JCPhotoMedia: Blog https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog en-us (C) JCPhotoMedia (JCPhotoMedia) Wed, 07 Jul 2021 16:50:00 GMT Wed, 07 Jul 2021 16:50:00 GMT https://www.jcphotomedia.net/img/s/v-12/u729400459-o516698404-50.jpg JCPhotoMedia: Blog https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog 80 120 We're With Stu - Bane Set https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2021/7/were-with-stu---bane-set

"Letting go is never easy to do
Everyday's a new door that we all must go through
I've learned so much, you're never gone, my friend
I know we'll meet the same shining end

 

Forget the who, the what, the when, the where, the why
Did you love something with all of your might?"

BANE "Calling Hours"

 

July 2 the BANE family came together to pay tribute to Brendan "Stu" Maguire at the House of Blue's in Boston. It was a fitting tribute to a fallen family member that was a part of not just the Bane family but the HOB and Boston music scene. I've tried to write this about a dozen times and it's a continuous mix between reporting it and trying to show the feelings...I don't know that the words can convey the feelings. This past year was full of loss and gains and it seems everytime i wrap my head around it something else tragic happens....

 

I hate the cliché of i'll let the photos do the talking but in this case... I'm going to have to let it go at that... It was both the most joyous show i've been to in a long while and the saddest - seeing my friends push themselves after 5 years off and seeing them not miss a beat was a wondrous event - wrapped in utter sadness.... 

 

Can We Start Again?

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(JCPhotoMedia) Bane calling hours can we start again hardcore sony a1 Stu wake we're with stu https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2021/7/were-with-stu---bane-set Wed, 07 Jul 2021 16:49:42 GMT
Mets Photo Day 2021 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2021/2/mets-photo-day-2021
 

Created these images during spring training 2021 with the New York Mets using the Westcott FJ Wireless Flash System. 

 

Gear Used:

Westcott X-Drop Background

Westcott FJ400

Westcott FJ200

Rapid Box Switch Octa L

Rapid Box Switch 1x3 Strip with Grid

Sony A7rIV

Sigma 105 2.8 Dg Dn

 

When i was setting this up the main shoot was a solid gray background as requested by the Mets - off to the right in the BTS at the end of this post you can see where these images were created. The set up was super basic and purposefully built in such a way that i would get a decent result with players that were 5'8 like Marcus Stroman and people that were 6'8 like Dellin Betances. Due to covid protocols i was not allowed closer than 10 feet from the players which informed a lot of decisions for the day. 

I stared with the X drop. I knew I had limited space and I knew i wanted something totally opposite from my main image set. The high contrast black background was the opposite in every way. Instead of even light i went with a very directional moody lighting direction. The black fabric of the X-Drop ate up the light with no reflection and was perfect in this use. 

I went with the Rapid Box Octa L due to how much i love the quality of light that comes from it as well as the fact that it is my largest octa meaning it would give me coverage for all size players. When shooting baseball players i have to take into account the hat so my light is set on more of a parallel line to them than i would do on a traditional portrait. The Octa was being filled with light from a Westcott FJ400. 

My rim light set to camera left and 180 degrees opposite of the octa was in a Rapid Box Switch 1x3 with the grid. I wanted to keep the light tight and focused to help accentuate the drama. 

All images are f/4 at 1/200th of a second...

Lets Go Mets! 

 

 
 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) Athletes Baseball FJ200 FJ400 LGM Lighting Mets New York Portraits Sigma Sony Sony A7rIV sports portraits Thor Westcott X-Drop https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2021/2/mets-photo-day-2021 Sat, 27 Feb 2021 19:11:41 GMT
Stacy-Ann - NYC Shoot with Westcott FJ-400 and 101 Minutes https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2020/10/stacy-ann---nyc-shoot-with-westcott-fj-400 I first met Stacy-Ann in Rio during the Olympics. If you have heard me teach you have heard the story. I look back on the images now and would kill to have my Westcott FJ-400's for the images i shot with her in Rio but i digress. After 4 years of living within an hour of her she is onto a new adventure so we scheduled some time to shoot in the city. As always life gets in the way of living and you never get to shoot as much as you like but we were determined to get as much in ans we could. With me being a one man band 99% of the time i pack light and try to be flexible with my mods so that i can get different looks quickly.

Lately I've been carrying my 2 Light Fj-400 kit with the Medium Rapid Box Octa and the 1x 3 Strip. it's funny that i didn't consciously plan it this way but it happens to be the kit that Westcott sells together....(get it from a local store if you are thinking about it - small business owners need your support more than ever) We ended up taking our first shot at 4:38pm and our last at 6:19pm for a total of 101 minutes of shooting. During that time it rained twice. Once after we had walked to location. I'm not saying this in hopes you'll call me a wambulance. I'm just saying that for such a short shoot i'm very proud we managed a few different looks and different set ups within the looks....We started by walking out and around a couple corners till i saw the grafiti door and the purple flower door and i started to set up the lights... two seconds later the wind started hard and then the rain... we scurried back to the apartment and of course it stopped raining. We had a bit of roof access so we headed up there with the gear and again i got to the point where i had attached my Rapid Box Octa M to the Fj-400 and it started to rain again... We moved in the stairwell and i said - lets shoot while we wait...

That brings us to the set of images we shot in the stairwell - i used the medium Octa as my main light at the top of the stairs and then aimed a bare FJ-400 into the corner at camera left to blow out the walls and add some fill for really soft light....

All shots during this shoot were with the Sony A7rIV

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

4:38 - 4:32 PM


I checked outside and it had stopped but the sky still looked like it didn't know what it wanted to do... I set up the lights and grabbed a few of Stacy-Ann with the World Trade as the backdrop....

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

4:44 - 4:48 PM


The sky was not exactly what i wanted so i decided to go with the old standard and put Stacy-Ann against the bricks for a few before we would change outfits and location... 

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

4:51 - 5:00 PM

The rain seemed under control and even though i knew i could explore the rapidly changing sky we decided to do an outfit switch and go back to the street where we had first set up earlier. We were now fully starting to feel the weight of the clock on us - Stacy had a dinner planned... She switched into this dress and i set up some very simple lighting to try to maximize the time...As mentioned above the grafiti door and the the flower door were just inches apart... 

