December 31, 2010

B&W Photo Project Setup and Execution

Well, New Year's is upon us and I've been off for a week.  I decided to start one of my New Year's resolutions early...more personal photo projects to push me out of my comfort zone.  So last night, Diane and I executed on a Black & White photo project I've been wanting to do.  Diane picked out the outfits and I already had the images in my head that I wanted to create.  In order to take pictures of ourselves, I had the D300 mounted on a tripod with the Nikon 70-200.  It was tethered to the laptop running Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.  I used the LiveView feature on it with the laptop facing us to compose our shots.  I then had our daughter push the Start AF and Shoot buttons.

Most of the shots were done with 4 lights...

December 27, 2010

A "S" Curve and a Little Photoshop

I recently was down in Refugio TX vising relatives.  Refugio is a little Northeast of Corpus Christi.  It's a south texas town that I have fond memories of visiting my dad's family during the summers and winter breaks.  So I decided to break out the camera and had my dad drive me around to some of the landmarks I so fondly remember.

One of the best landmarks, in my memory, was the Refugio water tower.  It's unique and it always brought excitement to my youngster stomach as the anticipation of arrival was finally noted at it's sight and I knew then that we were just moments away from running up "Nanaw's" porch to receive awesome grandma kisses that only "Nanaw" could deliver.

I knew exactly the image I wanted to create, but it would take two pictures of the landmark at two different times of the day, dusk and sunrise.  The dusk shot was the most important and the skies were super clear and I knew this was going to be a great picture.  Here's how I put it together...

October 22, 2010

Pro Mom Advice on Family Photo Children Preparation

I mentioned in an earlier post about a Fall Family Photo Shoot we did where I was totally impressed with how well the kids were emotionally prepared for the photo shoot and how well they engaged in the photo shoot process.  I asked the mom some questions about her preparation of the kids.   Thanks so much, Julie, for taking the time out of your hectic day to do this!

October 13, 2010

Solace is a Beach

Finding solace in our worlds of hectic can sometimes be elusive.  From a recent Treasure Island photo shoot in Florida, I found some finding solace at the beach.  Life is a b@&%ch, but Solace is sometimes a beach far from the norm of our life of hectic.

Mike

October 7, 2010

Outdoor Senior Portrait using AB PLM and Nikon SB600 Rig

A couple of weekends ago, we shot a senior portrait session up in the mountains and I wanted to try a new rigging for lighting.  It consisted of  a Nikon SB600 flash unit, mounted on a monopod using a DLC HD Bounce Umbrella Bracket.  We then attached a 64" Alien Bee Silver PLM and then connected the SB600 to the Nikon D300 we were shooting with using a Nikon SC-28 daisy chained with an SC-17.  The results were great!  The PLM allowed us to get a wider spread on the light and it's parabolic nature allowed for less reduction in power than say a softbox modifier.  No diffusion material was used on the front of the PLM.  The only drag was making sure

October 1, 2010

Capturing the Coolness of Fitness and Longtime Friend

A couple of weeks ago, a longtime dear friend of mine asked my wife and I to photograph her the day after her participation in the OCB Southern Rockies Figure Competition.  We had a total blast!  My vision of the shoot was twofold.  First to capture her physical fitness in raw dramatic form with a hint of fashion flair.  Second was to capture a representation of her love for fitness associated with the activities in which she loves to engage.  Pictures after the jump...


July 12, 2010

San Diego Photography Fun


Had a wonderful time in San Diego last week...but no sun!  The beaches and mostly inland were socked in by clouds and a little rain a couple of days.  But still had fun with the camera....

April 22, 2010

“Born” Album Release

This week, a very special person to me, Matthew Andrae, released his new record, "Born".  Check it out...I doubt very much you will be disappointed.

Matthew's story is incredible and his music matches his incredible story in sound, composition, and talent.  He can play a guitar like nobody's business, and his voice is of the rare "sounds better live than recorded".  You know, the artists you go see in concert and come out saying "DAMN!..... His voice sounds awesome live!"

The first song, "Sweet Celine", launched him into a new recording career.  After posting on YouTube the self recorded video of himself performing the song written for he newborn daughter, overnight, his email was flooded with 15,000 new emails with 1,000 new ones arriving every hour and shortly would land him a recording contract!

I don't write this to try and bring traffic to Matthew..he gets plenty of that already.  I do this to share something special with you, my readers, in the hope of blessing you with wonderment and beauty of sound.

Later,

Mike