I really love what I get to do for work. I mean I REALLY love it. Over the last few years I have been able to shoot and design an amazing variety of things, just take a look back at the past few years of posts on this site. Out of all the shoots that I have done the ones that I like the most are ones with friends.
This is my friend Matt Hedrick. I am not that old, but we have been friends long enough that I can't recall exactly when we met. Matt is also an up and coming photographer in his own right, and I was stoked when he asked me to shoot these portraits for him.
On this particular day, we spent a good deal of time ducking in and out of the car due to the weather. You can see in the images above that the ground is wet, it seams like we didn't get more than 10 minutes at a stretch. Both of these images were taken with a Tokina 16-28mm wide angle zoom. This is not exactly what you would think of as a good portrait lens, but it does offer an interesting perspective and a dramatic looking background.
The ambient light was actually like f/8 at iso 100 here, and that was dropped another stop or so to get the look seen here. The key light is an Alien Bee AB800 in a 3x4' softbox boomed above and to the right of the camera.
More to come. -J.H.