Blood, sweat and tears. Emphasis on the blood, switch sweat with shivers, and replace tears with fried inverters.

This past Saturday (3/26/11) I had probably one of the most substantial as well as one of the most painful and costly days of my photography career.
I planned on meeting up with my friend Joey Batista, who owns arguably one of the nicest E30 M3’s stateside. Seriously- this thing is a trophy riding ON trophies…except they’re BBS RS’- which are the holy grail of European wheels. They look good on everything, and everything looks good on them. Check out his website for full details on the car:

Now, this day started out well. I had all my equipment accounted for and working. Batteries for both camera bodies were charged, Vagabond II was plugged in and good to go, lenses were clean, flash tubes on all my strobes have been replaced and are 100% functional. The one thing I forgot to do Friday night after work was cut out an additional spot in my Pelican case for my third light which now has a flashtube. My friend Kyle Scheidel of Tallboy Photography was due to arrive at any moment, we were going to pack up, and go meet Joey at his friend’s house. I figured I would cut out the extra spot in the foam really quick and we could still go. THAT was a mistake.

After frantically hacking away at the foam for a few minutes, I noticed you could pull it out and just pull it out of a seperate layer of the foam. I placed the razorblade I was using down next to me, pushed out a cube, then grabbed it- upside down. I didn’t notice this until it was halfway into my finger, however. After pulling out of my finger and getting blood not only on my pants, but the case and foam, followed by the carpet as well, I went over to the sink and ran it under luke-warm water and put pressure on it- as you’re supposed to do.  Kyle got there, we bandaged my finger up, got the rest of the foam cut, and hit the road.

Without the Vagabond to power the lights.

We got off the highway thankfully right near my house, I ran in, got it, put it in the car, and went to meet with Joey.
We ended up coming back to Middletown and went near the Portland bridge- where I shot my friend Jeff’s car. Joey parked it in a GREAT spot right near the bridge so I busted out the lights. I figured I’d just use one strobe for some fill on the dark side of the car and really make the wheels pop and get a little of the Audi Pearl White paint to stand out a bit. I hooked up the light and set it to full power to combat Mr. Sun- who was out in full blast today. I fired a test shot, heard a loud ‘POP’, and looked to my right.

White smoke was pouring out of the top of the inverter like a Chimney in December. My heart sank and the frustration kicked in.

After shrugging it off, Kyle and I decided we’d just use some natural light for these, then find a place with AC power so I could just run extension cords and use the lights that way. With the help of Mr. Sun and Ms. Cirrus we got some nice diffused light from the clouds for a bit to get some GREAT shots.

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Being productive before class.

Let me precede this by saying I am beyond thrilled about this! This group shot of the lovely stylists at Jessica’s Color Room in Middletown, CT, is going to be posted on a billboard somewhere in CT! The location is TBD, but this will be updated with a location and picture when I find out!

Now the background story:

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Portfolio is now in the works!

I woke up Wednesday the 23rd rather early in the morning (compared to my normal sleep schedule, it was right around the time I go to bed actually) and checked a few online orders and their shipping statuses. Apparently FedEx flew my iPad from Alaska to Kentucky, then Kentucky to Windsor Locks in the matter of almost 8 hours- right after I checked it’s status the night before. Long story short- I got my iPad 2 a day earlier than anticipated.

It was packaged nice and secure as most things from apple are- and slid right out of the box. I’m not quite sure how, but I managed to get some shots of it as I was tearing through the box.

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Stepping outside with strobes.

Decided to finally take my vagabond II and White Lightning X800 Ultra Zaps outside for some playtime in some BEAUTIFUL mid-high 60 degree weather! Luckily, my good friend Jeff Feola brought up his ’93 Alfa Romeo 164s (very limited italian four door), so we drove around looking for places to shoot it. After an absolutely heavenly experience at F40 motorsports in Portland, CT- we decided to go near the Portland Bridge to take some shots. After having an ironic run in with a speciality exotic shop with not one, not two- but THREE Alfa Romeo Spiders on the lot (a car I’ve been seeking at a good price for about 6 months now) we decided to go right under the bridge and pop some shots out, after getting permission from the owner.

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My thoughts and hope for those affected by the one of the world’s largest disasters.

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Cream of the crop- the EF 85 F/1.2 II L for sale.

Lens has been sold. Thanks to all whom were interested!

Unfortunately, I cannot justify using this as much as I do to keep it. Having sold my 70-200 F2.8 L and not having a replacement, I can’t have money like this sitting in my bag and not fulfilling my needs. I may regret this when my weddings start coming up, but that’s something I’ll live with.

Up for sale is my mint 85 F1.2 II L. I love this lens, simply put. If I COULD keep it, I definitely would, without a doubt. It’s been my favorite lens since I got into photography, and some of my favorite wedding portraits were taken with it. This lens is capable of producing astounding results and is absolutely tack sharp all the way throughout it’s apertures. Like I said- I can’t have this big lump of cash sitting in my bag not getting as much use as it should. There is a slight knick in the front focusing tube, but that does not effect filter application and it does not have any effect on the lens whatsoever. It is very small in size, as the pictures will show. The front and rear glass is perfect. Sale will include the lens, front and rear caps, the hood, pouch, and manual. No warranty or box included.

The price is 1650 shipped and insured via USPS and paid for via paypal gift to the lower 48 states. If you would like normal paypal, please add 3%. Anything international, you will pay the difference in shipping.Will also trade for a 50 1.4 + 135L + cash on your end, or a 70-200 2.8 IS version 1 or 2 with cash on either end to balance it out. Any combination of these would work as well.

Here’s some pictures taken with the lens, on a 5D MKII.

Onto the picture of the lens:









Tried something new.

Tried something new with my lighting set-up.

Did a strobe with a reflector behind the backdrop camera left to blast out the wrinkles and use it as a diffusion cloth, and used an octobox slightly camera left.

Here’s my favorite of the set:

Click the picture to see the rest on the website!

For all you other fellow photographers, here’s the light set-up.