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Sometimes, a relatively quick panorama shot with an iPhone does the trick and best captures what's being seen. This shot was taken from the balcony of our hotel room in Maui, HI. Pretty sure this is the best view, from any hotel room, I've ever had, past or present...


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Behind the Shot #23 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2015/11/behind-the-shot-23 HatsHats  Las Vegas, NV... June 2014 >> The night after a speaking engagement at a conference, I was doing the "tourist thing" walking around Las Vegas Blvd. taking it all in. Now I've been to Vegas multiple times over the years, but like other great cities, I knew there's always something to see beyond the obvious when you're really looking. This seemingly ordinary hat store became extraordinary to me when viewed as a whole scene, from just inside the door. I knew a regular focal length wouldn't cut it. So to do what I was seeing the proper justice, I quickly threw on the wide-angle lens to grab this "hat trick." I like how the store clerk is also wearing a hat, presumably from this exact store, but I won't ever know because I left right after clicking the shutter... Total time spent there: >30 seconds.

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Behind the Shot #22 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2015/10/behind-the-shot-22 Sarasota BaySarasota Bay Sarasota Bay, FL... October 2015 >> I only had a few opportunities to slip away during a work trip to Western Florida in late October. This night, if you look closely, the Longboat Key peninsula off in the distance is visible against the burnt-orange and smoky-blue sky that called me to pull over, trespass (just a little bit), and take the time necessary to grab this shot. I also wanted to get some of the worn texture of the old and rustic dock that stood out against the remarkable sunset. The dock is a compelling part of the image that gives it some subtle contrast in my opinion. What do you think?

16imaging@gmail.com (16IMAGING★Photography by Tom Leu) Behind the Shot http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2015/10/behind-the-shot-22 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:59:00 GMT
Behind the Shot #21 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2015/10/behind-the-shot-21 Kentucky PlainsKentucky Plains

Rural Kentucky... April 2013 >> My travels as a seminar speaker took me to multiple cities and states across the country. I've mentioned before that after a while, everything started to look the same. And it really, really does... The hotels, the highways, the cities, etc. But once in a while, certain scenes and landscapes stood out and grabbed my attention. This was one of them. I was out for a short drive after arriving at my destination and stopped here at sunset. I really love the sparseness and simplicity of this, as well as various layers represented from the fence to the sky. It just moved me, hope it does you too... 

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Behind the Shot #20 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2015/9/behind-the-shot-20 Eric Turner of WarrantEric Turner of Warrant

Erik Turner of Warrant... July 2012>> One of my first "national" acts to shoot, and I was admittedly intimidated in the beginning. I took the requisite shots, but then started looking at the band differently. I wondered how I might capture something that would stand out. Something that would give the viewer a different perspective; something unique. I noticed the mirror shades, and knew there was an interesting reflection there, though I couldn't fully see it from down in the pit where I was shooting. Using my 70-200mm lens, I cranked it all the way and grabbed this shot mid-guitar solo. What I enjoy most about his image is being able to see the world through the eyes of the player, if only for a moment...

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Behind the Shot #19 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2015/8/behind-the-shot-19 Judy C.5Judy C. Judy C... July 2014 >> I didn't know this amazing young lady until I randomly met her in a shopping center parking lot. I saw her, was intrigued by the energy she was exuding simply from how she walked, and decided I had to know her. I approached her and told her she looked amazing. I nervously asked if she be interested in doing a portrait photo shoot and interview. The first thing out of her mouth was "I don't do nudes." After reassuring that was not what I was after, she agreed to give me her phone number. I called her the next day, and set-up a meeting for the following week. I didn't exactly know what the outcome was going to be. I had no real idea of what I was in for, but the whole experience changed me for the better. View the photo gallery HERE. Watch the video excerpt HERE.

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Behind the Shot #18 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2015/6/behind-the-shot-158 Dick Van Dyke-2aDick Van Dyke-2a

Rockford, IL... June 2012 >> As my "Wheels" gallery on this site indicates, I enjoy shooting classic cars. A lot. This beauty was at one of many car shows I've attended with the sole purpose of capturing these amazing machines for my own enjoyment #1, and others' enjoyment #2. This was one of the first shots that I used HDR processing to get that "pop" effect. I have other versions of this shot straight, and in black and white, but I like this one the best. I call it "Dick Van Dyke" for no other reason except that it reminded me of a car from that era that Rob Petrie himself may have had in his driveway... 

