Some events just scream for photos, and this was one of them. Local "hula hoop queen", Amanda Walden told me about her group dancing with LED hula hoops at Bath Dance works...Tech Info: Shooting was done with a Nikon D300 with external Nikon Flash SB800 on a Bogen studio tripod with 17-55 f2.8 lens @200 ISO - f8 set with open shutter using remote firing button....Yeah not easy but it was worth it!
Glowing Hula Hoops
A Walk on Popham Beach, Maine
Took a hike on Popham Beach (just outside of Bath, Maine) a great day to watch a sunset on the ocean and a great day to live in Maine!
Sometimes a standard size photo just doesn't capture the entire feeling or vastness of what's in from of the camera, this is where panoramic photography comes in. Over the past few years this has gotten easier and even iPhones can be used to capture a wide image but for ultimate resolution I have found that my large DSLR still works best since it allows for maximum control. I use my Nikon D300 on a large Bogen tripod. OK this can get heavy, so when hiking I have found the small Fuji X 10 on a travel Dolica Proline travel tripod works best. Bellow is a gallery of some of my panoramas
For commercial work I use a Nikon D300 body (With Nikon D100 for Back-up) For lenses I use a Nikon AFS 17-55 f2.8 and Nikon AFS 80-200 f2.8. (I recently got rid of the 300 f2.8) For on location flash I use a Nikon SB800 and SB 600 Flash (with SB80 and SB24 flashes for Back-up) or two constant light fluorescent soft-boxes.
When hiking or just shooting for fun or travel, I found this combination way to heavy and unwieldily so I decided to switch to using a much smaller and lighter Nikon D40 with AFS 18-200 f3.5-5.6 lens and Nikon SB600 flash. Using one "do it all" lens is much easier, since changing lenses in the winter or on water could be disastrous. This combo also makes me more likely to just throw the camera in the car, around my neck, or in a backpack, resulting in many more images.
Well, that all seemed like a great idea until I tipped over in kayak with my D40 and lens. While I eventually dried them out and they now work I decided on another rout, a small mirror less retro rangefinder. The Fuji X10 proved to be just the ticket and it easily fits int a baggy when on the water. It is also less conspicuous making it great for city "street" photography. I now use this camera for most of my travel and city photos and so far have been very impressed with the results.
Chicago in the Fog
Proof that one should not wait for perfect weather or optimum conditions to take photos. Shot this while in the passenger seat driving through a foggy, rainy Chicago. The fog created a unique contrast between for and background and the light posts took on a sort of "War of the Worlds" quality.
Green screen technology gives me the ability to change the background at will and to work with a clients wildest background wishes from the great outdoors, classic backgrounds or even sci-fi fantasies
Bob Bailie - An award winning photojournalist who always travels with a camera looking for adventure!