Saturday, December 31, 2011

365 Flash Practice

Okay, here I go again...trying to do another 365!  Anyhow, this month is 100 % dedicated to Flash Photography.  So, my plan is to research a new technique each day and try it out and post my results here.  The pictures might not be the greatest as far as composition or interest...though they will hopefully show me where I went wrong, right, or who knows!

This image was taken around 3pm on a some what overcast day.  The first image was taken with my 180mm lens at F 2.8.  I used center metering, though I usually would spot meter.  Kya was standing under our patio in the shade with bright light right behind her.  The first shot was taken in manual mode at ISO 400 1/250th F2.8 WB Cloudy and no flash.  In t he second image Kya is standing exactly the same, the only difference is I metered off the ambient light in the background hitting our grey fence in the backyard.  The result was ISO 100 1/250th(max scyn speed for flash on my camera) F 2.8 WB Cloudy TTL Flash with -2.0.

These images are SOOC, so the WB would of been adjusted on them...the patio has a red/pink color and you can see that being reflected on Kya's skin.  I actually like the catch lights in the first picture(no flash) best and the detail on her hat.  Other than that, I like the flash picture better in all ways.

I of course still need to work on my flash, but for a first attempt...I am pleased. :)

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Paisly the Most Adorable Little Girl {Redding, CA Newborn Photographers}

Just a little sneak peek of a session I did yesterday!  To see more of my work please visit my new blog or my website

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Solorio Family Portrait for 2011 {Jamie Solorio Photography of Redding, CA}

Merry Christmas!

Trusty tripod...check, well was a little wobbly with my heavy lens on it!  Family...check.  Gorgeous light....check.  Run down building with weeds, my favorite...check.  Happy kids...check.  All in all I am pleased with our family portrait this year! 

Our eyes look VERY overdone on the web image...especially mine, it is just the compression of the file and extra sharpening for the web.  The origianl doesn't look so overdone!

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

2nd Saturday ArtHop of Redding, CA November 12, 2011

This piece was my very favorite of the night!  Stunning!  Loved it!

 Award of Merit "Wolf" -  sorry, I forgot to include that on the image. :)

This was another favorite of mine!  Loved the colors!

I was only able to attend one ArtHop event and I picked the North Valley Art League located at the Carter House Gallery who was hosting the 1st Annual Juried Student Art Show.  The juror was Derek Grinnell.  I was very impressed by the amount of talent that was up for display by some very young artists. 

The 2011 Student Art Show Prizes and Awards

7th and 8th Grade Winners
1st Place: Alexandra Neil  "Leaves of Fall"
2nd Place: Michael Schmitt "Fire Breathing Dragon"
Honorable Mention: Michael Schmitt "Coral Reef"

9th and 10th Grade Winners
1st Place: Jade Podtetenieff  "The Tree"
2nd Place: Isaac Marfin "Wolf"
Honorable Mention: Monica Seitz "Waterfall"

11th and 12th Grade Winners
1st Place: Haeun Bang "Mixture"
2nd Place: Abigail Jones "Melody in the Making"
Honorable Mention: Haeun Bang "Contemplation"

Clam Shell Portrait Lighting {Jamie Solorio Photography of Redding, Ca}

Okay, next project for the mean time....portrait lighting. The first type of lighting setup I am going to try and fully understand is called Clam Shell Lighting. So, I am going to use this post as a place for all my clam shell lighting tutorials that I come across and the web. I CAN NOT wait to start practicing! This post might take some time to finish, since it is an ongoing experiment for the next week or so.

Friday, December 2, 2011