JC Photo & Media: Blog http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog en-us Joseph W. Carey for JC Photo & Media (JC Photo & Media) Wed, 13 Jun 2018 23:18:00 GMT Wed, 13 Jun 2018 23:18:00 GMT http://www.jcphotomedia.net/img/s/v-5/u729400459-o516698404-50.jpg JC Photo & Media: Blog http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog 80 120 Triple Crown 2018 - Justify http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/6/triple-crown-2018---justify I  remember as a kid my dad talking about Secretariat, Seattle Slew and affirmed...they each won the triple crown in course of 5 years between 1973 and 1978. There was a long gap until American Pharoah won in 2015. In 2018 Justify roared wire to wire to win again. My second in person in 3 years. I definitely didn't get the photos that i was able to capture in 2015. Justify ran to the middle of the track taking my remote out of the running for epic shot. The flat light doesn't suit my style, i'm really just not a very good racing photographer. All excuses. It was a great experienced and I was surrounded by people that I love and they were doing what they love. 

 

JUSTIFY - 2018

Justify launches from the starting line. This image was captured with the Nikon D850 and the 19mm PC lens. Remote photography has a strange set of rules as to whom gets credit for an image. I framed the shot, input the settings, and hoped for the best. The amazing Tim Lanahan pushed the trigger and helped make sure that during the various track waterings and harrowings that my camera stayed in place and was A-Ok. Thanks Tim. Really a team image. Thanks to Adam Coglianese for all your advice and access and to the immortal Skip Dickstein for 5 years of advice that have led to me being able to get any remote images. 

 

The two images below are with the same set up at the end of the race as Justify wins the 2018 Triple Crown. Remote photography can be a guessing game and in this case i guessed wrong. He ran far out from the rail and didn't give me the image i had imagined when i set it up. It's ok - History and all that. And the experience. An opportunity for the future. Luckily even though Justify ran so far to the middle the amazing resolution of the D850 allowed for a rather extreme but still sharp crop in the second shot below. He was nowhere near where I expected so my sharpness isn't perfect but still a reasonable shot...

 

 

 

I shot the race from with a D850 and the 180-400 and the lens is special. i really was having some issues with making sure I was out of the way of people as Justify led the pack down the stretch and i didn't get what i wanted (notice a theme here) but again...history. With great people. While I'm working. Great day. 

 

Thanks to all the photographers that cover the race (obviously especially the Nikon shooters) but really to all of them that provide inspiration each year as I strive to figure out how to capture a pack of mammals running at high speed in a circle in a unique or at least acceptable way...

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(JC Photo & Media) baffert belmont horse horse racing jockey mike smith nikon nikonlove park sports sports photography triple crown http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/6/triple-crown-2018---justify Sun, 10 Jun 2018 21:43:12 GMT
Shelter at Voltage Lounge Philly http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/6/shelter-at-voltage-lounge-philly I've been seeing the guys in Shelter in various bands for just over 30 years. Age has done nothing to diminish my love for the songs and the messages. I'm not a hare krishna and there are days that I am not sure that I believe in anything beyond this but that doesn't mean I can't love the core message... 

Thanks Ray, Porcell, Sammy - what a trip it's been....

All images shot with Nikon D850 and 20 1.8 - Lit images with Nikon SB-5000 and WR-10 

 

Click HERE to see all the images from the Shelter set....There are a lot! 

