Monday, March 19, 2012


I got together with a group of photographers on Sunday from the Bay Area Photo Club. We took photos of a couple of willing models on the campus of the University of Houston-Clear Lake. This is Emili, above, who is a senior at LaPorte High School. It was definitely a learning experience for me, as I was trying out a couple of new light modifiers. This shot was taken with a Nikon SB900 in a Cowboy Studio 16" beauty dish at about 1/16 power. 85mm, 1/160 sec at f/4.5. I struggled with the crop here. My first thought was to crop the strip of sky and greenery on the far lefthand side. The more I looked at it, though, the more I liked the small square of blue sky in the upper left and how that played off Emili's ring with the blue stone. Lots of interesting convergences here -- arms into the face, the out of focus rib of the building into Emili's eye, the tilt of the head. Subtle stuff, but I think it all works pretty well.


  1. That beauty dish puts out some sweet light to complement the natural diffused light we had on Sunday. I like the fact that you didn't come in too tight on her, as we've done in the past when we shoot. Crop works for me. Nice shot.

  2. I like it too. I didn't see how you used it, so I'd like to see what you're doing next time. I have a tendency to shoot pretty close too, but I think it's cause we've had some models with very pretty eyes that I focus on. I don't think we got any shots with that background, I'll have to go out there again.