Achievement Unlocked: Press Association of Jamaica Award for news photography
Dec10

Achievement Unlocked: Press Association of Jamaica Award for news photography

Well the title says it all. but the leading up to it is kinda interesting. when it was nearing the deadline to enter the PAJ awards this year i was just not feeling it. “there are way too many seasoned veterans for me a 2-3 year old photojournalist to compete with”. That was the main thought in my mind. At the end of the day though I was convinced to enter, I did pay my PAJ annual dues so why the hell not right. So I entered my two images. The winning news entry and another for a human interest entry. I didn’t find out I was a nominee till the evening before the awards. When I saw the names i was up against i figured yea thats a done deal its, that guy or that guy (seasoned Veterans, not old guys just years of experience, well known and respected photojournalist’s). Now Friday the day of the award was a fairly busy day, Had to go to linstead to get the car from my dad for A boxing assignment for Getty Images on saturday, Had work, had errands and had a job for another client at 4pm. Based on my schedule I figured PAJ awards is scrapped I aint winning anything anyway. I’ll finish up my job that starts at 4 then head home. At about 8pm i started getting some calls from A Co-worker saying you should really come, make every effort to come. I was saying yea I’ll try but i really didn’t intend to. but a couple calls later from the same Bredrin and a text or two from another and I figured you know what it cant hurt lets shower and drive up to the pegasus n see whats what. I didn’t even have a jacket to wear (I’m not so big on formal attire). I drove up and my Co-Worker was outside waiting saying what took ya so long man. He lent me his jacket to head in to the awards, I had a seat and greeted the people next to me and less than 10 seconds later i Heard and the award for the Ashton Rhoden award for news photography goes to Gladstone Taylor. now despite hearing people saying I think you won from earlier in the day, I’m a huge sceptic I’ve never won anything in my life So I’m quite elated. I’m happy I went. I’m grateful for my Co-worker for being on my case about getting there. The Gleaner Company Really cleaned up this year taking a total of 12 awards (see the story here) Thanks to Rudolph Brown for...

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On Assignment: Stella Maris Dance Ensemble 2012
Nov15

On Assignment: Stella Maris Dance Ensemble 2012

Another Year, Another Privilege night to appreciate Art in the form of dance by the Talented Stella Maris Dance Ensemble. you may view a few images from last years show here . This year I had intended to go two nights. The first just to watch the show and the second just to shoot after noting highlights on the previous night.. however my schedule made that impossible so I had to make due with one night after work. Even without the knowledge of “where’s the money shot” I think I faired pretty well. I guess it may be experience from shooting it a couple years in a row because I pretty much went on auto pilot I found my self shooting in a similar fashion as i did last year. The only difference was the equipment. I worked with two cameras this time around a D300s equipped with a 50mm 1.8 and the D7000 with a 17-50mm 2.8 VC. The light was a bit difficult to deal with at times but god bless decent ISO capabilities of modern dslr’s and understanding exposure. Enjoy the Images, comment share like +1 and all that...

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On Assignment: Tropical Storm no wait thats Hurricane Sandy
Oct25

On Assignment: Tropical Storm no wait thats Hurricane Sandy

The Media house I work for take their Weather Systems and Election coverage really seriously I tell ya. I was up from about 5:00am and ready at 5:30 for 6:00Am Pick up as we all needed to rendezvous at work to get the ball rolling as early as possible. I’ll not go into the deets about what happened how it should and what went wrong. lets fast forward to when I hit the streets. I was donning water boots a huge yellow rain cloak under which i kept my d300s with 18-200mm and a 70-200mm f/2.8 all held together by the Black Rapid DR-1 I also brought the 80-400 with me in the event that I needed some extra reach at some point. I was brought my Macbook and my Ideos u8150 which served as my mi-fi device so I could wire images back as soon as i got back in the car (gotta love android built in personal hotspot feature). The whole system worked well, as i was able to successfully do just that. The cool factor about the overcast conditions yesterday was it enabled me to shoot manual exposure without really paying much attention to light changes because.. frankly there was non it was pretty much the same constant stream of light so it was a set it and forget it vibe until later in the day when the darkness began to creep in so I’ld open up aperture or bump iso or even drop shutter speed as low as I could for hand held usage. My area assigned to cover was St. Andrew and the idea is hit up the trouble spots in your assigned area and outside of that just rove and keep an keen eye out for anything interesting. I ended up visiting kintyre where the hope river typically floods the bridge marooning the community members on each side until the raging water subsides. The next interesting place I visited was the Palisadoes strip which is always a troubled area as the road would always be flooded and impassible. However with the 64 million dollar project to construct a new road which should stand up to weather conditions such as this everyone was interested to see how it would hold up. Even though the construction wasn’t completed the palisadoes strip seemed to really hold its ground. there was just one section where the waves made its way under the rocks and was pulling some of the sand back with it as it receded to the ocean. The wind on the strip were really serious. When I opened the car door it was as if...

