photography

Chase Jarvis shoots a campaign in 180 seconds

We love Chase Jarvis– he is the master of photo efficiency. Aside from shooting breath-taking photos for some of the worlds biggest brands, he runs a non-stop photo blog, packed with more information than you know what to do with. I recently stumbled upon a video of Chase breaking down everything that goes into an advertising shoot- in under 4 minutes. This video is actually from 2008, but that doesn’t make it any less useful. Pretty impressive how in 180 seconds he shows the 6 major steps to a successful shoot: concepts/contracts/pre-production; travel; scouting; shooting; post-production; and delivery.


Digitally retro with Holga + Canon


Wanna be retro and cool? Of course you do. Everybody these days has a Holga camera, so how do you take that fun to the next level? Throw that cheapo plastic lens on your pro DSLR. HolgaDirect now makes a conversion kit, allowing Nikon and Canon cameras to accept a full range of the toy lenses including a macro, telephoto, and wide angle. This is actually a pretty cool way to get the Holga feel with none of the hassle or cost of developing and printing the film. The kit runs about $70, check it out here.


Deus Ex Machina- welcome to paradise

Head’s up- if you have any interest in surfboards, classic motorcycles, hand-painted art, custom bicycles, and/or photography, you may become extremely jealous after watching the following video. Deus Ex Machina, aka the “temple of enthusiasm,” is the brainchild of former surf photo legend and current ex-pat Dustin Humphrey. In 2006, Humphrey released Sipping Jetstreams, possibly the most successful and sought after photo book of this generation. In 2007, D. Hump disappeared completely, leaving the editorial surf world wondering where and why. Turns out he was putting all of his attnention into Deus Ex Machina in Bali, Indonesia- a paradise within a paradise. Take a tour of this wonderland in the video below. For further info on D. Hump and his what brought him to this new life, go here.

Deus Temple of Enthusiasm Walk Through. Canggu, Bali from Deus Bali on Vimeo.


Advice from the “30 under 30”


PDN‘s latest issue featured their pick of the top 30 photographers in the world who are under 30 years old, a highly coveted list by Nemo’s photo team. While we love seeing their work splashed across the pages, if a photo is worth a thousand words, often it’s more interesting to hear those words. Digging a bit deeper, this secondary article questions these up-and-comers on some their lessons learned throughout their educations. Here’s some highlights:

Katrina D’Autremont-“You never know what will come from showing someone your work. Very often results are not immediate but if you think about it, the best thing someone can say is that your work stuck with them, and that they still remember you months down the line.”
Bartholomew Cooke-“One of the things I’ve done since graduating is to fervently pursue every opportunity given to me. Even if doing so has not always generated the results I hoped for, it almost always opens new doors and is one of the main reasons I have had some success to date.
Liz Hingley-“I feel it is a process of learning and each stage produces a different kind of work. I don’t feel that experience always produces better work.
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Rachel Barrett-“Diligence and organization are both crucial. It takes constant effort, on a daily basis: updating, filing, retouching, fine-tuning…the trick is to harness them and make them work for you, not against you.”

To read the rest and get inspired, get the full article on PDN.


New Wrangler Campaign is Dangerous


Ad Agency Fred & Farid recently teamed up with photographer Cass Bird for a wild new set of ads for Wrangler jeans. Using professional stunt men (and women), scenes of people crashing though windows, blasted by explosions, and generally beaten and bruised were used to encapsulate the “We Are Animals” campaign. Looks pretty damn fun to me!
More info on the shoot, along with a rad little BTS video, can be found here.


Pete Eckert: Award-Winning Blind Photographer

This is pretty amazing. Pete Eckert began going blind while he was in art school, something i could only imagine feeling totally detrimental to any young artist. But amazingly, Eckert persevered. Gaining inspiration from his loss of sight, he picked up his camera again and eventually began creating deeply conceptual photographs. With his guide dog Clancy, Pete was the Grand Prize recipient of Artists Wanted: Exposure 2008, an international photography competition, and was awarded $2,008 with a formal reception at Leo Kesting Gallery in New York City. Watch this short video to take a look into Pete’s world.

| Artists Wanted | In Focus : Pete Eckert from Artists Wanted on Vimeo.


