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Dodge Challenger on ADV.1 Wheels

I've had this location in mind for a photoshoot for a few years now.

It has everything.

Elevation changes,

Sunlight,

Shadows,

Obstructions to shoot through,

Skylines.

 

But I never knew what to take there. I try really hard to not just repeat the same shoots over and over, so if I was going to do it, it had to be the right subject. There'd been a time or two where something had been in the works, but had fallen through at the last minute. Such is the way of the freelancer. But then came the email I'd been unknowingly waiting for.

ADV.1, proprietor of custom wheels that don't even come with price tags, just "ask for a quote", reached out to me. By the way, that's how you know when something is going to be pricey, when they don't even list prices. What's the saying? "If you have to ask, you can't afford it"?

Well, so they hit me up, and gave me a huge degree of creative freedom. Which is always amazing.

We had planned to shoot the day before we actually carried this out, but a freak Spring thunderstorm cancelled that. Gotta love the Midwest. So instead of lovely overcast skies providing nice, even light, we wound up with harsh, clear skies. Not my favorite. 

Enough rambling, here's the photos.

All shot on a Canon 6D with a Canon 70-200mm f/4L and a Canon 24-70mm f/4L.

Do It For the Kids

I tend to not go to a lot of car shows.

Mainly because I really like sleeping in.

But sometimes, it's worth making an exception.

This weekend, I was asked to come assist at the Unnaturally Aspirated charity car show, which was raising money cover part of the cost for a friend's lung transplants. Reuben has cystic fibrosis, and while I'm not smart enough to understand entirely what that means, I know that it makes my own faulty lungs seem like superheros in comparison.

Spending a morning with a bunch of energetic people trying to help a friend really starts the weekend off right.

You can make your own donation at: https://cota.org/campaigns/COTAforReubenS

 

2017 - A Period of Growth

On first glance, 2017 seemed like a bit of a letdown after the whirlwind of 2016. 2016 was all about crazy new experiences. That year, I flew to Pikes Peak with media credentials to live with a race team, flew to Texas for another team and followed them to New Orleans, and flew back to Colorado for an endurance race. Other than a brief trip to Detroit at the beginning for 2017 for the NAIAS, the farthest I went for work was Topeka. Glamorous, right?

But the more I dig through this years photos (of which there were a lot), the more I realize that this year was massive for me, just in a more subtle way. Instead of big bucket-list events, 2017 has been about polishing what’s here. Shooting nearly every day that weather permitted, in a variety of conditions, has forced me to be more accurate and confident in my camera work. As compared to the studio work I used to do at Pure Pursuit, where the light never changed, this year has seen me shooting at all hours of the day, in all types of weather, indoors and out. So I’ve had to get much better at predicting what settings will work, reading my meter, and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone.

This year I’ve also made it a point to assist photographers who are more talented and educated than I am. I bring nothing to the table other than some manual labor, but I take a lot away. Watching how others work is helping me develop my own composition skills. I have no formal education in photography. Everything I know is from trial and error, and watching a lot of YouTube videos. I’m slowly learning how to stack foreground and background elements around my subjects, as well as how to treat the light as a physical element. Instead of just trying to hide from it, use it. Shoot right into it, catch flares, play with shadow lines.

Does all that make me seem like a pretentious artist?

Sweet.

Here’s to the people that made 2017 possible:

  • Britt-for going location scouting with me in the middle of the night, tagging along for rainy photoshoots, and generally being the most encouraging and supportive partner imaginable.
  • Travis Carroll-for letting me tag along on shoots and learn how real photographers work, while showing me what’s really possible.
  • Travis Young-for generally being a rad dude, and reminding me that this shit is supposed to be fun
  • Tom-for loaning me equipment that I couldn’t afford
  • Joe-for tagging along on late night shoots to make sure I don’t get hit by a car or stabbed by a hobo.
  • Robert and Kris-for giving me a shocking amount of creative freedom, and trusting me with cars worth more than my house.

Apologies to anyone I missed.

Without further ado: my best shots of 2017.

The Internet Loves Cats

So, long time no blog.

Been busy.

But this recent project was too amusing not to share. And it reminded me that this whole thing is supposed to be fun. While it's important to take your work seriously, it's also important to remember that there was a time when I didn't get paid for this, and just shot what made me happy. 

A group of friends and I decided to do a Secret Santa gift exchange. I'll be honest, I wasn't thrilled about the prospect. Holidays have always rubbed me the wrong way. There's way too many prescribed emotions and traditions attached for me to be comfortable with. But when I wound up drawing my friend Julie, a self-diagnosed crazy cat lady, I knew what had to be done.

Cat portraits.

A calendar of cat portraits.

So we coordinated to get her out of the house one night after book club (we're nerdy old people, screw you), and I had the camera in the car.

Now, there's an old cliche that you should never work with animals or children. Good lord is that right. Herding cats is like...trying to herd cats. They won't stay where you want, or look the direction you want, or really cooperate in any way. Add that to an incredibly dimly lit house at night, and things got weird. We're talking an ISO of 4,000, and laying on the floor with a cheap nifty fifty lens opened all the way up.

The results aren't perfect, but they definitely made me, and her, and everyone else laugh. And isn't that what we're all aiming for? Just a positive reaction?

Anyways, here's some cats. Also, there's some of mine in there during daylight hours, to fill out the calendar.