I have had the great honor to Intern for Scott Javie and it has been just as adventurous as he is. He is generous with his time, his talents and sharing what he knows with me. I can honestly say I have learned more than I ever anticipated and have drastically improved my editing and shooting skills. It was educational observing Jarvie in action on several photo shoots, seeing how he captures his images with great emotion. His tricks of the trade are wildly different and unique to his style. ( Love the hand over the lens trick.) His ability to make his clients immediately comfortable in front of this lens is inspiring and is evident in his images.
As my internship comes to a close and Jarvie’s expedition begins in Bolivia, I bid you ado and thank him greatly for allowing me into his world. I will carry what I learned with me always.
If you are ever invited to assist, shoot or photo walk with Scott Jarvie, Do it! This is an opportunity of a lifetime you won’t want to miss. Plus, he is down to earth and an all around good guy. Thank you Scott Jarvie – for all you do for the photography community.
So, here’s where Scott is…
Moon set over El Alto, Bolivia
La Paz Bolivia early early morning. Using a gradual neutral density filter to darken the city to match the sky.
(Write-up as Originally posted by Scott Jarvie on Google+)
OCF: It isn’t just for Portrait photographers anymore
Yesterday I had the amazing opportunity to go on one of the most coveted hikes in the area. The Wave … after watching the moon eclipse the sun and the sky turn to dark I decided it was time to step up the game a notch. This is what you do when there is no moon no light to light up the ground. This is what you do to get the stars.
Lighting up the Night
I put my years of using Off Camera Flash on Brides and Models to the test by lighting up stuff much bigger. I directed a couple of friends (not-photographers) on where to stand, how to operate the flash, what settings to use and where to point.
This picture made the long arduous hike luggin 43lbs of gear in the strong sun worth it. Even though coming back in the pitch dark took twice as long because we missed the trail.
Partly I did this hike and others this weekend with such a heavy backpack to see if I could handle a couple weeks in Bolivia at 13,000ft elevation and not die. Turns out I’m in better shape than I thought.
It’s always nice when you can outperform even your own expectations.
Disclaimer: I do not condone doing the hike and staying here this late unless you really know what you’re doing and are well prepared. Don’t get lost hiking back at midnight and die and then blame me.
I posted a horizontal picture of the wave at night to great response I wanted to show a couple others specially this vertical one. I went with the dark skies not-blue look for the last one and am still pondering the decision.
Though I’m known as the wedding photographer I certainly got my start in photography doing Travel pictures in Europe and Peru. Travel and culture are in my blood along with my 5 languages spoken.
Light it big
Now I’m itching to go do other places and put this skillset of landscapes and lighting-stuff-up to work… suggestions welcome.
(Originally written and posted by Scott Jarvie via Google+)
Yesterday one of the stops here in Tokyo was a popular park near Shinjuku station where thousands of people were gathered to see the cherry blossoms and have pic-nics.
About the couple
Jennifer and Tipp work for Google and are doing a sort of exchange in Tokyo for the year but will be back by the end of the year for their wedding in the Bay Area.
About the picture
I was doing a lot of my typical close up shots when Jennifer challenged me to try getting a shot that had tons of a tree. Well that proved difficult for a few reasons… the major one was that almost every tree was swarmed by dozens of visitors and doing a wide angle meant much more chance of getting someone else in it. I even thought it’d be impossible at first… but I kept searching for something. I took a bunch of other pictures with an attempt to get something but I didn’t enjoy the style of the picture and this one happened because the clients didn’t walk to the place I was thinking to try next. Well it was a great thing because when I saw where they were standing I knew in an instant the type of shot that would work… and it was nothing like I thought when I was originally given the challenge and perhaps nothing like they had envisioned. But it certainly tells the story of the cherry blossoms and puts them right in the thick of things.
I think the moral of the story is that it’s alright to let your clients give ideas and take them and roll with the challenge. Hopefully they are challenges and not specific requests because that can be pretty limiting to creativity. Don’t give up too easy… I might have thought the challenge pretty impossible given the circumstances but the only thing I really needed was to be more creative. Good thing I was able to stumble upon the solution.
More photo-shoots around the world
Yes I’m excited to do a few more out of the country photo-shoots this year and I’m hoping lots more come my way. I don’t charge for wedding travel so this is a real possibility.
Now engagements is a different story.
Because the location and the time of the year was so enticing I was willing to schedule in this trip to do the engagements at no extra cost but that of covering my expenses. Part of that was because it was later notice and I didn’t have anything scheduled between two Saturday weddings anyway. It was a lot of traveling to get here and it was a long photo-shoot that would make the most in shape person pretty tired but it was very very fulfilling and fun.