Investment Advisors Business Portraits

Photo Assistant Andy Wilhelm helps with business portrait setup in downtown San Diego
Photo Assistant Andy Wilhelm helps with camera and lighting setup prior to shooting business portraits.

Morton Visuals was selected recently to photograph investment advisors in their downtown San Diego offices. Tasked with matching a look created by an east coast photographer, Morton Visuals gelled a muslin background and matched the lighting to replicate the prior portraits.

In the photo above left, Photo Assistant Andy Wilhelm mugs for the camera as we were setting up lighting and the camera. The Photo Vision Video Digital Calibration Target verified focus, exposure, and color balance. (Of course we used a Sekonic 558 light meter and an X-rite Color Checker Passport for the initial metering and calibration target.)

William Morton Visuals photographs busy executives in San Diego
William Morton photographs investment executives in San Diego

Being prepared well before the scheduled shoot time allowed us to get each executive in and out with minimal of infringement of their tight schedule. In the image at right you can see me shooting one of the executives (photo courtesy of Andy Wilhelm’s iPhone).  All in all a great day photographing busy executives in San Diego!

Photography of a Dynamic Keynote Speaker

Terry Watson delivers a keynote speech for CAI at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront.
Terry Watson speaks at the CAI 40th anniversary conference at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront hotel.

William Morton had the opportunity to shoot with J.T. MacMillan yesterday, covering the CAI 40th Anniversary conference. Terry Watson delivered an energetic (and highly entertaining) keynote speech to the Community Associations Institute members  at the beautiful San Diego Hilton Bayfront hotel. The man has the smile and enthusiasm of a little boy, but the perspective and perception of a wise sage. Having an opportunity to listen to great speakers is just one reason I really love this job!

Carrier Classic Comes to San Diego this Veterans Day

Mark Larson MC's the introduction of the Carrier Classic at the Hall of Champions
Mark Larson of KFMB Radio

William Morton of Morton Visuals event photography was on hand for last night’s press conference for the inaugural Carrier Classic. Mark Larson, radio personality from KFMB radio, served as the Master of Ceremonies and introduced executives and organizers from Morale Entertainment as well as ESPN representatives.  Mike Whalen of Morale Entertainment Foundation fittingly announced the details of this unique sporting event at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.

Mike Whalen of Morale Entertainment Foundation talks at the Hall of Champions about bringing the Carrier Classic to San Diego on 11/11/11.
Mike Whalen of Morale Entertainment Foundation speaks to the crowd

Carrier Classic 11-11-11On 11-11-11, the University of North Carolina mens basketball team will take on Michigan State onboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in San Diego, CA. The Vinson just returned home this past week from extended operations in the middle east, most notably conducting the burial-at-sea of Osama Bin Laden. A basketball court will be built on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier, now docked at Naval Station San Diego. Approximately 7,000 are expected to be in attendance, consisting of mostly military members and their dependents. ESPN will televise the event on Veterans Day, the official first day of the 2011-2012 NCAA basketball season. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Wounded Warrior Project, the San Diego Air and Space Museum and the San Diego Sports Commission are assisting game organizer Morale Entertainment Foundation with various elements surrounding the event. As described by Morale Entertainment executives Ken Kinnear and Mike Whalen, the purpose of this event is to call attention to Veterans Day, to the sacrifices made by our veterans and service-members, to thank them, and reward them for their service.

Morale Entertainment Foundation and ESPN executives for the Carrier Classic
Carrier Classic organizers pictured from left to right: Tom Lee (Morale Entertainment), Nick Dawson (ESPN), Ken Kinnear (Morale Entertainment), Mike Whalen (Morale Entertainment), Coach Don Casey (Morale Entertainment), Dave Miller (ESPN) and Mike Rowe (Morale Entertainment).