 

 

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(JC Photo & Media) bass chanting concert photography d850 guitar hardcore hare krishna nikon philly porcell ray cappo sammy siegler shelter yoga http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/6/shelter-at-voltage-lounge-philly Sun, 03 Jun 2018 13:04:11 GMT
Indy People Project 2018 http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/5/indy-people-project-2018 When you have a few hours of racing going on but you don't want to leave your depot while the working photographers you are supporting are out and about in the 93+ degree heat, what do two gimpy Nikon Professional Service reps do? They set up a mini studio with 4 speedlights, a table cloth, and invite the photographers to pose when returning their borrowed gear. The next step is to let attendees step in and get their portrait taken for free. That was the birth of the Indy People Project 2018

This year we challenged ourselves to shoot portraits of photographers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with four Nikon SB-5000 speedlights, MagMod modifiers, and a D850. We used the 105 1.4 for 99% of the shots with the 35 1.4 Nikkor used for 3 shots in the group due to necessity for a wider lens. Then the characters started walking by wondering what we were up to. Being friendly we explained. Being friendly race fans they asked if they could join the fun. We obliged. Meeting all the people that come to this race is one of the cool parts of the event. All ages, shapes, backgrounds come together to celebrate speed. And drink. Lots of drinking. Our posing advice consisted of two pieces of tape on the ground and then trying to capture a bit of the character of the attendees.

A sociology study of sorts mixing with the science of light and the art of photography to create this project... Thank you for all who gave us their time (average about 45 seconds) 

Check below to see a Behind the Scenes shot of our set up....Main Light and fill light have MagMod Spheres on them while the two back lights have MagMod Grids on the Nikon SB-5000's. We were using the Nikon WR-10 set to control the flashes wirelessly making for changing the setting easy when needed. Shooting manual that wasn't often but it was nice to have the ability and not have to worry about line-of-site etc when commanding the flashes. You can see we are actually using the door to our depot to hold up part of the black table cloth that became our impromptu background. 

Brien is BANikon on Instagram

I'm JCPhotoMedia 

We hope you like it and we hope the people that stood in love the portraits as much as we loved taking them....

 

THE INDY PEOPLE PROJECT (CLICK TO VIEW THE WHOLE PROJECT)

 

Here is my favorite shot of the whole day - Brien took this one while i worked the lights. It makes me smile because I shot the same woman two years ago at the 100th Indy 500. She just happened to be peddling past us and we were able to get this image that i just absolutely love. I ended up shooting a lot of the image during the day but this one is my absolute fave and Brien did a great job capturing it.

Portraits taken at the 2018 Indy 500 using Nikon D850 and four Nikon SB-5000 Speedlights. Modification of the light was accomplished with the MagMod Sphere and Grids. Photo Credits - Brien Aho and JC Carey

 

 

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Burn at Brooklyn Bazaar http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/5/burn-at-brooklyn-bazaar Burn played with Snapcase this week at Brooklyn Bazaar and did not disappoint. They never do. I didn't do as good as usual. I had a bad back and was at the chiropractor 3 times this week leading up to Friday Nights show but the band gave everything. I didn't get to move around the pit as much as usual so the images of Gavin, Tyler, and Abbas are limited compared to usual. Apologies guys. The adrenaline you provided was just what the doctor ordered...I am sore but much better today. 

The band played a killer set over 40 or so minutes featuring all 4 songs from the debut ep as well as tracks from their newest LP "Do Or Die" which came out on Deathwish Records last year. Seeing the band rework old songs and bring new but familiar energy is akin to watching a jazz quartet re-imagine a standard with finesse but also the power the band is known for.  so good. 

 

All images taken with Nikon D850 and 20 1.8 Nikkor lens. 

 

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(JC Photo & Media) burn chaka concert d850 flash gavin hardcore nikon http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/5/burn-at-brooklyn-bazaar Sun, 13 May 2018 03:09:08 GMT
Snapcase in Brooklyn http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/5/snapcase-in-brooklyn Snapcase. Brooklyn. Nikon D850. 2 SB-5000 Speedlights. Good time. That is all.

 

C'mon now - you know I'm wordier than that.