5:29 - 5:39 PM

We then moved the lights and Stacy to the street to the left of where i was shooting these... the dinner was at 7 with a 15 minute travel so we had less than an hour left and knew we wanted to get some shots in front of her building before she moves to the future.... so it was time to hustle a bit....

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art

5:41 - 5:43 PM

 

Starting to do the "we gotta going" dance that is closely related to the peepee dance... I'm very anal about time and even though Stacy was pretty chill about it I didn't want to be the reason she was late....

We started walking back to the house and i saw a rough white wall on the corner and decided i could do a quick white background and then turn for a more edgy light off the same wall....

Same lens

5:50 - 5:52 PM

Home stretch now - I'm carrying the lights and the camera and the stands and the mods and rushing to her apartment so she can change into something that she will yet again look great in while i try to figure out how to get what I want with two lights.... 

She comes down and like always she looks super cool - i set up and we shoot some shots to say good bye to the door step....

6:11 - 6:19 PM

 

Great shoot - the lights were consistent. No misfires. That is all you can ask from pro gear... The camera and lenses did what they needed to do and Stacy just killed it.... 

101 Minutes from first shot to last.... 

 

 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) ANTM BlackGirlMagic BLM Fashion FastFashion FJ400 Fj-400 Lighting Off Camera Flash OffCameraFlash Sigma Sony Stacy-Ann Westcott Westcott Lighting https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2020/10/stacy-ann---nyc-shoot-with-westcott-fj-400 Sat, 10 Oct 2020 14:12:18 GMT
Ink Stained Skin vs 1970 Land Rover https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2020/10/ink-stained-skin-vs-1970-land-rover Had a great time out with my friend and talented shooter William Hauser on his farm and with his 1970 Land Rover. We had the beautiful Ink_Stained_Skin (IG) with us to distract us from pretty streams and awesome vehicles.... The lighting was provided by 3 Westcott FJ-400's in various Westcott Mods...

Despite overall being a pretty day the clouds were moving fast and the sun was in and out forcing some very quick changes to the set ups. Controlling the ambient became the battle as the FJ-400's produced consistent beautiful light for the subjects. 

 

Gear Used:

Strobe - FJ-400

Rapid Box Switch Octa M

Rapd Box Switch 1 x 4 

Apollo Orb 43"

Sony A7rIV

Sigma 135 1.8

Sigma 85 1.4

Sigma 35 1.4

BTS At The End

                     

 

 

 

BTS 

 

   

 

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Domino Park Portrait Shoot https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2020/9/domino-park-portrait-shoot Subjects - Janell and Jermaine 

Make Up - MakeOverByNess

Lighting Gear - 2 Westcott FJ400 with various Westcott Mods

Camera - Sony A7rIV with 70-200 2.8 and 35 1.4

 






 

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From Fear To Flash - CLS Off Camera Flash Set Up https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2020/5/from-fear-to-flash---cls-off-camera-flash-set-up As promised here is the set up guide to help you get the most out of the Nikon Creative Lighting System when you use the pop up flash as the master flash...

Please feel free to reach out with any questions...

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From Fear to Flash Addendum: WR-10 and SB-5000 Set Up Including Shortcut https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2020/4/from-fear-to-flash-addendum-wr-10-and-sb-5000-set-up-including-shortcut I love lighting. I love controlling a scene with aperture and shutterspeed and light and creating an image that i previsualize. I love the art of creating photos rather than settling for taking what is given to me. 

With that being said sometime technology is a key to freeing me to be more creative. In the case of the SB-5000 and WR-10 from Nikon technology has gone a long way toward helping me stop thinking about challenges and focus on the things that matter to me like the quality of the light... the location... the pose and the subjects location...

Follow these steps below to get your WR-10 system from being a very cool part of the Nikon ecosystem to being a tool in your arsenal that helps you create....

 

                            

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(JCPhotoMedia) flash From Fear To Flash nikon SB-5000 speedlight wireless WR-10 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2020/4/from-fear-to-flash-addendum-wr-10-and-sb-5000-set-up-including-shortcut Tue, 21 Apr 2020 18:23:21 GMT
Abandoned School with Nikon Z7 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2020/3/abandoned-school-with-nikon-z7 I am not a landscape photographer. I am not an urbanex photographer. I am a portrait photographer that loves photography and loves adventures and loves shooting portraits in landscapes and abandoned spaces. To do that you have to scout sometimes. That is what i did this week when i ventured into an abandoned school in order to scout a location for possible future fashion/portrait shoots. 

My Z7 is my go to for almost everything that I shoot. If i really need to push the limits of ISO or framerate i will pick up my Z6 but 99% of the time the Z7 is the camera in my hand. The file, the color, the form factor all work for me just right. With the release of the 3.0 firmware the focus has been spot on regardless of lighting conditions. I love my S lenses for the Z mount - in this case the 14-30. I can't wait to revisit this location with some subjects to light....






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Be Well Record Release Party Washington DC 2-29-20 - Photos and Video https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2020/3/be-well-record-release-party-washington-dc-2-29-20 When Aaron Dalbec called me up to say "I have a new band" to say i was excited was an understatement but at the same point I was on edge... I love Aaron. If the band was shit i'd have to lie to him. If i didn't like the songs I'd have to hope that everyone in the band was an amazing performer that made the pictures great even if i didn't like the music. That is the conundrum of being a photographer that actually likes the music i shoot. 

When he told me who was in the band with him i started to feel more confident that my worries were mislaid.

When i heard the demos I knew that I had nothing to worry about. 

To say that Be Well is my favorite new band right now is an understatement. 

from the Equal Vision Records press release.... 

"Be Well is a new band with deep roots. Musically, it’s emotionally gripping, with an expertly executed blend of melodic hardcore with notes of 90’s post-hardcore influence. The lyrics are deeply personal, and the vocals harken back to early DC bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace. The members include Peter Tsouras (Guitar) and Shane Johnson (Drums) from Fairweather, Mike Schleibaum (guitar) of Darkest Hour, and Aaron Dalbec (Bass) from Bane. Rounding out the quintet is the vocalist, Brian McTernan, who is known for his production work with bands like Circa Survive, Hot Water Music, Turnstile and Thrice. Be Well’s energy is relentless as McTernan chronicles his struggles with depression and fatherhood through lyrics that are equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful. Fans of the individual members’ past work have anxiously awaited Be Well’s first recorded music. What they’ll get in the band’s 7-inch (released on Equal Vision) will undoubtedly live up to the anticipation."

