rockstar portraits ∙ San Felix · Victoria BC

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San Felix is (L–R, below) Mark Bell (bass/vocals), Ian Kopp (guitar/vocals), Nick Tassell (drums), and Brett Frankson (keys/vocals).

They performed at this year’s YYJ Rocktographers gallery showcase. They also have one of the sharpest brand identities I’ve seen from a local band.

20160330 - San Felix promo shoot-0001Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM · 12 mm · 1/250 s · f/3.5 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II x2, 1/4 power (front) and 1/8 power (rear), \remote triggered

Rocktographer Tyson Elder and I joined forces for a promo shoot with them this past weekend, and it was great fun.

20160330 - San Felix promo shoot-0002Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM · 13 mm · 1/250 s · f/5.6 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II, 1/4 power, \remote triggered

Sometimes, the shoot was serious.

20160330 - San Felix promo shoot-0003Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM · 13 mm · 1/250 s · f/3.5 · ISO 100

Shortly after this shoot, they set off on their first national tour (which they’re calling . . . The National Tour), including performing at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, which is a huge deal.

20160330 - San Felix promo shoot-0004Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 18 mm · 1/250 s · f/2.8 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II, 1/8 power, remote triggered

We spent some time at the Roundhouse at Bayview Place, where we were able to get shots like this.

20160330 - San Felix promo shoot-0005Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 18 mm · 1/250 s · f/4.5 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II, 1/4 power, remote triggered

But the shoot started at the Vic West Skatepark where, naturally, I sat them on the edge of the bowl to look all rockstar and stuff . . .

20160330 - San Felix promo shoot-0006Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 18 mm · 1/250 s · f/6.7 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II, 1/8 power, remote triggered

. . . before having them use it as a slide.

20160330 - San Felix promo shoot-0007Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM · 12 mm · 1/250 s · f/6.7 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II, 1/8 power, remote triggered

After that, we broke out The Smoke. Tyson got some coloured smoke grenades, and we used them with great glee.

20160330 - San Felix promo shoot-0008Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 18 mm · 1/250 s · f/6.7 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II, 1/8 power, remote triggered

My impression of a bug.

20160330 - San Felix promo shoot-0009Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM · 10 mm · 1/250 s · f/3.5 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II, 1/4 power, remote triggered

Everything was going well (that’s foreshadowing, folks). We were at our final location, ready to launch our final smoke grenade, taking test shots . . .

20160330 - San Felix promo shoot-0010Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 18 mm · 1/250 s · f/5.6 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II x2, 1/4 power, remote triggered

Smoke grenades are expensive, and only last about a minute, so here’s how Tyson and I would coordinate things: I would pull the pin and run around with the smoke while he shot, then hand it to him to do the same while I shot.

“Can you go in front, Tyson?”

“Perfect, let the wind carry it . . . great.”

“Okay, can you go behind them?”

Tyson, concentrating on maneuvering between the band and the bridge while holding the smoke grenade up, stepped onto some uneven ground, lost his balance, and came down hard on his knee. And his camera.

. . .

Say, y’know what? I have a battery grip on my camera now. I love it.

Not only does it let me load in two batteries for extended shooting time, but I can easily shoot in portrait orientation without sticking my elbows up.

The only thing is that, the way it rests at my side, the shutter release button on the grip is prone to being accidentally pressed while I’m walking or, in this case, running.

Here’s what my camera saw as I sprinted over to see if Tyson was okay.

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In the end, Tyson was okay. His knee is sore, and the hood (thankfully, only the hood) of his new lens on his new camera took the brunt of the fall. He even managed to hang on to the smoke grenade.

He fell on his front, rolled to his back and — like a total badass — chucked the smoke grenade clear before taking a test shot with is camera.

Tyson: “We’re good!”

Ian: “Photography is hard.”

20160330 - San Felix promo shoot-0012Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 31 mm · 1/250 s · f/5.6 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II x2, 1/4 power, remote triggered

Thanks for the fun and adventures, San Felix. Have a kickass National Tour, and we’ll see you at Logan’s on June 17.

=)

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