Spot On

Basking in the light

Basking in the light

My little girl Kellie her was reading like her big sister bookworm, and I just had to capture the smile…so I did.

Now in this little photo I found myself able to teach myself the value of a feature, and to remember an RC (as in Raphael Conception) rule.

I knew the had a high contrast scene, and to use the zone metering would make everything 18% grey  (aka blah).  So for this photo I slipped into spot metering (my spot metering is aligned with my focus point).  This means my focus point will be exposed properly, and everything else will be exposed relative to that value.  As a result you get all the blown highlights above my daughter, but I accepted that since I wanted it to be light and airy.  Had I used zone metering the camera would attempt to meter different segments of the photo to have as much properly exposed as possible.  Normally that is great, but it would take the pop out of this photo and make it flat.  So my desired light and airy feel would be gone.

The other rule, RC’s rule for kids, is in full force here.  I had to take three photos with Mr Fuji to get the combination of smile, head tilt and light I wanted in the final product.  RC is right that you can get good photos of kids…you just need to take lots of photos to get the one worth keeping.  I can say for sure this is not luck, it is perseverance.  (RC is often on the video blog Photography Tips and Ticks, Kelby One and his website www.aboutrc.com)

Just one point here about how lucky I’ve been so far in my short photography career.  Even though I’m just a little guy, sold only a few photos, have so much to learn…I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of the nicest people in the business.  I’ve met and briefly worked with big industry names like Skip Cohen, Michele Celentano, Bob Coates, Scott Bourne, RC, Bill Fortney, Jim Begley and they all gave me the time of day deep respect as a person.  I’ve also met great photographers I count as friends like Adrian Ciolacu, Fran Ruchalski, Bret Watkins and many others who inspire me and helped me with things like finding a good print shop.  I actually I hope I don’t insult anyone who I run out of space to mention….

I think the thing that makes them so special is that they know how to approach a crowd with multi zone metering…and when given the chance to meet you one on one switch to spot metering.  As a result they speak to you, treat you well and make you want to take care of them as they do to you.

So look them up, and enjoy their work.  I’ll try to get a link in to each over the next few weeks so you can see the wide range of talents that inspire me…and maybe you too!

-ehw

Inspired work on the way!

Inspired work on the way!

Three Portraits

20130815-063902.jpg

20130814-180423.jpg

20130814-180354.jpg

Up in Chicago I spent the last few days working on my portraits and marketing skills. One additional challenge I put before myself was to start asking people to pose for a portrait for me. In each portrait I wanted to try and start capturing a part of my subject’s personality….and why they are such special people to God and me!

In the first photo you see my friend Richard. He was my table buddy during the group talks and we shared a few wonderful meals together. He is from Mayberry, NC..the real one. He and his loving wife worked hard for years as a husband/wife team in a two person law firm. Now he and his wife are retired…and he is now adventuring. I hope the photo reflects his wonderful, peaceful, calm and friendly personality.  I’ll never forget the vegetable rolls he ordered the last night there!  Even when surprised he was so calm!

The second photo is Levi Sim; now of Portland, Oregon. I hope you see the energy in those eyes. He is a man of seemingly superman energy. Actually doesn’t he look like Clark Kent?…well anyway the energy in those eyes is nourished by a wonderful wife and a little girl they are adopting. I loved seeing him well up over a child he loves so much…made me think of how I felt each of the four times a child entered my life. I hope you can see the joy in his life right there.

The final photo is of my friend Adrian. He and I were table buddies last year at Skip’s. We renewed our friendship this week.  He is smart, direct, and one of the more encouraging people you’ll ever meet. He is a U.S. citizen from Romania … .and if he does not give you inspiration about taking a risk in a completely new land and starting with nothing no one will. He gave me help last year, and this year in the encouragement realm…thanks buddy.

Now I hope you enjoyed my little set of portraits. A little tip to the People of Calgary blog…he is inspirational at meeting and introducing interesting people up there…and one day I hope to add some more jock stories like this.

-ehw
P.S. All with the fujifilm x-e1.  Edited in Snapseed while I waited for the airplane ride home.

Portraits with Michele Celentano

20130813-073815.jpg

Yesterday I had the joy of attending a class in formal portrait photography provided by Michele Celentano. Michele is a wonderful tea her who constantly through us into the fire…with a safety net. It was was wonderful.

The key lessons are simple, but the devil is in the details. Where I’m looking big picture she already was two steps ahead of me going into details. Not just any details but how a hand is laid down on a brother’s shoulder, or if the whites of the eyes are too visible….these details are what makes her a master formal portrait artist.

I’d just like to say thank you to her for her dedication to the instruction yesterday. I’ll be taking it home and putting it all to work as soon as I can so I don’t forget the lessons learned….

More importantly I’ll keep some of that passion for the craft she imprinted on me for a long time to come!

Pool Shark

A boy plays his first game of pool...

A boy plays his first game of pool…

My son plays his first game of pool…while doing a Cub Scout achievement no less!

To capture a moment of timeless contemplation what else to do other than get a nice photo finished as sepia?

I am really starting to enjoy environmental portraiture.  To photograph people in their element makes catching a glimpse of their soul so much easier!

For you camera geeks like me…shot with a Pentax K-5, Sigma 17-50 F2.8 OS with reflection coming off the pool table itself actually giving me some fill light!  Fantastic combo of camera and lens.  Post was completed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

-ehw