I have officially started photographing my 30-day project and I am excited now.
I’ve decided to do a job profile on Stuart Cunningham for this assignment because his The Tuning Spot is a Do-It-Yourself auto repair shop. It sounds very cool because it is the first time that I’ve heard this kind of business actually exist. And, in fact, it is the only one in Missouri, according to Mr. Cunningham. In this story, I want to show the unique characteristics of this shop, that this place is from other auto repair shop, and try to establish the relationship between The Tuning Spot, Mr. Cunningham and his customers.
The shooting and interviewing process were pretty smooth. Mr. Cunningham is a really good talker and shares a lot of things with me and gives me 100% access to photograph in his shop. The customers were also nice to me and were willing to let me photograph them and talking to me, too. I was able to get variety of people working on different stuff, and I was particularly fortunate to photograph the same group fixing the same car twice without any arrangement.
The major challenge was the lighting situation in the shop. First, it is not possible to nail the white balance. I will get yellow, green, and red colors from the same setting on my camera and my strobe. This is also the main reason that I chose to make my photographs black and white. The other problem with lighting is that since cars are made out of metal, everything in the frame could reflect back to the camera. I have to test many times before I am sure where I should position my strobe before started shooting. Second, I really wanted to show the bottom part of the car when somebody was working on their cars from the bottom because I think that’s the side of the car that people do not see often. But I only did an OK job with using a strobe for my first and second attempt. It was a bit hard to manage how to bounce the light, too, because the it is a large space in the shop and it was a bit hard to control how to bounce the light. I brought the infrared remote set with me the third time, and was ready to do multiple flash, but it turned out that I did not use them because I figured that I could handle the situations with my off-camera strobe.
The audio was tougher. I thought it would be really nice to gather natural sound since people are working on their cars and there must be talking and sounds going on. However, I forgot that it will be three or four groups of people working on three or four cars at the same time in the same space, so the natural sound would sound very messy. As a result, it is not a natural-sound-rich story. Also, the interview condition was not very good as well. We could only do the interview in his office, and his office has both the A/C and also a refrigerator…so, even I’ve used wireless microphone and hooked the microphone close to him, there is still the hum noise. I had to minimize that during post production.
A couple of interesting tree shots around Columbia, Missouri.
(Shot on films)
The famous Bur Oak Tree locaed in McBaine, Missouri.
Close to sunset, underneath the Big Tree.
Downtown Columbia, Missouri.
University of Minnesota campus, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Linda Pluschke, 41, put flowers on her husband Mike Gerard’s beard during the beard contest hosted by KOPN, the Columbia local radio station, at Cafe Berlin on March 21. Gerard,53, participated because he is a fan of the station. “I don’t have the best beard. It’s a stiff contest. I came to support KOPN,” he said. It was the first time that KOPN hosted a beard contest.
Chris Chen, 29, a diabolo (Chinese yo-yo) master, also a communication Ph.D. candidate, practiced before his performance with the Taiwanese Student Association at the International Night and Fashion Show on March 10.
Patrick McCreary worked as the audio technician at the Mizzou After Dark on March 2, 2012. The theme of the event was Party Around the World.
Thomas Venus, left, a short term scholar, and Matt Clansen, senior, played sumo wrestling on a bouncing castle at the Mizzou After Dark on March 2, 2012. The theme of the event was Party Around the World.
This is the lighting diagram