 

Color and Light in the Photography Pro Speaker Series

Morton Visuals‘ owner William Morton was one of the featured speakers at the Pro Speaker Series held at San Diego City College’s Career Technology Center on Saturday. Organized by Tony Amat of A/R Event Photography and Thom Hiatt of TBC Creative Multi-Media, this third edition of the series featured three primary speakers. A great turnout of about 70 enjoyed the seminar, complete with lunch provided by NIK Software. Photos below by Johnakin Randolph for A/R Event Photography.

William Morton, Jane Mitchell, and Tony Corbell of the May 28th Photography Pro Speaker Series seminar at San Diego City College.
William Morton, Jane Mitchell and Tony Corbell pose for a group shot after the seminar. Photo by Johnakin Randolph.

26-time Emmy® Award-winning broadcast journalist Jane Mitchell, author of One on One – My Journey with Hall of Famers, Fan Favorites and RisingStars, opened the program. Her new book chronicles a selection of famous athletes’ stories. As described on her website, “No one else has interviewed or done in-depth personal biographies on this particular collection of athletes.  For some, the One on One program is the only in-depth and comprehensive story on their life.  As the television programs have become a part of the sports archives and landscape in San Diego, this book, with Jane’s unique experience sharing their stories, serves as a little slice of history beyond the replays of the TV shows.”

William Morton speaks at San Diego City College during the Photography Pro Speaker Series seminar
William Morton by Johnakin Randolph.

William Morton presented a segment on “Color – Get it RIGHT!” William identified the three major segments of a digital photography workflow and the importance of properly managing your color throughout the entire image-making process. With tools such as the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport, you can calibrate your camera to ensure that the initial image capture renders accurate colors. Then tools such as the Datacolor Spyder3 Studio can take you the rest of the way through the process, profiling your monitor and your printer (for each ink/paper combination). Once everything is profiled you can start a new image-making session with a known good color target to ensure that you start with (and maintain) good color.

Tony Corbell was the day’s “keynote speaker.” Tony’s accomplishments are extensive, and he has become a well-known photo educator. He has written articles in every major photographic magazine in the U.S., Japan, the U.K. and China. He is currently one of a select few Approved Photographic Instructors from the Professional Photographers of America…and he’s the biggest Beatles fan alive. Tony’s presentation on light was all about understanding the quality of light and utilizing light in all of its forms. He definitely kept the audience’s attention throughout, with many of the students seeking him out afterwards to pose for photos with them.

Lorenzo Gunn was on hand to showcase some of the beautiful photo books from Burrell Color Imaging, Phillip Abel was showing off the cool toys from Mamiya America Corporation and promoting their awesome MAC on Campus program, and Matt & Matt of Bongo Bytes were on hand to show software and lots of cool gadgets. Many thanks not only to all those involved but to all those who came out on a Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. It seemed like everyone learned a bit, and hopefully got some inspiration as well.

William Morton Judges SkillsUSA State Competition

William Morton of Morton Visuals photography in San Diego was selected as a judge in the 2011 SkillsUSA California State Conference  in San Diego yesterday. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

In the photography category, contestants demonstrate their ability to use digital SLR’s, image editing software (Adobe Photoshop) and professional studio lighting. Students perform on-site photography, portrait studio lighting & posing, process and print digital photos and submit two 11×14 or 16×20 mounted & matted photographs in advance of the contest to be judged and displayed at the competition. Contestants are evaluated on their mastery of entry-level job skills. William, along with Professional Photographers of California (PPC) Executive Director Roger Daines, PPC President Phillip E. Abel (Regional Manager with the MAC Group), and industry expert Lorenzo Gunn of Burrell Color Imaging, interviewed 22 finalists from all over California in order to select two student photographers to go on to the national competition in Kansas City this June. This challenging process took approximately 5 hours, with the entire judging panel agreeing on the photographers that were the best choices to represent California this June.

SkillsUSA logoSkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA. To learn more about this very worthwhile program, visit http://skillsusa.org/about/infoform.shtml.

