July 2009

I’ve Had the Macro Bug Lately

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Sorry for the play on words, but it had to be done!  This last few weeks I have been enthralled by some of the bugs in our garden and brought out the macro lens to capture some close ups.  What I have really been reminded of is that macro photos of live subjects are hard to get!  These guys just don’t want to hold still while I work at getting the depth of field right along with an interest angle and some lighting to go with it.

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Rockstar

Rockstar

Rockstar

I had the opportunity this week to do a photoshoot with Jared Osmond for his upcoming CD. I hired my fellow photographer & friend Kim Guanzon to help with the lighting. We had a great time shooting, and Jared was great to work with.

Photos from the shoot will have to wait until a bit later to be reviewed and selected by Jared and his management. Stay tuned. For now there are a few from behind the scenes posted to Flickr.

Here we have Kim standing in for a light check. Little did you know he is an international model. I think I actually heard him say “I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan to find out what that is.”

This photo is taken with Kim’s “Beat the Sun” set up, which is pretty impressive if you ask me. Look at the stats on this photo and realize the high speed sync we were pulling off.

2009 Worldwide Photowalk – Downtown SLC Edition

Perspective

Perspective

Saturday I participated in the Salt Lake City downtown photowalk as part of the second annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk.  It was amazing to see the number of registered walks and people around the world, but something almost expected with the awesome photographer community we have here in Utah.  Two photowalks were scheduled due to filling up so fast here, though I was only able to make the first of the two.  There were plenty of (encouraged) walk ups, so the crowd was big.  With this kind of outdoor wandering event, the more the merrier.

I’ve mentioned previously how I enjoy photowalks for a variety of reasons, but in short it’s about interacting with the great people – new and old to the concept – and sharing in knowledge and fun.  It was interesting to watch the group naturally split up into subgroups following different paths and ideas.  Some stayed with the lead group continually walking, while others stopped, set up some speed lights and did an impromptu modeling session.  You create your own experience on a photowalk.

I mainly took video to put together into a wrap up piece (hopefully over the next couple of days), but I managed to snap a few photos as well. Nice to be able to do both on the 5Dii.

Be sure to see my entire set from the day, as well as the group pool.

All Access

All Access

All Access

Last week I had the unique opportunity to tour several buildings on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, UT.  It was fascinating to be inside some of these magnificent buildings on our own in a small group.  It was most fun to see how these buildings are connected with underground tunnels for easy access for those that work within them.

I was able to take many photos, but we were always on the move so I didn’t have time to have a tripod with me to capture as much as I wanted from various angles and in the best way for the low light.  That said I have a few others I will share over the next few days.

This was a quick parting shot as we walked through one of the tunnels.