Snapcase was never my favorite band. They came too late to be in the running for that and too early to be the band that helped bring me back to the hardcore world. What they were was a band that put on a great show. Had insightful lyrics with a singer that I could understand. That was big for me in 93-97 when it seemed like every band was deciding that sing alongs and stage dives were not as cool as indecipherable lyrics and chug chug beatdown dance parts. What sucked for me was that i liked the dance parts but what brought me into this world were the lyrics. Without them it was hollow and I would gladly sit and listen to the stuff that baptized me into this world rather than new bands. There WERE new bands of course that mean something to me. Some like Burn (who also played and killed this show - pics in another post) and Quicksand were phoenix rising from the ashes of bands that I loved. Their were bands like Avail that a few years earlier might have been too "punk" for me but instead were perfect. There were the Sick Of It All's of the world - bands I grew up in the scene with and that NEVER stopped playing....There were the random Killing Time shows and the Wetlands and Coney Island High scenes and I was always transported to a good place when I went but I didn't go as much because if it wasn't the bands i grew up with then...well in the course of 4-5 years things just weren't the same. Back to Snapcase. They were never as hard as their upstate NY brethren. The lyrics were understandable and with each record they were growing up just as I was. By the time that 2000's Designs for Automation came out I was back in love with hardcore...So while they may not have been my favorite band. They were an important band to me. Those bands that carried the baton for me from 93-97 are almost more important than the bands that made me fall in love the first time. Those are the bands that kept my love of hardcore alive. From the reaction the crowd gave tonight...They are still super important.

For this show - Holy Shit! They were tight. I saw them last at the Anti Matter show and for some reason my memory does not have them sounding like this. Great set with energy, passion, and precision. They were amazing last night. Thanks guys! 

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Revel In Failure http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/4/revel-in-failure When I teach my lighting class one of the important philosophical concepts that I try to get the students to grasp is that photography ain't easy. If you don't take the time to learn from your failures then you will never learn anything. If you can accept that it takes a long time to get any good at anything then you can begin to revel in the failures and move forward taking those lessons to your next snap of the shutter. I've been blessed to be exposed to so many photographers that are so much better than I am and in that I've been pushed to try things that I either never thought I would do or even could do. Lately i've been very focused on TimeLapses due to their polar opposition to the type of shooting that i generally do. In my portrait shooting I have a lot of control. Control over the clothing, light, location, look, posing, etc. It still is an adventure but small failures cost me 1/250th of a second or even less before I'm shooting again and trying something different. With timelapse those experiments, errors, and evaluations take much longer and the finished product depends on cooperation of location and lighting as well as the planning and control that I enjoy about photography. For me it's like the difference between poker and blackjack (the only two games i play in any casino) - Poker is a game of skill with an element of luck. That is my portrait photography. Blackjack is a game of chance with an element of skill. That is timelapse. Two of my favorite quotes come to mind each time I shoot timelapse especially in the dark.

 

"You're first ten thousand photographs are your worst" - Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the mouth" - Mike Tyson

 

Last night I spent a few hours out in the cold trying desperately to capture the Lyrids meteor shower. Living in central New Jersey it's not ideal - too much light pollution makes the relative brightness of the stars seem diminished compared to the same view out West or in areas with less population (and hence less manmade light)  I picked a spot i've driven by based on the power lines in the background without scouting in day light. MISTAKE. The ground basically is a marsh at this point due to the rain. So I never could get away from the road like i wanted so you see the flickering of headlights to camera right. I used my Skyguide app to see where the meteor shower was supposed to be most visible. I aimed. I picked an exposure that would show me the stars and give me the foreground and diminish the houses on the horizon and.... voila! I got this. Not what i expected and with very little meteor activity. 

So it's morning. I'm tired. i'm disappointed and trying to find solace in the fact that I learned a few things, that any time shooting is better than sitting on the couch, that I have this thing to share and even if it's not what I wanted it to be it's something I made from nothing.

350 shots at 10 seconds each to be...underwhelmed. Add in the time processing the images and...well It's not the worst thing I've ever shot but I'm happy that with timelapses the 10,000 shots Mr. Cartier-Bresson spoke of come very fast.... 

