At least twice a month we set up test shoots to work with new lighting, new cameras, new models or even new locations. Last week we were using the new Canon 5D Mark IV with some lenses that had just be re-aligned by Canon for a fitness test. We put the camera and new fitness model, Julia from JE Models, to work under difficult light. I was hoping for a beautiful fall afternoon, but instead we had nothing but overcast skies. Using high-speed sync capabilities of the ProFoto B1 while shooting at 1/2000 sec allowed us to clean up the shadows.
Two hours and some 2000 images later, I had quite a bit of homework to do on the plane to this week’s shoot in Dallas. I think I most like the moody running shots on the road, but this test was just plain fun.
The Facing Chemo project has been featured today on Viewfind [Connecting people through visual storytelling]
Check it out: http://viewfind.com/story/facing-chemo
They also featured a Facebook live event last week that can be seen on their Facebook page.
Happy that the APA has featured our new fitness gallery on their site. Check out the new work.
My new Canon
Canon just released the new 5D mark IV and I’ve already played with it. The new bodies are supposed to start shipping today, so I’m waiting for my pre-order to get here. With the focusing engine of the Canon 1Dx mark II, it should keep up with that camera except not at 14 frames per second. While the 1Dx 2 comes in at just over 20 megapixels, the 5D mark IV shoots at 30. In all, this is the camera that I’ve been waiting for all summer. I loved the 1Dx2 when I shot with it this spring — the focus was so accurate and fast in sports and lifestyle work, but I wanted the larger files. Do I get rid of a 5D mark III? I don’t think so. Though the new mark IV shoots 4k video, I’ll keep both mark 3’s on hand for backup and BTS video shooting for now.
Thank Tank Photo – new cases
Also announced today are new airport camera cases from ThinkTank – my new goto supplier for camera bags. I want to get my hands on one of these Airport Security V3.0 cases. The Airport International version is slightly smaller to accommodate international security requirements, but the 3.0 is as big as you can get on a domestic flight. Check them out with the links below.
[Airport Security V3.0]
A selection of images from the Facing Chemo Before & After exhibit will be on display at a gallery in Switzerland this summer as part of a larger exhibit on the human condition. WER BIN ICH? WHO AM I?
WER BIN ICH?
Was kann ich wissen, was soll ich tun, was darf ich hoffen?
WHO AM I?
What can I know what should I do, what I should hope?
Trying to understand our Identity has preoccupied mankind since time immemorial. Each and every one of us grapples with the issue throughout our lifetime. Nevertheless, none of us can clearly or definitively answer the question: What makes us the person we are today? What impact does our environment have on our sense of self and what is predetermined by our genetic makeup? The Exhibition invites you to delve into the complexity of your Identity, to engage with your own unique personality, to question its assumptions and educate it further. Thoughts and insights of the curators are illustrated through artworks, new media and exhibits from every day life and assist the visitor to playfully explore who they are, what motivates them and what they still may want to become.
Vögele Kultur Zentrum
CH – 8808 Pfäffikon SZ
For more information [in German]
Not the most obvious comparison, but I had the opportunity (thanks to Sony for the A7rii) to play with both on a couple shoots and tests last month. FWIW, I thought I’d share my un-biased-ish thoughts. I shot both alongside my Canon 5d3’s for comparison.
- It displays the image you just shot in the viewfinder – not just the screen in the back but up in your eye. I’m done with that shot, I want to see my subject not what I just shot. I’m sure you can turn this off, but again – back to non-intuitive menus to do so.
- Changing ISO while shooting – I do this a lot, and people were standing around while I struggled to remember how.
- Quick change of f-stop – again, it just feels like it’s not where it should be.
- Batteries – don’t expect to go out for a day of shooting. You’ll get about an hour of heavy use before needing to switch.
- Little SD cards – yes, they are small and I can stick them in the side of my laptop, but they just don’t feel fast.
- Burst speed – you need to sit and wait for the camera to catch up with you.
- Follow focus – not it’s strong suit.
- If you want it will make no noise whatsoever. You could put this next to a sleeping baby’s ear and it wouldn’t wake up – even a cranky-holy-crap-would-you-just-stay-asleep kind of sleeping baby.
- Lenses – sharp, they get it right and look great.
- The 70-200 f4 is great at f4 – like using a Canon 70-200 f2.8 and shooting at f4 cause you know if you shoot wide open you’ll miss focus.
- Files – Nice, though Lightroom would take some tweaking to get a good color starting point.
- It’s compact, light and small.
The theme for Rare Disease Day a few days ago (feb 29) was: Join us in making the voice of rare diseases heard.
In honor of that I wanted to post a few images from a project I started years ago. The story is of my friend Nick, and inspiring man with Morquio Syndrome who I first met while taking pictures for a pharmaceutical company. Every year I return to the small town in rural Louisiana to spend the day with his family. This year I’ve pulled the first few years of images together on my site.
The full story will be a decade in the making. <the gallery>