levels may do the job nicely. These type of simple graphic images lend themselves to cool "Polar" images like the one below.

                                                                                 ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

                                                                                       (Nikon D1 with 80-200mm f2.8 AFD Nikkor ISO200)


                                                           Bobby Parker 1937-2013

                                                                                          ©2005 Chip Feise/CFLP

11.04.13: Sad news that legendary Blues/Rock guitarist Bobby Parker* passed away on Nov 1, 2013. He was 76 years old. Bobby Parker* was straight up a world icon of Blues/Rock guitar and his motto..."You pay, I play" was priceless. You could always tell a Bobby Parker* guitar as he had the high E string taped to the back of it for a quick string change as he was always "bending" it to the breaking point during his searing lead riffs. Legend has it that his spectacular guitar work inspired a young Carlos Santana* to pick up the guitar. It is rumored that the Beatles* used one of his riffs as the opening intro in their famous song "Day Tripper*" without ever giving him credit. Thank God for Bobby Parker*. He was the best!  R.I.P. brother.

                                                                                                   (Nikon D1 with 80-200f2.8 ISO200)


                                                                  Polar Fire Hydrants

                                                                              ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

11.02.13: Strong color in an image is where its at for me. Two icons of "color" photography are Pete Turner* and Mitchell Funk*. Search their names on the internet to see why very few in the world have done color better than them.


                                                                     Polar Neon

                 

10.09.13: Neon signs make great subjects for the polarization process. Start by shooting the original in your camera's "raw" file mode. Then when you open the file in the raw converter software increase the color saturation a lot. Import it into Photoshop and saturate the colors a bit more and then make it a "Polar" image.

                                                   (Image above ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP All Rights Reserved - Nikon D2H used to capture original images)


10.06.13: Autumn leaves are starting to fall. Click here to view an op-art tribute to one of them.


                                                          Traffic Lights ala Flip-Flop

                                                                     ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

10.04.13: Woke up early one morning to a spectacular sunrise. Went out on the street and framed some traffic lights against the brilliant sky with a Nikon CoolPix E100* digital camera. Imported the file into Photoshop then adjusted the contrast/brightness, added a wee bit of saturation, and then applied my flip-flop technique to it. WOW!


                                                     Interpretations of a Park Bench...

                                    

09.30.13: Here are 2 "interpretations" of a park bench. Both images started out as simple digital captures with a Nikon CoolPix E100* digital camera. The image on the left was created by using the Flip-Flop technique. The Polarization technique and increased color saturation was used to create the image on the right. Both images present unique views of the same subject.

                                                                               (Images above ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP All Rights Reserved)


                                                   New Nikon CoolPix E100 Abstracts

                                 

                                 

09.29.13: Here are new images created from the output of the Nikon CoolPix E100* digital camera. Flip-Flopping and Channel Painting techniques were used in some of the images but imagination was used in all.

                                                                       (All images above ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP  All Rights Reserved)


                                                             New Polar Projects

                                                                      

                                     

09.22.13: Above are three new polar projects that were created by digital image files captured with a Nikon CooLPix E100* digital camera. I have received e-mails asking why I am shooting with such an "old" digital camera. The answer is simple...its output fits my vision, size requirement for web publication, & its a very cool camera to use. You don't need the latest gear to create cool images. You do need an imagination though.

                                                                             (Photos above ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP All Rights Reserved)


                                                                 Abstract Mania! 

                                

09.21.13: These images started as digital captures with a Nikon CoolPix E100* digital camera then the flip-flop process was applied to each. More examples of flip-flopping are below.

                                                                                (Images above ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP All Rights Reserved)


                                                      Even More Common Flip-Flops

                                        

                                        

09.15.13: Shown above are more flip-flopped images of common items like a fire hydrant, leaf on a sidewalk, traffic cones, and a building. All images started out as digital captures from a Nikon CoolPix E100* camera.

