Just wanted to make a quick entry, updating our past couple weeks. Not a ton of shooting with clients, so we used the opportunity to tie up some loose ends. CJ finished up videos for the 50th wedding anniversary at the Moracco south of Dubuque, and the 60th birthday party at the barn House in Epworth, IA. Nancy finished the book for Katie and Nick's wedding. Although the books are time-consuming, looking back, Nancy did 5 of them this summer. She also was able to help Sam do her first book, over her recent visit to Chicago. Sam's been doing some of our editing for us, so she was a pretty quick study; impressing the heck out of her dad with her first book.
We learn as we go, and have invested in a little bit of equipment over the summer, so it was time to get rid of some of the gear we haven't been using much. We got sold a couple of lenses on eBay, which got CJ motivated to sell off some of the computer components he had collected over the past few years. We got rid of 7 or 8 graphic cards and hard drives that were in boxes in the basement. Who knows, we might go after some of the old record albums next!
Although we only did a couple of shoots for clients over the past week and a half, we have done quite a bit of shooting. Outside the norm of documenting the class at school, we did a lot of practicing with flashes, light meters and the passport ColorChecker. We were able to preshoot a couple spots where we will be doing shoots over the next couple of weeks and checked out a couple new spots. Here are a couple cameos from a shoot with Gabby:
Over the long weekend, we had an adventurous day with the camera on Sunday afternoon. Nancy's friend, Laura's husband, Tavis, has suggested that we might try out the bike trails at FDR Park in Dubuque. We were a little disappointed to find out that Storybook Hill Zoo was closing the next day on Labor Day, but decided to investigate the park a little further. After navigating the drive through the creek and up the hill, we found ourselves at the "airstrip" of the Tri-State Modelers. Nancy started on a Tri-Pod, but she needed to hold the camera, which was pretty impressive, given the fact that she was shooting around 450 mm of zoom. We posted some photos on our Pictures by Pape Facebook page, but here are a few more:
After that, we headed to find the farm where we'll be shooting next week. We didn't really have an address, but it didn't really matter. There were only two houses on farm lane. A teenager came by on an ATV, so we explained to him why we were there. In less than a minute, we were following him in between the cornfields to check out the pond. Although the time of day will be different, it gave us a good chance to do some test shots, gauging the shade and checking out different apertures. CJ had on solids, so he was the star of the day, but we managed to get a couple of shots of Nancy too. Here is one of each:
We're still having fun, and that counts for a lot! Til next time, be good!
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