Behind the Shot: Mountain Khakis Early Spring Catalog Cover

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Can it really already be considered “early Spring”??? I guess the good folks at Mountain Khakis think so, as has been made known by the arrival of their early Spring catalog, featuring a cover and a load of other images from our catalog shoot last summer in Oregon and along the Salmon River.

I was fired up to see they chose an especially fun shot for the cover, one that took some quick thinking on both the technical and creative end of things. The short of it is that this image nearly never happened. We had about 30 min before we were supposed to head out and prep for a sunset shoot along Lake Wallowa and we decided to make use of an old Willy’s Jeep (in immaculate condition) that had been loaned to us by a kind local.

Much of the imagery we focus on with these catalog shoots is capturing the spontaneous and fun nature of the MK lifestyle. I’m always looking for an emotive image–one that makes people want to be a part of this brand/lifestyle. With that in mind, I wanted to get up close and personal as the talent was epitomizing random summer fun with an old jeep and a longboard.

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I quickly set up a Manfrotto Magic Arm on the front side panel of the jeep. Shooting a Canon 5D MKII with an 8-15mm fisheye lens meant I could capture all of the action from an angle very near the driver. I attached an intervalometer to the camera and set it to take a picture every second until I stopped the sequence. Everything was set…and then the Jeep got a little cranky. We couldn’t get it started and finally resorted to pushing the jeep and compression starting this hearty hunk of metal.

What ensued was several trips up and down the highway, experimenting with different shutter speeds and camera positions, running alongside hooting and hollering and generally having a blast in mid-day light. It also took an exceptionally gifted clutch/gas operator to keep the Jeep running. Nice work Nate Morgan! It seems like the best ideas always face the most hurdles! Don’t give up on that vision!

Check out the vid below for a little BTS vid action from the entire shoot, and a better view of our setup for this image.

 

 

Recap w BTS Video: Mountain Khakis SS14 Catalog Shoot

It’s cold and snowy outside at the moment here in UT (finally!), but I’m just now getting around to posting a recap of a ridiculously fun and productive shoot with the Mountain Khakis crew. Per the norm, we were able to combine the “work hard/play hard” mentality, and the entire shoot was a blur of catching my breath, yelling at talent (or not) and constantly remarking at how much I love my job.

The two primary locations for this shoot were Joseph, OR and the Main Salmon River. Both offered unique opportunities to capture “life untucked” in all it’s authentic glory. Check the gallery above for images as well as the BTS video below (shot by NS Innovative). We’re already planning our Fall/Winter 14 shoot–should be another epic!

 

 

BTS Video: Mountain Khakis Winter Catalog Shoot


I do love my job! This video gives a great behind-the-scenes look at how much fun we have when out on the Mountain Khakis Catalog shoots. Enjoy!

 

BTS Video: Mountain Khakis Catalog Shoot


I had the pleasure of working with lifestyle apparel brand Mountain Khakis this past summer, capturing a slew of imagery featuring their 2013 Spring/Summer product line. We had a jam-packed two days of shooting in several different locations in northern Utah, including Park City, Uinta National Forest and the rural farming paradise of Oakley. It was an absolute blast, and we ended up producing some killer images. Check out the case study on adambarkerphotography.com for imagery from the shoot

What is AdamBarkerPhotography??? (video)

Who am I? What do I do? Where have I been? Have a look-see at the video. Thanks for stopping by…

AdamBarkerPhotography Top 10 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for that perfect something for that special someone who has (almost) everything? Look no further! These items are not only some of my favorite, they are the items I use most in my daily routine of office work, shutter clicking and adventuring (with a couple of token ABP gifts thrown in for good measure!). They run the gamut from inexpensive to rather hefty. But hey–it’s the Holidays! Splurge a little! (listed in no particular order–items are linked at heading)

Full Disclosure: Many of these items are from my sponsors. I promote what I use, and I don’t use it if it hasn’t performed for me in a consistent manner. These brands have been integrated into both my workflow/routine and my promotional agenda because they produce legit goods that perform under pressure. Plus, they’re a 10 on the “cool” scale! Have a read…

1. Mountain Khakis Flannel-lined Original Mountain Pants: And you thought sliced bread was grand…check out these comfy duds that will stand up to the abuse of even the heartiest outdoorsman. It’s like wearing your favorite sweats everywhere, only you don’t look like the guy that just rolled out of bed at 11:30 am.