                                                                            (All images above ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP All Rights Reserved)


                                                                Common Flip-Flops 

                                               

                                        

09.06.13: Common subjects can be captured by your digital camera and then "Flip-Flopped" on a single canvas in PhotoShop to create cool abstract images. Subjects above include a broom, tires, & the front side of a vehicle which were captured at sunrise with a Nikon CoolPix E100* digital camera. If abstracts are your thing then try Flip-Flops!

                                                                             (All images above ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP All Rights Reserved)


                                                                 Incubation Bubbles

                                 ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

09.03.13: Could this be the 21st century nursery? This image was first captured at a county fair with a Nikon D2H DSLR then flip-flopped in PhotoShop using layers.


                                                                   Channel Painting

                                                            ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

09.01.13: MAKE YOUR IMAGE YOUR OWN! Don't settle for whatever comes out of your camera. Instead use that image as a starting point & do what you have to so it truly expresses your vision. I dig neon signs but many times digital capture seems to mute their colors & glow. My solution to that problem as illustrated by the image above is to use "Channel Painting". Channel Painting is where I break down the image into its Red-Green-Blue channels in PhotoShop and using a soft brush, paint over areas that I want to be colored a certain way. I start the brush opacity at 50% so as to give a glowing color and may increase it to 100%. I usually paint with white or black but you can try other colors to see if they produce colors that you are looking for. When done painting I recombine the channels into the final RGB image. Now the image looks like what my mind saw.

Remember this...don't be afraid to manipulate the image you capture so as to make it truly yours. If your vision calls for WOW then make it insane. That is what the 21st Century is all about. No rules just cool images your way.

                                                                                              (Nikon D2H + 60mmf2.8 Micro AFD Nikkor)


                                                               The Conversation...

                                                           ©2002 Chip Feise/CFLP

08.30.13: Sometimes, straightforward capture & presentation of a subject without software manipulation is the best way to express your vision. This would hold true for Photojournalists. Other times extensive software manipulation of the image may best express your view/style or your clients needs. This would hold true for many Advertising assignments.

                                                                         ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

Don't fall into the "manipulation trap" where you feel that every image out of your camera needs extensive PhotoShop work. Unless, that is the vision/style that you are selling your clients.

Try taking a break from software manipulation and see where your eye can lead you.

                                                                                          (Nikon D100 + 20mmf2.8 AFD Nikkor ISO 800)


                                                   2013 Arlington County Fair Flip-Flops

                                                               ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

                                                               ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

08.25.13: Above are two images that started out as fairly simple digital captures of a Ferris wheel and blow-up toys but were "flip-flopped" in PhotoShop* using "Layers". Flip-flopping is a simple technique which can yield surprising results and be done using PhotoShop*, PhotoShop Elements*, or any other image editing software that allows you to create & combine layers of images on a single canvas.

                                                                                         (Nikon D2H DSLR used for the original captures)  



                                                     Road Trip Images...Polarized! 

                                                                      ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

08.18.13: Last week while on a road trip to Martinsburg West Virginia (USA), I captured a few images with a Nikon E100 digital camera. I then adjusted the digital files in PhotoShop and then applied my polarization technique to yield the images displayed here. The image above started as a simple capture of an 18 wheeler traveling on Interstate 81. The image below was first captured as a straight forward shot of the cool signage at a Bingo parlor that I just happen to see in Martinsburg.

                                                                      ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

It is interesting how simple rather mundane images can gain some "WOW" just by applying some simple technique in PhotoShop. Of course you should first try to pre-visualize the final image before you even press the shutter button. After the capture let your imagination run wild. Again imagination trumps hardware/software.


                                                         2013 Arlington County Fair

08.17.13: Above are a few examples of the images captured during the 2013 Arlington County Fair* (Virginia-USA). A hand-held Nikon D2H DSLR with either 12-24mm f4 or 60mm f2.8 lenses was used to capture the digital files. The raw image files were opened in Nikon Capture 4 then imported into PhotoShop 7 and the colors were given a boost. Remember, you don't need the latest equipment or software to create cool images.

