These are unedited photos of the Billings band We Three Bears at a show I shot video at last night for the Gazette. They are straight from my Canon 70d to my iPhone via the cameras wifi connection. I’ve only been able to view them on my phone but they look pretty good considering they were shot at 6400 ISO.
We Three Bears really rocked the place which surprised me a bit since they play a mandolin and banjo.
Luke Dowler also put on an awesome show, last night.
I’ll post the video to both the acts when I finish editing them.
This weekend I shot Backflips and Beatdowns 4. It is an mixed-martial arts event that incorporates motorcycle jumping to entertain the crowd between fights, and they even jump over the ring during one of the fights. This is my second time shooting the event. The first time I shot it, it was for the Billings Gazette (See the shots here). This time I shot it for the promoter. The benefit of shooting it for the Gazette was that I was able to use the strobes at MetraPark. While I could have set up some of my strobes for this event, it was a last second job, so I just shot it with available light. While the photos had more noise in this event from having to shoot at higher ISO settings, especially on the motorcycles which were dimly lit, I think the photos have a grittier feel to them which I think is fitting for an event like this. In the strobe shots, everything is evenly lit including the crowd which can be distracting. I think these shots create a more emotional impact.
Here are some things I learned about shooting MMA that I would have never thought of before hand.
1) Don’t wear a white shirt, there is a good chance you will get blood on you when you are right up on the cage.
2) You should probably have UV filters on your lenses, I got blood on my lens too.
Despite being sprayed with blood, it was a fun shoot. I’d be curious as to what style of shots other people prefer. The natural lighting or the strobes. Personally I am a bit torn between the two.
Cindy Uken wrote a story about a woman who had a rare injury that resulted in her leg being amputated. I shot the video to accompany the story. You can watch the video below or read the story here: http://bit.ly/1mXU5bL
Here are the photos that ran with Jaci’s article on Billings underground artists. You can read the story and see the rest of the photos here: http://bit.ly/1iOfsZa
Yesterday, I had a number assignments at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. One of which was to shoot a series of dinosaur videos with Jack Horner, who , from what I am told, is the basis for the main character in Jurassic Park. So that was fun. While there, I was also asked to shoot their new Gecko exhibit. Here are a few of the shots from the geckos.
I had a fun time yesterday shooting a video for a story about the Jeff Bridges and the Governor visiting the YMCA to raise awareness on hunger. You can read Rob Roger’s story here: http://bit.ly/1oL8FBQ
Last month I went to Yellowstone National Park with Ken Sinay of Yellowstone Safari he helped shoot some videos on how to better find animals while in the park. You can read the complete article, watch the videos and se the gallery here: http://bit.ly/1m9TbZp
This shot was picked up by AP and in a bunch of papers for the Bison slaughter story.