Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Last night I took pictures of volunteers and their dogs. It was very fun. I usually set up in a gym that had low tables for physical therapy. This allowed the dogs an easy jump up to get more posed. I figured that I could achieve the same thing with my massage table! It worked great. I put my backdrop on a wall and then set my massage table about 8 feet in front of it. I put a backlight on the backdrop and away I went.
I used my 28-75 lens at F6.3 ISO 400 with my continuous light set up. Most pictures were in the 44-59mm range on the lens. It did a fine job. I thought about adding a fill flash to minimize face shadowing, but decided that might be more trouble than it was worth with glass wearers and post processing. I used LiveView and focused manually. It was a bit of a pain, so I am going to test and see if I turn on all focus points, how that would work for a person and their pet.
Overall, the night went well. You can see that I shot small dogs and giant dogs. The small dogs sat on my box that I use with my pilates machine! I use whatever I have!!
I set up my camera on my Gitzo tripod. It was very solid. What I liked was that I was confident that if it got bumped it would not fall down.
For post processing, I had to remove a catch light from the eyes of both the person and the dog. There is also a handle on the black box that I thought looked better gone and on a couple of pictures, the backdrop light tripod was visible. Not any more.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Deb & I went to Nebraska City today. Wow was it ever a diamond day. We ate at the Lied Lodge...I need to remember they have the best corn chowder! We walked over to the Tree Adventure and ended by picking our own pumkin....which we had to carry back about 1 mile to our car! I took the Tamron 28-75mm with polarizer today. It worked really well and was nice not to be changing lenses all day.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
See the words "pie garden"? We were tempted to stop here on the beginning of our trip.....but we actually stopped at the end of our day on our way home.
We went to southeast Nebraska today. Every town we drove through we let the dogs smell. When we got to Indian Cave State park, there were 20 miles of smelling to do.
This picture needed a polarizer and the .6 grad nd filter. Helped pull the colors out. I think you can see 4 states from here (Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas & Missouri) and the Missouri river.
This was our along the road stop. The sumac was the same color as this barn.
Our last stop was in Nebraska City for apple pie & a walk. Yes, we shared with the dogs. They love apples! Here you see that we left Lincoln and forgot the dogs leashes. We remembered in Auburn and stopped at a farm supply store and now they have matching purple leashes that will stay in the car for such occassions.
Friday, October 19, 2007
I walk with Margaret nearly every morning. Have had the wonderful opportunity and blessing of doing that for the past several years. I wanted to give her a birthday present of a picture with her 3 sons. I took this picture in her backyard with these settings....M mode F9 1/250 and flash on High Speed Synch with -2/3 exposure with my 28-75mm lens. I wanted to be sure that the tree was in focus since it was a gift from her sons several years ago. I probably didn't need F9, but it worked out. I think they both turned out really nice. The picture of Margaret & Charley is the best one I've ever seen of Margaret!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
More weather today..... This was taken with my 2 stop graduated neutral density filter on my 10-22mm at 10mm. It is a good example of how it allows you to take really nice landscape pictures that otherwise would be impossible to balance out without extensive shots and lots of post processing.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
It's been raining the past month, it seems. Everything is super muddy. I got a new (used) carbon fiber tripod and wow, is that nice! Instead of 5 lbs, it only weighs 2.7. Solid as a rock too. Went out today in my yard to take some pictures with it and this is what I found. I wonder if I am ever going to get tired of taking pictures in my yard??? I'll have to keep planting interesting things.