TtV Cameras

TtV stands for through-the-viewer, and it has quickly become a fun new way to add some character to your photos. The process is simple: find a top-view medium format camera, fashion a tube to prevent light leaks and reflections, jam your DSLR into one end and your hasselblad into the other, start getting retro! The result is a nostalgic, vignetted image that can be taken digitally. for better directions and some cool images, go here.


All aboard the Grease Bus!

With all this snow Mt. Hood has been getting, we’ve all been in snowboard heaven. Anyone noticed a flashy purple bus with “feed me!” written on it cruising around? If you haven’t figured it out, thats the one and only Grease Bus, Portland’s best way up to the mountain. Our friends over at Nike Snowboarding and Salomon Snowboards have been sponsoring these guys since 2001, and we’re pretty stoked on it. Running on bio-diesel, the bus offers skiers and snowboarders roundtrip service from the city to the slopes for only $10! Not only that, the bus is fully equipped with magazines, Clif Bars, and a flat screen TV to get you amped for the day. Next time you’re heading to hood, skip the lonely drive by yourself and hop on the grease bus with a few buddies instead! Head over to the grease bus site to see schedules and events.


boysen paint ad campaign; amazing!

The photos say it all.

Boysen Paint Jellyfish

Praying Mantis

snail

 


Trout + Snowboarding Equals Cover Shot

Scott Serfas, you have officially impressed me. Last May, Serfas and his photo crew headed up to Bear Mountain to create a snowboard photo like no one has seen before. The concept was to get a split view of the surroundings in the Bear Mountain enevironment- the above ground action of snowboarder Lauri Heiskari, and the below water scenery of swiming trout. Seeing as there was no current quarter pipe/lake scenario on the mountain, Serfas decided to build a pond on the deck of the ramp, and give 20 fish a nice little vacation from their lake. Even with all this planning, it is amazing this worked as well as it did, right down to the confused trout staring directly into Serfas’ lens for the cover shot. Check out this behind-the-scenes vid and see the final shot.

TransWorld SNOWboarding April 2011 Cover from TransWorld SNOWboarding on Vimeo.

(via Transworld Snowboarding)


Meet 2011 TED winner JR

Hopefully many of you know about TED talks. If not, you have some serious video watching to do. This years winner is a French photographer named JR.

JR broke barriers with his enlightening portraits of rival citizens shown in a humorous and often reassuring way, plastering the billboard sized images in the most affected and torn apart areas around the world. Starting the project in his native France, he quickly realized the power the images had. After this discovery, his team decided to move in to the middle east despite risk of arrest, brutality, or even death. Check out the video below to see JR’s amazing journey.


Swimsuit Cover runs in the Iooss family


The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hit newsstands last week. Many of you may know of the great Walter Iooss jr., the legendary Sports Illustrated photographer who has amassed 11 covers after shooting for the magazine for numerous decades. But times have changed for Iooss jr., most notably because of his son and fellow photographer, Bjorn.
On a run-of-the mill filler shoot, Bjorn was asked to snap some images of Russian model Irina Shayk (along with a few other models), “purely for advertorial purposes.” A week before the magazine was released, the younger Iooss was informed his shot had made the cover, beating out hundreds of other images from seasoned swimsuit vets, including dear old dad. The stranger part? Shooting swimsuit models is the last thing he planned on shooting. Bjorn considers himself a fine art photographer, claiming he couldn’t care less about sports. “I’ve kind of always tried to do my own thing. To be in this position is a little bit out of my comfort zone.” He seems to be doing just fine to me, especially considering he just schooled his own dad.
(via New York Times)


who ever said photography was easy!

the team at Swanson studio take you behind the scenes of the making of their art show!
I feel inspired!


Pangea Archive

These two have taken on a huge project. They are going to begin an archive of previously unseen and unused music/band photos. Check out their site and donate if like what they are doing!


