The MIAC Championship draws all of the Minnesota NCAA Division III schools to cap the cross country session at the Como Golf Course in Saint Paul. I've photographed the race for the last few years for Carleton College, and while the weather for the first weekend of November in Minnesota can be incredibly variable, the last two years have seen the sun prevail and cast beautiful November light onto the racers. Last year the fall leaves held on a little longer, and provided a beautiful back drop for the race. I love photographing runners, the pain and determination is totally expressed on their faces as the push through to the finish.Read More
In August, The Counterfactuals, a band mostly comprised of Carleton College professors, invited me to document their recording session. The band released their first album last year, and got some solid traction in the Minnesota music scene. The school has been really supportive of their music, and wanted images and a short film documenting the band as they recorded their new album over the summer. In the basement of the concert hall at Carleton, The Counterfactuals took over the band/choir rehearsal room as a recording studio.Read More
I'm excited to share one of my latest large project. This fall I worked with Carleton College, my own Alma Mater, to script and film a video promoting bike friendliness of the campus and surrounding area. I was really happy to work on the project, especially having been the Carleton Cycling Team president while I was in school there. The area around campus is gorgeous in the fall, with cornfields starting a mere five minute ride from the edge of campus. I wanted to present three stories of how people on campus use their bikes; looking at the cycling team, a professor who commutes daily by bike, and the rest of the student body that uses their bikes every day just get to class or head downtown.
As part of the preproduction I went down to Northfield to scout locations for the shoot. Of course that was the most perfect day ever imaginable, and I thought there was no way to have as nice weather on the actual shoot date; however, when it came time to shoot we had an equally perfect day. A few clouds in the afternoon gave way to a incredible sunset. Watch the film bellow:
I was happy to have assistant Josh Morris helping on the project. He had the important roll of driving my car as I was filming out the back in front of the riders. In the afternoon Josh Becker joined the crew to add a second camera angle as we worked around town, and captured the slow motion footage for of the cycling team, adding another texture to the project. I'm really happy with how the project turned out, squeezing a lot of information and scenery into our two minute goal. A few of my favorite frames from the project:
Last spring I worked on a pair of short videos for Carleton College's website. The first project was to document Quiznight at the Contented Cow, the weekly trivia night at a Northfield pub that students, faculty, and those from town all attend. This winter I submitted the film to the Minnesota News Photographers Association's annual competition. I was happy to find out this past weekend that the piece won 3rd place for Multimedia Feature.
The project was quietly published on Carleton's website a little while after I completed the film, so I didn't blog about it at the time. The recent award brought it to mind again, and I figured it would be a good time share the project:
Music by Lushlife, recorded from the soundboard.
Last Saturday I returned to Northfield to film Carleton College's Spring Concert. Each spring term studies pause for a day while nearly everyone on campus gathers behind the Recreation Center for a day in sun with live music. The lineup always has a huge range of genres. I was working on a few projects related to the concert, and actually drove down initally Friday monring to setup a time-lapse camera high up on a goalpost showing a wide view of the field.
A few fun still photos from the day:
For the majority of Saturday, however, I was filming a mix of the concert and the festivities, trying to show the fun festive time everyone has while enjoying the sun and music. Its now time to organize all the great footage and start the edit process. I've got a lot of footage so the edit will be a big project, but it should a lot of fun, trying to just as much fun and silly footage as possible into a roughly a roughly 3 minute recap of the day.
Stay tuned and post the finished film as soon as I can.