 

TECH: shot with nikon d780 with lights from westcott FJ 400 strobe

 

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR VIDEO



 

Be Well Strength For Breath 

 

Be Well Frozen
 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) Be Well Equal Vision Records EVR Nikon Westcott https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2020/3/be-well-record-release-party-washington-dc-2-29-20 Wed, 04 Mar 2020 15:27:43 GMT
College Football Playoff National Championship with Nikon Z https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2020/1/college-football-playoff-national-championship-with-nikon-z Got the chance to cross another major sporting event off my bucket list when I visited the CFP National Championship in New Orleans January 13, 2020.

For this game i chose to put a Nikon 200 f/2 on my Z6 and use the 24-70 2.8 Nikon S lens on my Z7. The 200 is definitely not long enough for most of the game but in the end zone if I happened to get lucky i might get something. I put both cameras in H* for shooting speed... both in manual with 1/1250th to 1/1600th shutter speeds and auto ISO so that if i changed aperture or the light changed a little I'd be ok. I would never have shot Auto ISO years ago but this has become my normal set up when i shoot sports as I want control of the shutter speed and the aperture for creative choices while the ISO is simply a light gathering decision. My apertures were mostly wide open or close to it. You don't carry the 200 f/2 to shoot it at f/8. I'm chose it for it's unique look that paid off on some shots in a big way. In hind sight i would have put the 200 on the Z7 to allow more ability to crop the beautiful giant file in post but i was more concerned in the moment with ISO and frame rate.

Here we go...

This was the first image I took as I took a position at the Clemson endzone and shot up with the Z7 and 24-70 2.8 S - nothing happening but it set the scene for me. 

This would be the last time Clemson had a real chance to make a game of it after scoring a touchdown to make it 28-25

The beginning of the end - with Clemson up 17-7 LSU QB Joe Burrow ran in a Touchdown. Clemson was outscored 35-8 starting here.







Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence just couldn't get it done against a tough LSU defense

After catching two TD's all season LSU Tight End (and Randy Moss's son) Thaddeus Moss caught two in the biggest game of his career

This is the opposite view of the amazing image that Sports Illustrated ended up using on the special edition cover of Joe Burrow directing blockers as he ran from trouble one more time.

This series defined the way the game was after the first quarter. Clemson tried valiantly but was left beaten rather badly at the end.





This was the sequence of the game for me - the 200 f/2 really created a great look and the Z6 AF did it's job as i captured the final TD of the game thrown by Heisman winner Joe Burrow to Terrace Marshall Jr 





 

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Nikon Z50 and 50-250 Shoot The NFL https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/12/nikon-z50-and-50-250-shoot-the-nfl Images captured with the Nikon Z50 and the kit 50-250 during the New York Giants v Miami Dolphins NFL Football game.

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) Dolphins Eli Eli Manning Football Giants Manning NFL Nikon Nikon Z50 NikonLove NikonZ50 Sports Sports Photography Z50 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/12/nikon-z50-and-50-250-shoot-the-nfl Mon, 16 Dec 2019 21:11:13 GMT
Black and White or Color - MMA Portrait With Nikon Z50 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/11/black-and-white-or-color---mma-portrait-with-nikon-z50 Started testing my Z50 with a portrait shoot at 101 Boxing Club - through on a Nikon 50 1.8 S lens and took a couple shots in the middle of the class I was teaching with the amazing Joey Terrill during the Summit Photography Workshop in California. The set up was 3 Profoto strobes. One gridded for the face, one in a small soft box aimed up at the mid-section of our subject Thor Skancke while another lit the bags and shoulder to camera left. 

Using the Z50 was super intuitive as it's very close to my Z7 only much smaller and lighter. Paired with the light and fast 50 1.8 S the camera immediately had me thinking about travel and having a camera with a big sensor (DX sized) and AF system that was barely more intrusive than my cell phone. Being able to carry that and make the kind of images you see below and in the sports post I'll be putting up soon was a dream to me a few years ago. 

I took three photos of Thor. One with all three strobes. One with the bottom softbox turned off. and One with the available light from the windows and the Profoto's modeling lamps. That was it. I did the black and white in Silver Efex Pro 

Which do you prefer?

Color first - 1. All Strobes 2. 2 Strobes 3. Modeling Lights

Black and White next - same order

Interested to hear your opinions

 

 

 

 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) Black and White BlackAndWhite Fighter Inked Lighting MMA Nikon off camera flash Portrait Profoto Summit Tattooed Thor Z50 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/11/black-and-white-or-color---mma-portrait-with-nikon-z50 Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:45:21 GMT
108 Videos at Brooklyn Bazaar https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/11/108-videos-at-brooklyn-bazaar

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108 Saint Vitus 2019 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/11/108-saint-vitus-2019 picking up the camera in the mid 2000's to shoot gave me back a lot of the joy that I had in the late 80's when i'd just go dance and sing and make a fool out of myself. here we are in 2019 and i'm still in the pit, still screaming along, but i have my Nikon in my hand. photographing hardcore has given me a second life in music that i didn't think i'd still be going to see in 2019.

all that being said if it wasn't for the friendships and the relationships that i've built at shows with the bands, the other content creators, the people that are at every show singing along I wouldn't be shooting it still. 

Thank you 108 for having me along. Thank you Kate for inviting me to capture these evenings of fun and mayhem. 

 

the photos from Brooklyn Bazzaar will be in another post - enjoy

 

CLICK ON ONE IMAGE AND THEN YOU CAN SEE THE FULL TAKE 

 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) 108 Bass Deathwish Drums Equal Vision flash photography GavinAbsolution Guitar hardcore hare krishna jcphotoandmedia metal nikon Photography punk Saint Vitus speedlight https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/11/108-saint-vitus-2019 Sun, 03 Nov 2019 16:35:01 GMT
Tribute In Light 2019 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/9/tribute-in-light-2019 I never know what to write on 9/11. I was there. It's still surreal. I lost friends. Doesn't change anything. Half the time it turns into me getting angry about conspiracy theories and defending my time as a cop. I'm over that. I won't ever forget it but I have moved on. 

