Not really spring, but now summer. This photo was taken a few weeks ago out near the airport in Galveston towards the end of a shoot with Haley. No shade to speak of so I put the setting sun right behind Haley to use her to shield the sun from my camera while creating some nice back light. I also placed a 1/2 CTO gel on the flash to help warm her up in relation to the background. Final specs were: 1/200 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200, 250mm, full power SB800 in a Westcott Rapid Box from camera left.
This photo of Haley was taken earlier this spring at Galveston Island State Park. The original image was full length. I was playing around with some monochrome conversions and liked it, also decided to crop it more cinematic which I think works well with the blowing hair. 1/200 sec at f/8, ISO200, 100mm with a speedlight in a Westcott Rapid Box from camera left.
In late March I went up to College Station to take some senior photos of Kelsi at Texas A&M. This one I particularly liked -- great location and great light. I think I had a 1/4 CTO gel on the flash from camera right at the time. I opened up the shutter speed a little to let the highlights bleed in through background a little; also enhanced those a bit in post. Finals were: 1/125 sec at f/6.3, 150mm, ISO 200.
The composite photo above was taken several weeks ago. I asked Roxann if she'd be interested in doing a fairy in flight photo composite, and she was up for the task. I shot her against a white background leaping in the air, then added the textures and lighting effects in Photoshop. Final layer count was 38, but some of those layers were turned off or used in very low opacities. Fun project.
I did some portrait work over the spring, so I thought I'd post some of that here on the blog. When Luke Boor was in Galveston for Mardi Gras we arranged a photo shoot. It was great to catch up with him. We shot at a couple of locations, the one above at a corner building on 17th and Postoffice. Galveston always provides such interesting and free photo locations. One light portrait -- a speedlight in a Westcott Octa from camera right, shade white balance to warm up the scene, 1/250 sec at f/4. I added some lens flare at the top right in post.
I was getting some of my floral macro images together a while ago and started looking back at when I started this series. My first serious effort was Christmas Day 2008 -- so six and a half years later I still shoot these images with extension tubes and a 50mm lens. I try different things now and then. When I started I was using speedlights in umbrellas, and it was a good learning experience for me at the time to trigger off-camera lights. That experience largely became used in my portrait photography for the past seven years. I now try different wrinkles -- sometimes manual flash, sometimes TTL using a pop-up flash on camera as the trigger. On this particular day I was using TTL and for some unknown reason the TTL flash was a little under what I normally use but I liked it on this astromeria.