Following in my steps with my 135i European Delivery (video), my friends and I returned to Europe this summer to pick up a 335is. My friend, Chris, decided it was time to upgrade his A6 and come over to the BMW world. We convinced him to go with a 335is and do a guy’s road trip through Europe. The three of us met in the Owner’s Lounge of the BMW Welt, where we would pick up the car and explore Europe. Our plan was to hang out in Munich, visit some friends in Hamburg, check out Porsche in Stuttgart, visit some friends in Freiburg, and head down to southern France for a few days, all while exploring some of Europe’s finest roads. Keep reading to to see what we ended up doing.
This past weekend I went camping. Usually when I go camping, it’s far enough away from a big city that light polution is minimal. I like to bring my camera on these occasions to get some sort of star photo; whether it’s an image of the Milky Way or a star trail photo. This time, I tried for a star trail photo. I set the camera on an intervalometer to capture 29 second exposures repeatedly. The camera ran for 3 hours (346 images) before the battery died. I then combined the photos into a single image you see below that demonstrates the rotation of the earth in relation to the stars. Apparently we were right above an airport approach path, which you can see the many plane streaks across the center of the image. To see a higher resolution version or purchase prints, please click here.
(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 16 mm, 346 29s exposures, f/2.8, ISO 1250)
I’ve been collaborating with my longtime friend, Matt, on some art for his new CD. We had fun with different wardrobes and scenes as we tried to find a variety of images he could use on the album and in different marketing scenarios. Below are some of my favorite images. All were lit with a single Paul C. Buff White Lightning X1600 and large Octabox. We’ve been using the Vagabond Mini power source, which has been awesome in the field.
(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 24 mm, 1/250, f/9, ISO 100)
(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 24 mm, 1/250, f/11, ISO 100)
(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 24 mm, 1/250, f/11, ISO 100)
(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 40 mm, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 100)
I recently returned from a trip to Israel. I had an amazing time. We swam in the dead sea, spent a night in the desert, climbed Masada, and spent a few days in Jerusalem among many other things. Overall, it was one of my favorite trips that I’ve ever been on.
Some of my images are below. You can see the full gallery here.
As usual for the last several years, I covered the Preakness Stakes this past weekend. Preakness is one of the more difficult assignments I cover as it requires a lot of pre-planning, multiple camera positions, and running around. It’s an extremely long day that if everything comes together can pay off with great images and a lot of published images. This year was no different – I ended up making the front page of Yahoo Sports and Fox Sports and was also published on the first and second pages of USA Today’s sports section (in print). Click the link below to read on for some of my images from the weekend.
This post is written for anyone interested in what it takes to make a time lapse film or is looking for time lapse tips and guidance. I couldn’t find all of this information in one place so this is my attempt to put it together and reduce the spin-up time for those getting started in time lapse photography.
I was planning on shooting a short time lapse film so I needed a lot of equipment. I packed up a few days earlier so that I could head straight for State College. Some of the equipment that I took is below:
2 Bogen Magic Arms and Super Clamps, 2 Tripods, 1 Milapse rotating telescope mount for sweeping time lapses, 3 Canon dSLR’s and a bunch of lenses, and 2 Canon intervalometers. These are just the basics. I obviously brought a lot of support equipment like batteries, power strips, pocketwizards (to daisychain intervalometers), laptops, card readers, etc.
Well, THON 2010 came and went. I took off from work early and drove through 4 rush hours (DC, Baltimore, North Baltimore/PA, and Harrisburg) to get there in time to photograph it. My main objective this year was to improve upon my time lapse film from last year’s THON 2009. The plan was to create more of a short film this year composed of numerous time lapse angles of different things. I purchased a bunch of equipment, including a new rotating tripod head to be used for slowly rotating time lapse shots. I will go more into detail about the behind-the-scenes of this shoot in a future post. I captured over 13,000 images that I stitched together in the film below.
