Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I am so exhausted today after not getting much sleep last night and I've been processing photos most of the evening. When I was ready to take a photo for the day, I sat on the edge of my bed, stretched out my legs, dropped my face in my hands, and when I slide my fingers down my face, I felt relief in knowing that at the end of a long day, I can always count on my Crocs™.
- SB-600, 35mm, bare, fired with SC-29 TTL cable in TTL/BL mode
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I was scratching my head tonight thinking of an idea for a photo while trying my best not to sit down and write my mojo an angry letter when I looked over and saw one of my water globes sticking in a plant that it hasn't been doing a good job of watering. It's not the fault of the globe - it's actually the fault of the person who should be putting water in it but I'm not calling any names - Lisa!
Anyway, the colors of this globe grabbed my attention. Out of sheer laziness, I didn't setup my strobes and grabbed the nearest white piece of paper I could find to use as a diffuser for my pop-up on-camera flash and took a few shots. The lighting was not half bad in camera but when I looked at the same photo on the screen, it just didn't do anything for me until I applied an invert adjustment layer in PS and viola!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Seems like there's so much stuff on my plate at the moment and my creativity is being smothered and my energy is being drained. I really want my mojo back.
This image was shot with on-camera flash. :/
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tonight I was invited to cheer for some friends who are in a bowling league and of course I took my camera. I wanted to make them each a part of my 365 photo for today but the collage just wasn't working out like I wanted so that means I'll be bringing my camera to the next one, Mike! And I'll always be there before 9:30pm unless Mark says otherwise.
Thank you Mark, Mike, Andy, and Monica for being such good sports tonight!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
My sis loves taking pictures of amazing food and we must capture a photo of every super delicious meal when we're together or she scolds me for letting her forget. Her visit has ended and I'm very sad so I took a food pic tonight for my sis. It's not the amazing dishes we're used to photographing but it was all I had after a long exhausting day of driving in Los Angeles/Santa Barbara traffic.
This photo was taken with on-camera pop-up flash.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
I did a photo shoot for my sister at the beach and this was one of my test shots while I was trying to achieve good lighting. She's looking like that because she said, "Hurry man!, It's cold!" And I said, "Just be quiet and tell me if the flash is firing!" It's how we talk to each other from time to time (mostly in times of frustration) but we love each other. haha
It was very windy so I didn't get a chance to use my softbox for the other photos.
- SB-600, 50mm, 1/1 power, thru 24" softbox, 6 ft high, 3ft away, camera left (you can actually see the setup in the shadows on the left)
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I used on camera flash for this shot too. It was taken within hours of the shot before. I just had to snap some of the beautiful bokeh in Vegas. Thanks sis for being a real trooper. :)
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Right before midnight, I was scrambling to take a photo and I really wanted to take a photo of a stranger but I didn't have all my lighting gear so I had to use on camera flash.
I saw the guy with the hat walk by and I hurried after him down, explained my project, and asked him if I could take his photo. I told him that his hat caught my attention. He seemed a bit apprehensive at first but thanks to his 3 friends who were extremely eager to take the photo, I got my shot for the night!
Friday, May 20, 2011
I finally made it out to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and although I didn't get to take a fantastic shot in the tunnels like Neil, I did get to average about 160 mph. It wasn't as fast as I thought it would be as a passenger. Next time, I'll have to get behind the wheel!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I'm posting this picture late as you all know because I was spending time with my sis and we decided to take a little road trip to Vegas! The clouds were amazing the whole way there so I stopped off & we snapped a few photos of them.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
This background of this photo originally came out very dark but I brought the photo back to life in Camera RAW. I didn't have the opportunity to adjust the settings and retake the photo because the wind was so crazy at the beach that it was about to blow my softbox right out of my hand. I was lucky to grab this photo before the wind became too much.
- SB-600, 50mm, 1/8 power, thru 24" softbox, handheld camera left
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I originally was just going to take a boring picture of myself but I used my sister as my stand in for focus and she started clowning around in front of the camera. So I decided to join her. She came up with the locstache and I love her for it! We had plenty of goofy pictures from tonight but I just loved the locstache!