This year i spent the day with friends and captured some shots. I'm an awful landscape guy. I don't have the patience to be great at it. If I wanted patients i'd be a doctor. But yesterday was the first time in a while that standing around while the camera counted down 20 - 30 second exposures to finish was fun. Thanks Cliff, Anthony, and Nick. 

Here they are and this is the part i'm comfy talking about....

All shot on Nikon Z7. All at ISO 64. All with either 24-70 2.8 S, 85 1.8 S, or the 300 f/4 PF with FTZ. Mostly 30 seconds or right around it.

Landscape photography is just like all photography. It's about light. We didn't get fantastic light yesterday. Humidity was reminiscent of July which added some haze. In hindsight we should have started in Bayonne and moved after but...ifs and buts etc. 

Enjoy. 

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(JCPhotoMedia) 9/11 Empire State Building New York City Night Night Photography Nikon Nikon Z7 NYC Statue of Liberty Tribute In Light World Trade Center Z7 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/9/tribute-in-light-2019 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 16:50:10 GMT
Train https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/8/train Stop what you are doing now and go check out Corrado Photo for images from his Drummer Love project and to see some amazing photography. Mike is a friend and a mentor and it was great to go out and see him. Seeing three fun bands, talking to the other photographers working the event, showing them my Z system was all bonus. It's always a pleasure for me to get to see Mike. 

Now that you've done that - here are my images of Train while they tour with Goo Goo Dolls and Allen Stone from the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel New Jersey. Some of my favorites are when Allen Stone and John Rzeznik joined the band on stage. 




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(JCPhotoMedia) Band Concert Nikon Photography Train Z6 Z7 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/8/train Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:20:22 GMT
Goo Goo Dolls at PNC Bank Arts Center New Jersey https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/8/goo-goo-dolls-at-pnc-bank-arts-center-new-jersey I had the opportunity to meet up with Mike Corrado (Check Him Out) to help him set up remotes for his #DrummerLove project and meet up with some of the working photographers at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel during the Train/Goo Goo Dolls/Allen Stone Tour. All images here were captured with the Nikon Z6 or Z7 with the 24-70 2.8 S lens or the 500mm 5.6 PF lens and FTZ adaptor. 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) Bass Concert Concert Photography Goo Goo Dolls GooGoo Dolls GooGooDolls Guitar Iris Nikkor Nikon Z6 Z7 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/8/goo-goo-dolls-at-pnc-bank-arts-center-new-jersey Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:27:37 GMT
Gorilla Biscuits at This Is Hardcore 2019 Hyperlapse https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/7/gorilla-biscuits-at-this-is-hardcore-2019-hyperlapse From the opening of the fanfare to the chords of Walter's guitar right through to final lyrics ""don't spoil memories of the way.... things were" New Direction by Gorilla Biscuits has always from the first time I heard it as a 17 year old in 1989 been in my top 5 hardcore songs. It was a song that Zoe took too as a baby dancing around the living room of the apartment we lived in and it's a song that even though i have well documented musical A.D.D will never hit the fast forward button on. I don't have words for what this meant to me then or now. 

Walter, Civ, Luke, Arthur, Charlie - Thank you

Alex - RIP

New Direction

I shot these stills from the pit with my Nikon D5 turned up to 12,800 iso and my 24-70 VR - I had some physical difficulties do to a stage diving incident (not me diving) earlier during the Cro-Mags so I wasn't as mobile as usual and decided to keep a free hand in case i lost balance rather than use the flash. The lights were a challenge but it came out ok....

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(JCPhotoMedia) 1989 Alex Arthur Charlie Civ D5 Gorilla Biscuits hardcore Luke New Direction Nikon nyhc Philly Start Today Walter https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/7/gorilla-biscuits-at-this-is-hardcore-2019-hyperlapse Tue, 30 Jul 2019 00:26:27 GMT
AVAIL - Hyperlapse of July 19 2019 Richmond VA https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/7/avail---hyperlapse-of-july-19-2019-richmond-va Avail - if you never saw them maybe you don't quite get it. The records were great. All of them. You feel the "but" coming... The records never lived up to the sweaty sing along stage dive fests that Avail shows were. The lyrics and the choruses begged to be sang. The fast parts begged for dives. The violence that plagued 90's shows was not present. The audience always felt communal during the dozen times I saw them in New York and New Jersey. They were a band that helped keep me in love with punk and hardcore and whatever Avail was. 

Being there in Richmond with over a 1000 people that seemingly knew every word, watching the band play like the last dozen years didn't exist was magic. Pure unadulterated magic. 

I shot the first night of their reunion and it was worth the drive. Worth the sweat. Worth the LONG ass drive back North. 

The club said no flash. I said ok and I shot as fast as my D5 would let me knowing I was going to put together a hyperlapse.

Here it is. 5000 plus images set to AVAIL's "Simple Song"

I hope i can find a way to shoot Brooklyn and/or Asbury Park - it was great to feel 20 again.

 

 

 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) avail d5 hyper lapse hyperlapse nikon punk punk rock richmond rock rva simple song time lapse timelapse https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/7/avail---hyperlapse-of-july-19-2019-richmond-va Mon, 22 Jul 2019 01:38:00 GMT
Quicksand - Crossroads NJ https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/6/quicksand---crossroads-nj Quicksand

Quicksand

Quicksand 

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(JCPhotoMedia) alan concert crossroads fazer nikon nyhc offcameraflash photography quicksand sergio walter https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/6/quicksand---crossroads-nj Sun, 30 Jun 2019 18:14:25 GMT
Youth of Today Hyperlapse Saint Vitus https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/3/youth-of-today-hyperlapse-saint-vitus about 2000 shots

Disengage

Well it's so sad to see all our good qualities
gradually slipping away and fading
and we better act quick because I'm getting sick
of how much it's becoming degrading
in this age when everything's falling apart
disengage don't think I'm crazy
for not wanting to take part
when morality is defeated
compassion is deleted
all in the name of our desire
and we've got to be blind
or just losing our minds
if we can't see this world's on fire
we've got to disengage
can't you see this age
dragging us down,
down to the ground
we've got to disengage
and I think it's sad that our society's gone mad
possessed by taking more than we need
and our motivation's a sad situation
because it's fueled by anger envy and greed
 

