I recently received a new hand-made felted-wool witch hat from Etsy. I decided to have a little fun with some self-portraits and studio lighting in my “studio”. Actually, I live in an apartment and don’t have an official (aka proper) studio. Instead, I have a couple of lights on stands with translucent umbrellas, all in my living room. I covered the livingroom window with a black fleece sheet and set up my tripod and Canon 5DSR and Canon 85mm f1.2L lens at the other end of the room. One studio light was above and looking down at me while the other light was below and looking up at me. After I processed the photos using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, I ran them through Perfect Photo Suite 9 Effects presets and filters for the final product.
Halloween Becky – original shot
Halloween Becky #2
Halloween Becky – Original Shot
And for good measure, I decided to have a little fun with black & white (Silver Efex 2) and Adobe Photoshop’s history brush tool.
Happy Halloween, Everybody! May you receive all the good candy (Kit Kat, Snickers, Starburst, Heath Bar).
The National Parks Traveler has just published my latest “Photography In The National Parks” article. Click on the photo to go to my story.
The National Parks Traveler has published my latest photography article to their site. Click on the photo to go over there and check it out.
In honor of Father’s Day, which we celebrate here in the U.S. I wrote an article about my photographer father and it was published in the National Parks Traveler. Click on the photo if you are interested in reading the article.
I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to capture a good image of this neat bird. I know, blackbirds are blackbirds are blackbirds (aka ordinary), but those chevrons of bright orange-red are quite the eye-grabber. And these birds have such a pretty song.
This photo was taken out at the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, here in southeast Texas, not too far from where I live. I had my Canon 1DX attached to the 500mm prime lens. Thanks for my efforts at losing weight and building up some arm strength, I was able to hand-hold the camera/lens combo (IS turned On) and grab some shots of this red-wing blackbird.
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I finished every single one of my errands/chores yesterday so I could drive out to the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge this morning to see what might be there: tall grass and reeds and cattails with lots of water but not much birdlife – at least, not in the area in which I found myself and nothing near to me and my 500mm lens. The clouds on this morning, however, were dark and fluffy and big and presaged the coming storms predicted for today. So I pulled out the other tripod and my Canon 5DSR with the 16-35mm f//4 IS lens, affixed a circular polarizer to it and used my grad ND filter to bring out the texture in the clouds.
Clouds are a photographer’s best friend. They add drama and character to an already lovely scene and can really spice up an otherwise ordinary or ho-hum scene. The thing about photographing awesome clouds, though, is that you also need a frame of reference or some scale. So don’t just photograph the clouds themselves. Your viewers won’t know whether this was a horizon-filling scene or just a small spot in the sky. Add some ground or buildings or *something* to the cloud scene.
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My latest article for the National Parks Traveler has been published this morning. It’s another one of my Armchair Photography Guides and deals with Banff National Park, Canada, with a little bit of Jasper National Park thrown in. Click on the photo to go check out the article.