Monday, September 14, 2009

Thaxton Ward @ Studio Daylight

Its been a hot minute since I've posted anything new to Mind of the Photographer. Lots of great things have been happening, and my shooting has been going in a direction that really excites me! Its found a way to mix this gritty-look that I have into a commercial sense of shooting. I've been working with it in many of my last shoots. Hope I can get a little time to retouch some images from other shoots as well soon.

I'm staying very busy with a host of very successful shoots in the past couple of weeks. Been doing some PR work, shooting for a restaurant, did some models, shot several musicians and bands, etc. I'm back-logged for photo retouching from now til Eternity, but wanted to post something from a shoot last night at Studio Daylight.

Nashville-based rock act Thaxton Ward had a show booked at The Rutledge on Second Avenue in downtown NashVegas last night. The studio is only a few city blocks from the venue they were going to play at. So, I thought, why not get them up in the studio to do a little bit of shooting before they bring the noise? It turned out to be a great idea. We had the band in with a few friends about two hours before the show began. We worked and played and talked and rocked, and it was good. We got creative, had fun, and I think we orchestrated some gritty and dark, yet still very commercial music photography. I think everyone enjoyed the time amongst friends in the studio and I'm well-pleased with how the images turned out.

I would like to give a big thank you to Nashville photographer David Bean. He runs Studio Daylight and let us get in there last night to do a bit of shooting. I actually had the opportunity to assist him on a shoot for Gaylord earlier in the week. He's a great photographer, please go check out his work at:

And, as always, I need to say thanks to Michael Gomez. Please visit his Web site: He is a Master of the Art of Photography. He is inspirational to me. He gets it. He really, really does. I see him as a mentor, and as a friend. He was the connection that made shooting in Studio Daylight happen. So, thanks bro.

Uhm, this is kind of a sad confession because it took so long to post, but this blog entry is the first one I've posted using my new camera. Last week I purchased a Canon 5D Mark 2. I have to say, I am very impressed with the files this camera produces. The clarity, file size and overall quality of image are everything I had hoped for, and more. With that said, there are still a few things that annoy me about the 5D Mark 2. I am used to shooting my Canon 1D Mark II and the feel is different in Canon's flagship 1D series cameras. It has a much broader auto-focus point registry than the 5D, and those extra AF points really come in handy when shooting anything with some action. I need to mention the full frame sensor is pretty radical too with my 16-35 mm lens.

Another funny confession, I keep this old Canon Elan7 film body on a bookshelf in the dining room. I used to pop my 16-35mm lens on there to "remember" what full frame shooting was like with a really wide lens! Ha! Yeah, totally lame, I know! But its funny because I have a full frame digital camera now and the Elan7 still sits in the same place on the bookshelf.