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

Virginia Tourism campaign.

Virginia Tourism campaign.

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. 

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.

 

The Big Capture One list of links, styles, recipes and videos

PHASE ONE EDUCATION

http://blog.phaseone.com/category/professor_tips/

https://www.phaseone.com/en/Products/Software/Capture-One-Pro/Features.aspx

CAPTURE ONEv 10 PRO TUTORIALS(Phase One on YouTube)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDMRz3ssFQH7hcALaS5ZicQ_9LHtXd4XO

CAPTURE ONE SIMPLE ADJUSTMENTS

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDMRz3ssFQH6sRQS1qGJjeXF2kAWvJpdw (simple adjustments)

CAPTURE ONE v 10 Webinars(Excellent series with David Grover)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDMRz3ssFQH6UbIWsf0rDQGGL11oAQjeK

CAPTURE ONE v 9 Webinars

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDMRz3ssFQH6pqpc9bKQcRM5fh_f9GlyZ

 

CAPTURE ONE ARCHIVE AT CAPTURE INTEGRATION

https://captureintegration.com/download-archive/

CAPTURE INTEGRATION ARTICLES - SHORTCUTS - TRICKS

https://captureintegration.com/keyboard-shortcuts/

https://captureintegration.com/answers-to-our-top-10-capture-one-support-calls/

https://captureintegration.com/capture-one-pro-quick-tip-lock-down-recipes-to-default-settings/

https://captureintegration.com/processing-multiple-recipes-in-capture-one-pro/

https://captureintegration.com/top-10-reasons-why-i-chose-capture-one-pro-over-adobe-lightroom/

https://captureintegration.com/transition-tips-lightroom-to-capture-one-pro-7/

 

CAPTURE ONE PRESETS - FREE

http://hdr-photographer.com/2016/12/free-presets-capture-one-10/

https://imagealchemist.net/downloads/preset-collection-free-trials/

http://captureonestyles.com/try-five-styles-for-free/

http://c1styles.com/

http://www.captureonecomplete.com/uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82&Itemid=79

http://www.thomasblariau.com/5-styles-capture-one-pro/

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thomasblariau.com%2F5-styles-capture-one-pro%2F&edit-text=  (English Translation)


CAPTURE ONE PRESETS - Purchase

http://captureonestyles.com/  (These are really good)

https://imagealchemist.net/capture-one-presets/

http://c1styles.com/

http://store.rwboyer.com/page/503 (B&W Film Emulation)


CAPTURE ONE RECIPES

https://imagealchemist.net/capture-one-process-recipes/


ARTICLES WORTH READING

http://lifeafterphotoshop.com/capture-one-presets-vs-styles/

https://camerondavidson.net/2015/04/22/c1-styles-another-capture-one-style-provider/

https://camerondavidson.net/2015/04/21/capture-one-film-styles-bw-presets/

 

TRANSITION FROM LIGHTROOM

https://captureintegration.com/transition-tips-lightroom-to-capture-one-pro-7/

TRANSITION FROM APERTURE

https://captureintegration.com/transition-tips-apple-aperture-to-capture-one-pro/

http://blog.phaseone.com/smooth-transition-aperture-capture-one-pro-9/

http://jordanbushphoto.com/switching-capture-one-aperture-photography-workflow/

 

 

 

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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cameron_davidson_palouse_landscape
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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

Wayne Henderson shop
Spencer-strickland-guitar

Books every photographer should own.

Ok, that is a strong title, and if you don’t own them, so be it. But go find a copy at your library, friend studio or used book store.

This is my list of my favorite photographers and the books that focus on their immense talent and careers.

If you don’t know who these people are, that is all the better, you’ll learn something in the process.

Following the internet gurus and stars of photography may help you learn the newest digital technique, encourage you spend to money on gear (usually through their sites, where they earn a commission on everything you buy) or how to light like a master, Maybe.

Take the time to view, think, look again and again at the work and dedication that went into these bodies of work.  Even if you don’t appreciate (or, understand) the work, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of craft and vision.

Small Trades – Irving Penn.

A three city portrait project in 1950 focused on vanishing trades and craftspeople. This is classic portraiture at its best. An inspiring book that I return to again and again.

Eye to Eye – Vivian Maier

A phenomenal photographer who shot for herself.  Her negatives were found in an auction and purchased for very little money.  Street photography with a Rollei.

Himalyas  – Yoshikazu Shirakawa

A grand adventure that took three years and hundreds of rolls of 120 film shot with Pentax 6×7 cameras. (The Indian Post office lost several shipments of film that were sent to Japan for processing)  This is a stunning book of heavenly landscape photography of the Himalayas.  This one is hard to find and has been out of print for years.

An Autobiography – Richard Avedon

Published in 1993 by Random House and Eastman Kodak.  A look at Mr. Avedon’s career from the first days to the early nineties.

Rituales En Haiti – Cristina Garcia Rodero

David Alan Harvey turned me on this photographer and her work.  Enough said.

Ocean Soul – Brian Skerry

Brian is a friend. In my opinion, he is the best underwater photographer in the world.  Thisis underwater photography created with a purpose in mind and a dedication to telling a story in a unique and compelling manner.  A mid-career retrospective.

