Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Don't Rent Your Car To Me

Dear Car Rental Companies,

You probably don't want to rent your cars to photographers. We will be mean to them. We will take them places they don't want to go. They will be driven into ugly industrial settings, dangerous urban alleys, and rural back-roads that even tow-truck drivers loathe and despise. We will turn off the paved road, to the gravel road, to the dirt path, just so we can find that one grassy spot behind a farm that we're looking for. And I promise you that we will stand on them if we need a better vantage point.

Occasionally an art director might climb up there too if he's looking for a certain angle
We will overload them with cases of gear, and weigh them down with sandbags and light stands we think we might need. And when we bring your car back, it will be covered in mud... inside and out.
When we returned the car after this off-road photoshoot, we wanted to leave the keys and run because we were sure they were going to make us clean it:

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Parade Time-Lapse

One of the challenges for me as a photographer is trying to find new ways to document something that I've already photographed a dozens times or so. I'm sure all creative types have to re-evaluate how they look at their subjects. Luckily, technology keeps advancing and providing us with new tools to help us see the world.

Every year I photograph the Naperville Labor Day parade. But this year I thought that I'd take some photos from the point of view of the parade looking back at the people. Then it occurred to me that it would be interesting to show the entire parade... but who would want to sit through all that?

My solution was to take one of the GoPro HD cameras that we used during the Space Shuttle project and mount it to the driver's side mirror on the Naperville Trolley. I programmed the camera to take a photo every 5 seconds and then stitched all the images together to condense the entire parade into a quick 45 second trip through town. 

I hope you enjoy it!  Click on it twice to view it larger in Youtube. It looks best when you blow it up to fill up the whole screen.

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