I wanted to experiment with shooting portraits with 1 light. It’s hard to find a willing guinea pig to sit and pose for me. So, another self portrait opportunity. I shot this with my camera tethered with Lightroom 4. I like being able to see the shot right away in a larger format than the lcd screen on the back of the camera. I especially like shooting tethered for self portraits so I am not running back and forth checking the lcd screen. I used a pair of Yongnuo receivers that I bought on Amazon. These are great for triggering your camera remotely and also for off camera flash. They are reasonably priced too. Here is a link to the Nikon version that I use, Yongnuo RF-603 N3 receiver. Make sure you choose the correct model for your camera. The link is from my Amazon Camera shop. If you do make a purchase, I will receive a small commission.
Tonight I wanted to do a still life, and struggled to find a subject. Then I remembered the orange pepper I had in the refrigerator. I set up a couple of different shots and experimented with the lighting and ended up with the shots you see above. As I was processing in Lightroom 4, I wanted to see what the pepper would look like in black and white. I really like the look, much more than the color version I originally was looking for. I also added a print template and saved as a jpeg. Tomorrow I am heading up to West Branch where Bike Week 2012 begins on Sunday. I will be taking photos all week, should be interesting. Stay tuned…
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!
Today we visited Mike and Mary Ann, everyone calls her “Stu”. Upon arriving, we noticed Stu’s car was not in the drive. Vicki sent a quick text and received the response from Stu, that she was at her son’s house and wouldn’t be home for a while. As they texted back and forth, I noticed the window on the side of their barn. I really like to photograph windows and doors, so I said to Vicki, “I’ll be right back”. As I was walking up to get a nice shot of the window, I noticed the day lillies in front of the barn. I really like the combination of the day lillies against the old barn wood and weathered window. As I took a few more steps and moved in closer, I noticed the old, rusty bicycle leaning against the galvanized wall of the barn, so I shot a couple more pictures.
I really like the way the sun was shining on the bike, almost like a spot light drawing my attention to it. I also like the contrast of the rust on the bike against the blueish tint of the galvanized steel wall. I zoomed in on the rear wheel of the bike to capture the unique detail, they sure don’t make them like this anymore.
Finally, I processed the bike as a sepia tone image to really add to that antique feel. The bike, the barn, the old window, remind me of simpler times when things were slower; it was a harder life, that’s for sure, but at a much slower pace. I’m not really sure if I would want to go back in time… after all, back in yesteryear, they didn’t have digital SLR cameras, cell phones, or blogs. Maybe the simple life is not all it’s cracked up to be.🙂
Today’s photo is a food picture. When it comes to food photography, I am a rookie. I do enjoy looking at pictures of food, almost as much as I enjoy eating it. The only problem is, some of the photos look so great, they make me hungry. While I was thinking about what to have for lunch, I decided to shoot my lunch before I prepared it. Pictured above are the ingredients of my lunch, a Hickory Smoked Beef-stick sandwich with Romaine lettuce on whole wheat bread (bread not included in photo). To set up this photo, I placed all of the elements on a wooden cutting board near the window. Natural window light is the only light I used. Camera settings were manual mode, 1/125 @ f/5.6, RAW format, then processed in Lightroom 4. After looking at the picture, I wondered what it would look like as a sepia toned photo. The picture below is the same photo, but processed as sepia tone.
In the case of food, at least in this case, I think the color version is more appealing, although the texture of the romaine lettuce seems to stand out more in the sepia. What are your thoughts? If you have any food photography tips, please share them. All comments are welcome.