Archive for May 2008
My wedding season started 2,631 miles away at Ceresville Mansion in a little town outside of Baltimore Maryland.
The wedding and related travel went off without a hitch. There’s nothing like boarding a plane with a 45 lb carry on that could potentially not fit in overhead storage. Remember that seen in Meet the Parents where Ben Stiller wouldn’t give up his bag….
The wedding and the celebration were great. Everyone I met was gracious and the pictures speak to how much fun everyone had.
The surf shoot went off without a hitch. I didn’t drown and the camera survived.
It had been a while since I had been in the ocean and it felt good to get wet. The 13.5 lb camera and housing was a lot to handle while while swimming. Forget trying to use the viewfinder; I had the camera set at f11 or higher so depth of field and focusing were the least of my worries. The housing and my 16-35mm lens combination did not allow me to zoom so i had to set the lens to 16mm before i sealed the housing. Shooting that wide meant I had to be really close to fill up the frame. There’s nothing like treading water in the breakwater holding 14 lbs in camera equipment trying not to get run over or drop the camera. (note to self, next time make a leash of some sort).
One of the shots we talked about beforehand was underwater looking up through one of the boards. This is Daisuke (aka Dice-K) he was one of the design engineers on the clear board. The board is made of balsa and recycled plastic.
I got called for a last minute job to shoot some hi-tech surfboards for the University of Southern California Engineering Department. We decided that photos shot from the water would add the most punch to the story so that meant renting an underwater camera or water housing for my camera. Locally they rent old Nikonos 35mm film cameras but with the time constraints; having to process and scan the film wasn’t the best option. (you remember that stuff you used to have to load in a camera?) Option B meant renting an underwater housing for my Canon 30D. Samys rental recommended “the guy” in town who rents underwater housings for cameras. My experience this morning while renting the housing did not instill a lot of confidence in me. Here’s a test shot of the confidence inspiring shop.
After 45 minutes screwing around with the owner and him complaining that he can’t find anything in his dump of a store, he told me that he didn’t have the right parts to complete the housing I needed. He said he did have a housing for a 5D, which i don’t own.
Next thing I know I’m renting a $2000 camera body despite the fact that i have two camera bodies in my bag. Back to sketchy camera housing shop for “instructions” on how to use the housing and how he “hopes” everything is fine. (of course it’s all my fault for coming in same-day without a reservation.
Say a prayer. I’m suiting up in a wetsuit and flippers tomorrow. Let’s pray that everything works like it’s supposed to.