Archive for the ‘Strobist’ Category

Grounded

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Dancer Wendy arches back on just the tops of her feet.

What goes up, must start down.

Great freedom is possible when your feet are firmly planted on the floor. Perhaps this sounds funny coming from me, the photographer who takes so many mid-air images. Yet, being grounded is the unseen crucial ingredient of compelling jumpology. To defy gravity is a bit of a misnomer when it comes to jump photography, it’s actually taking advantage of gravity that allows us to soar. Many thanks to Billy Siegenfeld and the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project for teaching me this many years ago.

“It is the ground not the air that the human body instinctively moves toward when it makes rhythmic accents.” –Billy Siegenfeld, Jump Rhythm® Technique

 

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Fill ‘er up

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
AM jumps at an abandoned gas station.

Something new, somewhere old

What ever caused the demise of the full service gas station? Apparently, the oil crisis of the 1970s marked the beginning of the end of full service gas stations. Oil companies figured that people wanted to pump their own gas to save a few pennies. Soon the attendants, who would walk up to your rolled-down window and ask, “leaded or unleaded?” then wash your windows and check your oil while your gas was getting pumped, were no longer needed. Feeling nostalgic? It’s illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon or New Jersey so you can experience the luxury of full service in both of those states.

Flashback: When I was eight years old, I used to think the word “motor” meant addiction. I clearly recall sitting in a passenger seat when my dad drove to the gas station and seeing signs that read “No Smoking. Stop your motor.”

Source: goretro

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Glamping

Friday, July 15th, 2011
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Elyssa holds Raleigh in a blankie
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Glamping = glamorous camping. Satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine, a comfortable bed, and (when you’re with me) an impromptu rockstar photo shoot.

Earlier this summer, over two dozen of my friends and I ventured out to Angels Camp in Frog County for the weekend. We stayed in cabins, had full electricity and wi-fi, took coin-free hot showers, and filled our bellies with some deliciously prepared meals.

Some of us went ziplining, one of us foraged for wild mushrooms, most of us enjoyed Starbucks in the morning and ice cream cones in the afternoon. Despite this, we totally roughed it: we got bitten by bugs, caught frogs, had a frightening encounter with a wild horse, let a toddler swallow (nearly) whole a bag of chewy bears, and went nose to nose with an emu. Oh yeah, we roughed it alright.

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Way to go, Elyssa!

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Junior Nationals volleyball star Elyssa

2011 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championship Top Ten Team Player

Elyssa jumps with guitar and volleyball

Elyssa, pre-teen jumping wonder

Elyssa and her volleyball team just placed 6th at the 2011 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships after 9 games in 4 days in Atlanta. What an amazing ride! Congratulations!!!

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One Light Workshop

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Last weekend, I attended Zack Arias’ One Light Workshop in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco and spent 14 hours learning more about and practicing off-camera flash photography using speedlights. Here are some of the photographs I shot. Next up: memorizing reciprocals, practicing a lot, and pumping up more gravity-defying ideas with the one-light techniques I learned. Thank you for the well-run and -taught workshop, Zack!

Models: Whitney Nichole, Maya Carina, Charles Wynn, Damian Marhefka

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Deep Air Diving

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
Ben floating above the reflective floor

swimming sans suds

Here’s a sneak peek of last weekend’s photo shoot. Much like my upside down picture of Kash, this is an example of photoshop-free levitation photography. There is no trickery here.

Model: Ben Kirsch

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Week 52/52: It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. And I’m feeling good.

Friday, December 31st, 2010
Charlene jumps on bed with sun streaming into windows

52/52

I am thrilled to share the final photo of my 52 Project. I had been wanting to re-create my Week 1 sleeping shot all year long, but I moved to a new place that was set up differently, and I also wasn’t even sure I could physically re-create it. I really lucked out on that first self-timer self portrait. Since I was in Los Angeles with my family for the holidays, it was the perfect opportunity to do a shoot with my very good friend Charlene Laino who modeled for me a number of times five years ago. I really am lucky to have so many wonderful friends who know how to move well! She was an incredibly good sport and jumped in the sleeping position over 200 times. We got the shot that I envisioned, but during a break from all the horizontal jumping, what you see above happened. This says, what words cannot, exactly how I feel now that I have successfully pushed through 2010 to create, edit, and publish a new motion-based image every week. And while I was editing this shot, Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” kept playing in my head.

To all of you who have liked, favorited and commented on one of my images online and/or in person, thank you. Having an audience helped me stick with it and encouraged me to keep going when I hit a slump (or two or three) and wondered what other ways there are to photograph weightlessness.

Many more thank you’s are in order for everyone who defied gravity for this project and for those who helped and inspired me along the way. I will get to those in another post along with my third annual end-of-the-year video montage and a behind the scenes time-lapse video of this final week’s photo shoot.

A fond farewell, 2010!

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Week 48: Up

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
Ben and Chloe, almost circus stars

48/52

Models: Ben Kirsch and Chloe Nasser

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Week 34: Stay off tracks!

Friday, August 27th, 2010
Kira leaps above railroad tracks.

34/52

Violators subject to citation

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Week 33: Two for one

Thursday, August 19th, 2010
Kira races against Caltrain

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Faster than a speeding bullet { train }

 

Kira drop kicks the bullet train

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Showing Caltrain who’s boss.

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