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(JCPhotoMedia) d5 disengage flash hyperlapse nikon porcell ray sammy straightedge timelapse walter youth of today youthcrew https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/3/youth-of-today-hyperlapse-saint-vitus Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:09:18 GMT
No Tolerance at Saint Vitus https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/3/no-tolerance-at-saint-vitus No Tolerance - Saint Vitus Brooklyn 3/16/19








 

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(JCPhotoMedia) hardcore nikon no tolerance punk straight edge straightedge xxx https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/3/no-tolerance-at-saint-vitus Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:17:39 GMT
Joshua Tree 2019 Timelapse https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/3/joshua-tree-2019-timelapse you will see me talk about pre-visualization over and over if you pay attention enough. as a photographer it's a key skill and something that is at the heart of creativity. the problem comes when shooting anything outside of the studio as reality tends to get in the way. photography is a lot like life in that way. if you want to be good at it you need to figure out how to adapt and overcome it. in life and in photography you can only do your best.... 

After getting all my dreams of epic Joshua Tree timelapses crushed last year i returned to the scene determined to make something as magical as I was seeing in my head. As is the case with 99% of my travel it was work related meaning i don't pick the when or the where but I try to fit in some creativity to go with the work. That means that we had a half-moon which pretty much was going to spoil my dreams of an epic Milky Way shot but I was willing to try to work around that. What I couldn't work around in my quest was the clouds coming in for the second year in a row. 

I was out with my friend Mark Suban and we scouted till about 8 pm finding a spot that we both liked which had added bonus of me not having shot it the last time i was here. It was clear and cold and I was excited. We ate and took a nap till 1 am to head back out. it was low 30's but no wind and we found our spot. I set up my timelapse already knowing that i was going to have some challenges as there was a bit of cloud cover but it was spotty. Since I was already pretty sure the moon glow was going to take away my hopes of a big Milky Way shot I was cool with some sparse clouds rolling through with the stars moving in the opposite direction giving me an extra sense of movement. I set the interval on my Nikon Z7 to one shot every 22 seconds with 20 second exposures and set it for 4 hours thinking i'd catch the moon move through the frame and then the beginnings of some warm light creeping into my scene. 

Fast forward a couple of hours of trying to sleep in the car while the shooting was going on - the moon was lost behind solid clouds. The stars were nowhere to be seen. We decided to call it and get some rest as we had a lot more driving....

So here it is.... A couple of stills from the shoot and the timelapse. 

 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) Joshua joshua tree national nikon nikon z7 nikonz nikonz7 park timelapse Tree https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/3/joshua-tree-2019-timelapse Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:15:15 GMT
Alone In A Crowd - Living A Lie (Side By Side Cover) For Alex https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/3/alone-in-a-crowd---living-a-lie-side-by-side-cover-for-alex

 

This year has been a tough one.  It started with me standing in the rain as they took my brother away to the medical examiner's office. 

Unfortunately he wouldn't be the last person in my life that I lost way too young this year. 

Just days before the Alone In A Crowd benefit show in Philly for Howie the world lost Alex Brown. I only met Alex a couple times over the years but his music was in my ear for my entire adult life. Side By Side, Project X, and of course Gorilla Biscuits. 

One of the most memorable moments I've had in 30+ years of going to hardcore shows was Jules, Carl, Lars, and Rob stopping in the middle of Living a Lie where Jules would scream "Alex!" - Jules quietly said "Alex" and waited for the stage dives to stop and the crowd to go silent for a moment. It was an eerie moment that I'll never forget. 

My video is shaky. The sound is bad. You can hear me at times screaming over the vocals and the music. I'm not sharing this as a work of art but as a document of a moment....

Thanks

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(JCPhotoMedia) Alex Brown Alone In A Crowd Breakdown Gorilla Biscuits Hardcore Jules Killing Time living a lie NYHC Raw Deal side by side Uppercut https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/3/alone-in-a-crowd---living-a-lie-side-by-side-cover-for-alex Tue, 05 Mar 2019 23:11:10 GMT
Alone In A Crowd for Howie - Feb 16 2019 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/2/alone-in-a-crowd-for-howie---feb-16-2019 Two shows in 30 years. Kinda hard to live up to the hype and the expectations built over that much time. Hard but not impossible. Not when it is a good cause and so many friends are intertwined in the history of the undertaking. 

It coulda been a shit show. A few old men coulda mailed it in. But they didn't. They got on stage. Pointed and jumped and inspired pile ons and stage dives and did it for a good cause.

Alone In A Crowd, Side By Side, Breakdown/Raw Deal/Killing Time, Uppercut, - plus covers from GI, Warzone, and Misfits. What a set list. What energy. 

Visit the link below. Leave something. Share this post. 

https://www.gofundme.com/aiac-benefit-for-howie

Riding down with the Search guys...shooting portraits with Alone In a Crowd. Chatting with people I haven't seen in years. Being in the middle of it all. Thank you. 


 

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(JCPhotoMedia) alone in a crowd breakdown hardcore judge killing time nikon nyhc side by side uppercut https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2019/2/alone-in-a-crowd-for-howie---feb-16-2019 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:00:34 GMT
Bold - Slow Motion in Brooklyn with the Nikon Z7 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/11/drew-thomas-of-bold---slow-motion-in-brooklyn I don't shoot much video. Not because I don't like it but because up until now i didn't own a camera that effectively could autofocus while using it. The video quality out of my D850 was phenomenal but I'm an awful manual focuser and i move too much while I shoot and love fast primes and shallow depth of field too much to effectively do good video with my Nikon's. 

That has changed. Holy moly has that changed. The new Z 7 (can't wait to try the Z 6) focus like a dream with video. Tracking subjects and moving between subjects smoothly. The af works great with my natives Z mount lenses and with my F mount lenses used with the FTZ.... 

I mixed a bunch of footage and sped some up from the native 120 fps in order to fit it in with the song... 

Looking forward to more video in the future....

