I've switched systems

It's been a long time since I have posted anything with my photography. It's not that I stopped shooting, but I grabbed my Canon camera much less.

Every day I looked at my camera and think, "I don't want to haul that thing around all day!" I left the camera forgotten in the corner and just grabbed used my iPhone.   There would even be times when my loving wife would ask me if I was going to bring my camera, my response always being, "I don't want to deal with that thing."

What was happening?  It's not that I stopped thinking about photography. Every day I think about and see photos. So why did I not want to carry my camera?

Then one day, sitting at my desk I started looking at all the stuff on my shelves, and saw my first SLR, the Minolta XG 1. It was my father's camera and the camera I learned to shoot with. I started thinking about that camera, my love for shooting when I was learning, and how far things had come in the last twenty years. I picked it up, popped off the lens cap, put it up to to my eye and popped off a few shots... sort of. I had no film.

Then it hit me.

I grabbed my current camera, the Canon 5d MK II, and held it in my other hand.  It was heavy! For the next fifteen minutes I walked around the house with both cameras, taking photos with the Canon and pretending to take photos with the Minolta.  (It's a good thing my wife wasn't home, I probably looked nuts). I could feel my joy for photography coming back... every time I grabbed that Minolta XG 1!

It's time to switch things up.

No, I am not going back to shooting film. I no longer have any of the darkroom equipment, nor is that my interest.  I want something that is lighter, smaller, and feels like that first camera I shot with.

Enter the Fuji XT-1. First, I did an insane amount of research online. Then, I stopped by several stores, holding cameras from different companies, and experiencing how they fit in my hands. Finally, I found the one that matched my needs and wants, the Fuji XT-1.

 Left: Minolta XG 1, Center: Canon 5d MK II, Right: Fuji XT-1

Left: Minolta XG 1, Center: Canon 5d MK II, Right: Fuji XT-1

Vampire Outtakes

Everybody loves a good outtake every once in a while.  Below are some behind the scenes and outtakes from the recent Vampire photo shoot.  

 Amber trying to get with the atmosphere of the shoot. 

Amber trying to get with the atmosphere of the shoot. 

First things first.  Whenever you are adding atmosphere to the shoot, such as fog, make sure your "Fogger Operator" knows what they are doing.   Here we have my fogger adding fog directly to the model.  Why the model is part of the scene, I don't think this was quite working out.    "Hey Chris.  Try adding fog so its rolling off the ground, not the face."


Here we have our hunter and vampires co-mingling.  Luckily nobody got staked during this process.  Also notice how the vampire hunter is still keeping some distance.  She must want to make sure she still loves through this shoot.  2 versus 1 is not the best odds for a rookie hunter.

Chris / Marvin the Martian can be seen here using todays technology to do... something.  He was either playing Candy Crush, or checking something out for this next scene, a timed exposure of the vampires approaching the hunter.

 Chris / Marvin the Martian hard at work.

Chris / Marvin the Martian hard at work.

Stay tuned for future shoots and outtakes in the weeks to come. 

Happy Halloween

So, it's Halloween.  A great time of year for ghosts, goblins, witches, demons, and all of that other fun scary stuff.  With all the spooks and screams going on tonight, I thought I would bring you a little something I experienced earlier this month.  A real live vampire hunt, right here in my neck of the woods.   I was lucky enough to be able to document this event as it unfolded.  Below are just a few of the photos.  

 Vampire Hunter Amber Matthews
 Vampires Laureen Taylor and Chris Slovak.
 Vampire Chris Slovak
 Vampire Hunter Amber Matthews. Vampires Chris Slovak and Laureen Taylor.

Okay, okay.  So this was a shoot I did near my house; It wasn't a real vampire hunt.  This  was all made possible with the help of three models, Amber Matthews, Laureen Taylor and Chris Slovak; and of course my long time friend and photographer Chris Sztybel who runs ThatWerks.  Thanks for the help and fun evening.