Event Photography

The rush of shoppers @ the Oakland White Elephant Sale 2015

The rush of shoppers @ the Oakland White Elephant Sale 2015

What I like the most about covering events & performances is the movement required to make the pictures, you can't just stand there. It's an ever changing quest to capture moments of emotion & joy from the masses of people swirling around you. I often like to engage people when shooting, making that connection is what can make a great image.  Below are some recent event/performance images as well as a few from the past.

Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti @ NSB 109

Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti @ NSB 109

Children celebrating a Winter Performance @ an Oakland School

Children celebrating a Winter Performance @ an Oakland School

Portrait of Shannon O'Hare @ White Elephant Sale 2015

Portrait of Shannon O'Hare @ White Elephant Sale 2015

Lana Farson gets the crowd jumping @ NSB 84

Lana Farson gets the crowd jumping @ NSB 84

Welcome to the new website

Self-Portrait by OHP

Self-Portrait by OHP

It's a new year and things are already moving forward faster than ever before. But before I lose track of time, I want to thank all the clients and collaborators from this past year. It's great to be able to do what I love and work with so many amazingly talented people on projects that are impacting people's lives. Every click of the shutter, every edit, and every project is done with much gratitude. 

Thank you again, looking forward to a great 2015 !!! 

- Odell

 

Shooting with the Pentax 645D

Jennifer Johns by Odell Hussey Photography

Jennifer Johns by Odell Hussey Photography

I had a chance to rent and use the Pentax 645D late last year. I was excited to shoot on a digital medium format camera for the first time. My experience shooting professionally has always been with Canon DSLRs which offer a large ISO range. When shooting with 645D in the beginning, I had to learn to slow down a bit. The camera moves much slower when compared with the  5D for example. Writing those huge 40mb files seems to be what takes the longest time.  But that is not why you use a camera like this, it's the resolution. 

Ziva Hadar by Odell Hussey Photography

Ziva Hadar by Odell Hussey Photography

I found using the camera very easy, the menu system was logical and I was able to do what I wanted to do. Syncing with strobes worked easily and the quality of the final file is very nice indeed. I used it outdoors in natural light and in my studio with strobes. I thought it did a great job shooting in both conditions. But again it's not a run and gun camera. It's a camera that produces amazing images in both conditions as long as you are not in a rush. 

Rob Skate by Odell Hussey Photography

Rob Skate by Odell Hussey Photography

In the end I love the Pentax 645D, so much so I bought one, it was used, but I was swayed enough by the big sensor & ability to print larger to invest in this system. I might think differently once Canon releases a higher megapixel camera in the coming year. But for now I am very happy with it. I use it in both my portrait and product photography work. Though the 5D is never far away and it's still my workhorse camera. 

Taka Tozawa by Odell Hussey Photography

Taka Tozawa by Odell Hussey Photography