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Friday, September 05, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
I just wanted to take a minute to post my favorite images of the Democratic and Republican nominees for president that I had the opportunity to make while covering their primary campaigns, and share a few things I learned during my time with them.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I just wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know that I have not forgotten that this blog exists. Things have been very busy lately, both shooting and business wise. I've got a lot of new things that I'm working to make happen before the end of the year. I'm making plans to start doing a lot more tutorial posts here on the blog (even some with video).
Above: South Carolina, quarterback, Tommy Beecher, right, takes a snap in the shot gun formation during their opening drive against N.C. State, at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008.
Above: South Carolina, tailback, Mike Davis, 25, left, gets a fist full of N.C. State, corner back, Jeremy Gray's, right, face mask, while trying to stiff arm.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
It has been a busy couple of weeks. I just finished up with some player portraits from Media Day at the University of South Carolina's, Williams-Brice Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It felt like it was 120 degrees on the field, and I was soaking wet by the end of it, but all of the players took my requests in stride, and I had a great time with it, and had the opportunity to make some nice images of some great student athletes. I was caught in the act of shooting the portraits of new starting quarterback, Tommy Beecher, by friend and shooter, Drew Stewart of local NBC affiliate WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C., and according to his package from last nights newscast, I'm helping to contribute to quarterback, Tommy Beecher's "Rockstar" status.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The New York Times just posted a multimedia project I recently had the opportunity to work on, called "Patient Voices" which was about prostate cancer (there are others out there ranging from ADD to Infertility). For this project I photographed and interviewed ESPN Commentator and all around good guy, Mitch Laurance. I spent a great afternoon talk with, and photographing Mitch at the Grande Dunes Members Club in Myrtle Beach, while the Hard Rock Park celebrity golf tournament was going on outside. It is always a rewarding experience when you get to help someone tell their story, especially one as personal as this.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
Well, at least one of my photos isn't dull, according to the folks over at AntiDull, an online Fine Art and Photography magazine that was started back in August of 2007. I was selected to appear in their June 2008 issue which can be viewed at http://www.antidull.com first PocketWizard now this... I'll be an internet celebrity pretty soon if I keep this up. Hope all is well out there.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I have received several emails from readers and people who have seen my shot from the 2008 Carolina Cup Races, that I posted a few weeks ago, so I decided that I amy going to demystify how you make a shot like this work, by using a remote camera.
For those who don't know, a remote camera, is a camera which you place in a specific location ahead of an event that would not be accessible during the event, and is then triggered by a hard wire, or radio signal. The list of equipment I used to make this image is as follows.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Digital SLR
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Remote Trigger: Pocket Wizard (not pictured) and LPA Designs Pre-Release Cable CM-N3-P
Mounting Hardware: Ultra-Pod II
Protection: Kata E-702 GDC Elements Cover
Complete Setup: This is what the setup looked like when it was completely assembled. The camera and lens were mounted to the Ultra-Pod II and then inserted into the GDC Elements Cover. After everything was strapped down and the camera was protected from any flying mud or sudden rain showers, I used the left arm hole to attach the PocketWizard and the Pre-Release Cable to the camera and then cinched up all the other loose openings. You don't have to use a rain cover or a remote cover, a clear plastic bag, a plastic cup, and some tape will do the same trick. I really do prefer rain covers as opposed to remote covers, so you can see to make any adjustments to exposure or focus without disturbing the entire setup.
Now comes the setup. Be prepared to get there early, some venues require you have the remote in place days before the event, while others will allow a remote to be placed hours before the event. It is also a good idea to make sure your liability insurance is up to date, because if someone or something trips over your remote and gets injured, you could be in some hot water. Once you have looked into all of the logistical details, its time to place the remote. It generally helps to have some working knowledge of the event or sport you are photographing, because you will have to anticipate everything happening long before it actually occurs. Since this was not my first time photographing a steeplechase or horse racing in general I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to see. With this in mind I chose a fence to place the remote under, and estimated the spot in the jump where most of the horses would come over. With these things in mind I had my assistant for the day, Cindy stand at that position in the jump so I could focus and frame the image up. Once everything was set, I taped all of the adjustment dials, focus rings, etc... on my camera in place so they wouldn't move, made sure the whole setup was nice and tidy, and proceeded to make some test images of Cindy and I jumping around the frame to verify focal plane, and framing of the image. Once this was all done, it was time to go make some feature shots while waiting on the race to begin. *This is why it is important to use a pre-release cable, because it will keep your camera awake and ready to fire, so there is no delay firing the first frame when the time comes.* When the race began I decided to shoot from down the track with my 300mm f/2.8 and 1.4x converter, with the PocketWizard on the hot shoe of the camera, so I could have two angles of the shot, incase the remote didn't work for some reason. Once the event is done with, you can go back to your remote, and collect your images and hope you got what you envisioned.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
While I do try, and update my location through my website, I thought it would be fun to create a visual representation of where I have been, with links to the images and projects I worked on while I was there. I'm all about trying new things and using new technologies to tell different stories. So have fun and take a look. I will do my best to link each icon on the map to the project or a clip of a project when it is posted online. You may have to zoom in to see all of the icons, because some may be hidden behind others when the map is fully zoomed out. Have fun looking, because I had fun creating.
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