                                                                           (All images above ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP All Rights Reserved)


                                           If its August then its time for the County Fair!

08.04.13: If its time for your local county fair then its time for you to get over there and capture some cool images. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times for really nice lighting but if carnival rides are your subjects then dusk is the best time to capture their brilliant colors. Try thinking "outside of the box" when it comes to shooting techniques. Use your imagination! Take the image above, a plastic magnifying glass with the center drilled out was held in front of a 28mm lens. Or try flip-flopping an image using layers in PhotoShop/PhotoShop Elements as shown below.

       Regardless of what techniques you try, remember to capture a ton of images and above all else...have fun!

                                                             (Images above ©Chip Feise/CFLP and captured with Nikon D1 & D2H digital cameras)


                                                         Just Another Polar Fantasy...

                                                           ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

07.28.13: Some photographers believe that full blown PhotoShop* and all its components is not needed today since more photo-centric software exists. I say... that belief is a result of BS marketing. I can't think of one component of PhotoShop* (any version) that I haven't used since 1998 in completing digital assignment work. Why limit yourself & your work? Get the full version of PhotoShop* and learn it well.

And don't be suckered into the new "PhotoShop in the Cloud" computing bullshit. Buy an earlier version of PhotoShop* and load it into your computer for good. Clouds are good for many important environmental functions but not for the storage or manipulation of important digital images. BTW the image above was first captured with a Nikon CoolPix E100* digital camera then manipulated in ancient PhotoShop 7*. Sorry it didn't happen in the "Cloud"!


                                                   The Greatest Photo Ever Taken...                              

                                 ©1969 NASA

07.20.13: The greatest photo ever taken by mankind was created 44 years ago today on July 20, 1969 as Neil Armstrong* & Buzz Aldrin* walked on the Moon a mere 240,000 miles from Earth. This image was shot on Kodak* film using the best camera/lens ever created by mankind...a Swedish Hasselblad* fitted with a German Carl Zeiss 50mm f4 Distagon* lens. NASA* insisted in using only the best of the best equipment so as to gain a 0% fail rate. What a great day it was for the human race and for photography!

Sadly today we are so wrapped up in mega-pixels, software apps and other non essential bullshit that we haven't had time to produce really great images only cheap mediocre ones which even Photoshop* can't fix.

Throw the computer/tablet out the window, trash Instagram* & other like apps, stomp the cell phone camera to dust, learn photography and get the hell out there and start shooting great images again. No excuses...get busy!



                                                                          Bert Stern*

06.26.13: Sad news today that one of the most gifted commercial photographers that the world has ever seen has passed away. He created a unique style in Advertising, Fashion, & Portrait photography that few have equaled but many have copied. He was so much in demand by the best Art Directors one could find him conducting photo shoots at all hours 24/7. He really never slept much. Bert Stern* was truly an icon of commercial photography. RIP!



                                 

                                 

                                                           Check out some cool images in these 2 sections!

                                      You can create images like these using PhotoShop* or Photoshop Elements*.


                                              "Let It Snow... Let It Snow... Let It Snow..."                              

                                                            ©2003 Chip Feise/CFLP

06.29.13: With temperatures reaching 90+ degrees this past week in Washington DC, its nice to remember a cooler season.

                                                                                            (Nikon D1 + 20mmf2.8 AFD Nikkor ISO 200)


                                         Way Back Before Digital...A Good Bedtime Story!

                                                              ©1980 Chip Feise

06.07.13: People who have seen the above image have asked me how I created it in Photoshop. Well guess what, there was no Photoshop in 1980 just film cameras and pros who had mastered their use and who possessed imagination. You know, the "Right Stuff".

