Inspired by a meme.... I combined two coworkers who people have often mistaken as the same person. I had hoped that with each split on each side of the face they would look nothing alike but they still bear resemblance. Now on to finding more coworkers and making this a project!
I was really excited about the recent work I produced at the iStockphoto.com minilypse event – Raleighlypse. Istockalypse events bring a group of photos to a single city with a pool of models and locations and your group rotates from station to station and you have a brief time “at bat” to create something amazing. This makes for an interesting challenge because you are short on time, so you have to work quick and get the shot before the clock runs out. Luckily, you have the rest of the photographers in your group to photo assist you (and then you assist for them.) The costumes, locations and models at Raleighlypse was absolutely incredible (and I would love working with my group again, go team.)
I felt like I’ve created some of my best work in a while. And when someone recognizes stuff you are pleased with, that makes it even better. I was honored to get a “Sir Walter Raleigh” award at the “first annual” Raleighlypse. My wife thought I was being silly for being so proud of a trinket trophy. But as I was telling her of the amazing talent at the event, she started to understand that it was more about the honor of it and not the headless skeleton that now sits proudly on my desk.
After sharing some of the preview images on Facebook, they earned the most likes I’ve seen on my photos in a long time. Tonight, I got an email from my 500px.com account that my “Sir Walter Raleigh” image from the event earned “Popular” and “Upcoming” status. Now I just need to get these images on iStockphoto and hopefully the image buyers will find the image equally as interesting.
Thank you everyone for you help in creating the photo, and everyone that appreciates it.
While reviewing www.imagebrief.com, I stumbled on this requested brief and I have a question for photographers…
This image brief reads:
We're looking for a photo of Warren Buffett to be used in advertising. We have the proper legal release/clearance issues sorted out on our end to use him for promotional purposes.
We'd like the photo to be fairly close up, so he is easily recognizable. He can be speaking or talking in the picture or it can be a straight headshot type photo.
The client has consulted with their legal team and they have the right to use an image of Warren Buffett in their advertising. The photographer does not need to have image rights secured.
So, as a photographer, would you take an assignment like this? Yes, the client may have the rights to use the image in their advertising, but does that protect the photographer from liability? You are the copyright holder and are not transferring that to the client, you are permitting them a license to use the image. But does the photographer have the rights to license that image if they don’t have that secured from Mr. Buffett? I know I can’t afford the lawyers that he can (lol) so part of me feels like this is posted as a “test” to see if people respond to it.
I guess I’m just curious about the legality of a request like this. Does permission to use extend down to the photographer being given an assignment? And if so, would this be considered an “assignment” even though it’s an open casting call? It’s an interesting discussion to be had. I personally wouldn’t have the ability to respond to this request but even if I did, I can’t imagine I would do something like this unless there were assurances or clarification.
Last week I took a little trip to Virginia to ride the Skyline Drive on the motorcycle. We encountered a bit of rain, but at least the photos had some "atmosphere" to them.
Another HDR remix for today again from LR4. I really like the features in this application for handling HDR. It seems to allow you to produce more natural looking images.
Was listening to a recent podcast talking about the new HDR features inside Lightroom 4 and thought I should try it with one of the few images I've attempted in HDR. HDR is something I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with. Some are stunning images, but some seem just very artificial. Seeing how easy HDR is now inside of LR, I may have to shoot a bit more.
More mountain biking at Swatara Creek State Park with the SAMBA tuesday night ride.
Playing more and more with the GoPro, this time in photo mode. It's a little limiting... but still fun. Lighting is the big issue I'm finding right now. In heavily wooded shots, you'll see below that it leaves the shutter open a long time. It can be cool, but you'll get a lot of 'throw away' shots if the terrain is rough... which it is for mountain biking.
I am contemplating a 3D housing and not link the two cameras together, just set one on photo and the other on video. That would be interesting. Anyone try that one?
Anyway, on to the images. That's probably why you are here anyway.
This probably won't be the final edit for this clip. I rushed to post it for a friend of mine. Mountain Biking in Rocky Ridge in York PA.
More summer sharing. Yes, if it seems like I've been mostly shooting video and not photography it is because I have. I've always enjoyed working in the video realm and now that tools are more available to a cheaper price points to be able to do exciting stuff at home. I've been playing.
This was just a simple edit with trip from our Kayak trip with Outer Banks Kayak Tours. It was a nice tour, very informative.. learned a lot and had fun. I reccomend them if you visit the OBX. Video edited while on vacation using my iPad and iMovie.
As the summer kicks into full effect, it is action sports time once again. And since a good photographer “shoots what he loves”, I’m back into the sports shooting scene again. Actually, It is more sports “video” currently with the GoPro Hero action camera.
I’ve loved this little camera and I’ve been using it quite a lot lately. I’ve been taking it kayaking at the Outer Banks (NC) and even hauled it out into the surf with my son playing around at the beach and set it into photo mode.
I’ve posted a few recent kayak trip videos and today is no different. This particular video was shot at 720p60 and interpreted the footage down to 30fps to get a natural smooth motion slo-mo effect. It really helped enhance the relaxing mood of floating along the Yellow Breeches creek here in south central PA.
Next up… more bicycling and more motorcycling videos/photos. The biggest downfall of owning a GoPro is the frantic neuroses of where do you mount the camera next. There must be an actual name for it condition (add a comment if you have a suggestion and we’ll coin the phrase.)
We took our first family kayaking trip (our new hobby). I quickly mounted a few mounts for my GoPro on the bow of my new boat and let it roll while we put in the water. I need to grab more b-roll footage and see what else I can do, but here is a fresh clip editted with iMovie on the iPad. (yes, you can directly import and edit GoPro video footage on your iPad.)
As riding season is JUST around the corner, I have been reviewing some cycle photos I'd taken last fall. It was reading a blog this evening about a blogger who went to the Ephrata "first Sunday" ride today. Brrr. Seems people are really hardcore. Great to see that!
These are my shots I captured last all on a "guys say out"... Me, my boys, and my Dad (and friends). That was a fun day. More to come this year I'm sure.
It seems a little odd to be talking about New Years Resolutions in March but this one is starting to take root. Yeah, I committed to losing weight and getting healthier... Like everybody else. And I'm actually making progress with those. The other resolution I planned on was spending as much of 2012 on two wheels as I can. Over this winter, my mechanic (Dad) hooked me up. He installed a set of saddlebags on my 1978 Gold Wing and I'm not ready for some touring rides. (below)
To keep with the resolution, I've ridden to work a few times already. Hard to believe... Riding to work in February. Pretty cool.
It's that kind of day here... Seeing this scene at lunch though... I HAD to pull the car over and capture it. The fog hung on the river very eerily. It was a cool scene.
A little ride from a RCST ride this past fall. Yes... I know there is a smudge on the screen. I need to get a new housing since I have a big scuff on it right where the center of the lens would be. (unless someone knows of a good way to fix it....)
IMBA credited these trails with the "Epic" status for 2011. Read more about this great riding area here.
Stopped by the RCST club today to help them replace the bridges washed away by Hurricane Irene. Luckily, there was quite a team that was on hand to help with this task. It really makes you appreciate all the hard work that people put into these great trails so that we can ride them!
Thanks everyone that does what they do!