I brought along a set of Alien Bees B800 strobes, a roll of white paper, and several white glossy boards in the back of my Ford Focus hatchback and traveled to Terre Haute, Indiana for Rose-Hulman’s Winter Gala dance. I set up a studio outside the dance hall in the lobby and tried to shoot white seamless for the very first time, relying on the stuff that I had read from Zack Arias. After a bit of a rocky start, I finally was able to get a series of decent shots going. Thankfully, the swing dancers that I shot were more than accommodating to my stumbles. Towards the end of the night, I decided to ask someone to stand behind the camera and take a shot of me. Photo shot on a Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, with a trio of Alien Bees B800 studio strobes triggered by Pocket Wizards.
I went to a New Years Dance party in Chicago back in 2012. Literally just weeks prior, I had taken delivery of a trio of Alien Bees studio strobes and spent an evening putting together a “portable” white seamless setup. I brought the setup to the dance party and set it up out in the hall, if I recall correctly. After some serious stumbling around for an hour, I finally got into the grove enough to shoot pictures that weren’t completely terrible. Being that today is the New Year, I thought it appropriate to share this image, taken moments after we rang in the new year, 2012. Photo shot with a Nikon D7000, a Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens, and a trio of Alien Bees B800 strobes triggered by Pocket Wizards.
My friend Angela and I decided to celebrate our nation’s birthday by going to Canada during the 4th of July weekend, heading to Montreal where the Swing Riot took place. I brought along two digital cameras with me and shot other dancers on the dance floor in between my own dances. This was my favorite image from the weekend, an enthusiastic lunge to conclude a song. Photo shot on a Nikon D7000 with a Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens.
Before I moved to Michigan, in 2011, I took an epic solo road trip in my 2009 Mazda MX5 Miata from Illinois to California and back. Along the way, I stopped by Arches National Park, arriving late in the afternoon, later than I had planned. Still, I wandered about the park as much as I could, trying to see everything. Before I knew it, the skies had become dark, and I was astonished to find out that there were no lights in the park, making it a great place to stargaze.
This was the first time I had ever seen so many stars in my entire life. I was awestruck. I attempted to take a picture of one of the arches against the stars, and this picture of my Miata waiting in the parking lot underneath the dark sky, and failed pretty miserably on all counts.
This was the best picture I took from that evening. As an image, it’s unremarkable, but as a milestone, it’s huge. I was off on a quest to shoot the night skies, and vowed to return to Arches National Park to shoot a nightscape shot worth printing. Five years later, I would return to Arches National Park in my ’66 Mustang.
Photo shot on a Nikon D7000 with a Tokina 11-18mm f/2.8 wide angle lens.