The above image was produced for an Advertising Agency using a pin registered Nikon F2 camera, Kodak's Ecktachrome Tungsten 160 film, a copy stand with a pin registered "compound table", Kodak Kodalith film masks both positive & negative, multiple exposures on the same piece of film and a whole lot of pre visualization & imagination.

Imagine back then that you could be creative and successfully complete paid assignments without digital cameras, software, or even a computer. Holy Cow how did we ever survive without any of this crap? 

I tell you how...we knew our photographic tools & the photographic process extremely well. Most of today's so called professional photographers don't know squat about photography and have the attitude that they don't need to because they are "Artists" and believe that an image only lasts in importance for a very short time in "social media" and then its irrelevant like today's reality TV "stars". No wonder pro photographers are held in such contempt these days and assignment fees have gone into a death spiral. Ha, Ha, Ha, what a bunch of dam fools! 

Oh and don't get me started on those people who think that cell phone capture + "The Cloud" = creative professional photography. That is a "Horror Story"!



                                                                Polar Cherry Blossoms

                                                                    ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

06.05.13: Here is a non traditional view of Washington DC's famous Cherry Blossoms of which millions of pictures have been taken. Try using a "new" tool in your camera bag...your imagination.               


                                                                   Early Digital Capture

                                                               ©1998 Chip Feise/CFLP

05.31.13: The image above is not only an example of early digital photography but also how simple lighting/color can create a salable commercial image. The image was captured with a Kodak DCS 120 digital camera ( 1MP interpolated). A simple "outdoor" spotlight covered with a red gel was used to the left of the keyboard while a penlight flashlight highlighted the "J" key. An early version of PhotoShop was used to soften the image around the "J" key. So remember keep it simple and use your imagination!


                                                               Fair Ride Flip-Flops

05.19.13: Summertime activities in the U.S. include visiting local county/state fairs. Fair rides especially photographed at dusk/night make excellent images that can be "Flip-Flopped" like crazy to create cool abstracts. Above are examples of "Flip-Flops" using images of a standard Fair ride...the Ferris Wheel. This summer be a creator not a couch potato.

                                               (All images above ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP  Original images captured with a Nikon D1 digital camera)


                                            Air & Space Museum-Dulles Annex Abstract 2

                                                                ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

05.18.13: Architectural subjects make great starting points for creating "Flip-Flop" images! You can create basic "Flip-Flops" or you can flip-flop the original "Flip-Flop" as shown below. There is no limit as to what you can achieve with the "Flip-Flop" technique. Think of using this technique to create large abstract wall art for your corporate clients. 

                                 

                                                                                                                                             (Image above ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP)


                                                                      CD Colors-Wow!

                                                                       

05.14.13: If you take a standard CD disk and light it from the back with a strong directional light (spotlight) the result will be a rainbow of saturated colors across the face of the disk. Try it sometime as its cool to see how the colors change just by moving the beam of light from left to right behind the disk.

                                         (Image above ©2003 Chip Feise/CFLP captured with a Nikon D1 digital camera & 20mmf2.8 AFD Micro Nikkor ISO 200)


                                                        Imagination + PhotoShop = WOW!

                                                                                          

05.03.13: You can create a "WOW" shot from an image using just your imagination and any version of Photoshop. The example above was created using an image that Dan Rosenstein* captured for Z Burger*.  The tools, Layers and 3 "Lighting Effects"...Blue Omni, Default Omni, & Triple Spotlight were used in Photoshop 7 to create the final image. 

Remember your imagination is the best "software" you can have!

                                                                          (Original image ©2013 Dan Rosenstein...Photoshop work ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP)


                                                                   Spray Paint Magic

                                                  ©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP

04.20.13: Always be on the look out for interesting "spray paint-art". The above "Sad Devil-Happy Devil" artwork was found on a side support wall of Key Bridge along the tow path of the C&O Canal in the Georgetown section of Washington DC. The color & contrast were slightly enhanced using Photoshop. If you live in a major city like New York there should be plenty of this type of artwork to shoot.

