I have been trying to learn Speedlites and Speedlites with Pocket Wizards for over 4 years. I’ve never had consistent luck getting all the gear to work consistently with each other. I’d try to figure out where I went wrong. Sometimes they’d fire, and then stop. I’ve been frustrated beyond belief. Each year I’d pick up trying to get them to work, usually after I’d spend more money on newer versions of the same lighting gear. Insanity, I know. I just kept thinking I’d get different, workable, results. I never did. Until………I got the new Wireless 600 EX-TR Speedlite. I don’t need Pocket Wizards anymore when I shoot with 600 EX-TRs (thanks JJ for the loan of one of yours) and the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2.
Thanks to to JJ for this link to Syl Arena’s video tutorial on the Canon 600 EX-TR Speedlite. And……for coming over so we could practice with our 600′s.
I’m shooting a Family of 19 tomorrow. So thanks to Jen for coming over to scout locations with me, and thanks to Jen and Stacy who will be helping me at the shoot just outside my home on one of the golf course hillsides in between the Palmer 15th and 16th holes.
I’m open to any suggestions as to where I might sell some of my old lighting equipment.
Item #9 on my to do list today was to go outside around 5pm with my camera and scout out close-by shooting backgrounds for my neighbor’s family group photos I’ll be shooting in a week. I was not seeing backgrounds I liked. The light at 5pm was still too high. It was flat and lifeless. But I kept looking. Until……….., I got distracted by this Snowy Egret. I followed him. He pulled me right away from being serious about scouting for backgrounds. The light was still not great but I decided to underexpose these shots and then put Lightroom presets on them.
I did eventually get back to looking for backgrounds for the 18 people family group shots. I need to find more locations and a variety of ideas on the groupings. I’ve included shots where I might have the family members group around trees and the tree limbs. Your thoughts???? I’m not very creative when it comes to posing ideas so if you have any ideas I’d sure welcome them!
The ongoing quest for a better, lighter camera to use on my Camino de Santiago hike early September has me trying to learn the Fujifilm X-T1 that just arrived last Sunday. What appeals to me with this new Fujifilm is the Wifi, the quiet shutter, the articulating LCD and great quality photos.
While on this pilgrimage walk photographing many towns and many other pilgrims I hope to be as inconspicuous as possible when shooting in order to capture what I want rather than what my subjects want. I also don’t want to call too much attention to being a target for thieves as this camera has a much smaller profile than my Canon 5d Mark III.
I’ve read that this camera is easy to pick up and use but one of the most difficult to master. I definitely want to master this and any camera so I’m freer to be present for upcoming moments I want to capture.
Here are two links to Fujifilm X-T1 reviews I’m reading:
http://photographersbusinesscoach.com/2014/04/20/fuji-x-t1-one-month-in/ John Mireles
A much needed photo play day with Jen, first in Palm Springs and later by the windmills, 15 minutes west of Palm Springs, near the PCT I-10 underpass.
Jen and I were invited up to a Hookah Lounge in P.S. This charming Palestinian man, only here in the US 1 year, spoke to us about his 6 year imprisonment. He is showing us scars from having been tortured by electricity.
Off in a while to Tejon Pass for a one day photography workshop with Jen and JJ to a workshop lead by Keith Skelton.
He’d been hoping for snow on the pass but we’re probably not going to have any snow even though there has been rain in the LA area. But this workshop is about making something out of nothing. Keith is good at that so I’m hoping I’ll learn some knew ways of seeing creatively.
Below is my favorite photo from our workshop weekend 12/6/13. To see lots more of the photos I shot, click here.
Just when I thought we had a fizzle of a sunrise on the Bump & Grind hike a couple of days ago, Jen and I were given 60 seconds where we experienced the payoff of a special light show.
I had no idea September and October is Tarantula mating season. It was one year ago at this time Jen and I ran across another tarantula.
I told Ray about how we’d come across a Tarantula on our Whitewater River hike and he mentioned he’d just heard on the TV this was mating season for them. I Googled Tarantulas and their mating habits and found the following link. http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2013/10/11/californas-tarantulas-are-on-the-move-during-mating-season/ I feel sorry for the males. What a solitary life male Tarantulas lead before they finally leave their burrows where they’d lived for 5 – 8 years to look for a mate and then die six months later. Females live for 25 years!!!
I was close to this guy…..maybe 2 few away. He didn’t seem phased by me. I had no idea at the time he was on a serious instinctual mission.