Thursday, June 25, 2009

Parkour


Crawl
Originally uploaded by gapey
I had the privilege to meet up with a few other photographers to shoot a group of Traceurs performing parkour moves. I hadn't even heard of parkour before I was introduced to this local group though I've seen it in movies, I didn't know it had a name. According to Wikipedia, parkour is the aim of moving from one point to another as smoothly, efficiently and quickly as possible using principally the abilities of the human body, but is also built on a philosophical premise, perhaps more similar to martial arts than to a sport such as gymnastics.

This shot of Tyson is my favorite shot of the bunch. I used one off camera flash for all my shots. Some were shot through an umbrella when it started getting darker. I posted a behind the scenes shot too.

We met up at Gasworks on a Monday evening. They brought a few kids for us to shoot as well, but I didn't get very many of them. We split up into two groups and I think Paul Swortz got more pics of the kids, but haven't seen his pics yet. They sure start training them young. I hope their parents are ok with them doing this stuff. It can be a dangerous sport. There was much crawling, swinging, jumping and hanging. I got most of the shots I wanted to get and am pretty happy with the way they turned out.

You can check out the rest of the set here

Monday, June 08, 2009

Another Wedding


Paul & Sandie's Cake
Originally uploaded by gapey
I got to take some pics at another wedding. I believe this is the 3rd one since I upgraded to a DSLR camera and the first one with my E3. I got a lot better pictures this time than my previous ones. It goes to show how much I've progressed in my photography in the last couple of years.

I don't mind being a "backup" photographer once in a while for a wedding but I don't think I'd want to make a career out of it. It's a lot of work, mostly in processing the pictures afterwards plus it's a little stressful knowing that there are shots you have to get from the wedding and not mess up or miss them. I took a few hundred photos during the wedding/reception for my co-worker as a wedding gift and processed 65 of them to give to her. I posted a couple of my favorites on Flickr. I tend to enjoy taking pics of the details from the wedding more than the people at them. Things like the cake, center-pieces, decorations, etc.