A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I have been very surprised at the level of interest in my photography. I have recieved several commissions and requests for head shots. I am devoting a good bit of my spare time to that area.

I am still riding and shooting.

Will blog when possible.

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29 Comments:

Anonymous Alex said...

Head shots ?!

I know you are more then capable with any caliber... oops, camera :)

8:26 AM  
Anonymous HankH said...

You have gift for using your camera, and I wish you much success with any work that you pursue. I look forward to any of your blogging!

HankH

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this ecomoy, hope you keep outside skills up. You never know when it might have to become your primary support. Enjoy the blog, will keep checking. Thanks for the interesting topics.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Hey, Xavier

Just make sure you establish EXACTLY what /kind/ of head shot is being requested before you accept the commission...

Kevin K

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Your photos are one of the reasons that I enjoy visiting your blog regularly (though it's your blogging on guns that is the main reason I keep coming back). Anyway, I hope your success continues. Good luck.

2:46 PM  
Blogger The Tarquin said...

Glad it's working out for you. Photography's not my bag, but it's always nice to hear about people being successful with their hobbies.

Hope it keeps looking up for you!

2:47 PM  
Blogger DouginSalcha said...

Xavier,

I don't remember seeing anything recently about Cassie or Ilsa. Could you take some pictures sometime soon? Maybe when you take them out on your bike?

Love everything you 'blog' about.

Thanks,

Doug

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have Ilsa take over. I love her stories.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

You really do have a gift for candid portraiture, you know.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Azul said...

How dare you have a life apart from your blog!

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Ike said...

Cool TLR, I love my old Yashica

10:51 PM  
Blogger Old NFO said...

Good news! Go forth and do good pictures :-)

11:58 PM  
OpenID reflectoscope said...

I don't know any of the terms of art to describe what it is about your photos that catches my eye, but there is something there. Evidently I'm not the only one. All the best with it.

Jim

1:04 AM  
Anonymous TJP said...

I've been following Studio d'Xavier as often as possible, and I am enjoying it immensely. I can't say I've run across anyone else with your knack for portraiture. Among recent work, I enjoyed "Blue Bricks" and "Bridge" #2--a capture which shows a quality very reminiscent of certain film developing techniques, and conveys an interesting collection of emotions.

Thanks for being both an inspiration and, on occasion, a teacher. I've come a long way since the day I whined in your tripod post. This hobby has also produced a related interest, and I just completed a repair on a Nikon 55 macro lens. This must be lens number nine, (and earlier, camera body number four?)

I took your advice and what I like to call the Ken Rockwell Challenge. I picked any camera and attempted my best with it. I also educated myself with a book by a photographer whose wisdom and work I have come to love. As it turns out, every camera operates under the same basic principles, and none of them produce the desired result without the judgment of a human mind. Also, and much to my surprise, I had as much fun with a plastic Polaroid Land Camera I picked up at a flea market for $6, as a fully decked-out Maxxum 9000.

The wonders never cease, and my checklist of things to photograph seems endless. This is by far the cheapest and most challenging hobby I've undertaken.

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Roger.45 said...

All posts are worth the wait. Remember what Oliver Wendell Holmes,Jr., said, "Death twitched my ear, 'Live', he said,"For I am coming."

Follow your passions...we only get one pass through this life.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Travlin said...

I'm glad the light blogging is due to a happy reason, and not because of problems in your life. Best wishes to you, and blog when you can.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thoroughly enjoy your blog and photos. Both are well executed, well edited, professional quality work having nice composition and a distinctive style which I like very much. Your photos demonstrate correct color balance, appropriate use of depth of field and resolution. I also enjoy your choices in nonfirearm subject matter. I was wondering if you were self taught in photography as a hobbyist or if had formal technical training, perhaps an industry or military photo school? I started at Pensacola hanging out the belly hatch of an E-2 trying to capture the meter on the top of the water tower at night in infra red, went did some recce tech bomb damage assessment and later as a technical photographer using cut film holders in a 4x5 Speed Graphic capturing machine setups in Tach Pan. In the 1970s went 2-1/4 roll film and finally to 35mm SLRs in the 1980s doing most of my work then with a 200mm medical Nikor maccro lens with Agfachrome and FM body. With the demise of wet process I stopped sniffing bleach starter, sold my gear and resisted becoming a computer geek using photoshop. Let the young nerds do it. I am reduced now to a pocket-point-poke, but enjoy it casual photography as hobby so it is not work anymore. Similar to my taste in firearms, as got my fill of AK and AR derivatives and autopistols. Today my interests are almost entirely single-shots, wheelguns, bolt WWII militaries and cowboy rifles. I'm content to be the lead bulleted curmudgeon.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Anon,
I have formal training in fine art, as in painting, printmaking and sculpture. No formal training in photography, but I dated a couple of photographers while I was single and learned from them. A lot of the color, light, composition etc carries over. The trick for me was leraning how to control and manipulate it on film and then pixels.

