Twelves #5 – Flash

For my fifth installment of twelves project, I focused on non-natural light in the form of off-camera flash. You can see my setup in initial post, and also two updated articles in basic portrait and moving around posts. It turned out to be relatively easy to get good results, primarily two things getting the flash […]

Lighting 02 – Moving Around

The second part in my series to learn more about flash and lighting, I played with moving the light around. You can see the first part in Lighting 01 which I worked on shooting basic portrait lighting. Gear update: everything is the same as listed in my initial lighting post, however I returned and replaced […]

Lighting 01 – Basic Portrait

As mentioned in my previous post, I’m going to start working on non-natural lighting. First up was a basic setup using a single flash into an umbrella, placed about 45 degrees to the front-left of the subject. I made a short video that shows the complete setup and test shots. Update: I had music playing […]

Non-Natural Light

I haven’t been able to get good results using a flash, ever. My photos usually end up too bright, too dark, or just bad with weird reflections. I was inspired at the Shutterfest conference to improve this deficiency, see previous post. Shutterfest has a ton of hands-on tutorials, light setups, and off-camera flashes. I was […]

Twelves #4 – Shutterfest

My April edition of Twelves project is a set from Shutterfest. Shutterfest is a photography conference in St. Louis that focuses on hands-on learning and lots and lots of shooting. I was there as a vendor for work, WordPress.com, so didn’t get too much opportunity, however walking around on breaks and lunch did get the […]

Twelves #3 – Spring

The third installment in my Twelves project was focused on Spring and includes three looks at Spring time. There is something a little magical about Spring, coming out of winter, all the trees and flowers wake up and blossom to greet the new season. We had some much needed rain and a colder winter in […]

Instagram and Image Size

My most recent series of photos were a set of black and white shots I took from my trip to Barcelona. Reviewing and selecting the photos I use my desktop computer which is a nice bright high resolution 27″ monitor. My typical process is to make several passes through the photos giving stars and filtering […]

Twelves #1 – Construction

Construction is the first set in my new Twelves series, producing a cohesive set of twelve photos each month for the year. The San Francisco Bay Area is seeing a great deal of construction from housing to office buildings everywhere around the bay you see lots of growth. Back in 2000, I worked in an […]

Twelves

For 2017, my year long project is to create a series a month, twelve series with twelve photos in each. Each month I’ll focus on a single topic, shoot, and edit it down to just 12 photos. Last year I worked on a 52-rolls project shooting a roll of a film a week for the […]

52 Rolls Project Recap

I’ve completed my 52 rolls project, shooting a roll of a film a week for the whole year. I actually ended up shooting 59 rolls of film, a few were skipped from posting due to poor quality or just outright fail. It was a fun project, I’m glad I did. First some stats: Camera Nikon […]

High Desert

Each Christmas we travel down to the Palmdale/Lancaster area to visit my wife’s family. My wife lived there as a teenager and not really a fan of the desert. I think there is an odd beauty in the emptiness. You can see my photos from last year and 2014, and an airplane park.

Roll 51, 2016

Roll 51 is another roll of Kodak Portra shot on the Contax G2. The astute observer will notice another roll got skipped. Roll #50 was a bit of a mess, it was shot with a test camera that needed serious adjustment, nothing was in focus and maybe only half-exposed properly. Instead here’s a nice consistent […]

Roll 49, 2016

Roll 49 is a roll of Kodak Portra shot on the Contax G2, of all the different films and camera shot throughout the project, this might be my favorite combination. The Contax G2 is a rangefinder camera with autofocus and autoexposure, so operates similar to a full SLR, in a slightly more compact form. Shots […]

White Oaks

White Oaks is a neighborhood in San Carlos, the town I live in California. The neighborhood is named after the great oak trees that are found throughout, which technically are not white oaks but valley oaks, a misnomer by early settlers that stuck. Ruby is an oak tree whose roots are causing problems with the […]

Grand Meetup 2016

A set of photos from Automattic’s Grand Meetup 2016, see my photos from previous years 2015, 2014, and 2013. This year we were in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, where the 2010 Winter Olympics were held. I’m a little late in posting because this year I didn’t bring a digital camera, I only shot film and […]