The Scene of the Crime

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Since October 31st is the Halloween holiday in the United States, I dug into the archives to find a fitting image for today’s post. This stock shot was suggested a while back from friend (and blog reader) Scott. It has had a good sales run over the last two months on iStockphoto.com.

Have a safe time trick or treating tonight.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/125 second, f/10, ISO 100

October 31, 2007 at 12:33 am by | Categories: Post

Rack ’em up

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Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/125 second, f/16, ISO 100

October 30, 2007 at 3:44 pm by | Categories: Post

Play Around with White Balance for a Different Mood

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One way to quickly add a different mood to your photographs is to adjust your camera’s white balance setting. Most digital cameras, even inexpensive point-and-shoot models, have the ability to make this adjustment. The resulting change in color tone can have a nice effect on the final image.

To create the subtle blue tone in today’s image of a foggy valley, I used a Tungsten light setting for my white balance. In doing so, the warm golden hues that the camera would have captured in this morning scene (with the white balance set on AUTO) transform into the cool blue tones displayed here.

Most digital cameras offer pre-set selections for white balance. These often include: AUTO, TUNGSTEN, DAYLIGHT, FLUORESCENT, FLASH, OVERCAST, and SHADE. The more advanced camera will allow you to set a custom white balance by dialing in the specific measurement you want.

One more way to make this change is open to photographers that shoot with their camera in RAW mode. By using this setting, the camera doesn’t convert the image to the desired white balance. This allows the photographer to make the adjustment in their digital darkroom. The advantage of this method is the ability to fine-tune the final product.

Adjusting white balance is another example of a quick change that can have a nice impact on your photos.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/50 second, f/22, ISO 100

October 29, 2007 at 10:59 am by | Categories: tutorial

Friday Night Feats

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They say that when you use your blog to beg your readers to do something, it is called Blegging. If that is the case, then consider this post a bleg.

A friend’s daughter has a video posted on a YouTube contest called Friday Night Feats. The contest is for high school videographers to post a highlight video that they shot at a high school football game. The winner will receive up to $15,000 for their school’s football program. The submissions will be narrowed down to finalists based upon views and/or ratings on YouTube. In an effort to help her out, I’m featuring the video she shot on today’s post.

Please view the video and if possible, follow this link over to YouTube and give it a rating. She’s a nice young woman and GREATLY appreciates your help.

October 28, 2007 at 5:53 pm by | Categories: Post

Morning Sunshine

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Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/20 second, f/11, ISO 100

October 27, 2007 at 3:59 pm by | Categories: Post

Biker Dave

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GOAL

Capture a stern looking biker with moody lighting to create a “bad dude” feel to the final image.

Camera equipment: Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens

Lighting equipment: Two Canon Speedlites (a 430EX and a 580EX), hot-shoe extension, two Lightsphere modifiers, one lightstand

For the shoot, I placed the 430EX in slave mode on the lightstand above and to the camera right. I then hand held the 580EX (using the hot-shoe extension) to the lower left of the camera. I set the hand held flash at -1 f/stop to allow the overhead unit to be the main light. By holding the second (fill) light in my hand, I was able to quickly make adjustments on the fly as needed.

Final thoughts: I am pleased with the images. The whole shoot took less than 15 minutes, which is a good thing since it was right at 100 degrees out and Dave was cooking in his leathers.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/60 second, f/8, ISO 100

October 26, 2007 at 7:18 am by | Categories: tutorial

Lion Hunter

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Canon 5D, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/30 second, f/7.1, ISO 800

October 25, 2007 at 12:06 pm by | Categories: Post

Ann Torrence, Photographer

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Meet Ann Torrence. Ann is an amazing photographer who I finally met in person during the Photowalking event last month in Salt Lake City. She dropped by yesterday and we chatted for awhile about photography, Utah and life in general.

Ann has great passion for life and it definitely shows in her photography. She is currently working on a book titled US 89: the Great Western Road Trip. Here is a bit about the book in her own words:

“This book documents the icons, the treasures and the travelers along Highway 89, from America’s 5th largest metropolitan area to Indian lands and rural townships. Rodeo queens, paleontologists, artists, highway crews, ranchers, river-runners all inhabit this landscape as they define and redefine the western mystique.”

For those that have an interest in truly stunning landscape and nature photography, a stop by Ann’s site at anntorrence.com is a must. Her ability to capture the look and feel of nature is enviable. My favorite image on her site is the signature shot of Mt. Moran in the Grand Tetons National Park. The gentle color combined with the layer of clouds is stunning and Ann captured it perfectly.

After our conversation yesterday, Ann was kind enough to sit for a quick portrait. It’s always fun to put a photographer on the other end of the lens and Ann handled the challenge well.

Links to Ann’s work on the web: Her Website | Her Flickr Photostream

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/125 second, f/8, ISO 100

October 24, 2007 at 12:56 am by | Categories: Post

Time Stands Still

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Canon 5D, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1 second, f/7.1, ISO 250

October 23, 2007 at 2:06 pm by | Categories: Post

Which Eye Do You Use?

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When it comes to looking through your camera’s viewfinder, which eye do you use?

I find that most of my photographer friends use their right eye, while I use my left. The reason is that our natural tendency is to use our dominant eye in activities that require one eye. Since I have cross dominant vision (I am right handed, yet have a dominant left eye), I use my left eye when photographing (you can read more about Ocular Dominance here).

Does this have any affect on our photography? Nope. The only difference I find is that my nose leaves more smudges on the LCD when using the left eye.

So, which eye do you use (and are you right or left handed)?

Canon 30D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/60 second, f/5.6, ISO 100

October 21, 2007 at 11:28 pm by | Categories: Post