Apr 17, 2009

Shooting with Sam

Spent a quick evening with Sam Javanrouh of Daily Dose of Imagery, shooting from the Bathurst St. bridge over the CN tracks at Front Street. This was a selfishly initiated video shoot for a Citytv ID... those 10 second station-breaks that fill the gap between programs.

Sam is about the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet, let alone shoot with. He is free-flowing with information, and genuinely interested in your input. I'm really getting the feeling - through guys like Joe McNally, David Hobby and Scott Kelby - that professional mastery is a major precursor to confidence and amiability. (Although nothing will ever reverse Kelby's hard-wired geekiness.)

This was as friendly a Canon/Nikon summit as you're likely to witness. We each ended up coveting each other's bodies cameras. Sam has a theory that we all prefer other people's shutter sound. Guilty - although listening to my D700* after 3 years with a D70 is roughly analogous to waking up with Scarlett Johansson after a ten-year marriage to Martha Raye, denture-wearer. The setting "Continuous High" on this camera is about as on-the-nose as it gets. 

I haven't seen his final prints, but even his untouched LCD images blew my processed stuff out of the water. He has a tripod-like control over camera shake, and his pans are flawless; no doubt from years of slow tracking - what else - cyclists. 

My photos are here.

Sam is exhibiting at Contact from May 7th to 31st.

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