This is not a composite or an HDR. Yes, I added a little sauce to liven it up, but not much. I’ve had a hankering for snow this past month and kept my eye on the storms. So after noticing that Mammoth was getting pounded, I got in the car and drove up there. Solo. Left fairly early on Saturday and did some shooting along the way. The clouds up in the mountains were incredible. Every direction you looked, was a blanket of menacing storm clouds. Found this old dilapidated house in the desert and decided to play around. Used a 3 Stop ND Grad Filter to really accentuate the clouds. Not that they needed much help, but I wanted plenty of exposure on the ground/house. Forgot the tripod at home and don’t have a rig for the rectangular filter, so I just moved around and hand held it all. Love the outcome, but would also like to have done some long exposure stuff here too. Gonna need to go back. Either way, I really dig the results from the Grad Filter and will be using it more often.
On another note, I still have a bunch of images from Europe (2013 and 2014) to post. And will be getting to that this week. Maybe.
More from my ongoing series of Crossfit images. These are from a few different sessions. One of which involved my boy “Mr. Kool”, aka a fog machine.
Went out east to the Glamis Sand Dunes this past weekend. I was meeting a friend out there who was coming back to SD for a visit. And thought it would be a good opportunity for testing out some new Profoto gear. I did that, but didn’t like the strobed shots nearly as much as the ones using all natural light. Very rare for me. Either way, it’s a real interesting scene in Glamis. Could make for a cool week long photo essay. Can definitely see myself going back. Shot this using the Nikon D800E. There is a lot I like about that camera and a lot I don’t. The files it makes are unreal. It’s ability to preserve detail in highlights is amazing. Something my Nikon D4 (which is twice the price) certainly couldn’t do. That being said, I think the D800e handles like a Ford Pinto compared to the D4.
Seems like I don’t do a lot of editorial shooting anymore, but I love assignments with Triathlete Magazine/Inside Triathlon Magazine. They are always fun, and it usually means I’m getting wet. This time I was shooting with 6X Ironman Champion, Luke McKenzie. Takes a lot to get that title. Luke is a busy guy, so we made this shoot happen during the few hours that he was actually going to be in San Diego. Can’t remember exactly, but I think he flew in from Hawaii and was flying out the next day to Australia(home). Or something like that. He was great to shoot with and was down for whatever. I’m really happy with these cover shots and appreciative that Luke was down to jump in and out of the freezing water to get them. The BTS shots are pretty cool too.
Most people know Zermatt as home of the Matterhorn, the most famous famous mountain in the world. It’s as iconic as they come. Unfortunately, the mountain weather during the 2.5 days I spent there, did not allow me an opportunity to photograph it. Regardless, Zermatt is an incredible place. The most authentic ski town I have ever been to. With buildings still intact that have been around for hundreds to thousands of years ago. Walking around the side streets of Zermatt, it’s very easy to imagine what a different lifestyle used to exist. If you’re into skiing, snowboarding, or anything in the mountains, you owe it to yourself to visit Zermatt. Only accessible by train which makes it all the more unique. There are only small taxi carts that drive the streets. The train ride from alone from Geneva is worth the visit. It goes all along Lake Geneva, through the Rhone Valley, and winds it’s way through the Swiss Alps.
*Eat at the Cafe Dupont
Been too long since I last shot with Ironhead Mike. We met a few years ago when I was out working on a personal project and he owned a tattoo parlor. Mike is actually a former photographer himself, so I think he appreciates what I’m doing. Either way, a fun dude to have in front of my lens and share a cocktail with afterward. I hit him up about this shoot at least six months ago and wanted it to be done in the desert. He said he was down to shoot, but “there is no way in hell you’re getting me out there in the summer.” Can’t blame him there. Well, we finally pulled something together and think we made some awesome shots. I’ve still got my eye on the desert for something similar though, so expect to see more of this. Good times with Ironhead Mike. As usual.
Lighting this was really fun too. I rigged up the back of my CRV as a mobile softbox. I ripped the seats out of it a long time ago, so there is plenty of space. My assistants and I covered the inside in white sheets, set up a few Elinchrom Ranger Packs/Heads, and covered the opening in a 6×6 silk. Mike drove behind my car, while I shot from the bed of a pick-up truck which was right next to the CRV.
Last year, sometime in late summer I shot for Everlast in New Jersey for three days in this old warehouse. And can’t explain how much fun it was. Everything about the location and the crew was awesome. If I were to hand pick a place to shoot, it would be this place. So perfect. The days were long and very tiring. By the end of the 3rd day I think everyone was spent, but after leaving I truly missed it there. And couldn’t wait to go back. Would love to have a studio space like this at some point. Anyway, Michael Chandler is an MMA fighter and the former Bellator Lightweight Champion. Great dude to shoot with. Brought a lot of energy and was open do doing whatever was needed to get the shot. Can’t ask for anything more then that. We must have used 10 locations inside and outside the warehouse for all the different shots, but the ones below are my favorites. The ads below are the ones Everlast selected to run in Men’s Fitness. I’ve got a lot more to come from the other athletes we shot there, so check back in a few days. And yes, the smoke is real. Courtesy of “Mr. Kool”. Good times.
While trolling through an old hard drive this morning, I came across these images from last April that I never touched. When I originally shot them I took down a lot of info on this guy and his shop. Which has since been lost and probably will never be found. Either way, he makes spoons out of exotic pieces of wood from all around the world. Beautiful stuff. He is a real artist with an interesting shop up in Guatay, California. About an hour outside of San Diego. Viewing his work in the showroom was very impressive, but I was more a fan of the workshop itself. Cool little building, but a bitch to light. I must have been out there for an hour+ trying to dial things in. The raw pieces of wood took up so much space that it was nearly impossible to get my light stands in the right place. Regardless, I came out of there with an image to be happy with. Believe there were 3 strobes used, but I think it still looks fairly natural.
I started working on organizing photos for the Barber Shop book, and thought it might be cool to show the gear that goes into making the images for it. The stuff shown below is probably only about 50% of what actually goes on the road or to a shoot with me. This image doesn’t include Pelican cases, Liteware cases, light stands, booms, power cords, apple boxes, sand bags, dollies, generators, flags, scrims, etc. All the really large/heavy equipment is not the picture. This is just the meat. No veg.
A few weeks ago I finished up a month long road trip to finish up the shooting for my Barber Shop Project. During this time, I hit the last 9 states (KY,OH,MI,IL,WI,MN,ND,SD,CO) on my list. Which means that I have now visited and photographed old barber shops in all 50 States of the USA. Just like the first 3 trips, this one was awesome. I saw some amazing places, met some interesting characters, visited a few old friends, and ate some great local food. Incredible overall experience. This last trip was ridiculously cold (-18 in North Dakota), but I really wouldn’t change anything about it. For some reason, it seems like those states should be seen in the winter. Anyway, I’m an extremely lucky person to be able to have done this, and can’t wait to share all the details with everyone. As much fun as I had traveling/shooting, walking out of the last shop was a great feeling. Now it’s on to organizing all the photos so that the book can get designed. My goal is to have a printed book in hand by March. So stay tuned.
Tony’s Barber Shop-Sauk Centre, Minnesota.