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

March 26, 2009

Maria Bello.

Tonight I met and shot actress Maria Bello. She's really hip and was super cool about being shot.

I did a quite edit in PS and really liked how they turned out.

~ nic

March 21, 2009

The Face of Peter Bogdanovich.

Tonight I shot and reported on the first annual Golden State Film Festival in Monterey.

Read more on that here.

The speaker of the night was classic American film director (and everything else) Peter Bogdanovich. He's a super nice guy with a very deadpan sense of humor.

I made a few nice portraits from the evening, which were easy because he had such a great face to photograph. 

For this first photo, I asked for only three minutes of his time and snapped five photos and said I was done. In a very straight voice, he says, "There's two-and-a-half minutes left. Now what?"

It was great.

(Nikon D700, 50 f/1.4 @ f/2, ISO 2500).

(Nikon D700, 70-200 f/2.8 at f/2.8, ISO 2500).

More on the Golden State Film Festival here.

~ nic

March 20, 2009


(Nikon D700, Nikkor 50 f/1.4D @ f/2.8, ISO 200, B&W Orange IR filter).

Nikon SB-800 at camera right, shot through an umbrella at 1/16 power with a light cool gel at f/8 zoomed to 50mm. Triggered via Pocketwizards.

I like shooting portraits with the orange IR filter on occasion. It gives a cool, moody look, which works for certain photos. It also translates to black-and-white extremely well and make cool hotspots similar to overexposing older films.

~ nic

March 14, 2009

"Found" Portrait.

(Nikon D700, 28-70 f/2.8, ISO 1600, f/5.6)

I grabbed a few quick snaps of my installation artist friend Jamie. She was working in a new studio space and I saw an opportunity for a cool portrait, so I asked her to sit down on the stairs.

~ nic

March 5, 2009

The Mayor.

Today I shot the Salinas mayor Dennis Donohue at our office. 

As with the chief Ortega photo, I wanted a very simple, very effective image and I think I captured that.

I had a SB-800 to his right through an umbrella at 1/4 power zoomed in a bit and had my camera at f/8.

I like his hands here and his demeanor is a bit more serious than he has in the public aura. If you've been following the news in Salinas, it's a telling photo. Take that as you will.

~ nic

March 4, 2009

The Chief.

This year, the city of Salinas has been hit with a lot of gang-related violence, including nine homicides and countless shootings. The two major players are Mayor Donohue and police chief Ortega (below).

I had a chance to shoot him today in a non-press conference setting (I literally had 5 minutes due to his secretary double-booking him today). I used a single shoot-thru umbrella with an SB-800 with a ND gel at 1/4 power zoomed at 50mm. My Camera was set at f/5.6 and 1/125 sec at 200 ISO.

I wanted a dark, serious but not hopelessness photo of the chief . Basically he's retiring soon, but it still a forefront on the gang violence. I wanted to capture him in a strong sense, but still keep it mellow. I think I achieved that at some level.

He has a very strong presence as a figure and his hands are powerful looking in the longer portraits. He has a great face to photograph as well.

Editing in Lightroom and CS3.

~ nic