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
Photographer Tristan Jud has been doing photographer interviews on his site called RAW. Somehow he found me out hiding on the internet and we did a Question and Answer that got posted to his site today.
Click the link below to find the answers to the questions you been dying to ask. Or just look at the photos I was able to share 😉
Nothing like a gift out of no where…I feel both of these films being free is a gift to all of us. I was blown away by the action and equally impressed by the film making. Watch them both in full screen!
This is My Winter by Timeline Film
The second movie Baffin Island: A Skier’s Journey is a film by Jordan Manley photography.
I spent this past Sunday afternoon shooting mountain bike photos. We were in a couple of locations in our local hills…three riders, family friend/day Sherpa/voice activated light stand Kyle and I. After about four hours of shooting we wrapped things up and headed down the last trail back to our vehicles. The three riders had left Kyle and I way behind as they had the privilege of enjoying the trip down at speed while we walked. As we rounded the last corner of the trail I caught a glimpse of two sheriff cars parked sideways at the end of the trail head. Not too unusual at first glance as I remembered that people have had their cars broken into at this spot in the past….I told Kyle that was my guess as to why they were there and we walked on.
Once we arrived at the end of the trail and hit the sidewalk my path was interrupted by one of the deputies offering up the following question “were you the ones taking photographs up there?” In a time where photographers and police seem to be meeting more often (think post 9/11)…I was prepared to explain what we were up to. I had every intention of throwing Kyle under the bus and saying that he was the mastermind behind the days photo session.
Lucky for both of us the deputy was quick to let me know that two people had called 911 saying that they observed someone sending out a distress signal up in the hills. Since I’m a child of the 70s I could think of numerous T.V shows where people would use a mirror to signal for help….So I was having no problem understanding the situation. Kyle being a mere teen…probably was trying to remember if anyone had used their iPhone distress app during the days photo shoot (I assume there is such a thing).
Since we were using my Boling light kit, I let the officer know that it could have been us as there is a reflector around the flash head. The odd thing was that the calls came from 5+ miles away…so we were all scratching our collective heads trying to figure out if it was indeed us who was sending out the “distress” signal. We agreed to not know the answer and went on our way.
Sorry we didn’t spend time in the big house to make this story a bit more exciting. Hoping the images end up being the exciting part….I’ll be posting some of those once the client has a chance to review/approve etc.Details
As a motocross fan the end of the outdoor race season means a “long” off season without racing coverage on T.V…the bright side to the end of the season is that we can count on the latest installment of The Moto: Inside the Outdoors. The Moto is a documentary style show that offers an amazing insight into the sport. The film work, audio, narration and sound track are all top notch…I love the great behind the scenes footage they provide every week.
Every time I watch a new episode I’m inspired by the quality of work that goes into this production.
EOS magazine recently used one of my BMX shots for a story featuring 2nd curtain sync.Details
Fun teaser video of a sport I didn’t know about until recently…Looks fun!Details
Last weekend I was able to attend and cover a local motocross race. The Race around the Lake hasn’t taken place since 2006 and I can see why. I can’t imagine the logistics of making an event like this happen. It’s one thing to put on a race on an existing track, but to organize one right next to a public lake on public park land is a monster of a task.
Once I got word that former pro rider Shane Trittler had plans for a race this year I knew it was something I wanted to go shoot. While shooting a motocross race is exciting, the scenery can often be repetitive. The Race Around the Lake had some unusual opportunities….riders riding in sand right near the water, a moto style section with berms and jumps, on concrete walking paths, two tunnel sections and a section where riders would go through the trees. Covering all of these sections involved a LOT of walking and remembering not to stay in one place too long. I probably spent the most time on the beach/sand section as I thought it provided the most unusual/interesting backgrounds.
A bit of advice to someone who hasn’t shot a sporting event before would be to know your place. This is especially true if you are unfamiliar with the sport you are shooting. In motorsports things move really fast and there is such a thing as being too close to the action. Most events will let you know where you can and can’t go. If they don’t tell you….you should ask. The last thing the event promoter wants is some photog wrapped up in the wheel of a bike….although that might be the shot of the day for the other photographers around you.
Equipment for the day was:
Lenses: Tokina 12-24 f/4 and Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
I used the Canon 580ex flash for shooting the shady tree sections of the race.
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