Making Waves, 06 December 2013

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Making Waves
 is a weekly round-up of current posts featuring PocketWizard products.

SLR Lounge’s, Michelle Ford did a review of the PlusX  and we are excited to say that it received 5 out of 5 stars.  Here is the complete video reviewNote: The PlusX was released in February 2013

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BTS: Brandon Lyon & Pentatonix

Hello, my name is Brandon Lyon, I am a commercial portrait and fashion photographer. I work out of Dallas, Texas and I am excited to write my first article for the PocketWizard Blog. I grew up as an only child so I mostly lived inside my imagination, creating stories and characters to entertain me. I also really enjoyed reading. I craved the feeling of falling into a book for hours on end and losing yourself to a different time and place. We didn’t travel much so this was how I got away. I particularly loved science fiction and fantasy. The world was what you wanted it to be, and the rules could be different.

I wanted to share a recent project I shot for the musical group Pentatonix. They are an a cappella group of five vocalists that gained success after winning season three of NBC’s The Sing-Off and are currently dominating YouTube and the world with their fresh and unique arrangements of mainstream music from pop to hip-hop and electronic music.

Photo: © Brandon Lyon

Photo: © Brandon Lyon

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Justin Van Leeuwen’s Distance Test Shoot

Photographer Justin Van Leeuwen of Ottawa, Ontario shoots some great commercial interiors, but his true passion is people. Environmental portraiture is where he really shines, doing his best to catch an individual’s entire personality in just one frame. Here’s his account of an exciting outdoor photo test he undertook.

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©Justin Van Leeuwen

Sometimes we take photos just because we can.

I was walking around the Ottawa River with the Canon 200-400mm f/4 L IS 1.4x Extender, testing it for my review on canonrumors.com. With such a long telephoto reach, one that I’m not typically used to, I started looking, and seeing, things in areas I hadn’t before. This included a really cool cliff opposite Ottawa’s Parliament on the Quebec side. It was covered in graffitti, which meant it was also accessible. It gave me the idea to try to take a really cool and unique shot; a portrait from across the river from Ottawa to Hull, Ontario to Quebec — an interprovincial photo shoot.

I went home to brainstorm the logistics of the shoot. I knew the lighting would be contrasty and unflattering during the day (as it is) which would move the shoot closer to dusk and sunset. I had never been to the cliffs either, and since I would be on one side of the river to take the shots, whoever I would send out there would be on their own. That didn’t sit well with me, so I knew I would have to enlist one or two volunteers as assistants as added security. I also knew I wanted to light it, because taking a photo from 1600 feet away isn’t hard enough, I wanted to do something different and make the image pop.

How are we going to light someone that far away? I know my Canon ST-E3-RT system can’t go that far, neither can my Elinchrom Skyports. I had just read about PocketWizard radios new Plus III Transceiver’s, that not only had a “long range” option, but also offered a relay mode to piggy-back the signal from one PocketWizard radio to the next. I did a little Google Map math, and figured the direct line from camera to location (about 1600 feet) was a bit too close to push the max range on a set of transceivers, which is rated at 1600 feet. Adding a relay point on a conveniently placed island would cut that distance in half and should assure us a successful flash trigger.

©Justin Van Leeuwen

©Justin Van Leeuwen

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Dom Romney on the Road

We’ve looked at the exciting work of Dom Romney previously. It seems like his love of American cars remains undaunted. Here’s some very cool behind-the-scenes photos which accompany Dom’s story of how he got the final shot, in his own words.

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©Dom Romney

This technique is fairly unusual. What you do is mount the camera to the car, roll the car along the road, and then—when it’s moving—trigger the camera with a long exposure to give the concept of moving with speed.

To create the illusion of speed is difficult. When I shoot, it’s normally just me and a driver. I have to push the car, so I use the PocketWizard to fire the camera while I’m busy pushing. Below is the unedited picture showing the rig, and also me pushing, to give a better idea of how its done.

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Making Waves, 22 November 2013

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Photographer Sasha Leahovcenco, gives an in depth look into his travels to those who have never had their photo taken, “from the end of the Earth” – Siberia.  He took along his PocketWizard Plus II radios and put them to work in -38° C.  Check out the incredible environmental portraits and the behind the scenes video that brings you along for the journey.

