Words for Wednesday

I can’t believe it.  From a hurricane to the first snow of the season!  Although does it really count if it doesn’t stick?  Anyway seems like forever since I’ve been here on the blog.  I’ve also had some serious catching up to do on the many other blogs I love to follow.  There just never seems to be enough hours in the day to do it all.   So I can’t think of a better way to spend this snowy/rainy Wednesday evening than catching up.

A quick recap:  The arts fest season ended {sigh}.  It might not be the most lucrative way to get my photography out there, but I can surely tell you it is an amazing way to meet interesting, talented, and dedicated people.  I can’t wait until  next year.  During the winter months, there’s the photography club, which, again, mixes photography with meeting all sorts of people.   I never really thought of photography as being a social activity, but for me it really is!  From the bloggers, to the photographers, to the strangers I meet when I am out shooting . . . this is quite the social activity. . . at least for me.

Now for some photography . . .   This month’s photo club challenge , pardon me, I mean “Quest” is Portraiture.  My dilemmas:

1) Portraiture — Not the type of photography I usually do (this is definitely more of a challenge, at least for me).

2)  Getting my (insert expletive here) flash to cooperate.

3) {I thought} I needed a creative idea.

With Model #1 everything just seemed to click … right down to the breeze blowing through her hair.  But I had taken those kinds of photos before … model #1 and I watched plenty of America’s Next Top Model and she’s always willing to strike a pose.   I was still feeling the need to get a little creative … maybe to compensate for my lack of confidence in taking portraits.  That brings us to Model #2 and that dang flash.   I even brushed up on flash photography and portraiture, but even with all that preparation, I just could not get the images I had envisioned to show up in the LCD display.  Frustrated, I ditched the flash and used what little natural light I had … oh, and some red hot chili peppers :-0  Now that I think about it, this is more like how I was feeling while trying to get my flash to cooperate.

Lighting aside, you’re probably now wondering what the heck I was thinking when I wrapped this fella in lighted chili peppers.  I’ll just say it seemed like a potentially good idea in my head . . . that and model #2 is a really great sport for putting up with my crazy idea.

So in the end, the flash worked as fill when used outside; but for an indoor photo I fared much better when I put the flash away . . . at least for my intents and purposes.  So now the final portraits (sorry,  no chili peppers involved).  If you’re a DPC member and want to see them fresh at the meeting, STOP HERE.  Otherwise . . .

 

 

                         
BTW, Flora Bella actions used with model #1 ….Love These!!!!

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Spring has Arrived!

Finally . . . I was beginning to think spring would never get here.  I kicked it off with Sakura Sunday when I took a photography field trip with 7 women from the photoclub to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia on April 10.  It was everything a photographer hopes for:  Perfect natural light, color everywhere, and of course cherry blossoms on the trees.  The entertainment provided amazing photo ops.  The Tamagawa Taiko Drum & Dance group and 10tecomai  were so energetic & colorful & talented; Salme and I quote: “Charming contemporary geisha girls from Tokyo” were pure fun to watch and listen to and an added attraction was the Harajuku Fashion Show fashion show presented by local area students.    And for our furry four-legged friends, there was the Prettiest in Pink dog show.

     

And if all of that were not enough, Continue reading “Spring has Arrived!”

Photo I ~ portrait assignment


I’ve been very busy behind the camera lately.  I did a roll+ of portraits, a roll+ of a Civil War reenactment, a roll or two wandering around Philly, and for every roll I shot, I took 2 maybe even 3x shots more digitally.  That equals a whole lot of processing.  I posted a very small sample in my portraits gallery. 

Thank you Amanda, JoAnna, & Meghan for being so patient with me (especially when a certain someone forgot to bring the film =0) and for being such great models.   Look out America’s Next Top Model!

Bedtime Reading or Surfing?

I like to go to the bookstore and peruse especially when I receive  a 40% off coupon (otherwise, I check out the book in the store and order it on Amazon 😉   I enjoy the smell of the coffee brewing . . . Continue reading “Bedtime Reading or Surfing?”

Models Wanted

Apparently portraits are one of the two major parts of the assignments left for the remainder of the semester.  This is definitely a weak link in my photography.  I have never been assertive as a candid photographer.  In addition, I am using a 50 mm prime lens, manual focus, and no flash.  But I am up for the challenge!  I have a few events coming up where I am sure I can find an interesting crowd.  I’m also going to need to get more posed portraits.  The family has already voiced their objections to being my models.  The challenge here will be finding models that are available when there is  natural light is available.  This is becoming more of an exercise in assertiveness than anything else.