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

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

November 7, 2009

Travel: South Monterey County


I traveled south with my friend Aaron today.

We went as far as San Lucas, which is an interesting town.

They even have a library!



I saw a man riding his horse into the sun, so I snapped a few photos. It's interesting to see how small town folks use their time and how they live off the grid.


We ate dinner at El Huarache King in King City. It's this great, local Mexican restaurant we have been to before and has become a bit of a cult location for us.


We ate their delicious signature dish (below). It's a big meal.



I need to get down there more and shoot a lot more photos.


~ nic

November 4, 2009

Archive: Color Film


These photos are from my film archives, from a roll of Fuji Reala 160. I shot them on my (missed) manual focus Minolta XG-1, probably with a 50 f/1.4.

I loved that camera, because I got it on eBay for like $50 to sort-of replace an old Minolta XG-M of my dad's that was stolen from my car. That was one nice camera...





~ nic