Rainy Day Bridal Portrait : Wilmington NC Wedding Photographer
We had a rainy day in Wilmington and Megan was in town for only a few days so we headed into our Downtown Wilmington NC photography studio. Having 2500 sq. ft. we have a lot of flexibility to shoot a wide range of styles. I got to photograph her in a amazing wedding dress. With al the detail and style i created a little of vintage feel to the shots. Bridal sessions are my favorite because we do not have a schedule. It allows me to take my time and use different techniques I generally would not have time for on a wedding day. Thanks Megan!
Chris Lang Photography Studio Launched - Wilmington NC Photographers
I am stoked about our new studio space in downtown Wilmington. Just launched a small brochure website Chris Lang Studio. The website will be growing as we get more time in the studio. The studio is 2500 Sq. Ft. and has such a unique look. Come on by and see us.
Got a cool $500,000 laying around. This year the system cam in right around 500K. Needless to say it was “Awesome.”
In 2008, Jeff Fritz developed an event based on his column, "The World’s Best Audio System," which he began writing in 2004 on http://www.UltraAudio.com. The idea was simple, somewhat controversial, and highly ambitious: With cost not a consideration, pick the absolute best audio components available at any price, assemble them into a singular super stereo system in my Music Vault listening room, and have representatives of each company fly to North Carolina (where he lives) for a celebratory gathering. The latest and greatest The World’s Best Audio System is now a reality and presented here for you to enjoy.
River Landing, Wallace, North Carolina. A picture perfect place for wedding and engagement photography.
Mike and Tabitha wanted to have their engagement session where they are getting married. We came up with a small plan with a small camera.... Game on. We shot video from inside the hole. Check it out read more here
Getting caught up here on the plethora of engagement sessions from the end of last year. One of the last ones shot were Lacee and Jeremy. They decided to brave the very cold and rainy conditions. See more here check out the video
Starting June 22nd come follow us for a week of fun photographing at the Travelers Championship. We will give a photographers perspective of the week and happenings. Some exclusive behind the scenes looks and updates. We will be posting on FACEBOOK right HERE
We are crazy busy this year and off to a slower than expected start on the Rock Star Campaign. We just finished with Chris Johns, who is actually a Cellist in Wilmington, NC. Chris is already a star... “Classical Star.” With this session, we decided to try a little video through our DLSR’s. Always fun practicing a new medium. As I figured, stabilization is a whole new thing with the DLSR’s. Overall, I was pleased with some of the techniques we used to capture both video and stills at the same time without the use of any stabilization devices.
Enough of me, check out Chris. The audio was captured in one take on an Olympus audio recorder. I was a bonehead and had my audio recording turned down on the initial takes. Fortunately, I checked the audio before we ended. I had to ask Chris to play one more time and he knocked it out of the park. All I can say is that if you are looking for incredible music for your wedding or event, check out Chris Johns Cello .
I am of the belief that we always learn better from our mistakes. As I move more and more into video, it will take some time to come up with a system for both platforms, while at the same time being functional. Always one more tool to put in the tool bag of image making.
I always enjoyed video (which started back in the day with my first Kung Fu Theater on a 20 pound VHS tape recorder). I am excited to incorporate more and more video into my story telling.
We got off to a bit of a late start due to a lot of late year travels but better late than never. Danielle was selected to be our first Rock Star Winner. We met for the first time the afternoon of the shoot. No plans in place other than going out and having some fun in downtown Wilmington. Ashley, my new assistant came along to help and learn a few lighting techniques. Had a chance to try out some new lights. Check out the video
Danielle was great, looked awesome, and was a lot of fun to work with. It was freezing and both Ashley and Danielle hung in there. I could have kept going because we were getting into some really cool low light however the looks on both their faces was a good indicator to wrap it up.
Decided to do a little spring cleaning and get ready for the new year. I am only behind blogging about 40 jobs. Started to prepare hard drives and backups for the new year. During my cleaning I found few memory cards of pictures tucked away. One of the cards was part of our Disney World trip. The really sad thing was it was from 2008. Before I start getting emails about how do you lose family photos, this card only had a few shots on it (I use a point and shoot I can stick in my pocket for most all these occasions) One day I brought an SLR and forgot my primary lens. Attached was my Lens Baby.
For those of you who are not familiar with creative lenses, the lens baby is a type of tilt shift lens. It is one of the more fun lenses I like to use but generally do not post many photos with it. In short, the Lens Baby lens bends and changes the focal point or curves the field of focus. There are many factors that will impact the image including the amount and direction one’s bends the lens along with the type of aperture disk that is used. Enough of that, I will just show you. All the images below are straight out of camera. The only adjustments were brightness and contrast. These are not photoshop’ed images in any way.
I made a few custom aperture disc’s with shapes that will enhance the light in creative ways. I have used stars, palm trees, and other random shaped that impact the lighting in unique and fun ways.
