A horse walked into a bar one day...


...He really did. The Photo shoot for Welcome to Wise 2018 newcomers guide was the brainstorm of editor Kristian Tribe, it just popped out a brainstorm session and that was the idea everybody agreed. First was to get permission from Trinity coffee bar on square in Decatur. Given wood floors and the damage that could've happened I was very surprised he said yes! Next thing on the list was to find a Cowboy with a horse but not just any horse one that would be gentle enough to handle all the distractions. My first choice came to mind, Asa Johnson, a long time friend and real working cowboy. Asa and his horse " Noodle " fit the bill so perfectly as a direct opposite of today's world.

I was out of excuses, it was all on me now. Goal, get noodle in the bar and pop off a few flashes to get him use to the lights, I had decided to try to keep lighting as simple as I could given the nature of the shoot and try to recreate that old world light and still have enough watts to open up the shadows for Magazine reproduction. Main light  was a bare bulb profoto and pack set to half power on camera right, kicker strobe in back to open shadows toward the back door and ceiling.


After a few shots with no issues Asa sadled noodle and we shot some more imiages, slowly leading up to the final mounted postion. Then it came, the perfect pose, deciding I had it after checking sharpness decided not to push my luck and get noodles out the front door. Everybody involved breathed a sigh of relif and it was done. 

Thanks to all that helped, and a special thanks to Matt, the coffee bar owner, General Manager Jeremy Ottens, and news team at the Messenger.


inside the frame, “path to the Oasis”


Guest blog Lisa Duty


Fireworks 102

Always love shooting fireworks. The challenge every year is the fact that lighting changes so dramatically from location to location and you can’t really fine-tune your settings till the fireworks start going off. Over the years I have developed a starting setting group then dial in the numbers as I go. The settings are totally different if your using a flash, for example a flash would have blown out the people in foreground because I had the camera set up for available light, mood would have been totally lost. I switch between flash and no flash depending on if I need the face lite or not. In a perfect world I would have been set up on a tripod where I could lower my ISO to reduce grain but… the pace of trying to cover the event from a news standpoint doesn’t allow it.I could just see me taking out a kid or spectator lugging around a whopping tripod. So…all is hand-held and on the move.
My starting point for that is a 24-70 zoom, ISO 1600, F4.5@ a 60th of a second and just on the fly. Carefu lgoing below a 60th second shutter then you lose the crispness of the fireworks and they become motion blurs.




Fireworks 101 Inside The Frame

Inside the Frame. There is something magical about kids and fireworks, sparklers in particular. Motion blurs have always been my favorite but with this image I wanted to capitalize on the smoke and fire combination.  The key here was to balance the flash with the available light to give that low light background and make the colors pop in foreground. Nikon D4, Nikon 24-70 lens,ISO 800,250sec @F5.6. Flash on auto -1.7 stops