I have been putting so much work into my latest project Track Or Die NYC (www.TrackOrDieNYC.com), that I have been neglecting my photography as a whole. Seeing as I am on the injured list for the moment with a knee injury, I took the time to catch up on my work load. My beautiful daughter asked me if I was free on Wednesday so we could go to the zoo and regardless what I had on my agenda, I made myself available. I cant recall the last time I went to the zoo with my little girl and as she is getting older by the day, i look forward to every possible moment we have together. We made it to the Bronx zoo at around 11:00am and since the Zoo is free on Wednesdays, It was packed full of children on field trips. It’s a shame that I live about 5 blocks from the zoo and never visit the animals to say “Wassup” Today I would be shooting with my Nikon D90, 50mm 1.8 & the 70-200 2.8 VR aka The BIg Doofy Lens. We walked through the zoo and I have to say the heat was making me sweat in places that I didn’t know you could sweat from.
The 1st animals that we would see is the Bears. Beautiful beast that move very graceful in spite of their massive size. There were 4 bears out today, 2 of which were playing in the water, 1 walked away from the crowd while the last put on a show for the many spectators. Since I didn’t bring any filters with me today, I chose to bump up my aperture and lower my shutter speed. From my test shots I felt the exposure was better with a higher aperture and a lower shutter rather than a faster shutter and a lower aperture. There was more than enough sun light for the shot I was going for, it was just a matter of finding the right positioning. In my head, the bears were posing for me and with that mentality I shot away. I think I captured some awesome shots of the bears in their man made habitat.
Next we made our way to the Polar bear exhibit. There was only one Polar bear out today which wasn’t that exciting to watch. The Polar Bear had a blue ball that didn’t seem too entertaining for either of us. I knew we wouldn’t spend that much time watching the Polar Bear. I snapped a few shots from 2 different angles before moving on to the next exhibit.
I was most excited about visiting the King of the Jungle, The Lion but upon my arrival, I noticed the Lion was lazy as hell. We stood around waiting for some Lion action but we would only get love from the Lioness today. I guess Disney’s the Lion King was correct. The Lioness are the more exciting ones. If only Timone & Pumba was here as comic relief.
The next exhibit would be located right next to the Lions and would unfortunately be out last of the day. The Gazelle’s seem to only want to eat and keep their faces buried in the grass. Not much for entertaining animals. I captured a few shots before the thunderstorm hit us. Seeing as I didn’t bring my camera bag, I didn’t want my camera to get wet. So much for my day at the zoo.
We made it back in time to just miss the rain. Although the trip to the Bronx Zoo was short, I still had an awesome time and adventure with my daughter. This is something we could possibly do once a month. I love you Bubbles.
Sorry for the delay on the portraits, the whole domain switch screwed up up for a moment but the blog is back and working to to be better than ever. On February 23rd the fellas and myself took a drive out to Royal Oak Michigan for the Bitter Cold Showdown. For those of you who do not rollerblade this event is one of the biggest if not the biggest competitive event we have. The opportunity to shoot on the floor during the finals and semi finals is a position that many photographers seek. So while those photogs were busting their ass trying to get that one great shot I took to the sidelines yet again this year to capture some portraits of not on the competitors but those who were in attendance that wanted to get a portrait done. I have to admit that this year the attendance and the energy was blah in comparison to previous years but i still had a great time shooting and chopping it up with the fellas in Royal Oak. I chose to use the same setup as last year, with only my Nikon speed light and shoot through umbrella at 45 degrees to the subject and my Nikon D90 DSLR. Check out the Photos and if you like what you see, repost on whatever Social Network you like.
Brandon Smith – Valo
Chris Haffey Sporting his Handle Bar Mustache – Remz
Jose Henriquez – Flatlines Skate Shop, BX
Montre Livingston – SSM
The Monster Jaren Grob, Definitely one of my favorite skaters and the only rollerblader to make it into Sports Illustrated Magazine.
