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

 

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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!

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