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Remote Camera Setup complete
Oct16

Remote Camera Setup complete

It’s all finally been put together and seems like it’ll operate great in the field. The gorilla pod gives me the flexibility in providing support in a range of terrains and mounting scenarios. It was for that same reason that I went with the gorilla pod over a standard mounting plate. The pocket wizard plus II gives me good range, more than I’ll need for remotely triggering a camera at least and the giottos mini ballhead gives me the ability to get the camera leveled just how I need it to be. The only thing that I could use is a vertical viewfinder to aid in pre...

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On Assigment: Manning Cup Football
Oct07

On Assigment: Manning Cup Football

Wasn’t my assignment actually my gigs for the day were prettty laid back. one was with a millionaire entrepreneur from the states that came to Jamaica to share his story with anyone that wanted to listen as it seemed like an open to the public event. To stay on topic though I’ll jump to it, the photojournalist that was to cover the manning cup match couldn’t make it and with my new found interest in Sports Photography I didn’t mind picking up the slack there at all, that…. and I wanted to test out a remote camera setup which I’m code naming OmniPresence #Getit It was raining so I made a little rain coat from the Kata rain cover that came with my kata backpack and set the remote camera (D2h + Pocket Wizard Pluss II and the 10 pin connector cable that can be had from Flash Zebra) behind the Goal that i figured would get hammered. I got a few interesting photos but saddddlly the shutter cable wasn’t properly plugged into the wizard so it stopped shooting after a while. (need gaffer tape to affix to ensure nothing like that happens next time). I realized that once i added the second camera it gave me one more thing to think about which kinda screwed with me at first. I guess after i get used to it It’ll be like second nature n i’ll kinda just deal with it like i deal with breathing or blinking. Another thing i figured was, It would be smart to get two same size CF cards and make sure they’re empty before starting a game.. that way i can have an idea of the image count remaining on the remote camera when i look at the image remaning count on the main camera Here’s an outtake from the remote camera D2H @ 18mm of the Dunoon High School Goal Keeper saving a shot at the goal from one of the St. Georges College Strikers. And from the D300s @ 300m And here’s one more for fun.. its a dead photo really as it doesn’t have the ball visible but I kinda liked it...

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On Assignment: Robbie the Sculptor
Jul15

On Assignment: Robbie the Sculptor

last week wednesday i had an assignment to locate a struggling artist; a sculptor who lived in a poverty stricken community. The usual would happen, the reporter interviews him I’d get some interview photos and then some environmental portraits for the story / pictorial they would run for sundays paper. It took us about 30 minutes to find rob who was aliased “dutty rob” translation for the non jamaicas “dirty rob” the story behind the name is due to the fact that he’s a sculptor, who’s always working the material from his work tends to be on him all the time.. so he’s always well.. dirty. anyway. we found him. took him back to his shop where he does his craft. which was a tiny space almost the size of a porta potty :(. shooting in there was near impossible. and the entrance was kinda of difficult to work with as there was a piece of wall that bared the door from opening completely. as a result he had to take the articles outside of the small hut place them on a make shift zinc table for the duration of the interview. following that i needed to shoot him in his little space Luckily i travelled lightly that day. I used my Lumiquest SBIII as my lightsource modifier (see in above photo) and a d300s and a 24 – 120mm lens. i placed a sb 900 on dfu inside the tiny space behind him at a lowe power just to light the textured wall behind him a little bit. here’s the result of that photo albiet it wasn’t used in the final story. Below is the photo they chose for the story which I think works better as its a photo of an unaware subject, while the photo I prefer is more of a portrait. This is the reason why it pays to have all your bases covered as you never know how an editor may chose to run a...

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