Sunday, October 5, 2014

Shannon Maternity Shoot on the Bayou #3

Here's another photo from my shoot with Shannon several weeks ago. This was one of her favorites from the session. About the same time I edited this image I got a new texture and edge pack from Flypaper Textures -- Antique Edges 2. When I did a sepia version with Nik Silver Efex I also brought in some texture and edge from one of their images. Image details: 1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200, 78mm, light from a Nikon SB800 from camera left.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shannon Maternity Shoot on the Bayou #2

Here's another image of Shannon along Armand Bayou. I really liked the green dress she had on at the time and wanted to play that up along the grasses and along a very small break in the brush. With the rain we've had this summer, the edges of the bayou are pretty much totally overgrown, so this was one of the few places you could even get a glimpse of the water from the banks. This image started out very green and blue, but I added some warmer tones in post, including a very subtle texture that brought in some auburn tones into the shadows. On my initial work on the image I brought the exposure of the sky down ... like I tend to do, but after working in the warmer tones and backlight ended up taking away that sky detail in the upper right and simulating a warm ambient backlight, even though there wasn't much really there. Off camera flash was from the right front, so I think visually it still makes sense to have the backlight, and with some work with masks and blend modes seems to look fairly realistic. Although feel free to comment if you think it's too forced. Sometimes we go down these paths as photographers and retouchers and at times it's hard to differentiate between impact and over-processing.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Shannon Maternity Shoot on the Bayou

Last weekend I did a photo shoot with Shannon, a coworker who's about 6-7 months pregnant. The photo above was taken along Armand Bayou in the late afternoon last Sunday. Somehow the tulle fabric seems to make an appearance on many of my shoots lately. Little wind that day so we draped it over some brush along the bayou. It worked well with Shannon's dress here. My editing on this was a bit different. As a finishing touch I tend to lean pretty heavily on Nik Color Efex, but in the past I've applied it to a final layer and used it pretty much as is. This time I applied multiple effects to the image with masked layers. So in the end, I think you have three distinct layers -- foreground with Shannon and an Indian Summer effect to color shift the green grass to more of a brown/red, the middle ground of the trees across the bayou with a fog effect, and the background sky with a pinkish gradient color added to give the sky some color. All these layers were masked pretty heavily to selectively apply. Base image was shot at 1/125 sec at f/5.6, ISO200, 55mm; light from a Nikon SB800 in a Lastolite EZbox from camera left.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

High Key Composite

I was in New Orleans in August and took some photos of the interior of St. Louis Cathedral. I've been in there before with and without a tripod, and found the white balance really difficult to nail down. I decided to work on some black and white variations recently, then remembered some photos of Alyssa I took back in December with her in a white dress. I thought compositing the images together might be interesting -- both pretty high key with some atmospheric effects between the groups of layers.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nicole and Bass #3

Here's another photo of Nicole and her bass at Kempner Park. This image was taken with the Garten Verein pavillion as the back drop. It was also among some of the last photos we took, so the light is nice and low in the sky opposite Nicole. We lit her with two softboxes crossing to add a little more pop. The pop, however, caused some bad reflections in the bass, so in post I darkened some of the highlights down. 1/100 sec at f/6.3, 85mm, ISO200.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nicole and Bass #2

Here's another photo of Nicole and her bass at Kempner Park. This was taken early in the shoot. Larry and I back lit her a little with some natural light, then added a softbox from behind and off camera right to add to the ambient. The main light was from camera left. I've lit like this a few times in the past 6 months, and I really like the movement of light from highlight to shadow, then quickly back to highlight for some accent rim light (which you can see on Nicole's left shoulder). 1/200 sec at f/4, 85mm, ISO200.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nicole and Bass #1

I thought I'd post a few photos from a shoot I did last week with Larry Patrick and our friend Nicole, who's a musician, scientist, and a great person to have in front of your camera. About two years ago we photographed her on the beach with her saxophone. For this shoot we decided to photograph her with her upright bass at Kempner Park in Galveston. As the sun got low and was filtering through some trees Larry and I began experimenting with back light and lens flare, something I've really grown to love over the past few years. I played with some shots with the sun directly behind her head, but settled on this shot with the sun peaking around her head right at eye level. 1/60 sec at f/13, ISO 200.