I could have titled this “Confessions of a Former Eyeball Shooter” but that might not have looked too good in Google Searches. There is nothing wrong with a close-up or “eyeball shot” but if you’re in the middle of the winter wonderland of Lamar Valley in Yellowstone can you really show that if all you see is that critter’s face. So working with my friend Moose, and looking back over old files, I see myself going wider to tell the story.
I was flattered to have an image from the last ConExpo selected for the March cover of American Cranes and Transport, which also included their show guide for this year’s ConExpo. One of the largest construction equipment shows in the world, ConExpo occurs in Las Vegas once every three years and covers approximately 10 football fields of a variety of construction equipment. Thousands of copies of the magazine were given out to the roughly 400,000 attendees and it was pretty cool to see stacks of the magazine on display at their booth with this cover.
I have been on a quest (hence very little posting) to reorganize my files and make sure they are properly keyworded. Two recent covers were largely attributable to being able to find existing images fast and keywords can certainly aid in that process.
In going back over images, I have found a lot that bring back memories. This one is of a Greater Antillean Nightjar that I almost stepped on while touring some remote areas of the Bahamas several years ago. They basically just lay their eggs, no real nest as you can see from the second image. And it blends in really well as I never saw it until the last second. It never moved but I did. Then at a sufficient length away not to further disturb it, I shot the image below.
August is the annual tower crane issue for American Cranes and Transport. I had been following the construction of a new building right along the FDR Drive and had shot a number of images as the building was going up in its early stages. Tower cranes can be challenging to photograph when they are 20 or 30 stories in the air. I was pleased to learn that one of the images was selected for the cover.
There is something about lighthouses…I just love to photograph them in all types of weather. This summer the weather wasn’t cooperating in Maine when I shot four different lighthouses in one day along midcoast Maine. But with weather there are opportunities and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse presented one. While you can’t tell that lighthouse is on a bluff, the clouds that are drifting by below the structure certainly help create the visual sense that this lighthouse is overlooking something. Black and white was the way to go on this rainy, gray day.
The June issue of American Cranes and Transport is out.
June is their Annual ACT 100 issue and I was excited to have had the image I posted a while back, the “ass-shot” of the Terex AC-250, selected for the cover.
It’s also the culmination of quite a bit of work that I completed for them relating to Bauma, the largest construction equipment tradeshow in the world, held every three years in Munich. Even with all-access photo credentials, it was a challenge to shoot Bauma for a number of reasons. The weather certainly did not cooperate all the time, although the changing weather patterns created great clouds. Further, the show is BIG. The location of tradeshow booths can take up to a half hour to walk from one to another given the size of the show. And like any tradeshow, the amount of equipment packed into the show presents constant challenges in isolating specific manufacturers or products. And of course, with cranes being outside, time of day to take advantage of available light (when there was available light) created a shooting schedule in the morning and afternoon and, of course, the booths were never near each other. I set my personal best on my Fitbit the first day and then blew threw that on Day Three. Balancing between other commitments at the show and shooting added to the fun as well as the need to have all images processed within three days of the show ending – thank you Photo Mechanic and Adobe.
In addition to images that were selected for articles related to Bauma that appear in the June issue, “Dimmitt’s Bauma” is a 4-page selection of images from my submissions that were selected by the editor of American Crane and Transport to tell the story of Bauma from a photographer’s point of view. The article also includes a short article that I was asked to write as to how I approach a show of that size as a photographer. While I was aware that an article was in the works, the proofs arrived on my birthday and it was a great present to view what had been selected and how the article was laid out.