my 2nd shooter

The 2nd Shooter

Lexa Rowland, on assignment at the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s Wine & Run for the Roses, held on Phi Beta Kappa Lawn at the College of William & Mary on Saturday afternoon, May 5, 2012.

This past Saturday, Lexa accompanied me down to William & Mary for the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s annual Wine & Run for the Roses fundraiser. With a silent auction followed by a live auction, this incredibly fun afternoon of food and wine is capped by the Kentucky Derby, presented on 6 huge flat-screen TVs. Nearly 400 came out to the lawn in front of Phi Beta Kappa Hall for a serious good time.

I originally had Lexa set up to do “cruise-shot” portraits in front of a rose-horseshoe festooned stack of wine casks (a nice photo-op). She did a great job the first hour, shooting nearly 60 portraits. Then the rains came, forcing us to break down our portable studio. After we had everything safely stored under the main tent, Lexa asked for a camera so that she could keep working. She could have just as easily begged off and called it a day, but no, she decided she was there to work.

So I gave her a camera and she went to work…

She had never done anything like this before. Except for watching me and looking at my end results, she’s never had any real instruction. I am fairly blown away.

Most of them were shot with a 24-70mm L f/2.8, a bunch of them were shot with a 70-200mm L f/2.8. All of them were shot with a Canon Mark IIn, which is pretty heavy bit of equipment – about 8 pounds, a lot, lot more than just a simple point-and-shoot. This just goes to show what can happen when you put the right equipment in the right hands. It was helpful that her eye-level is lower than most adults – this allowed her to see under most hat brims without having to bend down.

She hopes to have her driver’s license by the end of the year.

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