I got inspired to create these images for New Belgium Brewing after picking up a six-pack of their Pumpkick Fall Seasonal beer and seeing the pumpkins on the front porch and snow in the forecast. New Belgium didn’t hire me for these images, but perhaps they will in the future. I had fun shooting these on a self-imposed short deadline: only 2 days for conception, materials gathering, setup, and shooting. Retouching and post processing took another day or so. I wanted to write up a “behind the scenes” about how I created these images, but first, here are the final images.
After having three hard drives fail on me in the last 6 months, I have become much more aware of trying to increase my data security. I have been photographing digitally for 14 years now, which amounts to a whole lot of irreplaceable photos and memories. The same goes for my design work, though much of design work in general is not reusable beyond the initial project, it’s still nice to have for portfolio and posterity. I started researching other creative’s backup strategies and came up with a mixed bag, but central themes.
The last month has been spent in a flurry of research, frustration, returns, and exchanges. It all started with my decision to upgrade from my Sony a900 (see my post Selling Out, Moving Up.) I diligently did my research and got pretty excited about the reviews and image quality of the Nikon D800/D800E.