Troy Dezeeuw : Rollerblader and creator of the Daily Juice Blog & Track Or Die NYC Logo.
Last but not least, My Handsome ass grill.
This past weekend my daughter Rhayne was treated to a hair and nail session from someone who used to be a really good friend to me. As much as I do not mind sitting in the Salon while she gets pampered as I normally do, this was a day that I avoided being the only guy sitting in the salon. Fellas if you have a daughter take her to the salon, it means more to them then you think. After the hair and nils were done we spent the weekend hanging out and doing Daddy-Daughter stuff. Time flies when you have a child and I often wish I would have started photography when I was younger to have shots of her growing up. Now standing at a little over 5’1 my little girl isn’t so LITTLE anymore. I decided on Sunday before I took her to her other home that I would shoot some photos of her just so I can have and seeing as she always wants to see what goes on in a photo shoot I decided to make her the center of attention and turn her into the model for the day.
It haven’t shot photos at home since I moved into the new apartment and my living room isn’t as big as my previous so I had to get a lot more creative with my lighting setup. I decided due to limited space to run a 2 point lighting setup and see what I could create as far as lighting as concerned. I broke out the impact collapsable black backdrop, setup my light stands and umbrella and since I don’t own a light meter, started making guesstimates. This shoot took all of 10 minutes with setup and. These photos were a Birthday Present to myself which I will have printed and framed in my apartment (minus the water mark of course).
I shot these with my favorite lens the Nikon 50mm 1.8 and 2 Nikon Speed lights. 1 shoot through umbrella to camera left for a softer main light and and one set behind the subject (My Baby) to try and make somewhat of a hair light but due to my limited space it didn’t really work how I wanted it to. Either way the photos came out great although she doesn’t like to smile just like her daddy, I hate taking photos unless I really have to. Check out the shots and leave feedback if you want.
My favorite shot .
Switched to only one light for more of a dramatic shot.
Can’t go wrong with Black & White.
Not bad for a to minute shoot in my living room, Rhayne is excited to have her own page on the Blog and told me she checks the site everyday. What more could a father ask for? Next shoot with be using a 3 point lighting setup with more space to shoot and the whole shabanger.
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I have a few more projects that I’m working on and I will be hopefully doing a video entry by August. My Birthday is this Thursday the 21st so you better wish me a Happy Birthday If your reading this. Oh and By the way, my sweet logo was designed by Troy DeZeeuw, thanks a lot Brothaman..
Until Next Time……
The quest to understand Film is and ongoing journey for me. My 1st roll of Ilford Hp5 400 was a disaster in my opinion, not even half the roll came out correctly. Adorama had a buy one get one free sale on HP5 400 film so I picked up a few boxes so I could get more practice in. I was determined to get it right this time around so I made sure all my settings were correct before every shot I took. I took in some reading material on film photography via google and I even went out and bought a hard cover book to read on 35mm photography (Title : The NEW 35mm Photographers Handbook). The Last book I read was Probably Catcher in the Rye back in High School. I just like how Film looks compared to Digital. You can easily get a film look from a digital photo using Lightroom or photoshop but I don’t feel its the same quality. Soy milk may be milk, I need a cow damnit.
(Someone grabbed my Camera)
Over the course of 2 weeks I went through 2 rolls of Film, really taking my time and carefully choosing what I want to shoot since a roll of film only allows 36 shots. There was the “A Chosen Few Comp” in NYC one weekend and the Puerto Rican Day Parade the following weekend. I shot both with my Nikon D90 however I was able to sneak a couple of Film shots in along the way. What I did differently this time around is overexpose each shot by at least 1 stop depending on the lighting conditions.
(Caught My Bubbles off guard)
The majority of my shots were taken during the day so I was shooting at fairly high shutter speeds. I made my way to Pier 62 with Dave and linked up with Jedi and had a pretty sweet skate session but the day ended early due to the heat. I wanted to get some portrait shots of both Dave and Jedi in different locations in the park which both had different lighting conditions.
