…because you never know when someone will ask you to shoot a classic black and white portrait for corporate head office. A rare thing these days of Instagram aesthetics.
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I actually like Instagram. Despite the small display size it’s all about the photos. …less txt, more pix! I post a lot more of my ongoing work and the journey doing it there than here. One of the nice things Instagram coughs up at the end of the year is your top nine most popular photos as judged by the likes and comments. They may not be what you consider your best shots but they are certainly the “readers choice awards”. It also gives you a nice insight to what communities and interest groups are at play or most active on Instagram in relations to you style, brand or subject of photography. 2017, like 2016, its pretty obvious that the climbing community loves Instagram and heavily engaged. So, #2017bestnine from #Instagram. Not following us on Instagram? Well, follow along! our feed. …there is a lot more than climbing photos!
If you spend a lot of time outdoors for work or play you know the never ending quest for the right gear to keep you warm and dry and still mobile. Hiking, working, shoveling show, skiing, ice climbing or just out walking the dog, its no fun if you are cold. There are lots of great equipment makers out there and we have and still us many of them but I was particularly interested when I found out from The Outfitters in St John’s, Newfoundland that The North Face was redesigning their Summit Series for 2016. This was always the North Face’s professional grade expedition line of outdoor clothing so what could they do that was new?
As soon as Erinn and I got our hands on the L4 jacket we took them out for a sunrise climb at the seaside climbing crag at Flatrock, Newfoundland on a chilly snowy morning.
Lightweight, insulated with Thermoball and flexible it was great for climbing and while on belay. Thermoball is the new synthetic alternative to down made with Primaloft material. It insulates even when wet.
As a professional photographer who seems to spend a lot of time outdoors be it on construction sites, oil rigs, chasing rock and ice climbers or just standing around …waiting! My choice of clothing can be just as important an equipment decision as my cameras. You have to stay comfortable or you just can’t work.
Layering is the key to staying warm for extending periods being active outdoors. The North Face has cut its Summit Series line down to the best layering system around with L1 as the base layer all the way up the the L5 mountaineering outer shell with various mid layers as L2, L3 and L4.
The L4 we tested is easily a stand-a-lone jacket of most activities but still light enough toss a rain shell or full guide or mountaineering shell over top.
In a visually noisy world of over saturated, over photo shopped, really bad HDR artificial photos it is so nice to have someone who appreciates classic black & white portraiture walk into your studio. It’s always rewarding to revisit and practice the lighting lessons taught to us by the great masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer (…see Rembrandt Lighting) and 1940’s Hollywood photographers such as George Hurrell, who pioneered the use of high intensity focused fresnel lights found on movies sets. Its clean, back to basics and keeps it simple. It’s about the light, not the camera. This is Marc Lafrenière, teacher, photographer, film and art aficionado …future .com billionaire. :^)
You can visit his website at marclafreniere.ca
© 2015 Greg Locke
In 1982 I had been shooting news for a couple of years and was expanding my perspectives and trying some commercial and advertising photography. Doing a little organization in the file room this week I found this 35mm Kodak Extachrome 64 transparency. As I recall, there wasn’t much lighting but lots of reflectors and graduated filters. It was an instant flashback to a warm summer evening, a fun car on a long drive with a fun crew. One of my first paid ad shoots it was for a friend who owned an import auto business. I can almost smell that English leather interior now. …greg
We’re deliriously happy to be back shooting portraits of the musicians of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra for the 2015/16 season. We kicked it off with Jessica Pereversoff on a stormy March day with torrential rain and 100km winds! …we took shelter in an empty car park and carried on! Between running back and forth to the car to warm up we managed to get the pavement swept of snow and the lights up and tied down. Six Nikon Speedlights and a lot of sandbags and rope. Great subjects and a great crew always seem to make it happen!. Lighting assistant Erinn Locke, hair and makeup by Olivia Chafe. Thanks to musicians Jessica Pereversoff and Cameron Maclellan (whose pictures you will see soon) for being such good sports and total pros. © 2015 Greg Locke
Its no secret that location shooting has its lighting challenges. To dark, too bright, too contrasty, not contrasty enough, wrong colour, mixed colour, back light…. That’s why we usually bring our own and lots of it. But every once and awhile you have everything set up and balanced and realise you need just one more light to make it sing …and the bag is empty. That’s what happened to us on this shoot in a dark cavernous machine shop. We were out of lights and we needed something to fill in the background. Thats when I spotted the welder on a break. I asked if he could help out and light up his welding torch to make some light. He asked how much? I said give me everything you got and he smiled.
Sometimes “available light” means any light that’s available.
Photo by Greg Locke © 2014
The River Guardian
Had a little time and were sitting around the office so Erinn and I decided to go try out some new lighting tricks …but it can never be just another lighting test. It has to be a production. Erinn outdid herself with the concept, costuming and makeup. We lit up that river with a bunch of Nikon Speedlights including a couple underwater in watertight containers. This was our second go at putting remote fired flashes under water. We now await a client and assignment to put it into serious use ….anyone? Photos by Greg Locke © 2014. Model: Erinn Locke. Assisted by Susan Locke and Curtis Jones.
Frank Fusari, Principal Bass for the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, is next up in our NSO Portraits Project. Frank was photographed back stage at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s during a break in rehearsal last night. Industrial setting calls for industrial lighting. Mixed the available florescents with daylight and tungsten gelled Nikon Speedlights. In the past few weeks we have photographed twelve musicians for this years series. Look for these in the program guides, ads and online for the NSO upcoming season.
© 2014 GREG LOCKE
The Latest from Greg LockeWelcome to the blogs at Stray Light Media and GREG LOCKE PHOTO. Here you will find some of our current work, adventures, personal stories notes from the road while on assignment and news and insights from the photography, video, film, digital imaging and media world. Not to mention, more often than not, late night ramblings from the studio elves. Share your thoughts, ideas and opinions. Comments are welcome, but moderated, so bring your insight and smarts to the discussion.
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