Thursday, 16 September 2010

Sugar Beach

Sunrise over the Lake

This session was shot at Toronto's second urban "beach", it opened earlier this summer next to the Redpath Sugar Refinery - called Sugar Beach

One thing great about sunrise shoots is that the light is awesome and there are usually no one else around to clutter your shoots.

Here is Tara lit with just natural light after the sun came out.

Sunrise, lit with SB-800 in a Lastolite Ezybox 24", assisted by Bob

Thursday, 9 September 2010

End of Summer

Labour day weekend and the Canadian International Air Show makes another appearance.

This year the line-up wasn't as great as the 2009 line-up, but how can you top the F-22 and Blue Angels making an appearance in 2009.

F-22 from the 2009 show

US Heritage Fly

Blue Angels

For this year, I wanted to capture something different, I was getting tied of photos of planes captured in empty speed - I wanted to use the city as a backdrop. I remember one year when I was riding the ferry that one of the heritage fly-bys flew across the harbour. I wanted to capture the fly-by with the city as the backdrop. There was only one place I could do this at - it was on the island. Only problem is that the performance space is not over the harbour but over by Ontario Place. But I was willing to forgo the usual plane in empty space for planes with interesting backdrops. This was the low probability shot.

Joining me on my adventures was Bob. I met Bob last year at the air show when JR and I were out at the nude beach with our big lenses shooting the airshow. (I think we scared the nude people away becasue we didn't see any nude people on the beach last year)
I got this shot while waiting for the fly-bys, shot with the Lumiquest Softbox III, I always like to practice some strobists style shooting whenever I can.

So here we were, sitting on the wrong side of the performance area hoping for the fly-bys. We had a great view of the city - we just needed some planes.

I think we got 2 fly-bys - I think the new Airboss didn't want to scare the condo people and restricited the air space to west of the CN tower.

We did manage to get some interesting landing shots
The Corsair on final approach

The Lucas Oil Pitts Pitts on landing




Wednesday, 8 September 2010

The Office

Workshops and shooting events are great but there comes a time when you need to create something of your own. Plus I don’t like being in situations like these:

This is a common occurrence at a lot of workshop or events I have been to. They all end up like that at some point as the organizers lose control or just give up and it becomes a free for all.

You can get that type of action at TIFF or any public event with stars around Toronto these days.
That's George Clooney from the 2009 TIFF.

I am debating if I want to chase the stars this year or not but that is another story for another time :-)

But back to my shoot - I set out to create an editorial style shoot in an office environment and asked a couple of models and friends to help out.

This would be the third time that I have worked with Megan and Angela from Absynthetika designs – they make custom corsets for man and woman.

Colleen (MM# 1567052) from ClockworkZero Accessories provided the bling for the shoot and acted as my lighting assistant.

Kayla (MM# 1800849) kindly came out on her birthday to do the make-up.

The models in the shoot were Dan, Inga (MM# 813962) and Natalie (MM# 1786883)


Dan & Inga

Natalie & Inga showing off the corsets

Natalie cutting Dan’s tie off

Inga relaxing in the office

Natalie & Dan leaving the office

The lighting gear used is something new for me, to get this effect, I usually rely on Monolights with softboxes and grids but following the LightUpandShoot mind set, I ended up using SB lights with the Westcott Apollo 28" softbox and the Lastolite Ezybox 24". These are softboxes designed for small flashes. I can get that thin of depth of field look again.

BBQ & Pool Party

With some new gear and new found confidence on some theoretical techniques I had in my head – I signed up for the Creative Image Studios BBQ & Pool party. Unlike the Lighten up and shoot workshop, this was a pure shooting event, no theory or teaching going on here – every photographer for themselves, we shot in groups of 3 photographers to 1 model.

I teamed up with Mark and Daniel, guys from Photo-G-raffic who I had met at the Lighten Up and Shoot workshop so we knew each other already. We also had similar gear so we just ended up using his flashes and his 28” Apollo Westcott softbox.

Here are the results from the shoot:

Tara MM# 1121034, MUA – Kayla MM#1800849

Christy MM# 630085, MUA – Kayla MM# 1800849

Kristina MM# 710315, MUA – Kayla MM# 1800849

Andree MM# 870638, MUA – Kayla MM# 1800849