I’ve been recuperating from some outpatient surgery and haven’t gotten out for a couple of weeks. I’ve enjoyed my “stay-cation” of napping, watching TV and reading, but my thoughts always turn to photography in some form or another. I recently received an order of three really cute vintage-inspired dresses and some extra studio light bulbs to replace the ones that burned out on me. So, I decided to put two and two together and get some self-portraits of me in my new dresses while having fun playing with the studio lighting. I don’t have any large rooms to use for dedicated studio work; I’ve got clutter, luggage, etc. in every room. But, that doesn’t mean I couldn’t get some great photos within a very small space. As you can see from the photos, I used continuous lighting with a couple of white umbrellas, one on each side of me for equal lighting. I also used a wireless shutter release which ensured the focus on me was always nice and sharp. I used both my Canon 5D Mk III and Canon 1DX; my 85mm f1.2 lens was attached to the 1DX while I alternated between the 24-105mm and the 40mm lenses on the 5D Mk III. My favorite images ultimately came from using the 85mm f1.2 lens on the 1DX. That combination is killer for portraits and great lighting, I feel. Moral of the story: you can get some great portrait images without alot of space or a special background. And, playing around with the cameras helped me eliminate my bout of the “stir crazies”.
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My home is small, but cozy and bright with neat pictures hanging on the walls (grin)
I actually wasn’t going to put up a tree this year; too many other things going on. Then, one Saturday evening, I started thinking up photo ops that required the use of a brightly-lit and decorated tree. So, at 10PM that night, I pulled the tree out of storage; it’s fake and pre-lit so it makes setup and decorating a breeze.
Since the tree has been up, I’ve been milking the photos for all they are worth. I used my tripod, Canon 1DX and 5D Mk III, and either a 40mm pancake lens, a 24-105mm lens or my prime 85mm f1.2 lens to get the shots you see below. I love decorations and colored lights, so this has been fun and I’m glad I put that tree up, after all.
Here’s wishing all of you a Merry Christmas!
Today was the first time I’ve used a tripod to try and capture hummingbird images. I decided to pull out my other camera and tripod and get some “selfies”.
I wore red. I looked shleppy. But it worked.
Red shirt, red (wool felt) hat, and covered my lens with a red kerchief. It’s hot and humid in southeast Texas right now, and the sweat was rolling down my face and into my eyes (remember, wool felt hat). I couldn’t really *see* the hummers, so instead I fired off the remote shutter release whenever I *heard* the familiar humming sound of those tiny birds. Note that little green blur above the flash in the last image.