Week of the Flag – Day 2

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 5 seconds, f/22, ISO 200

June 30, 2009 at 12:40 am by | Categories: Post

Week of the Flag – Day 1

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Canon PowerShot G7 – 1/250 second, f/4, ISO 100

June 29, 2009 at 9:15 am by | Categories: Post

From Photographer to Model

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There’s a pretty cool post up today over at Photofocus featuring yours truly as the model. When I look at the image I have to chuckle at how I have my left hand on the lens, even though that camera has NO manual controls there. What a geek! :)

The technique described in the post however is quite cool and caused me to rethink how I use my Canon G7, especially in social settings.

http://photofocus.com/2009/06/26/dragging-the-shutter

Have a great weekend!

June 26, 2009 at 8:53 am by | Categories: Post

On the Fence

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On the Fence
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f4L with 1.4x Extender – 1/80 second, f/5.6, ISO 6400

June 24, 2009 at 3:38 pm by | Categories: Post

My First Rodeo

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/4L with 1.4x Extender – 1/1600 second, f/5.6, ISO 400

In preparation for a photography clinic I will be teaching at a rodeo next month with Ann Torrence, I spent Friday night at the rodeo in Morgan, Utah. While the clinic we’re teaching isn’t specifically about Rodeo Photography, it is in the arena and will have horses & riders as subjects. With this in mind, I figured it would make sense to do a scouting trip to another event ahead of time to familiarize myself with the surroundings.

Rodeo Shooters

Here are a few things I learned:

– High ISO on the Canon 5D Mark II is a Godsend
– The longer the lens the better (especially on a fullframe body)
– The 5D Mark II’s focus points & speed are nearly inadequate for this type of work
– Be ready for the transition from daylight to dark
– Shooting with a monopod is a must
– Consider JPG to keep from filling the buffer too quickly
– Cowboys are genuinely nice people
– Rodeo’s are great fun at an affordable price

Rodeo Sample (ISO 6400)
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/4L – 1/80 second, f/5.0, ISO 6400

All in all, it was a great evening. If I were doing this type of work on a regular basis, I would definitely want a faster body. I think a Canon 50D with it’s faster frame-rate and 1.6x sensor would be a nice camera at an affordable price. Of course, budget permitting, it goes without saying that a body from the Canon 1D or Nikon D3 series would be the best choice.

June 23, 2009 at 10:16 am by | Categories: Post

Digital Wedding Photograph Secrets – My Unplanned Purchase

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This past weekend I made an unplanned book purchase, but one that I was happy to make. The purchase began with a phone call from a fellow photographer. She was at Barnes & Noble and recognized one of my images on the back of a book. It’s always neat to find one of my stock photos “In the Wild” so I figured that I would stop by the store sometime and take a look at how it was used.

While headed to a Father’s Day lunch with my daughters the next day, we found ourselves next door to Barnes & Noble so we popped in to find the book. When I found the book I was pleasantly surprised. In addition to the single image on the back cover, there were six other uses of my work inside the book. That was great to find, but what really caught my attention was the quality of the book. Not only was the photography top-notch (heh heh), but the content was very good – good enough in fact that I coughed up the cash to add this book to my library.

The book is titled Digital Wedding Photography Secrets and is written by Rick Sammon. I have listened to Rick on the PhotoFocus podcast, but had never read one of his books.

The information presented in the book is very thorough and informative. Rick covers nearly every aspect of what it takes to photograph a wedding – from planning to shooting to processing. The information is presented in a way that it is usable to photographers regardless of skill level. After leafing through just a few chapters I knew this was a book I wanted to have on hand to use as a reference manual. As anyone who photographs weddings has probably experienced, there can be a fear of missing out a key detail in the craziness that can happen when shooting a wedding. A brush-up from a book such as this before heading out to photograph the event can be a valuable tool in ensuring that you don’t miss a thing.

The book can be found at Amazon.com for under $20. If you’re a photographer that shoots weddings or are thinking of heading in that direction in the future, I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy for your library.

…and once you have it, be sure to look for my images :)

June 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm by | Categories: Post

Turn & Burn

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/4, ISO 6400

June 20, 2009 at 9:02 pm by | Categories: Post

Rich Legg, Cool Photographer – Not!

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One of the great things about doing what I do is that I get to hang out with some awesome photographers. Scott Jarvie is one of those people.

Jarvie dropped by the studio earlier this week to take part in a planning meeting for the August photography clinic that we’ll be teaching when an impromptu photo session occurred. He was mesmerized by the mirror ball hanging in the studio (oh! Shiny!!) and wanted to take some shots with it in the background. I was the lucky model chosen to stand in. The tough/cool/trendy photographer look I’m sporting in the shot just cracks me up. But hey, gotta love how I got my White Lightnings in the shot. Thanks Jarvie!

Nikon D700, Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 lens – 1/125 second, f/2.8, ISO 1600

June 19, 2009 at 9:08 am by | Categories: Post

Player

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I did a session in studio yesterday of a high school hockey player as a Father’s Day present. In addition to some full length shots of him in all of his gear on a white background, I did a few close-ups with a bit more dramatic lighting. This is my favorite of the set.

Behind the Scenes: Hockey Player

Here’s a behind-the-scenes snap that Niki took with her iPhone while I was shooting. For the lighting setup on this image, I simply turned off all the monolights except for one (I use four for isolated shots) and moved to the subject’s side. I didn’t bother re-metering the scene and instead chimped the histogram on the back of the camera to set exposure. Quick and easy.

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/80 second, f/4, ISO 100

June 18, 2009 at 10:38 am by | Categories: Post

Tru Colours

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/80 second, f/9, ISO 100

June 17, 2009 at 9:42 am by | Categories: Post