Easing Back In

My schedule has been more than a little ridiculous lately, leaving little time to just shoot for myself. In an attempt to break the monotony, I grabbed my D80 and 50mm, hit the pavement. First, I found not one, but two wedding parties, and snapped a few candid shots I’m not able to when shooting a wedding myself. After that, I hit up a party over at the Groove-E-Juice E-cigarette shop to celebrate the opening of its new lounge. But I didn’t get to stay long. The smoke detector’s visual sensor mistook the e-cig vapor for smoke, setting off the alarm and calling the fire department. Fortunately, it all got sorted out, and the party was free to continue.

Back to Thursday’s

The irony of getting more and more work as my professional life is taking off, is that I have less time to make blog posts, and I’ve been missing them. But, I was able to make some time to go back out to get some more flow photos over at Thursday’s in Akron. As much as I was missing the shooting, I was missing the people eve more, and it was great to be able to see everyone.

I experimented with black and white while editing. The goal being to emphasize form over the usual bright colors I focus on while editing these sorts of images.

Tuesday at Thursday’s

I’ve become popular enough shooting at Studio 526 that I’m starting to get invited to other events. I spent Tuesday night getting to shoot at Thursday’s lounge in Akron, getting to see the light shows put on by some of Akron’s flow artists. I wound up coming home with a ton of photos, so I’m splitting this into two galleries. Feel free to share around the photos. If you like what I do, and want to help support me so I can keep shooting events like this, it would be fantastic if you could click that ‘Donate’ button up in the right hand side of the site. That would amazing.

 

Tuesday at Thursday’s: Part 2

As promised, I have the second batch of photos from my shoot over at Thursday’s Lounge in Akron. Evidently, when you have such an awesome, talented crowd, you come home with about 7 gigs worth of photos to edit, and have to split into multiple galleries. 

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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.

Matchsticks

DSC_0054I thought that I would try experimenting with photographing matchsticks, and I liked what I shot.  I want to try it again once I have some different equipment though. I am thinking of this as a working out a piece of some projects that I want to try in the future.