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Team Suki

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A fellow photographer, and as I just discovered today, super-awesome illustrator sent me the image you see above this morning. Inspired by my work this year for 52 Weeks of Suki, the original hand-drawn artwork is on it’s way to me in the mail. What a cool gift! She included so many specific details that I bust out laughing every time I look at the drawing. Everything’s there, from Suki’s signature paw print collar and proud demeanor, Bridget’s white coat and scarf (and freckles), to my low and tight shooting technique. She’s even got Bridget flying much of that off-camera flash over Suki’s head, ensuring that there’s not too much spill heating up the lower portion of my frame. Brilliant! =)

A big thank you to my friend Cindy for this lovely work of art!

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December 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Going Wide

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Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 16-35mm f/4G VRII at 20mm f/4, 1/80 second ISO3200

What a great time to be a Nikon shooter. The company has been releasing an exciting variety of new high-performance glass into its lineup, and I couldn’t help but be a part of the action! Just picked up the new Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII, and I’m in love.


Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 16-35mm f/4G VRII at 16mm f/4, 1/320 second ISO1600

Of course, with an optic this wide, you have to really push in tight for portraits. This is Suki’s “uh, get that big fat lens out of my face” look.


Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 16-35mm f/4G VRII at 16mm f/4, 1/100 second ISO400

This is Suki’s “I’m not feelin’ being on top of this garbage can and am certainly not going to pretend that I’m enjoying it, so don’t bother” look.


Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 16-35mm f/4G VRII at 16mm f/4, 1/100 second ISO400

…and this is Suki thinking “what’s with the crooked horizon line in this shot? You’re killin’ me!” Ok not really….


Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 16-35mm f/4G VRII at 16mm f/4, 1/60 second ISO800

See? Suki is not as easy to work with as you might think!


Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 16-35mm f/4G VRII at 16mm f/4, 1/10 second ISO800

Anyway, besides being a definite go-to lens for my Suki Project, this thing will have a special place in my bag for travel, as well as city and landscape photography….


Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 16-35mm f/4G VRII at 16mm f/4, 1/30 second ISO6400

….or environmental portraits. I was also thinking of the 14-24 f/2.8 from Nikon, a legendary ultra wide, but size, weight, and cost considerations put me off. No regrets =)

Business Cards!

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I usually carry some business cards with me in my camera bag, since every now and then someone will ask for one. Up until now though, they’ve consisted of nothing more than black text on white card stock. Talk about boring. So I had some high quality cards printed with some of my images on both sides. Just received them yesterday, and they came out great! I almost don’t want to give them out =)

To see these images on my website or to purchase prints, head over to www.jonathanflemingphotography.com

…and of course, don’t forget to “like” my Facebook Page!

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Image: Nikon D300s + Nikkor AFS 50mm f/1.4G

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September 15, 2010 at 7:46 am

A Dream Within a Dream

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There are still 17 weeks, 17 images left in the year for my 52 week project, and I feel like I’m completely out of concepts for images of Suki. Photo projects can be a huge drain on your creativity! This week, I had no concept in mind. We simply took a walk with Suki downtown for a few hours and when something struck me, we’d start shooting.

I actually like it more this way, this method of searching for good light, composition, and fleeting, interesting moments.  A quest for a shot of Suki turns into a photo walk, and good exercise for all of us at the same time.

This past Sunday, during our walk, I loved the light pouring through the spaces between buildings in down town San Francisco. Couldn’t help but point the camera skyward and create some images. It was calm and serene that day downtown, and the resulting images sort of remind me of the film Inception (go see it if you haven’t!).

Ok, got some cool shots.  Now throw Suki into the mix!

Score! This photo didn’t actually make it into the project (this one did), but I liked it anyway. A very cinematic shot of Suki, looking like quite the hero among the sky scrapers.

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Images: Nikon D300s + Tokina 50-135 f/2.8

Jonathan Fleming Photography

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One camera and one 50mm lens is all I had this past weekend. I always bring something that takes pictures with me at all times, because hey, you never know.  Drove three hours out of town on Saturday to attend the wedding of a young couple. Both the bride and groom are beautiful people, inside and out.

The bride is a very close friend of Bridget that she hasn’t seen in years. Many in attendance were old friends that the wife used to know back in her years of living in LA, so this wedding was a really big reunion for her. It’s actually been a while since I’ve been to a wedding that’s so full of energy and excitement. The event helped me reflect an awful lot about how special my own wife is to me. So I followed her around and started taking pictures of her instead of the bride and groom. Hey, wasn’t my gig!

The reception was held on a farm. Literally, a farm. Driving out to the location, I thought we’d gotten lost. But in amongst the miles of farmland was a small, magical place set up for a perfect wedding reception. Stole the wife away during sunset and we walked together down a lonely road, surrounded by acres of farmland in every direction.

Another thing I that weighed on my mind after the wedding… It’s been a long time coming for me, but for a photographer, it’s inevitable that at some point people who know you start asking if they can make use of your skills.  A portrait session, class photos, a wedding etc. I often get asked “do you shoot weddings? Can you shoot some photos of my toddler?”

Yes.

Why not? Time for this camera here to start paying for itself, right? So, with the goal of working with others to capture life’s memories, I’ve set up a new photography page on Facebook. Check it out! And don’t forget to click “like.” =)

I’ve also made updates to my website at www.jonathanflemingphotography.com to include a pricing and contact page. A typical photo session with me will set you back $129. What?! You can’t afford NOT to hire me!

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Images: Nikon D300s + Nikkor AFS 50mm f/1.4G

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September 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Home Improvement Time!

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The wife decided to start sprucing up various rooms in our house this week. Had a friend come over and help paint the walls of one of our rooms in Tiffany blue. I played the lazy photographer husband while they did all the work =)

Gotta hurry! We have some friends coming in from Japan this weekend who will occupy this room during their stay.

Even Suki got involved…well, no more involved than I was actually. No, she’s not sleepy here. It’s just that every time I set my camera to rear curtain sync, she blinks! Oops!

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Nikon D300s + Nikkor AF 10.5mm DX // Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

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August 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Suki and the Trolly

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Watch out Suki! Well, she’s actually not in any real danger here. This particular spot where we took Suki’s latest image for my photo project, combined with a real long focal length, gives the impression that Suki is in danger from on-coming traffic. In reality, she’s quite safe, comfortably surveying the scene from a sidewalk.

The image above was actually a test shot that I ended up liking. I noticed that Suki kept getting distracted while I was shooting. In this case, a loud sea gull pulled her attention away from the camera.

In this image, it was a group of tourists across the street yelling “look at that doggie! Hi doggie!!!!” that made her turn her head. While I thought this was pretty annoying at first, the resulting curve in her posture turned into a really appealing pose for the image.  Besides, most of Suki’s best images are taken when she’s not looking at the camera.

Nikon D300s + Nikkor AFS 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR

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August 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm