Wedding Crasher

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It’s the beginning of the wedding season and I’m right in the middle of the two weddings that I am photographing this week. Even though I enjoy the work, I am not looking to make wedding photography my primary business (that was the eighties). With that being said, I do shoot several each year.

In keeping today’s image with the Wedding theme, I’m featuring my fellow photoblogger Bryan Jones as he (we?) crashed a wedding reception on a recent Photowalking Utah event. (Actually, we behaved ourselves and kept out of the way of the guests).

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/100 second, f/4, ISO 100

April 30, 2008 at 11:15 am by | Categories: Post

Kim

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Canon 5D, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/200 second, f/4.5, ISO 100

April 29, 2008 at 9:45 am by | Categories: Post

My image in use on USPS.com – Legally

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Last week I wrote about the Wall Street Journal illegally using one of my images (read here). Today I’m featuring another high profile website using my work, but this time legally.

I received an email over the weekend tipping me off to the use of my image of a graduate on USPS.com. The designer of the website purchased the image from my inventory on iStockphoto and implemented it into their design.

Since I have no direct contact with buyers of my stock images, I usually don’t know where they are used. It’s nice to come across them in the wild from time to time.

April 27, 2008 at 11:01 pm by | Categories: Post

Baseball on Black

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Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/100 second, f/11, ISO 100

April 26, 2008 at 9:36 am by | Categories: Post

Behind the Scenes: Cafe Photo Shoot

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Model Andrew enjoying a fresh cup

Last Saturday I did a photo shoot in a small Cafe`. The purpose of the shoot was to create images to add to my stock portfolio. My friend Jeremy came along to shoot some behind the scenes shots, so I thought I’d share a few of them along with the resulting final images.

On the shot above of Andrew, I used three lights. The main light was a large softbox positioned to camera right with a second softbox behind the model. A third light was used to light the background area.

Cafe Scene 5
High angle shot of Andrew at the counter

Cafe Series
Model Kattie with the menu board

On this image of Kattie, I wanted to communicate ‘Cafe’, so I shot from a low view to include the large menu board in the top of the frame.

Cafe Scene 3
Low angle shot of Kattie with the menu board

Cafe Series
Models Julie, Jessica and Kattie on the couch

For the three ladies enjoying their beverages on the couch, I wanted a high vantage point with the girls looking up. I always carry a small stepladder on my shoots for this purpose. As can be seen in the shot below, the extremely slick floor necessitated the use of a ladder stabilizer – namely Josiah.

Cafe Scene 8
Josiah offering some stability to my stepladder

Cafe Shoot Sample
Models Kattie, Cerrick and Josiah at the counter

I used a couple of first-time models (at least for me) on this shoot. Both Josiah (right) and Kattie (left) in the above image did a great job. I look forward to working with them in the future.

Cafe Scene 1

And lastly, it just wouldn’t be a shoot without Alyssa (below). I have photographed her more than any other model and we work well together. Here she is with another regular of mine, Andrew.

Cafe Series
Frequent models Andrew and Alyssa

As you can see in the background, this cafe is located inside a climbing gym. Definitely an interesting location.

Cafe Scene 6

As always, I cannot do what I do without the help of others. Involved in this shoot were models Andrew, Alyssa, Cerrick, Jessica, Josiah, Julie and Kattie along with assistants Michelle and Erik. It is always great to get to shoot on location, and this shoot wouldn’t have been possible without the great folks at Momentum Climbing Gym and Cafe opening their doors for us.

To see the full set on my iStockphoto portfolio, click here.

Cafe Scene 2

Special thanks to Jeremy Hall for taking the behind the scenes images.

April 25, 2008 at 8:33 am by | Categories: Post

The Wall Street Journal lifted my image!

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I’m a little annoyed right now. I just found that the Wall Street Journal took an image from this site (LeggNet.com) for use on their own “Deal Journal” blog. What’s the problem? Well, it states on the bottom of every page here:

Photographs and text copyright 2005-2008 Rich Legg, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reproduction or redistribution in any form without prior written permission is strictly prohibited.

They never contacted me for permission. Had they done so, they would have been directed to purchase the image on iStockphoto.com. I see this behavior from small blogs from time to time, but the Wall Street Journal? C’mon already!

I have sent them an email. Let’s see how (or if) they respond.

UPDATE: I have been contacted by the author of the blog post on WSJ.com. She has taken down the image and apologized for its unauthorized use. We had a pleasant email exchange and I am confident that she won’t make this mistake (using copyrighted photos on Flickr) again.

April 23, 2008 at 11:28 pm by | Categories: Post

Tattoo Artist

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Today’s image is a sample from last Friday’s Tattoo Artist photo shoot in Salt Lake City. Lighting was provided by a single Canon 430EX remotely triggered to the left of camera. I opted for a cross-processed effect to add a little ‘edge’ to the image.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/4, ISO 100

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Springtime

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Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/200 second, f/4, ISO 100

April 22, 2008 at 7:04 pm by | Categories: Post

Photowalking Utah: Tulip Festival Recap

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In spite of high winds and dust that threatened to derail the event, 15 courageous photographers showed up at Photowalking Utah’s Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival event on Saturday. The recent cold snap had slowed the emergence of the tulips, but there was still plenty to photograph.

Instead of carrying my normal SLR camera gear, I opted to travel light and loaded my pockets with a Canon G7 (10 mp point-and-shoot), Canon 430EX strobe, 2 Pocketwizard radios and a handheld light meter. Today’s image of a tulip was captured with this equipment.

I lit the subject by placing the strobe on the ground to the left of the subject. The directional light created a nice rimming effect on not only the flower petals, but the leafs as well.

For those that skipped the event because of the wind (I know I was tempted to), you missed a great time. It was actually quite peaceful with very little wind once we entered the gardens.

The details for next month’s Photowalking Utah event are being put together and will be announced soon. To see more images from the participants in the April photowalk and for announcements about future events, visit PhotowalkingUtah.com.

Canon Powershot G7 – 1/125 second, f/8, ISO 100

April 21, 2008 at 6:58 pm by | Categories: photowalking

A Tragic Loss

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It’s a rare day that I do a Sunday post on this site, and an even rarer day that I post a video. I’m going to do both of these today since I feel this needs to be shared. I came across the video of a recently documented search-and-rescue attempt in Southern Utah’s beautiful Canyon Country (thanks to a link from Zelph on PhotowalkingUtah.com) and to quote a friend of mine “I laughed, I cried, it moved me Bob!”

April 20, 2008 at 1:46 pm by | Categories: Post