Firsts

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Today was a big day at the Wojo 6 homestead.

Kalen (8 years old) started and drove the tractor for the first time on his own. Mommy gave the boys her first haircut.  Finally Kellie Marie (five months) had her first solids.  Three teaspoons of very “liquidy” cereal.

I also set up my future “pro” photo website.  Links here will now direct you to where I have never gone before.  I am slowly making the transition, learning, and enjoying the process.

Tell your friends their is a new kid on the block dedicated to capturing the glory of life in the lens.

EHW Photography

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At Life Speed

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Life moves slowly and then it moves far to fast.  For four weeks the three big kids were gone with Grandma and Grand Dad.  They had an awesome adventure.  Mom left ten days ago to get them.  I ran around the house, work and the area getting projects done.  Although busy, I could still hear the house wanting its fill of noise and activity to come back.

They all came home last night.  Today we had out fill of church and a lazy afternoon…with Dad remembering camera lessons as fast as he could to freeze the reunion day in my mind.  There was just so much to take in. The children grew and matured far beyond what I thought a month could offer.  They had stories to tell about adventures in Dollywood, the Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu, and Grandma’s pool.  Mommy worked hard making dinner (camera not allowed in there or I’d get a knuckle sandwich for me) and Kellie was just rolling around being cute and bubbly.

It was why I picked up the camera to begin with…to record life as it passed by.

While nothing I took today will win an award, or merit a paycheck it will record a moment that passed by at life speed for the rest of my life.

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Hammer hit my head

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Light….it is what photography is all about.  Thanks to taking a class by David Guy Maynard I finally started to get why I am just frustrated when I come home and look at my photos!  His instruction, and reflection it caused me to feel like I had a hammer hit my head.

I am no different than many who learn photography.  I started out and said I want to do this “naturally.”   Well that is all well and good at a pool with the kids at 4-5 PM when the light is strong, warm and appealing.  However life does not occur in golden hour in a pristine environment!  You have to shoot models in basements with florescent lights.  You’ll shoot birthday candles at 2PM with a bright window behind you.  You have to cover baseball games shifting from shade to harsh light at 12:30PM.

To my credit I figured that out two years ago, but darn it I still did not get how to start fixing it.  I always tried to cut it close with big glass, lowest ISO possible, get a flash to bounce off a wall, anything to get an effect that the books said would make my subject work.  Always well intentioned, but successful maybe half the time.  Usually I missed the exposure, blew highlights or never got enough light to create a sharp image of my subject.

Mr. Maynard said he likes the right light.  He wants to chisel out his effects, and you need lots of light to do it.  I don’t think he cares if you do it with fancy lights, flash lights, or candle light.  But the light has to be good, and shaped to effect the way you want your subject to look in a purposeful manner.  Some techniques just do it better than others.

We learned about Expoimaging products this weekend (I wanted some of their products before, but now I am hooked).  They bounce, flash box, color correct, and more!  Once you see how they make things “right” easily you are hooked, but I digress.

We learned how with a simple flash head, off camera and a flash box you can soften shadows behind your subject from the flash.  This is because you make the light bigger.  Then you can change the color of a wall with another flash behind your subject covered by the proper gel.  Then throw a snoot on a third flash and create a hair light to make dark hair pop (but as he pointed out be careful with the angle of the snoot so you don’t bleed out into the background color flash).  Add a ring light to hide skin imperfections since it is flat and fired head on.

What I learned is that if you want your photos to pop you need light.  Lots and lots of light.  Not just a little, but copious amounts of light.  The extra light gives you the sharpness of subject, and the power to chisel out the effect you want.

So for me it is back to the basics.  Get light, lots of light.  Start with one and master chiseling with it.  Then move forward to add two, three and four to make effects match the carving you had in your mind.

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PS The bug shot is a tribute to Mr. Maynard who loves shooting macro.  It is a nicely caught bumble bee, with lots of good light shot with a Tamron 70-200 F2.8

In the Bird House

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Today was a long day…my wife took the last kid out to Arizona to be with her family for a special family celebration.   So I am all alone, and in the bird house all by myself.

So I was looking around the yard, and saw this shot which described my mood.  I little tired, and little sad, and still all by myself getting the job done.  This fulfills an assignment I recently got to take a shot expressing a mood.  I have many more moods to work though, but this is a start towards that assignment!

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