Making Waves is a weekly round-up of current posts featuring PocketWizard products.
Justin Van Leeuwen of JVL Photography in Ottawa, Ontario has a great blog post up about his third year shooting the Cole family. This year’s shoot took place at their summer cottage. Electronic technology and water typically are not to be mixed, but that didn’t stop Van Leeuwen from doing his best to capture each of eight family members, plus their dog, while balancing a large octa on a floating raft.
Van Leeuwen utilized a MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and HyperSync® speeds to make this deceptively fun shot that definitely presented challenges to execute. He’s a Westcott-endorsed Pro and lens reviewer for canonrumors.com. We hope to explore more of his work in-depth in the future.
©Justin Van Leeuwen
PocketWizard Blog reader-favorite Chris Garrison is still hot on the Red Bull scene. He put together a great post on a shoot combining the impossible, land and water sport figures together, featuring Terry Adams and Adam Errington. Packed with behind-the-scenes photos, two videos, and the whole story, don’t miss Chris Garrison and his PocketWizard FlexTT5 and PowerST4 pulling off the impossible. As always, get your fix of Chris Garrison at his site and blog.
Clickin Moms, the largest, fastest-growing, members-only online community of women in photography, is offering an educational session with Melody Hood called “Creating Light with Melody Hood.” Full details are available here.
“Creating Light” is a Breakout Session that gives you an inside look into the thought process that goes into determining how, when, and why you should light your subjects. Covering everything from metering to hiding unsightly backgrounds, Melody will explain how she lights everything from everyday sessions to wedding receptions.
© Aaron Ansarov
Aaron Ansarov started photographing washed up jellyfish as part of his My Backyard series, a project he started with his son, looking for photographic inspiration close to home in Delray Beach, Florida. “Portuguese man-of-wars are not jellyfish, they’re siphonophores, which mean’s they’re actually a group of organisms, called zooids, who depend on each other to live,” Ansarov has said. The collection of Zooids has taken on a life its own and have spread around the Web like crazy. It’s easy to see why, the images are intriguing.
To photograph these fascinating creatures, Aaron uses a light table, lit up by an Elinchrom Ranger RX pack and triggered by a PocketWizard Plus III. He says he got his hands on the Plus III’s right before starting the Zooids project and that “their low profile and light weight make them very easy to work with.”
© Tammy Hineline
Sgt. Tammy K. Hineline has been enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as Combat Camera since 2008. Now serving in Afghanistan, Tammy recently got the opportunity to document the training of some IED detection dogs and to “hang out with some rockin’ dogs and hardworking handlers.”
For the shoot, Tammy decided to go for an unconventional angle that would showcase the dogs at work and give her the chance to try out her new PocketWizard Plus III’s. Her account of the shoot follows.
When photographing Doc, one of the IED Detection Dogs with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, I was fortunately able to plan individual shots accordingly. It’s not often that I have the time for extensive pre-visualization, but with training bumpers spread up and down the road for the dogs to retrieve and bring back to their handlers, I was able to spend the time I needed to get the shot right.
The PocketWizard Plus III was perfect for this shot, as I wanted to get a worms eye view but my presence at the camera would have distracted the dog from his task. I also didn’t want to lie in a ditch full of rocks that day. So with the PocketWizard being used as a remote trigger using a CM-N3-ACC cable, and my favorite Canon 16-35mm lens, I was able to set up the shot.
Because I had the bumper to focus on, I set my focus point and left it so I wouldn’t have to worry about any auto-focus adjustments when the moment came.
© Tammy Hineline
This image was taken at 1/800, f/11, and ISO 200. (more…)
One of only 20 pink Plus III PocketWizard radio triggers made for Bob Carey’s Tutu Project and The Carey Foundation. Photo ©Bob Carey
One more of only twenty limited edition “Tutu Pink” PocketWizard Plus III transceivers is now available at auction. This Plus III, number five of twenty, will be hand-numbered and signed by photographer Bob Carey of The Tutu Project.
The PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver, in “Tutu Pink” is a very limited edition batch of just twenty radios. In addition to the Pink plastics, the LED backlight of the LCD screen is also pink. The Plus lll is an Auto-Sensing Transceiver, which means it will automatically switch between transmit and receive as needed and is reverse-compatible with all PocketWizard radios, making it the perfect addition to existing gear.
All proceeds from the auction go to support the Carey Foundation, a 501c nonprofit organization which directly assists families suffering from breast cancer with daily needs such as transportation to doctor appointments, childcare, meals in homes, etc.
Once these twenty Tutu Pink Plus III radio triggers are sold for charity, no others will be manufactured. They’re destined to become photographic collectors’ items.
The first “Tutu Pink” Plus III radios available as a pair. ©Bob Carey
Previously the Carey Foundation has auctioned off “Tutu Pink” Plus III radios one at a time and raised over $1300 for the Foundation. They’ve now decided to auction of a pair of radios in hopes of raising more funds to provide support to women diagnosed with breast cancer, survivors, and their family members.
The first pair of only 2o limited edition “Tutu Pink” PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers has been made available via an eBay auction. These rare radios will be signed and numbered by photographer Bob Carey. Donated by PocketWizard, all proceeds go to support the Carey Foundation.
Be the first person to own two of these rare gems. Fully functional, even the backlighting is pink. Once these 20 are gone, that’s it. No more. Ever. All proceeds go to a great cause. Below is the text accompanying the auction.
We’re seeing more and more great work by photographers dusting off their old camera bodies and utilizing them to help cover more action via remote camera triggering. Particularly useful at sporting events, here’s another talented shooter, Dave Hahn, getting different angles for his photojournalism business, CSI Photo in the New York metro area.
We previously covered Dave’s remote camera triggering indoors. Check out all the outdoor images as Dave explains how he executes remote camera triggering in his own words.
Sure, one of the biggest features with PocketWizard Plus III Transceivers is the zones, but when you start looking at some of the additional features the transceivers pack into them, you’d be amazed!
Since you’ve upgraded your DSLR and your Rebel is now collecting dust, you may want to think a little differently. Remote cameras could be the way to go for you. PocketWizard has a couple of great transceivers to start you on your way.
First, there is the PlusX. This is an upgrade from the Plus II with six additional channels. The PlusX is an excellent choice to get you started, and priced just under 100 bucks. But before you dive in, you might want to consider the Plus III. Ed. note: The Plus III, with 32 channels and Quad-Zone triggering, was intended as a replacement to the Plus II. However, the PlusX is a good replacement, as well.
ISO 100, 24mm, f/10.0, 3.7 sec shot with a Nikon D800E. ©Ben Von Wong
For some time now we had been hoping to get new content from Ben Von Wong on the PocketWizard blog. He recently posted details of a stunning shoot on his own blog with us in mind, and we’re very thankful.
Not too long ago, Von Wong found himself in Los Angeles with a bit of downtime. Instead of enjoying the weather or sightseeing, he hit the road and made the strange drive from the L.A. basin to that iconic, below-sea level rift lake known as the Salton Sea.
If you’ve had the chance to see the Salton Sea, you know there’s plenty of amazing photo opportunities, especially as night falls. The manmade ecological disaster has created very few good things, and even though selenium and increasing salinity are problems, nature’s beauty, plus the decay of things left behind provided Von Wong with a gorgeous setting for his impromptu photography project.
©Carla Ten Eyck
With Hollywood attempting to successfully translate Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to the silver screen for the fourth time (or fifth, depending on who is counting), everyone from the fashion industry to photographers around the world are revisiting the fashions of the 1920′s.
Carla Ten Eyck lives and works out of her childhood home in Hartford, Connecticut. Frequently publishing in magazines and on the Web, Ten Eyck also teaches photography workshops. She is currently working on a book featuring editorial shoots from all over the world with stylist Beth Chapman and designer Candice Coppola called The White Dress in Color due in the Fall of 2013. Here are her thoughts regarding a recent Gatsby-inspired photo shoot.
After the jump, she describes a recent shoot in her own words.