Having fun with portraits. What photographers do when snowed in.
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Haley is from Rex Putnam High School. Haley is an artist and so I wanted to do a special image that was artistic and captured her point in life. This image draws inspiration from one of my favorite digital artist, Brooke Shaden. Brooke’s use of color toning and fantasy imagery is some of the best I have seen. I borrowed some of her technique to create this image of Haley.
I have been interested in doing both time lapse and night sky photography for years. My early attempts were disappointing due to the difference in film and digital. But with the new Nikon D800 camera I felt that the technology has finally caught up to what I expect for good results. So I am just beginning my experiments in capturing the night sky.
My first foray into the field was at Trillium Lake at the base of Mt Hood. In addition to making a very good first work into this genera I was entertained by a pair of river otters who were splashing and eating in front of me for over an hour. I was using a 24 mm 1.4 lens. The lens was set at 2.0 and focused at infinity. I left the shutter open for 20 seconds for most exposures. I set the camera’s sensitivity to iso 1600. I did a couple panorama shots. The image with Mt Hood in it was a combination of 29 images. The bright light on Mt Hood is from the snow plows that groom the slopes for snow board and ski camps all summer. The glow from behind Mt Hood is light pollution from Hood River and Portland areas.
While I was in Yellowstone I heard about a fox den located at the Yellowstone Picnic area. I arrived and was told that the evening before I badger came in and took over the fox den. Rumors were that then badger had killed the kits. So I took my place in line with a small number of photographers that were gathered there. It was not the perfect lighting when most of the photographers were there. But I stayed to see what would enfold. I made a friend there and David and I picked a position and we got to watch the drama of the female fox attacking the badger. The series I’m posting is in order of events. It starts with the badger emerging from the den and the female fox coming up and starting her attack. She eventually drove the badger back into the den. I never saw the kits so I suspect the badger did in fact kill them.
I don’t normally post my wildlife photography on this site but these photos were worth sharing here because it is such a rare event.
I am often asked to bring a camera to parties, events, and get togethers. Sometimes it is for hire and sometimes it is for friends or family. This month there were a couple get togethers, where with camera in hand, I captured some images. Armed with a new lens, the nikon 85mm 1.4, I decided to get some shallow depth of field photographs to put the lens to a test. It performed nicely and so I decided to convert some of my favorites to black and white. Many of the photographs were captured at f/1.8 and you can see that the focus is very very short. Just a couple inches in fact. This isolates the view point and accentuates area of focus, mainly the eyes. This lens proved itself and will be favorite in my camera bag.
Black and white images help isolate the character of the face without distracting your eye with color. Black and white images also fit better as a series together since the tone of the images are more compatible than if you have a series with conflicting color pallet. If you are considering wedding photography or a series of portraits you might request them in black and white.
I was fortunate to have Kayla come to my studio and she and I worked on some very nice portraits that were just perfect for black and white images. Her family selected a combination of black and white and color images. A very nice family that I enjoyed working with. I’m posting some of the different styles of portraits that I edited so you can see a variety of black and white techniques that I can offer.
Someone might accuse me of boasting about my son. Just because he won College Photographer Of the Year (CPOY) for the Illustration category for 2011 what does that mean? Oh and he received an award for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for his portrait photography. Not too shabby for someone who gets his main inspiration from film directors and not still photographers. Someone that I thought was going to be a writer and turned into a visual story teller before I knew it.
I have always been pretty good at lighting but my lighting was not nearly as dramatic as it has been with Robert’s prodding and assistance. Robert has made me rethink a lot of my lighting set ups and he constantly pushes me to do something new and different from what I might default to when doing a portrait session. I have grown as a photographer from working with Robert.
Due to Robert’s influence my portraits range from my normal even lighting style to edgier more dramatic lighting. He is still never satisfied and is always pushing me to make things go to a higher level. He has an eye for style and I learn from him both as a lighting guru and a photoshop artist.
If you would like to see Robert’s personal work you can view it at Robert Dyck Photography.
As often happens when you shoot senior portraits someone comes along with the student who should be included in some photos. In this case the older sister came along with her brother. I wanted to do something cool with the two of them. My son Robert, is a lighting pro. In the short amount of time compared to my experience with photography lighting he has not only grasped it but inspires me constantly with his insight. I wanted to do a photos with the two siblings in our old 41 Chevy Truck that we use for a prop and so Robert went in to lighting mode with me and set up some great cross lighting. Robert thinks in terms of cinematic lights. Or in other words he thinks about how he would light the scene if he were shooting a movie. He loves noir movies and so he set this up for me. I shot a few test shots and once we had the lighting dialed in I shot away while Robert made small tweaks. I think the lighting turned out very cool and the subjects seemed to love the results also.
Eric was a high school senior who came to us late in the season. We were interested in doing something with Eric that showed his interest in skateboarding. We shot some photos of Eric in the studio with his skateboard and we also shot some images of him at the Gresham Skateboard Park. We used a Paul Buff Einstein studio strobe because of the speed of this light for capturing and freezing motion. The backgrounds at the park were distracting so I chose an image from the studio to use to composite one of the images of him in his jump. Eric loved it.