                                                                                           (Nikon D2H + 12-24mmf4 AFD Nikkor   ISO 200)


                                                            2013 National Cherry Blossom Parade Celebrities

                                                                                Mýa

                                                        ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

              2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan       Joshua Morgan-Grand Marshall

                                                  

                                                        The Washington Wizards Girls

                                     

                                              2013 Japan & U.S. Cherry Blossom Queens

                                                               

                                                 Coco Jones                          Elliott Yamin

                                                             

04.13.13: Above is a small selection of "celebrities" who appeared in today's 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade*. They included international star and GRAMMY* winner Mýa*, The Washington Redskins Wide Receiver Joshua Morgan*, 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan*, Disney's Coco Jones* and American Idol's Elliott Yamin*. Of course there were many other VIPs who attended including the red hot Washington Wizards Girls* & the Japanese and U.S. Cherry Blossom Queens*.

                                                        (All photos above ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP  Nikon D2H+12-24mmf4 AFD Nikkor +SB800  ISO200)


                                                                     Million Dollar Baby!

                                                      ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

04.07.13: Arlington County* (Virginia, USA) has a new "million dollar" bus stop. WOW! Can you imagine spending 1 million dollars to build a bus stop? In this lingering recession and sequester, who has the money to do that?

Although the structure looks 21st Century, it won't even keep the rain from falling on you. County officials had planned on building more of these million dollar babies until the press got involved and taxpayers screamed "foul". Maybe it would have been better if they blew 1 million on their 2013 county fair and hired superstar Rapper PSY* so the fair would have some "Gangnam Style". It would be the coolest fair in the universe!

                                                                                                 (Nikon D2H + 12-24mmf4 AFD Nikkor ISO200)


                                                                "Sexy San Francisco"

                                                               ©1980 Chip Feise/CFLP   

04.06.13: In the good ole days before computers & Photoshop we use to sandwich pieces of film together to create an image. The combo image was then re-shot with a duping camera to yield the final image.

The above image was created to illustrate the editorial concept that San Francisco was the birthplace of topless dancing in the 1960's. Carol Doda* was the first and she performed at the Condor Club* in the North Beach section of SF.

                                                                                 (Nikon F3HP + various lenses + Kodachrome 64 film)



                                                              2013 Guest Artist Series

                                                                    Lee Greenwood

                          

03.10.13: Country music legend and GRAMMY* winner Lee Greenwood* performed some of his many memorable songs along with the multi talented United States Air Force Band* & Singing Sergeants* this afternoon at DAR Constitution Hall* in Washington DC. 

Selection after selection was greeted with standing ovations from the enthusiastic audience. No wonder, as Lee has been twice awarded CMA's Male Vocalist of the Year*, CMA's Song of the Year* and a Grammy* during his long career. What a great concert to end the 2013 Guest Artist Series*!

                              

                            

                                                               (All photos ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP -  Nikon D300 with 60mmf2.8 Micro Nikkor or 12-24mm f4 Nikkor ISO 1600)

                                                                                                                                                        More pics here...


                                                             2013 Guest Artist Series

                                                                        The Rogues

                                  

02.24.13: International Celtic Band superstars, The Rogues* along with the highly acclaimed United States Air Force Band* electrified the house at DAR Constitution Hall* in Washington DC this afternoon. Mixing the worlds of Celtic, rock, folk, pop, and classical music, The Rogues* have been in constant demand all over the world. Just this year (2013) they will be touring Asia and Europe. Their latest album "3LBS. of RAGE"* has already been called the best Celtic Rock CD recorded this year. Check it out!

