Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Texture "Frosted" by artist, Kim Klassen
Today's prompt: Warm.
Nice. :) And I had just the right photograph for it.
Thanking our lovely Kim Klassen for hosting Texture Tuesday and also for her wonderful use of brilliant textures.
She's the best!
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The lesson in our Picture Black and White workshop was to teach us about high contrast. These have always been my favorite kind of black and white images - so I especially enjoyed the lesson a lot.
I shot this with my 50mm @ f/1.4, 1/8000, ISO 200, on an extremely sunny and BRIGHT afternoon. However, I've always found that whenever I'm a little too blown out and cannot fix an image (due to extremely sunny and BRIGHT afternoons), I go high contrast black and white - and it works pretty well for me most times. This particular image wasn't blown out, as I made sure to expose for it correctly, but I've rescued other images in the past with this little high contrast trick - and you can too. Just thought I'd share. :)
Monday, May 21, 2012
Texture 'Zen Thing' by artist, Kim Klassen
I needed to take photographs today, and not for any purpose other than just for me - and the urge I felt to get out there and capture a part of today, to keep for myself, and also to share with you.
Thanking the lovely Kim Klassen for her use of textures and also for her warmth and generosity of spirit. She is the sweetest!
Wishing you all a very happy evening.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Picture Black & White
Prompt: Rim Light
(I got lucky...)
I did this without any assistance from Photoshop! I didn't use one single Action, nothing! Nope... I exposed for my little guys foot, held my breath, and shot into the sun. And VIOLA! It worked. It actually worked!
I know, I know, get over yourself, Ang.
But you know, I've been trying to get this right for awhile. I love lens flare, but I have to "fake" mine with the help of PS. Not so anymore Kokomo! LOL... But then I do get a bit giddy with my damn self, don't I? ;)
To be honest, and in all seriousness, I was shocked it turned out. I had to use my Speedlight (Mother's Day gift) to get the shadows right in his sweet little face, so I was doubly surprised it turned out -- because I am brand new to Speedlights. Cool! I'm sure it was just a mistake, a fluke if you will, but I am taking it! LOL...
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Monday, May 14, 2012
. . . used primarily to keep people either in or out.
Seems kind of a restricting sort of thing when you look at it that way. But I don't know. . . I myself really find a tremendous amount of beauty in them, regardless. If I happen to pass one by while out and about, and have my camera on hand, I will stop and take a few shots, usually shooting with the abstract in mind, because to me fences look even more lovely when shot in the abstract.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Happy Mother's Day
This message goes out to "any" and all of you who have ever loved and given your all to a child. It doesn't matter whether or not you gave birth to that child - and really, it doesn't even matter if you're female, for that matter - even though technically this is "Mother's Day" we're celebrating today - Father's Day is just around the corner. But you all know what I mean. I for one have known some amazing mother's in my lifetime who weren't female at all, but of whom have done an extraordinary job of loving and supporting the children in their lives all the same, in ways that only a mother could. Being a mother is so much more than just being born female. But I don't need to explain that to all you brilliant mother souls out there, now do I? Because you already know.
So, for all you lovely and amazing mothers out there, whoever you are, wherever you are, I want to wish you the best today and always.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Beyond Layers with Kim Klassen
I swear all I write about on my blog these days is about how behind I am on all my photography projects. Really, I hate to be like that. It seems a tad bit negative to me to be honest. So I want to apologize for that, for seeming to be a tad bit negative about being behind, and instead just say to you all that, well, while I don't suspect I'll be caught-up anytime soon with all stuff, I am happy to be able to contribute what I do have finished all the same. That sounds so much better than telling you how behind I am......
So, here is my book review contribution for a Beyond Layers assignment I worked on today. And, while I've yet to finish either book, and am currently reading three more books at the moment (that's just how I roll in the book reading department), I can tell you that I like both books pictured above very much. One in particular more than the other because a friend of mine suggested I read it - so its special to me, and the other, well . . . because I can never get enough photography books! It's sort of like not being able to get enough cow bell, if you know what I mean? Gotta love Christopher Walken. ;)
Anyway, that was some book review, huh? Believe it or not, I used to write book reviews for various publications back in the "day" day. By the way, just so you know, back in the "day" day is even longer than "back in the day." Uh-huh, true story. And just so you know, I was better at it than this. Ha hah... Good thing, too... or else we'd have all starved to death.
All that aside, when I'm finished reading these books, and if I remember too, I'll let you know what I thought of them. But until then, I'm just happy to have posted a photograph of them for now. Yay for me! :)
Happy Monday to you ALL!
