My name is Martin Szabo and I am commercial and portrait photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. I was recently doing volunteer work for a charity event in Vancouver and wanted to bring little twist and fun to the party. I ended up creating a photo booth to shoot portraits of people while their faces were being blasted by 240 mph wind coming from a leaf blower.
One week ago today, on June 3rd, a massive storm rolled through Nebraska where storm chasing photographer Mike Hollingshead — whose work we’ve feature before on PetaPixel — was prepared to chase down some likely tornadoes.
He didn’t end up finding or chasing any tornadoes, but a storm he chose to leave behind earlier in the day in order to pursue his main target ended up turning into an incredibly powerful hail and wind storm, and doing some hard-to-believe damage to Hollingshead’s own home town. He, of course, documented it all with his camera the next day. Read more…
If you find yourself regularly shooting in the rain and in need of a better way to keep yourself and your gear dry, check out the tripod-mounted umbrella holder seen in the photo above. It keeps an umbrella fixed directly above you and your camera, allowing you give your full attention to photo-making. A quick trip to the hardware store will get you the ingredients you’ll need: a few brackets, a pipe to serve as the holder, and some nuts and bolts. Most of the components come together quite easily, but you’ll need some way to cut sections off your pipe.
Attaching an umbrella to your tripod can introduce some undesirable movement if there’s a lot of wind, but weighing down the tripod and keeping your hands on your camera can help keep it stable. To get started, head on over to Digital Camera World for the step-by-step tutorial.
Stay Dry with a Hands-free Umbrella Holder for Your Tripod [Digital Camera World via Reddit]
Last month a series of humorous photographs by Tadao Cern showing faces being blasted by air went viral on the web. Now, Cern is back again with slow motion footage captured during the photo shoots, and the clips are every bit as wacky as the still photos.
Want to capture some wind-blown hair in a portrait photograph but don’t have access to an electric fan or wind machine? Photographer Benjamin Von Wong has a quick tip just for you: use your collapsible light reflector to create the needed wind. Simply have someone off camera fan the reflector at your subject in the direction and intensity that you want, and voila! instant wind machine!