2. Arc’teryx Sabre SV Jacket: Through the roof on both the steeze and functionality scale. This is my jacket of choice for shooting and shredding both in and out of bounds. In a word??? BOMBER. The folks at Arc’teryx have it allllllll figured out.

3. Suunto Elementum Terra Steel: It’s James Bond meets George Clooney. This watch is at home on the hill, or accepting that much sought after award at the Black Tie gala of the year for “Man of the Hour, Every Hour”. Yes, it will set you back a pretty penny, and it’s worth every, last, one.

4. AdamBarkerPhotography Flyfishing Tryptich: The perfect wall hanger for that angler in your life. Three 5 x 7 prints encompassing the flyfishing experience,  double matted and framed in an elegant dark wood molding. This is a limited edition of just 100–so get your order on!

5. Singh Ray LB Warming Polarizer: Hands down my most used and trusted filter for landscape and active lifestyle photography. Read through my blog archives or head over to the Singh Ray Blog if you’re not familiar with this filter.

6. Kinesis Gear Grad ND Filter Pouch: Most likely the most cost-effective piece of gear I own. It’s super nice to have your full quiver of Grad NDs right at your finger tips when conditions are going off. And it’s very affordable, to boot!

7. AdamBarkerPhotography Instructional DVD: Completing Your Outdoor Photography with Landscape Filters: I’ve received countless emails from photographers noting this DVD has helped them take their outdoor photography up a notch or twelve. It’s a 4-hour workshop that you can attend as often as you like! Also available on iTunes!

8. Subaru Outback 3.6R: Ok–so I have a vehicle on my top 10 list. But really, you never know what Santa might be shopping for. This is a lean, mean adventuring machine. Forget the station wagon of yester-year, this “cross-over” has more clearance than a Jeep Grand Cherokee and mine even sports wi-fi. If you’re on the hunt for a new whip, you’d be crazy not to give this bad boy a serious look. Give the fine people at Mark Miller Subaru a visit–they will get you taken care of!

9. Clik Elite Escape Backpack: My go-to pack for both wandering the local trails and traveling the world. This pack is large enough to fit a serious load of gear, yet it wears comfortably and fits in most overhead airline compartments.

10. Salomon Rocker 2: . The Rocker 2 is the ultimate pow-schralping machine! When it’s over head and you’re under gunned, strap this baby on your feet and let the good times roll.

Snippet: AdamBarkerPhotography/Telluride Photo Festival 2011


Here’s a quick look inside (well, really, outside!) my workshop at the 2011 Telluride Photo Festival. As always, many thanks to my sponsors Mark Miller Subaru, Arc’teryx, Mountain Khakis, Singh Ray Filters, Manfrotto School of Xcellence and Clikelite Backpacks. Many thanks to my assistant Nate Sorensen for putting the video together!

Upcoming: PDN Outdoor Photo Expo, Aug 4-5 2011

If you have even the most minute desire to better your photography, and you live within even a couple hours’ drive of Salt Lake City, pack your bags and get on your horse for the first annual PDN Outdoor Photo Expo sponsored by Pictureline. I am ecstatic to be presenting among names like Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, George Lepp, Scott Markewitz, Kevin Winzeler, David Stoecklein, Jimmy Chin, Tim Kemple and many, many others. Holy wow! Look at that lineup. It’s like an all-you-can-learn smorgasbord of photography technique and vision from a cast of all-stars.

My presentation on capturing engaging Environmental Active Lifestyle images takes place August 5 from 3-5 pm. Register for my seminar, and many others here. I’ll be sharing insight into where, when and how to create stunning active lifestyle images that speak to viewers and connect on a level that makes them want to go, do and see. We’ll talk composition, exposure, athlete communication and how to use landscape filters to eclipse all the other average imagery out there. There will be giveaways from my sponsors including Clikelite backpacks and Mountain Khakis and Singh Ray Filters. Come check out the AdamBarkerPhotography/Mark Miller Subaru Outback. It’s even cooler in person!  Finally, I’ll be presenting a slideshow of some of my most prized active lifestyle imagery from the past several years.

AdamBarkerPhotography Bio Video (revised edit)

Just in case you missed it the first time around, here’s a revised edit on a bio video done by the boys over at HIP Visual Arts. I can’t forget to mention my wonderful partners and sponsors that help me to do what I do! Special thanks to Gitzo tripods, Clikelite Backpacks, Arc’teryx, Mountain Khakis, Singh Ray Filters and the Manfrotto School of Xcellence.

Adam Barker Profile from HIP VISUAL ARTS on Vimeo.