Leavening in approximately 8 hours on a super photo adventure. Trekking into the desert for the fourth year in a row to document the one and only Coachella Music and Art Festival. Check back for daily updates with images and panoramas.
In the mean time here are a few images from Coachella 2009. Enjoy…
Or you can take a gander at the 2009 Virtual Tour here
Secret Cedar Studios Sounds Super Secretive… probably because it is.
Hidden in an unassuming blue warehouse 50 feet from the end of an small airstrip and 20 minutes east of downtown San Diego sits a state of the art recording studio with an impressive history and client list to match. Bloc Party, Death Cab For Cutie, Kieth Richards, and the Silversun Pickups have all made the studio their workspace, and today we would make it ours. DJhere, the creators of Vin De Syrah wine bar, are opening a new Burger and Music Bar in downtown San Diego called Analog. Although the restaurant/bar isn’t finished being built out, the owners wanted to come up with some marketing images that they could run prior to launch to generate excitement. Built in 1975, Secret Cedar provided the perfect location for a photo shoot with both a highly “musical” and strongly “analog” feel. The images (as per usual with this client) will be used for full page ad’s in 944 and Pacific magazine and in bi-weekly email blasts.
The studio was both a perfect location and a lighting nightmare. With more character than you could shake a stick at I knew immediately that once I could get a few speed lights wrangled around the room I would be able to make some pretty exciting images.
Check out a few standouts below, if you want some more detailed strobist type info and a full gallery follow the “more” link after the the photos.
Had the opportunity to shoot some incredible bowl skaters this past weekend at the Clash at Clairemont. A great charity event benefiting Grind for Life and the Clairemont YMCA, C@C has been going on for several years now and brings some of the industry’s top skaters and bmx riders to a local skate park for a day full of fun, all in the name of raising money to fight cancer. I have shot for the event before for one of the corporate sponsors, but this year wanted to donate my time and shoot directly for the foundation and the YMCA. Wasn’t able to make the entire event because of prior engagements, but spent a couple hours shooting some amazing bowl skating with Andy McDonald, Steve Caballero, Lester Kasai and Jake Piasecki.
Below are a few standouts, click the link at bottom of post for full gallery. enjoy.
Andy McDonald, Steve Caballero and Lester Kasai on a triples run:
Steve Caballero | Andy McDonald | Jake Piasecki :
Click here for FULL GALLERY
Here are a few more images from Telluride taken with my regular camera (Nikon d300). These are fun, but I like the images taken with my iphone from the last post every bit as much. Goes to show once again that the best camera is the one you have with you. That being said, something tells me my clients might be less than impressed if I showed up to a commercial photo shoot with nothing but a camera phone…
Main Street Telluride:
The tiny plane that we flew in on:
View from the airport waiting lounge:
Main Street in color:
Just got back from a late season snowboard trip to Telluride Colorado. Telluride was born as a silver mining town in the 1870′s and sits in a tiny box canyon high in the Rocky Mountains. It has a population of 2,000 and will never get much bigger due to strict laws prohibiting new development and any type of franchise. No starbucks, no walmarts, no stoplights, just good people and good times. It has to be one of the most beautiful towns in the country. Flying into its tiny airport at 10,000 feet (highest in the country) is quite an adventure in itself.
While I did bring my regular photo gear I didn’t have much time to shoot with it (only a few shots of main street and a few panoramas here and there which I might write about later). I did however do quite a bit of shooting with what Chase Jarvis will tell you is the very best camera on the market… the one you have with you. Snowboarding does not lend itself to carrying around a bunch of heavy, expensive gear. But the ol’ iPhone slips into the ski jacket quite nicely, and performs pretty well considering its portability. I use a few different apps on the iphone including the standard camera, a free app by joby (the guys who make gorilla pods), and a GREAT app I found for making quick panoramas on the fly by pulling stills from short video clips.
Anyway, here are a few shots from the slopes. Enjoy.