Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Madison is developing into a little ham. She’ll gladly sit for a portrait. Her sister, on the other hand wants to eat the camera every time you point it at her.
The shot – Manual mode f/4 ~ 1/125 sec ~ 55mm ~ 400 iso ~ on camera flash at 1/8 power with 10x10 DIY bounce card.
Friday, May 28, 2010
This life size statue is in a park on First Ave. I’ve probably walked past it 100 times but never saw it. Due to construction I couldn’t get a better angle and still maintain the bush scene. As it was I had to photoshop in the grassy foreground.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
This was one of two ideas I had to shoot this flower. I was so happy with the results I didn’t event try the other one. Perhaps I’ll save it for another night…
Shot info – Aperture Priority ~f/2.8 ~1/4 sec ~40mm ~ISO 400 white LED flashlight with a snoot made of heavy construction paper.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The East Meadow School District has been nationally recognized for its music program for the past 30 years. Tonight the East Meadow High School held its year-end summer concert where the 300+ students who participate in the music program play for their families. To say they were amazing, is a gross understatement. Here is a shot of the concert band. BTW – My daughter plays clarinet.
Shot info – Manual mode ~f/4 ~1/60 sec ~40mm ~ISO 400 camera mounted flash ½ power.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I read about a portrait technique of using natural light, but not direct sunlight, coming in through a window to light your subject. Then use shielded/defused fill flash to control the level and position of shadow for the other side of the face.
Since all my potential models were not in a cooperative mood today I used the dyed rose my wife received as a gife from our youngest daughter.
As a learning experience I saw how changing the position and power of the light delivered the desired effect. However, it didn’t translate well to a picture of a rose, so I selected one with a less dramatic affect.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I went to the nursery yesterday and at the checkout counter they had containers of 500 Lady Bugs for $8. I was shocked to discover they came with directions too. FACT - Lady Bugs don’t fly at night. So the recommended release approach is to wait until after dark and then water the plants where you want them to nest. Upon release the Lady Bugs will immediately seek out food and water. Since its dark they wont fly away and having water right there increases the odds that they’ll stick around.
Strobist – Speedlight #1 camera left at 1/16 power shot through an umbrella. Speedlight #2 defused, camera right at 1/32 power
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The most effective way to move about in the Big Apple is The Subway. It can take you almost anywhere in the 5 boroughs, runs 24x7x365, its safe (relatively), and convenient. 90% of it runs underground, many parts of it are more than 125 years old, its noisy, and the ride is anything but smooth. Its bumpy, jerky, prone to sudden stops and starts, and lets not forget the whims of the engineer at the wheel. Taking pictures of the tunnel as you’re rollin’ down the tracks has many challenges.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I copied this idea from a very talented photographer whose work I greatly admire. His photographic hobby developed into a passion and now his profession. Please take a moment to browse through his archives, I promise you’ll be impressed. http://apl666.blogspot.com
The shot – Manual mode ~1/15 sec ~f/10 ~32mm w/12mm extension tube, speedlite at 1/32 power on a fully extended lightstand and bounce off the ceiling. It took over a dozen shots to position the subject, the light, and the camera to create and catch the light spectrum on the CD.