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

September 25, 2011

Making a Photo.


The above photo illustrates something that I explain to people about being a professional photographer and that is that I have a lot of bad frames.

That shot is from turn 5 during a morning practice session at the 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis Moto Grand Prix a few months ago. I was positioned about 10 feet down from the photo window to shoot the bikes coming at me (see the below photo) and I kept missing the picture: it just wasn't working as a frame, so I moved on, but it took me a bunch of missed shots to see this.

The point being that pros make a lot, and I'm talking a much higher number, of bad frames that keepers, but we only show the good stuff...



September 19, 2011

Monterey Jazz Festival and American Le Mans Series Monterey

I shot two completely different events this past week, but both which I like quite a bit: auto racing and jazz music.

Below are my three favorite photos from each event and links to many more photos at the Monterey County Weekly's website.


The Aston Martin Racing LMP1 car leads a GT car out of turn 3.

The lead LMP1 class cars get involved in a pass at turn 8 "the Corkscrew."

Turn 10 at sunset.


Jazz legend Sonny Rollins.

Pianist Hiromi.


Pacific Grove native Erik Telford.

September 8, 2011

Weddings and Other Work.

Last weekend was a busy one.

I helped my friend and really good wedding photographer Eyvnn LeValley shoot a wedding at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley.

Around 300 people attended and there were 16 bridesmaids and groomsmen. 

These photos illustrate something in the way I shoot as a photojournalist in order to tell a story. The first two photos were shot with my 300mm lens, which brings the subjects in really close from far away, bringing the view into the scene, while the last photo was shot with a wide-angle, probably around 24mm. It shows that I shoot either pretty tight to show details and wide to show the scene.

Below are my three favorite photos.




I also shot senior portraits of Zoe Thurman. She is daughter of my friends Larry and Jaki who own Acme Coffee Roasting Co. in Seaside. Good people.

We wandered around in downtown Salinas and a few of the older, nice neighborhoods to find backgrounds.



Lots happening. More to come...





September 3, 2011

5-Minute Portrait: Composer Philip Glass


The other night I had the distinct pleasure of photographing avant-garde composer Philip Glass in Big Sur.

His ensemble had performed a live score to the 1931 horror classic "Dracula" with Bela Legosi.

Afterwards, I had a very quick photo shoot with Mr. Glass and basically was told he would step in, I would snap a few pictures and that was that. I made it happen.

With one light through an umbrella off to the left, I shot the above portrait with my favorite 85mm f/1.4 wide open to blow out the christmas lights in the tree behind him and desaturated the colors a bit in Photoshop to tone it up a bit. 

I like it, because in a way, Mr. Glass sort of looks like Dracula a bit.