                        

                                             

                                                   (All photos ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP -  Nikon D2H with 60mmf2.8 Micro Nikkor or 12-24mm f4 Nikkor ISO 800)

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                                                               2013 Guest Artist Series

                                                                    Melina León                           Paquito D'Rivera

                                                       ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP 

02.10.13:  Superstar Latin singer & actress Melina León* together with eleven time GRAMMY* winner Paquito D'Rivera* performed a spectacular set this afternoon with the multi talented U.S. Air Force's Airmen Of Note* and Concert Band* at DAR Constitution Hall* in Washington DC. The stratospheric energy level generated by the performers had the audience dancing in the aisles by concerts end. Wow!

                                                            

                                      

This was the first concert in the 2013 Guest Artist Series* which is held every year by the United States Air Force Band* in Washington DC. The concerts are free to the public and feature both national and international superstar artists. Held on select Sundays, these concerts start at 3pm.

 

                                               (All photos ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP -  Nikon D2H  with 60mmf2.8 Micro Nikkor or 12-24mm f4 Nikkor ISO 800)

                                                                                                                                                    More pics here...


                                                                             Teleports

                                                                               ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

01.26.13: Here is an example of image creation using photography, imagination plus a few simple tools from Photoshop to create the final image. Using this type of workflow the question becomes, are you a photographer in the traditional sense or an image creator using photography as one of many tools to achieve your final goal. 

Some critics may claim that this is not "real Photography" shot by a photographer but manipulated graphics created by a graphic artist. But I say perhaps we should change the title "Photographer" to "Image Creator" now that we are over 15 years into digital capture. What do you think?

BTW...the above image started as a digital capture of window blinds using a Nikon CoolPix E100 camera.


                                                            Conceptual Photography 101

                                                                                 ©2013 Chip Feise/CFLP

01.22.13: So an art director calls you up and asks  you to create an image depicting conflict within a group. She wants the final image to be bold, graphic and have only a couple of strong colors. And...she wants you to use ordinary kitchen utensils. WOW its time for some imagination & conceptual photography!

Far fetched for an assignment? No, not at all coming from an Advertising Agency. So you decide to use forks as the subject. You carefully arrange them on a piece of translucent white Plexiglas placing a strobe head underneath the Plexiglas with a blue gel partially covering the strobe head. You expose the image so the forks are silhouettes.

You then import the image into Photoshop and add the red glow. Voile a conceptual image of "conflict within a group" is created. 

Below is another conceptual image created in 2004 to depict the concept of "the individual."

                                                                        ©2004 Chip Feise/CFLP

                                                    Conceptual photography is the doorway to imagination. Try it sometime!


                                              Oliver Mtukudzi...The Godfather of Afropop!

                                       

01.12.13: Washington DC has seen & loved the "Godfather of Soul"...James Brown*, the "Godfather of Go Go"...Chuck Brown* and once again the "Godfather of Afropop"...Oliver Mtukudzi* who was in town performing this past Jan 11 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center* with Black Spirits*. It is interesting to note that Oliver is the #1 recording artist/songwriter in Zimbabwe and has performed his "Tuku Music" all over the world. If you get a chance to see him live then do it!

                                                              ( Above photos ©2006 Chip Feise/CFLP Nikon D1 with 80-200mmf2.8 AFD Nikkor ISO 800 )


                                                                     Winter Ice Abstract

                                                                   ©2000 Chip Feise/CFLP

12/10/12: Now that many areas of the US are experiencing freezing temperatures, be on the look out for ice bubbles on parking lot surfaces. Macro shots make cool abstracts. And... asphalt makes for a darker background than does concrete. Hence the ice bubbles look better. For safety, make sure you are not in the way of moving vehicles. 

                                                                                   (Nikon D1with 60mmf2.8 AFD Micro Nikkor ISO 200)


                                                                  Cyber Aliens - 2 Heads

                                                    ©2003 Chip Feise/CFLP

 

11/23/12: The above image was formed in my imagination when I saw a "Head Statute " in an eye doctor's office, back in 2003. 

