Since my last post, which really wasn’t much of a post (it was an early SFX image made with sparklers and telephone landline cable – see preview post, below), I’ve been making a lot of changes, and rather than bore you to death with a 3000-word post, how about I just post the short form and a few snapshots.
Technically (because I love anything techie), I’ve moved from the Leaf/Hasselblad to the Nikon D800 for more flexibility. Now, even tho’ I was trained as a fashion photographer in college I ended up shooting large format 8 x 10 still life and special effects for over a decade, so medium format was a logical choice for me when I went digital in the late 90s. But as much as I have loved medium format it’s a bear to use on location and expensive to keep upgrading.
The new Nikon D800 is one-tenth the price of Leaf camera backs, very high resolution and far easier to handle with people and traveling. And I’ve been shooting far more people and locations in the past year. I love Brooklyn, but it’s not Italy.
I’m also working with more EFX stuff, which is in my veins. I just purchased an Arduino-based Camera Axe system, a programmable high-speed flash trigger for water, light and sound. This time it’s not a kit; I purchased it ready made. I’m moving up in the world! I just have to learn how to program the damn thing…
Personally (because I don’t look at my job as work), I’ve been much happier with my photography (nothing to do with the tech stuff) simply because the new studio (which isn’t that new anymore) has been a terrific work environment. My partner, José Pelaez – smart, funny and insanely creative – has been a joy to work with. He challenges my sensibilities in how I plan, see and shoot. There’s been a definite shift in how I’m approaching lighting, composition and execution. Not to mention his influence in my return to photographing people, something I love to do. Hard to believe we’d lost touch with each other for nearly a decade.