William Morton Slated For Professional Speaker Series

William Morton - Professional Photography Speaker at City CollegeWilliam Morton, owner of William Morton Visuals, has been selected to speak during the third photographers’ Professional Speaker Series at San Diego City College on May 28. William reports that he will be the “opening act” for the renowned Tony Corbell, a very popular speaker in the photography industry.

William will talk about “Color – Getting It Right!” In the world of professional photography, accurate color is a MUST. His discussion will include color calibration of your camera, monitor, and output as well as how to ensure that the color you’re capturing with your digital camera is accurate.

Shooting since his days on the Junior High School yearbook, William has 20 years of professional experience. Currently a local Board member and past-President of the American Society of Media Photographers (San Diego) as well as an Instructor for the Panasonic-sponsored Digital Photo Academy, William has also spent 5 years training portrait and event photographers for a national franchise. William’s current focus is on commercial photography and corporate events.

Internationally recognized Tony Corbell will be the featured speaker at this event. Tony’s presentation is titled “The Power Of Light in The Digital World,” and understanding and controlling light quality is at the core of all of Tony’s presentations. Attendees will learn how to see a unique perspective and not be afraid to push the limits of their experience and talents. Tony has been teaching lighting concepts, theories, and techniques for over twenty years and his week-long workshops on the topic always fill to capacity. In the past couple of years alone, Tony spoke to over 9,000 photographers worldwide on the topic of light control.

For those not familiar with Tony’s pedigree, Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, 185 World Leaders, 65 Nigerian Heads of State, about 600 brides and grooms, a couple of NASA astronauts and lots of famous and not so famous faces. He has spoken at over 400 seminars and workshops nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of the highest honor from the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International with their Lifetime Achievement Award and achieved the status of Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. In 2005, Tony received the “Photographer of the Year” Award from the International Photographic Council of the United Nations and the PPA National Award from the Professional Photographers of California. Tony was also invited to join the prestigious Camera Craftsmen Of America in 2007, one of only 40 members worldwide. In 2007/08, Tony spoke to over 8,000 photographers in 36 cities including London, Glasgow, Dublin, Toronto, Mexico City, Sydney and many more U.S. cities. 2009 will again be busy with Tony traveling to London, Germany and many other cities discussing lighting and image editing. Tony also say’s he’s the world greatest Beatles fan..

Organized by Tony Amat of AR Event Photography and Thom Hiatt of Twin Bees Consulting, this event will be held in the auditorium of the Career Technology Center at San Diego City College, from 10am-2pm on Saturday, May 28. Lunch is included! Tickets may be purchased from the Twin Bees’ website at http://www.mytwinbees.com/professional-speaker-series/.

William Morton Takes DPA to Balboa Park

William Morton led a Digital Photo Academy class in Balboa Park this weekend. The class, titled “Composition In The Field“, is a fun photo safari for the students. The idea is that if you were dropped out of a plane at any place in the world, you would be able to create good, interesting images there. This month’s trek included the beautiful buildings of Balboa Park, along with a variety of flowers in the Botanical building – a few of which are shown below. Each student is challenged with capturing images that illustrate six rules of composition, including:

  • Rule of Thirds
  • Leading Lines
  • Symmetry and Patterns
  • “Primary Point of Interest” Isolation
  • Cropping and Framing
  • Viewpoint and Perspective
Flowers in front of the Botanical Building at Balboa Park
Rule of Thirds
The colonnade of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
Leading Lines
The Casa del Prado at Balboa Park
Symmetry
A very colorful flower in the Balboa Park Botanical building.
Primary Point of Interest
The San Diego Museum of Man rises above the trees at Balboa Park
Cropping
(Rule of Thirds)
Palm trees tower over Balboa Park
Viewpoint/ Perspective

William rotates around various locations in San Diego each month. Last month the class explored Old Town, and the month prior to that found the class in Little Italy. To check on the location for upcoming classes, visit the DPA page for San Diego. Note that a variety of photography classes are offered each month, in 24 cities nationwide, all taught by professional photographers. Call or check it out today!

