In March, Portland-based River City Bicycles held their annual bike sale. I was also looking for something interesting to do some product photography testing with. I figured it would be the best excuse ever to buy a new bike! So, after much agonizing over several different models I finally settled on the swift, carbon fiber Scott CR1 Pro.
A challenge of shooting anything with two wheels, such as my new bike, is keeping it from falling over. I also wanted to highlight the lightweight, yet robust nature of the bicycle. So, to create the perfect image of this carbon framed speedster, I suspended the bike over the set and hoped that the wire held.
The laws of physics and the photography gods were on my side. I’m thrilled with the final result of the shoot, and now that the weather is a little nicer I can report that the bike is just as fast as it looks.
I recently had the chance to work on some product photography with Amin and Kelly from Ziba Design. The new Cintaq 24HD graphics tablet was a challenge to work with, but with collaboration of Amin and myself we were able to create some visually stunning images.
This tablet is cool because the drawing pad is actually a 24 inch monitor screen. This way you’re able to work directly on the file. It’s like you’re drawing on the screen.
The shots are clean, simple and elegant. Imitating the beautiful design of the tablet itself. It was a pleasure to work with Amin and I look forward to our next shoot together.
Here at Polara we’ve said before that learning from your fellow photographers is simply the best way to learn photography, but there is one exception to that rule and that is “to learn to do it yourself”. When you can combine the two you are guaranteed a winning outcome.
We had felt for sometime that we needed to augment the studio Food and Beverage Photography Portfolio with some cool splashes and pours. A wonderful friend and resource, Dan Tidwell, was so nice in letting us borrow his laser trigger for a week. Dan is known for his forensic and technical photography and counts among his arsenal a Gigapan and a time lapse in box set-up where he’s put to use and can monitor from anywhere in the world.
These first photos you see are the start of a series of photographic “splash” and “pour” explorations we are embarking on to see what capabilities some of the new lighting equipment we have acquired has in combination with this new technology.
To give you more of technical look. This was lit with a trio of Einstein monoblocs that at 1/16 power freeze the action with a 1/10,000 of a second flash duration, moving liquids can be turned into into frozen sculpture. It takes some time to lock down all the variables from the amount of liquid to adjusting the millisecond delays but it was surprising to all how easy and fun making a mess can be. Here’s a short video of the fun we had.
One of the wonders of photography is how time imbues images with power.
These images are a series of Nobel Prize Laureates, former heads of state and famous political figures. Each of them traveled to Portland over the last couple of years as part of the World Affairs Council International Speaker Series. It is a step outside of food photography for me however it’s nice to work the mind in different ways. Featuring Karl Rove, Howard Dean and Pervez Musharraf.
A while back I had the chance to work with Jered Bogli from Nike on a very cool project. The original project started as a flipbook hangtag for the Ultimatum backpack. With the help of Darcy Henderson stylist extraordinaire, we came up with this cool stop motion animation video of the backpack eating stuff.