Saturday, November 29, 2014

More Macro Florals

I've been shooting these type of macro floral photos for several years. Since the focus is so shallow I've always tried to shoot them indoors under more controlled conditions. Lately, I've been trying them outdoors with some success when it's not windy. This is a passion flower in our backyard. 1/60 sec at f/2 with extension tubes, ISO400.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gelled Lights

Several years ago Larry Patrick and I experimented with portrait lighting with colored gells. It was one of those things that you see other photographers do and think you should try. You think it would be easy but as Larry and I found out at that day -- not so much. We made some critical errors in our efforts that day -- shooting too shallow depth of field, not really focusing on how the colors would mix, and most importantly the intensity of the gells coupled with the overall ambient exposure. So, needless to say those images never saw the light of day. But I always had it in my mind to try it again, and when a photo shoot last weekend got moved from outdoors to indoors I thought it would be a good time to revisit this technique. The image above of April was taken using turquoise and orange gells, really knocking down the ambient exposure with shutter speed, and selectively lighting with snoots on the gelled speedlights. And one more important thing I learned: even the slightest change in position and direction of the light makes a huge difference. 1/125 sec at f/7.1, ISO200, 85mm.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In-Camera Double Exposure #1

I've been experimenting with in-camera double and triple exposure lately. Pretty amazing technology, where you can tell the camera to overlay two or three consecutive images together all the while allowing for the exposure gain. Amazingly the combined composite turns out remarkably well exposed. The above was some fall flowers. After so many years of Photoshop and its infinite possibilities, it's different and challenging to do this so randomly in camera.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Galveston Photo Walk #3

Hutchings and Sealy Buildings -- Galveston Photo Walk 2014. 1/500 sec at f/5.6, 112 mm, ISO 200, -2 EV.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Galveston Photo Walk #2

Here's another photo from the Galveston Photo Walk. This building is on the Strand; and the red, green, and blue color combination always catches my eye on a bright, sunny day. 1/1250 sec at f/6.3, 112mm, ISO800.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Galveston Photo Walk #1

Last Saturday our photo club did the annual Scott Kelby Photo Walk. I got there a bit early and walked around the Strand and Postoffice Street just as the sun was rising. I took this photo of St. Mary Cathedral Basilica as I walked from the east behind the church. I tried to work my way around to the front and get the statue from straight on, but by then the light had totally changed. Liked this one though, as the light was soft and low from camera left. 1/125 sec at f/5.6, 300mm, ISO200.

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.