This week I shot two pretty amazing individuals. The first was Christian Parrish Takes The Gun aka Supaman. Hes a member of the Absalooke (Crow) Nation. He was invited to this years Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to Fancy Dance on one of the floats. He is also a pretty talented rapper, so I am hoping to get him back in the studio to perform some of his music in the near future. In the video Christian gives describes the origins of Fancy Dance and then demonstrates his skills.
The second is another Wyoming country artist, Doug Balmain, who like fellow Wyoming artist Teka Brock shuns the pop country sounds of Nashville to create more heartfelt and personal music.
These were both shot with a Canon 5d MKIII and a Canon 70D. A GoPro Hero 2 was also used on Doug’s video.
Here is a music video of Christian aka Supaman shot by B.L.A.D.E.
I had a fun time today covering an event at ZooMontana. The zoo’s grizzly bear were given special treats hidden in pumpkins. The highlight was the bears trying to crack open a 760 lbs. pumpkin. Normally at the zoo, you have two fences or a thick sheet of Plexiglas separating the public from the bears which makes shooting them difficult.
The top dog at the zoo, Jeff Ewelt, let me get an angle that only the zookeepers are usually allowed view, which was a shot that allowed for only one fence looking back at the 400 people in attendance for the event. While shooting, Bruno, a 660 pound grizzly, dedided to come and sit in front of me, and pose for a few picture. I carefully slid my lens through the fence and snapped a few very closeups. Bruno was in the shade, so I was tempted to whip out a strobe so the background wouldn’t get as washed out, but thought better than to try something that might irritate a grizzly bear.
One of the Zoo’s volunteers, Ann Curan, was kind enough to send me the shot of shooting Bruno.
You can see all of the pictures and watch the video here: http://bit.ly/1aLMgAz
This Teka Brock’s second song from her time in the studio. It’s a great song. Check it out.
I took my daughter trick or treating for her first time last night, but before we left I wanted to get some pictures. Since it is Halloween, I wanted to give the photos a spooky feel to them, so I shot them immediately after the sunset. In order to achieve the look, I set the camera to underexposed the background about one and a half stops and then lit my daughter with an off camera flash that I was holding as high and as to the left as I could reach. The flash was set for 1/128th power and 70mm, I would have liked to narrow the flash beam more to create an even more spotlight look, but my daughter is not very cooperative so I left it slightly wider to make up for her movements. I didn’t use a really wide setting because, I didn’t want the all of the foreground lit.
As far as post production goes, I really didn’t do much. All of the post was done in Lightroom. I brought down the highlights on my daughter a bit, because even at the flashes lowest setting it was still strong due to how close I was to my daughter, and then on the background I boosted the clarity to nearly the max in order to give it a more surreal look. Finally I added a post crop vignette which helped to darken the trees that I used to as a kind of frame.
All and all I think they turned out pretty good for a quick a less than five minute portrait.