Monday, April 27, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Jessica Petersen

Jessica and Twink

Meet Jessica Petersen (and her dog, Twink), the latest participant in my "This Is Their Place" portrait/interview project.

You can see more photos of Jessica and her place, and read her story here.

Jessica's place:

Sandy City Dog Park
Sandy, UT

Nikon D700
Nikkor 85mm f.18
Nikon SB-800

Monday, April 20, 2009

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Salt Lake City, UT

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

[Part of my "Drive-By Shootings" street photography series]

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

don't ask

don't ask
Salt Lake City, UT

Nikon D700
Nikkor 35mm f/2

Nikon SB-800, snooted and fired via CLS


Test shot for the setup:

Manny

Anyhoo...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happiest dog in the world

Happiest dog in the world

Nikon D700
Tokina 12-24mm f/4
Nikon SB-800 w/ diffuser dome


Renee and I spent our Easter Sunday on a hike with our dog, Kerby in the foothills above Salt Lake City, UT (on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail starting at the Terrace Hills Trailhead). After a few hundred feet or so of elevation we hit the snowline, much to Kerby's pleasure. :)

This photo was also featured today on New West Network in their Images gallery.

Here's a slideshow of the rest of the photos from our Easter hike:

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Yaaaaaaar!

Yaaaaaaar!
Nick Gilson, salesman extraordinaire

Pictureline
Salt Lake City, UT

Nikon D700
Nikkor 35mm f/2


Stopped by Pictureline today to pick up my Nikkor 35mm f/2 that those greasy so-and-sos at Nikon Repair refused to fix under warranty. It suffers from a well-known problem of sticky, oily - and greasy - aperture blades but thankfully it works just fine at large apertures. And I absolutely love using it on my full-frame Nikon D700.

Big thanks to Nick for pulling a face. He's good like that.

Manny

She is the best thing that's ever happened to me.

And I can't blame her for giving me "the look" - sometimes I am too free with my photographic liberties.

Manny
Salt Lake City, UT

Nikon D700
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8

ISO 2500

(as usual, larger version if you click through to Flickr)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sisters! Brothers! Small Boats of Fire Are Falling From the Sky!

Sisters! Brothers! Small Boats Of Fire Are Falling From The Sky!
J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Nikon D700
Nikon 50mm f/1.8

(click through to Flickr to see a larger version)


Inspiration: A Silver Mt. Zion - Sisters! Brothers! Small Boats of Fire Are Falling From the Sky!

I shot a couple of guys yesterday

Just quick post today. Yesterday I took a walk downtown to run some errands and took a couple of shots along the way.

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State St
Salt Lake City, UT

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8


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State St
Salt Lake City, UT

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8


Larger versions of those photos are available if you click through to Flickr. Keep on shootin'...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Snowshoeing in Little Cottonwood Canyon

Manray at the creek
Nikon D700
Tokina 12-24mm f/4


Over the weekend, Manray and I returned to one of our favorite places to snowshoe, the upper section of the Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, UT. Here's a link to a description of this trail (in Adobe PDF format) from Guidebook to The Best Snowshoe Trails of the Wasatch Range.

Our first time shoeing this trail was in January of this year (Flickr slideshow) and we've been itching to get back. This is a wonderful trail which follows and crosses over Little Cottonwood Creek several times and affords some great views of the Wasatch Mountains.



The grade is generally steady and not too strenuous but the trail hasn't been very well used both times we've been there so there's still a good bit of huffing to be done to punch down the snow. And if you like to goo off piste like we do then you'll surely get a great workout, especially if you go after a dump of fresh powder!

Manray breaking trail

Utah's snow is renowned for it's powdery goodness and it's usually very dry and fluffy but on this bluebird day - even at 10 AM - the sun had warmed some it enough for Manray to make a very cute little snowbuddy:



Snowbuddy

We didn't see many folks on the trail this day, though we did stop and talk with a very nice fellow nicknamed "Lighting" Lane in honor of his surviving what sounded like a very nasty encounter with a lighting strike, from which he endured many months of recovery. Although you'd never guess he suffered for it, he spoke of his experience with great positive attitude and told us that he speaks with Scouts and outdoorsfolk about it during safety seminars.

Though it's beginning to warm up here in the SLC we hope the snow sticks around a bit longer, we really want to visit this trail again soon!



(The gallery at Flickr)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Some recently published executive portraits

A new client, Utah CEO Magazine recently hired me to shoot a series of portraits for their monthly CEO Spotlight series. In the process I've met some interesting folks and thought I'd share some of their portraits with you.

My first assignment was to meet and photograph the CEO of Ogio International, Michael Pratt. His story can be found at Utah CEO Magazine | Michael Pratt (free registration required for the full articles).

Ogio International CEO, Michael Pratt
Nikon D700
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
Nikon SB-800 and 43" white brolly, camera right, fired via Nikon CLS


For the lighting geeks: I love shooting a mix of ambient/available light and using Nikon Speedlights as fill rather then using them as the main, or key lighting. In this case I shot in manual exposure mode and exposed for the warehouse's available light. I then placed CTO (color termperature orange) gel over the SB-800's business end to try to color match it's white balance, which is just a bit color-warmer than daylight but much color-cooler (bluer) than to the very color-warm warehouse lights.

Ogio, located in Bluffdale, UT is a "bag designer [and creator of] top gear and technology for golf, duffel, travel, messenger, skate, moto, bmx, street, travel, snow, girls, and more." Their connection to the extreme sports world is strong and it shows. Upon entering their offices you'll find samples of their gear, television screens showing clips of their gear used in various extreme sports competitions and there are even the remains of an Ogio-sponsored motorcycle used to jump a cliff into the Grand Canyon.

