Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I have been looking at some blogs (Digital Photography School) for a while thinking that it would be fun to try taking a picture of smoke. Here is my first attempt. It was a challenge to get the focus to be sharp and I am not sure that I got it. The setup was actually done with a black background, a 580EX II and a couple pieces of paper that served as barn doors.

I am struggling to get out and take some pictures so this is what I decided to do tonight. I tried something new and I think that it turned out ok.


Saturday, December 27, 2008

4 Generations

I had a unique opportunity this weekend to photograph 4 generations of my family. It was great to get together with everyone.

While on a family trip I was trying to capture some candid shots. I thought the backlighting was a nice effect for this picture.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

This picture was taken at this years Veteran's parade. I took this one about 2 hours before the parade.

I like this shot because the flags are sequential and create a line leading the eye to the mountain. There was some Photoshop involved and some light color correction.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Lessons Learned (maybe)

I wanted to list some lessons that I have learned through recent shoots. I hope that I remember them next time I shoot but that is not always a guarantee.

  1. Always shoot in RAW. There are a couple times that I can think of where I would not shoot in the RAW format but for a client I think that it will always be RAW. Some people call it the safety net for photographers. I will tell you that it saved some good shots for me this last session. Here is an example... It is not perfect but much improved over the original.
  2. Always be contentious of the lighting. If it is a bright day try to take pictures in the shade with a building reflecting light. These are two pictures that were taken within a hour but in two very different situations.

Those are just a couple places that I will be trying to improve in the future.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Engagement Session

I finally have a working computer again. It is amazing how long it takes to get everything loaded back onto a machine.

Here is a picture collage and I hope to have a slideshow up soon