The Cover Shot


Planning and brainstorming a idea for cover shot or special section has always been my favorite part of the process. Where you start is always a long way from where you finish. In this case, we were shooting for the new magazine "Connect" by the Wise County Messenger. Everything went very smooth, except I had one issue to deal with, I had a class to teach at the same time. Work around... take the class and include them in the shoot. While I was shooting the scene, the upperclassman would hang out with separate groups of students, sending me a couple at a time to assist and absorb my way of shooting. We finished the set and continued class in downtown Bridgeport after dark.  The whole class said that was thier favorite one of all.

  The shoot... I had used this background on Bridgeport Lake several times and most recently on the blood moon eclipse, so I knew pretty much what to expect on the lighting. I just needed everybody to show up early enough to get them all in the water and comfortable in their roles before the light was gone. Everything went as planned with fifteen minutes to spare.  There were a few adjustments I had to make in camera as the sun went down. I set up a Profoto 600 barebulb, full power on the shore at camera left 60 feet, a nikon 8000 on full zoom to open up facial shadows and final camera settings ...Nikon D5, ISO 200,F10@250 SS.


The traveling eye

For me traveling is a must to keep my eye sharp. when a photog is traveling everything is fresh and new,you are constantly looking and framing shots in your mind. This image comes from a extended stay in a NY while studying under the great Jay Maisel. Walked 88 miles in eight days took 4500 images and had a blast. Like a kid in a candy store I searched every back alley, bar, church, anything that pulled me. The people on the street was the real draw for me and interacting was spiritually filling me up.

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The ones that don't make it.

Imagine shooting a softball game, you have shot six innings with not much action or close call shots. then a Boyd softball player hits a grand slam to go ahead of Paradise girls and you think...celebration, here's my shot!


The next at bat, Paradise knocks in two runs to win the game, my celebration will not be used because it no longer tells the story. Bummer!



Same situation her at Sanger on Tuesday, Decatur dominated the first five innings and II've got a bunch of winning shots already running through my mind about witch one I'm going to send to the paper. And then...Decatur loses in the final out of seventh inning. the three hours I had spent earlier shooting in what seemed like football weather with a 30 MPH wind were useless to the gamer story. Double bummer.


Head -on collision

So imagine if you will... 12 hours of shooting day to day stuff for the paper on one of three press days and your tethering on the edge of I want the shot but I'm almost ready to be done. Then if you would have blinked you would have missed it entirely, my day was made in that split second. Although a heartbreaking loss for the Bridgeport Sisses, for this guy the action was nothing short of enormous. Congrats to the lady bulls on a great season.


The Faces

One of my two favorite events to shoot in Wise County. Reason... unlimited moments to capture, kids and animals magnify that immensely. Times of shooting are flexible, something is happening 24/7 for a whole wek so I'm able to work in other shoots during week as well. Then, there are the faces...