I was just raking up the last of the fall leaves and though that I’d like to get some photos of the kids jumping in my big leaf pile. The image I had in my head was one of those amazing fall days where that gorgeous warm glowing late day sunshine was back-lighting the leaves and highlighting the kids. To get the photos I wanted, I decided to fake that late day warm sunshine glow with strobe sunlight (click here for a complete how to tutorial).
So the other day I was discussing my quest to photograph more interesting stuff, with a good friend of mine and he says: “Hey – do you want to take some fat bike photos?” First question: “What the heck is a fat bike?” Second question: “Where are we going to photograph you riding a bike? Its January and there’s a foot of snow outside. Well, as it turns out a fat bike is a mountain bike with tires built for the snow – or as I like to say, built for The Frozen Tundra Mountain Biking Expedition. So, I agreed and away we went to the family cottage. We checked star charts, plotted the direction and time of sunrise, sketched out a half dozen concepts, made our shot list, planned the gear requirements for each shot and discussed fat bike stunts in detail. The plan was to head down to the beach just before sunrise. Which we quickly found out was cold and windy. But not just cold and windy – more like freeze your fingers to your light stand cold and blow the dog off the leash windy. We ended up spending about two hours photographing the fat bike down at the beach. My favorite photos are definitely the handful that I got with the sun before it was swallowed by clouds. The first few sunrise shots were photographed with a Nikon SB-800 strobe with a full CTO warming gel, on a lightstand (with the base buried in the snow so that it didn’t blow away). After the sun came up, I switched to just shooting ambient. NATURAL LIGHT WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS 1. Expose your photos 2 or 3 higher than your camera thinks. 2. Even if it’s dull and cloudy the light is still directional so make sure to take advantage of the light. 3. The sun hangs pretty low in the sky all day so you’ll get what looks like early evening light in your shots all day. Despite the cold and the wind, it was a lot of fun – and in case you are wondering – yes, riding a mountain bike, (even one designed for it) in the snow is somewhat difficult. In the end, I think challenging weather makes for much more interesting photography than smooth sailing – which was the whole point of this shoot. The post Fat Bike Photos – AKA: The Frozen Tundra Mountain Biking Expedition appeared first on DIY Photography. DIYphotography.net is one of the world’s most popular photography blogs with over 1,000,000 monthly views. JP Danko’s weekly column is published every Thursday.
Seize The Moment – A Funny Lifestyle Stock Photography Story | by JP Danko | blurMEDIA Photography | Toronto Lifestyle Stock Photography | Ever wondered how professional lifestyle stock photographers get those amazing photographs of impossibly perfect misty cottage lakes in northern Canada? Well, in this week’s column at DIYPhotography.net, I tell my funny lifestyle stock photography story about just such a photo. It involves mystery cottage booze, cranky lifestyle models, some natural light stock photography pre-planning and quick thinking and coffee…lots of coffee. Perfect, misty lakes don’t wait around for lazy ass hung-over photographers to get their shit together. The first thing I needed (besides my camera of course) was a model. Luckily, she was just going back to sleep beside me. So I (gently) elbowed her in the head, and said something along the lines of: “HEY! – You have to get up and model for me down at the lake!!!” Click here for the full post at DIY Photography. From the lifestyle stock photography series that I shot of the misty northern cottage lake, this is my favorite photo: About The Author JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand. To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube. JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.
Cinematic Time Lapse Video Photography – Landscape, Green Energy, Windmills & Industry | by JP Danko | blurMEDIA Photography | Toronto Commercial Photographer | There is something inherently captivating about time lapse films. Check out our recent sample reel and let me know if you agree. Time Lapse Video Production Challenges Producing cinema quality time lapse video is a pretty big artistic and technical challenge. Artistically, you have to start with a scene that is a stand alone spectacular. Technically, you have to figure out how to animate that scene. Then of course there is the time. It takes a lot of time to create top quality time lapse video! (Or is it time lapse photography? – I’ve never really been sure. And is it time lapse or timelapse or time-lapse….or am I just dropping keywords at this point…). Over the last year, I’ve spent a lot of time lying awake at night wondering if my camera is still clicking away wherever I happen to have left it for the night. For the most part, I have solved my power issues for long time lapse sequences by using this handy little DSLR battery hack. But you still never know if its going to rain in the middle of the night, or worse yet, your camera is discovered and goes for a walk. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m really excited about the time lapse video sequences that blurMEDIA has been able to put together over the year. Security Guards And Other Pests To get these time lapse sequences, I’ve been assailed by overzealous security guards. I’ve left my cameras running for hours on end in some pretty precarious locations. I’ve had nightmares about torrential rain that turned out to be a ceiling fan (this is a recurring theme…). I’ve spent way too much time way too early in the morning setting up and monitoring time lapse camera rigs. I’ve spent a lot of time in fields of windmills, miraculously escaping the ravages of wind turbine syndrome (insert sarcastic tone here…). I’ve accidentally buried my camera waist deep in poison ivy. And finally, I’ve drunk a lot of wine sitting in front of a computer late at night, painstakingly editing time lapse video footage – down to each individual frame. blurMEDIA Photography – Cinematic Time Lapse Video Sample Reel So if you want to see how all of that cumulates into a time lapse film – please check out our sample reel (click above). So What Do You Think? Leave a comment below – please let me know if you have any questions about equipment, locations, technical details etc. And of course – if you see something you like, all of the cinematic time lapse sequences included in the sample reel are available for licensing. Most of the individual clips are available in lengths of 30 or 45 seconds.
Renovation Contractor Magazine – by blurMEDIA – Toronto Magazine Photographer The November / December issue of Renovation Contractor Magazine, featuring contractor Andrew Saari of Saari Home Improvements is finishing up its print run. So, now I can post a few tear sheets. Renovation Contractor Magazine, is published by HGTV personality Jim Caruk. Toronto print designer Two Creative put the magazine spreads together. Renovation Contractor Magazine – November Cover John-Paul Danko blurMEDIA Photography Toronto Magazine Photographer blurMEDIAPhotography.com email@example.com 905 818 5711