Why I shoot medium format

April 4, 2014

DHR Corporate Head Shots

Over a year ago, I rented a medium format camera, and after seeing the detail, the color accuracy, the quality … I set out to buy a medium format body, lens, back and a couple lenses.

Mind you, I spent less than $5,000 on the body, back and one lens. I went with a used Hasselblad H3D-31, which I’ve never seen priced out below $7,000. I’m pretty sure I got a lightning strike deal.

The initial expense (and occasional weak moments) triggered some buyers remorse. But every time I shoot the camera, I revel in its brilliance, and can’t imagine not having it in my camera bag/equipment arsenal.

This image above is a corporate head shot, and the crop is closer to 100%. Imagine being able to see the bust and space over his head. I love that there are more than enough pixels to push in and see all that detail.

I also love that this is about the closest we can get to staring right into this guy’s face without him actually being here. You can almost smell what he had for lunch.

It will be very difficult to ever go back to just shooting DSLR.

Mind you, I love DSLR. And I use my other bodies much more often. But when possible, I only shoot the Hasselblad.

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Friday afternoon break and spirit builder … these people deserve a slice of heaven every day

April 4, 2014

This is the first prank that tears of joy and empathy streamed from these eyeballs of mine. The prank is providing homeless people with a high-end meal. And man, it brought me to a deep emotional place.

There are days when I pinch myself for realizing how lucky I am to live the life I live with Tina and our animals.

I’m an armchair proponent of humanitarian equality. I wish I were more active, and feel a good amount of guilt when I remember how much I don’t do.

Maybe sharing this video might at least devote some attention and awareness to the topic.

Via Cynical C


A graphic of the world’s religions

April 4, 2014

 

More here. 

Be sure to take a look at the comments.


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Somebody has a green thumb for stones

April 4, 2014

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At Terzo Piano, located in the modern wing of the Art Institute Chicago, there’s a terrace with these stone sculptures on it. I was there recently shooting an event, and grabbed this quick shot.

I loved it so much, I thought you should see it.

:)


Yes! Shaun the Sheep the Movie – Teaser Trailer

April 3, 2014

From Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep the Movie is coming to cinemas worldwide from Spring 2015! Here’s the first teaser trailer to mark the start of Shaun’s big screen adventure!


My assistant editor is a nugget

April 3, 2014

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These last few weeks have been incredibly busy for us.

We actually hired someone to come in and complete the first three steps of my photo editing process on 65 corporate head shots so that I could keep working on other things.

It helped tremendously, but I still have to finish the shots, which can be 15 to 30 minutes per image.

And I’m working on an 18-minute corporate/documentary-style, promotional video.

We whittled two hours of interviews into just under 15 minutes … and made it look so easy. :)

Talulah is my assistant today keeping me company whilst looking cuter than apple pie.


I’m still working on my portrait, but here’s some performance shots

April 2, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

Bastille | JBTV | March 31, 2014

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