Photo by ©Matt Payne Photography; "model" is yours truly.
I realize the blog has been kind of dead for a while, so I thought I'd revive it by introducing a new weekly feature series I've been considering for a while, "Talent Tuesdays." With this weekly piece I intend to introduce you to other photographers whose work I admire. In some cases these will be personal friends (as I've been fortunate to work with some really great local photographers), others will be local photographers on the Colorado Front Range whose work I've become familiar with, and others might be far-flung photographers that I've previously studied or simply found on the Internet. At any rate, these are photographers I appreciate, and I hope you will to. So much talent out there...
For this first installment, I'd like to introduce you to a personal friend of mine, Matt Payne. For those of you local to Colorado Springs, or merely those of you who follow my Facebook page (where I've linked to his work before, including recently), you're probably already familiar with Matt's work. He's quickly become one of the premier landscape and nightscape photographers in the Colorado Springs area, and has developed quite a following on the Internet (Facebook, Flickr, Google+, etc.). He's also the proprietor of the 100Summits.com website, a popular resource for those seeking information on the 100 highest summits in Colorado. It's his passion for the high peaks that led him to photography (much like myself), so he could capture those amazing vistas that he sees on top of those peaks. From there he expanded into cityscapes, astrophotography, portraits, etc. Check out his website to view his body of work. I'm sure you'll find plenty to like.
The photo at the top of this post is one he and I worked on together. I'm the guy "spinning fire", and he created the final image from two exposures; one exposed for the rocks and light painting, and the other for capturing the Milky Way behind us. As you can see, the final result is phenomenal. He's got a great eye for composition, and his post processing skills are excellent, too. It's his ability to pre-visualize the final shot that makes his work so compelling.
Anyway, I hope you appreciate his work, and that you'll look forward to the other photographers coming up...