Full Contact Photography

Full Contact

Compared with my other hobbies such as woodworking (I have some meat missing from my left thumb), shooting, reloading my own ammunition, fishing (wading the flats), I thought photography was fairly benign.  Not any more.  I was taking some shots of the boys last night.  Trying to capture Hez with his Batman mask on.  I was not successful.  But I did get a good shot to my eye.  I had a microphone stand with a superclamp and my Canon 540EZ on it.  It started to go over and I reached for it and BAM.  What I figure happened is that I did the classic "step on the rake" routine and the stand came back and got me.  Too bad you can't see the cut on top of they eye better.  It is a nice one.  Maybe I'll add another post if it gets worse over the next day or so.

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Mamaw's Dress

Mamaw's Dress

We are very thankful to have Mamaw who is a great seamstress.  She has made some really cool stuff for us like curtains and bumpers for the baby and most recently, a few dresses for Maggie Beth.  I like this one a lot with the fishing and hunting stuff on it. 

This is an example of the simplest of portraits.  A single strobe through a shoot-thru umbrella with subject standing close to a neutral colored wall.  The large umbrella first gives soft, flattering light for the subject and also a soft shadow on the background wall.  A bare strobe will give a much more defined shadow.  Nothing wrong with that either.  But for a great looking headshot or 3/4 shot, this is simple technique.


Mamaw's Dress
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Hair

Blonde

Well it has been a while since I have posted.  Life has been busy.  I mean homelife is always busy.  The "Work" work increased there for a bit.  So I haven't been shooting as much these days but I am starting again.  I have some family portrait sessions coming up and even a wedding (I can't believe I said yes to that but they are my friends and they make me feel guilty :) just kidding Tim and Erin.  I am looking forward to it and I like you guys a lot.  I need to do some research on that though.  So I don't mess up their special day. 

Anyway the subject here is hair.  I came home from lunch and took the picture of my sweet wife at our big kitchen window.  It faces east and the sun was high so there was no direct sunlight.  Then my son at our big window facing west over the back yard.  I shot them wide open at 1.8 since the light was low but afterward I thought I rushed it and should have stopped down to get a bit more depth of field.  Even If I had to bump up the ISO, it would have been worth it.


I Need A Haircut



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Must Have Roasted Marshmallow!

Must Have Roasted Marshmallow!

Thought this was a funny one.  The present that I mentioned before was a Quantaray 19-35mm lens.  I am using here one-handed while holding the marshmallow that I just roasted for my son.  I need to post a little review of this lens because it does well.

Be blessed.


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Vacation

Friends

Here are a few portraits that I took while on vacation.  We visited our friends in SC.  They are all shot from the same setup.  I shot my 285HV into a shoot-thru for key light and used my bare 540EZ for accent hanging from their beams with a super clamp.  The last visit, I shot some very similar portraits.  The difference is that this time I let the ambient burn in for the background where as last time I lit that with a Sunpak 411.

Friends

Friends

Keep posted.  I received a present while on vacation that I'm going to share.

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