Hot Photos by William Morton

A small fire broke out just after 7:00pm last night in the 3200 block of Sports Arena boulevard tonight. A three foot high pile of tree trimmings piled against the Glasshouse Parking structure was ablaze, filling the parking structure with smoke. Engine 8 arrived and knocked down the fire within minutes, then began cutting up and separating the smoldering brush to ensure that it was fully extinguished. No cause of the fire was immediately apparent.

Three witnesses grabbed fire extinguishers from the parking structure in an effort to combat the blaze initially, but none of the extinguishers worked. At least one showed an inspection tag dated 2007.

Photographer William Morton was driving by immediately after the fire started, and captured the accompanying images.

Firefighters fight small brush fire on Sports Arena Blvd
The first firefighter attacks the blaze
Firefighters knock out a small brush fire
Firefighters knock down the fire
Smoke fills the parking garage as firefighters put out a small brush fire
Smoke fills the parking garage
A dead fire extinguisher, last inspected in 2007, is useless against the fire
Expired fire extinguisher proves useless

San Diego Skyline at Night

This weekend marked the largest full moon that we will see for 20 years. Quite an event – and one which drew countless shutterbugs out to capture it. William Morton headed out to San Diego’s Shelter Island, looking for the perfect vantage point to capture that massive moon hovering over the San Diego skyline. Lined up alongside well over a dozen other photo enthusiasts (just on this stretch of this island), William set out his big tripod and weighted it down for additional stability. The 80-200mm f/2.8 lens was selected and mounted to the formidable Nikon D3. The camera framed in the San Diego skyline overlooking the harbor and the composition was set. An initial series of images was captured to ensure everything was set and working properly, yielding the beautiful image below.

The San Diego skyline photographed just after sunset from Shelter Island, by photographer William Morton.
San Diego, CA by William Morton

Unfortunately, the clouds also came to enjoy the show, and they had a better seat. An hour and a half later it became painfully obvious that we would not see anything other than a lighter area of clouds, illuminated by the massive moon which could not break through. Oh well, let’s calendar this again in 2031…

Morton Visuals Photography Gets a Workout

Morton Visuals hit the urban gym Crossfit East Village yesterday to work out some new images for an upcoming photography class. The large industrial setting was perfect for some unique looks, and we were determined to go over the top for a great shot. Over the top of the rafters, that is!

William Morton climbs into the rafters to get the shot
William Morton goes to new heights
Daniel Cook does the rope climb at Crossfit East Village
Rope climber Daniel Cook
Daniel Cook nears the top of the rope climb at Crossfit East Village
Nearing the top of the rope climb

Photographer William Morton climbed over the rafters to get these images of member Daniel Cook. The intensity of the rope climb is apparent – especially considering the fact that Daniel had to hang in position halfway up the rope for the shots.  William shot with a focused light coming down on Daniel to illustrate him climbing his way out of an abyss. A rimlight was added to help highlight the physique.

Michael Gonzalez does a jumping workout with the support of Crossfit East Village
Crossfit supports Mike as he jumps to new fitness levels

We then worked with trainer Mike Gonzalez for a couple of different images. Mike demonstrated leaping on to a large blocks, catching a lot of air as he did it. It’s apparent from the shadows created that Crossfit really does support you in your pursuit of physical fitness.

Mike Gonzalez pushes some heavy weight at Crossfit East Village
Mike can lift this all day - and all night

Finally we created a special effects shot with Mike pushing a loaded weight bar skyward. We turned the afternoon light into a gym at midnight. And we ensured Mike got in a workout too. 🙂

Our thanks to Grant Foreman and the men of Crossfit East Village! If you haven’t been there, I encourage you to check it out. They’re built for serious fitness!