July 23, 2013

The Soulful Poise of Alyssa

One of the best aspects of my job as a High School Senior Portrait Photographer is the absolute joy I receive in getting to meet a diverse universe of awesome souls and their families... and then getting to capture the fabulosity of those souls in a unique way EVERY-SINGLE-TIME! Seriously...what did I do right in a previous life?!!!

My life was most recently blessed in performing Alyssa's photo shoot. She has a personality that is diverse, caring, and very insightful.

Oddly enough then, the creative planning session started with a "I'm boring". As you will see in the images to follow, that was HARDLY the case.  One of the great outcomes of the creative planning phase of our photo shoots is digging deep and helping the client identify with the process.  Before you know it ideas and creativity flow like rushing water in a cool mountain river during spring.


We finally decided on three photo shoot segments.

July 18, 2013

Fog, Gas Masks, and Beauty...Miriam's Fire


It will come as no surprise that my favorite part of any photo shoot is the actual photo shoot itself.....ahhhh...the beautiful feel of a camera in my hand, the click of the shutter, and the heart palpitating rush of the instantaneous sound of a xeon filled tube flashing in unison.... 

But I would be remiss in making you believe the photoshoot is where the all the action takes place.  While indeed it is where the rubber meets the road, there is another step of many in the phase of a photo shoot that can be very exciting indeed....The Creative Planning Session.

It was during the creative planning session for Miriam's photo shoot in which I had the pleasure of working with Miriam on a path of creativity to bring her photo shoot to life....

July 5, 2013

4th of July 2013

Yup, it's time for the obligatory 4th of July pictures post...

After a very looooong day working in the back yard, it was a delight to head down to Overlook park in White Rock to stake out a section of grass, grab some grub, and relax for a couple of hours.

We got to the park in time for dinner and stood in line at a vendor cart of what seemed an eternity (mainly because my stomach was angry hungry and reminding me that I wasn't doing a good job of taking care of it while I waited!).

After all of us ate our fill on our comfy blankets, I got the camera ready for the fireworks show.  Much to the initial mortification of my daughters I got the "Seriously, Dad?".  However, it's just for show I think....they realize this is totally normal behavior for me, and me thinks that they are not really surprised, but have to do their part in being a daughter to call me out on my weirdness....
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

As the sun was setting, I rolled my carcass over and saw this shot.  I shot in manual, and underexposed quite a bit...
Once the fireworks started I played around with the shutter speeds.  I had set the camera to perform Long Exposure Noise Reduction in camera (Nikon D700), and while it does the job quite well, but the save time to the card increases dramatically.  Made it a little frustrating.

I shot the exposures between 2 second and 3 second shutter speeds, but at a stop of f/5.6...next year I shall try a f/8 aperture.



Until next time: Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!

Michael P. Young

July 4, 2013