I just finished a 2000 mile road trip in three days. It sounds long, but time goes by fast when you are doing presentations and photo shoots…especially shoots in Vegas. And early morning drives sometime result in spectacular sunrises like this one in Salt Lake City.
I started by driving over to Salt Lake City to speak at Pictureline on adventure sports. This camera store is really amazing, great folks, fun times, and a sold out show. If you are ever in SLC, stop by and check out Pictureline. Thanks to Sandisk and Manfrotto for sponsoring the event, and to Pocket Wizard for loaning out Flex and Mini transmitters for folks to try out. I spoke on the amazing results and new creative ways high speed sync is changing my photography, along with creative ideas in shooting adventure sports. Then it was off to Vegas.
I arranged to meet up with Priscilla, a showgirl and professional dancer in Vegas. I’ve worked with Priscilla numerous times in the past, she always comes with a variety of costumes and other props for great shoots. This time she brought ‘Elvis’. And Elvis came in a box….
Elvis is Priscilla’s 7 foot yellow Burmese python. Not the guy with sideburns and white bell bottom pants. I knew this was going to be a fun shoot. Priscilla does acts with her snake all over Vegas, and I have to say I think Elvis enjoyed getting some fresh air in the desert!
Our location was in the desert outside of Vegas, a nice place for a belly dancing theme. The wind was howling in town, but we found a protected area. For this image I kept things simple. I used the new Elinchrom inverse deep Octa, one of my favorite new lights. The background was underexposed about 1.5 stops. Tech: Nikon D3, 24-120mm F4, ISO 100, F16 at 1/200.