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

April 26, 2009

2009 Big Sur International Marathon.

I had to get up at 4:30am this morning (yes I know, on a Sunday), in order to make the press truck to the start of the 2009 Big Sur International Marathon.

I really enjoy shooting it and it makes for really nice Big Sur scenic shots of runners. Unfortunately there were not many cool clouds and it was really cold, but I was able to make some nice pictures, different than my colleagues who were also on the press truck.

















~ n

April 25, 2009

Nepenthe's 60th Anniversary.

Last night was Nepenthe's 60th Anniversary party. We did an article on the famous Big Sur restaurant's history in the current issue of the Monterey County Weekly.

I wanted to document the party and show off some of the favorite landscapes and local people who have frequented the restaurant and bar over the years.


The Big Sur coast seen from the back patio.


One of the Nepenthe's signature drinks, a Moscow Mule (ginger beer and vodka).


Nepenthe owner Holly Fassett.

The Big Sur coastline.


Robin Burnside (top) and Bill Jobson take in the activities Friday evening. Burnside ran the Phoenix cafe below the restaurant for nearly 10 years.


Four friends sit on the back patio and watch the sunset over the ocean.


Veteran bartender Jerimiah Slate cooks up a few drinks.


Neil Rose has lived in Big Sur for 55 years.


The evening brings a full house to the restaurants top deck.

~ nic

April 20, 2009

Sea Otter Classic, pt. 4

Men's Downhill.
(Nikon D700, 28-70 f/2.8, SB-800)


Men's Downhill
(Nikon D700, 28-70 f/2.8)

Under the hot sun, I shot a lot of Downhill racing. My cameras performed flawlessly and I made some really nice pictures and actually stayed hydrated today.

I wish I had a 300 f/2.8 this weekend, but a 70-200 with a teleconverter worked alright.

Men's Downhill.
(Nikon D700, 20-35 f/2.8, SB-800)

Men's Downhill.
(Nikon D700, 28-70 f/2.8)

Men's Downhill.
(Nikon D700, 28-70 f/2.8)

A downhill racer fixes his bike prior to his race.
(Nikon D700, 28-70 f/2.8)

A racer prepares for the Men's Cross-Country.
(Nikon D2H, 70-200 f/2.8)

Men's Downhill
(Nikon D2H, 70-200 f/2.8)

~ nic

April 19, 2009

Sea Otter Classic, pt. 3

I spent the afternoon under the warm sun shooting the Sea Otter Classic.

I made a conscious effort to create different pictures from the standard stuff the other shooters were getting and I think for the most part, I achieved that goal. I feel good about my photos.

Pro Men's Short Track
(Nikon D700, 28-70 f/2.8)

Pro Men's Circuit
(Nikon D700, 20-35 f/2.8)

Dual Stunt Finals
(Nikon D700, 28-70 f/2.8)

Pro Men's Short Track
(Nikon D700, 20-35 f/2.8)

Pro Men's Dual Slalom Finals
(Nikon D2H, 70-200 f/2.8)

Pro Men's Circuit
(Nikon D2H, 70-200 f/2.8)

More to come tomorrow.

~ nic


April 17, 2009

Sea Otter Classic, pt. 2

I shot more photos of qualifying rounds at Sea Otter Classic, mainly dual stunt trials and a few other things.

I've been dragging my D2H out too, originally as a remote camera, but I forgot how nice an action camera it is: fast AF response, 8fps, small easy to edit files. I'll probably try some remote stuff, but it's a great beater camera.

Today, I really tried to frame different and look for new angles by looking for neat backgrounds, shadows, etc. I think I made a few cool shots.


Nikon D2H, 70-200 f/2.8, ISO 200, f/4.


Nikon D700, 70-200 f/2.8, TC 1.4, f/4, ISO 200.


Nikon D700, 70-200 f/2.8 @ f/5.6, ISO 200.

~ nic

April 16, 2009

Sea Otter Classic, pt. 1

This is a shot I got today during the dual slalom cat. 1 qualifying rounds.

It was a different shot I noticed and turned out how I wanted.


Nikon D2H, 70-200 f/2.8 @ f/4, ISO 200.

~ nic

April 15, 2009

Sea Otter Classic Preview.

This weekend is probably my favorite sporting event to shoot all year: Sea Otter Classic at Laguna Seca. It's four days of bike racing and events. There's a lot of cool stuff to shoot and an good opportunity to make unique, different photos.

Here are a few of my favorites from last year. Shot on a Nikon D2H, with a 17-55 f/2.8 or a 70-300 f/4.5-5.6.

Dual Slalom.

Road Circuit Race.

Road Circuit Race.

Mountain Short Track.

More to come soon.

~ nic


April 3, 2009

The Boxer.


Nikon D700, 28-70 f/2.8 @ f/8, ISO 200.

I shot a boxer, Jesus "Chuy" Rodriguez, yesterday at his training gym in Salinas.

I used a single, reflective umbrella—a Westcott 43"—with an SB-800 at 1/4 power at f/8 with a grey ND gel on it.


My lighting set-up. Note me in the mirror.


Nikon D700, 28-70 f/2.8 @ f/5.6, ISO 200.

~ nic

Film?

I still shoot film and enjoy it. It's definitely not for every project, but does make some cool images.

Some argue you can do it all in PS, but I think film still has a certain, classic feel to it.

Last weekend I was in Big Sur with some friends and brought along the F100, a handful of lenses and some Ilford Delta 3200, which I shot at 3200 ASA.

Here's what I made:

Self-portrait.

John and his daughter, Georgia at the camp fire.

Lauren and Danielle.

Cows on Highway 1 near the Point Sur lighthouse.

Cows on Highway 1 near the Point Sur lighthouse.


Near Highway 1 in Big Sur.

~ nic