 

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B-17 TimeLapses At Sun N Fun 2018 http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/4/b-17-timelapses-at-sun-n-fun-2018 While visiting the Sun N Fun 2018 Fly-In in I got to cross off a bucket list item that I didn't even know was on my bucket list until I did it. Fly on a B-17 Flying Fortress. Check. One of the most thrilling experiences of my life to fly in the belly of a plane built in 1945 was heart pumping. Being a photographer I was trying to capture as much of it as i could but simply couldn't get images that caught the true feeling of what it was like. 

The next day I of course decided to go by the plane and try to create something cool that would memorialize my excitement. I couldn't but I did create some fun timelapses of two of the ten remaining flight worthy B-17's in the world. The first you see below was of the "Movie Memphis Belle" and the second two are of my all time favorite plane - the Texas Raiders B-17G (both are awesome - just the Texas Raiders was the first and you always love your first)

Big thanks to Jose Ramos and Doug DeFelice for hanging out and helping me with the hardest part of doing timelapse - the boredom while it's shooting. You guys rule. 

All timelapses were created with Nikon D850 

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(JC Photo & Media) b-17 flying fortress nikon sun n fun timelapse http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/4/b-17-timelapses-at-sun-n-fun-2018 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:48:22 GMT
Mets Opening Day 2018 Timelapse http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/3/mets-opening-day-2018-timelapse Nothing screams spring like opening day of Major League Baseball. As a lifelong Mets fan it's been my privilege to attend the last 4 opening days at Citifield and help to capture some of the festivities. Even on a day that was gray and damp, I couldn't help but smile. It didn't hurt that the Mets won 9-4 against a team that I grew up hating....

I captured the images that this timelapse is made up of using my Nikon D850 and the 8-15 fisheye. All motion was controlled via the Syrp Genie Mini. All images were shot in the NEF (Nikon Raw) file format and converted after to Jpgs. This is a heavily compressed 1080P version because of the limits of my blog. II exported the files ready for 8K but I don't have a way to process that currently. Gotta love the D850. The one thing that I will add when I do the final product is sound. Since I shot this yesterday and wanted to share I haven't had time to try to find music that really works for me but I will. Triple Scoop Music has such a large collection of music that I really couldn't find the piece that I thought best. 

The process of trying to create timelapse can be hit and miss as you try to make sure that you get smooth action and movement while maintaining the security of your gear and praying that you get action that is interesting to the end viewer. When I shoot a timelapse in the desert or an abandoned building I can just walk away for a bit or take a nap if i like. Hard to do when surrounded by a sell out crowd. The other obvious issue is that you are really hoping for natural movement such as clouds or other motion. The 45000 people certainly helped to create dynamic images even though the sky would not cooperate. I had to underexpose the sky by 4 stops for some of these shots to get even a hit of cloud movement. Again - thank the camera gods for the D850 and it's dynamic range. 

I really enjoyed the smaller pieces such as the sausage stand. This was the first timelapse I've ever done this way where I knew I had multiple shots I wanted to edit together for the final project and all this did was whet my appetite. Next time I'll hopefully bring more than one camera in order to capture multiple views of the same scene at the same time to allow for more creative editing. 

The Syrp really helps give me something slightly different and for 250 dollars it's become invaluable to me when I decide to take on these types of projects. I wish i could use it in combination with the silent shutter mode the D850 brings to the table when I'm controlling the timelapse internally but it's a worthy trade-off for such an inexpensive piece of gear that brings production value to the shots. 

   

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(JC Photo & Media) baseball citifield d850 genie mets nikon nikonlove opening day syrp timelapse http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/3/mets-opening-day-2018-timelapse Fri, 30 Mar 2018 14:07:38 GMT
Outburst, Krimewatch, Ice Cold Killers - Kiling Time 30th Anniversary Show http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/12/outburst-krimewatch-ice-cold-killers---kiling-time-30th-anniversary-show Great shows require great openers and the Killing Time 30th Anniversary show did just what was needed. I missed King Nine - sorry - but the other bands all delivered. 

