Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

First Cover

A few months back my niece, Carol Ann (aka MotoCarolAnn), emailed me and said that I might get a call from American Motorcyclist Magazine as they were using her for a story.  She had suggested they should consider me to take the shots.  I've been published in their magazine before which I think put them in the right place to contact me.  A few emails later and everything was set, well, almost set.


The story was about people that might not fit the typical motorcyclist image and for Carol Ann, they wanted a shot of her at work.  She manages a clothing store in a mall.  The magazine thought it would be a great location to shoot and so did the owners of the store.  Mall management wasn't so enthusiastic.  In fact they emphatically said NO WAY.  Obviously they're more concerned what their risk managers might say then some exposure in a magazine.  They may have just watched 12 O'Clock Boyz (a must watch documentary) and thought we'd be riding wheelies in the mall.  Either way, the mall shot was out.  Plan B was simply to shoot in a strip mall parking lot.  Not the most exciting location but we'd make it work. 

I drove the 6 hours down in the afternoon and we poked around some strip malls in Danbury, CT.  We picked one for the shoot and had my niece meet me there at 7am the next morning with her boyfriend.  That would give us a couple hours before stores opened to get the shots.  We needed ten different shots, each taken with both work cloths and riding cloths and they had to match as closely as possible.  This took a bit of the spontaneity out of the shots but not too much.  It also was time consuming with wardrobe changes with each set-up.


The weather cooperated perfectly with nice morning sun and I used natural light for most shots and was happy to leave the big lights in the car. For a few shots I used a simple speedlight as a fill light.

Through all the communication with the magazine, the word COVER never came up but when the issue arrived, there it was - Carol Ann was the new American Motorcyclist Cover Girl.  Another two shots were used with the story but they did not run any with the side-by-side wardrobe as they had hinted, but after landing the cover, I'm OK with that.

Special thanks to Ed Pudvah for his help and arriving with a perfectly coordinated jacket and Triumph Thruxton.


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stowe Antique Car Show 2014

Spent an hour or so this morning wandering around the Stowe Antique Car Show and taking photos of hood ornaments and other details.   This show has just about everything including cars from all eras and all continents, a few bikes, trucks, firetrucks and a group of army vehicles.  Apparently Saturday is the day to go with twice as many vehicles as today, but there was still plenty of interesting vehicles to check out.
 
The challenge at car/bike shows it trying to take shots that don't look like they were taken in some hot, dusty field with a bunch of other people wandering about.  To do that I use a small, handheld flash held off camera and underexpose the shot while pumping the flash power up to compensate.  This is combined with using a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field and put the background completely out of focus. 

Below are the favorites from the day but you can view many more shots from the event here.  Prints are also available via the link.

Shots from other car and bike events can be found here.

And, for anyone interested, here's a great source for hood ornament identification.

Pontiac

someone buy me this car...

Rover

Electric cars are not new.  This one from the 1930's.

Chevy

An amazing Rolls restoration

Rolls Royce


Pontiac

Pontiac


Pontiac Woody complete with authentic travel stickers.

From the muscle car section

The story behind this bike was pretty amazing.  We'll see if anyone can guess what it is on my facebook page.

A perfect example of how a bit of underexposure with flash makes for a very interesting photo.

You can view many more shots from the event here.  Prints are also available via the link.

Shots from other car and bike events can be found here.


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Monday, July 07, 2014

The Williston 4th of July

There is magic in small town July 4th festivities.  Williston has a lot of that magic and this year's 4th of July Parade and Frog Jumping contest were great fun for all.  Its been fun over the years to watch our boys grow up from being the little guys on the side of the road snatching candy to carrying the American Flag in the Boy Scout Color Guard this year.

These are my favorite shots from the day.  To see a lot more photos from this year, click here.

Williston, Vermont 4th of July Parade photo by Dave Schmidt Boy Scout Troop 692 l
Boy Scout Troop 692 leads the parade.  I think I know that kid holding the American Flag. 
Williston, Vermont 4th of July Parade photo by Dave Schmidt
Doggy Day Care's customers get in on the parade.
 
Williston, Vermont 4th of July Parade photo by Dave Schmidt
US Representative Peter Welch

Williston, Vermont 4th of July Parade photo by Dave Schmidt
He bought it new.

Williston, Vermont 4th of July Parade photo by Dave Schmidt
A lot of excitement for a free water bottle.

Williston, Vermont 4th of July Parade photo by Dave Schmidt
The Imported Car Center's copilot.
Williston, Vermont 4th of July Parade photo by Dave Schmidt
Former US Marines.

Williston, Vermont 4th of July Parade photo by Dave Schmidt
Risking life and limb for candy.

Williston, Vermont 4th of July Parade

Williston, Vermont 4th of July Parade

Williston, Vermont 4th of July Parade
Candy Crush

Williston, Vermont 4th of July Parade
In need of more candy.

Williston 4th of July Parade
Williston fire chief's personal ride.

Williston 4th of July Parade
Chief


Williston 4th of July frog jumping contest willie the jumping frog bill skiff
The wonderful Bill Skiff, hosting the frog jumping contest for more than 20 years, now has his own children's book starring Willie the Jumping Frog.  More on Willie here and here

Williston 4th of July frog jumping contest
Brayden's prize frog

Williston 4th of July frog jumping contest
Zoe gets her frog flying

Williston 4th of July frog jumping contest
Javier, (far right) an exchange student from Spain, definitely enjoyed his frog jumping experience, as did Joe, Doug and Ian.

Williston 4th of July frog jumping contest
Asa

Williston 4th of July frog jumping contest
By the time I took this, the crowd had dropped from the throngs at the start of the contest

frogs
Before being released back into the wild, we did a little frog photo shoot.  This was shot with an extension tube on the lens to allow for extreme close-up.

Faces and frogs from years past.  You can get a print of this here.
To see a lot more photos from this year, click here.

Click a year to see more images:  2013, 2012, 2011 and more...

Prints of any image always available.  Contact me dsphoto(at)comcast.net


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