Monthly Archives: April 2010
Mission impossible photo style.
I went down to Connecticuit recently to Aspen Restaurant. You can see their website here I was asked originally to photograph some food for new marketing materials they will be putting out soon. But when I arrived after almost a 2 hour drive the Manager asked me to photograph himself and the head chef as well. Ok no problem but the restaurant is open so we can’t photograph in the dining room. They do have a spot down stairs that is empty but guests will be arriving in 30 minn, and it is SUPER dark down there… So I went to work… First I composed the shot in my head. Set up a tripod for my camera and put it in place took a test shot to make the exposure right for the ambient light. As you can see it was DARK
Then I set up two lights one off to my right up about 10 feet in the air and about 10 feet from the subjects. And another way back off from them to my left about 15 feet back. To avoid lens flare I put a snoot on the light made out of an cardboard box I found in their kitchen. If you look on the left of the Chef’s Face you can see that second light. I had them step into the frame and took the portrait, both of them were great and we got a wonderful portrait. Then I quickly set all the lights down and got out just in the nick of time! I think we ended up with a Great photo!
They by the way have AMAZING food. One of the perks of photographing for them was a meal at the end. I was left with one word, WOW!!!
Here is a recent portrait I did. I am very happy with what we got! Yes that swan was really there… Here is how we got the photo. Linda and her son were were near the edge of the water. The boy was sitting on a stool Mom standing behind him. It was about 3:00 in the afternoon on this mid April very cloudy day. The sun was coming from up high and behind them, but very diffused because of the heavy cloud cover. I had a light set about 6 feet away from them about 6 feet in the air off to their left and just a bit in front of them. The light was going through an umbrella. See the diagram I made. Sorry about the terrible drawing…
For those of you who are interested in what goes into a portrait…
We showed up at about 5:15 pm so the sun was getting lower in the sky on this April evening. I put Brianna with the Sun behind her and off to my left a bit. See her shadow in the 1st photo. All these shots are taken at ISO 320 this is because I wasn’t paying attention close enough and forgot to change it back from the last shoot I did where I needed a higher ISO… Lucky for me the Nikon D2x doesn’t get grainy at this setting! 1st shot was taken just to get a read on the light and check out the exposure I wanted for the background for the real techies out there it was 250th shutter and F-7 the lens was my 70-200 VR zoom taken at 70mm the final shot was taken with the zoom set to 105 mm and I was standing up on a ladder
Then I added a light from directly to the right of the model. A beauty dish set about 10 feet away from her up about 8 feet in the air pointed down at her. Powered by a battery pack as we were out in a field…
This is the end result! I was very happy with the portrait! I love how the man made light source takes on a look of the sun and the light behind her head looks like a fake light but the opposite is actually true… There you have it a peek behind the curtain!
I had the distinct honor of working with two very talented photographers yesterday at the Cystic Fibrosis event. It was a great success and we took lots of great portraits for alot of people!!! Thank you to Kelly Meyer for setting it all up, and thank you to Lisa Frechette for vollunteering and for just being great! We all had a lot of fun and I hope to do it all again next year! Here are links to Kelly’s website, and Lisa’s website
As well as a few photos of them The cute little girl is named Maddie and has Cysitc Fibrosis and was the inspiration for this wonderful event!
I will be participating in this wonderful fundraiser check it out!Dancing Stars Flyer
he South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce and The Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County are collaborating to bring you the first ever…
Dancing with the SK Stars!!
SUNDAY, May 2, 2010
1:30pm / 5:30pm
I had the pleasure of photographing a very talented model this weekend. These photos of Brianna I think are really beautiful. Thank you to Ed Lefkowicz for letting me use his lights and for helping with the shoot. We worked well together and I hope to do it again soon. It is worth noting that the photos at the end of the end of the day were taken down by the Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett RI and it was REALLY windy and REALLY cold but Brianna was a totally good sport about it and jumped right in without even the smallest complaint. I think we ended up with some spectactular photos because of it.
I am honored to have been asked to judge the Mathias Oppersdorff Memorial Photo Contest for the South Kingstown Land trust happening today! Click here for a link to their website. Mathias was an amazing photographer and I am humbled that I was asked to fill his very big shoes as he was the previous judge.
One of the first questions I get after people see my work is where did you go to school? I didn’t go to college, so the way that I have learned photography is by thinking obsessively about photography, taking pictures as much as I possibly could, and by learning from the other photographers around me. I met Mathias about 13 years ago. He was an established and successful photographer and was very helpful and encouraging to me. Showing me darkroom techniques and teaching me about composition and form. To have come full circle here and now to be judging this show that has been named in his honor is meaningful to me. I am grateful for the opportunity!
This is the Court House center for the Arts in Kingston Rhode Island, taken on my phone. Click here for a link to there website!
A few years ago, my friend’s daughter, Maddie, at the age of 2, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. I would love your support for this great cause. I have teamed up with two very talented photographers, Kelly Meyer and Lisa Frechette to offer our services for your donation. This is a great way for you to get a family portrait at a tiny fraction of the normal cost and help benefit something really great!
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:
-clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections;
n the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
Call or email today to book your appointment and join us to help this great cause!