Outrunning Winter

We’ve had an unseasonably warm October, and I’m taking advantage of that as much as I can. I’m not content to just be working outside, I need to be biking to work too. And, of course, the GoPro comes along for the ride.

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Flaming Fans

If you liked the fire dancing shoot I did with Dominique, I’ve got good news. After we finished shooting the stills with the DSLR, we took out the GoPro for some video. We rigged a small, flexible tripod to act as a makeshift harness then set it to record as she performed. It was basically the same setup I used with my friend, Ryan, last year. I will never run out of places to stick my GoPro! If you have any suggestions as to where I should stick that little camera next, or any thoughts on the video, feel free to post them down below. After that, be sure to check out Retro Mix Revue. Their fantastic acoustic cover of the Gerudo theme from Ocarina of Time was the background for the video. So, if you have some time, follow the link, and show them some love.

Fire & Foliage

We now have the third in my autumn portrait series. This time around, I teamed up with the the awesome Dominique to create a shoot that  combined fire dancing with the color of the fall leaves. This was tricky, since the fire dancing itself is only impressive after dark, and the fire bright itself isn’t enough to light the trees on its own. I came up with a lighting configuration that uses two, off-camera  flashes, one to create a shutter dragging effect and the other to light the trees behind her. I’m mostly happy with the effect as a proof of concept, but I would like to experiment with the setup more. I’m planning on putting out a more in depth lighting tutorial soon, as well as video, so be sure to subscribe if you want to see more.

Corset and Clouds

In addition to this being the first in a series of portrait shoots I’m working on, this was also my first chance to work with my friend Mere. She messaged me a couple days ago to ask if we could do a series of her in her renaissance dress.

The dense cloud cover and rain threw a wrench in our plan of catching the golden hour light. We wound up leaving our original location in the woods for something more open because to take advantage of what light we had. Mere was so amazing through all of it, you’d never guess it was her first time modeling.  We’re planning a second shoot not too long from now, so keep an eye out for those.

Bike Ride to Beethoven

The bike photos from my GoPro last week were taken from a time lapse I took with GoPro that I combined for a video. I think I’m getting the hang of editing these these bike trip videos, but I would appreciate a more stable image. I’ll look more into it for the next one. This was my longest, recorded ride yet, but I worry that the video may have turned out too long.

I’ve watched this footage too many times to be a proper judge anymore. What do you guys think? What changes should I make for next time? Let me know in the comments below.

Heron Harassment

I was on my morning bike ride and I saw this gorgeous heron. Fortunately, I had the camera on my phone, unfortunately, the heron didn’t feel very photogenic. It flew about 20 feet down, so I followed it. Then it took off again, so I gave chase. This pattern continued about three more times until the poor creature just flew off entirely. I got some decent photos, but I can’t help but feel like a bit of a jerk.

Fall Bike Ride

With the weather changing, I just had to get at least one more bike ride in before everything freezes over. And what better ride than one that takes me through all of my favorite trails I took as a kid? I started in Kent, then Stow, Silver Lake, then the familiar Hike and Bike Trail all the way back to Kent. I shot a full video with my GoPro, but that’s still in the works. In the mean time, I’ve got some of the nicer single stills from the ride.