This was one of those times that you realize you don’t know what is going on at Burning Man, you only think you do. I doubt there has ever been a bigger daytime burn, as this one was done just after sunrise. I was there with plenty of time to spare and all set up. Unfortunately, a gigantic art car pulled in front of me just before the burn. I had to gather up all my equipment and move it in front of the art car which was filling up fast with people. I set up my ladder and tripod extenders and was able to stand on the ladder and lean on the giant art bus. Although I had to shoot the entire thing from a single location, I was happy with many of the photos.
One of my favorite parts of Burning Man are the Art Cars and Mutant Vehicles. These artist bring imagination and mechanics together to create these unique cruisers. Part tractor, part train, part Victorian house and all steampunk is the great Neverwas Haul. I’ve seen this vehicle the last few times I’ve been and it is still a favorite to behold. The characters that accompany this giant play the part just as much as the vehicle itself, complete with vintage clothing and vintage demeanors. You can check out their official website here.
Before Renee Robyn’s workshop, I had a few hours to kill, so I headed downtown for some cityscape goodness. I hadn’t been to Houston in years, so it was completely fresh and new to me. I was driving the RV back and forth down the streets and spotted this park with the trees all lit up. It was then I knew it was go time. Awww yeah!
Here’s an image from a recent photoshoot I did for Tony Lama Boots. All the lighting tutorials I’ve done and photography classes I’ve taken over the last couple of years have culminated into being able to do this. Did you know the creator of McDonalds didn’t start his business until he was 50? It’s never too late to follow your dreams!
It was a brutal one at Burning Man in 2014. There were several very hardcore dust storms throughout the week. While most people seek shelter, I seek dramatic photos. I thought that with this having been my 4th year, I was a real pro. I didn’t use my dust mask as much as I should have and paid the price for a couple of months later with a cough that would not end.
I was in Houston for the weekend excitedly taking Renee Robyn’s beauty lighting and conceptual portraiture class. One morning I snuck on top of the building hosting the workshop. It’s all under construction so I was able to just walk right up to the roof. Oddly, once I arrived, there was a glass dinette table just sitting there. Well you know how much of a sucker I am for reflection shots, so I used it to set this one up.
Remember, if you would ever like to purchase a print, you can easily do so by just clicking on the photo. It will take you to my SmugMug site where you will be presented with many size and medium choices. My favorite is to get things printed on high gloss aluminum, but all of their methods look great!
I’m really excited about a workshop I’m attending this weekend. I get to spend 2 days with Renee Robyn going over her beauty lighting setup and then on to post production the next day. I’ve been in a little funk as far as processing new photos lately, so I’m hoping to spur the muse this weekend.
Laura Kimpton’s 2012 Burning Man EGO collaboration with Michael Garlington was simply amazing. It was made up of all kinds of little statues and trophies… buddah’s and crucifixes, skulls, dolls and more… all painted gold. It was an incredible sculpture to enjoy all week. And then we burned it down.
Wow, it seems like just yesterday was my first Burning Man. It’s weird to think that my next will be my 5th time to go. It is kind of surprising how many pieces of art make return appearances every year, yet there will always be something new and amazing. Getting great photos out there is almost too easy. You can just about point your camera in any direction and capture something interesting. There in lies the challenge for me. I’m looking for mega interesting shots that not everyone would think of trying. I like to get creative with my lens choices and play with depth of field as well as long exposures. Unfortunately, changing lenses out there can be brutal on your gear. For the first time this year, I had a lens seize up due to playa dust. I had to send my 14-24 f2.8 into Nikon to have it repaired at a hefty fee of $740. Yikes! I think this year I’ll definitely take more precautions in protecting my gear.