Shooting dance in the studio is fun and you can do so much when you control the lighting but outdoor is a whole different thing. Jaimie and I have been photographing quite a few dance sessions lately in studio and I thought it was time to get out into nature again.
I saw this location on a friend’s Facebook timeline and asked the location. It took about an hour to scout out the area and find the best spots and times to photograph. A bit of arranging and we headed out to see what would happen. We had another photographer come along who happened to be one of my old students. They had never really photographed anything like this before so why not give someone new an opportunity? Checkout her images on Facebook and the web ~ Daniella Dolmans Photography.
We were hoping that potential clients may want to try something a bit different and do some dance in a location like this but I have to say it was challenging for Jaimie. Slippery and uneven footing mean a lot of ground poses. Jaimie almost took a bath a couple of times! Good thing I have a bunch of other outdoor locations on standby if someone wants some really different dance photos.
Some of the images from our adventure that day.
I put out a call for a potential Grad models in August and had a wonderful response. It was a difficult choice to decide who would be representing Steve Lowe Photography for 2015 and in the end it was Samantha who won out not just for her great smile but because she was a cheerleader! I’d never photographed any type of cheerleader before but knew exactly the one defining shot I wanted to capture. I even had a location and time of day picked to do something amazing, I just needed someone to photograph there!
We started out under the pier at White Rock Beach and despite some initial nerves, Sam really started to rock the session. I truly cannot believe how many great images I got from that day and how unbelievably easy she was to work with. It kind of went like this, “Try this…ok, can you balance on this? Sure., Now walk along this concrete tube onto a small platform surrounded by water and pull some cheer moves… I’ll try!” So awesome!!
I’m very happy that Sam is representing me this year. From our chats during our session I found that she very much wants to succeed in life and is willing to put the work in to meet that goal. Have a great Grad year Sam. Enjoy every minute of it and thank you!
and the shot I always had in my head…
I’ve had the Carry Speed FS-Pro Prime sling style strap now for a couple of months and have been waiting to really put it through it’s paces before writing any sort of review for it. This is the second iteration of the FS-Pro strap and they’ve made some improvements along the way.
In the past I’ve used Crumpler Industry Disgrace straps and Optech neoprene straps as well. Both of these are regular neck straps and for short sessions they were fine but for longer days they would become a pain in the neck literally. After a 10 hour day at Disneyland, with my family, carrying a Canon 6D with a 24-70 f/2.8 lens I realized that I needed a sling style strap for longer days as my neck was killing me! I called up a friend of mine who’s the rep for Carry Speed straps in Canada and got one old and one new style FS-Pro Prime straps to try.
I used the FS-Pro Prime and the older FS-Pro for three 8 hour days recently while photographing the Canadian Special Olympics at the University of British Columbia. I had a either the Canon 60D with a 70-200 2.8 lens or a 6D with a 24-70 2.8 lens on the strap at all times with the other camera on a monopod. I have to say they worked pretty much as well as advertised. Very comfortable and quick to get into shooting position like most sling straps. The wide neoprene strap was actually quick cool as well. I thought it was going to be a sweat magnet but the venting helped quite a bit in that regard despite the 30+ degree Celsius weather.
The biggest improvement from the older FS-Pro to the newer Prime series is the hardware that holds the camera to the sling. Like the older series, the Prime uses a ball that is connected to the tripod mount of a camera and a socket that is attached to this is on the modular carry strap. The older connector was a screw locking mount with a rubber O-ring to help keep everything safe. There were random reports on the internet about the metal wearing through and cameras falling off the ball because although the ball was stainless steel, the socket isn’t. The new connector is quite a bit thicker and now made of stainless steel that is chrome hardened. It gone is the screw threads and it now is a push and twist to lock mechanism. It’s actually much quicker to use once you get used to it and cannot back off like the screw mount. I can’t see this new connector wearing out anytime soon. The new connecter is on the left below.
What really cool is they’ve redesigned the bottom plate as well. The original plate was only Arca Swiss compatible but had many 1/4″ tripod mounts to mount install various plates. The new plate is still Arca compatible but now is also Manfrotto RC2 quick release plate compatible which is great for those of us with both systems. Some of these dual compatible plates are compromises and don’t always fit that great but I’m happy to report that it fits nice and tight on the 234RC and 498RC heads on my monopod and tripods. The plate also works very well on my Mefoto Roadtripper tripod. Below is a photo of the new (left) and old (right) plates. Notice the slightly smaller size. My one complaint about these plates is the tripod screw is not the best quality and are a bit soft so are damaged easily but then again I tend to change configurations of my equipment quick frequently since I shoot such varied subjects from day to day.
The new plate fitting into the 234RC head. No problem.
Overall, I have no reservations recommending these Carryspeed straps to anyone looking for a sling style strap. The straps themselves are much more comfortable than BlackRapid straps. It’s just too bad they are not available in the U.S. due to Black Rapid’s heavy handed (and a bit sketchy) patent enforcement. In Canada they are available from Henry’s and London Drugs among other places. Check them out!
Two of 80+ individual photos from the Raincity Volleyball sessions. Smiles this time! We were saving the attitude for the team shots. A three light setup set up in the main gym. I used the net to give a bit of perspective after deciding against using plain seamless paper.
Here are two of my faves! Again I coached them since they/are 11-12 years old and I’m proud to see them progress, get better coaching, and thrive. The fact that they’re sisters and I’ve taught them both is even cooler.
I had the opportunity to do team and individual photographs of 81 young ladies from ages 13-18 and most of them taller than me! Raincity Volleyball Club is based out of Cloverdale B.C. and completely volunteer run. I’m so happy this club came into existence in Cloverdale as many of my former students that I coached in volleyball had a chance to keep playing and really excel! The sessions were even more fun because I got to see some great past students.
Thanks to Jeni for having me do these!!
Interested in playing higher level volleyball? Check out Raincity Volleyball.
One team photo for now (4 of my past students in this photo. It was good year for players!). Click to enlarge.