Checking out different light with Jen tonight.
From two to six today Jen and I finally got back to practicing Unit 4 in our 6 Unit NYIP Course. There are 5 or 6 Lessons in this Unit and for this assignment we were practicing north facing window light coupled with a reflector on the shady side. We added the Westcott Apollo Orb softbox (above camera) and liked the lighting best.
5d Mark III
85mm L 1.2 lens USM
Yesterday I took a day for myself and finally started looking at Doug Gordon’s Workshop DVDs I’d purchased in March at WPPI. I learned a lot. This morning in overhead sun while hiking I took the photo below of Jen in the shade. I got in as close to Jen’s face as I could to gain focus, using the widest aperture, f 1.2 on the 85mm lens. Tilting the camera a bit is new for me too. I always shoot so literal and linear!
I wanted everything except for Jen’s lips to go soft…out of focus. In the past I’ve had trouble knowing how to use this wide open aperture, but today I liked what I got coming in close on Jen’s face. Lastly, while editing in Lightroom, I brought the photo into Nik Efex B & W software applying (and adjusting a bit) the High Key preset for the final look and feel.
Erika, Jen and I spent late afternoon and evening at the Salton Sea last week. What a joy. And what a great opportunity it was for me as Erika knows so much more than I about flash. This was a first shooting with a skilled photographer. I loved it. I keep saying I need to join a camera club and not be so solo learning photography. Anyone local reading this, let me know if you want to go shooting sometime, ok?
The weather is changing here in the desert. I wore shorts this morning on our regular hour long hike (w/backpack). Shorts work so much better for me. I feel freer, AND I can “gottago” without taking my backpack off! My trailname Gottago seems more appropriate than ever, the older I get.
With the weather change and wanting to wear less clothing I seem to pay more attention to my weight (which always creeps up during the cooler winter months).
So I either have to eat less or exercise more. I am committing to an upcoming 5 pound weight loss!
Click here to see Jen’s shot of me this morning.