Ivy

Here are a few shots from a shoot I did a while back with traveling model Ivy.  She was great to work with, but I understand she has since “retired” from modeling.  These were all shot in my home studio using the Olympus e-620.

Boston Harbor

Here are a few shots from a meetup with the Olympia Photographers group.  All shots were taken with my $100 Olympus e-1 5MP camera.

2010 personal project – my year in photos with Madame L – Month 3

Madame L and I took to the streets and back alleys of Olympia for our March shoot.  We had a lot of fun shooting and ended the after with a wonderful lunch together at Quality Burrito (my first time there – good stuff!).  I shot these with my 5 MP Olympus e-1.  I’ve been having a lot of fun with this project!

Vassanta!

I’ve been so busy that I have a number of shoots that I haven’t had time to process.  Here are some shots from my session with traveling art model Vassanta.  She is originally from Russia and is one of the best models I have ever worked with.  I highly recommend her.

Newer isn’t always better!

The photography class I was taking helped get me out of my studio and outdoors to enjoy the local beauty of Olympia.  It also helped me focus more on the photography and less on the technology.  I frequent a number of online forums and there is often a lot of discussion about “the best camera” and “the best lens” as if finding that one piece of equipment will make a huge difference in your photography.  I believe in using the best tools I can afford to do the job at hand, but I also believe that the space between my ears is just as important to my photography as the gear I’m using.

One of the things I’ve been doing lately is using my Olympus e-1 5MP DSLR and pairing it up with a couple of inexpensive used lenses I picked up (a Sigma 18-125 and Sigma 55-200 zoom) for about $100 each.  I picked up the e-1 for $100 also.

These shots were all taken with that kit.  They aren’t works of art, but I hope they illustrate that you don’t have to have a $5,000 camera body and a foot long lens to take decent photos.

Ocean Shores

I usually go to Ocean Shores for the weekend every year in the early Spring.  The weather is usually miserable, but it’s a nice time to get away for some peaceful R&R.  This year the weather was actually pretty nice, although it was pretty cold and windy.  I love walking around the beach.  There are so many interesting things to photograph.

A girl and her Clydesdale

I recently shot with Ellie who goes by the interesting moniker of Sinful Desires.  We met at Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood.  Her horse, Caleigh is beautiful.  I was a little cautious at first and concerned about things like using a flash around the horse, but she was very gentle and even tempered.  We attracted quite a bit of attention!  A fun shoot all in all.

Tulips – Off Camera Flash (strobist style)

One of the assignments for the photography class I recently took was to use your on camera flash.  I have to admit, I would never use my on camera flash for serious photography.  I’d only use it in an emergency if I had to get a shot and the lighting wasn’t sufficient.  These images dramatically demonstrate the difference that a single speedlight mounted off-camera can make.  I’m using my Olympus FL-50R flash, which I can control remotely from my camera.  I’ve used a small Lumiquest Softbox III as a light modifier.

Here’s a shot using the on camera flash.  Note the harsh shadows in the background, even though I’ve separated the flowers a fair distance from the background.

If you have to use your on camera flash, try to modify it in some way to soften the light.  There are little screens you can buy that will soften the light.  Here’s a shot with my modifier – a little bit of bubble wrap and a rubber band to hold it in place.  The light is a little softer, but still rather harsh.

Here are some shots with an external flash mounted on a stand.



Here’s what the lighting setup looks like.

Art nudes with Amelia Talon

I’m way behind on my blogging!

I had a great shoot with art model Amelia Talon at the end of February.  She’s based out of Port Angeles and is one of the most beautiful models I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.  I’ve been experimenting with dramatic lighting and post processing techniques.  I’ve been so busy that to date, this is the only image I’ve had time to process from that shoot.

First day of Photography Master Class Workshop

It’s been a while since I’ve taken any classes and I’ve been feeling in a bit of a “rut” creatively.  I thought it would be good to take a photography class and get some fresh ideas and also network with other local photographers.  I was especially interested because the instructor, Barbra Kates (http://www.barbrakates.com) is an artist.  I feel pretty competent with the technical aspects of photography (although I’m still learning new things all the time), but I really want to be pushed creatively.

The first class was a lot of fun.  We had an immediate assignment to walk around the building and try to find interesting lines and to take some photos.  I’m looking forward to the rest of the workshop which also includes a couple of field trips.

Photographers are nerds! (I'm one too)

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My blog will focus on the "behind the scenes" aspects of photography, my thoughts and beliefs about photography, a chronicle of my shoots, and discussions about equipment and personal projects I'm working on. I hope this becomes an interactive page and look forward to your feedback.