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Month: February 2009 (page 1 of 4)

I love the smell of this place

Coffee & Tea Ltd.

Photographing the Overnight Website Challenge

logo_overnightwebchallenge_small.pngI spent this morning shooting the first of three sessions at the Sierra Bravo Overnight Website Challenge. The guys at Sierra Bravo were nice enough to let me do the event photography. So this morning I strapped on all my gear and shot for a couple of hours as things got underway. I’m going to return late tonight and again very early tomorrow morning to get more of the event.

For the photographically curious I’m shooting with my Canon 40D body. I thought about bringing the Canon 20D for a 2nd body, but the low-light performance on the 20D would limit it’s usefulness. It also highlights that the 20D is probably not a very good second body. I loaded up my Think Tank Speed Belt with a bunch of pouches, packing along:

  • 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
  • 10-22mm Ultrawide
  • 14mm Fisheye
  • 17-85mm IS
  • 580EX SpeedLite with ST-E2 Wireless Transmitter
  • Gary Fong Dome

This morning I shot mostly wide. I did a lot with the 10-22mm as well as the Fisheye. I did some work with the 70-200mm as well for close-ups. The room is difficult to shoot. It’s just a big open space and what little light there is is rough fluorescent stuff.


Tonight I’m hoping the teams will be a bit punchy and get some more interesting shots with people. We’ll see if I can get a team to do a human pyramid.

After I’m done with all three shoots I’ll edit down and put a photo set up on Flickr.

Photo Ninja Belt

Leaving to go shoot the 24 Hour Web Challenge. Full kit-belt geared up.

Bottle Shock

Fun and happy movie about the beginnings of the California wine valley. Not a great script. Fine snowy evening rental.

20 Corporate Brand Logo Evolution
Cool overview of brand logo evolution. Interesting to see how some have changed, and how some haven’t.

Beef Tenderloin

Fired up the Big Green Egg and did a 3 lb. grass-fed beef tenderloin on it tonight. Basic preparation with a little salt and pepper. Turned out really nice, but I still have much to learn. Controlling the heat on the Egg at 400° F was harder than it should have. I could have done a better job building the fire.

Earlier this month we went “up north” and spent the weekend at Giant’s Ridge with our friends the Tangen’s. A fun time was had by all but Tammy was the only one that really knew how to ski. Kent and I did a morning in ski lessons and then worked up the courage to go down the real hills. The kids had a great time going down the bunny hill and back up on the “magic carpet”. The whole weekend felt a bit retro, and that was the inspiration for the video I put together.

Driving at night

Removing clay from wheel


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