Monday, July 16, 2007


It has been quite some time since my last post. You see, my father is gravely ill. For the past several months my sisters and I have been taking care of my dad. Since March, my dad has been in the hospital 3 or 4 times for various problems. Dad is now home with hospice, my sister Dottie who is an RN is taking care of him. Needless to say, trying to run a business and caring for family not only dad but my wife Debbie and son Chris. To be perfectly honest, it's my wife Debbie that holds everything together around here. I could not do what I do without her love and support, I love her dearly.

Anyway, how about looking at a new photo shot late in June 07. This photo was taken for OxBow Corporation, I was contracted to photograph a coal mine. The client wanted helicopter aerials as well as some surface photography. On the surface portion of the assignment, I set up the following shot.

I used 3 Nikon SB-800 strobes and 3 PocketWizards to trigger the flashes. The photo on the left show the placement of each of the strobes. There was one on the main subject (Erik) wearing yellow slickers. Another is placed inside the building at the top of the stairs. The last strobe was placed under the stairwell to light the back wall for separation.

The following images are production shots showing the placement of the strobes.

With a photo like this, walkie talkie's are a must. I was able to communicate with Erik and direct him of power settings needed on each strobe as well as his movements. I enjoy setting up shots like this one. Here is the final image and a variation.

As a side note: My father "X" Tejada passed away July 16th at the age of 89. I was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed. Love ya Dad. DT