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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Film

FILM

Shot on Velvia 100 transparency film with a Hasselblad 500C.

Film was what I initially learned photography on. Back in High School and then college at Brooks Institute of Photography, film was the standard. Nowadays, kids hardly ever touch the stuff, and until recently, I’ve been guilty of that as well. It’s the instant gratification of digital photography that I believe has taken a bit of the art out of photography. Film requires you know have a solid grasp on exposure, composition, and timing. You can’t just crack off hundreds of photos and hope one comes out. Shooting on film requires a lot more forethought and planning in order to get a solid photo.

My grandfather was an avid photographer, and not just one that took family portraits and pictures of pretty flowers in the yard. He had a darkroom, owned nearly every size and style of camera available, entered—and won—numerous photography competitions, and even built his own view cameras. To this day, I still have black and white photos he shot hanging on the walls of my house. When I decided to become a professional photographer, my grandmother began handing down my grandfather’s cameras to me. In college, I used his Horseman 4×5 camera, and when I became a little older, I was gifted his Hasselblad 500C. It wasn’t until recently, though—due to getting caught up in work and not wanting to take the time to shoot film—that I decided to dust off the over-30-year-old camera and run a few rolls through it. What came out blew me away. Not only was I surprised that the old camera still worked nearly flawlessly, but the entire process of shooting with film brought back so many memories of my introduction to photography. The process, having to nail exposure, and the excitement of picking up the developed rolls from the lab reinvigorated my love of the art. It’s so easy to get caught up in taking pictures and forget why we do it, but my venture back into film has reminded me why. It’s fun shooting for myself and not having to worry if I get the shot or not. I get to have fun, and hopefully come away with a couple good shots that I can print and hang on my walls next to my grandpa’s photos. It’s also a great way to keep my skills and knowledge of the craft sharp. I’ve already shot six rolls through the camera. I’ll post more once I get the time to scan them in.

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Motocross Testing

MOTOCROSS TESTING

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Testing the new 2016 KX450F. (Photo by Jeff Allen)

It’s really fun to get to still maintain my connection to motorcycle magazine work with Cycle World. As the off-road test editor, I still get to participate in regular bike testing and reviews in addition to creating features for the magazine. When I started Lutes Digital Media, it was my goal to still be in a position to produce content for a media outlet, and this is exactly that. I’ve been riding motocross since I was five years old and to be able to still make a living off of something that I love—and is a lot of fun—is a dream come true. Check out the stories on CW’s website. At the very least, maybe it will help you decide which new motocross machine is right for you. I’ve been riding the YZ450F a lot lately, and I’m beginning to really like the bike.

 

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Movie Work

MOVIE WORK

I’m a huge fan of movies. Not just for the pure entertainment of them, but for the amount of work that goes into making one and the artistic side of the production. I recently got the chance to work on a major motion picture, shooting aerials for a scene in the movie, and it was an extremely cool experience. During our prep day, the camera truck was rigged up with the Gyron and five other cameras for plate shots that were to be used for a scene in a motorhome. We tested out our drone and camera by shooting some shots of the truck driving around. It’s not a very exciting video, but at the very least you can check out the camera truck rig. I’ll post more about the movie once it’s released.

Camera Truck And Drone Testing from Lutes Digital Media on Vimeo.

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In Front Of The Camera

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA

Working hard at hardly working on set with Caile Noble (right) and Ricky Diaz (left).

Working hard at hardly working on set with Caile Noble (right) and Ricky Diaz (left).

It’s not too often—in fact rarely ever—that I get a chance to be on the other side of the camera at a major photo shoot. But when my buddy Caile Noble contacted me about riding my dirt bike for a top-secret Chrissy Teigan shoot last week, I couldn’t pass it up. Being on the other side for a change, I got a chance to watch how another photographer operates, and in the case of this shoot it was a major fashion photographer. Lighting, assistants, and a crew of almost countless people filled the desert set. It was an awesome experience and one that I won’t soon forget. Unfortunately, I can’t say much more about it until the photos are released, but when the time comes, I’ll reveal everything.

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