 

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F-Stoppers recently covered Rob Grimm, in this Behind The Scenes look at building sandwich towers.  Grimm, uses PocketWizard Plus II radios in his Chicago Studio to create compelling and eye-questioning advertising campaigns.

 

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Photographer Martin Schoeller recently did some work for TIME for their Dudes of Food series and gives a behind the scenes look of the shoot. Three famous chefs gathered for the shoot and Schoeller decided he wanted to infuse some humor in the “hunter-gather inspired and informed kitchens” the chefs run. He used his Plus III radios to help capture some creative and humorous images.


With sports seasons ramping up all over the world, we came across a blog post that will help all of you sports shooters out there: 
Securely mounting your remote cameras either behind the backboard or above the rafters of a stadium, and making sure they don’t go anywhere, is a top priority for sports shooters. Dak Dillon wrote a straightforward blog post, Simple Guide to Mounting a Remote Camera that is a great resource for any sports shooter interested in using remote camera.  *Attention sports shooters, be sure to check out our current Photo Of the Month contest which is focused on shooting sports.  Submission period ends 12/15/2013.

 

All videos, photos, and quotes in this post are used with permission and copyrighted by the photographers featured, all rights reserved; story is ©PocketWizard. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or repost elsewhere without written permission.

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Remote Camera Mountain Bike #Selfies

Whistler, BC-based photographer Dan Carr’s work has been featured in ski and snowboard magazines from Japan to Canada and everywhere in between.  During the winter you will find him shooting alongside the world’s top snow sports athletes and film companies in the never ending quest for perfect images.  After a summer season of improving his mountain bike skills, Dan steps in front of the camera and remotely fires off some images. Here’s how he did it in his own words.

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As summer drew to a close in Whistler, British Columbia, I was about ready to pack the bike away and dust my skis off when I had an idea……
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Making Waves, November 15th, 2013

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After a little “vacation” our Making Waves weekly round-up is back.  Here are a few recent posts that we have come across that feature PocketWizard products.

 

UK based, Jayce Clarke Photo School captures up to 1/2000th easily with the PocketWizard Plus III on the streets in one of their recent blog posts.

Photo: © Jayce Clark Photography

Photo: © Jayce Clarke Photography

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Making Waves, 1 November, 2013

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Check out Nadav Kander in the BTS photo below this lightbox on TIME – photographing Prince Charles sitting on the lawns of Birkhall in Scotland with a PhaseOne and Plus II Transmitter.

Tuts brings us the how-can-you-ever-get-enough of “The Simple Guide to Mounting a Remote Camera“.

Tim Tadder reveals the process behind his WATER WIGS using a PocketWizard Plus II.

Michael Clark (on pages 14-16 of this pdf)  provides a good overview of the PocketWizard ControlTL System.

Helllloooo November! Happy shooting, everybody :-)

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John Flury’s Deliverance of the Luminous People

Photographer John Flury of Zurich, Switzerland takes us through his own wonderful account of how he created the below final image, from concept to final crew wrap photo.

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©John Flury

Telling a Story with a Single Picture
Hello, fellow photon hunters, my name is John Flury, I’m a photographer/photo designer from Zurich, Switzerland, and this is my very first article for the PocketWizard blog. My professional background is in commercial and fine art photography, with the occasional wedding gig. But I’ve always had a passion for stories, especially fictional ones. As a kid, I loved to draw, paint, write stories and record them on tape. The love for creation of alternative worlds, where you could slip off to and go on imaginary adventures, has never quite left me. Which is why in every photo project I work on, I try to keep true to myself and what I most love to do, telling stories.

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Making Waves, 18 October 2013

making_waves_logoMaking Waves is a weekly round-up of current posts featuring PocketWizard products.

 

Foto Care has put out a series of informative and easy-to-understand videos which show what PocketWizard technology can do for your photography. Don’t miss these brief, professional, and free resources!

The first is entitled “Using PocketWizards with handheld flash and strobe units.”

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