I went ahead using a digital camera with on camera flash to capture it. Back at the computer I decided I needed a keyboard for the background so I shot mine with color-gelled flashes. I then combined the 2 images and tweaked the final result using PhotoShop 7. Thus the image "Cyber Aliens" was created.

Its great to own the latest mega-pixel cameras, computers and software but without imagination what can you achieve?


                                                                  Engine Company 2  

09/09/12: Its cool to see a DC Fire House  show their pride in being located in the "Chinatown" section of Washington DC. Bravo to Engine Company 2!

                                                       (Image©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP Nikon D2H + 12-24mm f4 AFD Nikkor ISO 200)


                                           Retro Digital...The Nikon Cool Pix 100 (E100)

                                

                                

08/12/12: The Nikon CoolPix 100 (E100) digital camera was Nikon's first digital camera and was a whopping 0.3 Mega pixels. The camera was built around a PCMA card with internal memory storage. On "Fine" mode one could capture 20 images and 40 images were possible in "Normal" mode. All images measure 512 X 480 pixels which makes them just ok for web display.  So in this day of 12-36MP cameras why would anyone want to bother with this camera? 

That is the question I wanted to answer so I took one to cover the 2012 Arlington County Fair (Arlington Virginia). Overall the camera produces images that need skilled Photoshop editing to look good. And it certainly does have shooting limitations. But, the camera is fun to shoot and has a "retro digital" cool factor. Plus the limited number of images you can capture will hopefully make you select & frame your subjects more carefully. 

The only major downside is that you need a computer that takes a PCMA card. Thank goodness I still have my 1998 Compaq laptop with Windows 95 as it has 2 PCMA slots so downloading files from the camera is not a problem.

So if you are ever at a yard sale and see this camera or any other early digital camera for sale I would recommend you buy it and see what you can accomplish with it. And remember...imagination is more important than mega pixels.

                                                         (All images above ©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP All Rights Reserved)


                                             RIP...Chuck Brown "The Godfather of Go-Go"

                       

05/18/12: This past week Chuck Brown* the Godfather of Go Go* music passed away in Baltimore Maryland (USA). Chuck is pictured above wearing his trademark "CHUCK" belt buckle while performing in 2002. Chuck was an original artist who brought his high energy sound to the global stage. As the creator of Go-Go music he is already being missed by legions of fans as well as musicians from around the world. RIP !

                                                                 (All photos above ©2002 Chip Feise/CFLP Nikon D1 + 80-200mm f2.8 Nikkor  ISO200)


                                                                  Marie Osmond 2012

                                  ©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP

04/14/12: Superstar Marie Osmond*, surrounded by fans, media and paparazzi, relaxes in her horse drawn carriage while waiting to make an appearance in the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Parade* in Washington DC. 

                                                                                    ©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP

                                      Marie served as one of several honorary marshals at this year's parade. 

                                                                 (Nikon D2H +12-24mm f4 AFD Nikkor + SB800 @ ISO200)


                                  2012 National Cherry Blossom Parade Celebrities

04/14/12: Celebrities were more plentiful than cherry blossoms at this year's parade. Below is a sampling of who attended.

                                                                 Marie Osmond

                    

                                                     Katie Couric & Debbie Gibson

                                                                   ©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP

                                                                  Kristi Yamaguchi 

                                                                  ©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP

                                                                       Alex Trebek

                                                       ©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP

                                      Alison Starling & Leon Harris of ABC - WJLA TV 7

                                                               ©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP

                             Ronald McDonald & Laura Kaeppeler - Miss America 2012

                                              ©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP

                              R&B Legends...Joe Blunt, Joe Coleman, & Glenn Leonard

                                              ©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP

                                          Miss Rodeo Virginia 2012 - Lindsey Harper

                                                 ©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP

                                          2012 Japan & U.S. Cherry Blossom Queens

                                                      ©2012 Chip Feise/CFLP

                                                                    (All photos Nikon D2H+12-24mm f4 AFD Nikkor+SB800 ISO200)


                      "Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein*

                               

You don't need more mega pixels-higher ISO-tons of image software, built in HD video, etc in order to produce cool images! You just need to use your imagination. Ever heard of that?? Camera manufactures and software engineers hope not otherwise they couldn't sell you all the junk they do.

