American Archaeology Magazine shoot

I received an unusual assignment last week. I’m normally shooting in corporate office buildings or industrial settings. The setting for last weeks shoot was miles off well traveled roads near Maysville,Ky. I was assigned by American Archaeology Magazine to document uncovering artifacts from a Native American settlement dating to 1200 AD.

Dr.David Pollack and his wife Gwynn Henderson of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey are heading up this project. Artifacts include clay pots, arrowheads, pipes, and decorative items such as bear teeth carved with human figures. These early people lived off the land growing maize and beans.They also hunted bear, white tail deer, elk, and wild turkeys.

I understand that this site was first discovered in the early 1800’s and back then the land owner would charge people to dig for artifacts and if a person found nothing of note the land owner would sometimes sell them “artifacts” he himself had created !  I guess scams are nothing new .

Industrial valve manufacturer shoot

My new client , valve manufacturer Richards Industries hired me to photograph some of their employees for a new brochure.

Most of these shots were lit with only two lights. I used a monolight equipped with a medium softbox as the main light and a Nikon sb800 equipped with a MagMod grid and a blue filter
in the background. I shot with a Nikon D800 equipped with a Nikon 24-85 mm lens.

Executive portraits for VonLehman & Company

The ad agency that handles this company's account assigned me to shoot executive portraits of over 90 people. I shot them over three days last week.

Everyone was photographed on a grey canvas backdrop, the top people were also shot from the waist up on a white backdrop. Animated GIFS will be created of these for their website.

All were shot with a Nikon D800 equipped with a Nikon 85mm 1.4 @ f6.3

Fifth Third Bank Executive Portraits

I have a terrific new client, Fifth Third Bancorp.
My assignment was to photograph their new CEO and 7 other top executives.
We chose two locations in one of their buildings in downtown Cincinnati.
I came in the evening before the shoot to set the lighting for both areas.
We were given 20-30 minutes to do make-up and shoot in both of the areas we chose.
At the last minute a third shot on a canvas backdrop was added.
I rigged the canvas so that I could swing it into place behind the subjects after the second shot was done saving a lot of time and extra lighting.

Cancer fighter for critters

A high end vet clinic, CareCenter hired me to photograph their new laser radiation machine for treating cancer in dogs and cats. This tech has only been in service for humans for a short time.
I'm told that in the past it has taken years for tech to make its way to vet clinics from human use.
It has the ability to pinpoint the treatment to a small area on the subject reducing the side effects.

Nikon D800 , Nikon 24-85mm   2 monolights, one with 24"soft box camera rt, one bounced to ceiling camera left.

Executive Portraits

I'm shooting portraits for a law firm over the next few weeks. Most law firms just ask for me to use a canvas backdrop. This law firm allowed me to use spaces in their offices as the backdrop. Using the environment is so much more creative and interesting. I have 80 attorneys to photograph and I plan on shooting in 4 to 6 different areas of their offices so that there is more variety.

I shot with a Nikon D800 equipped with a Nikon 85mm 1.8. I shot at f 5 to keep the background out of focus. The photo with the window in the background was backlit with  a mono light equipped with a 30 degree grid and amber gel.

Balluff,Inc. HQ building

My client Balluff, Inc. hired me to shoot their new North American HQ building.
They asked for some drone shots as well to show their old building in back as well as the foot bridge connecting the two buildings.

I shot their building over the course of 2 hours. One was one hour before sunset, the other right at sunset combined with a sky shot earlier.