This Easter season is turing out very special for us.  It started with an Easter Vigil with a room lit pretty much only by candlelight.  This was a time to really focus on what our Lord, Jesus did for us so long ago.  His sacrifice on the cross to pay for my (and your) sins is a gift beyond all gifts.

This image is of our two priests who are amazing, godly men to say the least.

From a technical perspective, the low light caused me to raise the ISO to 3200 and shoot at 1/8 of a second at f4.  My camera was firmly attached to a tripod due to the low shutter speed.





Self Portrait

I had fun this winter seeing what my beard would look like after not having one for many years.  My dear wife put up with the scratchiness for a while as it grew to what would be its full length.  You see, I got rid of it shortly after taking this image.

I downloaded the update to OnOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 7 a few days ago and used the Perfect B&W plugin to do the black and white conversion and to add a border to it.  They have a 30 day trial to their software if you want to try out some cool effects.

The lighting was a single light with no modifiers.  The black background was actually my unlit entryway.




Tunnel VisionNear the university in Bellingham, Washington there is a nice hiking trail that takes you up into the nearby forest.  One portion of this trail takes you through a tunnel.  Photographing tunnels is fun, but you need to know how to handle the exposure.

The easiest way to do it is to walk to the far end of the tunnel where your camera no longer sees any of the tunnel itself, but only the forest.  Set your camera’s exposure adjustments there (manual exposure), then go back into the tunnel and compose your shot.  The view of outside will be a perfect exposure.

The other option is to use the “spot metering” function on your camera.  Most of the SLR cameras, both film and digital have this feature.  You are really just telling the light meter in the camera to use a small spot where you are pointing as the place to adjust to for exposure.  This keeps you from having to walk to the end of the tunnel.

If you just try to take the photo without taking into account all of the blackness of the tunnel, the camera will think that everything around you is normal daylight and the exposure will be adjusted to make the tunnel brighter.  When this happens, the tunnel will lose the blackness and the outside will be very over exposed and washed out.

You can do the same technique looking out of the windows of a building.  The inside of the building is much darker, so step up to the window, adjust your exposure, then step back.  The outside will look great.

Have fun experimenting!

OrangesOne night I decided to see what I could do with some oranges in the studio.  I put them on a piece of laminate countertop material and turned out all the light.  The effect I was looking for would require a very small light source to give some very distinct shadows.  I also wanted the shadows of one of the oranges to cast itself on another orange.  20 shots or so later, I found what I was looking for.Setting up for this particular shot was relatively easy.  I put the camera on a tripod, stopped down the lens to f22 to let in as little light as possible to maintain the blackness of the background.  The trick was to open up the shutter for 1/2 of a second, then manually trigger an external flash unit once I heard the shutter open.  A better way to do this would have been to have a flash cable going between the camera and the remote flash.  I didn’t have one, so ingenuity had to come into play.Try taking some ordinary objects you see every day and make some interesting images of them.  It will make your artistic side come out.  :-)Canon 20D, Canon 24-70 f2.8 L at 30mm, 1/2 at f22, ISO 100, Canon 550EX Flash

ShadowsAre you ready to see another abstract? This one is not quite as abstract as the others I have posted, but still may make you wonder just a bit as to the subject matter. This particular one is a close up of a large fuel storage tank. The sun was nearing the horizon which gave some very interesting shadows to the image. I especially like the shadows of the stairs near the top as they elongate due to the curvature of the tank.

Canon 40D, Canon 24-70 f2.8 L at 70mm, 1/500 at f4, ISO 100