I burned a lot of film overseas. It kept me sane. I put it aside when I got married, but when I finally wound up with a digital SLR and total control again, an old interest re-awakened. Still, no formal training. Just teaching myself and learning from friends.

I've tried to keep this blog primarily a gun blog, but that is becoming increasingly difficult, as the photo stuff outweighed the gun stuff. I will continue to try.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL YOU ALTER THE DIVERSE EDITORIAL FORMAT OF THIS BLOG. AN APPRECIATION OF FIREARMS IS ONLY PART OF LIFE. THERE ARE TOO MANY OTHER BLOGGERS WHO ONLY FIND MEANING ON THE RANGE. YOU'RE DIFFERENT.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the ice cream is free people can't complain about the flavor. Playing just one string makes the harpist go insane or should. I enjoy your gun posts, dog posts, photography stuff, mentions of Naval service that coincide with some of my own, and even the bike posts. I come for the quality of writing and check daily to see if you have updated. I don't "expect" anything just enjoy what is available. Enjoy your exploration and share when you can.
Rey B

12:18 PM  
Blogger J. Brinks said...

Xavier-
Personally, I enjoy the photography posts just as much as the gun posts.

I know that in my personal life, my hobbies ebb and flow.

I'm still interested in all of them, but my main focus changes between guns, photography, etc

It's natural, don't fight it :)

12:25 PM  
Blogger Retired Rick said...

Xavier
I enjoy all your post. My interest gravitate back and forth as I'm sure so does yours. My recent interest in Conceal Carry and hand guns brought me to your Web Site. Go with the flow! The world still turns.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well
thats what happens when you are Living your life
but anyhow
here is a link for the diff between frau und Mann
tinyurl.com/mp76z5
as per meditations on violence

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Sans Authoritas said...

Xavier,

Do you or anyone else have a guess what this Vietnam era pilot is carrying? Looks like some sort of bolt action pistol, to me.

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/f?q=1960s+vietnam+source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3D1960s%2Bvietnam%2Bsource:life%26ndsp%3D20%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26start%3D20&imgurl=e75ec4c5f361588c

9:50 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Smith & Wesson M-13 Aircrewman

12:10 AM  
Blogger Mello said...

Xavier
I'm a gun owner, too, but I confess that I read - and enjoy! - your photographic thoughts more. Your photos are very beautiful, the light you get, the mood, etc. Maybe this a crazy idea from a crazy brazilian, but why don't you create another blog, dedicated mainly to photograph? Ok, I imagine running just one is enough trouble.
Best regards, congratulations.
JC Mello

4:48 PM  
Blogger Brigid said...

I've learned a lot from you and Carteach0, probably the two best "amateur" gun photographers on the net.

Keep it coming.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't we arrest this guy?

First he addicts us to his blog by writing interesting, well-crafted blog entries. We all find ourselves visiting the site daily, looking to read the latest bubbles of wisdom.

Then, he shuts us off, cold-turkey because he's gotten busy with work, and other interests. The nerve! I find myself visiting four times a day, praying for an update. I'm dizzy, shaking and irritable, just as if I'm going through withdrawal.

We can arrest drug dealers. Can't we do the same here?

Anyone have the number of Betty Ford?

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Sans Authoritas said...

Xavier,

Gosh. I see it now. It looked like that buckle was some fancy bolt protruding out the back of the pistol. Thanks for blowing the fog out of my eyes.

8:47 AM  

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