Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kevin Ames Here This Week!

We are learning studio lighting techniques this week with some very dynamic models!
This is Alice, our ballerina. Monday and Tuesday we were learning about hard light vs. soft light and how to achieve those techniques using different methods and tools. We are using the tethering technique which Kevin swears by! Kevin is also very adamant about how to work with the model. How do you approach her, asking permission, and getting a good working relationship with them in order to gain trust, confidence and a chance to work with them in the future.
I hope put more up soon as we shoot. This ballerina will be interesting to photograph tomorrow with her new pink dread locks! Yikes!
I used the Canon 7D for fun with the 24-70mm lens, pocket wizard and the ProFoto 500 D1 lights. Really just one Creative Light octa-soft box above and, though I was slapped on the wrist by Kevin, I was not tethered nor on my Induro tripod. (Don't tell anyone!)

Hal comes home tonight so hopefully he can join in tomorrow!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Quick Images from our SE AK Photo Adventure

7 shot stitched pano of the Dawes Glacier, Endicott Arm
The face is about 3/4 mile wide and hundreds of feet high.

Made it back to Light for one whole day before leaving again for the wonders of Alaska.  The 8 day yacht cruise was amazing.  I will have a more detailed description up as time allows.  The quick version is 8 days of perfect weather, 1000+ bald eagles (much better than Homer,) dozens of whales, brown bears, black bears, Steller's sea lions, harbor seals, more ducks and shorebirds than I could identify, glaciers, icebergs, landscape, and more.

The seven of us shot a total of about 1.6 terabytes in 8 days.  That is after DNG conversion and deleting  about 20+%, so far.

Life changing experience is an excellent way to refer to the whole adventure.

I attached a few shots to this post. Mostly eagles this time but as I process you'll see everything I listed above.

I've scheduled three trips next year on the yacht, two in the spring and one in July focusing on Humpback whales (only four spots left in this one already.)  Details will be on the website soonest.  By the way, yacht living was amazing.  Each cabin had an attached head (bathroom) with shower and five star dining all hours of the day.  Rough, I know.

Fiat Lux!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Alaskan Legend

Our home for the next 8 days.

Eagles, whales, and bears...oh, my!

Will have limited internet access but will try and update whenever possible.

Fiat Lux!

Petersburg, AK

Traveled to Petersburg, AK today to join up with our group for Photo Adventure Alaska.  We'll head out tomorrow towards points unknown of the Inside Passage.

Tried to work a few images (breaking my own rule of not doing any color or tonal work with a laptop screen.)

Didn't want to fly for me today when the light was nice.  Watched a few birds fishing in the harbor at sunset.  Very cool but found myself without a long, fast lens.  Good thing we have another 9 days up here.

Fiat Lux!