This was my second trip to the town of Chamonix, France. Neither time did I do a lot of shooting, which was frustrating. It’s hard to draw that line between putting down the camera to have a great time with your friends, and getting the shots you’re really happy with. This was my last shot taken in Chamonix, and I love it. It’s what I had imagined Chamonix to be, and probably what it was, back in the day. The bar itself is a real gem. Possibly one of the coolest I’ve ever been to. You don’t find them like this anymore. And you won’t find it unless some you know, knows about it. I got lucky, right after sunset with some beautiful color in the sky. Which was a perfect match for the color in the alley.
The burgers are ready!!!
Went up to Portland about a month ago to shoot Damian Lillard for Adidas. If you don’t know him, he plays for the Portland Trailblazer and was the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year. Lillard was filming a commercial for Adidas/Foot Locker along with legends Barry Sanders, Ladainian Tomlinson, Karl Malone, and Chris Webber. It was a real fun shoot to watch as all the guys were having a great time. Karl Malone had one line that read “the burgers are ready”. And none of the other guys could keep it together when he said it. They were all hysterically laughing after each take. Anyway, I was there to get some BTS shots and some studio shots for the in-store displays at Foot Locker. I didn’t get Lillard until he had put in a full day of filming and was dead tired. He was literally on his way out the door, so I had him for about 6 minutes. He still had a good attitude despite it being freezing outside and our “studio” being crammed in a garage. Adidas asked me for “standard lighting” on this, so I didn’t get to crazy with it.
Good times in Portland. The Adidas/Foot Locker crew is always a fun one to hang out with.
2nd image is Foot Locker’s flagship store on 34th St. in NYC.
Everyone cracking up after Malone delivered “THE BURGERS ARE READY”.
For anyone who follows my blog, you know about the project I have been working on for the last 2.5 years. Well, all the time and hard work is getting really close to paying off. The book design is almost completed, and I hope to have it sent off to the publisher in less then a week. From there, it should be about 8 weeks to print and another to deliver. You can safely say that I am very excited. More updates to come….
Tom’s Barbershop-Winona, Minnesota.
The first image below was my very first test shot at this particular spot. So Megan wasn’t ready, nor was my light in exactly the right spot, but I like the outcome. Can’t complain about all the Hang Gliders in the background. These were all shot with a polarizer to deepen the already underexposed sky. Then Megan was lit with a Elinchrom Ranger in a Chimera Octa. More running images to come from this one.
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If Chamonix isn’t enough for you, or you’re hoping for something a little smaller, then head down the Chamonix Valley to Argentiere. It’s an awesome little town right next to Grand Montets. Only about a 100 yards long, but it’s got plenty of character. It’s actually what I had imagined Chamonix to be, before going there. Both are great places, but very different. Check them both out if your in the area.
Body surfing with a handplane has become my latest obsession. After all these years living in California, I never had the urge to surf. Then a buddy of mine got a hand plane, and wouldn’t stop talking about all the barrels he’d been riding. So I decided to try it out myself, and have been hooked ever since. It’s taking me a while to get comfortable in the water with big waves, but I can’t get enough. Something tells me there is a body surfing trip to somewhere tropical, in the not too distant future. Unlike regular surfing, all you need is a handplane and a pair of fins. Which fit easily in a backpack, carry-on, suitcase, or whatever.
If you don’t know what a handplane is, check out Brownfish Handplanes.
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.