First time I'd seen Ice Cold Killers and they were really good. 3rd time with Krimewatch. Always good. Always fierce. 

Outburst - it had been 27 years since I saw them. Last time was at City Gardens and they were amazing. Pit was wild and the band was energetic. Great job. 

Here are the images...

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(JC Photo & Media) brooklyn concert concert photography hardcore ice cold killers krimewatch nikon nyhc outburst punk rock http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/12/outburst-krimewatch-ice-cold-killers---kiling-time-30th-anniversary-show Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:53:25 GMT
Killing Time 30 - The Stills http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/12/killing-time-30---the-stills If there is a Mt. Rushmore of NYHC records then Killing Time's Brightside would have to be on it. The lyrical content is timeless speaking of betrayal, loves lost, chances taken and untaken. It is perfect record which is undeniably a hardcore record while at the same time injecting some metal style musicianship while never crossing the line to the metalcore that came after. It is for me a perfect record. For me it will always be part of a trifecta of perfect hardcore records that were released within a few months of each other in 1989 - records that cemented my love of NYHC. Sick Of It All's Blood Sweat and No Tears, Gorilla Biscuits' Start Today and Killing Time's Brightside are all perfection for me. They encapsulate a feeling that will forever have me being 17. 

On Black Friday 2017 I was able to capture the 30th Anniversary show of Killing Time at the Brooklyn Bazaar and was lucky to be in close with the band (i even got to soundcheck....badly) and share the joy of knowing that there is a room full of people that love you. Love what you are and were and what you represented to them. 

I love you guys...

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(JC Photo & Media) 30th anniversary black and white brightside concert concert photography flash hardcore killing time killingtime killingtime30 kt30 nikon nikonlove nyhc sick of it all sing along stage dive http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/12/killing-time-30---the-stills Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:50:48 GMT
Killing Time 30th Videos http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/11/killing-time-30th-videos I mostly shoot stills. Sometimes I shoot videos. In stills my flash overpowers the shitty strange colors that most clubs use. In video I feel like it's black and white or nothing. 

All that being said - not much i can say about these guys that hasn't been said. One of my favorite all time bands and a bunch of good guys to boot. 

Here are videos from the Killing Time 30th Anniversary show shot on my Nikon D5. Wisdom and Wall of Hate. 

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(JC Photo & Media) concert concert video hardcore killing time nikon nikon video nyhc http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/11/killing-time-30th-videos Sun, 26 Nov 2017 04:12:12 GMT
Grade at Saint Vitus Brooklyn http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/11/grade-at-saint-vitus-brooklyn There aren't a ton of bands from that late 90's-early 2000's that mean more to me than Grade did. It was a time when I was questioning hardcore and what it meant. I was nearing 30 and was going through relationship issues and here comes a band that can play with Sick of It all or with Taking Back Sunday and seem totally at home with both...I already knew of the band in 98 but it was Under The Radar hitting and the blend of accessability and rage, the swing from near pop punk to total angsty hardcore that made them so special. Those same years would bring me Bane and American Nightmare amongst others...all bands that mixed the intensity of hardcore with the lyrical content of someone that wasn't 16 anymore. It may just be that i'm an adolescent at heart but the words from Under The Radar still make me roll down the windows and scream 20 years later.... Thank you

It's always hard to meet the people that wrote the songs you love because quite often they disappoint you...I've been blessed that the bands that I've come to be friends with have all been just what I hoped they'd be when young me didn't have a camera in his hand. When I was just another kid screaming along and bouncing people around in the pit....

Thanks boys

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Grade at Saint Vitus - A Year In The Past Forever In the Future http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/11/grade-at-saint-vitus---a-year-in-the-past-forever-in-the-future JCPHOTOMEDIA.NET

I've been seeing Grade for almost 20 years and they always put on a great show and the lyrics have always resonated with me in my heart. I gotta give a big thank you to Kyle for inviting me out to capture the show. I shot 99% stills but I did shoot one video. It's not the best sound and it's not my favorite Grade song but even my least favorite song from Under The Radar is high on my list... perfect record in a genre that didn't make perfect records. Thanks guys.