- SB-600, 28mm, 1/8 power, thru 24" softbox, 6 ft high, 3 ft away, camera left
Monday, May 16, 2011
This is my little sister. Most say when I use that term, "little sister," it's misleading because she's actually not a little girl. And that could have not been more apparent in this evening's photo editing session with her standing right over my shoulder as I was editing her photo telling me what she did and did not like or what I should and should not try even though I'm the photographer. lol
Even as I'm uploading this photo, I'm still listening to direction. smh
Lesson Learned: Don't edit portraits when the client is standing over your shoulder - especially if they're being the "baby" sister about it. hehe
- SB-600, thru DIY ring flash, fired with SC-29 TTL cord
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I did my first family shoot today and now I'm processing pictures, not to mention the pictures I have to process from my friend's birthday. Needless to say, I'm a little behind on photostreams but I promise I'll catch up soon.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Today, I sat at the park trying to catch a butterfly and ended up finding what I've been looking for since spring began - a ladybug. :)
I like this better in Lightbox. You might too!
Have a good weekend everyone!
- SB-600, in DIY ring flash, fired using SC-29 TTL cord
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Today, I attended a belt ceremony of my friend Ede's. I surprised her - she had no idea I was coming! All of the green belts and above had to perform a board break before performing their favorite technique. It was fun to watch.
I used my SB-600 on camera for this shot but I don't remember what the settings were.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Having some fun with bokeh and music tonight!
- SB-600, 24mm, 1/8 power, thru shoot thru umbrella, 6ft high, 3 ft away, camera right
- White reflector held next to subject, camera left
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I was determined to get a shot of the beautiful motion and colors in soap tonight especially since I've had very unsuccessful attempts for the past couple of nights.
Thanks so much to alternative_view's for advice on how to achieve this shot!
- Shot handheld with Nikkor 60mm micro, 68mm Kenko extension tubes
- White reflector attached to lens; lens is fed through a hole in the reflector
- SB-600, 24mm, 1/8 power, bare
- LP160, 24mm, 1/8 power, bare
- Both strobes 3ft high, 1ft away, behind bubble, angled at white reflector
- SB-600 fired with 1/8" cord
- LP160 fired as optical slave
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I'm working on two DIY projects at the same time. I think DIY should be changed to SYO for Stress Yourself Out. The hardest part isn't the work I have to do but driving around trying to find all the supplies and not having the tools I need to get the job done. I was playing with the pliers and the tape while I was lying on the couch frustrated and decided to make my tools and supplies pose for my 365 shot since they've made me spend so much time with them today.
- SB-600, 24mm, 1/8 power, thru shoot thru umbrella, camera right, 3ft high, 2 ft away
- White reflector to left of subject
- Flash fired with 1/8" cord
Friday, May 6, 2011
This is the second snake I've seen in Goleta/Santa Barbara in the past week among homes. It makes me a bit nervous. I haven't seen snakes lurking in streets like this since I moved from rural areas and I was hoping to keep it that way.
- SB-600, 85mm, bare, handheld, 2ft away, 2 ft high, camera left
- Fired with SC-29 TTL cord
Thursday, May 5, 2011
I wanted to photograph bubbles but I went to sleep last night at 5:45 am and just didn't have the energy to do exactly what I wanted. I'm not beating myself up too much because I spent a good amount of time working on a DIY project this evening that I can't wait to show you all.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I was inspired by Robert Tunstall's Bubble World.
Suds held in detergent dispenser cup. Shot with Nikkor 60mm macro, 68mm, extension tubes. This shot was so difficult to take because the bubbles kept popping so I had to constantly adjust the focus.
Processed in Photoshop.
- SB-600, 24mm, 1/4 power, camera right, bounced off foamcore into surface of bubble
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Ah, today was Monday and I needed my macro therapy. In the wee hours of the morning before I went to sleep, my iPod somehow fell off of my desk even though it was pushed back far enough not to and then several hours later, after I woke up, my letter organizer came crashing to the floor in the kitchen. And the DIY project that I really want to complete and show all of you is behind schedule. Ah, Monday...why can't you be like Friday and Saturday. :)
- SB-600, 85mm, 1/64 power, thru 24" softbox, 3 ft high, 2 ft away, camera left
Sunday, May 1, 2011
I didn't plan this shot but that's not atypical. My tummy started to hurt and usually when that happens I reach for more water. After taking this shot and looking at it on my PC, I realized that my water consumption has pretty much been reduced to this bottle. I used to drink tons of water in the places I've lived where the water was not hard and tasted good but for the last few years, most of my water consumption has been reduced to the size of a 32 oz bottle.
- SB-600, 85mm, 1/64 power, camera left, thru 24" softbox