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

April 24, 2010

"Serial" Artist Ed Leeper.

My good friend Ed Leeper is a "serial" artist and had a performance last night in Monterey.

He sat in his "Chair of Awesomeness" for an hour while 12-tone classical music played. Then answered questions from the audience from cue cards he gave to them prior to the performance.

~ nic

April 20, 2010


I photographed my model friend Maddie over the weekend.

Been playing around with black-and-whites in Photoshop lately and liking the results.

The lighting is a mix between super bright sunlight through the glass door and a flash through an umbrella at 1/16th power.

~ nic

April 17, 2010

My Other Blog...

A female circuit road racer zips down the corkscrew on Friday afternoon.

Sea Otter Classic is finally here!

It is one of my favorite events all year to cover due to super, nice shooting access on the track.

And I'm blogging over at the Monterey County Weekly photo blog:

There is also tons of cool news and features I blog about over there and lots of local, Monterey County stuff, so bookmark that blog as well.

Stay tuned for more goodness...

~ nic

April 7, 2010

Sports: Shadow Play in Skateboarding

I put a sequence together, but my lack of being able to do it fully correctly forced me to make it look like old b/w film where the frames got shot together and overlaid in development.

I get antsy if I don't shoot something for a while, especially action.

So with a semi-free afternoon and some nice weather, I wandered down to the Monterey skate park on Lake El Estero and looked for some new ways to photograph something that is relatively easy to get cool action with.

I looked for cool shadows and light that accentuated the riders and made for some cool photos.

Shooting into the sun forced the shadows to elongate, exaggerating the skater.

One photo I've had in mind for a while has been to frame a skateboarder with a paddleboat on the lake. I kind of did it here.

Stopping down my camera made for some warm, "sliced" light.

There was a fence behind me that created light strips on the ground and I like how it fell onto this smiley face sticker with the riders in the background.

~ nic