The last month or so has been full of wonderful, involved projects that I haven't really been able to talk about yet. It's not exactly like I am being held at gun point about it, but I am holding off until these projects are completed/aired/run. I will certainly have something to show in the next few weeks as these projects are completed and I can show you something finished.
What I can show is some BTS photos from a still photography shoot that I did this past week for Omro Middle School's Bike Shoppe after school program. This is a program close to my heart as I attended OMS and it is my father who actually started and runs the program.
Here you can see a few pull backs of the current shop that they are using, an old equipment room for the gym. It's a really cool place to photograph, but altogether only large enough for three or four people to work at once. There are plans in the works to build a dedicated building to use in the future. The program receives donated bikes from the community and the kids fix and restore them to good working order to sell for a very reasonable price. The money raised from bike sales are used to purchase supplies for the shops and fund bike related projects for the community.
On this day I was shooting a bunch of details of tools and bike parts to use on a website that I am also working on for them. We were pretty much starting from scratch, so I wanted to start building a library of images and details to pull from for this site and to have for future use. I am hoping to get back there in the near future to shoot some video of the same space, and to create a sort of video overview of the program to show potential sponsors.
The Bike Shoppe has been getting a lot of attention lately, and so these images, the website, and the future video will hopefully provide a solid representation of the goals and incredible results that the bike shop has already accomplished.
Of course, I have the obligatory gear shots. I shot the interiors of three buildings and dozens of detail images in less than three hours, by the end of it my stuff was laying all over. Here you can see a selection of the lenses I was using, including a few AI manual focus Nikkors that I have been working with lately.
Almost everything I was using on the day fit into these bags and a single hard case. I am terribly under-gunned in the case department, I am a sucker for backpacks, but on larger shoots it would be nice to have everything in hard rollers.
A couple of the Fotodiox softboxes that I have been using, I really like them because they are really durable for their cost, and I can use them with strobes or stick a Starlite in the same speedring and use them as a continuous lights for video as well.
More to come. -J.H.