Aerial Photographs – William Garnett

One of the two grandfathers of American aerial photography, Mr. Garnet’s approach to abstract images placed him far above any other aerial shooters. His photograph of marching sand dunes hangs in my office.

Mountain Photography – Bradford Washburn

The other grandfather of American aerial photography, Mr. Washburn was more than a photographer: he was an explorer, mountaineer and cartographer.  Imagine hanging out over the mountains of Alaska, mid-winter, in a small plane, without a door, at 12,000 feet without oxygen and shooting aerial photographs with a handheld 8×10 camera – oh yeah, he was also making stunning graphic images that revealed unseen Alaska.  These are some of the finest aerial photographs I have ever seen.

Cuba – David Alan Harvey

Harvey at his best.  Incredible book.  Harvey is the master of the moment.

Andlitt Nordursins – Ragnar Axelsson

Fantastic Icelandic photographer who shoots the northern world.  Book is a black and white love affair with Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Photographs, 1920-1950 – Martin Chambi

David Burnett turned me on to this Peruvian photographer and his work.  If Burnett loves his work, then it is worth checking out.

Soul Rebel – David Burnett

David’s intimate look at Bob Marley.  Right place, right time (a couple of times) and doing it right.  Read and learn from the master on how he saw an opportunity and ran with it.

Portraits of America – William Albert Allard

The great Bill Allard of NGS fame.  An honest, steadfast, profound book of portraits shot across this amazing land.

50 Portraits – Gregory Heisler

Stories and techniques from a photographer’s photographer.  That say’s it all.  A Masters Class in portraiture, production, lighting and business.

Nurse – Karen Kasmauski

Karen is a friend so I may be a bit biased here.  An exceptional book focused on nurses.  Beautiful images of nurses and their work from around the world.

Days with my Father – Phillip Toledano

A personal project about his fathers last few years.  A small, elegant and charming book.

Geisha – Jodi Cobb

A long-term project on the hidden world of Geisha.  Killer images.

India – Eric Meola

Color. Form. Graphic.  Meola is second to none.

Jet Airliner – Josef Hoflehner

Austrian landscape photographer known for his long-exposure B&W landscape images. Here be photographs aircraft landing at St. Marten.

Torero – Ruven Afanador

In the early days of Rueven’s career, he assisted me for close to a year. ( He grew up in the DC region)  I saw that he had an terrific eye, talent for lighting people and god could he print B&W.  Toerro is his enchantment with matadors, the clothing, culture and history of bullfighting in his native Columbia plus Mexico, Peru and Spain.

The Creation – Ernst Haas

The virtuoso of color. By far, the book that has had the greatest impact on me as a photographer.  It is stunning.

Migrations – Sebastiao Selgado

Stunning long-term B&W photography by the master of long-term projects. The title says it all.  A book that is timeless and timely.

Inferno – James Nachtwey

Photojournalism at its best.  Many of these images are difficult to look at and easier to turn away from.  Don’t.

New York in the 50’s – Jay Maisel

The master of color shot Black and White street photography in New York City in the fifties.  Who knew. Loads of surprises in the delightful exploration of New York.

Cyclops – Albert Watson

The celebrated Scottish portrait photographer who creates stunning black and white portraits.  A retrospective.

#iPhone Only – Julian Calverley

Jules is a good friend, he in an outstanding landscape (and commercial) photographer.  Usually he shoots with an 80 megapixel back mounted on an Alpa camera.  However, remember, its not about the gear, it’s about vision. A book of impressive landscape images shot in Northwestern Scotland with an iPhone.  Available as a printed book or an an ebook. (go for the printed version)

The Last Place on Earth – Nick Nichols

Nick Nichols walked across Africa.  These are the photographs.

Dorchester Days – Eugene Richards

Expanded version of the classic 1970’s self-published book about Dorchester, Massachusetts.  It is dark, intimate, courageous and intense.  It is one of those books, that I am glad to own, rarely review and when I do, the photography scares me it so good.  Tough book. Tough Subject. Stellar photography.

Periodical Photographs – Dan Winters

Portraits, many of them in large format. When I think of Dan Winters, a couple of things come to mind: precision, clarity, intense focus and well researched backgrounds and in-depth understanding of his subjects.

Carolina Bays

A couple of months ago, Hannah Wright of Our State Magazine (Celebrating North Carolina) called me and asked to see a collection of my Carolina Bay aerials.

OK, What is a Carolina Bay?  A Carolina Bay is a lake that may have been formed by the ice splash/skip/debris from the meteor that created James Bay in Canada – or maybe not.  No one really knows how they were formed.  Ranging from far southern Virginia to just barely in Florida, there are a set of lakes that have a similar form.  They were not discovered until the 1930’s via aerial photographs.  How do I know this?  I shot a story for Smithsonian magazine in the late nineties on Carolina Bays.  I spent a week, exploring them with a writer on the ground, in the water and of course, in the air.

 

 

A few images were in my Getty collection but most of them were resting quietly in a file cabinet.  I chose a few for Hannah to review and sent off low-rez scans.

