Jen and I decided to work on some of our NYIP Lesson Four assignments today. This assignment calls for natural lighting. Today’s shots were just practice. Next week we hope to use lots of makeup and be dressed for the assignment shots. Jen doesn’t look like she needs to do much with herself in this practice shot though.
Jen reading our NYIP, Unit 4 Lesson book on portraiture.
Working on our Unit 3, NYIP natural lighting assignments, Jen and I brought this photo into Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and treated the photo with Film Noir 2. Glamour galore!!
I’ve been busy. A week ago Saturday and this past Friday I shot two events. I’m not sure where I want to go with my photography but stretching the limit of my comfort level has taught me much about photography and myself. I’m sure more will be revealed as I have no idea where I’m headed, but I’m headed somewhere.
Pictured below are a few of the beautiful professional models Dr. Mark and, his wife, Val had at their annual fundraiser here at Mission Hills Country Club.
My favorite shot of the night.
Thanks to Joe Feldun for taking this photo of me shooting the MHCC fundraiser Fashion Show last night. Joe’s pretty good at making me look younger than I really look:-)
We stopped hiking for a bit as Jen repeatedly ran back down the hill while I tried to get my off camera flash (using a 3′ coiled E-TTL cord) to record a trailing image behind her. I thought I was using 2nd curtain sync but wasn’t. I was using 1st curtain sync where the flash fires immediately after the first curtain is fully open. In first curtain sync Jen runs, I flash, and the ambient light creates a “ghost image” that appears to come out of the front of her. That’s not what I wanted. I wanted the “ghost image” to follow her.
This morning’s flash exercise was frustrating because I thought I’d chosen 2nd curtain sync when I was in first curtain sync AND when I thought I’d chosen 2nd curtain sync I’d actually put the camera into high-speed synch (which is used in bright sun, not in the darkness before the sun rises – like this morning). Using hss consumes 2.5 stops of flash power. “In hss the camera changes the way that the Speedlite flash fires.” I didn’t know I was in hss and was confused by the results I was getting. I will definitely be trying this again. Last week when I shot Jen running I also made this same mistake but hadn’t picked up on it. So……there is progress in my awareness at least:-) Here is the photographer that I am learning about Canon’s flash system from: http://www.sylarena.com/.
A couple of 5 bracket merged (using Efex Pro HDR) shots. I bracketed the shots because even though the light was pretty this morning it was doing nothing for me.
Moon over San Jacinto.
View of the San Gorgonio Pass with the I-10 windmills in the background. Another HDR.
Jen and I met to shoot leading lines for our class near the fenced stretch of sand just west of Costco on Dinah Shore Dr.
Hmmmmm, I wonder why Jen put her lens cap in the sand:-)
A quick last minute dinner got us to our nearby location with only a half hour of sun before it dropped behind the distant San Jacinto lower mountains and San Gorgonio Pass. This spot had looked like a good site to shoot but turned out not great.
So……we improvised. I’ve been meaning to bring the off camera flash setup consisting of a Speedlight, tripod, swivel holder, flash mount and 30 foot camera to flash cable (forgot the name), and did bring this time. So as the pic below shows, Jen was a great subject for the setting sun flash set up.
Nearly a split kick!
Hummingbirds like feeding in today’s misting rain.
Quincy, Jen and I went down to the Windmill Farm by the San Gorgonio Pass last night. Here are some of the photos I shot.
Warming up to figuring out what to shoot, Quincy makes a good subject.
Quincy’s idea to shoot her own shadow helped me decide we needed a group shadow shot. Quincy, Linda and Jen.
With a little help from Topaz Adjust 5.
Not an easy job trying to get two sets of hands to make it look like they are holding the sun.
Topaz Adjust 5 plug treatment on this photo.
Set sun after glow.
A Palm Springs hike near where Jen lives is where I lost 5 pounds in sweat this morning. Even at 5:45am it was hot and HUMID!
I think I need to look at more magazines or others work for posing ideas.
The Lyken Trail goes straight up.
After the hike, and since we were in downtown Palm Springs, we drove over to see and photograph the Marilyn Monroe statue. In October, a friend who dresses up as Marilyn, acts like Marilyn, sings like Marilyn, wants me to photograph her with the statue. My friend will be in full look a like Marilyn mode. Since I had not seen the Marilyn statue and wanted to see what I’d be dealing with when my friend arrives for her photo shoot, I took some shots.
Here is the overview shot.
A closer shot. All shots out of my camera this morning were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, fitted with a Canon EF 50mm 1.2L USM lens.
Jen took me across the street to show me something special…….
This plaque describes how Jen’s Grandpa, John Porter Clark, designed this first permanent home of the Palm Springs Library, opened February, 1941.
Jen standing in front of her Grandpa’s building.
The front of the Library.
Once in downtown Palm Springs we both got excited with all the possible photo ops. We decided we’d come down here once a week and shoot. Today we found some special little spots:
Jen is not only learning her camera, compostion and exposures but ways to get out of comfort zone to pose as a model for me……..(without giggling!)
We love the blue stairs.
Not far from the corner and the Library we found the inside of a unique building. There were doves living inside.
Walking through the interior office structure and out the other side, we found these stairs on the sidewalk.
Don’t know why I’m making black & whites of the beautifully colored firework displays. I just seem to like them better.
15 seconds at f/11, ISO 200.