I haven’t offered family portraits in the cosmos fields. I’ve done model shoots in the cosmos, but I’ve usually referred parents with kids on to other photographers. However, in preparation for sessions next year, I decided I’d do a test shoot to work out the best locations and angles etc. Bear played the role of a small child, and things were going fine, until I thought the pics might look better without the orange collar. Bad idea. Never feed Gremlins after midnight, never call Chuck Norris a sissy, and never remove Bear’s collar. Not unless you have a clearly defined strategy as to how you are going to catch, and then clean the ball of mud and fur, before putting her back in the car. She’s too fast for me, she’s too fast for the camera’s autofocus. In conclusion, from Spring 2015 I will offer family sessions in the cosmos fields. If your children like to roll around in the mud, then run until exhaustion, no problem. They’ll be going home in your car!
Had to set up the studio for a canine client today. Bear helped out before the shoot, so that I could get the lighting right. Bear doesn’t work for peanuts. Just dog biscuits.
Merry Christmas and a happy holidays to all my family and friends around the world. Anyone want to place a bet on how long it will take for Bear to destroy her latest toy…
A first attempt at capturing bear mid shake. Thanks to Michael and Pete for assisting and Bear for being repeatedly soaked. It’s a good job labs like water. Lighting – Beauty Dish as the main light, magnum reflector behind Bear, both powered by Profoto Pro-7a. The beauty dish illuminates Bear, while the strobe behind bear illuminates the droplets. Strobes triggered with PocketWizards.
Took the camera with me on the dog’s walk. Nice evening light. It was dark by the time I’d managed to get Bear back on the lead. Labrador’s should be classed as marine mammals, and chocolate labs do not seem to develop obedience or common sense with age.
In times of need, Bear transforms into “Black Bear” a shadowy force that is more bite than bark. Rather than a phone booth, Bear transforms herself in Photoshop, then charges off into the night.
Some more flash duration testing this time with Bear as the model. When using natural light you can freeze action by using a fast shutter speed. When using a strobe (and low ambient light) you freeze action with the light from the strobe rather than the shutter. The length of the pulse of light that comes out of the strobe is the flash duration. The shorter the flash duration the cleaner the image as you will get less blur. In these shots I threw a dog biscuit with one hand and pressed the shutter with the other. Bear is quite happy to work for food.
Took Bear for a wander along the beach and over the coral as the tide was low. For those who live near the ocean this tide forecast website is really useful.
Last weekend I did a little bit of location scouting with Norwegian photographer Heiko Junge. Shot with both the 645D and the 67II. Put all the gear in a Pelican case so I could wade across the river. Digital Discovery #10 Not really a discovery, but… The images from the 645D are now on the blog. The film from the Pentax 67II is currently on the way to Fukuoka for processing. Will get it back next week. After scanning the film I will post the images. Of course, the usage of my images extends beyond 470 pixels wide on my blog, but it is a clear reminder of the increase in speed using a digital workflow.