Monthly Archives: December 2012

Photo of the Week: Levi Marshall

This week’s photo is of Steven Hamilton in Columbus, Ohio, shot by Levi Marshall. What attracted me to it initially were the colors- his grips, shirt and pedals matching the surrounding sky pretty nicely. The composition is strong and the framing in front of the building is spot-on. The lighting is deep but not overly dramatic. It is an undeniably action-packed shot with an amazingly precise exposure.

“I shot this photo late last spring in downtown Columbus, Ohio. It was my first time shooting with Hamilton. He loves fisheye and doesn’t like shadows on his face in riding shots. So I put the flash in front of him up really high on a light stand and squatted pretty low in a bush for my angle. In post, I warmed up the photo a little since it was super overcast. I also cloned out a couple spots of flash flare since I was using a cheap fisheye.

Canon EOS 7D, Rokinon 8mm fisheye, Vivitar 285HV main flash at 1/4 power, Vivitar 285HV for the kicker light 1/2 power, Paul C. Buff Cybersyncs. Camera settings: 1/250th at around f/8 iso 250.”

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Clothing Photography Walkthrough

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Photo of the Week: Pete Brandt by Kyle Emery-Peck

This week’s photo is shot by San Francisco’s Kyle Emery-Peck.

“I had a bmx photo that I wanted to shoot with Pete where I framed him at the bottom of my composition. I get in the habit of composing riders in the top of my composition so I wanted to change it up. My friend Terry reminded me of this location in Chinatown. It was later in the day, so the sun was getting lower in the sky. It just so happened that I was shooting toward the East, so it made for great ambient light. I set up two Sunpak 555′s at 1/2 power one on the left and one on the right. I shot with Fuji Provia 100F on my Hasselblad 500c with an 80mm 2.8 I think the exposure came out to 1/500 @ f/5.6. From there I just gave Pete a target to aim, and let the Pete Brandt machine go to work. I was happy after 3 or 4 attempts. Pete is by far the most dialed flatlander to shoot. He lands the most technical tricks so consitsently that I feel good about shooting film.”

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A Short History Of The GIF

And my favorite GIF, featuring Mike Mastroni-

Photo Of The Week: Ivan Maslarov

The photo this week comes to us from London- a smith grind by Svetoslav Nikolov shot by Ivan Maslarov.

“Its November and it is getting dark around 4:30 so all sessions are shut down by darkness or just because its too cold. This one ended with an amazing sunset where the colors were warm yellow purplish and the sky, clouds and shadows were cold blues. I called the trick quickly and tried to shoot some fisheyes with the very last direct natural. As soon I was left only with the dusk I switched to a fast prime with two flashes from the same direction gelled at the temp of the settled sun and diffused to match the soft ambient. 5d MK2, ef 85, f1.8, 1\250, sb 28 and sb 80 left from the frame directly at him.”

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