Chris Nitz Photography

Jun 09

Lifting the Darkness

This is a pretty common sight around my town. Between Iowa State University and all the schools, we have a lot of stadium lights. 

Chris Nitz Photography: Candid Portraits/Street Photography &emdash; Lifting the Darkness

Jun 03

Batman Goes on Holiday

Even Batman needs a vacation from time to time.

Chris Nitz Photography: Toys/Still Life Photography &emdash; Batman Goes on Holiday

May 28

Trail Rated

This is just a test shot from the Fuji X-T1. This camera is changing up photography in so many ways for me. Yeah, it does not have a full frame sensor and it is not sporting multi-thousand dollar lenses nor does it look “pro” when compared to the Nikon D700. However, this camera is bringing back so much fun to my work. I even travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands with the X-T1 as my only camera. It was light. It wasn’t a burden. It did what I asked it to do. I loved every minute of it. Really, isn’t that just as important as sensor sizes and low light capabilities?

“A life lived for art is never a life wasted” –Macklemore

Chris Nitz Photography: Toys/Still Life Photography &emdash; Trail Rated

Apr 30

Peep Death 2014 - Dinner

I think the little dude needs a medal and not punishment.

Chris Nitz Photography: Toys/Still Life Photography &emdash; Peep Death 2014 - Dinner

Apr 23

Peep Death 2014 - Grilled

The worst part about the warmer weather is all the crap that ends up plastered on the grill of Serenity. The freaking Peeps are worse than the flies and bees. Time for a wash, sigh.

Chris Nitz Photography: Toys/Still Life Photography &emdash; Peep Death 2014 - Grilled

Apr 22

Peep Death 2014 - Turtle Power

It looks like Donatello found a Peep trying to escape. 

Chris Nitz Photography: Toys/Still Life Photography &emdash; Peep Death 2014 - Turtle Power

Apr 18

Peep Death 2014 - The Perfect Cut

I hope he measured twice so he only had to cut once.

Chris Nitz Photography: Toys/Still Life Photography &emdash; Peep Death 2014 - The Perfect Cut

Apr 11

Peep Death 2014 - Evil Minion

Is it really still an Evil Minion in this instance?

Chris Nitz Photography: Toys/Still Life Photography &emdash; Peep Death 2014 - Evil Minion

Apr 08

Peep Death 2014 - Harley

Just Harley Quinn chilling out in my work area.

Chris Nitz Photography: Toys/Still Life Photography &emdash; Peep Death 2014 - Harley

Feb 25

Luke Jeffrey Grundman

*Insert obligatory statement about not posting as much as I want here* Right, now that I have that out of the way, let’s move onto something new and fun. If you did not guess by the title, I’m about to post some photos of a person. Particularly, I am going to slap some images up here of a little dude who was merely a week old at the time of his photo session. Talk about stepping outside of my comfort zone!

Yes, I had the honor of taking photos of little Luke for Blake and Jenelle Grundman. I spent a few days looking at newborn photos to get some ideas, but I also wanted to put my own spin on this. What I found during my research is that most newborn photos are brightly lit, generally come with fades and pastel colors, and usually have the baby in a basket at some point. Thusly, I went with one light and planned to use natural lighting as much as possible, and I ditched color in favor of my favorite monochrome style.

What I learned is that I need a light that adjusts in power. I shot everything between ISO 2000 and 3200, which means I ended up with a good bit of noise. Newborns are not nearly as cooperative as my employees are. The joys of a new family just…made me happy. I learned, I experienced, and I had fun.

I went into this with a whole lotta self-doubt. After posting some screen captures, I was encouraged by a fair amount of people to pursue this further. So, I am considering it. For now, let’s welcome Luke Grundman to the world. A big congrats to Blake and Jenelle as they embark on this new journey. You two are awesome!

*Note: The baby on lunchboxes photo is not a composition of two images. We placed Luke on a shelf that spanned across the lunchboxes and then took the photo. Blake was holding a sheet and using his legs so the little dude wouldn’t roll off backwards. Jenelle is immediately to my left and just barely out of frame. I worked Photoshop to remove the shelf and bring Luke down. So, please, know that we mitigated as much risk as we could to get that shot.

“A life lived for art is never a life wasted” –Macklemore

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