I have to thank Scott Lukas for being such an incredible help to me all weekend. I could not have made this film without him. He helped me position cameras, started cameras for me when I was sleeping, and coordinated his whole stage crew to aid me. The crew was awesome and they did a great job not only helping me, but working behind the scenes at THON. At the end of THON, I had two cameras set up in remote, hard to get to, positions. Of course, things also got crazy for them at the end of THON with everything else that was happening on the floor. Within 10 minutes, I had to position a camera in the catwalk, start it, move it once everyone sat down, and then rush down to the floor so that I could shoot the end with a handheld camera. At the same time, another camera that I had positioned 10 feet above the concourse had to be started with a ladder that we had hid on the other side of the arena. Without a LOT of planning and the crew’s help, shots like that could never have happened. I had three cameras going at the same time at TOTALLY different locations very far apart from each other in the arena.
Thanks to my friend and film editor, Ian Jefferys, who did a fantastic job editing the film. Thanks to my friend Jason Davoli for providing me with his music from his new CD for the soundtrack. You can check out his new CD at www.jasondavoli.com. You can actually see Jason and Dan (who plays the fiddle in Free) and their band, Lowjack, performing at THON at 1:37 in my film. If you watch closely, you can even see me shooting them up close halfway into the shot.
I stitched together a few images to create this panoramic image. Funny enough, I didn’t even remember this, but when I was zooming in on it, Tucker Haas is performing on the stage. You can see the photo bigger here.
(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 4 17mm images, 1/60, f/4, ISO 640)
(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 29 mm, 1/60, f/4, ISO 640)
I thought it was cool that they created a heart.
(Canon EOS 40D, 44 mm, 1/30, f/4.5, ISO 200)
The final line dance.
(Canon EOS 40D, 44 mm, 1/30, f/4.5, ISO 200)
I was one of the few people to know that there was going to be confetti shooting off during the announcement of the total because the stage crew was helping me with my cameras all weekend. I know they worked hard to create the confetti shooters and were excited about it. I thought it went really well and looked good.
I had to be up in the catwalk above the BJC so that I could move one of my cameras after it captured the sit-down to a different position to capture the final announcement. After everyone sat down, I quickly (but very safely) moved my camera to the other side of the catwalk and rushed all the way down to the floor (which included multiple ladders, a lot of stairs, and several crowds to wade through) to get in position to shoot the announcement with my handheld Canon 1D Mark IV. I didn’t have enough time to get through all the people to the back so that I could get a straight-on shot, so my shot sucks. But I knew I had the backup shot from the top of the catwalk (see first image in this post), so I didn’t feel too bad about it because I knew no one else had that shot.
(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 31 mm, 1/100, f/2.8, ISO 800)
The mass of people trying to leave the Bryce Jordan Center.
(Canon EOS-1D Mark II, 15 mm, 1/50, f/2.8, ISO 100)
I’ve been back from Kenya for about two weeks and I’ve finished my photos just in time for my trip to Germany this week.
I’ve really been working on my editing technique which you can see in the photos. We had a lot of fun in Kenya; saw lots of elephants, giraffes, buffalo, baboons, lions, cheetahs, leopards, and more. I flew into Nairobi and visited four parks while there; Sweetwaters, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Amboseli National Park.
In total, I shot 5,366 photos, 70 videos, totaling 143GB.
All photos are available to see in this gallery.
The photos are geotagged and you can see them on a map by clicking on the “Map This” link above each photo or view all of them here.
New Feature: you can now order prints of the photos right from within the gallery!
I also shot some video directly on my still camera. The Canon 5D Mark II captures really excellent video and, although none of it is production quality because I didn’t have the right supports and wasn’t there to capture video, it’s very interesting to watch nonetheless.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 135mm, 1/8000, f/2.8, ISO 400)
(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 135mm, 1/640, f/2, ISO 400)
(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 560mm, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 200)
(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 16mm, 1/30, f/2.8, ISO 200)
(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 135mm, 1/5000, f/2, ISO 200)
(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 560mm, 1/640, f/4.5, ISO 640)
(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 19mm, 1/200, f/9, ISO 50)
(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 400mm, 1/250, f/4, ISO 200)
(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 16mm, 1/500, f/4, ISO 200)
(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 400mm, 1/1000, f/2.8, ISO 1000)