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Here are some fresh pictures of Layla, along with a couple of her brother. This is the same baby I photographed back in May. You can see those photos here. At that time she was barely sitting up by herself. Now she can walk, and I had to shoot fast before she ran out of the frame.
I thought is was a challenge to get one baby to sit still and smile. Two is nearly impossible. Despite the added difficulty, this shoot was pretty cool. The father of these two babies is a fire fighter, so we had some fun props.
Some of these were shot with natural light, and for some I added flash. The flash really made his eyes stand out. Since his facial features looked great with hard light, I shot a few without the diffusion panel in my Wescott Apollo Orb. The flash faces backward in the Orb, so without the diffusion it acts almost like a beauty dish. I have noticed that this hard, punchy light is really popular right now for shooting males in commercial or fashion situations. You can see which photos were shot this way by looking for the crisp shadow in the background from the flash. Ordinarily I try to avoid making it too obvious that the photo is lit by flash, but for these I intentionally left the shadow in the frame. I did shoot a few where the light isn’t as hard and dramatic, just in case the family did not like that look.
Here is a picture of the deer that tried to photo bomb these senior portraits.
I converted some of them to a high contrast black and white inside Lightroom.
Here are some portraits of my wife’s aunt and uncle, taken at their home. I threw in one exterior shot of the house too. These photos were taken back in April, but I didn’t have a chance to post them at the time. Now that school is out, I am catching up.
These two ladies, Sabrina and April, were kind enough to pose for some pictures after finishing work at the hair salon Saylon Seven. I am so grateful they did because I really like the way the photos turned out. Continue reading
Here are a couple portraits I shot last weekend. Lately I have been thinking a lot about what the ideal lens length for portraits would be on my Canon 60D. Continue reading
Here are a couple of my favorites from a photo shoot I did yesterday. The first one was shot with natural light as the sun was setting. The other was lit with a strobe light after dark.
Bow deer hunting opened up this weekend in Wisconsin. Here are a few photos I took of my step-brother practicing with his bow. I was mostly shooting wide open with my 50mm f1.8. This lens is my first really fast glass, so of course I’m having fun shooting super blurry backgrounds. The crazy chromatic aberration and impossibly narrow depth of field are not as fun, so I’m sure I’ll be over my shooting-wide-open phase soon. I could probably still get some nice blur in the background even after stopping down a bit. The exception in this trio is the silhouette photo, which was shot at f16 with a 1/160th shutter speed and ISO 100. I pretty much got the effect I was hoping for, even though you can clearly see I shot it through a screen door. Because of the shorter exposure, you can actually see some color in the sky in that photo. The sky is pretty much blown out in the others, but I kind of like it that way. I was shooting RAW, so I might have been able to recover some detail in Lightroom, but I didn’t even try.