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Airplane Ears

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Airplane Ears

Nikon D300s + Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 VC at 50mm f/5.6 ISO640 1/30 Second, SB-800 + SB-900

Here’s Suki sittin on her favorite spot in the house: a large leather chair in the living room (she doesn’t know it’s not hers, but we’ll let her keep assuming it is). Her ears seem to have minds of their own. They orient in so many different ways depending on what she’s doing. We call the position above “hikouki,” which in Japanese means airplane, because she gets them almost completely flat across the top of her head, like airplane wings. She’s such a funny girl.

For this shot, I had very little ambient light in the room. I used an SB-900 on a light stand behind me, aimed up at a spot on the far wall in back of me, camera right. I triggered it using a camera mounted SB-800 with it’s head oriented backwards to get the commander signal to the SB-900. A -1.0EV input in the camera made sure the dark areas of the frame stayed dark, while a +0.7EV setting on the flash made sure Suki was properly lit.

 

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November 6, 2009 at 7:50 am

My First Model Shoot

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Nikon D300s + Nikkor AFS 60mm f/2.8 Micro at f5.6, ISO200 1/60 Second, CLS triggered SB-800

Nikon D300s + Nikkor AFS 60mm f/2.8 Micro at f5.6, ISO200 1/60 Second, CLS triggered SB-800

Man, I scored a gig with an awesome and beautiful model yesterday by the name of Barbie. Have you heard of her? Ok, what really happened was that the weather was terrible for the city and landscape photography I planned for last night. But the photography bug bites in all weather conditions, so I had to shoot something!

The wife recently got into collecting vintage Barbies, and in fact, I bought her a vintage reproduction of the wedding Barbie and Ken from 1959 recently. Working with Barbie and Ken was actually a quite interesting experiment in portrait lighting. Due to their small size, I had to use my 60mm 2.8 Micro lens to get the portraits looking more human and less toy-like.

Nikon D300s + Nikkor AFS 60mm f/2.8 micro at f/8, ISO200 1/60 Second

Nikon D300s + Nikkor AFS 60mm f/2.8 micro at f/8, ISO200 1/60 Second

Adding directional light to the shot was the fun part. I used a single SB-800, diffused with a small light modifier and triggered wirelessly via the pop off flash on the D300s. A small, rather harsh light source for a real human being, but a huge and flattering source of light for a Barbie.

Since Barbie doesn’t move or get tired of standing completely still in the same exact pose for as long as I see fit, I really got to play with the size and direction of the light source, and it turned out being a ton of fun for me. Plus, look at her! Isn’t she absolutely incredibly gorgeous? The camera loves her!

At the end of this month, I’ll actually be shooting a real wedding. I’ll being doing it for free as a gift to the groom, a close friend of the family. Well, free for him anyway. Getting a few things to get me ready to take good photographs at the event will actually cost ME money, but hey, what I lose in money I’ll gain in experience! My father was a professional wedding photographer for nearly two decades back in the film days, but for some reason, photographing weddings hasn’t ever really been a desire of mine.

Agreeing to photograph this upcoming wedding, however, has sort of forced me into an interest in wedding photography, and now I’m actually really excited about it (I freaked out when I was first asked last week). Part of the excitement, I think, comes from an increase of confidence that has come from a tireless study of wedding photography technique over the last week. Yes, I’m cramming, because even though this will be a freebie for the bride and groom, I want to do the best job I can possibly do, for ME.

So for the next three weeks, I’ll be reading reading reading and shooting shooting shooting. My goal for this wedding will be to work creatively with directional light to make some pretty photos of the new couple.

Who knows? If it goes well, perhaps my next gig will be paid ;)

Click below for a couple more shots of my little “model shoot”

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October 12, 2009 at 5:30 am

Suki at the Dog Park

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Nikon D90 + 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 at 200mm f/10, ISO800 1/1000 Sec

Nikon D90 + 70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6 at 200mm f/10, ISO800 1/1000 Sec

Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR at 300mm f/8.0, ISO 800 1/1000 Second

Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR at 300mm f/8.0, ISO 800 1/1000 Second

Suki had a great time at the dog park today. We took her to the the dog run on 30th and Church street in the Noe Valley area of San Francisco. There were tons of dogs there for her to play with this afternoon. Suki is nearing 20 months old now, and is still as social as ever. She has this hilarious ability to come into a large group of dogs and become the center of attention. While she tries to wrestle with one dog, two or three dogs would try to wrestle with her! It’s quite a sight. Her favorite thing to do in the whole world has always been to socialize with other dogs, which is quite rare for a Shiba Inu. Most of the Shibas I’ve ever met were either aloof or just downright mean to other dogs. I’ve met a few that were friendly, but Suki is BEYOND friendly with other dogs of all sizes and breeds. I really love that she’s like that, because who wants to bring a moody dog to play at the dog park? =)

Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR at 300mm f/6.3, ISO 800 1/1000 Second // This is Suki bolting to the front gate to greet a new dog entering the park

Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR at 300mm f/6.3, ISO 800 1/1000 Second // This is Suki bolting to the front gate to greet a new dog entering the park

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August 23, 2009 at 4:17 am