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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Day 82 Portrait of Vicki


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.