Day 86 Backlit Hurricanes

Experimenting with back lighting, I set up three of these hurricanes with lit candles in them. I used my softbox as the back light / background. I like the cascading effect of the hurricanes due to their increasing distance from the camera.

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Day 82 Portrait of Vicki

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.

Day 72 An Apple a Day

You know what they say about an apple a day…

I sliced this delicious honey crisp apple with one of those gadgets Vicki picked up at a Pampered Chef party. This is a really great way to slice up an apple, it makes uniform, bite size pieces. This tool makes it easy to eat an apple a day. After all we are supposed to eat at least 5 servings a day of fruit and vegetables. I’ve been trying to hit that number, but it’s not always easy, just like everything else. For this photo I used soft box with my SB900 flash unit. I shot the photo in RAW and then processed in Photoshop CS5. I used the “ink outline” filter and added a little texture to give the photo more of a painted look.