My friend and writer, Kirsten Ferguson, asked SGP to photograph Happy Hours around Saratoga Springs for Saratoga Living’s 2014 Holiday Issue. Happy Hours? I can think of worse gigs. : ) Kirsten is a regular contributor to Saratoga Living and other magazines and papers and always writes great stuff. Keep an eye out for her work.
On newsstands now, the Saratoga Living Holiday Issue also contains several features by Niki Rossi Photography, which SGP also helped out on. Below are some of the photos used in Kirsten’s article. Pick up the magazine at any newsstand to check out her story and the great/fun features by Niki Rossi Photography.
I shot weddings on Friday and Saturday and woke up a little sore, but looking for something fun to do with my Sunday. I was psyched to read on Facebook that a great car show was going on just a couple miles from my house. I first got into cars when my uncle gave me a pile of Road and Track magazines when I was around twelve or thirteen. This was the 1980’s Testarossa, Countach, 959 era and a great time to get into cars.
To this day, the autos of that era speak to me, and in my mind, their styling cues represent the marques. A Saab is tear drop shaped, a Volvo is boxy, Mercedes have grey cladding along the bottom, a Ferrari is what Magnum and Sonny Crocket drove, and a Lamborghini is a mash of impossible angles that come together into a beautiful form. They are not the perfect machines of today, but they are far more interesting and special in my mind. Ultimately though, I truly enjoy all eras of automobiles and take any chance I get to see rare classics in person.
The Saratoga Automobile Museum and Hemmings Motor News Coucours d’ Elegance featured pre and post war (WW2) automobiles and firetrucks of all types. It’s a little overwhelming when you show up to a car show like this with a camera. You want to photograph them all, but you could spend a whole day photographing just one of them. On top of that, you want to see all of the vehicles and just kind of relax and enjoy yourself. So, here are some of the images from Sunday’s show. There are over a hundred, which is a lot to post, but I’m going to insert it as a clickable thumbnail gallery. Thanks to Hemmings and SAM for making these events happen.
At most gigs, I am usually working with one or more photographers. We each have one to two camera bodies shooting throughout, each with their own file names. At the end of a wedding, for example, we often have three to five THOUSAND photos to deal with. I know it sounds like an excessive amount, but think of all the portions of a typical wedding or event. Then consider that for every photo, such as a family formal, you have to take about five shots in order ensure none of the subjects are blinking or looking away in one of them. All of these photos and file names can lead to a real organizational mess come post production time.
The simplest remedy for this is to sync all the shooters’ cameras to the exact same time, down to the second. Then, once the photos are imported into an editing program, choose to sort the photos by the time. Bam, they are all in sequential order, allowing you to choose your favorite angles with no jumping through scattered files. Some of you are likely doing this already, but you would be amazed how many photographers skip this step. I think part of it is that old habits die hard when it comes to file naming, importing and organization. Handling files can be an anxious place where caution meets superstition and paranoia. “Rule # 1: Don’t loose the files.”
Anyway, so all the photags at a gig can gather together in a huddle and sync up to a specific time by setting their camera clocks on the count of three or something, but this is a pain and often everyone starts the day in different places. An easy solution is to sync to a common time that is consistent and displays down to the second. One we use in a jam is the iPhone clock, since those are all standardized and always handy. Another option is to sync to the official National Institute of Standards and Times website the morning of the gig. You can’t get more accurate than that. If you aren’t sure how to set the time and date on your camera, here are the product manual links for Nikon and Canon.
The Myles of Smyles Foundation :: Debut of the Myles Smiles Photobooth :: Saratoga Springs, NY Photobooths
This past Saturday, Niki Rossi and I had the pleasure of attending the Myles of Smyles Foundation’s Ripple Gala at Malozzi’s in Schenectady, NY. The Myles of Smyles charity is dedicated to “putting happy faces in needed places for families in the Northeastern United States facing life-threatening challenges.” It is inspired by an amazing little boy who Niki and I had the honor of photographing before he lost his battle to cancer.
Inspired by Myles and his amazing mother, Laurel, the founder of Myles of Smyles, Niki created the Myles Smiles Photobooth. With the photobooth, Niki wants to bring smiles to kids and help raise money for children’s hospitals and local charity events for children. Please visit the Myles of Smyles Foundation’s website to learn more and consider donating to this great organization.
Visit the Myles of Smyles Foundation’s Facebook page and give it a Like! :
Contact my main Amiga, Niki Rossi, to schedule a fantastic senior portrait session! Various Senior sessions and packages are available. Current Juniors typically start scheduling sessions now through the fall for 2015 graduation.
I enjoy playing guitar and have a few around. These are photos of an older acoustic using a single light and a reflector. Like the guitar, they’re a little gritty. These and more prints are available for purchase at http://sethguistimbelliphotography.zenfolio.com/guitarabstracts