Behind-the-Camera of Photojournalist Nic Coury in Monterey County, California.

December 27, 2009

Sports: Random Images of 2009.

Dual slalom, 2009 Sea Otter Classic.

As I was narrowing down my digital archives to free up space, I came across some random sports images from this year that I really liked.

ABA California Sea Kings basketball.

MMA competitor Angela Samaro.

Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

Father/son, coach and player from the Mexico City little league team at the 2009 Bronco World Series.

~ nic

December 25, 2009

Portraits: One-Light.


Nikon D700, 17-35 f/2.8 @ f/8, 35mm, ISO 800.

I did a small, one-light self-portrait for fun tonight, experimenting with a single off-camera strobe. It was about 2ft. away from me, on the floor pointed up, shot through a small softbox, zoomed in to 70mm on the flash.

One of the things I need to do next year is work with small lights to produce neat results for quick photo shoots.

~ nic

December 19, 2009

Photos of the Year: 2009

self-portrait.

I shot a lot of cool and interesting things this year with the Monterey County Weekly and photographNic.

I pushed myself with my work to make compelling, story-telling images, which hopefully would affect how people thought about the world around them and attempt to better it.

The news front offered nearly 30 gang-related homicides in Salinas, election of the the first African-American president and political corruption on every level of government (the local levels in Monterey County felt it strong in some places...). I photographed that.

Arts, entertainment and features photos offered a break from that, while numerous sports offered great action and reaction in trying times. Hell, I even shot the NFL.

If you head over to photographNic. on Facebook page, there are full galleries of my favorite pictures of the year in:

(Below, I've linked the photos to news stories or past blog entries where you can find more information on the subjects).

Jose Soto lost his son "Junebug" to gang violence in Salinas.

Musician Ryan Bisio.


Jazz bass prodigy Esperanza Spalding opened the 2009 Monterey Jazz Festival with a bang.



Dual Slalom at the 2009 Sea Otter Classic at Laguna Seca.


I'll in 2010 with hopefully more than 2010 clicks on the camera shutter and much more experience and love for photojournalism.

It's been a wild ride thus far.

Cheers,

~ nic

December 15, 2009

Sports: ABA Basketball


On Sunday evening, I shot the first home game of the California Sea Kings, a A.B.A. (American Basketball Assoc.) team. They play gym at Hartnell College in Salinas.

I shot two cameras hand-held, which triggered a remoted Nikon D2H (see above photo) on the home team's basket.

Considering I've never shot basketball in my life, I came away with some nice frames.










~ nic

December 13, 2009

Multimedia: Live Music in Big Sur.


This is my second audio slideshow and the first one with a live interview spliced in with the ambient music.

I also started a YouTube channel for photographNic., which is here:

More A/V to come... ~ nic

December 7, 2009

Portraits: Coury Family Photo


My sister and her husband were up from Los Angeles for a few days and my mom requested a family photo.

(Left to right): Me, my dad, my mom, my older sister Kristen and her husband Mike.

(Below): Kristen and Mike.



~ nic

December 6, 2009

Multimedia: David Conley at the Sardine Factory

video

This past weekend I did some work for pianist David Conley who performs every weekend at The Sardine Factory.

This is my first audio slideshow and first attempt at multimedia. I'm going to start offering multimedia (audio slideshows and in the future, video) to clients for their websites and blog, as it creates another, more in-depth, way of telling their story.

~ nic

December 4, 2009

Wedding: Amy and Erik Hormann


A few months ago I shot the wedding of two, very good friends of mine.

I worked with Erik at Boy Scout camp for many summers and Amy worked down there for a few as well.

The wedding was up on the Sacramento Delta at Grand Island Mansion and not wanting to screw it up completely, I asked my good buddy David Royal (his work is phenomenal) to help me out.

Amy put us up for two nights in Elk Grove, so we hightailed it up I-5 and shot away.

Here's some of my work. I was extremely happy with the finished product. With all my clients, my main goal is pleasing the customer, because it's not just another wedding, but their wedding.

As with all my work, I make a distinct effort to shoot differently and make interesting photos that are new and tell the story. I captured interesting details and emotion that I think Erik and Amy will be able to relive for a while.

Check the photographNic Facebook page for much more photos, blogs and behind-the-scenes schtuff...





(This is one of my favorite photos from the entire 800 photos I gave to Erik and Amy. I love the grins on the edge of the frame and the drips of champagne that are spilling. Darn good detail from these new cameras...)






Let me know what you think.

~ nic

November 29, 2009

Remotes: Skateboarding

Nikon D300, 10.5 f/2.8 fisheye, 8fps, remotely triggered.

The above photo was taken with the set-up below, triggered by a Pocket Wizard—a radio signaled that is triggered by an off-camera remote. That remote was attached to my hand-held camera.


With remotes, you have to pre-focus to where you want your shot to be.

Below is another example, this time with a 14mm.

Nikon D300, 14mm, 8fps, remotely triggered.

Nikon D300, 14mm, 8fps, remotely triggered.

Below is the camera set-up for this shot.


I've been wanting to get this shot (below) for while. The skate park is bordered on one side by the lake and every so often the paddle boats float by.


Nikon D700, 70-200 f/2.8 @ f/4.5, ISO 400.

~ nic

November 24, 2009

Model Behavior. pt. 4


I worked with this great model Maddie on Sunday afternoon and made some nice, fashion-y photos, which I actually liked quite a bit.

Below was my main light set up: A Nikon SB-800 through an umbrella at around 1/64 power, f/8 and zoomed to 105mm.

I shot with my 85 f/1.4 at around f/2.2 a lot. It's super sharp and relatively tight.


Nice, soft light...



~ nic

November 18, 2009

Advertising: Figge Cellars


A few months ago, I did some advertising photos of wine bottles for Figge Cellars.

If you visit their website, I shot the opening photo of the table setting with a bottle.

It was a good experience and we did some shots of wine bottles outside and they turned out pretty neat.

Hopefully this is the beginning of much more advertising photography to come.


~ nic

November 12, 2009

Dance: A Tribute to Kalisa Moore


A few weeks ago, the "Queen of Cannery Row," Kalisa Moore, passed away.

She was a good friend and icon in the belly dance community and friends and family hosted a tribute night at the Paperwing Theatre in Monterey last week.




I love shooting dance and there will be some more soon, so stay tuned...

~ nic

November 8, 2009

Travel: Hawk's Shadow, Big Sur


I took a nice opportunity to visit the ridge-top property of my "serial" artist friend Ed Leeper.

He called the place Hawk's Shadow. It's located up a windy, dirt road off of Palo Colorado Canyon Rd. near Highway 1 near Rocky Point Restaurant. I know the canyon well, because it also houses the Boy Scout camp I worked at for 10 summers.

Ed spent a lot of time at Hawk's Shadow working on projects and being "off the grid." It's a fantastic spot that I'll be revisiting when I can.

The main building is this great cabin straight out of a beat novel.




There was some great light coming through the window in one of the other cabins, so I took a self-portrait.


All around the cabin were these great details showing a person's history.







Including a lot of weird, random stuff in the yard, but that's Ed Leeper for you.


The road up to his place was a bit gnarly, so I parked safely below and walked about 50 yards up, but next time I'll drive as I found a good place to turn around further up.


This was the view from where I parked. The cabin is up to the left.



I shot a lot of film as well and will post some when I get it back from the lab.

~ nic