Saturday, April 25, 2009

Substitute Pets

So my apartment complex doesn't allow dogs, and I do so desperately want a dog. Thankfully, a colleague of mine, Wendy, asked me to dog sit last weekend while she and her husband went up north to play in the snow (heh). Anyway, I was finally able to use the AM "golden hour" (that sunrise/sunset light that makes everything look pretty) because these dogs are very used to being up and adventurous at an absurdly early hour. Ahem. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these shots as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Osgood (left) and Munster (right) love to fight for toys.

Here we can see Munster performing a sweet side kick.

While he's definitely a handful, this dog is absolutely gorgeous.

To round things off, I wanted to post this pic of Amber's cat, Kitty (I can't help but chuckle at the name every time). I took this while doing a follow up shoot for the rings-on-belly shot from the BW maternity series. Kitty happened to get up in my face as I was testing my flash, and this photo came out. I wish the left eye were more in focus, but I absolutely love how the whiskers appear as stark white due to the flash going off not six inches from them.
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Club Above the Rest

I'm sure that I'll shoot my good friend Charlie Slick more than once, and in the future, I'll have more tools to work with (I'm investing in an off-camera flash system very soon). This shoot taught me a lot of things. It taught me that my autofocus helper light doesn't help a lot at Charlie's shows, and that my own manual focusing abilities need some work. It also taught me that my on-camera flash can be useful (all of these shots use it, and no shots without it were usable), but most importantly, it taught me that I need better flash. I'll be dropping around 900 bucks on an upgrade soon.

This is the clearest shot of Mr. Slick from the night, and thankfully his stage lighting and the composition worked together to make an interesting shot!

I was trying to get a focused in shot of Charlie, but I ended up getting this dancing dude. A the club itself, I thought the guy looked, well, silly, but he made a good photo.

This shot would be just so much better if Charlie were more in focus and not the tattooed girl in the front.

So, I tried out that first shot in black and white, cranked up the contrast a little more . . I'm not sure which one I like more. I'd love to hear your opinions.
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