Monthly Archives: July 2016

Pleasantly Surprised

PLEASANTLY SURPRISED

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It doesn’t happen too often when shooting photos, and I don’t always like to admit it, but every so often I luck out. The light is just right, the subject is easy to work with, and things just click. That was exactly the case when shooting some new Fasthouse/Cadence Collection cycling kits up in Mammoth a month ago. We didn’t even know where we were going to shoot; all we knew was that we wanted some cool scenery through the trees. When we left to head up the mountain from our condo, the light was dropping fast, and it was nearly lost as we finally pulled up to a spot that worked for what we needed. As I jumped out of the truck and built my camera, Terry got on his bike and found a suitable trail off the side of the road. With some excellent timing, we were able to knock out a series of shots before the sun went down. No strobes, no planning, and a lot of team work. I’m a big fan of using natural light to create a beautiful photo. There are a lot of photographers using tons of strobes nowadays—and there is nothing wrong with that, I even use them too—but there is something to be said about producing a shot without a lot of extra lighting. I was beyond surprised that we were able to come away with the quality of shots that we did, because we literally only had about 15 minutes to knock them out. I’m hesitant to admit that, but sometimes it doesn’t take a lot of pre-production to come away with amazing imagery. All it takes are some good people, a little luck, knowledge of photography, and the art of light.

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Aerial/Drone Work

AERIAL/DRONE WORK

Wow, it’s been way too long since I’ve updated my blog on here. And not that it matters, but I thought I’d catch up on some of the stuff I’ve been up to lately. My partner in aerial cinematography Justin Chapman from Chapman Aerospace and I just recently wrapped filming for season 13 of Wheeler Dealers for Discovery Channel’s Velocity network. The entire season was a blast and took us all around Southern California, up to Oregon, and out to a solar plant in the middle of the Nevada desert. I can’t show the reel I cut together from the season, because not all of it has aired yet, but some of the shots we got we’re pretty cool, and we both learned a lot of great techniques when it comes to filming cars with a drone.

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Justin on set for Wheeler Dealers.

Right after wrapping for Wheeler Dealers, we headed to Pennsylvania to shoot the U.S. Open of Golf for Fox Sports. We were there for a week, shot every single hole, and came home with a hard drive full of footage that Fox used during their live broadcast. Check out the reel from the week’s shoot below. If you’re in need of aerial work—drones or full-sized helicopters—contact us through the contact link on this website or visit www.chapmanaero.com. I can’t wait to see where we end up next. There are some big, exciting things planned for the future.

2016 U.S. Open of Golf | Fox Sports Reel from Lutes Digital Media on Vimeo.

 

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