January/February, turned out to be a rather busy months photographically speaking. I started contributing to Tastebuds Magazine, a local food publication in Chattanooga Tennessee, providing them with photos for illustrations in their magazine. The next issue will be coming out in mid April.
The library put up a Valentine card making station and needed photos of students making cards, that was a rather interesting assignment with trying to get a good clean background with computers, people, chairs and other items around.
Southern Adventist University, put on a Lifestyle Medicine Conference hosted by the School of Nursing. The speakers were, Dr. T. Colin Campbell who wrote the China Study and Rip Esselstyn of the Engine 2 Diet. Being free to move around the room gave me the opportunity to get up close to the stage a luxury not often available in certain venues.
The Archaeology Department had a lecture in mid February the speaker was Dr. Randell Younker, Director, of the Institute of Archaeology at Andrews University. Once again I had the freedom of movement which allowed me to make a shot, showing the presenters point of view.
Looking forward to what March will bring my way. Enjoy the photos.
Above is a JPG of the printed article that ran in the January 23rd edition of the Adventist Review. Below you will find a link to read the article online.
From January 1-4th, I was down in Orlando, Florida on assignment for the Adventist Review, covering the GYC (Generation of Youth for Christ) Conference. My two main assignments were to cover a couple of different seminars and the outreach that happened Friday afternoon. After I received my assignments from Bill Knott, the editor of the Review, I started planning in my head the type of photographs I would be making to help illustrate the two articles I would be writing in correlation to the images.
Having attended previous GYCs I knew to expect rather dim conditions in the seminar rooms. Most presenters use power point and as a result the lights are dimmed. The first seminar I covered was on the Emergent Church and was presented by Dr. John Markovic. When I arrived at his room, I discovered that part of the window shade had been left open allowing for a good amount of light to penetrate the room. The Mark III’s high iso capabilities meant that even though the room was relatively still dark I was still able to produce a good file with no noise. The 2nd seminar I covered however, I was not so lucky. The presenters were again using power point but the room was very dark, so using the available light from the screen and a few lights that had been left on at the back of the room, I was able to create a couple photos with the 35mm f1.4 at f1.6 at 3200. I say create because there is more to photography than just pushing a button and hoping that the resulting image will be what you want it to be. You have to think about the light, iso, focal length, and composing an image that will be in line with what the editor wants.
Covering the outreach, was fairly straight forward. Once the training for the outreach had been completed, we all headed out to the long line of buses waiting for us outside the convention center. After I got situated on board the bus I asked the bus leader to let me take a photograph before we left. As you can see the dynamic range that the camera captures is very good. I was able to pull details from both the highlights and the shadows and have an image reflecting what I saw on the bus. Once we reached our designated drop off location, several teams got off and we canvassed our area.
As far as the main meetings went, it was pretty much straight forward. Once I got the color and lighting correct for the stage, the rest was simply working to compose good images of the speakers, choir or discussion panel. I primarily used the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 lens. It has a good range for stage work as I was able to be right at the front row and photograph. Working with a full frame camera, at the wide end of 70mm it gave me the field of view to cover larger groups of people on stage.
I am pleased with the images I was able to make during this assignment. I will post a link to the articles when they are published on the Adventist Reviews website. In the meantime,enjoy the photos.:)
As the year comes to a close, I have been thinking about the year with it’s many photographic endeavors. From dozens of product shoots for Red Clay Farm to photographing a wedding, going to Israel as a photographer with an archaeological expedition, to making images for posters that were used by two organizations for advertising.
2013 has been a year of many firsts, as I have said in the past, photography is all about learning. Learning to see when the light is magical, learning from past mistakes and making the most of opportunities that come your way to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. As 2014 approaches, I can’t wait to see how many of the photos I have planned will become a reality. Photographically speaking, I will be starting the off with a bang as I will be leaving on assignment for the Adventist Review, on January 1st to photograph GYC. (Generation of Youth for Christ) Stay tuned for the photos. Happy New Year y’all.
At the end of October I headed up to North Carolina to photograph the 2013 South East Animal Fiber Festival. Working in arenas that provided me with little in the way of clean backgrounds reenforced the need to shoot tight and be in close with my subjects. Photography is much more then simply making a pretty photograph. It’s about making a personal connection with the person or persons you are photography. Evan if all you do is say a few words you make a connection with the person. In a way you are asking there permission to photograph them, instead of just shooting and then moving on, never knowing who they were.
The Festival is alive with people from across the nation coming in to do workshops, buy fiber products or the raw fiber. Walking though the arena you walk pass booths that may be giving mini demonstrations on how to use one of their products or you may see knitters and spinners calmly knitting or spinning away along the sidelines as conversation flows about their favorite yarn or booth at the fair.
The lighting can be a little challenging in the arena, it is always fun to go in and see how low I can keep my iso and still come away with a decent sharp image. The reason for this is because the higher you push your iso the lower the quality will be of your image. It is nice that so many of the vendors have small lamps or other light fixtures in their booths to light the products, makes my job a little bit easer. :)
I hope y’all had a very Happy Thanksgiving and have a Merry Christmas season. :)
At the beginning of September, GYCSE (Generation of Youth for Christ SouthEast) asked me to create some photographs that would then be turned into posters to advertise for the upcoming conference happening at Southern, October 9-12th. www.seyc.org After doing a couple different shoots, Eric Louw designed the posters you see below. This was a learning definitely experience for me, working with a large group of models and getting them positioned according to how I needed the shot to look like. Thanks for working with me guys. :)
TasteBuds magazine, published my photograph of one of our Churp chickens running though our pasture, as the illustration for an article on chickens in the latest edition of their magazine. Here is the link to the magazine. http://growchattanooga.org/foodguide
On Thursday, I photographed an event for Gaining Ground Chattanooga called Slow Food Slow Art, at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga TN. The event which centered around eating healthy and why local foods are better for you, was a nice way to start ending the week with.