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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Hermon 2010

So back in late June, for the tenth year in a row, I was helping out at JEMS Mt Hermon Conference Sr. High Camp (a mouthful, I know) down in Watsonville. Can I just say that I miss it still? Even now, ten years into it, and being in my late twenties. What can I say? It’s great fun and life changing stuff!

solo
solo

The above shot was a fun little experiment, by the way. I’m sort of a jack-of-all-trades staffer, helping out with all kinds of odds and ends – though mostly technical stuff. My big responsibility, however, is taking photos (shock!) during the week and putting together a slideshow for the kids to enjoy at the end. Taking shots during a morning or evening session is tricky as you can imagine – your angles and spots are limited, and respectfulness is the key word. So near the end of the week, as I was compiling photos, I decided I needed some new perspectives. Thanks to my handy-dandy Pocket Wizards, I was able to set up a camera on stage in the rear and trigger it wirelessly from the sound/tech booth way in the back. I’m pretty happy with the result, to put it lightly. :)

the fruit game
the fruit game

bobblehead
bobblehead

dodgeball champs
dodgeball champs

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Team Bayer

Had a nice time out shooting some promo spots as a favor to my dad for Team Bayer, as they prepare for the MS Waves to Wine ride in September. I am not a sports photographer, and boy do I have respect for those guys now more than ever. Taking portraits is a fun challenge in itself, but snagging the shot you had in mind of relatively quick moving targets is something else!

the team
the team

it's easy when nobody's moving
it’s easy when nobody’s moving

over the bay
over the bay

lining up
lining up

flyby
flyby

Speaking of cycling, I’d better get off my butt and get back on track with training…

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number one

Well, here we are. Nine pictures down and one left. I have to say, it’s been fun looking back at some of my favorite pictures from the last few years and thinking over the circumstances that brought them to be. And for number one, I couldn’t be happier with the memory it brings.

one year later
one year later

Does it show? Haha. I know, I know – it’s not fair that I chose a shot that I’m a part of to be my favorite. But who could blame me? Our first anniversary and a fun, moody shot! Frankly, some of the effect came from poor planning on my part. I had intended on taking a picture before we went off to dinner, but things just didn’t work out that way. Once we came back home, the sun had already been down for an hour or so. So, you work with the light that you have on hand. I set up some remote flashes and experimented, but nothing looked quite right. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but something was just not working. The final product that you see came from a realization that a lot could be said in a picture that didn’t show off our faces well. It’s all about body language! So I just used our doorstep overhead light. What you see matches what the natural eye would get. Even better, the high contrast and warm, tungsten light help make this picture look and feel like a memory – exactly what it’s meant to be as a portrait of “our first anniversary”.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my informal little countdown. Time to look forward to exciting things yet to come! Pay attention right here to continue to see what the latest is, hear about fun opportunities, and more…

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