tuesday the eighth. playing with sir richard israel

Tuesday the eighth I spent the day with, a most amazing photographer and person, Richard Israel. If you don’t know him you should. In this day and age of bland photographer soup it’s refreshing to see a big fat cheeseburger. Richard is a big fat super rare cheeseburger. The kind you sink your teeth into and the blood runs down to your elbows and you hope the last bite never comes. Sweet! His images have that same blood.

We rovered through the hills around Asheville, NC with camera in hand ready to click at anything interesting. More jawing than clicking actually occurred Tuesday the eighth but I did make a few images of Richard and I finally got to use some on my new Nikon glass!! Thanks Richard. We will do it again soon. Next time with fly rods…

The Nikon 35mm f1.4G is just so sweet. Wide open she sings! Sharp and contrasty with a beautiful bokeh the way it should be. I just love the look of a long wide angle portrait. It doesn’t work for everything but when it does it just has a great feel to it.

The Nikon 200mm f2 VRII is a one eyed monster! To give you an idea of how big this thing is, imagine a 40 of olde E sitting on top of a gallon paint can. Yea, crazy big. I think it weighs in at just shy of 56lbs! (ok, I can’t back that up) When I was a canon shooter I shot the 200/1.8 and couldn’t imagine life getting better. Well, tack on the new nano coat glass, VRII and a focus speed that is blazing fast and you have life getting better. Way better! The VRII technology is truly amazing. The images below are at 1/13th of a second handheld. Keep in mind that I am holding up a 40 of olde E and a paint can. (for those of you that have not experienced a 40 of olde E, sorry, you have not lived) I made several tack sharp images at around a 1/2 second but didn’t get the expression from my subject. So I will just have to impress the pants off of you with the 1/13th speed.

Ok, so tomorrow is Sunday and will be the first installment of Photo Church. I am not sure what that means quite yet but I am sure I will come up with something tonight. Me and my 40.

Keep on clickin’

Parker J


Nikon D3X, 35MM 1.4 G


Nikon D3X, 35MM 1.4 G


Nikon D3X, 70-200 2.8 VRII


Nikon D3X, and the oh so sweet 200mm f2 VRII


Nikon D3X, and the oh so sweet 200mm f2 VRII handheld at a 1/13th!!


Nikon D3X, and the oh so sweet 200mm f2 VRII handheld at a 1/13th!!


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  • Christopher Record - March 12, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    Lovin’ the blog Parker J. You guys must have had fun. Two great guys as well as amazing shooters!ReplyCancel

  • Mike Carpenter - March 12, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    They are all sweet but the 3rd one has a little extra bitchin’ sauce on it!!!ReplyCancel

  • neal carpenter - March 12, 2011 - 2:28 pm

    I only know Richard through emails and phone conversations, but he is one of the most giving people. He has been such a huge help to me.ReplyCancel

  • Richard Israel - March 12, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    Love it!!! I had such an amazing and inspiring day, cannot wait for the next one.ReplyCancel

  • Mark Palmer - March 13, 2011 - 8:37 am

    Great stuff. Parker! Hey – please, pretty please – could you take a moment when you post to share a few hints at your Photoshop / Lightroom adjustments on your shots? For example, the bottom 3 images above look like you desaturated the background a bit, but left the subject alone? The third image in black and white – did you use your actions at all and which one? (by the way, if you mention your actions it’s a good “indirect” way to promote them to readers who stumble by and don’t know they exist….)

    Thanks, keep clickin’ (and bloggin’)

    – MarkReplyCancel

    • Parker J Pfister - March 15, 2011 - 11:39 am

      Hey Mark, I will try to do that. That is a great idea. Yep to your question. I used the hi con B&W.
      Thanks Parker JReplyCancel

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  • Della MacNicholas - March 15, 2011 - 8:15 am

    wow! These are stunningReplyCancel

  • Garrett Nudd - March 15, 2011 - 9:49 am

    These are fantastic. WAAAYYYYY better than the ones you recently took of Jeff Woods! Hahaha… J/K. Seriously though, the B&W shot of Richard standing on the rock in the water is one of those once in a lifetime portraits of an artist. It has honesty, emotion, solitude, rawness, motion and feeling. It’s comfortable to look at and at the same time, a little bit uncomfortable too. Perfection!ReplyCancel

    • Parker J Pfister - March 15, 2011 - 11:37 am

      Hey Garrett,
      Yea, I had a better model for sure! Thanks for the nice words. You made me feel fuzzy!
      Parker JReplyCancel

  • Andy J - March 15, 2011 - 10:30 am

    You guys is crazy… just crazy.ReplyCancel

  • Ryan Case - March 16, 2011 - 9:34 am

    What a great series from what must have been an awesome day. Awesome to see 2 greats and the creativity that can be an inspiration to others.ReplyCancel

  • kristi - March 19, 2011 - 8:37 am

    we live in an amazing place, but with your gifts, you make it seem even more so. wow. fabulous images.ReplyCancel

  • Jeff Preston - March 20, 2011 - 12:52 am

    Awesome images as usual! Thanks for introducing me to Mr. Israel, his work is incredible as well.ReplyCancel

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