Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Adventure Photography - Climbing

On the SAME day we shot mt biking and hiking, we went out again to shoot climbing. This time I got to work with strobes, which was really fun. As you see, I'm including a few more than the 3 selects. =)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Adventure Photography - Kayaking

The second day was up bright and early for kayaking. So fun! I shot heaps of photos on this shoot.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Adventure Photography - Portraits

On this shoot, the goal was to shoot portraits. We tried a few different things using strobes and then the amazing natural light as the sun came up.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Adventure Photography - Mt Biking + Hiking

I'm wrapping up an Adventure Photography Workshop in Wyoming and thought I'd share some shots. It was a different experience for numerous reasons that include 30 attendees, working with models and shooting in super cold weather. I also got to work with strobes, which you'll see in later posts. The hardest part was only 3 selects per critique, which was hard when it covered two separate shoots.

Here we shot mt biking and hiking at daybreak.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

People in the Bean

After professing my love of the Bean, you didn't think that was it, did you? ;-)

Here are some more reflections, but this time more about people and their reactions to themselves in the reflective surface.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I love the Bean!

In Chicago's Millennium Park sits the giant Cloud Gate sculpture, probably better known as "the Bean." In fact, I didn't know it had another name until I looked it up just now. Who knew? Anyway, this 12 foot high arch designed by British artist Anish Kapoor was completed in 2005 and it's shiny surface inspired by mercury reflects the impressive city skyline. Being a fan of shiny objects in general, well, this is heaven!

The Bean provides a few challenges while taking pictures. First, it's almost impossible not to get yourself in the shot. Second, it's been photographed to death. Knowing this, I decided to focus more on the reflections than the overall Bean itself.

The swirly abstraction, second from the bottom, is what you see when you walk underneath. Awesome!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Chicago Planetarium

Since I've spaced these out too much, I'll remind you I was in Chicago for the company annual meeting. The big dinner was at the planetarium. What a view!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Crown Fountain - Chicago

More from a trip that seems ages ago now...

In downtown Chicago's Millennium Park is the Crown Fountain designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, completed in July 2004. The fountain consists of two 50 foot glass block towers at each end of a reflecting pool that is about an inch deep. Each tower projects faces of various people and expressions. The kids of Chicago love to play in the fountain and seem to have mastered the timing for all of the fancy water effects.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Chicago Bus Tour

While in Chicago for the company meeting, we also did a quick bus tour before dinner at the Planetarium.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Abstracts from Chicago Architecture Tour

I suppose I could have included these in the last bunch, but I decided to separate them out as abstracts.

This last one I took pointing the camera up without looking. It was taken while passing under one of the many bridges, which we were advised not to look up due to falling rust. Okee dokee.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Chicago Architecture Tour

I recently went to Chicago for a company meeting and we got to go on an architecture tour. I had forgotten how beautiful Chicago really is.

I included the last shot because it's pretty symbolic to all of the construction going on in Chicago right now. These cranes are for the controversial "Spire." It will be quite impressive if they do build it, whether in a good or bad way. We shall see what happens.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Monterey Aquarium

Last of the California narratives. This is the aquarium in Monterey.