Archive for June, 2010

Quick Pic 4 – Tom Wallisch at Windell’s Camp


Tom Wallisch jumping at Windell's Camp at Mt. Hood, OR shooting with Level 1 Productions

I just rolled into Mt. Hood, OR to shoot the Sammy Carlson Invitational. It’s been a few years since I was last here at Mt. Hood, the last time being when I took this photo of Tom Wallisch with Level 1 Productions while shooting for the movie “Turbo”. This shot was taken with a Nikon D70s, Nikon 18-200 f3.5-5.6, Pocket Wizard Plus 2 Transcievers, and Elinchrom Ranger RX AS Speed pack with an A-head at 1/1000 sec, f5.6, at 60mm.

For those of you wondering how I was able to sync my strobes at 1/1000 of a second, the Nikon D70s’s CCD sensor and electronic shutter allow for this to work at up to 1/1250 of a second using Pocket Wizard Plus, Plus 2, and Multimax transcievers without any adjustments in settings.

Quick Pic 3 – Anna Segal at El Colorado Resort, Chile


Anna Segal jumping at sunset in the terrain park at El Colorado, Chile

In an effort to keep myself posting more often I’ve started a category of posts on my blog called Quick Pics.  I don’t always have time to make a blog post when I’m in the middle of travelling or a really busy cycle of work so I’ve added this section.  Just a photo, maybe with a little bit about the photo if I have time.  Judging by the traffic response so far, it seems like it’s what everyone wants to see.  These photos are going to be completely random personal work, or maybe just a photo I’ve taken in the past that has been published, or maybe one that didn’t get published but I just liked it a lot.

This photo is of Anna Segal about two years ago during a trip we went on to Chile.  This shot in particular was at a sunset session in the terrain park in El Colorado, Chile.  There are amazing sunsets almost every day out there with all the pollution in the valley of Santiago.  Shot at 1/125 sec, f5.6, ISO 100 on a Canon EOS-1D MKII, Canon 70-200 2.8 L IS lens with Alien Bees 800, Alien Bees 400,  3 Nikon SB-80DX speedlights, Pocket Wizard Plus 2 transcivers.

SCCA TDI Cup at Miller Motorsports Park


Professional freeskier Grete Elliassen driving in the SCCA TDI Cup at Miller Motorsports ParkIt had been about two years since I was last out at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.  A lot of my friends are involved in the race scene out there but with the amount of travel I’ve done in the Summer the past two years, it’s been tough to get out.  A week ago my friend Stan Evans was heading out to shoot the SCCA TDI Cup for Red Bull and the movie “Say My Name” as professional freeskier Grete Eliassen was driving in the event so I went along to help out and shoot a little bit.

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Quick Pic 2


Phil Casabon jumping at the Catalyst terrain park at Copper Mountain, CO - Level  1 Productions

Phil Casabon jumping in the Catalyst Terrain Park at Copper Mountain, CO while shooting for the Level 1 Productions movie “Refresh”.

Shot with a Nikon D70s and Tamron 28-75 f2.8 LD XR Di SP with Elinchrom Ranger RX AS Speed and Alien Bees 800 lighting with Pocket Wizard Plus 2 radio transcievers.

Quick pic


One of the garages at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT

Nothing else, just this photo.  Shot it a few weeks ago out in the garages at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT because it just looked cool.

Pocket Wizard Multimax – new 7.5 firmware in long range mode


New Pocket Wizard Multimax with USB portA little while ago Pocket Wizard announced the new v7.5 firmware for their new Multimax units that have the USB port for firmware updates.  Included with the new firmware are a few useful features:

  • Long and short range mode
  • Noise sniffer
  • Signal strength meter
  • Radio relay (Repeater mode)

Since I just got the new Multimax’s at the tail end of my spring terrain park shoot season I was only able to test out a few of the new features.  The signal strength meter is a really good tool for sure to have going, especially in a long range situation which is usually the situations that I’m shooting on the mountain.  A lot of time’s I’m shooting with my 70-200mm lens and am pretty far away from my strobes so being able to see what the signal strength is from my Multimax is a good tool to try and pre-determine if I’m wandering out of the radio signal’s range.

The other upgrade I was able to test out was the long range mode.  I was shooting photos of freeskiers Simon Dumont, Matt Walker and LJ Strenio sliding an urban rail with Poor Boyz Productions a few weeks ago and started wandering out a bit further from the scene and my lights .  As I found my shot I realized I could have a few problems with radio interference with the shot I had setup.  My first problem was being surrounded by some steel chainlink fence, my second was not having line of sight to my strobes, the third was laying up against the steel chainlink fence.  Too add to this I was laying on the ground so I could get the grass in the foreground and to finish things off I was in an urban environment with power lines directly above me.

Simon Dumont sliding a loading dock rail in Bend, Oregon - PBP

I was about 300 feet away, a bit on the middle end of the range of the Multimax’s but with all these factors and radio interference I couldn’t get consistent signal and my strobes were firing a little erratically.  Since this was a perfect time to try out the new long distance mode I began sprinting back and fourth between my shooting location and making sure I had everything dialed with the Multimax’s on the three strobes I had setup on the scene.  The long range mode worked and in a situation I may not have been able to take the shot I wanted previously, I was able to get the shot I wanted with lighting.

I spoke with some of the people at Pocket Wizard and the reason long range mode works is they slowed down the data rates and increased the error correction.  This is supposed to have an impact on the maximum usable shutter speed, however I was able to sync this shot at 1/1000 of a second with my Nikon D40 body.  With that being said, I’ll have to do a bit more testing to see at what shutter speed the reliability begins to degrade in long range mode.

Check back later for a more complete review.

Spring shoots are done, editing is done. ALMOST DONE!


Good ol Lightroom

I’m taking a break from this screen and pretty excited about it.  This screen’s been haunting me for the past 3 weeks or so.

6600 Miles later.  I’m home, done with the spring edit, and done looking at this screen for a bit, well part of it.  It was a challenging ski season and even more of challenging of a spring with some less than ideal weather most of the year.  All and all though I still came away with a bunch of shots I’m pretty stoked on and I’ll hopefully see how well they are received shortly after hearing back from the magazine editors and from my commercial clients.

I’ll be back here with some more posts and some new photos soon.

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