A Recent Newborn Shoot

Newborn Shoot

 

ss 1/60 f 5.0 ISO 1000

manual settings and focus, natural light

 

Newborn Shoot

 

ss 1/60 f5.0 ISO 1000

manual settings and focus, natural light

Newborn Shoot

 

ss 1/60 f5.0 ISO 1000

manual settings and focus, natural light

Newborn Shoot

 

ss 1/60 f5.6 ISO 1000

manual settings and focus, natural light

Newborn Shoot

 

ss 1/60 f5.0 ISO 1000

manual settings and focus, natural light

All of the newborn images above were shot using my Nikon D800 and my 50mm 1.4 lens. Individual settings are above.  Which is your favorite?

 

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.”
– Eda J. Le Shan

2014 Pointe Shoe Series – V

2014 Point Shoe Series V

2014 Point Shoe Series V

ss 1/60  f4.5  ISO 1250

Manual focus, manual settings, diffused light, black and white conversion in Topaz Labs

“When life takes me on a new journey, I simply remember the smile my first ballet recital put on my face and I move forward.” – Andrea Thompson

Sincere Generosity

Sincere Generosity

Sincere Generosity

ss 1/320  f18  ISO 400  60mm macro

“To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.” Confucius

Galioli in the Victorian language of flowers means generosity and  I am sincere , thus the title of this image.

To capture this image, I used natural sunlight.  I put a black backdrop down on the grass and placed the flower upon it.  I used only the sun, no fill, and used manual exposure.  It was somewhat challenging because of the shadows and the significant contrast in light and shadow.  I did minimal post processing, just increased the blacks to darken the backdrop.  Light is such a magical thing.  When used correctly under the proper exposure we can create so much!

In addition, if you have a minute and are interested in black and white photography, stop by Monochromia to see my post for this week.  I posted two images of the same subject but using light in different perspectives.  More about light!

Have a great weekend!

A few of my favorites…

Below are a few of my favorite shots from a 1st communion shoot I did a couple of weeks ago.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoy working with children.  It is fun to observe them just being.  When working with children I try to extract their natural personality vs. posing them extensively.  Many times children will naturally land in a pose that with just a little coaching from you makes for a near perfect composition.  The  little girl featured in the images below was so sweet and such a joy to work with.  She loved exploring the environment and I enjoyed chatting with her about what she saw, how she felt, etc.  Letting children be themselves and letting them lead the way relaxes them and gains their trust and comfort with you enabling you to more successfully capture their true essence.

Little girls are especially fun to work with for first communion shoots because they are in their fancy dress, sometimes a veil, a headpiece, special jewelry, and they just feel like little princesses.  It almost takes me back in time to when I got to twirl around in my dresses and feel like a princess.

The one thing I think it is important to stress is that one should never lose their style and artistic flair when photographing children or any subject.  It is important to stay true to ones style and vision.  After all, isn’t that why you were hired?  It is important to satisfy your clients and ensure that you have the expected, traditional shots, for example the praying hands for a first communion, but once that is achieved, move to your work flow and capture your subject in the way you are most comfortable.

I used Topaz Labs for my black and white conversions and used vignettes or borders to create a more ethereal/vintage appeal.

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Point Shoe Series III

ss 1/60 f 4.5 ISO 1250 Manual settings, Manual focus

ss 1/60 f 4.5 ISO 1250 Manual settings, Manual focus

“Please send me your last pair of shoes, worn out from dancing as you mentioned in your letter, so that I might have something to press against my heart.”

–  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe