Thursday, July 29, 2010

Making "Lighting Lemonade"

So the plan was to hang in a photo studio with fellow photographers and practice using multiple synched flash units to photograph a ballet dancer. Everything was going to plan.....the instructor was testing the set-up............

when the big Sunday storm rolled in and BANG, the power goes out!

But did we give up?  Nope!  We moved a few things around and took advantage of available window light and the light we could bounce off some reflectors!

And so yours truly was able to get some nice images.  Below are a couple of photos.

So while Mother Nature gave us a "lemon" by taking away the power needed for our strobe flash units, she also gave us the chance to make some "lighting lemonade."

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Simply The Best

O.K. Technically this is the second photo posted to my new blog. But in fact the first one was just a placeholder to get things established so this is REALLY the first official posting.  I make this distinction because this photo carries the title of "best photo I have ever taken." The #1 rating isn't because it is perfectly composed, exposed, etc. It gets top honors because it captures exactly how I feel about the time my family and I spent on the Outer Banks of North Carolina when I was growing up. I've taken lots of great pictures of the OBX area but this is the best one in achieving Henri Cartier description of "To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It is a way of life."

Photo Credit:  Soundside of Outer Banks at sunset - September 2002.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Here begins something new.

When the CBS show "SUNDAY MORNING" began in 1979, the original host of the show, Charles Kuralt, begin the first show with the words "Here begins something new." While I am still determined to re-establish a website of my photography at some point, I am thinking this blog may be a good vehicle for sharing some of my images with family, friends and fellow photography lovers. Oh, in addition to the photographs, you may on occasion also be provided with some of my brilliant, engaging, witty (but modest) thoughts too.

Photo: Photographer participating in an Ansel Adams Photography Workshop, Summer 2006.