Sports Photographer’s Log Jamaica vs Honduras World Cup Qualifier
Oct19

Sports Photographer’s Log Jamaica vs Honduras World Cup Qualifier

I photographed Jamaica’s final world cup qualifier football match recently, Jamaica vs Honduras. Though at that point qualifying was not an option for Jamaica anymore. That still didn’t mean that Jamaica wouldn’t go without a fight right? Thats what I what I thought for the entirety of 1 minute and approximately 40 seconds. That’s probably how long it took for the first honduran goal to be scored talk about crestfallen… a bad start. Moments later it was the Jamaican’s who were cheering as an equalizer was delivered putting both teams at 1 goal each. No on to something else that I figured out that really annoyed me. I’m also sure annoyed my co-worker and other sports shooters more than it did me. We’ve had to wire images back to the office for stories for the next day from the stadium on many occasions using the digicel data dongle. The digicel data dongle never works at the stadium and yesterday I finally got the reason why. I asked this guy that was there that worked for digicel to assist with the dongle. his response was use the wifi. What WiFI?? To my surprise digicel offered wireless internet for these events at the stadium for some time now, always there, always available and insanely fast!! The rage quickly filled up thinking about past experiences when working on the wire and being unable to transmit images to ftp for getty -___-. *bane voice: the rage rises* Also the data dongle doesn’t work because of the lowered level of the inside of the stadium. its actually below ground level which causes reception issues. I photographed the football match with the D800 as my main camera. The fps isn’t as high as I would like but you get used to it eventually.  In dx crop mode I think I got a little bump in fps or maybe it was mentally. I was all the way at iso 4000 on the d800 which is still pretty clean for what the images will be used for. I also had the d300s sporting the tokina 11-16mm for some images of the teams exiting the lockers and heading to the field as well as some post match photos of the hondurans celebrating their victory and confirming their status as qualified for the 2014 world cup. The Jamaica vs Honduras Match was a draw in the end at @ Goals each team but ultimately that was a win for Honduras as they advanced and qualified for the world...

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My First Boudoir Photography Session
Sep30

My First Boudoir Photography Session

A few years ago a friend of mine slept over, don’t get hung up on the details thats not what’s important here -__-. I got up before she woke up to get some things done and figured may as well open the windows, let some fresh air and light in. After that I was heading out the room to the kitchen to get some water (morning ritual glass of water). Just before I left the room I looked back to see if me moving around woke her; Then I saw her laying there, the window light cascading off her back the first instinct I had was to get my camera, this so beautiful I thought. I ran to get my Canon Rebel XT at the time and mounted the nifty 50 as the light was just barely there as well as my room was a mess so I wanted the shallow depth of field to crush the clutter. As I went to take the first frame the etiquette of the situation bothered me, I didn’t have permission and I probably wouldn’t be able to share it with the community. After a few seconds of mental deliberation I took about 3 frames. I then Gently woke her up, explained the situation and asked permission. She was all for it and luckily she didn’t move either. I made a few more frames tweaking the exposure a bit till I got what I wanted. I worked on it the same morning finished it and invited her over to view the final image. She was blown away, I shared the photo to Flickr and it racked up about 68 comments, 41 favourites, a bunch of awards and group invitations. A few weeks later I made an 8 x 10 print for her got it matted and framed as her birthday gift and as a thank you for the opportunity to photograph you kinda deal. At the time I had no idea what kind of photography this was. It included a person so i figure still just people or portrait photography. After all I was just an amateur toying around with digital photography. Someone through the comments said something along the lines of Excellent Boudoir Photography Googled the term and realized what I’d stumbled into / onto which ever way you wanna put it. Eventually I did a second photoshoot with the same model which didn’t go as perfect because lets face it the initial image didn’t take much finessing it was just a perfect moment that I happened to notice and was smart enough to photograph. It took the help of the community for...

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Prepare your appetite Food Month Near
Sep27

Prepare your appetite Food Month Near

Food Month is a few weeks off and the preparation has already began. I’ve been tasked with shooting the entire feature, I guess going above and beyond in the previous Kingston Restaurant Week and Food Month feature’s didn’t go unrecognized. Typically I’d take a one light, maximum two light setup and be able to successfully light the plated meals for the featured restaurants. I’m not certain if I’ll change that aspect of things this year as its tried, and proven. Here are some of my some of my favourite images from Restaurant week Features of the Past. Mhmmmmm Lobster. I feel true sorrow for they that suffer from sea food Allergies. Food month is not the time for any kind of food alergies. A one light setup was employed here, used the Lumiquest SBIII and the SB-28dx pushed the light in really tight for a relatively wide and even spread and little to no fall off. The same was done for the wrap with minor changes in the angle of the light. I loved the specular highlights produced from the kicker light , helps with shaping the meal. This was one of my favourite plated meals that i photographed. the presentation though simple was interesting. I liked how they made sushi even more interesting than it already is. It was shaped differently than the conventional sushi rolls, I loved the leave shaped wasabi  and I loved the name of the meal; Dragon Ball – Z (Very fitting dont you think) Okay thats it for now, Stop drooling all over the computer screen and keyboard. Stay tuned for the upcoming promo features for Food month in the Jamaica Gleaner thursday food publication. Definitely look out for the Restaurant Week Feature and get out and get intouch with your inner foodie come...

