Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day 23- Zombie Mom

Well, it looks like mom's at it again! We gotta refill that lithium prescription....and SOON!

Lighting info after the jump.

Day 22- Negativity

I had an idea about negativity. Something about which I am very negative. This is the end result.

Photo and lighting info after the jump.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Just for Fun- A Boy and His Dog...

...and his IPAD, and his Pillow Pet, and his bluetooth headphones. Can you say spoiled rotten!!??

Friday, February 25, 2011

Just for Fun- My Beautiful Bride

Hubba hubba in high key!!

As always, click on the photo for a larger version.

Day 21- [Insert Provocative Photo Name Here]

Here is the photo for day #21 of my 365 picture-a-day challenge. I like it the most of all the photos that I've made to date. It is begging for a provocative name, however. Please give me some names in the comments section and I'll pick the best one and name the submitter in an update to this post.

Photo info and an alternative attempt after the jump.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 20- Thought for the Day

I love eating Oreo cookies and love listening to Barbara Jordan, so I thought I'd combine the two.

Canon 7D on aperture priority, f/2.8, 400 ISO, white poster board background and LED ring light. Very simple.

Now I'm going to eat some Oreo cookies!!

Just for Fun

Fun photo of my wife and son using the ring light that I recently purchased.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 19- Hook 'Em Horns

It's 1:18 on Thursday morning. Went to bed at 9:45 last night hoping for a nice long restful sleep. But NOOOOO!! Mr. Scleroderma decided that it was time to, after a 45 minute breakdown, where my loving wife consoled me,  here I am posting the photo I made last night.

Boo loves the Texas Longhorns. We got him these slippers this past weekend. So in honor of the Great Nation of Texas, I post this photo tonight.

Shot with Canon SD1200 IS on auto with on-board flash. Boring? Yes. But I wanted sleep.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day 18- C Dog

This is C Dog, better known as my 10-year old son. He's lookin' pretty gansta, but he knows that any attempt at the gangsta life will bring down the wrath of the parental units. I gotta admit, he does look cool though!

As always, click on the photos for a larger view.

Lighting info and more pics after the jump.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 17- Speed Cleaning

My first attempt at timelapse photography.

It's in low-quality format to save on bandwidth. Pretty fun and easy process, actually. More videos to come!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Just for Fun- Three Generations

Cheryl recently took possession of her Granny's cedar armoire. She wanted a photo of it and wanted to represent the three maternal generations. This was the result. The armoire was Granny's, the dress on the right was Cheryl's mom's and the flowers and dress on the left were Cheryl's.

Lighting info and setup shot after the jump.

Day 16- World's BEST Mom


Police are still searching for the driver of the vehicle.

(No children were harmed in the making of this photograph. BOO-YA!!!)

More information after the jump.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 14- Something Wicked This Way Comes

We had a strange winter fog roll through this evening. Perfect conditions for some sort of photo noir experiment.

Lighting info after the jump.

Just for Fun

Found a shed on a church parking lot this afternoon on a short photo hunt. I like the texture of the wood and the rust.

More photos after the jump.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 13- Shutter Lock

In homage to my Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. It's affectionately known as the "nifty fifty," and for good reason. Everyone should have their brand of nifty fifty in their camera bag. It has great color and contrast, phenomenal bokeh and costs about $90. It's wonderful for those low light in-home celebration photos.

The setup for this photograph was exactly the same as for the product shots in the light tent.

Time for a long weekend. I'm trying to come up with something unique for the President's Day celebration. Mind warp time. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 12- Exhaustion

These are my slippers.

I have scleroderma. I am exhausted. Praying for a better day tomorrow and a good night's sleep tonightt.

That is all.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 11- Low Cost Light Tent

This is my favorite lens. It's a Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM. It's super smooth and slick as oily ice!! I shoot everything from portraits to sporting events with it. It's light, focuses as fast as lightning and is sharp as a tack.

It was shot inside of an inexpensive light tent that requires no DIY skills, other than opening a package. A set-up shot of the light tent and another product photo of an item I'll be selling soon, after the jump.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 10- Painting a Heart With Love

I had an idea Sunday and my Valentine helped me carry it out tonight. A Special Valentine's Day photo gift for y'all.

Lighting info and another derivation of the idea after the jump.

Just for Fun

Here's a casual family portrait, without me, of course, in front of the fireplace and winter tree. We decorate the tree for each season.

Lighting info after the jump.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 9- Beautiful Flowers

Cole gave these flowers to his mom today as an early Valentine's gift. He's such a playa!!

Set-up information and picture after the jump.

Numnuts and Strobist

My two favorite photographers are David "Strobist" Hobby and Joe "Numnuts" McNally. And wouldn't you know it, they've decided to get married in San Francisco travel around the country together teaching about flash photography.

Just for Fun

Just for Fun

I decided this morning that occasionally, I'm going to post photos that I've taken that aren't part of my photograph a day project. So here's the first installment.

Lighting info after the jump

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 6- Luke the Wonder Dog

This is Luke the Wonder Dog, a rat terrier we adopted a couple of years ago.

Lighting info after the jump.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 5- Yeah, That's My Bag.

My doctor's bag and some equipment on a desk in our loft. Pictures, from left to right of my parents and Godparents, my first communion(I was a good Catholic altar boy), and finally my parents. May God rest their souls.

Lighting info after the jump.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 3- It Was the Butler......In the Dining Room......With the Lead Pipe???????

Canon 7D with "nifty 50" lens(I love this lens) with Nikon SB26 flash sitting on the bed, pointing at the book at 1/16 power. The flashlight wasn't even turned on. Triggered with Pocket Wizards.

Much love to my wife for being my guinea pig. Although, she is a voracious reader!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 2- Hi-lites

Cole got a haircut today and he even decided on a shorter style AND he let his mom put some hi-lites in. Lady Killa!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Day 1- On-board Versus Off-Camera Flash

Today is Day 1 of 365 days of photos. It's going to be a ridiculously long haul wonderful learning experience.


This is an abstract shot of my acoustic guitar, straight out of camera.

Lighting info after the jump.

Photo A Day

Along with many other avocations, including woodworking, I am a photographer. I have literally thousands of $$$$$$ worth of photography equipment. The problem lately has been motivation. I've been watching videos, reading blogs and reading books until I'm now sick of doing those things. It's time to GET BUSY making pictures. motivation, I've committed to taking and posting a photo a day on this blog. I'll use off-camera flash whenever possible. And I'll be as creative as I can. My lovely wife is the more artistic one, so I'll tap her for inspiration whenever possible. She is not a photographer, so I'll handle the technical side and she the design side.

I'll also post tutorials as often as possible. I'll even include some videos when I think that they'll illustrate techniques better than photos. We use flash in all of its forms; from unaltered on-camera flash to multi-light off-camera set-ups.

I hope this blog inspires you to get out there and push the shutter button.