Hannah chose this one, Jones Lake in Bladen county, for the story in the May 2016 issue of Our State.

Technical details: Nikon F5 and good old-contrasty-as-all-get-out, super-saturated Fuji Velvia film processed by the much-loved and not forgotten Capital Color in Arlington, Virginia.  I used a Nikkor 35mm F/2 lens, Kenyon-KS-4 gyroscope to keep the vibrations at bay and the aircraft of choice that day, was a well used Cessna 172.

This image is in the Getty collection and if available for additional licensing: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/carolina-bay-in-robeson-county-north-high-res-stock-photography/88828763

Greenland

Greenland has been on my must-see list for years.  In the eighties, I proposed a bird story on Stellar Sea Eagles to my photo editor at Geographic.  Story idea did not have enough legs to it, but the hook of going to Greenland was set within me.

In early June, I headed to the wilds of northwest Greenland to shoot aerials of icebergs and glaciers.  Of course, I took along my trust ALPA TC/Leaf Credo combo and my Sony RX1- travel everywhere camera.

Sun Plot for my shooting location in Northwestern Greenland  

Sun Plot for my shooting location in Northwestern Greenland

 

Launching the Inspire 1 – Zenmuse 5 combo over an iceberg.  Very important to make sure you do a full compass calibration when you are this far north.  On my first flight, the bird behaved erratically and I had to re-do my calibration.  At 70 degrees north, the GPS satellites are above you.  Most of the satellites you lock onto to are Russian.

Launching the Inspire 1 – Zenmuse 5 combo over an iceberg.  Very important to make sure you do a full compass calibration when you are this far north.  On my first flight, the bird behaved erratically and I had to re-do my calibration.  At 70 degrees north, the GPS satellites are above you.  Most of the satellites you lock onto to are Russian.

Alpa TC - Leaf Credo combo at close to sunset

Alpa TC - Leaf Credo combo at close to sunset

First nights view in Greenland

First nights view in Greenland

Pope Francis and Climate Change

A few months ago, Lisa Vosper, the Creative Director for Visual Media at the Natural Resources Defense council asked me to participate in a program on Climate Change and Social Justice.

NRDC along with The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, Buckminster Fuller Institute, International Center of Photography, Poetry Society of America and Urban Green Council were partners in a remarkable event at the Great Hall at Cooper Union on March 24th, 2016.

Celebrating Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, Our Common Home,  was created as a response to his call for change and on how we, as humans, impact our planet.

There were ten speakers at the event and in between the speakers, photographs were projected.  I am honored to be included in this group of outstanding environmental photographers.

A few of my hero’s are here: James Balog, Brown W. Cannon III, Paul Colangelo, J. Henry Fair, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Christina Mitttermeier, Paul Nicklen, Greta Rybus and Sebastiao Salgado.

Ten photographs from each photographer were shown and one in included in the Our Common Home booklet.

The image of mine that was chosen, shows desert and homes in North Las Vegas and is part of a 2010 project in the American West photographing suburbs and green lawns encroaching upon desert.

Sin City (Las Vegas) Aerials

Project involved shooting large industrial projects on the ground and also from the air.  One of assignments involved complex flight arrangements and permissions to overfly McCarran International Airport.

 

B350 AStar skids up at sunrise

B350 AStar skids up at sunrise

When shooting low-and-slow I prefer to use turbine helicopters with high-time pilots who shoot for the film industry.  There are several exceptional film pilots in Las Vegas and I flew with a gent that several photographers suggested.  It is very much a team effort when shooting aerials and it is critical to choose someone who understands what you are trying to achieve and can put you into the right positions without compromising safety.  

When shooting low-and-slow I prefer to use turbine helicopters with high-time pilots who shoot for the film industry.  There are several exceptional film pilots in Las Vegas and I flew with a gent that several photographers suggested.  It is very much a team effort when shooting aerials and it is critical to choose someone who understands what you are trying to achieve and can put you into the right positions without compromising safety.

 

After my corporate shoot was completed, I shot a set of personal aerials of Las Vegas using a Robinson R-44 helicopter

After my corporate shoot was completed, I shot a set of personal aerials of Las Vegas using a Robinson R-44 helicopter

Border Wall for Vanity Fair

Back in 2008, the good folks at Vanity Fair sent me off on assignment to Arizona and Texas to photograph the building of the wall – from the air and on the ground.

The story focused on the massive environmental and financial implications of the wall.  Vanity Fair shelved the story when President Obama was elected.

As you can imagine, the pre-production on the story was critically important.  For the Arizona section of the piece, I flew in a Bell Long Ranger with a pilot I’ve flown with for many years.  He knows the border, the agents and took care of permissions for us to overfly the border in US and Mexican airspace.

When we were flying toward the border from Central Arizona, I joked to the pilot that I hope we see some people crossing the border.  He said it was doubtful.  As soon as we hit Nogales, I shot images of people squirming through a hole underneath the fence that was less than 500 yards over a hill from a Border Patrol agent in his truck.  The pilot called the sighting in and within a few hours the hole was closed and patched.