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Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Renaissance Feel

As some of you know from my classes, one of my other jobs is shooting for TSS Photography. We specialize in youth sports. Most of the shot are straight portrait type, very formal so I don't post them. But this one stuck out.
I had been shooting most of the day facing the water straight on, in other words the water went almost horizontal across the back of the subject. At one point, I walked around and noticed that the lake kind of swerved a bit left and right so I rearranged my position for several shots.
It was a dark brooding day, dark grey skies, an occassional drizzle. The dark background with the winding "S" shape of the water gave it a kind of Renaissance look that I've seen in a lot of paintings.      I used my Nikon D80 with the lens at 52mm(DX) ISO was set to 400 for the dreary day, the flash on camera (SB600) was set to plus 1/3rd for an extra oomph of light. Handheld at 1/200th of a
second @ f8.  A little vignetting was added. Thanks to TSS for use of the photograph.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Brilliant Reds and Purples


Last Saturday I had a photo gig at the Brushy Creek Community Center which started at 6am and went until around 2. Good fortune allowed me a few little breaks in between set-ups. The center has a beautiful (and I mean just absolutely stunning) garden in the back. Dozen of species of flowers, just  rainbows of colors. Gave the cones on the back of my eyes some work out.

I'm a sucker for beautiful flowers, especially if backlit by the sun. I didn't have much time to loll around so I picked up on these gorgeous reds and purples quickly. No special technique at work here
other than squatting down for the right angle and keep extraneous stuff out of the frame.

The camera was set at ISO 200 and I used the longer part of my lens...the top one is 105mm the bottom was at 135mm. This isolated some of the  flowers in the foreground while throwing those back ones out of focus but still giving me some nice soft colors. Both shot at f5.6 with the top at
1/500th and the bottom at 1/180th.

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