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LDM UPDATE

LDM UPDATE

I feel like every time I write one of these short blog updates, it’s been a long time since my last post—and this time is no different. I guess time flies when you’re having fun—or when you’re busy—and I’ve been wide open lately, working on commercials, filming projects, and photo shoots. Last year, though, I achieved a major milestone. Along with Justin Chapman at Chapman Aerial Productions, I joined the ICG Local 600. We were inducted into the union during a quick ceremony at the Local 600 offices in Hollywood, with the Local 600 president and the board. I really look forward to what the future holds for us and the projects we’ll be working on. It was a step in my cinematography career that I will never forget. 

A bad ass camera greets you in the Local 600 lobby.

Another huge step forward for me was the purchase of a brand new Red Epic-W. In the world of cinematography, this camera is at the top of the heap. Capable of filming up to 8K, the camera is one of the most advanced on the market. I’ve already had the chance to put it to work on some projects, and the future is exciting with this new piece of equipment. It’ll be fun flying it on drone jobs as well. All in all, some pretty exciting stuff has been happening to start off 2018. I’m looking to keep the ball rolling, accomplish my goals, and make memories while working in a field that I’m extremely passionate about.

Putting the new Red Epic-W to work recently.

 

 

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It’s Been A While

IT’S BEEN A WHILE

I was just going over my site to make sure everything is still in place and working properly, and I noticed that’s it’s been a while—like a really, really long time—since I updated my blog page with the latest news and happenings. LDM has been keeping busy since the beginning of 2017 with a variety of fun projects. I’ve mentioned on this blog before that I’m a huge fan of movies, both for the entertainment factor and the art that goes into filming and putting together a major motion picture. And over the past month, I’ve been working with Hollywood stuntman Corey Eubanks, shooting and editing together his Stunt Stories show. Each show features an in-depth interview with a stuntman or stunt woman, and the stories that these individuals tell are nothing short of pure entertainment. It’s cool for me to hear what they’ve gone through on the big budget movies that they’ve been involved with over the years. Corey himself has worked on just about ever major motion picture since he first got his break, driving the General Lee in the original “Dukes of Hazard” television show. In addition to Stunt Stories, I’ve also been staying busy with drone work, filming for some national television commercials and TV shows. You can see some of the work in the recently released Subaru commercial below. All in all, the beginning of the year has been all about filming/cinematography more so than still photography, which I’m pretty excited about. People that know me, know that cinematography is largely where my long-term goals are. If anyone cares… I’m going to try to update this blog a little more often—at least more than twice a year. Until next time…

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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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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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Cover Shot

I snagged the latest cover shot right before leaving TWMX.

I snagged the latest cover shot right before leaving TWMX.

Cover Shot

Just a couple weeks before I left TransWorld Motocross, I participated in my final cover shoot for the magazine with Eli Tomac. I haven’t counted, but this cover is probably nearing the 30th cover that I’ve landed over the course of my career at the magazine. The shoot was out at the private Honda Supercross track, and as I expected, Tomac was super easy to work with, putting up with me asking him to hit the difficult SX whoops numerous times. To get this shot, I used a giant reflector for fill, and I’m very pleased with the results. I’ve come to really like the way that reflectors make an image look and I hope to use them on more projects in the future. The only downfall is how difficult it is to set up the reflector, especially if it’s windy like it was on this day. I hope to post all of my cover images on this site in the next couple months. Check back soon.

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