• Today's technology has made it possible for anyone to pick up a camera (or even an iPhone) and proudly proclaim themselves a photographer! But this isn't necessarily an evil thing, it has allowed some to express themselves whom otherwise wouldn't have been able to 20 years ago. I consider myself an artist first and photographer 2nd, although depending on who you ask, those two terms are one in the same.

    This blog represents my never ending exploration and learning into my self expression using the camera as my tool. Although I do a great deal of commercial work these days, my focus is almost always finding ways to express myself artistically by communicating with my viewers with each new image I create.

Bodybuilding supplementations part 2

MuscleEgg came down for the Greater Gulf Pro/Amateur Bodybuilding event last month and I had the opportunity to shoot Lamar Byrd, a Nationally ranked young bodybuilder who is a major spokesperson for the company in the Southeast region.  Along with Byrd, my wife Tammy (T-Bomb) Ramos was asked to work the event representing MuscleEgg.  If you aren’t familiar with the MuscleEgg product, they egg whites that have gone through a special pasteurization to eliminate any Salmonella or Listeria, keeping them safe to consume in liquid form. They are then flavored to come in chocolate, vanilla and caramel. (There’s also an original unflavored version).  Consuming them straight out the jug or ready to cook into a dish, they provide the same macronutrients as regular eggwhites – 4-5gms CHO’s, 25-26gb PRO at ZERO fat per serving.   – MuscleEgg.com

 

 

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Bodybuilding supplementation part 1

If you are a bodybuilder , been around a bodybuilder or around the sport in general you’ll notice everyone takes some form of supplement to gain an edge against the competition.  Some may even resort to the more extreme measures of anabolic steroids.  I myself lay no judgement to anyones train of thought when it comes to their own bodies and this update isn’t intended to start any debate!  But rather show case a couple of athletes who choose the path of staying Natural.  Johnathan Johnson and Samuel Laurent, both top level natural bodybuilding competitors and part of Flex Wheeler’s All American EFX Natural Freaks.  As Trainers Choice sponsored athletes, you can find these two at almost every bodybuilding event here in the South along with Flex Wheeler promoting Trainers Choice supplements and the  All American EFX brand.

 

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“I need a camera that takes good pictures…”

Although this image is in jest, proper stability and limited movement is key when shooting at low shutter speeds. (

If you are a photographer, you’ll probably hear this …a lot.  “Can you recommend a good camera? My pics always come out blurry” .  Well, chances are it’s more to do with camera settings and low light situations than the actual camera being the culprit of poor photos.  When I ask what are they shooting when they produce such poor results, it’s almost always something in a situation that has limited light and/or fast moving subjects.  Another factor is they are always shooting in their camera’s version of full auto-mode.  Which isn’t horrible in some situations, but usually…you want more control of how your camera performs.  That in itself will be a whole topic to discuss in detail.  When in one of the automatic modes, the camera’s computer will automatically adjust the shutter speed, iso & aperture.  Possibly a few other things, but those first 3 are the main culprits to producing blurred or clear images when not properly balanced.  When your shutter speed is around 100 or lower, any slight movements can become motion blur in the picture.  Sometimes you want this!  It gives the photo movement and action.  But to eliminate that, you’ll want to bring your shutter speed to 100 or faster depending on the subjects movement and/or light availability.

Now…setting your shutter speed to 125 alone won’t fix your problems.  Once you do, you’ll probably produce an image that is extremely dark or black…but at least you won’t have movement!;-)What you need to do now is adjust your iso and/or aperture to allow more light to expose the shot.  ISO is the setting in which measures how sensitive your camera’s sensor (digital) or film (oldschool) is to light.  Generally, if you can shoot a perfectly exposed image with 100 iso, you’ll have a  nice clear and crisp image with limited to no noise/grain.  But if you are shooting with your shutter speed at 100 as well, then you’ll more than likely need to bump the iso upwards to 400 or more.  Now depending on the quality of your camera, this may or may not begin to produce a “noisy” image.  With today’s technology, most camera’s can get a way with 400+ or even 1600+ for the pro-sumer dslr’s.

We’ll get to aperture in a second.  I want to quickly mention the importance of light on your subject.  Whether it be the sun (natural light) or something artificial such as the camera’s onboard flash or hotshoe mounted flash to an off camera strobe. If you MASTER the ability to manipulate and control how that light source affects your subject, you’ll be 3 steps ahead of the rest of the class.  I’ve found many people, including professional photographers, simply don’t take the time to fully understand and learn what and how light can be controlled in order to create a much better photograph.  You really don’t need fancy equipment, just the proper placement of your subject in relation to the sun or light source in the room can make all the difference.  I was taught very early on in my adventures into photography, the order of importance to creating a stunning photograph – Light, Lens, body. Learn to control your light, use the best glass you can afford and get in the best shape you can! No, just kidding…your camera body is of least importance.  Although it’s nice to have the newest and best images,  properly using your light and upgrading your lens will be more immediately beneficial.

Now back to aperture!  Aperture will often be referred to the len’s “f-stop”.  The aperture controls how much light is exposed to the sensor or film or sensor.  So let’s say from above, your shutter speed is at 125, your iso is at 400 and your images are still coming out too dark.  You can either decrease your shutter and risk motion blur, increase your iso and risk noise or you can check the aperture and raise it to allow more light in.  Generally, the lower the number f-stop the more light is allowed in.  Decreasing the aperture means closing it which ironically is increasing your f-stop.  So in other words,  if  your shutter speed is 125, iso 400 and you are still getting dark images,  opening up (decrease the numerical value in camera) aperture  from 5.0 to 2.8 will allow more light in and properly expose your image.  Makes sense?  What I am failing to mention is how the aperture will affect the “bokeh” or Field of Depth of an image. That’s something I’ll wait to confuse you with later!;-)

With all that being said, I’ll usually recommend one of the consumer or pr0-sumer digital slr cameras.  Those are almost always better than a point and shoot for what these people are shooting for.  I like point and shoot cameras…but mainly for snapshots.  Having fun at a party, dinner etc…  If you are shooting your child’s sports event or performance on stage at a regular basis, and want to capture those moments, I’d highly recommend investing in something a little more advanced such as 1 of the many digital slr’s out on the market today.   My preference is with Canon equipment, but Nikon makes a great product as well.  Despite Ashton Kutcher as it’s poster boy.  Those two brands will have the most variety of lens to waste your money on later down the line!  And once you start, it’s hard to stop!

