Thursday, June 23, 2016

They "Like" My Photos, Social Media Successes

June 23, 2016--Social Media provides not only another outlet to show photography and gain more attention for your cause, but it give you a sense of gratification when a viewer "likes" your image.  An important item to this delivery is the channel or page your image is posted to, not only does it need to be a good photo but something of interest and a sports superstar will help too!

2014 Kyrie Irving at the Best Buddies Leadership Conference photo was posted 75 weeks ago on the Best Buddies Instagram Page.   It received 2,130 likes.

The same photo was posted last week, celebrating the NBA Championship and so far has 1,362 Likes

This photo made at the 2016 Best Buddies Tom Brady Football Challenge and was posted on the Best Buddies Instagram Page.  It received 1,708 likes, 28 comments and countless shares.

The best liked photo so far with over 67,000 likes posted on Kyrie Irving's Instagram page is Kyrie and Joey Shriver at the 2014 Best Buddies Leadership Conference.  Kyrie has only 5,900,000 followers on Instagram.  It's all about placement!

All Photos by Laurence L. Levin
Instagram @larrylevin
Instagram @bestbuddies 

Monday, June 20, 2016

DCP Productions GEICO TSM

Russell and Team Solomid
June 20--Huntington Beach CA--DCP Productions created an episodic video with TSM's Team Solomid, TSM's New Neighbor   Episode 1   Episode 2

Made productions stills, but really enjoyed making these portraits of the team members.  The crew built an outside studio for this session.  All natural light with reflectors, all shot with a Nikon D810 and the Nikkor 85 f/1.8 or the Nikkor 35 f/1.4. This 7 individuals and team shot was done in between takes and had to go fast.  In and out in under 20 minutes.  

Kevin Yarnell

Vincent Wang
Yiliang Ping

Dennis Johnsen
Soren Bjerg

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Three Years of Concerts with The Bazel Group

Recently was asked to compile photos made at the closing night party for an annual conference.  The Bazel Group booked and managed these three acts.
Dr. Otis C. William, an original member of The Temptations
In 2011,  The Temptations

2014,  Huey Lewis & The News 
2014, Huey Lewis

2015 Frankie Valli
2015, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
#thebazelgroup #celebrityconcerts #corporateconcerts
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Copyright 2016 Laurence L. Levin

HDR Washington DC Landmarks

The Lincoln Memorial
June 01, 2016--The National Mall,  Washington, DC--Armed with a camera, tripod and cable release it was off to make images at midnight of landmarks.  Using a technique called High Dynamic Range (HDR). it combines the same image taken multiple times using various exposures.  Combining each of the exposures in either Photoshop or Lightroom, the resulting image provides a photo with details in all ends of the exposure, you see details in the light areas and the dark areas. This is a great technique to use when there are extremes of brightness and darkness.

Made between the columns of the Lincoln Memorial
The Viet Nam Memorial  
The Viet Nam Memorial Wall shot around midnight.

Copyright 2016 Laurence L. Levin

2016 Hyannis Port Challenge

Buddies Ambassadors at the Harvard Stadium, (homage photo Phillipe Halsman who did a "jump" series), Tori, Kellie, DQ, Katie, Sam, Christina, , Rachel, Ashley
Game Time with Tom Brady
Michael Chiklis selfie with Tom Brady & Julian Edelman in the locker room before the big game.  
Covering The Best Buddies Hyannis Port Challenge for 15 out of the 17 times, is challenging.  Each year, the basic elements are similar.  Trying to find an image that is new and fresh can be,  to say the least, perplexing.  Weeks prior to the event, discussions are underway to brain storm ideas and concepts.  There are phone calls, shot list preparations, and just a lot of thinking to figure how to make this year's event memorable.  Fortunately, there is a wonderful team of staff and volunteer photographers who can concentrate on the must have shots.

This year the plan was for me to shoot less, which meant not having to cover everything, because it would be well documented.  Thus the goal was to find five specific situations, as well as not be shoulder to shoulder with the others.  Additionally, in the "staged" situations find angles that were different and true moments.

It's great to be part of a team of devoted and talented Best Buddies staff and photographers.

Katie Meade with her buddy Tom Brady.(shot from the side of the stage, lucky to get this situation)

A wonderful moment on stage with Chef Guy Fieri with his buddy Michael Jaxtimer Barry.  

At the last second, jumped into the lead car and made this photo at the beginning of the ride. 

After his presentation at lunch Buddies Ambassador Sam Piazza is congratulated by Tom Brady 

Best Buddies Performer Tori Ackley on stage with the Beach Boys.  In addition to this performance, Tori sang the National Anthem at the start of the Football game and 50 mile start

#BestBuddies #HyannisPortChallenge #larrylevinphoto @larrylevin #TomBrady #MichaelChicklis

Copyright 2016 Laurence L. Levin

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Best Buddies: George Hincapie

June 04--Boston, MA--George Hincapie riding in the 17th Annual Best Buddies Hyannis Port Challenge.  The 100 mile ride starts in Boston and ends in Hyannis Port.  There are three starting points, 100-mile, 50-mile, 20-mile as well as 5K Walk/Run.  Money raised for the event supports the Best Buddies.  Hincapie has supported Best Buddies for many years.

Copyright 2016 Laurence L. Levin
All Rights Reserved.  No Publications Rights Granted without Written Permission.