Saturday, May 21, 2011

Breezi #2

This photo of Breezi is similar to the previous post. I'm experimenting with OnOne Software's PhotoTools product, so all effects here are done within the plug-in -- color enhancement, masking, and texturizing.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Breezi #1

Here's an image from a senior shoot I did recently. This is Breezi, a soon-to-be graduate of Ball High School in Galveston. I've taken photos in this particular alley quite a few times and always had this long shot down the alley facing west in mind, but never really had the opportunity to do it. I was happy Breezi was willing. I did quite a few variations of this shot, figuring out how best to pose her, keeping in mind the shallow depth of field and her legs. I finally settled on this shot with legs out to the side. Highlights in the background are a block away and are the sky between buildings. 85mm, f/1.4, 1/200 sec. Light from top left from an SB900 in a Lastolite EZYbox.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Photo Club Portraits #2

Here's another photo from the Bay Area Photo Club portrait field trip a few weeks ago. This is one of our models, Jessica. This was taken later in the day when I was experimenting with a color gel on the background light -- a dramatic orange filter ... again shot through a Lastolite EZYbox with DIY strips to create the pattern you see on the wall. Got lucky with the light direction and the wind on this shot as we were feathering the light and it just so happen to catch a nice highlight on her hair with the skimming light as the wind picked up. 1/125 sec at f/13, 52mm.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Photo Club Portraits #1

A few weeks ago, the Bay Area Photo Club had it's annual portrait field trip. This is one of our models, Shannon, who was nice enough to pose for us for a few hours. Black and white conversion done with Nik Silver Efex Pro. 1/160 sec at f/11, 75mm; back light from a Nikon SB800 in a Lastolite EZYbox with homemade black fleece strips in place of the diffusion panels; front light from a Nikon SB800 through a Photoflex Lightdome.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Boulder Flatirons

I discovered this scene is pretty iconic in and around Boulder, Colorado -- the Flatirons. I saw photos of these mountains all over the city when we were there a few weeks ago -- in art galleries, city buildings, you name it. I figured I had to shoot them. No snow or no great cloud coverage here. About the only thing I did in post was to add a lot of extra sharpening to bring out the trees and texture of the rocks. Black and white done with Nik Silver Efex Pro. 1/30 sec at f/14, 50mm.