February 2008

I love my job!


Yesterday my work had me take photos of the customer service reps for some fun photos to put up on the walls of their area.  They wanted them in black and white, and to have the people display whatever “personality” they wanted.  These are what ended up being the final product.

I am reminded from this photoshoot that I really need practice posing people as that is where I struggle for ideas.

This jumping idea was done as a joke at the end, but was the decided favorite of the bunch.

Portrait of a Co-worker


Brandon is a co-worker that let me take some portraits today of him.  I need some lighting and post-processing practice, and he figures the free photos to throw on his Facebook profile are worth sitting in for me.

I’ll have some more of him in the future.

Canon 40D, 50 1.4, 1/80 at f/9 and 100 ISO
see it on flickr too

Oh yeah, that’s the spot

This time of year our cat gets very affectionate, looking for someone to scratch away the itching skin caused by shedding.  Our kids are happy to indulge.

Canon 40D, EF-S 18-55, 1/60 at f/2.8 and 200 ISO

Tender Feet

Here we have some baby feet taken of a co-worker’s newborn almost 2 years ago.  Still one of my favorites I have taken of this concept.

To take this photo as well as others in the series, the baby was too young to be propped up on some pillow, or perhaps I just didn’t have the right props.  Using two strobes set up in their living room, I had the husband hold the baby in his lap while draped in a black muslin.

I was happy here also with the depth of field on the image, creating a selective detail in the foreground while still including a hint of the rest of the baby in the background.

Canon 20D, 50 1.4, 1/200 at f/7.1 and 200 ISO
also on flickr

Getting the Shot

At the end of the recent Kenneth Linge seminar I attended we took a field trip to see some of the techniques we learned put into action. As the night sky was quickly deepending Kenneth showed us how his simple and cost effective tungsten light created a high quality portrait in a difficult lighting situation.

I had a lo of fun photographing the other students working over the shoulder of the teacher to see how things looked through their own lenses.

Canon 4D, EF-S 18-55 IS, 1/20 at f/4 and 1600 ISO
also seen on flickr

Donny Osmond in the Spotlight

Donny Osmond with Michael Ripoll during a semi-acoustic segment of the concert.

Canon 20D, 24-105L, 1/60 at f/4 and 800 ISO
see it on flickr

Enough Already


Animals are so fun to photograph, but I think dogs tend to take the cake when it comes to expressions. Tahoe here was so ready to play while the rest of us were busy relaxing. Dogs just seem to be able to give you that look that can have so many meanings. There’s a new baby in the house, and I think he feels like he doesn’t get enough attention these days.

Don’t worry, he eventually got to chase a ball and work out his energy. His people still love him.

Canon 40D, 70-200L, 1/800 at f/2.8 and 400 ISO
also on flickr

Mt. Timpanogos Panoramic

Panoramic photos are not really ideal for typical web viewing, but I have to admit I find them fascinating.  To truly appreciate this photo, click through to see a larger size.  Current technology makes it relatively easy to put together multiple photos for amazing wide angle views and incredible resolution.  This particular photo is a combination of 22 photos taken in portrait mode, stitched together with a program called Autopano.

Along with the ultra wide view, a big value of stitching together multiple exposures is the combined resolution you get.  This photo at full resolution, after overlapping areas are combined is over 24,000 pixels wide; that means you could print it at high resolution (300 dpi) over 81 inches, ver 6 feet.

You can view a 50% sized version uploaded at flickr.

Canon 40D, 24-105L, 1/800 at f/10 and 100 ISO

Stage in Purple

Stage in Purple
Donny Osmond in Concert

I guess Donny still likes purple, eh?  Hehe.

Most often when I am shooting a concert obviously I get as close as possible.  The point is to get the best possible shots, and shots that are difficult for most people to get.  That said, at times I like to step back a bit and see what you can get from different vantage points in the venue.  This elevated view is from the balcony of the Capital Theater and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Of course, most important is when you are taking photos at a concert is to not interfere with those paying to be there!  I always try to check around me before setting up to take a shot and make sure that I am not in someone’s way.  If I am going to block someone’s view, I ask permission, snap a few shots then move on.  I really dislike it when I see others stand in front of other concert goers for an extended time, putting their own experience ahead of others.  Getting the shot is important, but so is having a little courtesy.

Canon 20D, 24-105L, 1/40 at f/4 and 800 ISO
also seen on flickr

Sneaking Away

A Private Moment

Sneaking out of the reception for a moment, bride and groom stole a private moment.  Leave it to me to make that moment not so private anymore!  Ok, I confess they knew I was there.  In fact, this ended up being one of the brides favorite photos of the night.  I guess this photo could be a couple at any time, but this was actually just their reception started, after a couple of hours helping with the set up.  They were exhausted already and needed a moment to regroup before greeting family and friends for the next three hours.

I can remember my reception and having similar feelings.  I was ready to take off from the moment it started.  It was a great event, I was just tired and ready to be off with my happy new bride enjoying our honeymoon.  We start learning patience right from the beginning, don’t we?

Canon 20D, EF 28-135 IS, 1/60 at f/4.0 and 400 ISO
also on flickr