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.
Photo from the rodeo a couple of weeks ago. I was waiting on one of the upper balconies as the rodeo was ended, and it was near dusk. Three handheld frames here with the Sony A6000, merged and processed through Nik HDR Efex and Nik Color Efex.
One last shot of Old Red -- from the front. I've taken quite a few group photos on these steps. It's one of the few and best places on campus to shoot a group of 10-50 people. The south-facing facade here lights up quickly and warmly. The building's been under a lot of remodeling the past few months, but now seems back to its grand appearance. Just for fun I'm posting a photo below of the building when it was completed in 1891. As you can see, the 1900 Storm forced some remodeling and streamlining of the top. The top turret is now gone and the smaller turrets on either side are now skylights.