Custom Cables for High Speed Sync

I’ve been making my own custom camera cables for a while now, not that I don’t still buy some, but there are a few I want that don’t exist yet. When I was shooting with my high speed flash sync system I used to hold the camera in one hand and use the other hand to press the test button on the pocket wizard to shoot. Pretty awkward if you try it. So I made a trigger cable for the pocket wizard, if any of you have seen me shooting this year it’s the coiled gray cord going from my…

Event: Red Bull Crashed Ice
Location: Quebec, Quebec
Athlete: Gabriel Andre and Martin Niefnecker

Crashed Ice 2010

The Red Bull Crashed Ice event this year was a little bit different than last year. If you read my post about last years event you might remember that it was -37 Celsius with the windchill and cameras just didn’t want to work. This year it was around +15 Celsius during the day, and maybe a little below freezing at night. Way better conditions for photography, maybe not so great for making ice. The Gestev crew did an incredible job in spite of the warm temps though, and this years track was the best ever. More steep sections, better corners,…

Dustin Gilding, 360

Random photos from 2009 #1

A few months or so ago I happened into a shoot in Vancouver for Don Hampton’s new film “Here we go again” The shoot was with Justin Wyper, Sam Dueck and Dustin Gilding at Dustin’s trails in Abbotsford, and was mostly a dirt jump shoot. Nothing wrong with that, especially with Wyper in the house, and I was really pleasantly surprised by the riding skills of Sam and Dustin. The 360 shot of Dustin requires a little more explanation. There’s nothing special about my 2 light setup, I had an Alien Bee 1600 in the back acting as a rim…

Mittita

Fashion Shoot

One of the last shoots I did in 2009 was teaching a friend about photography. She had already arranged for a couple of friends to model for her and wanted me to help out and teach her a little bit about photography. We spent an afternoon in her parents house playing with a couple of lights and then as the sun was setting we decided to shoot a few photos by the train tracks. It was really cold, probably below freezing, and windy. Not the best conditions for shooting partly clad models, but they were really good about it. I…

Richie Schley Photoshoot

A couple of days ago I did a shoot with Richie Schley in Pemberton. It was originally intended to be in Whistler but Richie and I drove around in changing weather for an hour and ended up going to Pemberton. This rock ridge has been shot before but the snow on the mountains in the background made it perfect so I chose a few different angles and luckily the weather cooperated wonderfully once we got to shooting. This was shot at 1/1600th F4.5 ISO 400 on my Nikon D700. I used pocket Wizard Multimax’s to trigger a Nikon SB800 with…

Red Bull X-Fighters

In the end of May I went to Calgary, Alberta to shoot the Red Bull X-Fighters event. These are some shots from the event and the pre-event promo shoot with Canadian Jeff Fehr and Robbie Maddison. I had all sorts of ideas about using flash to light things up during the event but after a few light tests I realized that with the lighting at the venue and the fact that there were almost 10 different jumps it would be almost impossible to do well. I could have lit one jump really well and just shot it with a dedicated…

Fox Racing Shoot with Kirt Voreis (updated)

I just did a photoshoot in Redlands with Kirt Voreis for the Fox Racing Flow Jersey. Here is the ad as well as the original shot and a few other outtakes from shoot.Nothing special on this shoot, 3 lights, each one was 2 Nikon SB800’s together. Pocket Wizard Multimax’s and a Nikon D700. What you don’t see in the images is the amount of work that went into creating this shot and a few others in the same location. Check out the video for some behind the scenes action. Fox created a video of the ad shoot, thanks to Taylor…

High Speed Sync Part 1

In my last post I mentioned that with the new Pocket Wizards Hypersync mode they’re saying that you can sync at up to 1/500th of a second and that I thought you could go faster. I’d like to clarify that a little. While Hypersync, or an early sync signal, is key to high speed sync and especially with a full frame camera, that alone won’t do it. And 1/500th – 1/800th sync is pretty hard to get, 1/1000th is a little easier. The reason for that is that at 1/500th of a second shutter the opening is a slit, (see…