Monthly Archives: May 2009

In the Studio (Part II/Sunday Stills)

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More happy accidents.

I’m still not sure how exactly this happened. I was shooting in the studio triggering a bounced flash remotely, and apparently I tried this one with no flash. The auto white balance (which was doing a nice job with the mixed strobe/fluorescent lighting) apparently fell on its face on this one, producing what turned out to be a very interesting yellow cast.

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8.

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In the Studio (Part I)

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This is one of the many places I’ve been instead of here.

Starting to combine my interests in music and photography.

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, Minolta strobe triggered remotely bounced off the ceiling.

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New Nashville (still on hiatus . . .)

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Photography and music are sort of related.

It’s true. Just look at Zack Arias. That guy can shoot as well as anyone on the planet, and the music industry is his thing (and really, his site is fantastic. Great photographers who share their knowledge are the greatest of all). I have been a musician for a lot longer than I’ve been a photographer, and I would love to unite the two.

This shoot would have worked a lot better with better equipment, but there are always resourceful ways to cheat. Things with lots of shiny surfaces (like very chromey guitars) don’t usually do well with hard light, but I still don’t have any umbrellas (because. . . I haven’t ordered them yet). So what do you do? Bounce one big flash cranked to mega power off of the (fortunately white) ceiling! Part of me feels like this would look better with a pure white background, but part of me likes the tones and the textures of the gray. I could have made it white (well, if i could have dug up a few more batteries), but I didn’t, partially because this shoot ended abruptly when my megaflashzilla decided that was as far as it wanted to go on my sort-of-mostly-charged AAs.

While the title and the instrument suggest country music, I can assure you mine is not of that persuasion. I just love Telecasters- something about that lipstick pickup in the bridge makes the sweetest tones. If you’ve played one, you know what I mean (though you may disagree. That’s why there are Les Paul players). Just like having a camera that’s more than you really need can make the experience sweeter, my guitar playing is not nearly up to the task of needing an American Standard Telecaster. But it plays like magic, and that’s fun. In a way, the Teelcaster is the K1000 of the guitar world (yeah, I have one of these too). It hasn’t changed much since a long time ago, it has an almost comical lack of features by modern standards, and it’s still awesome. Except you can still buy a new Telecaster.

For the record, I am still on hiatus . . .

Nikon D200, 50mm f/1.8 (but not at f/1.8 of course), one Minolta strobe on full power bounced off of my white ceiling, one perfect guitar.

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Hiatus

Yes, it’s true, I haven’t been around for a while. It’s the end of the semester and life is hectic, so shooting has unfortunately been relegated to the back burner for now. However, with all of the new (well, okay, a lot of it is used) gear sitting around, I have plenty of motivation to go shoot once I can. I hate seeing my unused new camera sitting right under my left elbow while I spend the days (and nights) at my desk, but that’s the way it has to be for a little while.

On the other hand, steppng back from a creative medium can be a huge step toward getting refocused on the images you see in your head and how you want to make them. I am hoping to return to the viewfinder more relaxed and ambitious, and hopefully it will be reflected in my work. I have a lot of photographic goals for this summer, so I need to hit the ground running when I finish up on Saturday. Stick around- soon, this place will be flooded with new stuff. Until then, follow the people listed on the right, who are much more diligent than I.

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