The Gallery Owner and the Speedlights

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

I shoot a lot of environmental portraits and have written about it before. Generally I choose to light a portrait and not include the gear that I use to do it with in the actual picture. I’m not sure where I got the idea or what I was looking at that gave me the inspiration but this time I decided to leave it in. I’m still not sure if I like it or not but think I am going to run it this week as the main photo in a supplemental publication we have called Upslope.

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The Ice Crew

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Last week I went up to Evergreen Lake to check on the ice skating situation. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a huge fan of both playing and watching ice hockey (I have already played 4 times this week). I had an idea for a picture last year that I never got around to making. This year I grabbed a strobe, a light stand, a couple of Pocket Wizards, my Yak Trax and headed out with the Ice Crew. Maintaining the skating rinks at the lake is a lot of work. It takes a lot of flooding to get the surface just right.