Dr. Oz

REALLY enjoyed meeting Dr. Oz at Cowboys Stadium recently.  He is so passionate about helping people – AMAZING opportunity.

Dr Oz

To read MORE about that event – ck out THIS link.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/arlington/headlines/20130119-hundreds-flock-to-cowboys-stadium-for-free-physicals-from-dr.-oz.ece

Home sweet home – what does that mean to you?

I am SO GLAD I kept it …

To find out what the world I kept, read the link below.  ; )

Home sweet home – what does that mean to you?.

 

 

the making of …

Here is a follow-up blog about the making of my January 2013 Promo Piece.

[below is the previous blog about going to Strawn Texas]

https://aggiebrooks.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/2013-promo-piece-in-the-making/

 

THIS is my January 2013 Promo Piece.

January 2013 Promo Piece

 

 

Lighting Diagram of The Robinson School House:

lighting diagram

 

My Nikon D4 settings were: ISO 50, f/2 & 1/160 with a 35mm lens.

Outside was one of my assistants holding the light so that the wind wouldn’t blow it over.  ; )

It was a cold grey day, and I wanted to emulate afternoon light, so I used 2 full CTO (orange) gels on a dynalite (jack rabbit) (at half power out of 400 watts), powered by a Vagabond Mini Lithium.

Inside, I used a medium softbox with a velcro grid to control my main light (dynalite – jack rabbit) (at 1/8th power out of 400 watts) – with another Vagabond Mini Lithium.

Side note:  I often have to use ND filters even though these 400 watt lights can be dialed down to 1/8th power.

We had lunch at Mary’s Cafe and arrived at the school house around 2pm.  A little over an hour later we were done and ready to head back east.

Already planning my NEXT Promo Piece.

pile-o-ties

Was on an assignment today to photograph businessmen.

They were told to bring selections to “change it up”, like ties and suit coats.

HERE is the pile-o-ties they went to when they wanted to “mix it up”.

pile-o-ties

HIGH ISO

Did a quick camera test with the AMAZING Nikon D800.  I wanted to shoot a high ISO and compare it to my Nikon D4.

I am looking to invest in THIS camera and wanted to make my final decisions by testing the ISO.  Shot video with it on a recent assignment and LOVED the results.

I was able to match to colors relatively close.

johnbrooks & I went on the roof top of Southside on Lamar and braved the cold ALL for the sake of gaining knowledge.

 

These were shot with the D800, 35mm lens.

f/2, 1/125 and ISO 5000

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THIS was shot at f/1.8, 1/125 and ISO 5000.

Lit with the flash light app on my iphone 5

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It passed my test.  The D800 will make for a GREAT companion to my D4.

A fire was spotted in my house (which actually made my day)!

A fire was spotted in my house (which actually made my day)!.

A Great Couple

Getting ready to shoot an out of town assignment with THIS great couple!!!

The D800/D4 combo.

THE D800/D4 combo

 

Shooting Life-Style portraits PLUS video for a really cool campaign … SUPER excited about 2013!

2013 = EPIC.

2013 + Video

2013 is the year that I am adding video to the services I provide.

I have always had that plan in the back of my mind, but nothing was very defined until NOW.

I have a life-style/video shoot THIS weekend so I am getting all my gear prepped and ready.

Video gear listed:

* Nikon D4 & D600

* 2 Sennheiser mics – ew 100 G2

* Audio Technica AT 897 shot gun mic with Sennheiser SKP 100 G2 brick

* Rycote Hot Shoe Extension Bar

* BeachTek DXA-5Da (attaches to bottom of camera with 2 XLR adaptors)

* Sony Professional head phones – MDR-7506

* 7″ Widescreen monitor – with batteries

* MacBook Pro for tethering with Aperture & 15′ cable

* Starlite QL with 1000 watt bulb & a rheostat – I use a 1/2 CTB (blue) gel to convert tungsten to daylight

* Medium SilverDome nxt – for hot lights (and a small one too)

* Arri 650 Tungsten Fresnel – WITH GLOVES   ; )

* Ianebeam Redhead 1000

 

Doctors or Lawyers?

I recently shot an assignment for Texas Health Physicians Group – Texas Spine, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation in Denton.

They wanted me to photograph the Doctors & PAs in their library, so after I set everything up and was about ready to shoot, I showed them THIS …

THPG - TSOR

 

The Doctors all started laughing and said “Are WE Doctor or Lawyers??!!??”

I had such a GRAND time with this group that I began to think … ‘WHAT could I do to myself so that one of them could be MY Doctor?!?!?’

After much contemplation, I decided that the experience of photographing them was enough for me.  ; )

Black & White Polaroid

I FINALLY got to take another “black & white polaroid” portrait with my Mamiya RB 67.

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I had been wanting to do this since we moved in [to South Side on Lamar] back in mid November.

I pulled out my Light Meter app on my iphone and HERE is what we got.

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I scanned it, did a small amount of touch ups, and mission accomplished.

The polaroid speed is 3000, shot at f/4.0 @ 1/60th (cloudy day), with a 150mm lens.