portland environmental portrait photographer
Portland Author Patrick Dewitt has just finished another amazing new book Under Major Domo Minor and sat down for a portrait as moody as his writing. To create this image Christopher used three Profoto flash heads, 2 Profoto B1's and a Profoto B2. We really like using the Profoto B1's and B2's since they're holy trinity of lights - powerful, compact, and mobile (no cables). Once we dialed in our composition, we start to add light to create the scene. The first light, our "main" light was a B1 on a C-stand with a simple zoom reflector placed outside the window camera left. This gives us a nice natural but dramatic looking key light. Our second light needs to create dimension and depth to the image. This is done by adding a B1 on a short stand with no modifiers and placed back inside the room on the right. Used here as a hair light, by pointing the light down at the floor it gives an interesting skip-bounce effect creating the illusion of a light coming in from the next room. Our third light is a B2 with a small 2' OCF Octabox, with grid, about 3 feet to camera right. This is used as a subtle fill flash for the table and Patrick. More tech talk coming soon. Have questions about what we're doing behind the scenes? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spent the day at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, OR for an interesting story about unionization and how their plan to increase efficiency by outsourcing doctors drove a group of its hospitalists to fight back by banding together. Our two heros for the story were Dr. Rajeev Alexander and Dr. David M. Schwartz. Schwartz is the president of the union that was formed in reaction to the hospital's announcement that it wanted to outsource the facility’s 36 hospitalists. As a result the administration junked their plan. Want to know more, check out the New York Times Story.
Daron Horwitz, president of Daddies Board Shop, took his longboard for a ride on Mt. Tabor, in Portland Oregon for the Willamette Week story, Very Hill, Much Speed. That dude was going soooo fast, almost impossible to get sharp at f2 with some motion blur. So we cheated a little bit on this one. Daron's longboard is actually rolling at a slow creep. The sun was right overhead for this one (notice his shadow, and the light on his back) so we needed a lot of juice to make this work. I used 1 Profoto B1 light with a zoom reflector and a 1/2 CTO warming filter just out of the frame to the left and directly in front of Daron. The camera (Canon 1dx) set to 1/15th of a second, ISO 50, F2, and I used an ND filter to balance the ambient exposure. With Daron holding his pose, I had him roll down hill slowly (about 5ft/second) and panned the camera right to left with him. The strong flash helped freeze Daron and expose his face, while the slow shutter gives a nice motion blur, creating the illusion of speed. Questions or comments about what goes on behind the scenes? Email us at email@example.com
Aaron Draplin, design man about town. Got to spend the day snooping around his studio for the New York Times, where every drawer contains wonderful surprises. It is like the flea market version of Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory. You may know Aaron for his handy Field Notes books, which I love except for the fact that I now have half filled ones scattered around my office. Want to take a bigger peek into his nooks and crannies?
I have fond memories of Big League Chew. That sweet smell when you open the foil pouch. The whimsy of the shredded bits of gum that is supposed to make you feel you are using chew. That burst of pure unadulterated sugar the fills your mouth with spit when you first start chomping. So imagine my excitement when we got assigned to photograph Rob Nelson, the founder of this iconic gum, for the Washington Post. Little did I know this would then involve me peeling gum off his face as we asked him endlessly to blow bubbles. But you do what you have to for art, and Rob was such a good sport about the whole thing, there was nothing to do but laugh, continue to alternatively shoot and peel, and blow a few bubbles ourselves.