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Hi, my name is Jay.  I am all about digital image processing.  I find lighting and compositing to be what really makes any image come alive and exciting to experience. Currently, I am a lighting TD at Reel FX Inc. Here I do all of my image processing in Nuke for animated CG films and shorts.  The most recent project is Ice Age – “A Mammoth Christmas” soon to be released this winter.  More exciting projects include a theatrical trilogy of Looney Tunes Shortz starring Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner reinvented in 3D.  And also, Sony produced Open Season 3 released in 2010.

Beyond the work day, I use photography as another source of inspiration. It keeps my composition and image manipulation skills sharp. Then, I document my work and process by maintaining a photo blog.    My work ranges from real estate marketing to engagement photos, and my most current project “52 Weeks for Dogs.”  As an active member of Flickr photo sharing, this group requires that you take a photo of your dog once per week.  I use my blog as platform to demonstrate my photo manipulation process in Adobe Lightroom.  Other photography projects include timelapse video for local events in Dallas, TX such as Movie Night at the Belmont Hotel.  During my time at Reel FX, I developed  a Photography Group for the Lighting Deparment so that we could experiment with real world situations to apply to our lighting in CG on Maya and Renderman.

Feel free to email me at:

Downloadable: Resume and Shot Breakdown

Jay with Champi, (thanks to my wife for snapping this great shot!)

Thanks for visiting.

Jay Axe

Some people have asked, so here is my current gear:

– Nikon D300 Digital SLR

– AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (all purpose portrait)

– AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II (fast and accurate, it’s my zoom!)

– Tokina AT-X PRO DX 11-16mm (a favorite DX lens)

– AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D (preferred over 105mm, I know I’m crazy)

– SB-900 AF Speedlight, lightstand, diffuse umbrella, various gels


Adobe Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS4


My photostream jayaxe04:

My videos on Vimeo:

Reel FX Lighting Department Blog:


4 responses

  1. TiffanyG

    Champi is soo tiny !! I love the new look of your blog! We need to start up the photo walks again.


    March 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    • Thanks Tiff-
      Agreed! I was thinking of doing a water theme…what do you think!?

      March 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      • LOL… sorry. I didn’t know you responded. I was just browsing today and saw this. Of course. Water theme sounds great to me. 😉

        April 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm

  2. Hey! You may or may not know me, I am Julia Cooper (owner of Toki)… I got a pup from Carol and Jim, and they’ve told me all about Champi. (who is adorable, btw! I love your photos of her! I remember playing with her as a pup on my first visit to carol and jim)

    Well, I was on “Akita World” and found this guy, Brad. I’m not sure if you are aware he is using your photo. I saw it, and I got this hunch that this might be your pup due to the fact that there is only so many people with a Japanese Akita who live in an area that looks like that beach. I’ve seen your photography before and the photo just read as your signature “brush stroke” as you can put it. So, I google up your blog and lo and behold, I found the same photo! Just wanted to relay the message. I’m not a fan of people using my photos without my permission, it is such a huge no no, very disrespectful. Just wanted to give you a heads up just in case you were not aware. If you already knew/okay with it, I apologize in advanced! 🙂

    February 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

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