Today is the first day of riot fest. My parents are still in town and we’re wrapping up some minor work this morning.
I’m shooting Riot Fest on Friday and Saturday and we’re photographing a catalog on Sunday.
Next week we’re overrun with more full days.
Lots of fun stuff should shared soon.
The images of this chair below are from some work we did this week with a high-end furniture manufacturer here in Chicago.
This grilled glazed tofu is quickly becoming one of our favorites. The glaze is a five minute reduction of soy sauce, white wine, a bit of water, sugar, garlic, sriracha, and ginger.
The tofu goes right on a hot grill with some salt and pepper for five minutes a side. Then you move the tofu to a cooler area and brush the glaze on for two minutes a side.
Meanwhile, I sauté some broccoli just before a light steam and throw it all onto some noodles.
After you eat, you feel strong, like bull, and gloat to your friends and family that you didn’t murder a cow or chicken so that you could live another day.
Tonight, I’m grilling steaks, though, so go screw yourselves, you politically correct, elitist jerks.
Sometimes I get a bug in my bonnet to pick up new gear. Or used. Depending on the case.
I’ve been turned on by the Fujifilm x100s from different blogs that I read, and I love the idea of the leaf shutter. I love using my Hasselblad in the studio, and sometimes it’s a little overkill to get 31 megapixels when 16 will do just fine.
So the other day I went out and bought one for a good deal, a few hundred off retail. After a couple days of use, I’m not sure this camera is for me. I like that I would probably carry it everywhere, but I am too in love with the quality I get from my Canon 5D Mark III.
Last night I took it to the studio, and spent a helluva time getting to know it. The previous owner had played with all the settings to make it his own, and in doing so, made it impossible for me to use the camera’s hotshoe to fire the strobes. I tried everything. Google couldn’t not answer my questions.
I finally had to reset the camera to factory settings, and fuck did that suck. The focusing seemed to work fine up until then, but when I was taking shots of Lu, there were some that back focused way off. I almost threw the camera across the room. You can’t tell they were back focused on the screen, either. I had to put them on my computer to see.
Talulah was a great model as ever. She’s patient with me, and for the most part models without griping too much.
I’m thinking I’m going to go ahead and sell it. If you’re interested, I’m selling it for what I paid for it.
If you haven’t watched this short with filmmaker Casey Neistat, seriously one of my heroes, you should.
Yesterday, Tina and I met with a potential client, a luxury furniture maker here in Chicago. They’ve outgrown their britches with their current photography setup, and now need a professional to come in and help them take it to the next level.
We’re not sure we’ll get the job, but we’re hopeful.
Here are some photos from our walk around their beautiful shop, which brought back so many childhood memories of growing up in and around furniture making factories.
I sold my Canon 5D Mark II, and I’m deciding whether or not I want to replace it.
I’m likely going to rent bodies as needed for a while. I picked up a Fuji X100s cheap off Craigslist as I’ve seen many tout is as the ultimate street photography’s camera.
I’m still weighing in on what I think of it. I got it for $700 off of retail, so for that reason, I’m pretty stoked.