Sunday, May 6, 2012
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Here is the gorgeous Liz again, walking along the train tracks in Del Mar. Believe me when I tell you this girl needs absolutely no processing what-so-ever to make her look better, but I wanted to add a little film grain to my black & white conversion here, hoping it might just add a little more atmosphere and depth to the image all the same - you know, something a little more retro and moody in feel?
Honestly, I cannot wait to photograph Liz and Garidey again. Oh and, too, The Mighty B. She's up next . . .
Happy Sunday, everyone!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Garidey on the tracks
Here is another shot of the gorgeous Garidey on the tracks. As mentioned earlier, both she and Liz needed photographs for their salon's web page, as well as new images for their business cards. We wanted something a little edgy and that would also show off her amazing hair. Its like this incredible halo surrounding her, that hair! Gorgeous!
Garidey is a genius of a colorist. She is the only one I will let touch my hair here in San Diego - and I have been to a few places, believe me. That said, I have always left very unhappy, but Garidey fixed my hair issues and really, she is just a completely brilliant hair artist. I cannot recommend her services or vision enough.
Oh and, not to mention, she takes an amazing photograph! She is a dream to take on a photo shoot! Beautiful girl. :)
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Liz needed a photograph for her salon's website, so just for fun we played around on the tracks with her number one weapon of choice - A blowdryer! Loving Liz, oh . . . and, just so you know, she does amazing hair for those of you here in the North County. I'm just sayin' . . .
I've got more photos of this lovely lady to process, and will post some of them once I've completed them.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The train tracks in Del Mar. Oh yes . . . it's definitely one of my favorite places to shoot pretty girls in red dresses and black boots.
For those of you who follow me, you will recognize the woman in the photograph as being Garidey. I shot her maternity photographs and also her baby daughter, Bijoux, when she was born. Both are extremely lovely ladies and I love them so. Bijoux, in fact, is coming up on her first birthday here pretty soon. Wow. Time flew! I cannot wait to do her one year photos. Can you say "CAKE SMASH?" ;)
At any rate, this is just a sneak peek at what we did today underneath a golden hour sun. I also shot another lovely lady, well, two more actually, but will tell you more about them later. I just wanted to share my lovely Garidey with you again before I called it a day. :)
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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Because I am a natural light photographer, it seems I am always and forever chasing the light and, believe it or not, running away from it too. Sounds like a Catch 22, I know, that's because it is. You see, anyone who knows anything about photography knows that the sun can be the number one enemy to those of us behind the lens. And really, to those of us in front of the lens as well. Really, really unflattering light. Shows every flaw and I swear even creates some flaws of its own (and now that's just uncalled for). So, if there is too much bright sun light, you can expect your images to suffer as a result of it. And if there is not enough light, you can expect your images to suffer from that as well. It can get all kinds of tricky, believe me, this whole lighting situation. Ugh!!!
Photography is all about "light" - the perfect amount of light and, more important, the right kind of light. It can be oh so difficult at first to figure it out, please believe me when I tell you I have struggled with the 'light' for almost a year now. But I'm learning - sometimes the hard way, which is OK too. That said, there was a time not too long ago when this particular sort of light -- aka lens flare, would have been frowned upon by most people. However today it is considered rather 'artistic' and is even quite desirable (as in people ask for it), especially in portraiture work. Imagine how happy this made me when I read about that?! That is until I tried to recreate it myself. Oomph! You want lens flare? Well Angie, you're going to have to work for it then. Figures. Pfft ... Oh well ... The good news is, it works really well in girl portraits, the bad news is, I have two boys. But, as luck would have it, I just happened to score myself a girl this afternoon - in the shape of my older sons girlfriend. Hot dang! ;) Moriah asked if she could come over after school <sly, wicked grin...>, to which I answered, "Why yes, of course you can . . ." ;)
Bwa . . . ha ha ha ha ha ...
Bwa . . . ha ha ha ha ha ...
(And yes, I did rub my hands together in evil scientist fashion on the drive home.)
Oh come on, you know you'd do the same given half the chance. Don't pretend you wouldn't. I know you photographer folk ...
It's anything for photography, right?
So . . . off to a field of weeds we went. You know, weeds can really be quite charming and rather photogenic when shot in the right way. They can be. But I sure had some fancy explaining to do with Moriah regarding them. LOL . . . ;)
And . . . VOILA!! Here she is, looking quite lovely in a field of weeds -- with lens flare (that I created in Photoshop, because it was really quite overcast here today). Ha hah! ;)
But you know, overcast sky weather is the perfect lighting for outdoor portraiture work. Yay! It was a good Tuesday here.
Thanking the lovely Moriah for her part in helping me create a photograph I can be proud of. And, for also being such a good sport! Donuts in the morning. :)