Event photography of new technology at UCI
I enjoy event photography. Photographing an event gives me a chance to work on my feet. I get to produce story telling images. Event photography reminds me of the times I worked producing photographs for newspapers and magazines.
There are two kinds of people in this world, Macintosh and Microsoft. The new medical students at University of California, Irvine are defiantly Mac’s. Incoming students to this Orange County institution will receive, along with their white coats, iPads stuffed with everything necessary for the first year of course work.
A low-key photo opportunity was required.
They were trying to keep this a surprise. So I slipped onto the campus at 6:30 in the morning and went to the assigned spot to make my photographs . It turns out that it is hard to keep a secret on a college campus. The cat was already out of the bag. No worries. Getting there early made parking a whole lot easier.
Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, Dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine was on hand to model with one of the new units. He was quite patient with the early morning demands of two different video crews shooting for the local television market and of course myself. I was there to shoot digital stills.
The television guys set up shots and paraded the doctors around. Then it was my turn. I would have preferred to set-up a small off camera light for some of the shots but time was an issue. I had to work with what was available and fast. Fortunately what was available was perfect. A shaded cave like area for vending machines that allowed the soft glow of morning light to envelope my subjects. Kind of like a large soft box front and back. I placed him in front of a clean wall, adjusted the iPad for any reflections and came away with some nice images.