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

August 30, 2009

Monterey Nightlife

So last night in an attempt to get out of the house and originally to get some file art for a bunch of bands—all playing on the same night at different, close-by, locations—for the paper, I ended up creating a nice folder of some Monterey nightlife.

Let's take a closer look...

Big American Family was rocking at East Village coffee lounge.

Fans watch from inside, slightly hidden by a red, wire-y curtain.

A bookstore downtown, shut for the night.

Sardine Factory regular David Conley tickles the ivory, playing Billy Joel and other classics.

"Big Cat" Tolefree plays the blues for the second night in a row at Sly McFly's.

Late-night patrons pass Bullwhacker's where Jonah and the Whalewatchers performed Reggae.

Blue Fin provides billiards and drinking for its patrons.

Rosie of Darktown Rounders strums classic blues tunes at Blue Fins' music room.

Bom Gamber hangs out at the show.

Jake Luce enjoys the scene.

Cannery Row from above.

A patron leaves Sly's after a long evening.

~ nic

August 28, 2009

Light. - Sunset

I wandered down to the wharf on my way home to catch the nice evening light and made my usual attempt to shoot different images.

I'm going to start doing a section on this blog called "Light." where I post photos using interesting lit images I come across.

I super-underexposed (like -.4.0 stops) to only show the boats in the sunset. They really stuck out against the dark colors.

~ nic

August 23, 2009

New Website Update.

Every so often, I'll update my site with new photos as my works gets progressively better.

Here it is:

~ nic

August 21, 2009

Monterey Car Week 2009 - Gordon McCall.

Above is the cover shot I made for our August 13, 2009 issue. It was a story Gordon McCall, who made one of the cooler, more exclusive, car week events. It's probably one of my favorite cover shots all year.

Ultimately it was my art director's favorite photo, because he looks like a kid in the shot, which is where his love of cars comes from. He even had his original set of Matchbox cars in a glass case!

I did a simple lighting setup. For some of the shots I used a lone SB-800 through a white umbrella, ranging from 1/2 to 1/16 power, triggered via a Pocketwizard.

For some of the other shots, I used the SB-800 as a commander to trigger an SB-600 through the umbrella, using Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS), which is a neat feature.

It was funny it turned out this way, because prior to the shoot I had a wild idea of different colored strobes under a handful of cars and Gordon wearing sunglasses looking really hip (he still does look cool, just in a different way).

All in all, it was a very successful shoot and Gordon was great to work with. His little garage space was full of cool, old posters he had shot and neat cars. By the way, the ride he is sitting in is a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra....

~ nic

August 16, 2009

2009 Car Week

This past week was Monterey's annual car week, which brings in fancy cars and car people from all over the world.

I'm not into them a whole lot, but a few of the Alfas and older Porsches are neat.

On Friday evening, I wandered down to the auctions and shot cars on display for bidders. I wasn't too into it, so I tried to make arts-y shots instead. It kind of worked.

I also played with a few of these in Photoshop, changing them to black-and-white and playing with the contrast.

A cool Porsche 911 from the '70s.

An antique car on auction at Russo and Steele at the Marriott.

On Saturday, I went to Laguna Seca and shot the Historics, an event where they actually drive all these neat, old cars. What a concept!

A simple picture made cooler by the fact that the driver threw up a peace sign at me as he zipped by on Rainey Curve.

I've done shots like this before with bicycles and motorcycles, but I still think it's a neat composition.

~ nic

August 8, 2009

2009 California International Airshow

Acrobatic pilot Gene Soucy.

Mike Goulian.

Plane at Sunset.

Acrobatic pilot Gene Soucy.



~ nic

August 4, 2009

Nice View.

This is the view from outside my office window right now.

Not bad.

August 2, 2009

Gordon's House.

Many of you know that I worked at a Boy Scout camp for many years and I loved it.

Last year, during the fires in Big Sur, my friend Gordon, who was also the ranger of the camp at the time, lost his house in the fire.

I went down to camp tonight for the summer end party and stopped by the charred remains of his property and shot a few photos. The only camera and lens I had on me was my beater Nikon D2H and an old, manual focus Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 that I bought on eBay for $30. I threw a polarizer on and snapped away.

Just goes to show you can make nice images with any camera.

~ nic