Archive for the ‘portraits’ category

Photo of the Day: All Good Things

May 24, 2008

Photo Details:
Camera: Nikon D80

F-Stop: f/2.8
Focal Length: 16 mm
Exposure Bias: +0.3 ev
Speed: 1/200
ISO: 400

Untitled originally uploaded by foolscircle.

As the title implies, this photo was the end of the shoot at the hotel where Todd and Cassie’s wedding reception took place. It’s also one of my favorites.

You see, when you shoot theatre photos, there tends to be one truly goofy photo of the entire cast in the bunch.  I know, I know: it’s juvenile and stupid, but everyone ends up having a great time.  I mean, honestly, who doesn’t enjoy making faces at the camera?

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Photo of the Day: Bridal Portrait

May 21, 2008

Photo Details:
Camera: Nikon D80

F-Stop: f/13
Focal Length: 32 mm
Exposure Bias: 0
Speed: 1/200
ISO: 100

Cassie originally uploaded by foolscircle.

This was a more traditional portrait I shot of Cassie during the outdoor portrait sequence. Because of the intense sunlight, I used a flash on an arm bracket to reduce the shadows’ intensity, which in this case wasn’t enough to achieve the look I wanted.

Because I’m a one man operation, I tend to carry a bunch of portable equipment in my photo backpack. One of the biggest aids one can have in an outdoor photo shoot is a collapsible reflector, I’ve got a 22″ one that travels really well. I had one of the groomsmen hold the reflector just outside of the camera frame, and the difference it made was stunning.

Photo of the Day: Man Eater

May 19, 2008

Photo Details:
Camera: Nikon D80

F-Stop: f/16
Focal Length: 16 mm
Exposure Bias: 0
Speed: 1/200
ISO: 400

Man Eater originally uploaded by foolscircle.

I basically used the same photo technique for this shot as I did for the playful portrait of Todd yesterday: fisheye lens, flash, higher F-stop ratio.  While this may not be the type of portrait some people like, I really enjoyed the softer shadows and color intensity brought about by this method.

It really helps when your subjects are people you know as friends: they tend to let you experiment a little with the photos, and it really helps when everyone involved has a good sense of humor.  The facial expressions and poses I managed to snag during this shoot were great, and I was really happy with the results.

Photo of the Day: Ladies’ Man

May 18, 2008

Photo Details:
Camera: Nikon D80

F-Stop: f/16
Focal Length: 16 mm
Exposure Bias: 0
Speed: 1/200
ISO: 400

Ladies’ Man originally uploaded by foolscircle.

This was my favorite photo from yesterday’s nine hour shoot. After Toddy and Cassie’s wedding ceremony yesterday, we shot some quick formal portraits in the church and then did a number of scenic ones on the lawn behind the hotel where the reception was being held.

I always like these moments, because I get to experiment a little with my portraits for a few minutes. Even though it was kind of warm out in the sun (it is Arizona, after all), everyone was a total trooper and let me direct the photos without any whining.

The lighting was kind of extreme, so in order to get this perspective I used my fisheye lens and then put a filter over the pop-up flash in order to soften the shadows a bit. Because the D80 will only go up to 1/200 when you use a flash, I had to crank up the F-stop number in order to prevent the photo from being completely washed out.

Anyway, this was meant to be a test shot, but everyone’s expression was so perfect that I ended up keeping this one as a final portrait.

Photo of the Day: That Special Moment

May 17, 2008

Photo Details:
Camera: Nikon D80

F-Stop: f/4
Focal Length: 32 mm
Exposure Bias: 0
Speed: 1/30
ISO: 100

The Kiss originally uploaded by foolscircle.

I’m in Arizona shooting a wedding this weekend, so I guess the next few days are going to be some choice wedding shots that I’ve taken. At the moment, though, you’ll just have to consider this a precursor for the run of images, as I’m currently running around making sure all my gear is working properly and my batteries are charged.

Photo of the Day: Butterflied

May 9, 2008

Photo Details:
Camera: Nikon D80

F-Stop: f/4.8
Focal Length: 46 mm
Exposure Bias: +0.3ev
Speed: 1/320
ISO: 800

Untitled, originally uploaded by foolscircle.

I realize that this isn’t quite macro photography, but it’s got insects. Besides, it’s my blog, so I’m allowed to change the parameters of a theme when I want to.

I shot this last year while the Saltimbanco Bus Tour was visiting the Strong Museum of Play in New York. The place is pretty cool, in all honesty. Aside from being a great kids’ museum, it also houses the National Toy Hall of Fame and an insanely large butterfly reservation.

I don’t know why, but this has been one of my favorite pictures, even though I can never point out anything that’s particularly noteworthy about the colors or lighting. There was a request for no flash photography, so I upped the exposure bias and also pumped the ISO up to 800 while we were in the reservation.

Margot, who had a habit of giving me nothing but brilliant pictures throughout my tenure as the tour’s photographer, was doing her human statue routine when a couple of the butterflies landed on her face.

Photo of the Day: Humpty Dumpties

May 5, 2008

Photo Details:
Camera: Nikon D80

F-Stop: f/3.5
Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure Bias: -0.3ev
Speed: 1/4000
ISO: 400

Untitled, originally uploaded by foolscircle.

Taken in… good God, where was this? Sorry, all the cities we visited on the Saltimbanco tour start to blend together after a while. I think this was for the Champaign, IL show. Yeah, that sounds right. We were in one of the surrounding cities and I ended up snagging some photos on a sculpture/planter I found in the middle of a college campus. It was also ridiculously windy that day, so poor Doug had to keep on stopping his juggling in order to adjust the cape while I sat on the ground and yelled at him to suffer for my art.

*insert evil snickering here*