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Suki’s Scarf: The outtakes

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The 52 week flickr project I’m doing about Suki only allows for one photo a week of course. This means that every week I usually have several outtake images that weren’t selected for the project. Today’s post features some outtakes from week 8 of 52.

We have this little pink scarf that fits perfectly on Suki. I’ve taken pictures with her wearing it before, but I just had to include a shot of her with it on for the project. These images were taken after she played around all afternoon at a local dog park this past Sunday. We started walking around the neighborhood after visiting the park, and at one point we just stopped on the sidewalk and started shooting.

Lighting is pretty simple here. One off camera SB-900 triggered by the on camera pop-up, gelled orange and shooting through a lastolite tri-grip diffuser. It was so dark out that manual exposure was necessary.

Nikon D300s + Tokina 50-135 f/2.8 (varying focal lengths) ISO640 1/30 Second

A New Blog and Portfolio

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So I thought I’d try something new and start another blog. I noticed lately that I have a ton of Hipstamatic images sitting in my Iphone collecting virtual dust, so I created a blog dedicated to Hipstamatic. Check it out!

I also decided to get a portfolio started today. I was introduced to a cool site called carbonmade that offers a very simple and slick portfolio experience. You can check out this work-in-progress here:

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January 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Hipstamatic for Iphone

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Screenshot from Iphone

I just downloaded what I think will be my favorite iPhone camera application yet. Digitally imitating the quirky, unreliable, unpredictable output of film toy cameras, Hipstamatic for iPhone features a slick and creative interface. You select effects by swapping “lenses” or “film” or even “flash gels” on the “camera” to achieve film-like effects.

You can toggle between the front and back of the camera within the interface. The front of the camera let’s you change “lenses” with the swipe of a finger. Each “lens” has its own color, blurring, and vignetting characteristics. You can add more effects by using different “flash gels,” or swap out the “film” to shoot in black and white or to change the look of the borders.

Camera Front

Camera Back

On the back of the virtual camera is a shutter button, a menu where you can review your “prints”, and a small “viewfinder” for composing your shots. You can program the “viewfinder” to be an accurate one, or an unpredictable inaccurate representation of the scene. Here are some wonderfully crummy shots that I took after downloading the app:

Hipstamatic + John S lens + Kodot Verichrome Film, Flash off

Hipstamatic + John S lens + Kodot Verichrome Film, Flash off

Hipstamatic + Helga Viking Lens + Kodot Verichrome Lens, Flash off

Blurry, Over-saturated, and heavily vignetted? Oh yes!!!!

Hipstamatic + John S lens + Pistil film, Flash off

From the Recent Prints screen, you can review what lenses/film/flash setups you used for each shot, and output to Facebook or Email from within the app. At $1.99 for the app plus $0.99 for extra lens/film/flash packs, Hipstamatic has earned its place on the first page of my iPhone homescreen. Ok, time to go get my “shoot, don’t think” on!


Update: I have a blog in place for my Hipstamatic shots now: Check it out!

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December 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm

From the Hot Shoe

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Nikon D300s + Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC at 50mm f/5.6 ISO200 1/30 Second, SB-800 on Camera

Nikon D300s + Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC at 50mm f/5.6, ISO200 1/30 Second, SB-800 on Camera

Ok, so after we got home from work last night, I was photographing some items for Bridget that she wants to list on Ebay, and I decided “hey, I like your hairdo today, let’s take a couple pictures of you.” After she lamented that her makeup was smudging off and she wasn’t happy with the way she looked, we got started anyway. =)

With a single, ceiling mounted lamp providing ambient light, there’s no way we were going to make a pretty photograph without flash, so I mounted my SB-800. Is it possible to produce soft, pretty light with a flash mounted on the lens’s axis? One of the photos above might make you think not.

The photo on the right was taken with straight, bare flash on the camera set to i-TTL (intelligent through the lens metering). And there you have it: a nearly two thousand dollar camera making a properly exposed, aesthetically disastrous photograph. The harsh, straight light hits my poor wife right in the face, creating hot spots, flattening her features and widening her face, lighting up her ear like crazy (which draws the viewer away from her eyes), and casting unflattering shadows, including a big huge mass of dark ugliness in the background behind her. Yuck. And it’s my fault, not hers nor the camera’s.

Small light sources produce harsh light, and camera mounted flash fired straight at a subject kills depth and dimension. For the shot on the left, I used the same settings in the camera, but tilted the flash head 90 degrees, pointing straight up. Turning the camera vertical, the flash was now firing straight into a large white wall to my left. The camera and flash took care of nailing the exposure for me (though I did dial down the flash power just a tad after a test shot). Now, the light is popping off the SB-800, spreading, then hitting a large white surface, spreading even more, and then coming down and sideways across my subject, producing light that is directional, soft, even, and dimensional. It’s like a big fat soft box, without the soft box.

I guess the moral of the story is….for the love of all that is good, do everything you can to avoid firing on-camera flash straight at your subject! Unless, of course, you’re not particularly fond of your subject ;)


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October 27, 2009 at 8:15 am