I had the opportunity to drive to Nebraska for the Total solar eclipse this past August to view it as it passed over in the path of totality just outside Alliance. My plan was to go to Car Henge, however that was a zoo of humanity by the time I arrived. So, I headed a little south and found a spot off the highway about 5 minutes before the event. I have never shot any type of eclipse before, so I was really winging it with how to set up the camera for success. I employed my Nikon D810 with a #2 ND filter on my 80-200 on a Gitzo tripod. It worked well considering how quickly it all took place. The whole event lasted maybe 2.5 minutes and then the traffic jam started. So Many cars! I was lucky to know the area and escape out a few back roads that most don’t know about. Alliance behind me, I made tracks to another destination-The Badlands National Park for a little night shooting before heading back to Minneapolis. It was a perfect night as right after the eclipse was the new moon. A completely dark night in a completely dark space. I even took the opportunity to do a little light painting trick on my car utilizing my iPhone as my weapon of choice. I do this trick by setting my camera up for either a 30 second exposure or BULB if I need more time. The lens is generally set to infinity. I take a base exposure set for the ambient scene at an ISO between 1600-4000 depending upon my intent. Once I get that set, I can start the trial and error that is light painting. I find the key to success is dark clothes, moving quick and flagging the light from the lens. That way the camera won’t see you. And a little magic pops up on your screen after a few attempts. Enjoy=)
My session with comedian Joey Cocozzello was by far one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in a long time. Joey’s a razor sharp whit, wild personality and ability to know the perfect punch-line leave you hurting from laughter and dying to hear more. Joey is originally from MN but spent the past few years out in NYC in the Bushwhick neighborhood working the clubs of the east coast and perfecting his game. He has recently moved back to MN to work on his new material and recalibrate. You can catch him headlining on stage May 19th at the Royal Comedy 2017 comedy festival in Hopkins, MN. He’ll be supporting national comedian Todd Glass as well as a host of other great local talents. Go support great local talent=)
Our latest shoot was reminiscent of my early mornings chasing surfers across the beaches of SoCal creating portraits for the Dawn Patrol series. Our client GX magazine commisioned us to shoot a series of environmental and stylized portraits of ROTC student and Womens Rowing powerhouse Brianna Dahm. Brianna is a bad ass and one great subject to work with. She allowed us to follow her to the Gym, to practice, out on the water, in the class room and anywhere in-between to create some stunning images. She will be featured in an upcoming fitness section in the magazine as well as online. A Huge thanks to The UW Women’s Rowing Teams, Robert Benson, Aaron Ansarov, Marc Acton, Alex Butterfield and Dustin Black. Stay tuned-more adventures coming soon.
Our recent work for Padilla CRT featured in PR Weekly. Padilla CRT wanted to capture the unique spirit behind their employee-owners and how that synergy helps to create unique brands. The creative director looked to us for a series of images that were light hearted, dynamic and told a story in one frame. I believe we delivered well. We set up on location in small town Carver, MN to capture this classic gas station at dusk. One challenge here was shooting with traffic still flowing on the street between the camera and the subjects. Just a little patience and we had a set of great captures. The second day we had two set ups. The Highland Dancing/VR shot was done on location at the MN Renaissance Festival where a humid, but beautiful day greeted us. The final shot was a little slippery, but tons of fun to capture. We had to get a shot of the fly fisherman and the business man in a dark spot during sunset. My crew put a lot of work into getting this lit up and I ended up shooting it from the creek upstream while shoulder deep in rushing water.