Altitude: Looking at life from a different perspective

Exploring fog along the New River

Set of aerials for Virginia Tourism shot a few years back.  Spent two mornings shooting the New River Valley from a Bell jet Ranger. The fog grew so heavy at times, that we set the helicopter down along the river and waited for about 45 minutes.  Wonderful day. It is interesting (to me) to revisit shoots and take a look at what I missed and how I can grade and process the images in a contemporary manner.

 

A few domains

Over the years, I've collected way too many domain names. Some I've let go, others I've held onto thinking they might be useful in the future. A couple were purchased for book projects and are no longer needed.

These four are for sale.  If you are interested, send me a note.

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editorial-photographer.com

locationphotographer.com

virginia-photographer.com

At the moment, they are all parked and not pointing to a site or used as a redirect.

Capture One Film - Looks Presets

More time-lapse and short videos with DaVinci Resolve

Working on a few more videos.  Soon, all these shorts will combine into a story about crossing the Atlantic. Love the music I'm pulling from machinimasound.com

I like the simplicity of Resolve 12.5 (DaVanci Resolve 14 is out on Beta). I'm not keen on subscription-based software (although BlackMagic offers a subscription for DaVinci Resolve.) The cost of DaVinci Resolve Studio is $299 - a drop from $999 - and half of what subscription plans cost. 

The new version offers more than Premiere or FCPX.  I plan to upgrade once it is out of beta. 

Another reason for me switching to Resolve from FCPX is I plan to eventually build a computer to run Linux (Ubunti Gnome or Elementary OS) and dual boot as a Hackintosh.  DaVinci Resolve is the only NLE that works on Windows, Macintosh and Linux. 

 

Time-Lapse with DaVinci Resolve 12.5

Learning Davinci Resolve and playing with time-lapse videos I shot when I crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a cargo ship. Love the ease of use with editing and correcting color with Resolve. I've never used Adobe Premiere and prefer the page design of Resolve to Final Cut Pro X.  

2017 Graphis Photo Annual

I am kinda at a loss for words for this post.  Thankful for all the adventures and great clients that allow me to explore this world. Honored that Graphis chose these images for the 2017 Photo Annual.  It is an incredible visual book - embracing many styles of photography and well worth buying.  There is truly stellar work in this years edition.  Graphis.com

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Virginia Tourism campaign.

Virginia Tourism campaign.

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Cameron Davidson Graphis Photography Annual Winner
Series of 4.  This series won a Gold.

Series of 4.  This series won a Gold.

44 Seconds of Greenland | Sermeq Kujalleq

Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier

Aerial Footage of Sermeq Kujalleq icefield in western Greenland. Drone aerial footage shot in June 2016 with a DJI Inspire 1 and 12mm Olympus lens. Music by Per Kiilstofte. Edited with Davinci Resolve 12.5.

AVERS Band for Virginia Tourism

Shot last fall in Bristol, Virginia for Virginia Tourism. Bristol, Virginia is right next door to Bristol, Tennessee. The north side of State Street falls in Virginia and the southern half belongs to Tennessee.  Police Officers for both cities patrol State street.

First shot is of Alex Spalding, the bassist and one of several singers for the psych-pop band, AVERS.  The write catchy tunes and play with some great old school guitars and amps. The band has a love of sixties and seventies music and it shows.

Video crew shot with available light and Nate Mays assisted me with strobes and general all-around great person to have on the shoot, attitude. 

Video project was separate from the still shoot.  We shared a set and like all good video crews, they pushed into my time frame.  (Just one more shot....five more minutes and that's it.)  Thankfully, Nate and I had our set and lighting locked down.  We were able to shift a bit and make it all work. 

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Production & Post By: pigsalreadyfly
Director, Editor, Colorist, Producer: Peter Szijarto
Director of Photography: Alexander Kreher
Line Producer: Nathan Nunnelly

Shooting film again?

A little bit of a test.  Tossing around the idea of along-term personal project shot with film on my old Rollei TLR. 

Here are a two images from long-exposure tests underneath Wilson Bridge in Alexandria.

 

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Wandering Wheat

Wandering the northwestern wheat harvest in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  In early August of this year, I spent a week shooting aerials and landscapes of the wheat harvest - starting in Spokane and driving to the northeastern reaches of Oregon and southwestern Idaho. (During the 1989 harvest, I shot aerials from a Cessna, inspired by George Gerster's aerials of the Palouse) 

After a week of cool weather in the Northwest, I headed to a helicopter aerial and architecture shoot in Arizona for a corporate client.  (Bloody hot in Tucson and even worse in Phoenix in August.)

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Capture One training class on January 28th

Tyler Darden (Richmond photographer and former Art Director for Virginia Living) and I are teaching an intensive class on Capture One for APA DC at Renee Comet's studio on January 28th.

This workshop is aimed at assistants and working professionals.  Tyler teaches a C1 course at VCU and I've used the program since version 2.7 (2006).  Phase One recently released version 10.  For those who know, Capture One is the standard for tethering and most high-end production shoots.  It is an incredible program that offers more control over the RAW image than any other. 