"This is a time in my life where everything is falling apart, and at the same time it's all coming together. Those summer days that I longed for never really were what I wanted them to be. Just like when beautiful people drive ugly cars. I'm hitting the road again with five of my best friends. We always seem to disagree, but I still enjoy their company. And when I leave I'll make you another mixed tape. Those singers always know just what to say. My throat's already hurting, and it isn't even the first day. The record sounds great, but for some reason I can't pull it off from day to day."

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(JC Photo & Media) canada emo grade hardcore kyle bishop live nikon nikonlove punk saint vitus video http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/11/grade-at-saint-vitus---a-year-in-the-past-forever-in-the-future Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:05:28 GMT
Caroline Pearce NYC Fightweek UFC 217 http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/11/caroline-pearce-nyc-fightweek-ufc-217 Timing is everything. Wise people say it. Wiser people know it. A lot of life boils down to being in the right place at the right time.

While visiting the UFC photo crew for UFC 217 to show the freaking amazing D850 to the freaking amazing Jeff Bottari, I happened to be standing behind Caroline in the media line at MSG where the press was waiting to go in to do media day in advance of UFC 217. Caroline was a few steps in front of me and she misstepped for half a second and I smirked up in that way that happens when two people know that something could have went bad and told her that I would have caught her. Simple interaction. They happen everyday between people and most of the time will never mean anything after. I asked Jeff who she was. He shows me her Instagram and if wasn't already apparent (IT WAS) that she was a work out junkie her IG proved it. I did a few seconds of stalking...um...research and decided to reach out to see if she had a few moments because I've been working on a project showing fitness/yoga in places you don't see it all the time. I wasn't going to be able to drag Caroline to one of my abandoned spaces but I figured I'd see if she had any free time. She responded and we set it up for a few hours before fight time on Saturday. Just my D850, a couple Nikkor lenses and 2 SB-5000's. It was a little windy and i was alone so bigger mods were out of the question so I went barebulb. With a woman with amazing muscularity the bare bulbs would help accentuate so i was ok with the choice. Of course I would have liked to have had a more complex lighting scenario but i was not going to pass up the chance to shoot someone like Caroline. The stalking...um...research had shown that she was a former heptathlete for England. Followed that up with bobsled. She then figured out how to turn her passion into profession and became a fitness guru and on air personality for tons of things leading to her time with Fox Sports 1 and the UFC. 

She was amazing. Totally fearless and comfortable and inspiring. (i woke up and did sit ups and pushups this morning because of being shamed by her muscles) I hope you take a moment to check her out. 

Thank you Caroline for an hour of your time. 

Thank you Nikon for making the best stuff.

Thank you Jeff and the UFC for having me over...

 

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View From Hotel Roof http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/10/view-from-hotel-roof For some reason I've always liked the top of the New Yorker building.  In the right angle (not the one i got) you have the sign and the empire state building in the same shot (i can see it but just the spire) For me being in Manhattan usually means work. I rarely take the time to sit and shoot. i used to more but lately i seem to be so caught up with helping my customers and the traffic and the noise that as soon as I'm done i'm leaving. My co-worker Melissa Dibartolo found a great spot at our hotel while we were working PhotoPlus and I set up my Nikon D850 with the 20 1.8 Nikkor lens on my Induro Baby Grand to get the steadiest shot I could. I wanted it for timelapses to keep things rock solid but it's proved so useful for my regular shooting as well. Love it. In any event - the camera. The file. wow. just. wow.

