I always appreciate some love…this week it came in the form of PocketWizard featuring my latest post about shooting at mid-day and breaking some “rules”
Ah the “golden hour”….that twice a day slice of time where photographers rise extra early or stay out late so they can shoot in that magic light. I’m not writing to say the light isn’t great at those times, but to say sometimes mid day might have to be your golden hour.
Since I rely on other resources for most of my shooting, I try to make best use of what is available. Sometimes the subjects/riders I’m shooting have other things going on in life and they aren’t available…sometimes it’s me who isn’t available. Knowing I’d always rather be out shooting…we get together and do the right things…in this case ride and shoot.
For this shoot we had two riders, one spotter (person who yells “their coming” when I can’t see) and one voice activated light stand. The equipment used for the day was a Canon 7D, single Boling 600 watt strobe, and the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and Flex TT5.
Yes mid day light can be “harsh” and less than ideal but I think it’s better than not shooting at all. Typically I would meter in camera for my exposure, then under expose the shot by one stop. This allows grabbing those blue skys and having the strobe fill in the subjects. I often get asked about what shutter speeds I’m using with the light kit since many still believe I’m limited to 1/250th. I’ve posted before about using the new PocketWizards and being able to shoot at any shutter speed I choose. Love the freedom that provides and its one more thing I don’t have think about.
List of photography “rules” broken for the day:
- Shot at mid day
- Shot JPEGs
- Changed lenses outside
- Used UV filters on both lenses
- Used bare bulb flash/no diffuser
- Used non Canon L lenses (thanks Sigma and Tokina)
- Didn’t watermark my images before posting
Thanks for the help Travis, Steve, Brian and Kyle!
As always click the image for a larger view.
This was my first time being at a shoot where it wasn’t something I had put together. Steve from @Lushcinema had arranged a few days of video shooting with pro rider Lear Miller. I asked Steve if he needed any still images from the shoot and he was all for it. Being the “B shooter” was something new and I found myself asking Steve “am I out of your shot?” what felt like a million times throughout the day…making sure he had the angle he needed and there wasn’t a 6’3 me in the background.
We had MAJOR winds to deal with which made for less than ideal conditions for video….not to mention it nearly blowing Lear over a few times. Thanks to Steve for putting the shoot together and to Lear for great riding in horrible conditions.
A quick 30 second video teaser is below.
As always click images for a larger view.
Still image details:
Tokina 12-24 f/4
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Another spot to follow or communicate with me if you choose……
Excited to see my friend/rider Travis get inside this month’s Dirt Rag…
Shot with the Canon 7D
Lens Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Lit with single Boling strobe fired via PocketWizards.
If you are like me you’ve had a friend who has a special gift, could be in sports, music, art, etc….but they either don’t seem to realize it or they just don’t have the motivation to take their gift to the next level. I can’t tell you how many talented players the Lakers have signed but never lived up to the expectations. We come away saying things like “man if I had that talent I would…” or “they have no idea what a gift they are wasting” So what does this have to do with Tokina? I feel like they are that friend of mine.
I’ve been carrying the flag for them for a number of years. Telling my photography friends that if they buy a wide angle lens it MUST be a Tokina. The response I usually get is a weird look and “Tokina ?” This continues my frustration…surely my friends have seen Tokina ads, social media postings, even commercials? Sadly no…
I’ve had a number of friends buy the Tokina wide angle based on the sample images I’ve shown them and my almost over the top sales pitch minus the “but wait there’s more part”….No infomercial gimmicks needed here. The lens stands on its own with the tank like build quality, amazing price and wonderful optics.
Sure Tokina has a website…and yes they do run ads in many photography magazines. But I don’t feel I know neither truly displays what this lens can do. Their dated web page for the 12-24 f/4 has two tiny sample images that don’t expand when you click on them. Yes they are on Facebook too… but the page rarely gets updated and again I feel it falls short of what it should be.
So Tokina….I’m calling you out. Hire me. Let’s let everyone see what you truly can do. Let’s show Canon and Nikon that your name belongs in lens conversations too.
I don’t want you to be that friend who has the gift but isn’t using it to their full potential.
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It’s always nice to have your photos featured…..which gets eyeballs on your work…love how the site posts nice large images for viewing.
Thanks to the Totallycoolpix site for featuring my work.Details
The LA Times has one of my Harley POV shots on their website….It’s actually my friend Mat on the bike.Details