Thursday, November 26, 2009
Lately I've been seeing more and more opportunities in less-than-stellar areas of town than anywhere else. I always wonder what people would think if I took out some camera equipment complete with lighting, reflectors and stuff and started doing a portrait shoot.
Hmmm... Maybe not a so good an idea...
Monday, November 23, 2009
Veronica had an idea of doing like a Cinderella shot with one of Emma's shoes being left on the stairs while she ran up away from it. I figured, OK so I started with metering the scene with a light meter. Then I used a strobe to brighten the shoe.
Once we did that we were ready. I focused on the shoe and had her run up the stairs a couple of times until I got what I envisioned.
Monday, November 16, 2009
We really didn't get much time to do a complete shoot but the location was a beautiful place. I saw how the light from the sunset was playing against the water and, through the shoot, really wanted to incorporate that element into some of the shots.
Close to the end of the shoot I had to use it before it all went dark. I figured it would be perfect as a backdrop and had the kids set up close to the shore while Junior held the flash up. The sun also added an element of also being a edge/fill light.
As soon as everybody was ready and I had the ripples framed just right I started firing away. Click
Friday, November 13, 2009
When I was growing up the most popular handheld game was Coleco Electronic Quarterback. That came out when I was in 8th grade! All it had was a screen with 3 rows of red LEDs. You had to maneuver your man... er... LED through the oncoming LEDs with these big buttons until you made a touchdown. Such a simple game but man was it addicting!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The older I get the more I forget the little things that I learned growing up. My kids keep me grounded though. I am finally beginning to learn from them as much as they're learning from me.
This is another image that I ran through the LR3 beta. The more I use it the more I'm really enjoying it. It processes images beautifully and really tones down the amount of noise without taking out very much detail. It's still buggy and I do have problems with the speed through my machine but maybe an updated release will take care of that problem.
Monday, November 9, 2009
I really wanted to experiment with shallow depth of field for a portrait for quite some time now. I also wanted to figure out a lighting scheme that would accentuate the feel of the shot. So I figured I would light it so that the subject would have a warmth while giving a coolness to the background.
And this is what I came up with.
The lighting setup is as follows: 1 580EXII 1/2 CTS gelled in medium softbox @ 1/64 above camera. Silver reflector below camera. Camera WB set @ 3500. I metered the scene with a Sekonic L358 & triggered the strobes with Pocket Wizard PWIIs.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Oh and the tank of piranhas! Now that was a conversation piece. One of them actually bit off a chunk of this guys finger! He put his finger on its mouth to see what it would do and SNAP! All because he didn't believe that they were piranha.
Those were fun days...
Monday, November 2, 2009
I know that everyone tends to shoot the jellyfish but I couldn't help it. When the light from the aquarium hit them in a particular way they looked as if they were glowing, so surreal, so otherworldly! I had to take a shot, so I waited until at least one of them crossed my viewfinder... and then... Click!