Here is an example of what I cut out of my aperture ring. It is a squiggly... a curly q... a spiral... not sure how to define it. Here you can see how it takes the light and shapes it to the aperture ring shape. Below you can see more characteristics of how this aperture disc shapes the image. If I had to guess what aperture it would be (totally a guess) I think I would have it right around f.8
Here you can really get an idea of the Aperture shape on the top and bottom. The shape you see in the lights is the shape cut out in my aperture ring.
Handheld here, kind of a fun effect with the fireworks.
If you like trying new things and really getting creative with your photography, I cannot recommend this lens enough. I actually have two Lens Babies. The 2.0 which is now the Muse and also the Composer. I like the quickness and flexibility with the 2.0 however the Composer is awesome, especially if you have to repeat a shot. I have a Canon Tilt shift and it is totally unique in its own way, also a lot sharper than the Lens Baby lenses. The Lens Baby dos have its own signature style and for me a bit more fun to use on the fly. To learn more about this lens GoToThere
This will be the first of several updates all leading to an event being hosted in the Wilmington area that will be bringing some of the most exclusive home audio professionals in the world. The missions is simple. Try to put together the worlds best audio system in the world. More info can be found at
First stage... getting the speakers. Let me start by saying that my exposure to this event is to photograph the event. The words written in this post about the experience is from an average Joe (me), not an audio specialist. I had no idea this world existed until I met Jeff. If someone asked me how much the worlds most expensive system would cost I would have said (guessing) $50,000 tops.
Have you ever seen home audio speakers that came with their own fork lift? Just to give you an idea, each speaker weighs 950+ lbs. Yes 950 pounds.
If you have a cool $175,000 laying around, this might be a great pick up. I am still anticipating the the unwrapping and more so the experience to listen to these pieces of art. I have heard some of the other siblings to these speakers and all I can say is...not sure how to explain it. it had nothing to do with about being loud...it was just pure. The sound to the speakers (not the ones above) just seemed to envelop you. Simply amazing is how I can describe it. Cannot wait to to hear these.
Here are a a few shot of the set up and the one really really careful Jeff monitoring every little nudge of the speaker going into place.
UPDATE THE SYSTEM IS IN Here is the World’s Most Expensive Audio System
And it is Ohhhhhh so Sweeeet
Grand Total $360,679 Smackers
The big event is coming and I have no subject matter expertise to share in this realm other than this system sounds like nothing I have ever heard before. You can read about all the details HERE
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Working on a Big Project.... This one is really cool because it could be so many things to so many people. Here is a hint... rhymes with mop.. That is all I can say for now but hopefully in about a month I can share.
My good friend Rick Ricozzi (who is shooting with me and proves people can cross party lines to get things done) and I, went out to Airlie to get a site evaluation done for a wedding on the 4th. We wanted to get a game plan together for the wedding but mostly to evaluate some lighting conditions and distance. I am a bit hung up on lenses for this shoot due to the awesome possibility of using the depth of this garden. I want to use a fixed 200 for some unique perspectives. I put the 200 F2.0 on to ascertain the limitations of putting it into play. There could be some great risk reward shots using this lens. The big risk is being out of position for follow-up shots. Most of the time one can show up and use experience to run with the event. Anyone who plans to shoot an event knows you can never count on people doing what you expect them to do. I am thankful for a career that everyday was a dynamic environment in which one had to make contingency plans on the fly. Strangely, shooting people is a bit the same. Plan for the ideal, expect a lot of twists and go with what you have. Well, the twist already started...after about 15 minutes of being on location we started getting poured on and lightening was on top of us. So as good friends do, I gave RIck my monopod to carry back to the car.
All of these shots were with the Canon 200 F2.0. This lens is world class. The more I use it the more I cannot live without it. I do not think there is a lens as sharp as this. The only down side, it is big and heavy to be trucking around in a wedding environment and if it is not an outdoor wedding your use becomes limited.
I will post some pic’s after the event to convey some of the ideas I have.
If you are looking to advertise your business to other businesses this is a great place to do it. I had the pleasure working with President Steve Wike along with Steve McMillan of Cape Fear Video Productions to put an image on Port City Business. From the multiple plane trips for Aerials to the web design, I had a great time working with everyone. I highly encourage one to use Port City Business for effective marking solutions. Have your business in in print in front of 25,000 + businesses in the area. Wilmington Area.
Steve McMillan Was the first cover story of Port City Business. I was also tasked to photograph Steve for the “Cover Shot.” It was important to convey Wilmington so we headed to Downtown River Front. I have been experimenting with Led Lighting for several reasons. This shot was pulled off without flash and with the use of one assistant holding a 72 led lamp from the side highlighting the face and using natural light form the sunset on the other side. The one thing I like is that if you look at the eyes there is very minimal light reflection you would otherwise get form diffused flash lighting. WIth Led’s you do have to compensate for the color spectrum in post processing or otherwise use some gels over the light. These LED’s were battery operated and easy to carry. For location shoots where time is not a factor they work great. However, I have used them in situations where time was of the essence and they worked very quick.
9 Days, 14 + Hour days and a 4am wake up call to catch my flight out. Don’t touch my stuff... ok I was a little grumpy. What a great week and what a privilege to be a part of such a event. It is even sweeter when you love the game.