I’m always trying to find ways that I can be more obsessive/compulsive when it comes to organizing my photography gear. A little while ago I discovered Lenzbuddy lens and body caps.
These are customizable caps that you can have made for your lenses and camera bodies to help keep yourself a little more organized. For a long time I’ve had gaff tape and other stuff on the ends with the focal lengths written in sharpie, but the obsessive in me wanted something that looked uniformly clean. These little guys seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
I had caps made for all the lenses that I have in my arsenal that I use regularly or at least occasionally. Lenses that I know will end up in my bag at some point. 17-40mm, 28mm, 50mm, 85mm, 85mm Petzval, 100mm Macro and 135mm. I also had two body caps made for my 5D and my 5DmkII.
They look really nice, and they keep things organized and very easy to read when I open my camera bag.
I dig them. You can check them out over at Lenzbuddy. The name is kinda hokey (just spell it the regular way, gang), and they have options to customize the caps in my different ways. I opted to stick with the cheapest option, which has the Lenzbuddy website listed on the caps, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I could color those in with a sharpie if I found it distracting at all.
I’m not paid by them, nor was I gifted anything in order to mention this. Occasionally I like to mention the little things that help me day-to-day in my business. These are pretty spiffy. If you are obsessive about wanting things to look super clean, definitely look into these.
Y’know, I had told myself that I was going to stop at two of the figures that ThreeA makes. Just two. I wasn’t going to be tempted by any others.
The Blind Cowboy was actually the figure that got my attention of ThreeA figures. He usually comes in a set with a large, heavy, beautiful sculpted horse, and the price on the site is crazy high; certainly higher than I can ever rationalize buying. So I’d just google search images and look at them, totally in love with how the figure looks.
Then someone put up the Cowboy for sale individually. There are collectors of ThreeA that buy sets with the specific purpose of breaking things up and selling pieces of them. Lots of people buy figures and then sell the body, the head, the clothes, the accessories all separate. And this is what someone did when the put up the Cowboy separate from the equine. And it was a price that I jumped at, because, as cool as the horse is, the Cowboy is cooler.
So I nabbed him. And a little while after photographing my Tomorrow Kings at Clough State Park, we went back for another day of relaxation and picnics and book reading, and I grabbed my camera again and spent the afternoon making portraits of the Blind Cowboy.
Tons more images after the cut:
A recent head shot from a location shoot for a commercial/corporate client.
The wall she’s standing in front of was a soupy pea-green color. Definitely not the best for color portraits. But, turn that image black & white, and you’ve got a fantastic neutral grey wall that your gorgeous subject can stand in front of.
One light. A wall. Sometimes all you need is just a tiny space to make really elegant portraits.
I’m not above assisting other photographers on gigs. I happily helped my buddy Matthew on some corporate gigs and here I am, sitting in for a test shot, pretending to be a lawyer.
Sometimes it’s good to stick a picture of me up just to prove that I exist 😉
Hannah Sanders continues garnering acclaim for her debut solo album “Charms Against Sorrow” which I photographed and designed late last year. Leading UK folk magazine fROOTS just featured a review of Hannah’s album, and generously giving the photography a paragraph of mention:
“The visuals, I comment are very striking.”
“I’m very moved by how photography describes time – it shares a place with traditional song in many ways. I had the pleasure of working with great photographic artist Sid Ceaser. Sid and I decided on something really direct and honest for the album, and I think he captured it.”
“Direct, empowered, Hannah stares out from the cover of Charms with an almost tangible mixture of determination and steel, it’s the sort of cover you can’t ignore.”
Thanks to Simon Jones of fROOTS for mentioning the artwork. I love that this album is being listened to and seen all over the world.