The tulips are coming up, seems like the snow is almost gone and the Indy cars are starting to run. Remember what I said, one camera, one lens, all the time. Here’s a shot from the old days with one of my assistants. Count the cameras. Thank god for assistants. Would hate to be looking at his MRI today. On a recent Formula One, which in many ways is much more difficult than the Indy 500, I used 2 cameras and 2 lenses. Two Canon 5D Mark III, one 80mm-200 f/2.8 zoom and a second 5D Mark III with grip and 400mm f/5.6 and carrying a 1.4 extender. Gitso Monopod and 6 lexar cards, 8 gigs up to 32 gigs Simple. Keep it simple. The photograph on the bottom was named by Sports Illustrated as the third best photograph of all time of the last 100 years.
I was so blown away by the rodeo experience that I decided to go back and shoot some video. My camera of choice was the Canon 5D Mark III with a Zacuto finder,a Manfrotto video monopod, and a 24-105mm Canon lens. We mounted the new GoPro HD2 on the bullfighter, for a view which I call from the inside out, rather than the outside in. The footage can now be viewed below, please take a look; there are some amazing images there. Can’t wait for my third Rodeo
When I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Adorama Street Fair obviously I was honored. Anytime I can give back to our community I take the opportunity to do so. Manhattan will always be my community. In a world where the dollar is golden the powers that be at Adorama are amazingly generous with their time and their location. They put a strong emphasis on photo education and considering how important photography is to us we take it seriously. The attendance appeared to be twice as large as last year with more vendors and great fun for the whole family and it was for a great cause. It does not get better than that. Well, maybe it does get better than that. On more than one occasion I’ve been quoted as saying “the best things in life are free.” I was standing looking at a printer and a someone approached me and said hi ,Joe DiMaggio? He said you probably don’t remember me but you helped me out on a shoot with Pelé when you were with Sports Illustrated. I backed up another foot to focus on his eyes. He was right I did not remember. I said what year was that and he said 1973. I said that was 39 years ago (keeping in mind I’m only 29 years old.) He reminded me I gave him some critical advice on how to photograph Pelé and I believe he said it changed his life. Unfortunately, it was a sad time for David. He lost his dad at a young age and lost his mom the month before. As he explained it he was orphaned at age 16. on his own and greatly appreciated my kind words. What he did and what he said was better than the equivalent of a check for $50,000. What he did was free and what he did in making me feel good was wonderful. It made my month. Brothers and Sister’s it’s all good. Thanks, David who as it turns out to be good friends with Kayla Lindquist from Sony. I’ve called my publisher and you’re going to be added to my new book, Visual Literacy. By the way he’s one hell of a photographer and here’s his website – http://www.davidseelig.com
Today is Tuesday. I’ve had three back to back days – 14 hours, 15 hours, 12 hours and today I’m doing a short segment on Ricky Boscorino for our Photo Retreat in July. Late last night or early this morning (I genuinely forget) I stumbled across an essay I did on Mountain Biking. One frame got my attention. When we pick up a camera, we all strive to make a new photo but 99% of the time it’s been made before. So we try to put a new spin on it. Guess what? 99% of the time someone’s already done that. It’s up to us though, to keep trying. That’s what we do. It’s all Good. Canon film camera 14mm lens 1/250 f/5.6 film Velvia 50
I had an opportunity to teach at the University of Arizona. It afforded me time in the desert, in the dead of winter to photograph some interesting characters. Here’s a young man taking a short cut. I had no idea he was going to do this. The lesson of the day is to make sure your camera is ready to go. Pre-select shutter speed, aperture, color balance, ISO, type of metering, and exposure compensation. The next part of the equation would be experience and some would say luck, I believe you make your own luck. This photo was taken with a 35 mm camera, a 100mm Macro lens, ISO 50, shutter speed 1/500 f/4, single exposure.