FRESH AIR by Ben Krebs

Ive been spending a lot of time at the computer lately - so took the morning off and got outside for a bit. Ive had a skateboard sitting in my office for the last couple years that's only seen the pavement a couple times, it finally got some use this morning (although I'm sure it would have looked a lot better with 17 year old me pushing it around) Brad and I did a little wandering and found this little treat hiding in the woods.

The morning also gave me a chance to bust out my latest impulse purchase - the Elinchrom Quadra. I used to have the bigger Ranger pack, but it was a pain in the ass to pack and travel with for small shoots - I once walked around Atlanta on a shoot for about 8 hours with the Ranger and was walking crooked for weeks after. The Quadra, on the other hand, can be tossed in my backpack as easily as a bottle of water - and takes up about the same space. The convenience of this much power in so little space and set up makes a lot less of a "to-do" with portraits and doesn't have me continually questioning whether or not it's worth packing.



Over the last few weeks I've had a couple opportunities to fly back home to Maine for work and thankfully managed to squeeze in a follow up shoot to a personal project with my favorite kids in the world. The first time around it just took a few dollars at the candy store to pay them off, this time around their sitting fee was raised to a few lego sets.

I didn't have a lot of time and by the time I got to this photo I was already running wicked late and struggling with the light; what had started as a perfectly moody cloudy sky quickly opened up to blazing, mood-killing sunshine. So I fuddled through the set and made do. I finally thought I had a "good enough" shot in the can when I started moving on to the next set up - however Simon had some ideas of his own that i was very quick to dismiss, convinced that I obviously knew better. He was a persistent little bugger though so while my assistant was walking the light through the woods to the next set, I haphazardly snapped a quick shot to make him happy. 

and then I looked down at my camera and saw what had just happened.

not even mad.