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  • jmorlife63 3:47 am on May 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Urban Teen Series with GRACIE 

    This shoot was part of genre-based idea I had. I call it the Urban Teen Series. Creative lighting elements were employed to convey different moods and a melancholy-type emotional impact. I was looking for a runaway teen in the city look. Its not nearly as cinematic as I had hoped but it was, after all, a trial run. I am still working out the creative lighting aspects with my new lights and modifiers. Getting more comfortable with your equipment is crucial. Especially when you only have a limited time to shoot. This day I had about 90 minutes but managed 3 locations nearby in the city. Thank You to our lovely model Gracie and her Father for allowing me to share these portraits with my fellow VLOG peeps!

    Coming Soon. Gracie has agreed to a Graveyard shoot. The location has been selected for some time and the graveyard site I will be shooting in was in a feature movie. I will be using my gels, more lights, and other fun stuff! I will elaborate more later. Stay tuned. _ JD

     

     

     

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  • jmorlife63 3:08 am on November 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Twilight Car Shoot 

    Being a portrait photographer can be a tough gig but its so exhilarating to learn new and creative ways to light and shoot. You’ve simply gotta love photography.

    Lauren and Steve wanted their portrait session to include their new Hyundai Veloster Coup. Oh Boy! What to do? At first I was concerned about the color of the vehicle and after some serious thought decided to shoot the session during the magic hour. I think it worked out pretty good. Both Steve and Lauren were very sharp and were quickly striking various poses that myself and my assistant had created, like seasoned professionals. This was the first time using both of my brand new battery powered strobe units together’. I situated one 500 Watt strobe with a 47″ Deep Parabolic  with the outer-diffuser removed and simply left the inner-diffuser which is inside the parabolic (to avoid hot spots). This was my key light. The other strobe (fill and combination) was equipped with a Cheetah 12×55 strip box modifier with directional grid. I was very pleased with the quality of light from both modifiers when used in combination with my new strobes. After nearly a 1.5- two-hour session, my new strobes still registered a full charge! Awesome! This was the first shoot utilizing my larger light modifiers and I have more on the way! The lighter images were shot a bit earlier I utilized my Canon speedlight with my assistant hand-holding a 24″ Hexi soft box.

    I have a mid-December wedding and think I will utilize some really sweet translucent umbrella modifiers. This shoot was lots of fun but when that sun starts sinking? Its a race against the clock. I got so excited composing and firing away (as it grew darker) that I completely ignored my modeling light function, on my strobe-remote, which was mounted right on top of my camera hot shoe. Sigh.

    Upcoming shoots are a December wedding, an urban fashion-type shoot, and includes a unique graveyard shoot which I am very excited about but is still in the planning stages. Studio 63 did manage to get our models costume ordered this weekend. 😉 (Get ready Gracie!) I love the creative doors that photography opens! Studio 63 is venturing into video more and more as well. More on that later. _ JD

     

     
  • jmorlife63 2:07 am on July 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Bird, Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word 

    A couple years ago I got the wild idea it would be interesting to start a new hobby. Bird watching sounded good. I purchased a decent pair of Bushnell (waterproof, just to make sure) binoculars for 100 bucks and set out to spot some bird species as well as flora and fauna. The great outdoors! I didn’t see many birds the first few weekends with my new (waterproof) binoculars. I became bored rather quickly and soon those Bushnell’s were gathering dust on my closet shelf. Shortly thereafter I relocated from Missouri to South Carolina. Surely there were birds in the south. I also thought to myself that there must be an easier way to view birds other than walking through the woods and searching the tree tops for whistling sounds or flying creatures rustling the limbs. Eureka! ( As Archimedes once exclaimed) I have it! So guess what I did? I set up a bird feeder in my front yard. I had more birds the first day than I did in weeks of tree-top watching with those Bushnell’s. My first seed was a variety seed which attracted many birds but I learned very quickly what most birds really love. Sunflower seeds! Sunflower seeds seem to work the best and I am well on my way to identifying nearly 20 different species of birds in my little bird community and having a great time. Photographing birds is a bit trickier. Even with a telephoto lens patience is not only a virtue but a must! But the rewards are well worth it. I still use the Bushnell binoculars and I hope you enjoy (just a few images) I have recorded here this summer here in Florence, South Carolina.

    CLIcK on First Image to VIEW ALL Fully!!! 🙂

    Disclaimer: I have done my best to identify these birds properly. I do have a B.S. degree but I’m certainly not an ornithologist. Please feel free to comment or correct me (I won’t be offended) if I have made any errors. I am still learning. Birds are kewl! Photography is the bomb!

     
  • jmorlife63 8:19 am on September 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Getting creative in S.C.

    Getting creative in S.C.

     
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  • jmorlife63 7:54 am on September 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Creative in Charleston 

    Different environments can do strange things to the eye of a photographer. I was visiting Charleston, S.C. It was a hot, humid, and overcast day. There was something in the air down there. It was very bright and hazy. My creative eye kicked into high gear. I seemed drawn to shadows and lines like I have never been before. My exposure meter was going bananas and I finally just ignored the meter and set to manual. I was breaking many of the standard rules of photography, (taught in my classroom) primarily composition and exposure, but I just didn’t give a damn. Heck! I was on vacation and enjoying every minute of my adventures in the southeastern US. Here are a few of the fair to good shots. They appear interesting. At least they did at the time. 😉
    Creative in Charleston

     
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