30 seconds at f/6.3 ISO 64

 

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Quicksand At Irving Plaza NYC http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/10/quicksand-at-irving-plaza-nyc JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM

This year has been awesome for the 1990 version of me with new records from two of my all time favorite bands. With Burn releasing Do or Die earlier in the summer and now Quicksand announcing the release of their own new record it's been a good time to be a 40 something hardcore kid. I was able to bring my D850 into Irving and get some shots of Quicksand and No Joy rocking out the sold out show in Manhattan. Here are the pics. 

 

 

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New York Knicks Media Day 2017 http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/10/new-york-knicks-media-day-2017 Sometimes (most of the time) I have an awesome job. This week i had a friend at a local news outlet request that I help out with some lighting for the New York Knicks media day. It was an interesting since he is a Canon shooter and I'm a Nikon shooter to see the difference in our files from the same lighting set up. Shooting wasn't my main goal - i was there to help my friend, and talk to other Nikon shooters... To show them the D850 and 105 1.4 in all of their perfection, and get a few images taken at the same time to show the abilities of the camera. 

The first thing that was different about the day was using the Profoto B1's. I work for Nikon. I shoot Nikon. I use Nikon Speedlights because they give me the best bang for the buck so to speak when it comes to power vs size and cost. I love my speedlights and every photo you've seen from me up till now has been with my Nikon's. Due to the type of work we were doing at this event and the speed and power needs we decided that B1's would do the trick and boy did they. Easy to set up, use, and the quality of light was fantastic. Worked flawlessly. 

The second thing that was odd about the day is that I wasn't the biggest guy in the room. Not close to it. It was slightly disconcerting. I've met people that were bigger than me but never in the numbers and consistency that i did during the day. One after another was at least my size if not bigger. When a big part of what defines you is that you are a yeti it can be odd to not be the biggest guy in the room. 

Regardless of all this the Knicks were all very gracious and I left the room rooting for them. Shooting celebrities can easily go the other way where the behavior of the subject leaves you rooting for their failure. I really hope this year goes the way that the energy in the room felt. 

 

Click on the image of Tim Hardaway Jr below to take you to the entire folder of images. 

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Warzone Tribute at Thompkins Square Park http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/10/warzone-tribute-at-thompkins-square-park Walter opened with a heartfelt rendition of his acoustic song "open letter to the scene" and the set closed with an amazing version of "As One" with Lou from Sick of It All and Civ from Gorilla Biscuits going back and forth on the verses like Run Dmc in their prime. In between were guest vocals from a who's who of NYHC all-stars. Raybeez would have been into it. The UNITY, the passion. The Fun. As One!  JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM JCPHOTOMEDIA.COM

 

Check out InEffect Hardcore for more coverage. I'll have a post with all the other bands next week - the real world calls. 

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Burn Do Or Die Timelapse http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/9/burn-do-or-die-timelapse

I've been lucky enough that people that were my heroes when i was a teenager have become friends as I've gotten older. Thank you to Gavin, Chaka, Tyler, and Abbas for giving me the access to help create this. It wasn't done as a video project. It was just the stills that I shoot at shows blended together but it worked out that it coincided with a new record that I'm glad to have been able to hear the past few months. Thanks and enjoy!

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(JC Photo & Media) abbas burn chaka deathwish do or die gavin hardcore kurt ballou music music video nikon nyhc taylor timelapse http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/9/burn-do-or-die-timelapse Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:56:48 GMT
Shadowplay at the US Open http://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/9/shadowplay-at-the-us-open The magic hour for me at the US Open only happens on bright sunny days in Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows is between 2-3 pm when the light sends the shadows across the court and I can use the hard rays to illuminate the players like strobes against the deep shadows. It's during this time that I love shooting tennis. It's that time when I'm inspired to try to create something outside of capturing the forehands and serves of the best tennis players in the world. If the clouds come out it's over. If the roof has to be shut then it's over. It only lasts for 30 minutes in early September.

 

I'll be adding images to this post over the next few days but this image captured with the Nikon D850 and 200-500 5.6 lens really exemplified what I'm trying to get. 

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