Using Drones for Supplemental Lighting
Since the colorado project in 2006, I had always seen the last piece of the lighting puzzle to be lights lofted above coming down at steller like angles. I remember very clearly while shooting the old broken down general store in Animas Co thinking to myself, damn if I could get light about 30 feet up and directed it down on this thing or that, it would be the holy grail of my lighting desires! My mind wistfully drew up plans of tethered balloons, hot air balloons, and the ubiquitous helicopter. Yet in each of these grand visions was either technical or cost hurdles too great to mount a real charge. And so after several years of flying drones, I finally was able to find the moment to attach some lights to a DJI Mavic 2 Pro and let em rip!
How we learned the art of small living while exploring the country.
Our Sprinter van is parked for the night at the Arapaho National Forest in Colorado at 13,000 feet, overlooking the pristine snowmelt lake lined with snow-capped mountains, so close you can hike to the snow line in a few minutes, in August. My wife is off on her morning run and I am up to greet the dawn and make that requisite hot pot of french press coffee. I open my arms out wide and carefully peek out the window to the grand scenery just outside our little home on wheels. I grab the computer and begin to write an ode to the day or retouch an image shot the day before.
When I was approached by the owner of Atteza Jewelry to photograph their campaign I jumped at the opportunity! Although outside my strick field of expertise architecture, which requires teutonic precession and workflow, this assignment would allow me to develop and re-discover my original and more natural approach to the image capturing. Also working with Altezza a company founded by Fania Castro would be close to my heart as the pieces are derived from pre-Colombian symbols and myth. My wife is Colombian and my two kids, well are half Colombian!
Imaging over the past few years has been opened up to just about anyone with an iPhone and a reasonably good eye, leading to a flood of talent onto the market, both commercial and that just for the fun market. Photographer s and the general public have all enjoyed looking at the landslide of killer images that seem to pour out of our IG feeds on a daily basis. Yet for the purely commercial shooter, this “landslide” of talent holds some not so hidden dangers.
Florida from Miami to North Florida is full of beauty much of it discreet and waiting to be found by the keen observer. When I was approached by Merch Cloud to create a set of images to capture the essence of the beauty of S. Florida I was thrilled. I have lived here for the past 20 years so in a way this was going to be a challenge for me to revisit places which I had seen so many times the novelty had long worn away. This journey of rediscovering S. Florida has just begun so stay tuned for new and more thrilling work.