 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) Bold Drew Thomas drummer drums Guitar Hardcore music Nikon Porcell slo-mo slow motion Video Z7 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/11/drew-thomas-of-bold---slow-motion-in-brooklyn Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:49:50 GMT
Bold, Breakdown, Outburst - Brooklyn 2018 Shot with Nikon Z7 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/10/bold-breakdown-outburst---brooklyn-2018-shot-with-nikon-z7 Do i write this blog post for my middle aged hardcore friends or for my photo friends that want to know how the Nikon Z7 handled a concert with bad lights?

Well both. 

I'll start by saying this. Bold, Breakdown, and Outburst were all tight. All played with energy. And all sounded great. I always find the vocals at Brooklyn Bazaar to be a little low but i'm not a sound guy and I was a singer in a band so i probably will always think that. The bands came straight out of the late 80's when hardcore ruined me for most of the hardcore that would follow. I love sing alongs and stage dives. This was a great night for that. I wish the old folks at the back would have come to see the bands instead of stand at the bar but that is not a band issue... 

The Z7 rocked. The images are sharp. The flash system worked great. The FTZ adaptor worked like it should which is to mean i didn't realize it was on once i started shooting. The shots were mostly taken at ISO 1000 so that my flashes could cycle fast enough to keep up with the frame rate of the camera. The video is so good that I want to shoot more video and that is not my norm. I love it. (i'm predisposed to love things that start with Z...) 

 

 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) Bold Breakdown Mirrorless Nikon NYHC Outburst Z7 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/10/bold-breakdown-outburst---brooklyn-2018-shot-with-nikon-z7 Tue, 30 Oct 2018 12:07:14 GMT
Ellis Island with Nikon Z 7 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/10/ellis-island-with-nikon-z-7 Take Save Ellis Island and add Nikon School for a workshop of only 26 people lead by Nikon Ambassador Joe McNally. Add a Nikon Z 7 and 24-70 f/4 S lens and a day with cool temps and great light. While you are at it - add a few friends and make the 26 attendees just the kind you like. Knowledgable and Open to advice. Make the day long but amazing. Don't bother with a tripod because the 5 stop IBIS in the Z 7 has you covered. Be continually amazed at the EVF on the camera as it allows you give new meaning to WYSIWYG. Create a bunch of images you are happy you got to make. Have dinner with some awesome people. Great time. I'm thankful every day.

Thanks Dave, Lindsay, and Alfredo from Nikon. Thanks Peter from Sandisk. Thanks to the SaveEllisIsland.org crew who really are awesome and helping to preserve history. Thanks to the students. Just thanks. 

Nikon Z 7 at Ellis IslandNikon School joined forces with the Save Ellis Island non-profit to host a workshop led by Nikon ambassador Joe McNally. These are the images i captured with the Nikon Z 7 Nikon Z 7 at Ellis IslandNikon School joined forces with the Save Ellis Island non-profit to host a workshop led by Nikon ambassador Joe McNally. These are the images i captured with the Nikon Z 7 Nikon Z 7 at Ellis IslandNikon School joined forces with the Save Ellis Island non-profit to host a workshop led by Nikon ambassador Joe McNally. These are the images i captured with the Nikon Z 7
 

Nikon Z 7 at Ellis IslandNikon School joined forces with the Save Ellis Island non-profit to host a workshop led by Nikon ambassador Joe McNally. These are the images i captured with the Nikon Z 7 Nikon Z 7 at Ellis IslandNikon School joined forces with the Save Ellis Island non-profit to host a workshop led by Nikon ambassador Joe McNally. These are the images i captured with the Nikon Z 7
 

 

 

Nikon Z 7 at Ellis IslandNikon School joined forces with the Save Ellis Island non-profit to host a workshop led by Nikon ambassador Joe McNally. These are the images i captured with the Nikon Z 7 Nikon Z 7 at Ellis IslandNikon School joined forces with the Save Ellis Island non-profit to host a workshop led by Nikon ambassador Joe McNally. These are the images i captured with the Nikon Z 7 Nikon Z 7 at Ellis IslandNikon School joined forces with the Save Ellis Island non-profit to host a workshop led by Nikon ambassador Joe McNally. These are the images i captured with the Nikon Z 7
 

 

Nikon Z 7 at Ellis IslandNikon School joined forces with the Save Ellis Island non-profit to host a workshop led by Nikon ambassador Joe McNally. These are the images i captured with the Nikon Z 7 Nikon Z 7 at Ellis IslandNikon School joined forces with the Save Ellis Island non-profit to host a workshop led by Nikon ambassador Joe McNally. These are the images i captured with the Nikon Z 7 Nikon Z 7 at Ellis IslandNikon School joined forces with the Save Ellis Island non-profit to host a workshop led by Nikon ambassador Joe McNally. These are the images i captured with the Nikon Z 7 Nikon Z 7 at Ellis IslandNikon School joined forces with the Save Ellis Island non-profit to host a workshop led by Nikon ambassador Joe McNally. These are the images i captured with the Nikon Z 7

 

 

 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) ellis ellis island island mirrorless nikon nikon school nikon z 7 photography z7 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/10/ellis-island-with-nikon-z-7 Sat, 20 Oct 2018 02:38:18 GMT
Farewell David Wright https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/9/farewell-david-wright David Wright

What to say? Best met position player ever? To me...yes. If you put character and longevity into it then it's not a contest. 11 fullyears...a few injured but always a smile off the field and a ready to roll look on it. No drama. No off the field incidents. 14 years. .296 average with seven seasons hitting at least .300. 242 home runs. 2 silver sluggers. 2 gold gloves. 196 steals. All great. Not hall of fame numbers but to the Mets fan - he is the best we've ever had. He played 1586 games at third for the Mets. The next highest total was Howard Johnson at 835.

Mets records? Most of em. 

  • New York Mets all-star leader
  • New York Mets career RBI leader
  • New York Mets career doubles leader
  • New York Mets career total bases leader
  • New York Mets career runs scored leader
  • New York Mets career hits leader
  • New York Mets career walks leader
  • New York Mets career runs created leader
  • New York Mets career extra-base hits leader
  • New York Mets career times on base leader
  • New York Mets career sacrifice flies leader

 

I had the honor to photograph him the last 5 years... to root for him his entire run. And to say goodbye in person and capture images of his last game as a Major Leaguer... Farewell David... Farewell

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) Baseball Captain David Wright Mets new york Nikon NikonLove sports https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/9/farewell-david-wright Mon, 01 Oct 2018 03:26:25 GMT
Shadow Play at the US Open https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/9/shadow-play-at-the-us-open All images taken with a pre-production Nikon Z 7 with the FTZ adaptor and a 600mm FL Nikkor lens. 

