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Day 280 – Meredith in Autumn


What started out as a dreary, rainy, fall day, turned into a beautiful Autumn evening for Meredith’s Senior Photo Shoot in Midland County.

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Day 277 – Amanda’s Up Do

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Day 269 – Caitlyn Class of 2013

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Day 268 – Caitlyn Studio Portrait

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Day 232 – Child of the Corn


The University of Michigan’s colors are Maize and Blue, Maize is also another name for corn. Caitlyn wearing her Michigan sweatshirt looks right at home surrounded by the giant corn stalks.

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Day 218 – Kaylea’s Photo Shoot

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We had beautiful weather for Kaylea’s Senior photo shoot this evening. Here are a few of the shots that we took. We were on location at the Bridgeport Bridge, Bridgeport Historical Society, Gugel Bridge, and some studio shots. Kaylea was a great sport and Elisa was a very good lighting assistant. Together we made a great team. Thanks Kaylea and Elisa.

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Day 193 – Black and White Grunge Portrait

Bummer, I missed a post yesterday! It totally slipped my mind. We attended a meeting and on the way home I made a mental note to get the camera out. When we arrived at the house, I turned on the MLB All-Star Game, then sat down to watch. After watching a while, I grew tired, then retired to my comfortable bed and was out like a light. I awoke from a deep sleep, panicking, “oh no, I didn’t post a photo!” Oh well… For today’s photo, I wanted to compare an effect from On One’s Perfect Frame 4.6. I shot the photo, processed in Lightroom 4 as a black and white photo and then exported to Photoshop CS5. The first picture I added a black outline by extending the canvas. For the second photo, I added an effect called, “Aged Wood” from Perfect Frame 4.6. The dark frame adds a grungy, dramatic, and mysterious feel, by adding to the shadows, it leaves more to the imagination.   I feel bad that I missed yesterday’s post, I will try to keep on track the rest of the way!

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Day 118 – Self Portrait


As I peer into the other end of the lens, I wonder if the focus will be correct. I wonder what the composition will be, how much of a zoom there is, will it be a close up of my nostril? The self portrait is a real challenge for me. Not only do I have to come to grips with the way I look; I’m taking the shot without seeing the scene. Well, I will continue to practice.

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Day 105 – Here Kitty Kitty

This is Mrowli. He runs the show around here, both dogs respect him and give him plenty of room. It’s funny, because Mrowli was de-clawed as a kitten. When we adopted him, he came without claws. But he can still pack a pretty good punch with his clawless paws! I shot this photo in available light with a 50mm lens set at f/1.8 and the shutter at 1/80 second. I had to bump up the ISO to 1,000 to have enough light. I like the look in his eyes, very intense.

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Day 82 Portrait of Vicki

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I finally persuaded my lovely wife Vicki to pose for a portrait. In addition to being my wife, she is my best friend, and I enjoy our time together. So it was great that Vicki was willing to pose. I wanted practice lighting with 1 light. I’m glad Vicki posed for me, I really like this photo. I like the way the shadows create a mysterious feel. My light source was a Nikon SB900 in a soft box. I have been shooting mostly in manual mode lately. I have found it helps me become more aware of the light and depth of field in my photos; which in turn helps me to become more involved with each shot. The result is that there is more of me in the photos, I am more intimately involved with each picture. I used to just set it on aperture or shutter priority and let the camera decide what the best setting was. I have come to enjoy manual mode.