Monday, January 25, 2010

Chris & Sarah's Engagement PhotoShoot - Rain? Blah its Seattle!

Chris and Sarah
Seattle, WA
Volunteer Park

Canon 7D
Canon t1i
Beauty Dish
Nikon SB80DX

The day started off extremely rainy, but we had already postponed the shoot twice. Seattle is very unforgiving for photography. You never know when it will rain, you kind of have to expect.

However we Pushed through and went for it anyways. I was definitely worried about getting condensation on my sensor or worse shorting the camera due to the rain.

Lucky for us we found shelter within the tower over looking the park. It provided for a great looking backdrop and kept us dry.

Sometimes working through obstacles causes you to work creatively so the final result were some of the most creative shots I've done for portraits. I'm glad we pushed through it after all.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Brian and Bee Maternity Shoot Part I

More to come...

Canon 7D
Canon t1i
Nikon SB80dx
Canon 24-70
Canon 50mm 1.4

January 23rd, 2010

We conducted the shoot with Brian and Bee at their beautiful Tacoma home over looking the Tacoma Harbor. It provided a great backdrop to do a lifestyle/maternity shoot.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Optical Illusions With Minh Chau

Is She Good or is She bad? Look Carefully

I've always wanted to try some creative shots with mirrors so I worked with Minh Chau to create this shot. See if you can find the subtle differences.

Canon 7D
50mm 1.4 Lens
Beauty Dish
Canon 580ex Mii Flash

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Alki Tavern Bar: Model shoot with Spectators

Location: Alki Tavern in Seattle
Date: 1/09/10
Canon 7D
Canon t1i
24-70mm 2.8 Lens
50mm 1.4
Alien Bees ABR800
Canon 580ex Mii FLash
Nikon SB-80 Flash
2 Stands
Alien Bees vegabond Portable battery
Shoot through umbrellas

We got permission to shoot at this great little biker bar. The Staff was great and the girls were troopers. Bikinis in the winter is not easy work.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Painting with Light

So I've read several articles on how to paint with light, so being the tinker-er that I am, figured it was worth a try as a small photo project.

What I used:
Canon 7D
24-70 2.8 Lens
Canon RC 5 remote
Colored gels

I placed the camera on the desk, (perfectly still of course, any camera movement would blur the photo). The camera settings were on Bulb, which if some of you do not already know basically leaves the shutter open until you decide to close it again. The remote was then used to trip the shutter. Once tripped, I began waving the headlamp with the colored gel like a mad man. I had several different colors but this photo below turned out the best.

Its a fun little project. Try it out for your self and see what neat designs you can come up with.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Lion Dancers Photo - Temple in Seattle

Location: Temple in Seattle
Canon 7D
24-70mm 2.8 Lens
ABR800 on a boom
2 x AB800
Shoot through umbrellas
White backdrop

With the upcoming Chinese Years the Lion Dance team of Seattle needed promo photos for their website and future posters. So as a favor to Ni I volunteered my time to assist in the shoot.

We encountered a small problem trying to get the large lion costumes in the frame and all on the white back drop but that was something photoshop couldn't quickly fix.

Here's the before photo.

It was a slightly challenging shoot but part of being a good photographer is being resourceful.

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Tran Family Portrait - Kerry Park

Location: Kerry Park & UW - Seattle
24-70 2.8 lens
ABR800 with 56 inch moon unit
Vagabond Battery
Canon 580ex ii

Tran Family Portrait:

Lucky for us the weather on a December Day in Seattle cooperated and there was no rain in Seattle. The Sun was out and the sky was as blue as can be. Which created a wonderful backdrop with the Seattle Skyline in the background.

We shot with the sun to their backs and we had to battle with the glare from the sun. There are a few shots where this was pretty apparent but it added a pretty cool affect.

The family was great! Very cooperative and easy to work! The best kind of client there is.

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