(Jedi @ Pier 62)
We left chelsea and figured that the would grab some food and end out day at the River Ave skate park in the Bronx but shortly after we arrived a we got ina huge brawl with the neighborhood chumps which lead to Carly needing 6 stitches over his eye. Not bad for taking a skateboard to his face but definitely not called for.
Since i’m still getting accustomed to the film format, the shots I take are very random. Once I become comfortable with the outcome of my exposure choices then I will be getting into the shots that i do with my Nikon D90, I am interested to see how off camera flash will look on film. Maybe thats what I will do with the next roll if im not to much of a sucka.
Next up on this Roll were the few Shots I took from The “A Chosen Few Comp”. I shot mainly digital for this event because I wanted to get the shots and be able to send them out the following day. The did lose interest in this contest after being kicked out of spot after spot so I decided to drink beer and talk sh!t for the last sot of the comp. I walked around and got some pretty good portraits during the comp while in staten island. Sometime taking a ride on the ferry is all you ned to clear your head.
(James Perez, Staten Island)
(Brian “Lord Brian” Perry, ShutupandSk8.com)
I finished up the last shots of my roll at the Puerto Rican Day Parade which was held in NYC last sunday. I was part of a skate through for the parade which was organized by Ray Mendez and Given the green light by John Leguizamo (I always have to Google how to spell his name the right way, Im sure he does too). We basically strapped on the blades and had full access to the Parade to enjoy the festivities and shoot content. Towards the end of the Parade I put away the digital and took some film shots. I honestly didn’t know how they would come out since I was moving while shooting a moving subject but im pretty hyped at the outcome.
(Jigs checks his equipment in public)
My overall take on my second set roll of film, Im happy with the turn out and cant wait to get on my 3rd roll. I am starting to get the hang of choosing the correct exposure on film which is slightly different then with digital. I just purchased a fanny pack for my camera (yea 80’s style boyeeee) so i’ll be able to take my camera with me when I go out for my daily bike rides which should bring for more content on the blog. I did take a chance and tried to get some action shots with with the N80 and I have a little more work to do to get them just right but it was still a great experience. Needless to say, I have been using my $30 3mm SLR more than my $900 DSLR. It’s not about what you have it how you use what you have, I learned this 1st hand. Normally I would clear out the background to not have so much distraction going on but these action photos were basically for testing purpose only. Check out the action shots.
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Yesterday was a beautiful March day in NYC, the climate was about 70 degrees and sunny with everyone out enjoying the weather. I wont lie and say I seized the day and took full advantage of this warm weather by shooting. I stayed in bed for the most part of the day because my model for the day flaked on me (you know who you are) and I was looking for a new subject to shoot for the day. Safe to say I didn’t find anyone within the time frames I needed so I pretty much was just gonna stay in and catch up on some work that I let pile up. Around 3pm I received a phone call from Toy (good friend) asking me what I was doing for the day and that call was exactly what I needed to get off my ass. I took a ride to his area in The Bronx to get some portrait shots before we took a trip down to the city. Those photos will be in my next blog if I ever get around to them.
We decided to go down to Union Square where there are enough faces to capture and always something interesting going on. I met up with a few local skaters while down there, two of which I used as my subjects for today’s blog. Since I had all of my equipment, lights and flashes with me from the earlier shoot I wanted to try a few shots that I had in my head for a while. I took a shot at long exposure once before and I fell in lll, fell in lllll, damn I can’t bring my self to drop the L bomb so lets just say REALLY LIKED how the shot came out. I liked it so much that I used one of the images for my business card. If you havent seen that shoot check out the Fall in Central Park 2010 blog. By the time I set up my equipment and finished my 1st beer of the night, I had already lost all of the ambient light which gave way for some really cool light trails from the cars in the street.
