Was feeling a little bit of cabin fever and even though it was really windy and a bit cold outside I decided I would go try and find some ducks to shoot (with the camera). Anyway, I decided to call up my friend who recently got her first DSLR and was wanting to learn a few things. I figured I could take her out and try and teach her the difference between the telephoto lens and the normal zoom.
It ended up being a lot of fun but since she brought her kid along and he was a bit loud we didn’t end up finding much wildlife to take pictures of… so we went up the gorge a bit further and I took them to Bonneville Dam. Neither of them had seen the dam, so they thought it was cool, we took some pictures, and of course we watched the salmon climb up the fish ladder for a bit.
Not a ton of great shots but a fun day out, and any day out taking pictures beats being at home doing nothing.
Did a shoot today for a client that needed some photography done for a website they are making for their massage business. Seemed like a pretty straight forward shoot but then when I got to the house I was taken into the massage studio in the basement. While most people love a darker environment for their massage, the cameras don’t! It was seriously dark, but after throwing a few lights up on some stands, things started to look a bit better.
Zuzzie is a gorgeous model that lives in Texas but used to live in the Portland area. I have worked with her several times in the past and she found out that I would be in the Dallas Fort Worth area and decided she would love to get a portfolio refresh shot while I was in town. Well we both happened to have a free day and things turned out pretty well. Since I was traveling light all these were shot with a D40x and an SB-800. Actually, there is one shot with an additional speedlight in it as well. Maybe you can figure out which one?
Quick update about some macro work that I did for a local electronics company. They needed some new pictures for an advertising campaign that was coming up. They needed very high resolution large files for the printing so we tried to shoot everything as close to 1:1 macro as possible. Subject was very tiny little circuit boards which actually ended up being a challenge. They are very reflective and don’t take to lighting very easily when the lens is only two inches away. They turned out great though and the client was able to get their prints done at the last minute with a quick turn-around on the images.
This month for PDX Strobist I setup a meetup at an condo in Beaverton, Oregon. Think we have about 30 photographers and 6 models present and everyone seemed to have a blast. I was able to step out on the roof for a few shots, and was the only one really to take up a model’s offer to shoot in the shower.
I was happy to get asked to come back and shoot some more pictures for the really cool haunted house in Portland called “Scream at the Beach.” The goal is always to get some new photos for promotion and their website, but it also ends up being a ton of fun too. I worked with Kaytee Rose Hime as a model and we were going for that high school horror flic type of feeling. The picture with the giant bugs isn’t really a favorite, but it was campy and fun so I am sharing it.
Went down and joined the local Strobist group for their July meetup. I wasn’t really heavily involved this month in organizing things which turned out letting me spend more time shooting which was a nice change. We were shooting in a warehouse and luckily were able to make use of the roof. Plenty of fun had by all, and I highly encourage aspiring photographers to join the group. Just go to their website for more information.
While most people would be trying to stay indoors when the temperature is 20 below Fahrenheit, I decided to keep with my plans of backpacking in Denali National Park in the middle of December. So one day before the shortest day of the year, I started into the park with a 70lbs pack and some snowshoes. Overall, it was quite the experience! Some of it pleasant, some of it miserable, but I would totally do it again. Since the name of the game was survival, carrying camera gear was not a part of the plan. I did bring a small point and shoot and was able to get a few interesting pictures. Here are some pictures from the trip.