Liz at Hinckley Cellars hired me to do product stills and promotional videos (see YouTube). The warm metal reflection here is from a softbox modeling light, while the journal is cooled by window illumination. The original idea was to strobe the subject with my Normans, but the ambient light looked more appealing so we went with this. Nikon D200 with Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens (shot at f/5.6).
Matthew Burak Reproduction Furniture, Vermont. 1996
American Woodworker magazine featured popular Vermont Furniture maker Matthew Burak in 1995 and 1996. Matthew had been a client of mine for several years, and he brought me in on the team to shoot a cover and subsequent interior illustrations. Here we simulated warm room light with a softbox and umbrellas, dragging the shutter a bit to add tungsten modeling light to the mix. Norman strobes, Hasselblad with 80mm lens, Fuji Provia 100F. Scan from magazine page.
Antique Bust from Vermont Historical Society’s Rugg Collection. 2009
The Vermont Historical Society occasionally needs a photographer to document artifacts from their collection, and I’m happy to have been given the nod in the past couple of years. This shot is an example of overhead softbox lighting (with reflectors added in front as needed) on a Flotone graduated background. Keep it simple where simple is best. Norman strobes in a Chimera softbox, Nikon D200 with Nikon 105mm Micro lens.
Fresh Mozzarella at La Parrina Estate, Italy. 2001
This cheese plate was photographed with a Nikon F100 and 50mm f/1.4 lens (wide open) on Fuji Provia 100F at a reception for tour guests in Tuscany. Country Walkers had hired me to photograph several of their walking tours for a month, and food was always a great subject. One of the interesting aspects of this trip was the timing: I landed in Greece on the morning of 9-11 without my bags, which had missed my New York connection and would be stuck in the U.S. for a week. Besides missing my luggage-packed tripod (oops), most of the tours I joined were very sparsely attended as guests either could not fly after the Trade Towers attack, or opted out of European travel for safety concerns.
Dr. Bob Flying Pilatus PC-12 over Maine. December, 2007
Correspondent, writer, and filmmaker Dr. Bob Arnot is a part-time resident of Stowe. We had previously worked together to produce a book cover photo, and he recommended me to illustrate a column he was writing for Private Air Magazine. Here he is talking with Planesense pilot Kevin Hewitt. A Nikon D200 was handheld at 1/20 second with a 12-24mm Nikon zoom, while main cabin illumination is from a Nikon SB-800 Speedlight bounced off the near right ceiling (it was a tight fit). Dr. Bob had a recent wound on his right cheek that was, appropriately, retouched before publication.
Michael Tait & The Newsboys, New Hampshire. 2009
Soulfest uses a team of volunteer photographers to cover their annual music festival. This photo required the remotely fired DSLR to be placed on top of a pole to achieve a high perspective. The rig was hand-held and composition was determined by reviewing images sent to a small, pole-clamped monitor from the camera’s video port. Nikon D-200, Nikon 12-24 zoom lens, Phottix remote release, Citizen monitor. 1/80 sec @ f/4, ISO 400. See photos from Soulfest 2010 here.
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