I took a few test shots to get the correct settings dialed into my Nikon D90 so I could get this shot right the 1st time. What I was doing different this time around was using flash during the long exposure. I didn’t know if the flash would have much of an impact since the shutter would be open for so long but it was worth a try. For the 1st shot I dialed in an aperture of F/22 and a shutter of 3 seconds and since the ambient light was basically non existent I bumped up the ISO to 1250. The good and the bad of a higher ISO (sensor sensitivity to light) is that the photo does come out brighter however Digital Noise becomes more visible. When using a model during long exposure you need to 1) make sure you have something to hold your camera without any movement. I don’t care how steady your hand is, you will not be able to hold your camera completely still for 3 seconds. Any movement will give motion blur and therefore leave the shot out of focus. I did not have my tripod with me today so I mounted the camera on my flash stand. 2) Make sure your model stays as still as possible to make the effect that much cooler. I set up my Sb-600 with Impact shoot through umbrella to camera right about 45 degrees from the subject and just waited for the cars to come by. Since the shutter is open for so long the moving cars will not be captured but the trails from the head and tail lights create a pretty sweet effect to the image.
Jordan Baez – Union Square, NYC. 2011
Evan Grimball – Union Square, NYC. 2011
This photo is a late entry but an great entry none the less. I had the pleasure of shooting Christie during her trip from Queens to the Bronx. Unfortunately by the time we finally linked up the sun had basically set and all of the natural light was gone. We found a location over the Cross Bronx Expressway where I could set up the equipment and get some shots. This was my favorite of this shoot , taken at F/22 ISO 1000 and a 3 second shutter.
I’m pretty satisfied with the outcome of the shots, It’s definitely the look I was going for. I think the pics came out great “and that’s the bottom line because Stone Cold said so!” Once the weather gets a little better I will dedicate a full day to long exposure and see what I can get from that. Before I get out of here, there was a shot that I had in mind since I first started shooting, It’s a very simple yet not so simple shot. I had the opportunity to shoot it last night and im pretty hyped at the outcome. Check it out and if you have any feedback please feel free to comment below.
Evan Grimball – Fishbrain. Union Square, NYC.
Until Next Time.
So after coming home and getting much needed rest from my long W.R.S. weekend, my 1st task since my return home was to be a parent chaperon for my daughters school trip to queens to see the Chines Acrobats. Of course I brought my camera with a few lenses to practice shooting in low light environments such as this. Yea that really didn’t work out well for me so I wont even go further with this. I just have to give much respect for concert Photographers. now back to the title of this blog before i ramble on. Johnny came over to drop off my spare keys so of course I never miss an opportunity to test out new shooting styles as well as give people me Face Book default photos. Tonight I wanted to try Rim lighting and since I recently got some new equipment I was thirsty to use it. Rim lighting is where you highlight the edges which gives more of a silhouette look. I moved out the couches from my living room and set up my 8×16 impact black back drop, two flash stands with shoot through umbrellas and tripod for the camera. My living room is pretty big but not big enough to shoot this properly but that wouldn’t stop me. Johnny stood about 2 feet in front of the back drop to try a reduce any flash glare that would bounce onto the back drop. I wanted this image to be as black as possible only highlighting the edges. Here was the final product, shot @ ISO 500, 50mm f/4.5 1/1000 sec shutter speed. I was happy with the result for the limited space that I was given but I know I can do better with wider space.
(Johnny, oh you fancy huh)
Here are some other shots I took Sporting my “I Shoot RAW” shirt by Jared Polin @ http://www.froknowsphoto.com . Supporting his site as much as I can. Did i mention how much I hate shooting self portraits? Notice the Nikon 70-200 vr 2.8 lens aka The Big Doofy Lens.
Johnny doing his Jay Z album cover
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The Big Doofy lens
Hope you enjoyed, Until the next blog..
High Five and I’m Out.