Final night of Gainesville Fashion Week was on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Villa East, Gainesville. It was a pretty tough shoot, as it was just 4 hours of jockeying for the best position. For the final day, I decided to use a 800 watt/second Alienbee strobe hooked up to Paul Buff Vegabond battery pack. I used 3 Pocketwizards to trigger everything and upped my camera setup from 2 bodies previously, 5D Mark II and 1D Mark II to 3 bodies with the addition of a 7D. I used primarily 24-70mm f2.8l and 70-200mm f2.8l IS. I also had a Sigma 12-24mm that I used for super wide angle shots.
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My editor asked me a few days before the event if I would be up to shoot a civil war reenactment. After checking my schedule since this was pretty much going to be an all day shoot that was way out of town, I decided to say yes. At first I was a bit apprehensive over it, not know what it would be like or what the crowds would be like, but once I arrived at Olustee, I knew it would be fun. I used primarily a 300mm F2.8L on a 1d Mark II and 70-200 f2.8 IS on 5d Mark II for pretty much the entire time. I wish I had brought out the 400 as the 300, while it was getting good frames, was still too short. The people at Olustee were incredibly friendly and easy to talk to and after going to this re-enactment, I can see why it’s such a big draw for both the spectators and the participants.
I shot my first big event for the Gainesville Sun on Sunday at the Phillips Center in Gainesville, FL. The event was FACSS Chinese New Years and was pretty fun to shoot. A lot of the shots used the Canon 400mm F2.8L IS USM lens paired with my 5D MK II.