Some photos require more work than others, and it can be for many reasons that they do. Some days the subject has a box jaw and any 45 degree lighting setup is shot, others the power is not enough to manage the ambient, and some days you’re just plain sick. My photoshoot with Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was the latter. Flying back to Florida for another photo, I was happy to be familiar with my surroundings and hotel. However, since photographing Curtis Granderson, I had acquired a little bit of a cold. With my schedule being as tight as it was, I found the only way to do the photo was to fly in, and photograph the next morning, and fly out. However, with flights the way they were, I got in just before midnight and immediately headed to the hotel with hope of going to sleep. Unfortunately as the saying goes, there is no rest for the weary, and with a call time of 6am (3am on my time zone) I was in rough shape. Rougher shape once you consider that my cold left me with less than 2 hours sleep, and physically sick on the way to […]
About a year ago I photographed race car driver Paul Tracy at his house in Las Vegas for Car & Driver magazine. A down to Earth guy, PT was as easy going as they get on a photoshoot. After all, how often is it that you can ask a former Champ Car series champion to wear his helmet and swimsuit while kicking back on a lounge chair? That is why I was excited to see that he qualified for this Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. So with that we wish you the best Paul….. and please beat Danica.
. On multiple occasions I have sat on a plane next to a person who asked where I called home. The usual “Arizona” answer is enough for 80% of those conversations to end, while 15% require a more geographically narrowed answer of “Scottsdale.” However, there is always that remaining 5% that jump off the logical bridge and into the question, “what kind of horse do you ride?” The kind of question for which the meme crowd would warrant a giant facepalm. The people that extrapolate the Old West out of one born in Arizona commonly regard my “I have never ridden a horse” response as blasphemy towards my own culture. Very little water is carried in this conclusion, but to the residue that remains in the all encompassing quagmire that an Arizona native has not experienced the (improperly named) Indian culture, I offer resolution: Near the end of last year an opportunity approached in the form of an assignment to photograph across the northern regions of Arizona. I was to document the life, culture, and details of the land and people we know as Native Americans. Timing was critical, as my assistant and I would inadvertently be engaging in a […]
So the first “Bb gear giveaway” is over and the winner is……. Jaren Wilkey For those that didn’t get it, stick around, for we are having another giveaway very soon. As for Jaren, tweet me and I will send over the Photoflex Octadome. Thanks again everyone! This Wednesday’s blog will either be about traveling through the Native America reservations on a photoshoot, or lighting with bombs…. Bb
In what was the schedule from hell that was February, I returned to San Fransisco to photograph the Mythbusters for a second time. Like walking through a weird dream, M5 Industries (Mythbuster’s HQ) is filled with props from shows past, from fried crash test dummies, to boats that have been cut in half, to crossbows made from underwear, this place is odd to say the least. After 5 minutes your immersion in to the MB layer becomes all encompassing and you are numbed to the oddities that surround you. The line, “hey can you hand me the claymore sword sitting on top of the ejection seat next to the glass pains shattered by the dead chickens?” becomes the norm. In a month filled with athletic wear campaigns one after another, it was nice to photograph someone my height for a change. Choosing to make the set on top of the roof again was a no brainer as San Fransisco gave us a rare cloudless day and a low sun on the horizon provided the flare I need to counter my key and negate any kickers. All the Mythbusters were great as always, but one stood out yet again….. Adam. Crazy […]
Over the past few years I have had friends, assistants, hipsters, Genius Bartenders, and Bauristas proclaim the importance of Twitter. Fight it as I did, there is a point where resistance is futile, and that point was about 5 months ago. In today’s modern society, people want to know what one another feel on current topics, what they eat, and how their morning shower was (although I don’t believe I have posted about that yet, not to mention I prefer evening showers as I go to bed more relaxed and often take the opportunity to brush my teeth to speed up the time from beginning of shower to getting under the sheets….. but I digress). So with that, I decided that I would start making my (anything but normal) life available for public scrutiny on the Twitter (yeah, I meant to say “the Twitter”). How else better to promote this semi-new social network identity than to have a little bit of a gear giveaway? Along with one of my sponsors, Photoflex, makers of the new Triton flash system, I am offering one of my favorite and most used light modifiers, the small OctaDome. Whether I use it on set to […]
My apologies for redundancy, but we are lost if we allow the current state of affairs guise the situation in Japan as “normal”. Not in an effort to down your spirit, but in an attempt to fill it, for many (perhaps the Japanese version of you) sit in gyms and warehouses with a suitcase of their physical life laying next to them. However, something that I find inspiring is the optimism that lies within so many of them. More beautiful than any photograph I have or will ever create, is their strength, their character, their will. Life through the ground glass of this last month is so petty in America. To think that yesterday I griped about taxes, and the day before complained about our government’s inability to get anything done…. pathetic. I read this afternoon about a man that survived for three days on roof floating in the ocean that had lost his wife around day one. When interviewed he was happy to be alive, happy to take in breath, and happy to see what the next day offered. I didn’t post this blog in an effort to bring guilt over the reader, but as an abstract way to […]
While in the middle of the whirlwind that was February, I had one day in town where I could rest my head on my own pillow, rather than the 15 pillows that the hotels put on their beds, non of which are just right, but usually take a combination to equal one of “your” pillows……run on sentence rant over. The day I was in AZ, I had the good fortune to photograph Gabe Carimi for a Sports Illustrated / McDonald’s advertorial. We chose to photograph at a lumber yard as the piece on Gabe centered around his love for woodworking. Gabe is one of those people that you want to do well, as his humility and overall demeanor are what kids should model themselves from. His respect for his parents is so great that he built them a king size bed by hand while in his last year at Wisconsin. An all around good person… Best of luck in the draft Gabe!
. In an effort not to start another post off with “sitting in an airplane” I will begin today by saying that I am sitting in a shuttle traveling to my next photoshoot. This shuttle just happened to hit a rock, or some other debris for that matter, and is hurling over states while the passengers inside seem surprisingly relaxed. Hoping we land on our wheels, perhaps Florida? With the way that last month’s photos in Florida went, I am quite excited to be back. The same great crew returns, sure to make for some sort of tweet of interest. Speaking of Twitter, I changed my screen name to BLAIR_BUNTING instead of the bdbunting (I mean who really cares that my middle initial is D?). I wanted my name, but some high school girl has it, let the negotiations begin….. not to mention, girl Blaires spell their name with an “E”. I should know this as I was going to be Blair/Blaire depending on my gender. My parents got so hooked on Blair that they were naming the next kid that name no matter what. Random, yes, but not as random as this post… Speaking of random, while sitting […]
Wanted to make a quick post today to say congrats to one of the most humble guys I have photographed. Anthony has been an overnight news sensation after winning the NCAA wrestling championship, and did I mention he has but one leg? Inspirational in every form of the word, Anthony is well deserving of such an honor. Again, Congratulations!