Tuesday, April 29, 2008
We then went to the Disney Concert Hall in L.A. While shooting the shots in front of the curved building two cops rode by on bikes and asked if we were professionals. Kara immediately answered, "No," and they just kept going! This was really strange for me not to get harrassed. We had a great shoot and the reflections and angle of the building were just amazing!!!! The shoot lasted for over 4 hours and we finished close to 11:30pm. I dropped Kara off and started home.
I got on the phone with my wife and tried to follow the GPS at the same time. I was admittedly distracted and totally ran a red light....right in front of a cop. I got pulled over and thought...how ironic I've escaped the cops all night and here I get nailed for a red light. The cop comes up to the car and asks how I'm doing. By this point it's after midnight. I laugh and say, "Not very good." He asks me why and I reply, "Well, I just ran a red and I'm going to get a ticket."
He laughs and says, "Have you been drinking?" I laugh again and say, "I've never had a drink in my life." He then laughs and decides to give me a sobriety test!!!!!! Having truly never had a drink in my life....I found this amazingly hilarious and couldn't stop from laughing. He smelled my breath and said, "Well, no signs of drinking there." He then asked me to follow his finger from left to right. After a time or two I asked while laughing...how many times do I have to follow your finger correctly to pass?" He then laughed and said, "You're not drunk, you're just funny." I then responded with, "I totally deserve a ticket, but if you could give me a warning that would be great." To top it off I was driving a rental car and didn't have the registration or rental agreement. He returned to the car ten minutes later with a verbal warning and told me to have a great night. I told him if he ever needed a photographer to give me a call. He was the coolest officer I've ever met....and it topped off a great shoot. Thanks to Kara for making it so great!!!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Shooting with the Nikon D2XS:
- Set the camera on a tripod
- Set the camera on timer mode (as if you're going to take a picture of yourself)
- Set the camera to 30 second exposure
- Set aperture to 4.5f to allow the most light the lens could handle. Go lower if your lens can.
- Set ISO to 320....if I set it higher it would have made the picture brighter, but also more grainy. I wouldn't recommend going above 1200 ISO for this type of a shot.
- Set white balance to camera preset of "cloudy" mode...to allow for richer color.
- Shot in RAW.
- Focal length- 11m
- Focus- used manual focus....use a flashlight and shine it on the shack....you can then focus with the lens now that you can clearly see the shack.
- What I did:
- I pressed the trigger and ran into the shack while the 10-second self timer was counting down.
- Once the camera shutter opened I used my external flash SB800 and starting strobing the inside of the barn. This is what gave me the light coming out of the door and the wooden slats in the roof of the shack.
I could have done more but I ran out of time. Going back I would use video lights to on the back and sides of the shack to add additional elements to the picture as well as still done the inside lighting. I hope this is helpful to any photographer or enthusiast out there! Let me know and I'll continue to post tips on a weekly basis.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Well, I received a call from Donny Angel last week that he wants his name changed to Chief Firewalker. He sent me a photo taken by a local photographer in Boston of Don walking across hot coals at an event. He even has blisters to prove he did it! I told him the name of Donny Angel will always stick, but that we may now add Chief Firewalker to his resume. If Don happens to shoot your event....call him by his nicknames....and I'm sure he'll give you something extra....that's the Firewalker way.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I had Don Atherton shooting second shooter with me and Chris helping out with the light. We shot at the LA Arboretum and had a great time. We even found a group of people doing an exercise boot camp and they were kind enough to let our bride exercise with them! It was a great time and we're looking forward to a wonderful wedding next Saturday. Thanks to Don and Chris!