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Football smacks remote camera over
Sep26

Football smacks remote camera over

the #schoolboyfootball season presses on and I’m still working on getting that Kickass remote camera image that looks hella interesting to the point that It can’t be overlooked by the sports editor. Unfortunately it still hasn’t happened as yet. The last game I covered I tried toying around with the angles a bit. Instead of putting it dead center behind the goal keeper as I’ve always done in the past i angled it from the right and it made the Image a bit more interesting. During Half time the Ball Boys for the game were playing around shooting penalty kicks and trying to save em. I made a few images out of that and got what I’m hoping to get out of the actual game well either a save attempt or an epic goal. Lady luck hasn’t graced me with the right moment just yet though. I suspect later in the season I’ll get my image though. Below we have the beginning of one of the most hilarious things I ever saw happened at a football match while shooting remotely and also explains why i’m way more comfortable using the D2h as my remote camera. A goal attempt was made by Spanish Town high school, The Kingston College goal keeper jumps to ensure he’s in the clear incase the ball dips.. it goes over the goal post wind picks up ball curves and smacks the D2h over I was concerned but still couldn’t help laughing. Here you see the d2h getting smacked over by the football. the ball must of hit the test button on the wizard or maybe the shutter button on the D2h body. It was absolutely fine though and continued to operate at 100% functionality throughout the rest of the game. That body is a solid one and made for abuse. Another thing of note when the light is right (bright and sunny) I don’t have that many concerns about image quality. once I nail the exposure of come really close to it all is well Also I get to shoot in raw with the d2h as the fps isn’t compromised due to the file size being about 3mb in raw...

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Tools of the Trade: Pocket Wizard MultiMax added to wishlist
Sep18

Tools of the Trade: Pocket Wizard MultiMax added to wishlist

Once upon a time I had a b&h wish list. if it were to be printed on a scroll it would extend for days. That was in my more exuberant and wanting days, where i wanted every photography accessory and light modifier that was ever made apparently. Now a days my wish list’s are more specific towards particular needs. Currently I need a sure proof method of remotely triggering a camera as long as I’m in the specified range that the transceiver is designed and rated to work. So UHF or RF noise can not be a factor. Situation Lets look at my most recent situation while photographing horse racing using a remote camera triggered by a pocket wizard plus II. What I left out of that post was the reason for the inconsistent behaviour of the pocket wizards plus II’s. The race track still transmit the races via Ultra high frequencies the pocket wizard does not like this at all. When they’re transmitting if i’m not literally beside the remote camera it does not fire. Its like talking to that really hot girl in the club with all the right lines she’d respond to but the music is too loud, guess who’s not going home solo again. What I need is quiet zone or telepathy so to speak, cut through the noise and get my message delivered  and thats where the Pocket Wizard Multimax Comes in. Solution The Pocket Wizard Multimax, At first I looked at the pocket wizard plus III units as it also had 32 channels so I thought maybe it would helped but I think it would just be more channels for me to have the same UHF issues on. So i skipped on over to the Multimax page on the Pocket wizard website and this feature grabbed my interest. Noise Sniffer and Signal Strength Indicator If a MultiMAX radio has NOT been triggered, it acts as a Noise Meter and indicates steady noise in the area. If your radio has been triggered, the Signal Strength Indicator shows the strength of the last trigger received. This is useful to gain a quick view of the local noise level in the area you intend to shoot in so you can pick a channel with less interfering noise. If the above tools indicate excessive RF interference on your Custom ID’s frequency, you now have the option to Move your Custom ID to any PocketWizard frequency for better triggering in crowded shooting environments. What is a Custom ID? It is a private digital code that no one can trigger but you. It is offered as a premium service...

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Photographing Horse racing at caymanas park
Sep15

Photographing Horse racing at caymanas park

Its been quite some time since I”ve covered horse racing but like most things it was like riding a bicycle so to speak picked up right where I left off which was a boring place. I decided to make it interesting by adding a remote camera into the mix. I setup a d300s with a pocket wizard using the 10pin remote release cable. With the help of a Joby Gorrilla Pod I mounted the camera to the post on the railings on the inner ring of the track. This allowed me to get images from an angle that I’m not allowed to be during a race. I was all set I thought, D800 in crop mode for the races from my side, remote d300s with 11mm wide angle for the finish line from an interesting angle.here comes the proverbial stick in the bicycle spokes I talked about earlier. apparently my 10pin connector cable is defective, for some reason it just wasn’t doing what it was supposed to consistently. The remote camera would trigger when I’m close but as the range increased it became inconsistent and eventually just stopped. As a result I didn’t get many keepers from todays races here are the semi Interesting ones. It seems I”ll have to do some more investigating as to whats wrong with the cables, may end up having to replace em luckily they aren’t terribly expensive. You can check out the nikon 10pin connector  here . Ensure you get the right one for your camera, I’ve also got the MC-DC2 version for the d7000 I’m really hoping that one isn’t defective as well. with the exception of the remote camera the other images from the d800 came out fine as expected, I stayed in aperture priority for the most part as the light was pretty good. AF-C 5/6fps keep things in the dx crop box and all was fine. Any questions leave it in the comments below. *UPDATE* Got home did some tests with a few different camera bodies see tabs A through C below. Test A Test B Test C D300S as remote with D2h as trigger = 8 FPS* || D2h as Remote with D300s as trigger = 8 FPS D7000 as remote with D300s as trigger = 6 FPS || D300S as remote with D7000 as trigger = 6 FPS D800 as remote with D300s as Trigger = 5/6 FPS* || D300S as Remote with D800 as Trigger = 5/6 FPS Now what did I learn The Triggers work and the Cables seem to be absolutely fine, Both the 10 pin remote release connector and the MC-DC2 The slowest camera in...

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