Category Archives: Photo Shoots

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Adventures with a Polaroid Land Camera

IMG_0001After having a good visit with my Dad, this weekend,  I went out with with my Polaroid Land Camera and took some photos. With the wife in tow, we took a stroll through the IMA grounds; Surprisingly, I was not hassled by security.

The photo to the left is one of the famous pieces on the grounds that was created by Robert Indiana.  It has been photographed so much that I thought I would take one more as cliche. In this photo, I think the lens flair adds that certain Polaroid feel; I am really not sure how to explain it.

Most Land Cameras are a cheap range finder system; This means that there no real focus and you are using a distance scale on the lens. That being said, you are bound to get a lot of soft focus photographs when you shoot. I think that is part of the fun in shooting with these cameras. Further more, you have a print in hand when it is all said and done.

I really love the look that the old Land Cameras give, especially with black and white instant film. All photos are unfiltered and have not been touched in Photoshop.

 

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Down the Rabbit Hole (Indiana Burners)

208508_602033043160069_1362710083_nOn Saturday 9-MAR-2013, the Indiana Burners held an event at Indy’s Jukebox to raise funds for a Burning Man Core Project. I was invited by a friend, whom is one of the organizers of this project, to share in the experience of this event and take photos.

INchanted Forest: CORE 2013
The Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE) at Burning Man is comprised of dozens of wooden effigies created by Burning Man Regional groups from around the world. The CORE Project is a celebration of Burning Man’s Regional Network and of the work that groups throughout the world are doing to nurture and support the Burning Man ethos as a global cultural movement. This year, Indiana area burners are creating an “enchanted forest” to represent our beautiful region and ever-growing community of burners. Learn more at http://www.burningman.com/installations/art_core.html

It was a quite entertaining evening with many performances and DJ’s; And, the lovely, Harley Dren as the the Mistress of Ceremonies…  I was happy to reconnect with a friend that I had not seen in almost 10 years, Mojo the Human Freak (I love my Side Show Friends). Beyond the photography, I had a great time.


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DJs:

Psynapse, Justin Haus, Zach Main, Taylor Norris, David Owen

Performances:

  • Belly Dancing by Indy Tribal
  • Super Secret Sideshow featuring Mojo the Human Freak and Rash the Clown
  • Suspension performance by Kaa and Suki
  • Fire Spinning by Sacred Circles
  • Live Painting (with YOU!) by our very own lovely Martine

I am not unfamiliar, by any means, of shooting events and performers; But this is the first time I have done so sans a flash. Not to mention this was the first event I have taken my 5D Mark III to. I must say, that I was really nervous to shoot with out my flash but I also knew that the Mark III performs well in low low light. I did, however, have my 530 EX II but only used the focus assist beam to help attain sharp focus.

Previous events that I have worked were shot with a 1st generation Canon Digital Rebel or the Canon T1i; Neither of which are spectacular in low light action conditions. Both of these cameras use the pop-up flash for focus assist and a lot of  moments are lost in the focus hunt. The 5D Mark III , on the other hand, handled like a 1969 GTO Judge and powered through the event with more muscle than can be found in UFC gym.  I am quite pleased…

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Saturday Photo Shoots

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On Saturday, we had some improvisational photo shoots at the studio. How did this come to be? Well, simply, my wife put out a general call on her Facebook profile and a number of people responded. When it came down to the shoot day, I really had no idea who would show up or what style I was going to be shooting until I had a model in front of me.

On the morning of the shoot, Bunny, my wife bought some snacks and Redbull (Important as she promised cupcakes and RedBull in her call to arms); And we were off to the studio.

Liz was the first model to come down for a shoot. While she was getting changed into clothing and sat in the make-up chair, I was working diligently on setting up my lighting. Incident metering and test shots were coming out well and then a mini-disaster occurred.

I process of working with Liz, I was getting completely inconstant results; Some photos were showing the signs of shutter sync, other photos were under exposed and some were perfectly exposed. Step 1, I changed the power outlets I was using on my mono lights, and I still had no better results, reduced my lighting set-up to one light and still nothing. Last thing, I changed out the radio trigger with a tethered syn cable; Bingo, this was the issue!H22A2874-Edit

Having spent a portion of time troubleshooting my lights and being embarrassed from the technical issues, my mind was drawing blanks; That is until Liz started doing some yoga! My world changed in an instant and I had plenty of fodder for shooting. We got plenty of good photos to work with.

Shortly after Liz left the studio, Phantom came in and we were off and shooting again. Thankfully this shoot went smoothly and was rather quickly.

In both cases, I was able to establish a dialog to start work on some other projects. Phantom wants to work with us on some horror concepts as well as life style. Liz indicated that she would love to work with us more on other shoots involving yoga. I am really excited by these potentials and I am looking forward to working with both them in the future.

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Improv Photo Shoots at the Studio

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Back in the studio, today, doing improv photo shoots. My wife posted a call to her FaceBook profile and the response was amazing!  I am pretty excited about what surprises this day will bring. It is always interesting when you do not know who will show up or the personalities that will come out in the resulting images.

Let the fun begin! Make-up artist is on site and just waiting for models to arrive.

The attached photo was taken December 2012 when my wife woke up and said, “Lets go to the studio and do a shoot.” She packed up her wigs and make-up and we were off to shoot.

 

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Photo Walk through Downtown Indianapolis

H22A1982Last summer I went on a photo walk with my bud, Jesse of DeviantDragon. The two of us had a great time wandering around downtown Indianapolis. Consequently, this is when I learned that the ThinkTank shoulder camera bag was not the best option for me; Lesson learned and I now own two camera backpacks; one for walking and one that carries most of my camera bodies and lenses. Once again, Tamrac proves superior for my needs with the Adventure 9 and Evolution 8.

In any case, we captured lots of images that day and this is one of the images that I took of Downtown Indianapolis, from the west side of White River. It was truly a beautiful day and by the time we made back the car, Jesse and I were both wore out. I must say, was a wise choice to stop by Elbow Room to have a tasty intermission to the day.

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Halloween is quickly aproaching.

Halloween will be here soon… in just a few short weeks.

When I was a child, the eve of Halloween was a wondrous thing; The streets filled with pranksters and trick-or-treaters. Today, it seems much more reserved. For me, It just seems to be a time of year when my Facebook page fills with night club and party invites. On the uptake, this is a great time to get some event photography gigs that can expand your portfolio and put some extra cash in the bank. There are all sorts of events that take place that can provide a photographer with opportunities.

Depending on my schedule, I will hit the local Zombie Walk. These Zombie Walks are held nation wide and give you a wide range of candid shots. I do not know about other cities, but the event in Indianapolis is geared to benefit the local food bank.

There are plenty of parties that occur as well as night club events that can yield some opportunity as well. Bars and Nightclubs will often host costume contents and events that are sponsored by local promoters. You can work with these venues and promoters to shoot for the evening or set-up a small photo booth to sell photos to the patrons. Bare in mind that setting up photo booth is hit or miss as far as profitability .

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