Thursday, September 24, 2009

Posting is fun

I have been meaning to start posting more frequently. Obviously I am failing. For this I apologize.

I returned from a "run and gun" trip to Arizona about 2 weeks ago now. Although in my mind it seems like it was only 2 days ago.
We pulled a 20 hour day the first day, of which 8 were spent traveling, 7 were spent shooting, and 2 were spent downloading images and recharging batteries. Bed time was 11:30 pacific.

We shot a lot of different parts of the hospital, spending about an hour on each shot, which isn't a whole lot. One of the reasons the client said she booked us is because she knew most photographers could not complete the number of shots she had in the time period allotted.

Here is the O.R.

Here is a great shot which will be used to show the level of care and compassion people can expect at the new hospital.

And here is one of the doctors

Wake up call was for 5:30am the following morning.

On the agenda for day 2:
- sunrise shot of the exterior
- head shots of the board members
- detail shots
- lobby shot
- reception shot
- sunset shot

To be continued...

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Upcoming fun-nes

On Tuesday of next week, Mike and I are heading up to Arizona for a 3-day long shoot of a brand new hospital. It is not open to the public yet so we will have the run of the place.
This is my first time attempting to travel with all the equipment we will be taking with us.

I don't have a final tally on everything yet but so far it looks something like this:

2 camera bags, 3 cameras, 6 lenses, over 30gb of CF cards, two laptops, an external hard drive,
10 light stands, a tripod, a monopod, 2 bogen superclamps, 2 justin clamps, about 12 speedlights, 8 pocket wizards, lots and lots of gels, a truckload of rechargeable batteries, 2 battery chargers, 2 soft boxes, a Lumiquest box, a boom arm, an empty sand bag, tripod case, and our clothes.

It will be interesting getting all of this through airport security!!
We will get a tour as soon as we arrive and are fed, then its work time until about 7pm that night.
Early to bed and up at 5 for a 6am sunrise shot, working all day and again a late night. Then another sunrise shot (unless we get a good one the first morning - I'm crossing my fingers).
We will finish up around 2pm on the third day, drive to Las Vegas airport and head home to crash and sleep all day Friday.

Busy busy busy!

Last weekend I shot a church event put on by the young singles department. It was an "Amazing Race" event. Teams picked a country to "dress up as" then started out in the same room, were given a puzzle to put together, and on teh back of the puzzle was the first clue. From there it was off to travel all over Downtown Dallas, Plano, Richardson, and Carrollton.
I got some fun photos and the event ended around 2pm.

Here are some of my favorites:

Putting together the first clue

Playing in the fountain

Here come the teams, fresh off the DART

Finding clues in the fountain

The food challenge had some not-so tasty treats

One unlucky team member eating dog food

Zero Gravity challenge

Zero Gravity Challenge

Flying High

All the participants, volunteers, and staff that stuck around till the end

3rd place team member heading home

That's it from me for now. Stay tuned for more. Hopefully I'll have a few minutes here and there to blog about our trip to Arizona!

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

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