Time: The ALL-TIME 100 Albums

YES! is all i can say! Time magazine has put together the all-time 100 albums and have chosen the corresponding photos very well. They seem to have taken the photos that not only capture the emotion of the moment but also the personality of the artists. Artists that include but are definitely not limited to Johnny Cash, ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Willie nelson, the sex pistols, the Ramones, and Neil young!

Lovers of photo, music, history and culture will enjoy this all the same!

Sex Pistols; 1973, never mind the bullocks, heres the sex pistols


360° Viewer-Controlled Video is Here

In this digital age where we need to know everything that is going on around us all the time, some mediums may feel a little left behind. But video no longer has that problem. A company called NorthStudio360 has devised a way to shoot 360° video by apparently using six video cameras at once, and with their clever video player, you can control where you want to look while the video plays by just clicking and dragging with your mouse. Red Bull did a project like this a few years ago, strapping a a 360 cam to a hemet and towing surfers into teahupoo, but it didnt have anywhere near the customization of this new instrument. Northstudio360 is mostly marketing their device to tourism and travel sites, but I like the potential in the video below- viewer controlled sports, making it more personal than ever.
(the video may take a bit to load, it’s new technology, be patient)


Trevor’s Birthday

Yesterday at nemo we celebrated TG’s Birthday. For Mark Lewman‘s birthday TG decided to hire a Bret Michaels impressionist to serenade him. Mark Lewman vowed he would get him back. So he hired “a walk on the wild side” to bring in an 80lbs albino python. They hid it in the bathroom and told Trevor the pipes burst. He goes running down there to document the destruction. But he found more than water!


Throttled with Ray Gordon

Today at W+K in Portland!

go check out ray’s work and drink a beer. if you ride a motorcycle you will get priority parking right in front of w+k where they will apparently be blocking off the street for a hotrod/motorcycle gathering.

It goes from 4pm-9:30pm and then the party moves to Beauty Bar, where there will be a few more of Ray’s prints, a badass metal DJ, and of course the beer will be flowing.


the people of the omo river

for 6 years, Hans Silvester documented the people of the Omo River in Ethopia. The photos he got are breathtaking, these people use the natural minerals that surround them and paint their entire bodies. They adorn themselves with natural elements and they themselves become a work of art.


Who is Elmo Tide?

Elmo Tide is a photographer. Atleast we think that’s who he is or what he does. Elmo has no website, no professional portfolio, no Facebook, no Twitter. The only proof that Elmo Tide exists is a flickr account that has been updated twice- once in 2008, and once in 2010. Yet somehow his images have shown in photo galleries worldwide. It’s safe to say Elmo Tide is an enigma if anything. His mysterious work shows a world few other people may ever see, his images seem like fantastical movie stills from odd film noirs. Look at his photos for long enough and you’ll feel that you’ve been pulled into to a gritty underground counter-culture, not sure whether you want to run for your life or join the party. You can see NPR’s very brief and very vague interview with Elmo here.


Vivian Maier, the video

From one of my earlier postings, about the lost and found street photographer vivian maier here is a video about the man who found her work and glimpse into who she was.


Color of Light- Ponomarev Boris

Always looking to make studio and lighting more fun, we were recently sent this wild little video. Watch these artists go nuts with day-glo-esque “fluoro” paint.


the softer side of shooting ft. Cheyenne Ellis

The always lovely and talented Cheyenne has a quiver of both heart warming and eye pleasing work to peruse. With some new stuff on her site and the old stuff that you’ll never tire of looking at check out her website and you are sure to be inspired.


Vivian Maier – Her Discovered Work

The work of one Vivian Maier is running rampant across the world wide web, causing me to feel the urgent need to become aquainted with her work myself.

She was a street photographer located in NY and Chicago between the 1960’s and the 1990’s. The purchaser of her work, a guy named John Maloof ended up purchasing around 100,000 negatives of her work — 20,000 of which were still in undeveloped rolls.  An amazing and exciting process has begun, and John is documenting it thought this blog. Some interesting and inspirational stuff.