Archive for November 2009


Santa Fe and Taos in winter

November 29th, 2009 — 11:27pm

My wife and I took the children to Santa Fe and Taos this Thanksgiving weekend to enjoy the beauty of New Mexico, and avoid eating and shopping too much. We spent three days in the area, and we had a wonderful time.

I tried to capture with the images below what I like the most about New Mexico:

  • The precolombian Pueblo heritage (#1, #2, #3)
  • The beautiful landscapes (#4, #5)
  • The high sierras and the snow (#6)
  • The Spanish influences (#7, #8)

Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo at the end of the day

Taos Pueblo at the end of the day

Pueblo woman selling jewelry in Santa Fe

Pueblo woman selling jewelry in Santa Fe

Aspen trees neAr Santa Fe Ski Area

Aspen trees near Santa Fe Ski Area

View from Capulin volcano near Raton, NM

View from Capulin volcano near Raton, NM

Taos Ski Resort slopes

Taos Ski Resort slopes

Lobby at Santa Fe motel where we stayed

Lobby at Santa Fe motel where we stayed

St. Francis in front of Santa Fe cathedral

St. Francis in front of Santa Fe cathedral

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Working with Siri today

November 21st, 2009 — 11:38pm

Here is an image from today. The key light is produced by a gridded beauty dish, which produces this beautiful shadow around her neck and doesn’t spill light all over the model. The other interesting aspect is the use of rim lights on each side, as I wanted to have some control of where the rim highlights would be. So lots of lights, but the effect is pretty simple, and hopefully does not appear over-lit.

Lovely Siri and her attitude

Lovely Siri and her attitude

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Working with Salma

November 19th, 2009 — 5:03pm

On Tuesday 11/17 I had a photo shoot with Salma Rosey, a lovely model from Bangladesh.   We started the session in her backyard and continued at a shopping strip in Rockwall, which was a fantastic location.  Fahrad, Salma’s husband was the assistant, and he did a great job helping with reflectors, flash and carrying stuff.  I am very pleased with the results!

Here is an image from this session, taken at around 9:30am in Salma’s home backyard.

Salma at home
Salma at home

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Old Hollywood glamour style

November 2nd, 2009 — 12:26am

My lovely wife was my model this Sunday evening to do a short “old Hollywood glamour” session. I am very interested in getting better at doing this type of work with digital equipment, and she’s a patient subject! The hair, makeup, etc do not match the 30s style, but I was mostly interested in the light and the postprocessing. I am not there yet, but every attempt moves me a bit closer. I need to work on the postprocessing, as I think I overdid it here.

I was inspired by Len Prince, a NY photographer who published a book on the old Hollywood style, “About Glamour” - he used an 8×10 camera and hot lights, like Hurrel and the old masters.

Stella in black and white

 

Lighting diagram

Lighting diagram

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Old Hollywood lights

November 1st, 2009 — 1:01am

This evening I spent some time photographing an old-style 10 inch Bardwell-McAlister fresnel light. I am doing some old Hollywood glamour work with it and wanted to photograph it for a promotional card and also because it’s beautiful in its old fashioned way. This instrument was converted into a 2000 ws flash head by Norman years ago.

Here is how I photographed the fresnel. First, I turned the fresnel’s modeling light on to maximum power. Then I used two SB800 flashes to illuminate the sides of the fresnel. I had the flashes gelled with full CTO to match the color of the modeling light, just in case I wanted to use the color versions of these images. Since the main purpose was to create black and white images, white balance doesn’t really matter.

On the first image I used an exposure of 1/2 second at f/8. Only one SB800 portable flash is used here, with a 10 degree grid, pointing to the back of the lamp. The fresnel produced the pattern of light on a black 4×8 foam core board. I like the light escaping from the top, bottom and back. I didn’t use any fill on this image.

On this second image I did use two flashes plus the light coming from the fresnel. There is a flash without any modifier about three feet in front of the fresnel, centered on the lens, and pointing to it. This flash illuminates the front of the head. There is another flash with a 10 degree grid positioned behind the head and throwing the rim light you see to camera right. I liked the cinematic effect of having that light rimmed and not pointing directly to the side of the fresnel. Exposure was 1/50s at f/8.

The third image is more conventional and I used two flashes throwing harsh light as for the second one. You can tell where they are placed but looking a the shadows projected on the body of the lamp by the hardware sticking out. The exposure was 1/13 sec at f/8.

It was fun illuminating a light.

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