These are images of Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori as he heads to the semi-finals at the US Open 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) athlete game of shadows japanese kei kei nishikori nike nikon nikon sports shadowplay special k sports tennis uniqlo us open z 7 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/9/shadow-play-at-the-us-open Thu, 13 Sep 2018 02:15:42 GMT
Suicidal Tendencies Timelapse House of Vans 2018 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/7/suicidal-tendencies-timelapse-house-of-vans-2018 I have seen Suicidal Tendencies.

I have seen them a few times over the years.

I have seen them play a bunch of sets and they've always been tight.

I have never heard them play the landmark self-titled record in it's entirety.

That was cool. 

Thanks to House of Vans for hosting an epic night with ST, Killing Time, and Chud.

Mike Muir and the band attacked House of Vans in Brooklyn with a super tight set of punkrock hardcore metal classics from the 1983 debut record. From the opening wails of Suicides An Alternative through the entire first EP until the band closed with Pledge Your Allegiance the band was in constant motion. Long time guitarist Dean Pleasants, bass player Ra Diaz, former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo kept both themselves and the crowd moving. Special treat at this show was former Dillinger Escape Plan founder Ben Weinman playing guitar as well as Mitts formerly of Madball. It's amazing how tight the band is with rotating members over the years but they are and they do it all while moving like a band that is just starting out. Great energy. 

 

Check out this timelapse i shot during the show with my Nikon D5. I shot about 2800 photos of the band and then added War Inside My Head from the bands second full length record. All those images end up compressed down to about 3 and a half minutes. 

Suicidal Tendencies - War Inside My Head timelapseover 2800 images captured with Nikon D5 to create this 3 minute timelapse

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) concert hardcore house of vans metal Mike Muir music nikon punk Suicidal Tendencies timelapse vans https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/7/suicidal-tendencies-timelapse-house-of-vans-2018 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:44:48 GMT
Killing Time House of Vans Timelapse https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/7/killing-time-house-of-vans-timelapse The boys were back at it opening for Suicidal Tendencies at House of Vans July 14 2018. No matter where i see them i'm not disappointed. 

about 2200 photos from my Nikon D5 went into making this... more really but i deleted a bunch where the lights just were non-existent in the club. 

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(JCPhotoMedia) brightside hardcore killing time killingtime nikon nyhc suicidal tendencies timelapse https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/7/killing-time-house-of-vans-timelapse Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:14:27 GMT
4th of July 2018 South Brunswick New Jersey https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/7/4th-of-july-2018-south-brunswick-new-jersey My first 4th of July in suburbia and I wanted to document the fireworks as I've shot a lot of cool things during my life but never really shot fireworks.

D850 - Bulb Mode - ISO 100 - f/8

Lots of trial and error - using the WR-10 as my remote meant i was counting off the exposures in my head or simply based on the activity in front of me. I knew that at 4 seconds at my settings I was picking up the last pale light of the west as that was the direction my camera was facing and the sun had only set a little while before. Most of the exposures in this set are between 2 and 5 seconds with a few outliers on either direction. The shorter ones were either mistakes where I thought there would be more "boom" and got less or i was late and only exposed for what was left of the explosion. The longer ones were me messing around and mostly finding that because the majority of the display was straight up and down in the same spot I just ended up with an overexposed mess. 

Here you go! 

4th of July Timelapse 2018Timelapse created by about 150 images on July 6th 2018 during the South Brunswick Independence Day festivities. All images shot with Nikon D850

 

 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) 4th of July D850 Fireworks Holiday independence day New Jersey Nikon South Brunswick Timelapse https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/7/4th-of-july-2018-south-brunswick-new-jersey Sat, 07 Jul 2018 12:17:16 GMT
By The Grace of God and Search - Saint Vitus Brooklyn 2018 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/7/by-the-grace-of-god-and-search---saint-vitus-brooklyn-2018  

By The Grace of God and Search played their hearts out last night. Here are the images. You shoulda been there.

 

(apologies to Old Ghost and The Path - traffic and daddy duties had me late...)

First two files are timelapses of all the images I shot set to songs by the bands... 

enjoy. share. be there next time.

 

 

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(JCPhotoMedia) Brooklyn By The Grace of God Hardcore NJSE Punk Saint Vitus Search Straightedge timelapse https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/7/by-the-grace-of-god-and-search---saint-vitus-brooklyn-2018 Sun, 01 Jul 2018 17:17:26 GMT
Triple Crown 2018 - Justify https://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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(JCPhotoMedia) baffert belmont horse horse racing jockey mike smith nikon nikonlove park sports sports photography triple crown https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/6/triple-crown-2018---justify Sun, 10 Jun 2018 21:43:12 GMT
Shelter at Voltage Lounge Philly https://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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(JCPhotoMedia) bass chanting concert photography d850 guitar hardcore hare krishna nikon philly porcell ray cappo sammy siegler shelter yoga https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/6/shelter-at-voltage-lounge-philly Sun, 03 Jun 2018 13:04:11 GMT
Indy People Project 2018 https://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 https://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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(JCPhotoMedia) burn chaka concert d850 flash gavin hardcore nikon https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2018/5/burn-at-brooklyn-bazaar Sun, 13 May 2018 03:09:08 GMT
Snapcase in Brooklyn https://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 https://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 https://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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Mets Opening Day 2018 Timelapse https://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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Outburst, Krimewatch, Ice Cold Killers - Kiling Time 30th Anniversary Show https://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. 

