Category Archives: In the studio

On set with Laura and Evan

We just finished up shooting some TV ads with our friends at Lingo Creative  and I had the pleasure to meet Laura and Even. These two great young Newfoundland actors nailed the improv scenes within minutes of hearing the briefest of concepts. It’s a shame you won’t actually see their faces on screen so I thought I’d post a couple of stills I did on set.


Diamonds are a girls best friend

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but I get along fine with these fascinating, sparkly little gems too.  One of our favourite clients, Diamond Design, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, has posted  gallery of our jewellery photography on their DiamondDesignNL FaceBook page.

We have been shooting their stunning diamond rings and other jewellery for the past year ever since owner Pat Thompson asked if we would like to give it a go. Jewellery photography can be quirky with lots of details and nuance to consider that are just not present when photographing oil rigs from a helicopter! The highly reflective surfaces are the toughest issue but accurate colour rendition so you can tell the difference between silver, white gold and platinum can be a mind numbing struggle if that level of accuracy is a requirement of the shoot.

We mostly use a daylight balanced light box with build-in 360 degree lighting ,  tungsten supplemental and LED spots on goose necks for pinpoint aiming. All lights can be individually controlled allowing full on shadowless photos on white background or single beam spots on black background.  Light is bright and controllable enough to allow everything from f2.0 to f22 at 200ISO. It’s a long learning curve and every time we fire up “The Box” we discover new ways to use it. Most recently we’ve used its motorized turntable to shoot short video clips like this.

More video available on the Diamond Design TV Youtube channel.

Boyd Chubbs on set and in studio

Newfoundland musician, poet and visual artist, Boyd Chubbs, on set in our studio during shooting for upcoming film. All credit for this shot goes to brilliant lighting technician Flora Planchat. THANKS FLORA!!  © 2011 Greg Locke / Stray Light Media, Inc.

Who has time to work?

Welder on the Hibernia construction site at Bull Arm,Trinity Bay, Newfoundland.

With the new website to finish and the search for a new studio space who has time to work? If anyone has any leads on 1000 square feet of open space with high ceilings ….and maybe some big windows, in St. John’s do get in touch. ….greg

The Pink Swan …and web stories

For now my friend’s daughter is still The Pink Swan. She was very proud of her ballet outfits and pictures were in-order for the far-flung relatives.

(NOTE: This post has been imported from the old blog.)

Speaking of far-flung and as this blog space is still operational, I would like to thank the 77 THOUSAND people (human and web bots) who visited my blog this month. It’s a record for any of my sites.

I will miss you all when we switch over to our new cyber real estate sometime this summer. Google doesn’t like change or change of addresses and stops sending people around for a while. Just spite I guess.

Most of the traffic on this blog does, indeed, come via Google search and particularly searching for photos. Stephen Harper, Terra Nova oil and a wheat farmer from Weyburn, Sask. are the most popular. …go figure.

Some smart web/ISP people once told me that 1000 hits a day is very good for small local or regional blog so I was pretty happy when I hit that mark on a regular basis. So, when numbers started to climb above that, doing 2000 hits a day, last fall I was surprised. After all its just a business blog really.

I’ve never really paid slavish attention to it but now that this site is getting over 3000 per day its just bizarre.

Sadly, it will all end soon as we change up servers. I don’t really mind. Contrary to what some of my IT, journalism and blogger friends say I don’t believe everything posted to the Internet is sacred and has to exist forever. In fact, I am finding “everything” is actually making search engines fairly useless for finding current info.

I’ve deleted everything from blogs and websites before and started over. The world didn’t end, Google didn’t send the black helos and within a year they had forgiven me and was sending traffic my way again.