Last couple of weeks the big display from Hot Wheels has caught a lot of attention. In order to give my editors a few options, I used a total of 4 cameras to capture different vantage points and angles of the big stunt that only lasted a few moments.
I used four cameras, a 8mm fisheye and 16-35mm remote, plus a 24-70 and a 70-200 handheld (held one up with the other). It worked pretty well, triggering the remotes with PocketWizard MultiMax units. I had hoped to have my remotes closer, but was not allowed. The event as a whole was made for television, so the best views were dedicated to TV, and a wide lead by the first car made things a bit underwhelming for the tight visual.
Stunt driver Greg Tracy, green car, beats Rally Cross driver Tanner Foust, yellow car, through the loop during the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare stunt at the X Games on Saturday, June 30, 2012 in downtown Los Angeles.(Patrick T. Fallon/Los Angeles Times)
First day of the Dave Black workshop here at the Chronicle, learning more about using portable speedlight strobes and finding out how to make the most of what we have – as well as thinking about what tools I could add to my light kit to give me more options. Before going to our location shoots, we tested out some stuff in the studio.
Houston Chronicle staff photographer Jake Nielson poses for a portrait during the Dave Black photo workshop at the Houston Chronicle on Monday, July 25, 2011 in Houston. ( Patrick T. Fallon / Houston Chronicle )
Shot with a reflected umbrella, left, then a Honl gridded strobe on the left side, rear.
(1DmKIIN, Canon 580EX II and 550EX with PocketWizards. 50 ISO, 35mm, f/5.6)
On Dec. 30th, I shipped my first and last rolls of Kodachrome to Dwaynes Photo in Kansas. Here are a few pictures of the result. I am still scanning more, but I am glad that I got to at least shoot a few rolls from a different era in photography. All of these are full frame, uncropped scans, basically untouched.
Worked with Mizzou Athletics photographer Joel Kowsky to put up some remote cameras for the Missouri – K-State basketball game, by ourselves we do not have enough gear to do a full set, but together, we were able to get some pix. Next time we’ll put them in better positions now that we have some kinks worked out.
An overhead ceiling mounted remote camera shows the tip off of the Missouri vs. Kansas State mens basketball game at Mizzou Arena on January 17, 2011, in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Patrick T. Fallon and Joel Kowsky.
This image is not the best image I shot this year, I don’t know what that image even would be – but it is a photo that I enjoy. I shot it during my summer at the Valley News in New Hampshire, a wonderful place rooted in community journalism. In order to make the image, I floated around on top of some foam noodles near the diving board with a camera inside a plastic, low-tech fish tank, but made a series of images I really liked.
My first – and last – two rolls of kodachrome went to FedEx last night, shot the film on my dad’s Nikon FE2.
I have not shot much with the film, but I had the pleasure of spending many weeks scanning my father’s archive of images. It was incredible to see how the film stood the test of time with such great color depth. Makes our jobs look easy now.
Today an assignment surfaced to photograph the Lebanon community swimming pool for the Valley News guide and perhaps a standalone picture for the paper. I joked “I have swim trunks and a towel… Do we have a housing?”
Skye Robicneau, 10, dives into the water after jumping off the diving board at Veteran's Memorial swimming pool in Lebanon, N.H., Tuesday afternoon, June 22, 2010. The pool opened for the summer last week. Valley News - Patrick Fallon
Patrick Merrill, 18, practices with his band at Helie's Carpet in Claremont, N.H., Wednesday evening June 2, 2010. Merrill joined the Ombudsman program last fall as an independent alternative to learning traditionally at Stevens High School and now finds himself playing to his own tune, learning more and earning better grades. Valley News - Patrick T. Fallon
For my rock and roll portrait, I used a blue Honl Photo speedlight gel on my Canon 550EX Flash from the rear on ETTL Slave. I mounted the flash on a plate attached to a ‘magic’ variable friction arm, connected to a superclamp on a forklift! This basic box of tools I always keep in the car just in case I have an idea…
In front, a Canon 580EX II flash on camera, set in master ETTL mode. Getting the two flashes to talk was a real chore, but a lack of PocketWizards mean this was one of my few options with what I had. Continue reading »
As the say, the best camera you have is the one with you. I’ve only had the G11 for two days now, but its proven its worth as a camera I’ll always keep with me. Coming back from work today at Silvio’s photoworks, I did not have all of my normal gear in the car – but I had my G11 on my belt.
Just got the new Canon PowerShot G11 point and shoot camera as an Christmas gift.
I wanted to have something with high-quality files, good low light performance without flash, yet still compact for shooting feature pics while working at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver this February. Continue reading »
About a year ago, my father got a phone call from some family friends, their photographer had bailed on them the day before they were supposed to re-shoot their wedding portraits [they had rain on their wedding day].