As it was left on Tuesday, I had undertaken a monster EAS shoot that had more complexities that I have sanity. It was a three day shoot that would produce over 90 images, a 15, 30 and 60 second commercials, and grey hair.
I will admit right now, every time I write a title like this or the Nikon, or Maurice Lacroix ambassador one, I sit back and think…. “you know, people are going to stop asking me to grab a beer with them if I keep this stuff up.”
I can still remember taking my first photos… It was a beautiful spring morning in Arizona and the light was coming down through some trees and hitting a little gathering of water from a previous day’s rain. A friend of mine was across from the water and the reflection, water and light struck me a beautifully symmetric. I held up my Nikon F and shot only one frame. Yet to this day I identify that image as one that began to steer my path into photography. There was no money involved, no fame to be had… it was Pure Photography. Ask any photographer their earliest memory of photography, every one of them will have a different yet impactful story. In all of our careers, there is a moment, not the one that deals with being a professional photographer, but one far more simplistic. It is the moment when we fall in love with photography. Like any relationship, photography is a journey. There will be times when we struggle through the feelings that we have lost our creative visions. However, there is balance in times that we feel the clarity from producing imagery that matches your mind’s eye. What Nikon has […]
So many people have asked what camera I use and what photos were photographed with what cameras. All valid questions, but equally as true is the notion that one’s eye will truly express itself through whatever body and glass lies before it. The one thing that holds true in my situation is that no camera will ever replace the the 1972 Nikon F’s place in my heart. It was my first camera, and before that, my father’s camera that he gave me along with a 50 1.4 Nikkor. The images I created with that camera will probably never reach the eyes of most of my viewers, but the freedom of creativity it taught my will. For fun I decided to create a time line of my cameras as I have owned them. I have linked the names of the bodies not to their website, but to random sites that I feel are appropriate for the bodies, so please enjoy….. Nikon F – Canon A2E – Canon D30 – Canon D60 – Canon 1D – Canon 1D mk2 – Canon 1Ds mk2 – Canon 1D mk3 – Canon 1Ds mk2 – Canon 5d – P30 on 645 AFD – […]
Having worked on a few sound stages, sets, and quiet studios now, I felt the need for something to effectively suppress the rather loud shutter actuation and mirror slap of my D800. The “quiet mode” on that camera is a bit of a joke, and definitely does not cut it when sound is rolling on set. This limits when I can get behind-the-scenes/production shots without the audio crew wanting to murder me. The classic solution is the industry-trusted Jacobson Sound Blimp, one of which I last saw in the wild at an on-location set of a TV show production that I assisted on recently. It makes your camera look like something straight outta The Great War, which is both awesome and awful. There are no controls other than the shutter release button, and they cost almost a grand to buy. Alternatively, and also less effective, is a soft camera muzzle that I’ve seen ‘togs use at classical music concerts in auditoriums etc. The upside is that you can stick your hands into them and use all the controls. The downside is that you can still hear the mirror slap a few paces away. And you look like a sock puppeteer. I cast about for other […]
Terminal E, Gate 18. In a chaise lounge made up of my roller case and an available chair, I await my flight home. The last three days have taught me more about myself than I believe I have taught others about photography. This time the only absent item was the camera, sharp irony considering I was speaking for a camera company. However, even in the absence of my D3X, I have a newfound pride in Nikon. This one is based not of some technical number measuring depths of sensor latitude, but of a very apparent value that often goes unnoticed in a camera purchase. I am talking about the people behind the curtain that make it possible for us to tell our stories, for me, they are the people at Nikon. Over the last few days I have learned what it is to be a part of a team, and what it’s like to have real pride in my equipment. I can never again say I shoot Nikon, it’s not fair and too topical a comment. With shots and lighting planned around how much the sensor in the D3X can deliver, it is only fair to say that Nikon is […]
To be honest, writing that title alone makes me smile like a little school girl. I am honored to say that I will be speaking for Nikon at the 2013 Imaging USA expo in Atlanta, January 20-22. Those who know me, know this has been a long time in the making and an even longer time in the dreaming, but at just over a week away, things are set and the speech is going to be a very fun one to give. We decided that this speech would focus less on lighting, and more on my approach to photography and more specifically the gear I use and why I use it. The goal of the speech is to be flat out honest about what it takes, equipment wise, to shoot advertising and commercial work. To the sadness of many, there will not be any point and shoot cameras mentioned during the speech 😉 So if you are in Atlanta, the East Coast, the continental US, or Earth, please feel free to come enjoy. Speech times are as follows (all located at the Nikon Theater): Sunday (1/20) – 2:45 – 3:30 Monday (1/21) – 11:45 – 12:30 Tuesday (1/22) – 1:15 […]