DAILY EDIT: Hero of The Morning

Sometimes, you just have to run wild at sunrise with a flash and your favorite lens. Good friend of mine, the photogenic Christian Hill, joined us on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for some early morning hero shots as we at Captivate get back into the swing of things for this summer!

Canada Day weekend brought with it a horrid heatwave by Canadian standards with it reaching as high as 35°C and 44°C with the humidity index. Now is as good a time as any to take advantage of cooler temperatures in the mornings to get your shoots done if you plan on doing location oriented work.

As photographers we cannot always control everything in our environment but we can sure as hell try. In this case, it meant getting out at around 5 a.m. with a single flash, a stand, and my camera. It may take some extra initiative for some (I am one of those people) but just know that you’re not the only one who hates early-mornings. Personally, I hate the heat way more than I do waking up early. It’s a no-brainer for me.

So get out there and enjoy the morning. Your results will be worth it. I shot these images on a Rebel T5i with a Canon 35mm EF lens. You can get away with using any type of flash you have on hand so long as it isn’t your built-in. Mount that baby above your subject, pointing down at them and you have a recipe for magic.

Happy shooting and be sure to keep up with the blog as we are going to be releasing a lot more content over this summer! 

 

 

DAILY EDIT: Wild Eyes

A little while after the new year, as is tradition, thousands of media professionals thaw out, sober up or get back to business and say “what the hell happened?”  As we begin taking stock of the previous 12 months for cerebral clarity, emotional sentiment, data backups or to draw fresh marketing material for the next push, we hopefully will encounter standouts along the way.  For me, this next image is such a standout.

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Shot in Bucharest, Romania while working for a Canadian textile import brand called Poco Loco.  The gig had taken me all over the country, shooting everywhere from castles to medieval mountain cities, but I finally snagged the frame I was looking for on my last production day in Eastern Europe, in Herastrau Park.  After the jump is a narrow crop of the shot, which I also find striking.  Oh, and the model’s natural, wild eyes which seem to follow you around the room. Continue reading “DAILY EDIT: Wild Eyes”

DAILY EDIT: DJ Michael Wayne

Trying to continue this trend of photographs from warmer weather, here’s a strobist portrait of Ottawa DJ/producer Michael Wayne.  Two speedlites bracketed together on Mike’s right, each on 1/2 power and another on his left also at 1/2, triggered with Pocket Wizards.  Due to silly lack of an ND filter in the kit at the time, it was shot at f20, 1/160.  Photographed by Alexander Vlad with assistance from Alex Brazeau.

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DAILY EDIT: Gypsy Accordionist #1

I lit and shot this portrait of a gypsy accordionist during a music video shoot close to Rupea in Transylvania.  His traditional band was starring in a music video for Ottawa rock outfit The Wicked Mercy.  More news on the production later this month, but it was hands down the most fun I’ve ever had shooting anything, ever.

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DAILY EDIT: Tom Green

While conducting a food & beverage shoot for Brother’s Beer Bistro in the Ottawa’s Byward Market actor and comedian Tom Green walked into an otherwise empty restaurant with a small entourage of beer representatives and proceeded to get involved in the shoot!  Photographed by Alexander Vlad.

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FEATURED: Colour Theory w/ Emma

For this shoot we used plenty of red and blue gels (sometimes overlapping to make purple) on a variety of strobes.  I wanted to have an outrageous amount of coloured light and I wanted to play with motion in a way that mirrored the energetic and colourful nature of the model.

redvsblue_advance-hi-34Since my camera cannot do double exposures, I shot the majority of these images using longer shutter speeds and froze the subject multiple times in one exposure by having an assistant manually trigger the flash several times, while coordinating with the movements of the model.

The end result is both technically and creatively satisfying and a unique representation of our model.

Photographer: Alexander Vlad | captivatecreativestudios.com
Assistant: Christopher Eades | eades.captivatethem.ca
Makeup / Direction: Meredith Lyman | meredith-lyman,com
Model: Emma Quinn

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DAILY EDIT: Get Your Lean On

This portrait was taken during the early morning bustle of a Transylvanian wedding in September 2014.  The subject is the mother of one of the village musicians that was playing at the wedding, and also knew the groom since he was a small child.  I plan on returning to Romania in May of 2015 to shoot another wedding.  The subject matter is always so rich and authentic in rural Eastern Europe.

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