Alexis, Matthew, Chloe & Vivian

Posted in Family by Mike Panic
6 Dec 2013
Alexis, Matthew, Chloe & Vivian

Hard to believe a whole year has passed, but it has.  Seeing my friends’ family grow year after year is an amazing thing, and I’m glad I get the opportunity to shoot them.  Last year, it was overcast and cold, this year we were blessed with an unseasonably warm November day and basked in the warmth of the sun for this late afternoon shoot at a local park.  I’m totally thrilled with the shoot and can’t believe how big Chloe & Vivian have grown.

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Amanda, James, Kylie, Taylor & Quinn

Posted in Family by Mike Panic
18 Nov 2013
Amanda, James, Kylie, Taylor & Quinn

Five years ago I did some holiday photos for friends and, at the time neighbors Amanda, James & Kylie.  The family of 3 are no longer my neighbors and no longer a family of 3.  Now, the family of 5 lives a few hours away, but made the trip back to have their annual photos done at the same location for their sixth shoot, and this time Quinn is here too.  Take a look back through the years to see this evolution.It’s such an honor to shoot the same families over and over, and in this case, watch their three beautiful girls grow up.

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Angel B Flyer

Posted in Published Work by Mike Panic
8 Nov 2013
Angel B

Well over a year ago I did some head shots for a local artists, producer and DJ, Angel B.  The images were used on his website and overall, received very well.  The photos have since been re-purposed with the talent from MDC, for these promo flyers.

What was once a very upscale and professional, look on a white wall has been transformed into a great image to promote Angel B’s weekly event.

Angel B

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Tattoo Master 21 Featuring Keith B Machineworks

Posted in Published Work by Mike Panic
13 Aug 2013
Tattoo Master 21 Featuring Keith B Machineworks

Being inspired by the people around me is important, and while often grumpy, Keith B has been a longtime friend who has inspired and encouraged me to start my own business and had my back for years.  Over the last few years he’s become one of the most sought after tattoo machine builders, brilliantly handcrafting them one at a time in his workshop while remaining humble and grounded. Over a month ago he asked me to come take photos of him building machines and some finished ones for an upcoming magazine interview. 

Keith is finally getting the much deserved shine he’s deserved in  Tattoo Master 21, out now.  Steve Pearson, a member of the #KBMWCT did the interview, and asked all the right questions without poking the bear too much.  Go order a copy now!

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Perseid Meteor Shower Star Trails Time Lapse

Posted in Places by Mike Panic
11 Aug 2013
Perseid Meteor Shower Star Trail Time Lapse

Each year the Perseids happen around the second week in August.  The annual meteor shower can be seen by virtually everyone provided the sky is clear and you’re willing to stay up late.  The amount of activity tends to be very high, and it’s a blast to watch.  On the evening of August 10th I went to a part of the Appalachian trails near my home known as Bake Oven Knob, knowing there would be little light pollution and it’s a quick walk to the lookout.  My goal was to capture enough images to make a star trails composite photograph.

With film, this would have been done on a single frame of film, the shutter being left open for several hours.  Digital brings new limitations, but also gives more opportunity.  I managed to shoot 220 individual photographs over a 2 hour period of time; while the individual images are stunning, when laced together as a time lapse, they show a different perspective of the night’s sky. [watch in full screen]

If you look closely, there are several shooting stars in this short video. For the photograph below, I used only the last 140 frames, the first 80 were too contaminated with cloud cover to effectively work in the composite final image.

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