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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
A shot from my very first modeling photoshoot! Great fun for me, though hard work. Hotshoe flashes are versatile little buggers, and I was using two of them remotely. But the lack of a modelling light in the setup so one can get accurate focus is a serious impediment. I had to keep turning a small gooseneck halogen lamp on and off, and that really slowed me down.
All shots were lit by one or two Pentax AF-540FGZ flashes. In this one, the main strobe is behind a Westcott 45" shoot-through umbrella, camera-right, 1/4 power. 2nd strobe is camera-left high, snooted (rolled-up black construction paper), focused to a tight beam (58mm), 1/2 power, about 10 feet back and shooting through a screen to get that interesting background.
My model is Tina Hung, an aspiring actor/singer/dancer. Tina is practicing her "serious look" here. :-)
Model: Tina Hung
Makeup & styling: Tina and Louise Peacock
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
1937 Dodge humpback panel truck. Taken at the final evening of a 2009 Classic Car Cruise held in the parking lot of a Harvey's (decent hamburger chain) in Oakville Ontario. Tinted duotone.
This shot almost didn't happen at all. The evening was windy and cool, variable overcast, the sun had almost set and hardly any cars had shown up by the time we arrived and had our dinner. I wandered around the lot with my kit in my bag on my back and looked rather dejectedly at the classic vehicles parked there.
I was about to suggest to my wife that we just head on home when I recalled that I told her I'd like to try silhouette shots this evening. So I sighed, hauled out my K20D and looked around for a candidate. Wait! This odd looking truck was parked 90 degrees to the lines and parallel to the horizon where the sun had now disappeared -- casting fiery orange onto the strips of clouds! Oh my!
I took 46 frames, some with fill flash, but this one was the clear standout.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
This is how I spent much of my Monday night. We were woken up at 11:45 PM by loud beeping that turned out to be the UPSes going off. I got up to investigate how extensive the power failure was. When I stepped out the front door, I discovered the entire north-west sky lit up by a huge orange fireball. There's a new "luxury executive" townhouse complex being built over in that direction, and sure enough it turned out that the entire complex was up in flames. This is the second time in five months that the same complex has been torched, the first took out 8 units. This one destroyed over 75% of the site, about 57 units by one count.
The image directly above is the view from the bottom of my driveway, looking north-west. A light breeze was carrying the smoke and burning embers north-east over a church and a big park.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I picked-up a ring flash for doing macros and, hopefully, decent portraits. Here are some initial macro shots ...
Pixel-peepers can see these much larger on Flickr -- click on the pix!
Monday, February 16, 2009
There are 110 photographs in the book, representing every imaginable style, from photographers in fifteen countries.
You can read more about PDML Photo Annual 2008-2009 book project, and even order one if you like the idea, here ...