I got my first photos into the Gazette’s Magazine section today. The Magazine section is part of the Sunday edition and they are generally very photo friendly. The photo shown was taken in the bowels of the Gazette’s basement underneath the printer. I picked it because I thought it looked sortof like the bowels of a space station. The ligthsabers were very faint for the purposes of photography, so getting the lightsabers to show up with out completely underexposing the image was difficult. I used a flash on the lowest setting to back light Darth and throw a little light on to the Jedi.
You can read the articles and see all of the pictures Here.
Jon Toepp, dressed as Darth Vader, and Tina Currey, dressed as a Jedi knight, stage a mock “Star Wars” battle. Courtesy of the Billings Gazette
Last Saturday, I had a video shoot for the Billings Gazette of the Billings Band No Cigar. It took us awhile to get everything set up working properly, but I am very pleased with the end result. The picture is a quickie that I shot after the video shoot. Its not great, but it works for a newspaper band shot.
No Cigar poses for a picture at the Billings Gazette after shooting a video for their song Dreams of the Hopeless. The members of No Cigar are, L-R, lead vocalist Nick Miles, drummer Colton Gabel, guitarist Chris Reeves, and bassist Zachary Reiter. Courtesy of the Billings Gazette
I’m not a big flower shooter, but I saw this guy while teaching my daughter to ride her tricycle, and took a minute to shoot him. Here are the two pics of the flower and a video of my daughter learning to ride.
This weekend the Custer’s Last Stand reenactment is taking place in Hardin, Montana. I covered it for the Billings Gazette. I used four video cameras including two GoPros on cavalry reenactor Mark Robertson. It was a fun time and a challenging project considering I had to turnaround and have it edited before midnight. The first picture is of Mark that I took with my 5D, the second is a frame grab from the camera that I put on his flag.
Frame Grab of Mark Robertson riding into the Battle of Little Bighorn. Click the picture to link to the video.
A lightning storm passed over this evening, so I thought I would go at and try and capture some bolts. Unfortunately, there was a whole lot of lightning flashes and very few bolts. Here’s a couple shots from the evening. Of Note, the first shot was at 1600 ISO and the second was at 12800. The third shot is an unedited close up of the second one to give you an idea of the noise on the 5d MKIII.
Unedited crop of second shot
The Gazette is doing a story about a group of locals who dress up as Star Wars characters for charity events. Needless to say this was a nerd’s fantasy shoot, so I was pretty excited about this one. I can’t post many pics here, but I may post more when the story is released. Here is one that didn’t make the final cut.
On my way to WalMart to pickup two things I need to combat my least favorite things about summer – Benadryl for my allergy to grass and Off for mosquitoes – I noticed it was going to be a pretty spectacular sunset. So I took a quick detour at nearby Lake Elmo and took a few shots.
Bob Keele fishing a t Lake ELmo at sunset.
Lake Elmo sunset