My passion for watches is probably apparent by the never ending tweets about them or the blog every other week that mentions them, but I am not alone in this world (sadly). Often on set I find the easiest middle ground to talk to a celebrity about is that of watch collecting, and on a recent shoot with Steven Seagal, it was the only common ground that we had. Of the many celebrity watch collectors out there, a few stand out so much that people watch interviews and look at magazines just to see what they are wearing. One of the people at the top of my horological list is former President Bill Clinton. It is not uncommon to see him wearing a Panerai or Patek, Breguet or Chorpard, so when he showed up to the Daily Show in a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Navy Seals edition, I thought nothing of it…. Then I noticed something, the watch was dive set at 6 o’ clock (the bezel was rotated to the lume dot being on the bottom). Now every watch guy has worn their watches with the bezel a little offset, and once they check the time, it usually gets re-zeroed. […]
Originally I wasn’t going to blog about the ad campaign I shot of Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners. The shots were good, but the shoot was overall pretty straight forward…. Photographer, crew and client show up, wait for an hour, then wait for another hour, wait a couple more, athlete shows up and asks how long the shoot should take. However, after turning on ESPN this weekend I have had a change of heart. The reason for this is that King Felix pitched his first perfect game last week, making him one of 23 pitchers to have ever accomplished such a feat. Funny enough, such a performance will most likely secure that I will photograph him again for next year’s campaign, however this time I will bring a book. Congrats King Felix.
The truest appreciation for science and art lives only in the experience. While my professional respect and novice understanding of physics tells me that I would know what G-Forces entail, the fact of the matter is that I had no idea… For many, including myself, just the call to do a photoshoot of an F-16 fighter jet would make for a great day, but being offered a ride in one, well that makes for a great honor. I can still remember the call telling me that I needed to clear my schedule and see my doctor for flight approval, my ride had been approved. Now to measure said impact we need a constant…. in this case I hate going to the doctor’s office. Whether I am in need of help or just dropping off medical records, I do not like to be there. However, give me a paper that has a checklist for whether or not I would survive an ejection seat and I will gladly get a physical (or in this case two). I would normally say something to the extent of “fast forward a week”, but the truth is knowing what lied ahead, time went by so damn […]
As you may remember in, in May I was supposed to go on a flight in an F16, however some scheduling conflicts arose and delayed the flight. But now the time has come and this has been ever apparent in the inability for me to get any sleep whatsoever. Counting sheep, wine, hot showers, Advil PM, Ambien….. none of them have the ability to get my mind off my upcoming frequent flyer miles. One thing that has changed though is the amount of which you will get to watch me get tossed around and attempt to stay conscious only to wake up into some animated gif that people use to describe hilarious mishaps at another’s expense. From the training for the ejection seat to parachute lessons, g-suite fitting to me screaming like a little girl while breaking the sound barrier upside down, you will see it all. This Friday (and some of Thursday) I will be tweeting pics of the craziness, so feel free to chime in and ask questions at http://www.twitter.com/BlairBunting In the meantime, please enjoy a video of a reporter getting some beauty sleep in the back of an F18, as I can only imagine my nap time […]
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 […]
I must admit that for some reason the song “Friday I’m in Love” is one that I have to listen to every time it’s on. I was once shooting a piece in the middle of nowhere Texas and had to drive for 4 hours by myself in my rental Buick land barge. To top things off, it was the day that a new pro DSLR was announced and I didn’t have the internet on my phone. I had to call my assistant who proceeded to sit on the phone for an hour reading me every spec about the camera. It was in the midst of a 6 month period where I was shooting Medium Format digital backs and I was miserable on set, not to mention annoyed with the coin I had dropped in the hunt for resolution that came with so many drawbacks. Anyhow, with the call over and 3 more hours of the dry Texas landscape to entertain me I turned on the radio, and on came the song. It was a moment I won’t forget, I knew that the medium format would soon be behind me and that I could return to the DSLR’s that I shot […]
Warning: This post is in no way meant to make lite of the lives that were lost a hundred years ago when the Titanic sank. Those in the following areas: USA, France, England, Ireland, Canada, and rural areas of Papa New Guinea may want to skip this one and read another post. It was a nice night with some nice friends, enjoying some nice wine during a nice little vacation and yet here I lay in bed tortured by a mind that won’t shut down. What issue is it that has postponed or cancelled tonight’s performance by REM, that continues to fire the synapses in the grey matter well into the 3am world?…. World Peace?… No Photoshop Launch?… No Hangover?… Actually No The issue that has angered me into leaving the bed and writing this is simple, I am pissed that all the paintings I see of the Titanic sinking always show the front of the ship on the right side of the frame. Heck, even the movie did it the same way, and as a dyslexic person, I know a thing or two about getting things sdrawkcab. With the recent hundred year anniversary, there was no shortage of Titanic […]
When this blog is published I will hopefully be sitting on one of Kauai’s beaches with some fruity rum based cocktail in hand, perhaps adorned by the shameless umbrella. This vacation has been a while in the making and was delayed on four occasions in order to shoot some campaigns. For those of you wondering what camera will accompany me to, what is in my opinion, the most beautiful place on Earth…. the answer is none (well the one on my iPhone, but that goes without saying). One of the most important things I have learned in this career is to make very clear the line that designates work and play. You’d be amazed how much a vacation from shooting will help improve your approach to ad and editorial work, but often too many try and combine the two only to choke their own art. As the title states, I am grateful to announce that I have had the good fortune of gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Golf issue this month. The shot is one I took of recent Master’s winner Bubba Watson. I am not only thankful to be on the cover, but also pleased at how clean […]
Subjectivity. She is a cold hearted bitch that parades amongst the community of “art” often only talking when she has a crass negative answer to an unimplied question. Living in a world delusion that good will show itself brighter than critical is a nonserving viewpoint if you are a photographer, but I remain that the heart of man leans to the kind. Perhaps I am an unabashed optimist, but I will always conduct life this way even when proven wrong. Never more apparent than when public scrutiny is present, I have seen much these last few weeks, and you my readers, and my critics deserve a response. I am a photographer. Someone that lives his life in a grateful way, constantly reassuring himself that the good fortune that has come his way has never been deserved. For it is on the shoulders of fate and God’s good graces that my success stands. I find the fact that people take interest in my work humbling and I genuinely try and reciprocate the appreciation, because myself, and every other photographer out there, are nothing without a viewer. Likewise our existence it moot without a counter-opinion, as even the brightest of lights would […]
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…..