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Behind the Shot #17 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2015/5/behind-the-shot-17 Riley (life of...)Riley (life of...) Maui, Hawaii... June 2014 >> Walking back to the rental car after shooting this beach, I stopped to get a better look at this rather carefree looking, drifter-type dude chilling with his dog under the shade of a palm tree. This entire beach was filled with surfers and other assorted islanders just hanging out, enjoying the water, the waves, and the tropical paradise which is Maui. This guy struck me because he appeared so at ease with his existence. He was simply enjoying the leisure, the sun, his dog, and his technology simultaneously. As I drove away, I envied him just a little; and then a lot... 

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Behind the Shot #16 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2015/4/behind-the-shot-16 Lake ErieLake Erie Lake Erie at Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA... June 2013 >> I was on the road travelling between seminar dates, and ended up on this beach overlooking this great lake... alone... on Father's Day. I was missing my kids, and feeling a little sorry for myself when I saw this Dad and his daughter enjoying the spectacular sunset together. I envied this man in the moment, but then settled into the magnificent scene in front of me. The cloud formation that unfolded before our eyes complemented the setting sun in such a way that it looked like a mountain range to me. This kind of serendipity always serves to remind me why photograhpy is such a positive and powerful force in my life.

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Behind the Shot #15 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2015/3/behind-the-shot-15 San Francisco, CA 2010San Francisco, CA 2010

Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, CA… August 2010 >> I was taking in some of the feel and true sense of the streets in this historic part of San Francisco when I found this guy on a busy corner. I shot him from a few different angles but felt this one between the posts was the most compelling by combining the color-select within the composition. He couldn't have cared less about the commotion happening all around him. Directly behind me while snapping this shot, my wife was being hassled by a street dweller we had by passed earlier. My time with the sleeper was cut short in favor of whisking my wife away to safety. I do my street photography alone these days...

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Behind the Shot #14 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2015/2/behind-the-shot-14 dUg PinnickdUg Pinnick

dUg Pinnick of King's X... June 2013 >> These guys have been one of my favorite bands for a long, long time. So when I got the opportunity to shoot them, I jumped at it of course. The coolest part though wasn't the actual gig itself (it WAS badass by the way), but the moments just before the show started while I was standing side-stage left waiting for the band. Here comes dUg right up behind me, bass on, smiling ear-to-ear, saying "hey man, how's it going?" In a rare fanboy moment, I seized the opportunity to ask for a quick iPhone shot of the two of us. So here I am with $6k of cameras and lenses hanging off of me taking a quick low-light and grainy selfie of me and dUg. Maybe not my best moment, but he was very cool about it. I think I was able to redeem myself later on by getting some "proper" pics of dUg and the guys such as the one here...

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Behind the Shot #13 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2015/1/behind-the-shot-13 Cinnamon & BennieCinnamon & Bennie

Doggie dissension… January 2010 >> What you don't see here is the slice of hot pizza on the coffee table just below Cinnamon (on the left) and Bennie (on the right). I happened to have my camera in my lap during this moment when Cinnamon was letting Bennie know in no uncertain terms that the pizza was not his… Love my Viszlas!


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Behind the Shot #12 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2014/12/behind-the-shot-12 Midway Village Woods, 2013Midway Village Woods, 2013

Forest through the trees... May 2013 >> There's a 1.5 mile bike path near my house that my wife and I frequent during the spring, summer, and fall each year to walk/run. It used to be to run/walk, but things change ya know? Anyway, I've passed by this spot literally hundreds of times over the years, but decided to stop one day when I really noticed this scene. This was one of my first times using HDR processing. I use it sparingly, but feel it's a worthwhile enhancement for some applications within some shots. This was one of them. Something rather ordinary, but with some extra effort and vision, may just become extra ordinary... 

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Behind the Shot #11 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2014/11/behind-the-shot-11 Igz Kincaid of HesslerIgz Kincaid of Hessler

Igz Kincaid of Hessler.. July 2012 >> I was shooting a two-day music festival that featured several relatively unknown area bands, as well as a few well-known headlining national acts. About halfway through day one, a band appeared in the 90+ degree weather decked-out in full-on 80's hard rock regalia complete with humidity-defying hair, leathers, and enough eye-liner to give the best of their shock-rock brethren a run for their money. Despite dealing with blown-up and burning amps, Hessler didn't miss a beat delivering their brand of infectious and anthemic metal. Guitarist and founder, Igz Kincaid was a non-stop blur of head-banging and stage theatrics who wasn't shy about offering up photo-ops if you were paying attention. Armed with my 70-200mm lens, I grabbed a moment of cool eye-contact that Igz liked so much, he asked me for a large print which now hangs in his house. Igz later told me he rarely puts up pics of himself (this coming from a guy and a very photogenic band that is shot A LOT). I'll take that...