Where to buy?  B & H as the best prices and is the #1 trusted professional’s source.

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Vanity & artistic goals *NSFW*

Every now and again, usually once a year…I challenge myself with 1 or 2 goals which aim to motivate me into keeping myself active, motivated or inspired to shoot.  A few years ago it was to get more of my work published. Why? I guess for the same reason many might…vanity.  Sure, the exposure can bring about more business and money but still to this day my photography isn’t monetarily  motivated.  First it was a few tattoo related magazine submissions here and there, which eventually led to a full spread article on my various works and style…Now, a regular contributor and cover shooter for a couple local mags as well as intermittently having work in national fitness publications I’ m still reaching that goal on a regular basis! oh…  the vanity…  Those close to me know I’m not really a vain person, i just like to pretend to be!;-)

Shibari rope art – Presently with the Miami ARTUndressed traveling exhibition. Also selected for Erotic Signature’s “World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today” hardcover book 2011.

So, sometime  a short while back a group of friends (fellow artist) and I threw our own self promoted art show.  It was fairly successful! I believe all of us sold the majority of what we showcased.  That opening, however made me realize I wanted more that!  Hearing random people discuss your work, trying to interpret what they are seeing.  Sometimes accurately, sometimes without even the faintest clue. It was fun!  But more importantly, were the strangers who had no idea who the artists were.  All they saw was the work.  It was neat hearing the critiques, the honesty behind their thoughts without any bias.  Anyway, the goal I am getting at is I wanted to show more of my work on that type of platform. My first hit was being chosen to participate in the Erotic Signature’s ARTUndressed multi-city exhibition. Two images were chosen for this event.  One of which was also being presented at the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival which had it’s closing ceremonies this past weekend at the Fremont gallery – Seattle Washington.

Sunday Morning / Model: Nettie Harris- Presented for Erotic Signature’s ARTUndressed as well as the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival – Visual Arts Juried selection.

Finally getting something closer to home, I was invited  to show a 10 image exhibition in New Orleans very own Barrister’s Gallery in the St. Claude Arts District.  The show is actually still ongoing or just finishing up this month.  It showcases 10 images all centered around the Japanese art of rope bondage – Kinbaku.  Also more widely known in the U.S. as Shibari.

Art Critic – D. Eric Bookhardt -

New Orleans photographer R. Ramos extends natural impulses a little further into the unnatural world in this series of nude photographs illustrating Kinbaku, the art of Japanese rope bondage. His images are pristinely well produced, but what stands out is how the artfully ritualistic aspects of Japanese culture transform something inherently tacky–sort porn bondage photos–into something much more transcendant, or even inexplicably beautiful, as the silky skin, the meticulous twine bindings and the dramatic lighting of the dungeon-like industrial setting conspire in a kind of visual paradox that Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and the rest of the original surrealists would have doubtlessly found intriguing. Ramos concludes: “If the viewer leaves inspired or repulsed, then the exhibit was a success.”

Still no big name solo show, but I’m still working and shooting the art inside when I can.  Maybe this time next year, I can update this blog.

Tonbo – Dragonfly Bind – 1 of 10 prints at Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA

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Fitness and Sports Network (Fast-Net) – www.FMIevents.com

Fitness and Sports Network (FAS-NET) is a wellness and sports production company. Founded in 2006, the company’s focus lies in the realm of entertainment education for fitness/sports professionals and wellness information.

Those who’ve known me for a long time now, know much of my roots stem from being closely involved in the fitness industry. Having started my working adult life as a personal trainer in my early twenties, managing healthclubs and eventually becoming a Conditioning Specialist under a one time top NFL strength coach, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I find a lot of inspiration in shooting the “physically fit”!    Because of this, I was excited for the opportunity to be a photographer for one of Fast-Net’s FMI Event’s in Scottsdale Arizona earlier in the year.  Check out their website for more info!

The 3 day event weekend consisted for 2 days of class time featuring workshops from some top professionals in the fitness and marketing industry  as well as  1 entire day of shooting with 2 photographers of the attendees choosing.  These “conventions” or “workshops” are really  brilliant for anyone trying to learn what it takes to launch themselves as a fitness personality.  Many FMI alumni have already made a name for themselves by using the tools and lessons they’ve obtained from attending an FMI weekend.

International Fitness Model/guru – Clark Bartram – FMI Co-Founder

More on the photos already…?   My shooting consisted of approx. 9 excellent athletes.  The first being one of the Co-Founders of Fast-Net and fitness guru/entrepreneur – Clark Bartram.  Rounding out the rest of my list of subjects : Dave Dreas, Lucien Gautreau, Courtney Crane, Allison Pease, Joni Johnson, Melinda Alleman, Mitchie Deleon and Patreceia Mathis.  (Sorry for the compression! I ripped these from my Facebook page while at the office)

 

 

Facebook?  –

FMI-EVents – http://www.facebook.com/fmievents

Co-Founder Gary Augustine Warren – http://www.facebook.com/gawfasnet

 

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