The above images were captured by the "ancient" Nikon Cool Pix E100 digital camera which was introduced over 10 years ago. The images were edited in a "dinosaur" version of PhotoShop 7 running on an old Sony Vaio computer with OS of Windows XP. Imagination trumps everything else every time.


                                                                    Doc Severinsen

                                    

11/18/11: Performing with the multi talented Airmen of Note* (premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force), legendary trumpeter Doc Severinsen* played to a SRO house at Lisner Auditorium - George Washington University* in Washington DC. As you may remember, Doc was the bandleader for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson * for all thirty years (1962-1992). Currently, Doc's calendar is booked solid as he and his band travel extensively showcasing his talents on the trumpet.

                                               

                                                                              (Photos above ©2011 Chip Feise/CFLP...Nikon D2H + 60mmf2.8 Micro Nikkor @ ISO 800)


                                                                     The Dixie Cups*

                                    

07/11: The Dixie Cups*, a Pop girl trio from New Orleans whose 1964 smash hit..."Chapel of Love"* sold over a million records, performed to enthusiastic crowds during the second week of the 2011 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival* in Washington DC. The Dixie Cups* today, as pictured above LtoR, are Rosa Lee Hawkins*, Athelgra Neville*, and Barbara Ann Hawkins*. Both Rosa Lee and Barbara Ann are original members and sisters too.

                                                              

                                                                                                (Nikon D2H 60mmf2.8 Micro Nikkor ISO 800)


                                          "Love Is like a Heat Wave"...Miss Martha Reeves !

                   

07/01/11: This evening, world renown superstar of R&B/POP music, Miss Martha Reeves*, performed a thrilling set of her most famous hits (Heat Wave - No Where To Run - Dancing In The Streets) to a SRO crowd at the 2011 Smithsonian Folk life Festival* in Washington DC. What a spectacular performance it was!

                                            

And if that wasn't cool enough, performing earlier on the very same stage was legendary Funk Brothers* guitarist...Eddie Willis Jr*.

                                                                                  

                                                                (All photos©2011 Chip Feise/CFLP - Nikon D2H with 60mmf2.8 Micro Nikkor ISO 800)



                                      US Capitol to Washington Monument...Polarized! 

The above "Polar Project" started as a 180 panorama whose individual frames were captured with a Kodak 14NX digital camera. A mirror combo was created on a white canvas to which the Polar Coordinates filter in Photoshop was applied. To see more examples of Polar Projects, click on the Polar Projects banner below.

                               

                                                                           (Image above©2010 Chip Feise/CFLP  All Rights Reserved)                                


         

                  Click on the banner above to see all the images captured during & after both historical blizzards.


                                                                         "Edgewood To The Edge Of The World"

                       

               Washington DC's largest art mural was created. Click on the pano above to view the artists that created it !


                                                                            World War II Memorial-Washington DC

                  WWIIMemPano.jpg (117637 bytes)©2006 CFLP

                          A Nikon D1 with 20mmf2.8 Nikkor was used to shoot vertical images that were stitched together in PhotoShop TM. The color was intensified by" CFLP Channel Painting".


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                                    Digital Capture + Human Imagination = Future Zone

                                      Mirror Combos...bizarre images using the Nikon Cool Pix 100 camera.


                                      


                                                                       United We Stand Now And Forever !

                                                        CapMemorial1.jpg (80779 bytes) ©Sept 12, 2001 Chip Feise/CFLP

                                                                                                                            (Nikon D1/20mmf2.8 Nikkor ISO800)


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