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Behind the Shot #10 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2014/10/behind-the-shot-10 DC BusDC Bus

DC blue... April 2011 >> While out on a walking tour of the Nation's capital, I was (as usual), lagging a bit behind everyone else. While crossing the street, I spotted this city bus parked at a red light, minus a driver. It was just interesting enough, unique enough, at that moment, to make me pause, look, and shoot. The seats were bright blue and really stood out in the night light. I immediately saw a black and white, blue color select, post-processed image to really capture the moment, in that moment. So, here it is...

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Behind the Shot #9 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2014/9/behind-the-shot-9 Escape From RockfordEscape From Rockford

Escape from Rockford October 2009 >>  It was rainy, cold, and windy on this night. Not an ideal situation for shooting obviously. Nevertheless, I'd always had my eye on this abandoned gas station; drove by it countless times over the years. And then one day, I parked, set-up, waited, and started shooting. Honestly, I over-shot it. I was there nearly two hours if memory serves, shooting from before sunset until it was completely dark. Traffic got heavier as the sun went down, and people were driving home from work. The later it got, the harder the rain came down. My fingers turned white and were numb. But I persevered. I'm glad I did. Today, this is just an empty lot. I'm sure something else will get built there, but it's unlikely it will look like this...

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Behind the Shot #8 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2014/8/behind-the-shot-8 Dynamic 88Dynamic 88

Dynamic 88... October 2012 >> Driving through town on a rainy Fall day, I spotted this rare relic. She wasn't in the best of shape (I've never been exactly sure why men always assign a female gender to cars...), and the color is polarizing, but there was just something there. I stopped. I stared. I shot in and out of my car to get my shots despite the rain. I left. I came back. I snapped a few more. Went home. Came back yet again. And "she" was gone. Such is life. All I have left are the memories of her. Here's one...

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Behind the Shot #7 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2014/7/behind-the-shot-7 RIPT-2011RIPT-2011

This is your brain on rock and roll... July 2011 >> As a long-time musician myself, I really enjoy shooting live concerts (big and small) of artists and groups I dig. For me, one of the biggest challenges of concert photography (and there are many), is getting unique shots from unique perspectives. This is often very hard to do with limited amounts of time and space, especially when shooting the bigger, national acts. The guys in RIPT from my hometown of Rockford, IL reunited for a benefit show in 2012, and I was able to roam. I've been a fan of these guys since the 80's, and not only are they a great band, but they're a great bunch of guys as well personally. This shot is one of my favorites of them because of the energy and enthusiasm I see and feel from both audience AND band. It's real, trust me... 

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Behind the Shot #6 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2014/6/behind-the-shot-6 Motley-A-Go-GoMotley-A-Go-Go

Take me to the top... October 2009 >> Literally racing out into the middle of Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA during a busy afternoon of traffic to take pictures is not advisable. I had to repeatedly wait for an opening to zip out into the street to get the straight-ahead angle and frame I wanted for this shot. This picture is of the famous Whiskey-A-Go-Go live music venue. The reason it's special to me is the addition of the billboard on top showing one the club's most famous alumni. Back in 1981-1982, the Crue were on top of the Hollywood music scene headlining this club. On this day, they were back "on top" at the Whiskey yet again...

16imaging@gmail.com (16IMAGING★Photography by Tom Leu) Behind the Shot http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2014/6/behind-the-shot-6 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:58:00 GMT
Behind the Shot #5 http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2014/5/behind-the-shot-5 I'm Looking Through You...

I'm looking through you... February 2011 >> I also like to call this one "Done with Mirrors" because that's also an underrated Aerosmith album, and I like shit like that. This is one that I keep in my "Serendipity" portfolio because it truly was on this day in Lake Geneva, WI. I deliberately seek shots that aren't always self-evident. Who's the subject and who is looking at whom here? I'd tell you, but that would spoil the interest of it. "See" if you can figure out how this shot came to be on your own.

16imaging@gmail.com (16IMAGING★Photography by Tom Leu) Behind the Shot http://www.16imaging.com/blog/2014/5/behind-the-shot-5 Mon, 26 May 2014 14:58:00 GMT