You’ve gotta lift those really heavy parts with something! This is the smaller of the two that we shot the other day. I was attracted to the yellow I beam this one moves on. We created a studio in the plant where they build these, which, funnily enough, included another crane to move this one into position for a photograph. I love variety of my photographic life!
The whole idea behind a business portrait is to convey something about who you are, to someone that doesn’t know you. It can be the image on a corporate ID badge, but personally I think a business portrait has bigger job. No matter what your job: doctor, financial consultant, lawyer or sales, it’s important that people trust you. So a business portrait or headshot is what goes before you, to stand in your place until you get face to face. It’s a big job. Let me know what you think.
The biggest of these little steel balls is about a millimeter in diameter, a little less than 10 times the diameter of a human hair. They are used as an abrasive in industrial processes. They were fun and challenging to photograph. I had to level the table so they wouldn’t all roll away. The best part of this profession is that there are always new and interesting things to shoot.
You might call it a headshot, but to me, headshot is a term better reserved for the picture on your driver’s license. A portrait on the other hand, reveals a little more of your inner nature, your soul if you like. My business partner David shoots most of the portraits for Blue Sky, but he’s been out of town, so I get a crack at it. It’s challenging, because it’s more that just getting the lighting and technical stuff right, you have to connect with your subject, in order to help them reveal who they are.
There is no end to the variety of parts used to build machines. Cylinders are used in machines to build machines, and in consumer products. To be fair, I’ve no Idea what kind of cylinder this is. It could be an air cylinder, but I suspect that it is hydraulic. I photographed it on a white background, then outlined it, and put it on the green handmade paper. Let me know what you think.
Photographing anything shiny is a kick! Finely machined aerospace parts fit the bill. You wouldn’t think Detroit for aerospace, but in the last year I’ve done work for several aerospace companies. I’m guessing that there is a lot of talent here honed making automotive parts. It’s fun shooting them, wherever they end up.
I love shooting cars. Day-to-day I shoot everything from massive aerospace tools to tiny fasteners, but photographing this Ford GT was a treat. Using a light painting technique we walked around the car shining a light at it while the shutter was open. After seeing the results we would alter how fast we walked, where we held the light and where we pointed it until we had a dynamically lit image.
Lighting is crucial for every photo and this car is no exception. These are the kind of jobs that get me excited forty years into this business. As always I look forward to your thoughts.