Michael Pratt was warm and welcoming, and very passionate about his business. He took a lot of time out of his busy afternoon to give me a tour of Ogio and to introduce me to his employees, for which I was extremely grateful. When it came time for his portrait, Michael confessed to being camera-shy but you wouldn't have guessed it once I started hitting the shutter! Not only did he scout a great location in his warehouse for his shoot but he came up with some great poses, even including using some of his company's gear as props. Here he is hamming it up a bit:

Ogio International CEO, Michael Pratt

Michael's other outtakes can be found in this set.

It's always a gift to have some extra time to spend with a subject, to have the ability to get to know them better and build a rapport definitely helps me capture their personality!

My next assignment was to drive to Provo, UT to photograph a student in BYU's MBA program, Jessamyn Lau who is focusing her post-MBA work on social entrepreneurship. Her inspiring story can be read at "Capitalists for Change".

Jessamyn Lau
Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Nikon SB-800, on-camera, bounced into ceiling


For the lighting geeks: Again, I shot in manual exposure, exposing for ambient light and using a Nikon Speedlight for fill. As this location was so crowded I didn't want to set up lightstands and umbrellas so I opted to leave the flash on-camera and shoot quickly in various locations.

I met Jessamyn at her favorite student lounge, where she and a group of fellow students were busy working on a project. I took some time to scout a quiet yet interesting location in her building but quickly realised that our options were limited as every place I had in mind was already occupied by either working students or faculty. Upon returning to the lounge I decided it was truly the best location for her shoot, especially since she told me she had spent countless hours there studying!

My hesitation in shooting in the lounge wasn't due to any lack of visual interest, it was just so busy that I didn't want to interrupt the other students. Of course once we started shooting I immediately drew the attention of everyone in the room, who were not at all put off by the shooting but in fact were quite supportive of Jessamyn's new-found celebrity. It turns out Jessamyn is quite popular in her department as verified by all the accolades - and posing instructions :) - she received. A fun shoot indeed.

Finally, I had the pleasure of photographing Dean Hiram Chodosh of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. His story can be found at Utah CEO Magazine | Hiram Chodosh.

Dean Hiram Chodosh, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Univ. of Utah
Nikon D700
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
Nikon SB-800 and 43" white brolly, camera left, fired via Nikon CLS
Nikon SB-600 with diffuser dome, camera left, fired via Nikon CLS


For the lighting geeks: The Dean's office was lit mainly with florescent overhead lights, which wreak havoc with white balancing off-camera lights so I opted to shoot with a fast enough shutter speed to overcome their power. This also meant that the Speedlights would be doing the heavy lifting when it came to lighting the room but with a single subject in a smaller room I find the Speedlights to be more than capable. I decided to use an SB-800 as a key light, shot through a white umbrella and to use an SB-600 (with a diffuser dome) as a rear fill/hair light.

As you can imagine, Dean Chodosh's time was very limited - we had about 20-30 minutes to shoot - and we quickly decided that a shoot in his office would work out best. While I was setting up my Nikon Speedlights I spoke with the Dean about his work and we shared stories about each of our relocations to Salt Lake City. It's so important to get to know your subjects and try to build a rapport and when time is limited it's important to continue talking with your subject even when setting up.

As for that setup, my editor had already asked to shoot an environmental portrait that would best depict Dean Chodosh in a scholarly atmosphere so I decided to use his office library as a backdrop for his portraits. I also took a cue from photographer Ryan Brenizer's excellent portraits at Columbia University in NY:



...and asked the Dean to use a book as a prop. The Dean wisely chose not just any book but his own, "Global Justice Reform: A Comparative Methodology". :)

After shooting the main portrait that my editor had requested I still had a few minutes left to shoot so I asked the Dean if could take some more candid photos. He agreed, however he truly did have some e-mail to read before heading to a meeting so I shot a small series of him working and asked for one last glance at the camera before ending our shoot.

Dean Hiram Chodosh, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Univ. of Utah

Dean Chodosh's other outtakes can be found in this set

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ignite Salt Lake 2

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Ignite Salt Lake held it's second round of presentations on 26 March 2008 at Brewvies Cinema Pub in Salt Lake City, UT and Calanan Photography was proud to sponsor the event! The schedule of events is listed below - links go to YouTube videos of each of the presentations:

Make Contest - Tallest Tower using only masking tape, straws and wooden stir sticks.

Session 1 



Intermission

Powerpoint Karaoke - 3 contestants presenting an Ignite style presentation on a slide deck they've never seen before for prizes!


Nashlah Boyayan  - Bacon as an Art Medium

(We're sorry to say that this is the only Powerpoint Karaoke that our camera man caught. The others were wonderful as well and we thank all the contestants for being brave enough to do this)


Session 2



  • Rachael Herrscher - Who's Your Mama?

  • Louis Borgenicht - The Last Laugh: Nuclear Humor

  • Matthias Shapiro - I Once Was Blind: Building Information Visualizations That Mean Something

  • Angie Jantz - The Story of a Rebel and His Bike: Why Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is the greatest movie of all time (or at least 1985)

  • Robert Marc - The Twenty Senses

  • Jason Lutes - Top 8 Reasons Why Base-2 Logarithms Are Quintessential 4 Working with Computer Graphics

  • Daren C. Brabham - Crowdsourcing as a Model for Problem Solving

  • Jeremy Hanks - Blowing Minds and Melting Faces 



Some of my favorite photos from the night:

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And the full slideshow via Flickr: