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Archive for November 9th, 2008

Out on a limb…

Posted by Mike on November 9, 2008

Or a yard arm….

Only by having these two people in the shot can you appreciate the immense size of these ships.


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Big group Lighting ;)

Posted by Mike on November 9, 2008

To shoot (don’t ya hate the word “shoot”) this group I used 2 600 watt second lights.

One was coming out of a 5 foot umbrella at about 10 feet high. The other was coming from the right side bounced off a ten foot white board for a reflector.

Still, there was significant light fall off toward the rear and right side of the group. A major factor here is poor ambient lighting and the room was solid black, floor, ceiling, and walls.

I solved the problem by splitting the photo into two layers, making levels correct for the front on one and the back on the other. A layer mask with a graduated fill fixed the problem….

Hey! notice that I even have tonal separation between black hair and black curtain in the back row!!!


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Kitchen Design Contest Photography

Posted by Mike on November 9, 2008

A winning entry from Dawn Gogle/ Hoppet Design and Build, Gig Harbor, WA

gogel-kitchen-rgbThis was shot with a 21/4 camera, on film, with a 40mm lens… The space was too small to get my 4×5 into the spot I needed to be… Extensive photoshop work removed a stainless bun warmer built into one of the cabinets, straightened the perspective (both ways), and to get the color under control for magazine reproduction. The floor just would not scan correctly… cherry wood is a tough color I guess….

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Posted by Mike on November 9, 2008

This is a dream situation for portrait photographers… because why?

Because this is kind of the stuff you grab when the house is on fire.


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Genus Lilium…

Posted by Mike on November 9, 2008

I have 2 decent photos of these elusive plants… Here they are….

Other photographers have done better… I think they are tough to photograph.

The pair in the stream were particularly risky… I am in cold water up to my rear-end waiting for the sun to go below the horizon and the wind to stop for the 4 second exposure at F22… so we can see the whole stream…


The single was a breeze to photograph but required a little Photoshop to get rid of some distractions….


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