Trying out a simple product shot with a simple technique. Large diffused light source camera right (3 foot softbox) with a reflector camera left to fill in the shadows. Added a gridded light over and behind the wolf for edge definition.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
My wife is a member of multiple quilting guilds, so there's always quilts around the house. One of our friends asked me to take a couple shots of some of her quilts, for posterity. Figuring out how to light something as large as a king size quilt isn't as easy as I thought. Here's today's attempt.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Today, I felt like playing with a different lighting pattern. Set this up with 4 lights and a reflector. Key light is a beauty dish directly in front and up a bit, feathered down slightly. I have a gridded spot on both sides, aimed at my shoulders from just slightly behind and another gridded spot directly behind me, aimed at the background to give a slight halo around my head.
Monday, February 23, 2009
I can't remember where we got these decorative chopsticks, but I found them in the drawer and thought they'd make an interesting figure study. I placed them on white seamless paper with a light almost directly overhead. Shot with my 24-70 at f2.8 with a 21mm extension tube.
Even in the dead of winter we get cardinals on our back deck, on our feeder. While the male birds are invariably the prettier of the species, the female cardinals are still quite attractive. This was shot hand held, with a 400mm (Thank goodness for Sony's built in anti vibration technology).
Saturday, February 21, 2009
My basement bar needs some stuff on the walls. I shot this with that specific purpose in mind. Another bright field lighting experiment, but I added a gridded spot to light the limes and bottle this time, while keeping the edge definition of the glass.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Caitlin lives about 5 minutes from me and asked me one time if I could shoot her cat, Sandy Charles. So, she popped over today for a couple hours with Sandy and we took a bunch of shots. This one was lit with a beauty dish camera right and slightly over her head and with a strip box camera left providing fill. There was also a reflector just out of frame below, bouncing some light back up under her chin.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
We had dinner reservations at a very nice french restaurant in Acton, MA. Of course, before we went out, I had to get a portrait of us and what better way to complete my image of the day! This was lit with 3 lights, the key light being a 4 foot softbox camera right with the fill/rim camera left being a 3 foot strip. Also added a small hairlight on a boom above and slightly behind Robyn.
Playing with dark field lighting. For this technique, you place a large light source behind the item you're shooting and place something between your subject and the light such that the only light that hits the item is from either side. This was list with reflectors on either side of the glasses so that the light behind the black seemless was able to wrap around a bit more.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I have 2 dogs. Getting my German Shepherd to sit for the camera is like pulling teeth, however getting my Golden Retriever to pose is like offering money to a congressman. Here's Kuma sitting pretty for me in my kitchen, lit with the overhead light and show wide open at f2.8.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Playing with bright field lighting and glass. Placed red and white wine glasses and a shot glass on a plexiglass sheet, on white seemelss. Lit the paper with one bare light and placed black cards on either side of the glasses for definition.
My cat Figaro just would not stay still and let me photograph him until I put down a fleece sweatshirt of mine. Then he just settled in and let me work. This was lit with a large soft box camera right and just above eye level.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Lately, I've become enamored with very shallow DOF portraits. I just love the way f1.4 transitions from soft to sharp. So, todays image is of my latest weapon of choice, so to speak. My 50mm, 1.4 from Minolta. This was taken by window light in front of a south facing window.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Played poker tonight, in 6 separate small sit and go tournaments. Finished in the top 2 in half of them and came home with more money than I left with. Always a good time. So, in honor of poker night, I took a picture of a straight flush.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
My wife has this 20+ year old guitar that she never plays anymore. I dug it out of the attic and it was just begging me to photograph it. I wanted to shoot it in natural light near the window, but it was evening so I took out a large softbox and used that to mimic the window light.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The High Elven princess Firiona Vie. She is a character from the online game Everquest that I found laying around the house and thought she'd make an interesting portrait subject. Shot with a single light with 10 degree grid spot and a white fill card.
Home today and realized that I hadn't shot anything all day. Traveling always is such a pain, especially when coming home. Went up to the studio and saw this pile of fabric and I was drawn to the pattern and texture.
My stepdaughter wanted a new profile pic for her facebook profile and of course it was mid-day at the time. Great chance to practice overpowering the sun. :) Shot with a bare flash at high noon, I was able to knock down the ambient enough to even out the exposure and even darken the background a bit.