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Killing Time 30 - The Stills https://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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(JCPhotoMedia) 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 https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/12/killing-time-30---the-stills Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:50:48 GMT
Killing Time 30th Videos https://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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Grade at Saint Vitus Brooklyn https://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 https://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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Caroline Pearce NYC Fightweek UFC 217 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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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Shadowplay at the US Open https://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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Abandoned Beauty - Nikon D850 Edition https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/9/abandoned-beauty---nikon-d850-edition Finally got to test the D850 in the type of places and situations that I love.  Not that the US Open stuff wasn't fun and eye opening when it comes to the possibilities for this camera but I am a lighting guy. A portrait shooter and I was dying for the chance to take it out. Still not shooting raw so these are jpg's out of the camera with some minor post but I'm still so impressed. I'm biased obviously but the camera is handling all i can throw at it. These images were lit with 3 SB-5000 flashes and controlled via the WR-10 system. The lights were either bare or I was using the MagMod grid. Carrying a ton of mods into these locations by myself isn't always the most practical location. What I noticed most was the AF is just so much better than the D810. I never really had a ton of issues with the AF on my D810 but I think now that I was coming at it with reduced expectations. If I had to go back to shooting that AF now I would notice it. The viewfinder is big and bright - the biggest i've ever shot on a DSLR and the focus caught no matter where Ink_Stained_Skin was. You can't tell here but there were plenty of shadows and tough light to deal with at this location. The touch screen makes changing power and modes on the Advanced Wireless Lighting system even easier than on the D5/D500 and the camera handles the big changes between light and dark with ease. Could this be the last camera i need? I always think that until Nikon amazes me with the next one but this really is the best DSLR i've ever shot. 

 

 

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Abandoned Beauty Animal Head Edition https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/8/abandoned-beauty-animal-head-edition When you are a portrait photographer that loves urbanexploration for the type of gritty locations it can give you for portrait photography rather than an UrbanEx photographer that takes portraits or doesn't you have to weigh things differently. For me it's always safety of the model at number 1. Then ease of access. Then how cool the space is. If it's just me I reverse those because I don't have to worry about the model and i want coolest place possible but when I decided to take a model with me I have to KNOW that I can keep them safe and that i can get in because it's not the same as when I'm shooting street fashion where if I don't like a location or it doesn't work for some reason i can just move on to the next one. I take time away from my daughter to pursue this, my models are all TFP meaning they are giving up valuable time from their lives in order to create something with me without compensation other than the hope that we can create something they will love as much as I do. One of the big reasons I work with a select group of models more than once is that when you find someone that you can count on to show up, be ready, and not get nervous creeping around abandoned spaces you keep them with you. When they inspire you to try new things you keep them. That is what a muse is right? thank you @ink_stained_skin for inspiring me to try new places and to strip away my process to the basics. Really excited by this image. One light. One lens. Nikon D5 with the amazing 105 1.4 Nikkor. One bare SB-5000.  JCPHOTOMEDIA.NET

 

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Armored Combat League NYC https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/8/armored-combat-league-nyc Thank you Grace Kim for introducing me to Morgan of the NYC Chapter of the Armored Combat League. He invited me over to photograph a practice and see what it was all about.

Nestled in the heart of Harlem at the Sword Class NYC school the chapter consist of a group of combat enthusiasts from all different walks of life united by their passion for combat sports. In this case specifically medieval style combat with swords, axes, polearms, and other weapons consistent with that period. Think Game of Thrones on steroids. They fight at full speed in 60-80 lbs (on average) of armor and it's something to behold.

Here are my images - I'm looking forward to photographing them in actual tourney style combat in the future....

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Killingtime at This Is Hardcore 2017 Timelapse https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/8/killingtime-at-this-is-hardcore-2017-timelapse

30 years of Killing Time kicks off this year and I was happy to be able to document their performance at this years This Is Hardcore fest... Anthony, Carl, Drago, Rich, and Chris have been amazing to me. Thanks for taking me down to the show (well i drove...but you get the gist) and to Joe McKay for getting me a shooting pass to capture the mayhem. Very few bands in hardcore history ever made or will make a record as perfect as Brightside and I'm honored to have gone from kid screaming along with Raw Deal to a guy hanging out with and screaming along to Killing Time.

Technical - Nikon D5 and 24-70 2.8 VR - 1844 images put together in Sequence.... enjoy

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(JCPhotoMedia) hardcore killing time killingtime nikon nikonlove this is hardcore timelapse https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/8/killingtime-at-this-is-hardcore-2017-timelapse Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:03:54 GMT
Unadilla National Pro Motocross Championship with Wounded Warriors https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/8/unadilla-national-pro-motocross-championship-with-wounded-warriors Lets get this out of the way. I have a cool job. I've said it before. I say it now. I'm sure I'll say it again. I get to hang out in cool places with cool people photographing cool things. This week was a bit special. Hung out with an awesome crew from the Wounded Warriors Project and provided them with Nikon gear to use and some education on how to use it before setting them loose at the Pro Motocross track at Undadilla. Got to hang out with friends, make new ones, shoot something I've never really had a chance to shoot and I got to do what I love the most which is light things during a pro sports event. 

Thanks to Nancy, Dan, Will, Fred, Chris, Wayne and the group of Warriors that joined us. You guys were awesome.

Thanks to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross crew (ROY!) for giving us some tours and making us feel at home...

Special thanks to Jill and every staff member at Unadilla who all made us feel welcomed and special. You guys rock. 

All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey All images captured on Nikon gear for JCPHOTOMEDIA.com by Joseph W. Carey

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(JCPhotoMedia) d5 flash kawasaki ktm marvin musquin monster motocross motorcycle motox nikon offcameraflash racing redbull unadilla https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/8/unadilla-national-pro-motocross-championship-with-wounded-warriors Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:12:36 GMT
This Is Hardcore Sunday 2017 - Slapshot, Leeway, Murphy's Law, Wisdom in Chains, H2O https://www.jcphotomedia.net/blog/2017/8/this-is-hardcore-2017---slapshot-leeway-murphys-law-wisdom-in-chains-h2o This Is Hardcore is the premier hardcore music festival in the United States if not the world. Every year Joe McKay and his team bring together bands that would not play anywhere else together for 4 days of mayhem. I was only able to attend one day this year but it was a doozy. Shelter already received a blog post of their own and Killing Time has one to follow this. The rest of the day featured some of my favorite bands doing what they do best...

Here is a sample of images captured during the day including some behind the scenes magic... 

All images captured with Nikon D5 and 24-70 VR.

 

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