Download a trial version at PhaseOne.   Go to APADC.com to sign-up starting the 16th of December.  The class is limited to 15.

USB Wholesales Drives is an excellent source for USB drives.  Each attendee will receive a USB drive with loads of extra Capture One goodies - including film styles.

WalMart and the Wilderness

Way back in 2010, I shot a cover story for Preservation magazine about Walmart and their proposed super store near the Wilderness battlefield in central Virginia. I photographed a Walmart store and printed an "SX-70" Polaroid for art director Jessie Despard to hold. Walmart decided against building the store due to preservation and historical group opposition. Kristian Thacker was the assistant that day.  (Kristian is now shooting.....based in West Virginia... a great guy who is very talented.)

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Mount Vernon for Virginia Tourism

Fun two day shoot for a long-term client. First morning was spent building lighting for video and still shooting of the Mount Vernon distillery. Since this was a mixed video and still shoot, I brought my friend Jon Roemer into the mix.  Jon and his able assistant Chris Flanegan handled video production and Kristian Thacker and I took care of the stills.  Mount Vernon is prohibited airspace, so no helicopters or drones are allowed.  Answer: articulated lifts.  I have shot from them for years and they're a great answer for the right project or client.

Mount Vernon at sunrise from a 40′ articulated lift .

Mount Vernon at sunrise from a 40′ articulated lift .

Sarah Hauser's view of Jon and I on the lift for the evening shot.

Sarah Hauser's view of Jon and I on the lift for the evening shot.

West side of the mansion with the Potomac River and moon rise.

West side of the mansion with the Potomac River and moon rise.

Scrims outside of the entrance to the distillery.  cutting down the harsh morning light. © Jon Roemer

Scrims outside of the entrance to the distillery.  cutting down the harsh morning light. © Jon Roemer

Jon Roemer's pan of the distillery with our lighting. 

Jon Roemer's pan of the distillery with our lighting. 

Jon's Canon C300 amidst the smoke from the banked fire.

Jon's Canon C300 amidst the smoke from the banked fire.

One of the selects from the shoot.

One of the selects from the shoot.

Jon's shot of our shadow over the south gardens.

Jon's shot of our shadow over the south gardens.

Jon's funny little video. Worth watching.

Many thanks to the good folks at Mount Vernon and of course, Virginia Tourism. 

Extra special thanks to Jon Roemer, Chris Flenegan and Kristian Thacker. 

Alaska for the Veterans Administration

Donald Bullach, the Creative Director of TMP | Government along with Owen Burns, a TMP VP and I headed up to Alaska in late June for a Veterans Administration library shoot.  Project was journalistic in approach - find opportunities and make them work.  Donald and I had worked together before and it was a delight to shoot with him again.

We spent two days shooting, plus two-days of pre-pro at the Veterans Administration complex in Anchorage.  We shot everything from impromptu meetings to creating an emergency room. 

In Alaska, people live for being outdoors and in the sun.  At the end of the workday, many headed to their favorite stream or river and started fishing for Salmon.  They would fish until they hit their daily limit and then wait until midnight to start all over again.

Salmon Fishing along Ship Creek

Salmon Fishing along Ship Creek

Donald checking out angles for our emergency room shoot.

Donald checking out angles for our emergency room shoot.

The view from the gurney.  I was shooting with a 14-24 Nikkor zoom out to 14mm.  One of the nurses kept teasing saying it was time for me to go under and I should start counting backwards from ten.

The view from the gurney.  I was shooting with a 14-24 Nikkor zoom out to 14mm.  One of the nurses kept teasing saying it was time for me to go under and I should start counting backwards from ten.

We shot quite a lot of portraits for this project.  Ninety-percent of what we shot was available light with reflectors.

We shot quite a lot of portraits for this project.  Ninety-percent of what we shot was available light with reflectors.

Light in Anchorage was pretty amazing.  We had 70 degree days with clear skies.  Every room was filled with bright light.

Light in Anchorage was pretty amazing.  We had 70 degree days with clear skies.  Every room was filled with bright light.

Owen Burns, the VP from TMP had a miraculous recovery when these two VA nurses attended to him.

Owen Burns, the VP from TMP had a miraculous recovery when these two VA nurses attended to him.

Thanks to Kerry Tasker for assisting on this job and to Janet Shafsky for hair and make-up.

 

Luthier Project

Long-term project focused on Southwestern Virginia bluegrass players and guitar builders.

Small exhibit from the project (30 prints – 20×30) will open at the Wayne Henderson School for Appalachian Art in Marion, Virginia on October 21st.  Opening is from 6:30 to 8:30.

Proceeds from print sales will fund scholarships to the school.  Each print is printed on 20×30 paper and is limited to an edition of ten.

Marion is 45 miles north of Bristol on Interstate 81.

For details: thehenderson.org

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