an art director. Required at least 3 hours effort with gels, lenses, and lots of photoshop manipulation
Southern Wisconsin: These men are extremely high paid computer engineers working as a team in a 'boiler room' with 30-40 other engineers. The place is kept very dark so they can comfortably see all the detail on their screens. Very hard to photograph in- particularly when there is the slightest movement.
This photo was shot almost in the dark-- at 3200asa- with the Nikon D3. The 'noise' in the high res. version is almost non existent-- the photo has been used as a double truck in an annual report. Amazing quality.
Hyannis, Massachusetts: Hanger shot for a web site that manufactures the doors (!) for commercial hangers.
The D3 Nikon camera was able to handle the contrast between the sky and the interior of the hanger and the shadow of the plane. This photo is the main shot on the splash page of the web site
Chicago: Very intense drummer photographed during a religious service at a mega-church. 2500 asa with the D3. The key here was that my client allowed me intimate access on stage to all the activities. Since there was a lot of noise and movement (dancers were just behind me) I was not at all obtrusive as I stayed low adjacent to the drummer
Chicago: Shot with the Nikon D3 and 13-24mm lens-- at 3200 ASA..... I am essentially hanging from a large cherry picker near the roof. The environment is nearly dark except for the window light and small chandeliers throughout. Yet with the proper settings on the cameras I was able to make the interior look bright and detailed. I don't believe this shot could have been done on film or without the Nikon D3 at high ASA and minimal digital noise.
Bloomington, Indiana: At the (locally) famous "Little Indy" bicycle race at the University of Indiana. My approach to these kind of photos is get very close with a medium wide lens (28mm or so). This allows intimacy of expression but still gets a sense of environment. "Close & Wide" is what I call it.