… in the woods at my university.
… in an image taken by one of my journalism students, Taylor Kickbush, to fulfill an environmental portrait assignment in her photojournalism course.
… found on a path in the woods at my Franciscan university. Note that the dollar bill is stapled to the message. I wonder why …
I’ve been posting a few pictures from Riley’s Farm Colonial Faire. They were reenacting the times just prior to and including the Boston Tea Party. I did the Lasses and the Brits already. Now we have the Americans. Again, the lighting was terrible, yadda yadda yadda. And I wish I had a better telephoto so these would be a bit sharper. But I think these turned out OK despite all the problems. All with my Nikon D7200. Mostly with my 55.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.
This first guy spent all of his time with the candle girl I posted a while back. And most of THAT time was spent trying to twist apples in half with his bare hands. Riley’s Farm IS an apple orchard, after all, so I guess that’s the thing to do. I’m not sure if the candle girl was impressed or not. I have no idea what his actual job was supposed to be.
As promised, here are are the lads from the Colonial Faire at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen from a few weeks ago. I’m not thrilled about the sharpness in some of these, but short of walking into the middle of the demonstrations, it’s the best I could do. Now I understand why people have such huge lenses when they do this sort of thing outside of a studio. But I’m still learning. As I mentioned when I posted the pictures of the Lasses, the lighting was terrible. Basically, mid-day. So I had to do quite a bit of photoshop fuckery to get the pictures even remotely viewable. You’ll see what I mean. Shadows are terrible in places and over saturation is rampant. Doesn’t help that I edited these on my laptop…which seems to show pictures a bit brighter than my desktop, so a few of these are a little dark.. But I tried.
Or should you? From Wikipedia: “For 11,000 years, Native Americans have used this area for their hunting grounds. Long before the Lakota were the little-studied paleo-Indians, followed by the Arikara people. Their descendants live today in North Dakota as a part of the Three Affiliated Tribes. Archaeological records combined with oral traditions indicate that these people camped in secluded valleys where fresh water and game were available year round.”
I recently joined a photography Meetup group . It is basically set up so models, makeup artists and photographers can get together to build their portfolios and exchange information. Since I don’t have a lot of experience in these things, I figured it was an easy way to at least start networking. I went to my first meeting last weekend. It was a Mermaid theme. I think there were 8 or 9 different models, but I only got to work with about 5 of them. They were all good sports about the whole thing, getting into the swampy water and climbing all over the rocks for us.
Originally, we were supposed to shoot at the beach but there was a problem with getting the proper permits. So, we ended up at a small landscaped stream in front of a water treatment facility in Chino instead. We spent about four hours shooting. Unfortunately, it was at the absolute worst time of day in terms of the lighting, 10am-2pm, so I had to do a lot of Photoshop fuckery to get the shots to look even remotely decent. Even then, a lot of it is bleached out. Since I’ll post the pictures as I edited them, you’ll see that there was a learning curve in just how to deal with the bad lighting.
All of this was shot with my Nikon D7200, and mostly with my 55-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. Occasionally, I switched to my 18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, usually because there wasn’t a lot of space to work with and some of the models wanted full body shots. I started off with ISO 200 but had to move to 400 for the shots that were in the shade since I wasn’t using a tripod.
My brother visited me for about a week around the 4th of July weekend. At the time, I just happened to see a flyer for a Colonial Faire near by in Oak Glen at a place called Riley’s Farm. Having nothing better to do, we decided to take a look. It was relatively small, but there was a dedicated group of reenactors there so it kept us entertained for a few hours.
It was very bright that day so most of the shots were either too bright or too dark. But I took a few hundred shots and a few of them were ok after I edited them in Photoshop. I will start with the shots of the Lasses roaming around the village. Also, as I put this together, I’m seeing that the editing is a bit off. I did it all on my laptop because my desktop doesn’t have enough RAM. I can see now that I really need to get a new damned laptop. Some of these don’t look at all like what they looked like on the laptop. Oh, well.
The first two are of a charming little candle girl. She taught my brother how to make a candle from bee’s wax.
Here are some more attempts at portraits of Nina from our trip to France. This time, just for fun, I tossed in some pictures I took with my iPhone. In fact, the first three are iPhone pictures. The first one is from our banquet in Toulouse. She looked gorgeous in her purple dress, but something about this shot screamed silhouette.
One of my goals for the year is to get better at shooting people, so I’m looking for opportunities to practice. This is my good friend Marti, who’s one of the best people I know. She’s running for Jefferson County Commissioner, and this is from a campaign collateral shoot I did for her recently. Sort of. The actual campaign shot is more conventional and less artistic, obviously.
I was in France at the beginning of June for a conference and decided to take a bit of a vacation while I was out there. We drove through the country, hitting several cities and towns, starting in Toulouse before heading toward Torreilles, up to Marseille, on through Provence, and back to Arles, before finishing in Montpelier. I was lucky enough to be traveling with Nina, a exceptionally brilliant and stunningly beautiful friend of mine. Out of the goodness of her heart, knowing that I’m trying to learn how to take portraits, she allowed me to take a few pictures of her. Here are some of the results. Clearly, I have a LOT to learn. Both with my camera and with Photoshop. Trust me when I say, they don’t even come close to doing Nina’s smile justice. But I’m learning. There are 10 pictures total on the Flickr page if you want to see the rest of them.
Dr. Pecaut, despite not posting often enough, is a founding member of 5280 Lens Mafia. Here he moves in front of the camera for a moment. Three takes – which do you prefer?(more…)
Let’s be honest: my whole family is easy on the eyes. Believe it or not, my sisters are even prettier than I am. This is the baby, Cindy…
Also, as a side note, I’m getting better at shooting people…