There is something to be said for escaping life (even if just for a day) and leaving the constant bombardment of reality for the surreal existence that comes into meditation somewhere after white. Whether it biologically changes someone is beyond me, but the romance in the heart beating slower crosses my mind persistently.
Some photoshoots we love, and others we merely get by….. this is one that I loved that almost ended me. To say that racing is an important aspect of my life would be the equivalent of saying that I enjoy breathing air. I love the speed, the sounds that the cars make at speed, and just for the intention of using the word “speed” in a sentence 4 times, speed. This is why when a phone call came in with a photoshoot at the 24 heurs du Mans in France (better know as Le Mans), I decided that in no way would I turn it down. With this said, I had already scheduled a week in the Caribbean that would get me home the day before I needed to fly to Paris. On top of this I had a photograph in Texas two days after the race. Most people in their right minds would cancel on one of these, or skip the race all together, sadly I am not like most in this regards. In hoping to make life easier while in Le Mans I brought my assistant Mike with me to cover in parts where I needed a break, […]
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 – […]
First of all, Happy Halloween! Go out and have a good ole time dressed as a naughty nurse, naughty secretary, naughty doctor, naughty librarian, naughty paleoclimatologist, naughty executive assistant, yadda yadda yadda (a naughty yadda that is). But be safe. For those who have not joined my Movember team, GET ON IT ALREADY! For those already on my team and growing the mo, tomorrow is Shave the Date, so get your best razor out and start clean. Also, it would be a good idea to take your significant other on a date before than mustache gets too big and she starts recommending that you cook at home a little more often. A random blog? Yes. So periodically I get photos of my work on display that friends send over, and for that I am grateful. The most recent one comes from a photoshoot I did with Chicago Bears player Matt Forte. Perhaps the easiest going guy on set ever. We photographed him in New York at Milk Studios during a day that saw multiple athletes in and out of the studio. What made Matt so cool was that he was the first athlete of the day and one of the […]
The progression that is the discovery and appreciation of photography is a journey unique to the voyager. Whether the path is walked through a textbook, an online forum, or alone, there is not two that are alike. Being self taught I found myself obsessing with the technical to a degree that the artistic side of photography was an afterthought. At first it was just grasping the concept of 18% grey, then it was learning the stop reach of my sensor, then it was getting rid of depth of field only to bring it back in later years. It serves a little ironic that I craved bokeh so much when young and now I cringe whenever someone uses that word in a conversation. Back in 2003, I found myself with a lens line up that from 24 to 200, all faster than f/1.8, so to say I enjoyed dof isolation was an understatement. However, there was a part of me that thought the 85mm f/1.2 just wasn’t shallow enough. I had tubed the thing beyond its nodal point reach to where the min focus point was behind the front element. However, a part of me still felt there was less depth […]
This week’s update is short, but a week from today will be the biggie. I spent the weekend in Dallas, and have not been able to catch up with the blogging in the midst of a campaign that wraps today. However, I figured I would do my utmost to make things interesting and conveniently the AdoramaTV video released in time to entertain. In short I did an interview recently before I flew out to Miami and talked all things photo and some randomness as well. As a prewarning though, I did cover the special requests and said “meow” during the interview, but it has been cut (my apologies Twitter friends). So without further adieu…..
Today’s blog is more of a catch up blog than a true unique blog. Why’s that? you say. Because next week’s blog will most likely be the biggest of the year, and it is the behind the scenes you’ve all been waiting for. Not just the Deadliest Catch video where we filmed snippets when we had a second on set, but an entire photoshoot shot just for the behind the scenes so that you could see how it’s done and hopefully learn from yours’ truly. Also on that note, we had a little bit of an achievement recently…. @BlairBunting has surpassed 10,000 awesome followers on Twitter. Just think, there are 10,000 people that have learned that I did not know what the term “hot pants” were until I said I was wearing them out on a nice date. But in all reality, I just wanted to say a very sincere Thank You to those of you that have clicked the “follow” button. I hope that you have learned from the lessons in the midst of the madness. I am back on set in 1 hour, so until next week…
A pre-warning, this one is for the photographers. Reading this post may lead to that syndrome we know as, “being a professional photographer”. You know that one where you come home for Christmas after your first semester of college and your parents want to know where you want to go with you life, so you tell them a degree in business is in you future, but in reality math is really boring to you, but that girl that sat two rows in front of you kinda looked at you that one time, so you stuck through a class full of algorithms with the hope that she would need help studying but really she just had kind of a lazy eye. I mean I am completely cool with that but you thought she wanted you, heck you had planned out where you were going on you honeymoon, but her interest in you is equivalent to your interest in the class, and your interest in the class cringed when I just used the word ‘equivalent”. In all honesty, I didn’t expect to be writing this post anytime soon. I had bantered back and forth with NikonRumors only a couple weeks ago, convinced […]
A warning, today’s post is strictly for photographers. We all know my love of Nikon and all things … well … Nikon. But I don’t want this to ever jade me from appreciated true quality in a product. Read linear, if it’s a god product, I will say it’s a good product… otherwise I’m a fanboy that you’ll never get a non-biased answer out of. With that said, I have spent a lot of time with my assistants talking about Canon’s new offering, the 1D X. -Now as a background to this subject, I actually started out shooting Canon (D30) and have shot them longer than I have shot Nikon bodies. Over the years I have shot no less than 15 Canon bodies, and 3 Nikons- So when the 1D X was announced I, being the techie that I am, spent most of the day pouring over the specs and the pictures of it. Being as it won’t be out soon, I figured I have some time to think about whether or not to pick one up. I think the general direction that Canon is going with the camera is a strong one. The underlining thought of the new system […]