The Pink Mercury in the Park

The Pink Mercury in the Park

This image was made during a prom photo session at the Park at Riverwalk. Dad brought along his pink Classic Mercury with the pink fuzzy dice for the shoot. Light was falling fast and it seems like every other high school student from every other school had the same great idea of using this location as their prom photo session backdrop. To say that it was crowded is an understatement! We had gone through a series of images of the kids in different scenarios and needed to get some including the car. The parking lot was full, there were people all over the background, it was getting dark fast, and we were cutting it close to getting them to the prom on time. I put on a long lens for compression of the background and to minimize the chances of the people getting in the shot. Next I found my exposure to get the background to look the way I wanted it. I quickly setup a small flash in a large umbrella camera right to bring up the light on the front of the car. I knew that the dash lights would not be bright enough to keep the focus on the kids, but I wanted it to look like it was the dash lights lighting them, so I added another speedlight with a small softbox on the floorboard inside the car. Oh ya, after all that, then I had to be funny! I was pretty happy with what I got! Here’s the quick layout. If you like this, be sure to share it with your friends and comment...
The Church Lady

The Church Lady

Marydith Chase, the Church Lady. I’m sure she had a title or job description or something but I don’t think that mattered too much. She was pretty much a permanent fixture at St. Philips Church. If you needed something, even if it wasn’t part of her job, she could always help you get it done. Marydith’s office was a cluster of books, filing cabinets, furniture and various trinkets and gifts, or mementos given to her by parishioners who were grateful for whatever help she provided for them. There was one window in her office that opened up to a large grassy area of the church. This window was then filled with various sun catchers and decorations, more gifts from parishioners that gradually grew into a collection. Each one had a story attached to it about who gave it to her and oftentimes where they acquired it, and she seemed to be able to could recall each one fondly. I knew then that this would make the perfect backdrop for her portrait, but it’s her smile that really makes the picture. If you liked this, be sure to share it, and comment...
Canon 5D Mark III or 7D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark III or 7D Mark II

Decisions, decisions … My main working camera has been a Canon 7D, which I upgraded from a Canon 40D. The 40D, was the camera I used for personal images like family vacations and events. I also kept it around as a back up camera, which I never needed because the 7D has been so reliable. Sometime last year my 40D was stolen. As a photographer, you can not rely on one working camera. You are only a photographer if you have a camera. If that breaks you’re just a guy looking at stuff. Always have a backup! So, my reliable 7D will move over and be able to rest and take it easy. Maybe take a vacation, but that leaves me with the challenge of deciding which camera to get now. I looked at the Canon 5DS and the 5DS R, but I knew I didn’t want to spend that much money. I was also concerned that because of the increased file size, I might have to upgrade my computer and storage. That left me with two viable options, the 5D Mark III and the 7D Mark II. My research began by looking for any comparisons online, but I could only find comparisons between the 5D Mark II and the 7D. They all pretty much said the same thing … get the 5D Mark II, because it’s better! Looks like I’m going to have to do this the hard way and look up specs myself. I won’t bore you with the play by play, but I will go over the features that helped me make my decision. The 5D...
My First Post

My First Post

This is my first official post, and I would like to start it with a prayer that I say every morning: God, please bless me with the ability to see the path you want me to follow, the wisdom to recognize it, and the courage to follow it. And with that, I begin my first official post: For as long as I can remember, I have created things. I enjoy learning how to create things, whether through woodworking, metalwork, drawing, cooking, etc, (although, not particularly good at any of them!). They are all different forms of creating things. Just a means to get what’s in my head out into the real world. And, like a true artist, I want people to like what I make, but I also fear that no one will like it. That fear can be debilitating, and usually wins out. So, I make things and keep them to myself. If I like it, I’m happy. If I don’t like it, I get rid of it. Nobody can judge me but me, although I usually turn out to be more critical of myself than others. Through a series of recent events, I believe that I am on the path God has laid out for me, and I believe that this blog is the next step in that direction. I will use it as a way to put out the information I want to share without being concerned what anyone thinks about it. I hope that someone will like it and benefit from it, but I will be content with getting it out there. If you like...

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