tedx napa valley 2015

Yesterday, I got to photograph the fourth annual TEDx Napa Valley event at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.  It's a great event full of inspiring speakers, lively discussion, and, of course, good wines.  Each year has a different theme, and this year's was about redefining success.

This event has a unique set of challenges.  The biggest is the harsh light spotlighted on the speaker.  It's very bright and comes from a high position.  This creates those harsh shadows in the eyes that makes people look like raccoons.  Not much I can do about that.  The next biggest challenge is photographing people while speaking.  People invariably make funny faces at any given 1/250th of a second.  I try to time the shots while people are not talking, but that doesn't always work.  Sometimes, you just have to take a bunch and hope that at least one turns out.

After about eight hours of shooting almost a 1000 images from three cameras, I came home and delivered a little over 400 edited photographs to the TEDx team.  And done.