Friday, April 20, 2012

Accidental Tulips




Happy accident, really.


I have a Pentax AF160 macro ring flash that, honestly, doesn't see much use. Flower macros, obviously, but I've not been doing those lately. I tried using it for portraiture, but the geometry is wrong for that (its diameter is too small).

I recently picked up an el-cheapo wireless flash trigger kit from Cowboy Studios for 32 bucks: one trigger and two receivers. Works fabulously with my two Pentax AF540 flashes. I'm a happy camper ... except: the AF540 no longer fits in my 18" softbox with the receiver attached -- the combo is too tall. In addition, I'm trying to set up more complex lighting needing more flashes. Damn! Where can I get another flash from? Without, you know, spending money. And how can I regain use of my softbox?

So yesterday I was idly staring at the softbox perched on its stand, empty, and I somehow thought of my ringflash sitting in the drawer, useless.

Bing!

I threaded the ringflash head around the metal brackets in the softbox, dangling the control box on its cable below, attached one of the wireless receivers to the controller, pointed the softbox at some handy cut flowers and ... TADA! Brand new enablement.

Above is one of the first shots I got with it.

The undefeatable 3 minute idle power-off in the ring flash is a pain in the ass, but that's life. At least the flash retains its configuration when you power-cycle it to wake it up as they are all set by switches.

Tulip Study

Pentax K20D, DA* 16-50/2.8 @ 50mm f/8, 160th sec, ISO 200.
AF-160FC macro ring flash, Westcott Mini Apollo 18" softbox, Cowboy Studios NPT-04 wireless trigger and receiver.
Post-processing in Lr 3.6 and Ps CS5.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Postmodern Pinups exhibit in Toronto's Junction

Postmodern Pinups Photography by Bruce Walker

I'm installing a small exhibit of my photography for the entire month of May in Toronto's historic Junction area. Here are the details:


Postmodern Pinups
Photography by Bruce Walker
at the Junction Chiropractic & Wellness Centre
3093 Dundas St West (just west of Quebec Ave.)
May 2 - June 4, 2012


Opening Reception Wednesday May 9
6:30PM - 10:00PM
Special Guests - Refreshments

I'm expecting many of my talented co-creators to come, and the makeup artist and one model are planning to come in 1950's dress.

If you're in or near Toronto on May 9th, I'd love for you to drop by to the opening reception and say Hi!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Panl in the news

"The Artist"

Panl Updates Cloud Monitoring Service


We put the final flourishes on an update to the Panl service, and the details of it went out on the news wires yesterday. Read all about our great changes here ... 









Picture Credits

Model/HS: Denise Stellar
MUA/Wardrobe: Chantelle Krupka
Artistic Director/Retoucher/Photographer: Bruce Walker

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Workshop

Workshop

If you want to improve your photography measurably and quickly, you are focussed and determined and ready for some hard but exhilarating work, I can recommend nothing better than to attend a hands-on workshop with a good teacher and other enthusiastic students. I recently attended such a workshop given by Neeto da Silva, a Toronto fashion and commercial photographer, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. The workshop was tailored specifically to the students' needs, in this case how to direct and pose models to get great looks and expressions, and all the necessary studio gear was provided. We started at 10:00 AM and other than taking a few minutes to grab a quick bite to eat I didn't stop studying and shooting until 5:00 PM.

If you happen to be in the Toronto area and you're interested, drop me a line and I'll hook you up. All you need to bring is your camera, some suitable lenses, and your model release. In return you are going to have new skills, contacts and a much improved portfolio.