Amber is not only beautiful, playful, and creative, she also has a talented fashion designer to boot. Cheers!
Last weekend while strolling around the SDSU campus, I stumbled upon a pow wow being hosted there. I wound up hanging out for a couple hours, soaking up the bright vibrant colors while the various tribes danced in the main circle. The experiences was surreal, like stepping back in time, and then my shutter would fire and bring me right back into the present.
I’ll have to keep my eye out for SDSU gatherings like this in the future…
Off To A Great Start…I Think
Have you ever jumped into a project nonchalantly, only to discover your little project has become a beast that will test your tenacity all the way to the bitter end? That’s when you know you’re off to a great start. Just a little over two weeks ago I started compiling images for a book project I’ve been meaning to get off the ground. I didn’t foresee how fast this small idea would gather momentum and get away from me. After a few days of hunting for the pin-up and boudoir sessions I wanted to showcase in the book and wrangling them all into a single location, I hunkered down to the task of refining the images for print, and possibly electronic distribution in the form of an Ebook. I haven’t figured out all the nuts and bolts for the latter just yet.
The real task is going to be the overall layout and design of the book, and figuring out which tools I can use to give it a nice clean and elegant feel. This project is still in it’s infancy, and it is taking on a life of it’s own quickly. I needed to take a break from processing, and organizing my images, so I figured I’d give you a sneak peak…or two.
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Last night while I was playing around with my gear it suddenly occurred to me that I take quite a few pictures of myself. I’ve fallen into a routine where I’d set my flash on a light stand, manually set the power on it, shove business end of the lens in my face, and start firing away. I’m usually trying different camera settings, testing new techniques and equipment, or just fulfilling the need to get some shutter time.
Last night’s round of experiments centered around the effect different white balance settings had while applying a 1/2 CTO gel onto the flash; and no other light modifiers. I wanted hard direct lighting for a more edgy dramatic look. My camera white balance was set to tungsten making the blue sky behind me really pop, combined with the 1/2 CTO gel on the flash to cast warmer light onto my face gave the images a different flavor. It’s a technique I’ll be sure to employ while doing portraitures at the beach. I continued fiddling with the white balance settings to get a better understanding of how the changes I make affect the images.
I was also testing the longevity of some Rayovac AA rechargeable batteries that were powering the flash. I shot 177 images in a thirty minute period, and the flash only misfired once, and that was during a 5 shot burst. I was quite impressed with their performance (so far), most notably because I didn’t have much faith in them in the first place.
I’ve got a lot more learning, experimenting, and testing to do, which means I’ll be the main subject, and a lot more selfies. It seems to be the only way I’m going to appear in pictures…now if I could just smile…
Apparently my selfie affliction is worse than I thought. Inspired by the morning light, I bolted for the door, camera in hand, and took a few more shots at my ugly mug before finishing the write up of this post.