Pushing My Boundaries - and Equipment. Part I

April 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I was once lucky enough to have a weekend pass to the side stages of Rock on the Range, and one of the bands on stage 3 was Mushroomhead. On the sides of the stage were giant drums with a flow of water over them, that made for a spectacular photo. While I was getting ready for the show to start, another photographer innocently asked what the deal was with the drums. After I explained it, he gave me a bewildered look, and asked, "what happens if your camera gets wet? What happens if it breaks?" I just had to look back at him and give the only answer I could think of on short notice: "Well, I just hope I get the shot before hand." 

It is with this thought process that I ended my string of assignments for this year's (614) Magazine May issue, better known as the "ColumBest" issue (in the form of a reader poll to choose Columbus' "Best," for those not in the Six-One-Four...). For the past couple years, I have been handed the "Most Romantic Restaurant" superlative, which had just so happened to be the Melting Pot at Easton Town Center (so far the only Melting Pot in Central Ohio). The manager there, Travis, was super helpful from the word "go" on the first year. When I walked in hoping to get an empty fondue pot with some forks sticking out, Travis gave me everything seen here, practically insisting I use it all. Precedent. Set. Not only for Travis, but myself as well.

Last year, I took it up a bit by adding a different point of interest, while keeping the trance-inducing flames in the shot. The lighting got better, the composition got better, and I walked out wondering how I was going to top it this year. Of course, the photo editor challenged me, which made me want to do even bigger things. I wonder if we could make the biggest pot of fondue... (and here is where I try channeling Jeremy Clarkson from BBC's Top Gear) In The World...

As I was thinking of the shot, I thought of the dessert plates in previous years. I thought about a popular style of food photography right now, that has the camera directly above the plate. I needed to introduce the "romance" into the shot of the "Most Romantic" restaurant with some people. I was going to take that straight-down style, widen it out, and apply it to a scene with people.

As I thought about and thought about the composition of the scene, I was getting more confident in what I was going to attempt. However, as I woke up this past Sunday morning, I had a thought pop into my head: I wanted a typical, square, 4-person dining table found in most restaurants. However, I suddenly remembered that I only saw booth-style tables for that restaurant, important when you need to be able to hide the electric wiring needed for the fondue heaters. As soon as I made it to the restaurant, I asked Travis if there was anything other than booths, knowing the answer, but hoping for a miracle; he confirmed there were booths only...

And then the equipment problems started....

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The rest of the story - and the photo - next week!


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