What I've Been Up To: July 2013

August 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Today is going to mark the start of a new series that will let me show off a bit more of what I do. Most of my photographic production these days is for (614) Magazine, as well as the publisher's other magazines. What this means is I'll shoot a bunch of stuff, then I have to sit on it for a while until the magazine(s) are out on news stands.

So, in order to make things nice and neat (for myself!) I'm going to have a new monthly blog post to cover everything and show you what I've been up to. While I may pull out other assignments and/or personal projects for expanded blog posts, you can find it all here! 

Although July was full of fireworks celebrations, I didn't brave downtown Columbus for Red White and Boom, and we skipped the local shows due to rain and a rambunctious nephew visiting from out of town, so there are no fireworks photos to show off. I also stayed busy with watching my brother's three (3!!) kids so he and his wife could get a weekend away. Talk about going 0 - 100mph on the kid front! That all meant that July was held solely for (614) assignments. (Well, there was one other magazine's assignment, but it won't get published for a while yet.) I'm hoping to have some more personal project stuff in August!

Here we go:

First up was a piece on drinking in the morning for (614). The editor wanted an egg being dropped into a Guinness:

The beer drinker So I got this one, but knew I wanted to push it farther. So a couple more eggs, some coffee and some Bloody Mary mix later:

A collection of drinks for the morning drinker | Photo by Ben Yoder The next assignment was to get some shots with a band by the name of Sleep Fleet. This one was one that I was very nervous about, because I really wanted to knock this one out of the park. The band was playing at a venue that isn't great for live shots (read: it's like shooting in a cave!), so I knew I was going to need to hit the mark with the posed shots before they went on.

The initial feedback I got was to get a shot inside the bar part of the venue. I picked the spot, but didn't look closely enough at the GIANT MIRROR behind the booth. Awesome. That made me uncomfortable, and that part of the night just didn't go well. Since they were willing, I used their most amazing van as a prop, and things really got rolling:

The band Sleep Fleet and their tour van. | Photo by Ben Yoder We were having fun with the van, and, spurred on by a comment from one of the guys, we tried this next setup:

The band Sleep Fleet reflected in a van window at sunset | Photo by Ben Yoder I saw this in my head, and knew I could capitalize on the cool looking sunset. While this shot was heading in the right direction, I knew it could be pushed a bit farther.

Sleep Fleet posing with their tour van | Photo by Ben Yoder This was my absolute favorite of the entire night. As soon as I saw it on my camera, I knew I hit on something very cool. The best part was that the guys in the band dug it as well!

My final set I'm able to share is from the (614) August issue, themed around DIY. There is an artist that plays with fire. The rig is awesome, and a bit "mad scientist," which I tried to incorporate a bit:

Fire art, made with 10 foot tall propane flames, and a mad scientist at the helm | Photo by Ben Yoder I even got to push the button(s):

The full fury of nearly 250 psi of propane being lit on fire | Photo by Ben Yoder

I did push the buttons, but not for this photo. Safety first..!

So that was my July in a nutshell. I do love that nothing is quite the same from shoot to shoot, one of the things that will always keep me loving photography!


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