PPA turns 150 years old this year, and we will be celebrating in Atlanta at the yearly Imaging conference. I've lost track of exactly how many of these events I've attended starting back in the early '80s when I would attend with my family. I have many fond memories of the different events, like the year it was in Chicago, or the year it was in Anathem / Disneyland, and we had an earthquake. Atlantic City was a fun time with memories of the whole family walking the famous boardwalk. New Orleans, Denver, San Antonio, and the list goes on. Follow along over on my www.Instagram.com/bryanwelsh_ig page to see what I'm up to and some behind the scenes. Flight leaves at 5:30 am so I better get some rest.
Another fantastic Airshow is in the books. This year my team and I had a chance to photograph The supersonic CF-188 Hornet, popularly known as the CF-18. A plane like this gets special attention so we pulled out all the stops. The task was to light the jet on the runway with the airshow fireworks as the background. Sure this can be done as a composite but the shots we created are done in camera and in the moment. First with the help of Airshow staff the runway is watered down by the Hillsboro fire department and the jet is towed into place. Next lights are carefully placed to wash light across the jet from the nose and from the tail. For lights I trusted the B1 and B2 lights from Profoto, its not a time or place for anything to fail and Profoto is my clear choice for these important situations. I started with my 35mm on my Nikon D810 but quickly moved to the wider 20mm for a more dramatic look. This change allowed me to get as much of the fireworks explosions in frame as possible. Now with a low camera angle, the 20mm, Nikon D810 and my Profoto lights firing it was time to capture the fireworks show. I’m thrilled with the results. Here are my 3 favorite images. Cheers and Enjoy!
What’s in my bag(s)
Having the right tools for the job at hand is always important to a working professional photographer. It’s true the gear doesn’t create the images but having gear you love does aid in the process of creating the images you see in your mind. Here is a look inside my tool kits at some of my favorite tools. (Click Here to view GEAR)
Working with local groups to create a portrait of their organization or event is an MIT Portraits speciality. Here is a recent image I did for The Leader Inside of there Fall 2018 workshop. Michelle Rios and team do a wonderful job of providing thoughtful leadership practices to their attendee’s. If you have a group that needs a portrait, lets chat.
The results are in and it was another good year for Image competition 2018. 3 Images where given the honor of earning a PPA Exhibition Merit. Image competition is a wonderful way to push my creativity and hone my skills.