Archive for the ‘photowalk’ Category

We went to visit my brother in Abbotsford last weekend, and also took the time to honour my Grandmother’s life with a family reunion of sorts at Minter Gardens. I got some great photographs there, as I knew she would appreciate them. It was a great family time.

The next day we took the children to the Greater Vancouver Zoo and we had a blast. I really enjoyed myself and got another whole photowalks worth of photos there.

In between I took this picture of a mountain during sunset and gave it a bit of an edit. I post it now to hopefully make up for so many missed photowalks. As soon as I have edits of the two walks I did last week I will put them up as 18 and 19.

Here – Have a picture of Mt. Baker:
Mt Baker Sunset


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Last night I went to a workshop run by Northern Persona Photography, called Photographing People. It was excellent! 6 hours of learning, combined with some fun exercised to break up the pure lecturing time and a photoshoot at the end.

Samantha came to be my model and we had an hour at an awesome property. Her outfit was stellar and worked with so many backgrounds there. My favourites were the old wood buildings though, by far. Here are a couple of the images we took as my 20th photowalk.

By the way, I realize I’m out of order – but I wanted to get back on track. I have a more photowalks done that need to be posted so expect some catchup in the upcoming days.

Sam 2
I loved the wall texture and colour in this one.

Sam 3
Black and White crop and edit of the previous. I wanted to pull in tighter and focus on her eyes.

Sam 7
Her favourite of the shoot. I love the composition and mood of this photo.

Sam 8
My favourite of the shoot. I like her body shape and pose, and the mood evoked here as well.

I hope you enjoy!

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Wow. I’m really behind.

I’m two photowalks behind – I have one of them shot and unedited, and one is not even shot yet.

I did a photoshoot for a client last weekend that I still have to edit. I also did a marathon shoot with Tineke from Northern Persona Photography last Sunday. We did 14 photoshoots in one day. 12 of them were 1/2 hour shoots and 2 were hour long ones. Lots of great people, lots of great kids!

I had a great time, and got a bit of a sunburn. It was kind of nice for me that the light wasn’t perfect – it was super sunny and nice! Not only did I get to hang out on a gorgeous day pursuing my passion, I got paid for it! Yep – I’m subcontracting my services as a photographers assistant to Tineke this year. I’m gaining some valuable insight on shooting people, and lots of other great little tips and tricks to pick up.

As for the light being not perfect – because it wasn’t I had to work a lot harder than I might have otherwise have had to – but the bonus is that we got to do some cool stuff. I’ll be investing in some different shaped and sized reflectors after that marathon shoot – the one I packed around for Tineke was awesome. I used it to shade her when she was shooting into the sun – acting as a gigantic mobile smart lens hood. (well, sort of smart).

I used it to reflect cool coloured light onto our subjects – usually lighting up a face to remove contrasting shadows. This is done with the silver side of the reflector.

I used it to bounce cool coloured light up onto people’s hair from behind when shooting into a building, creating a rimlight or hairlight and creating separation and definition of the subject from the dark shadowy background.

I used it to climb up high, balance on a fence or to contort myself into other interesting positions to put the reflector between the sun and the subject, creating shade.

It was a good time. However, it made me late for my 52 week project. Ah well, some things can’t be helped.

I’ve also been putting a fair amount of time into my new website for my business – you can find it at jclossphoto.com – it also has a blog and it WordPress powered, Photocrati themed, hosted by Defiance Art & Designs.

Oh yeah – to top it all off I contracted a sinus infection midweek last. So I’ve been battling that as well – it’s not been an easy bit of time lately, but it has been rewarding.

I’ll get my next photoshoot done asap, and get my previous one edited. I’ll also share a couple of the images from the real-estate shoot when I’m done editing them – possibly showing what makes them different from quick point & shoot pictures taken by an average real estate agent.

Until then….

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Up to date as of this post! This one was shot last night – Sam and I went and picked up a pizza and took the girls to a local schoolyard for a picnic. We had lots of fun, the girls are fearless now that they’ve both done a few seasons of gymnastics. (1 season = 3 months or so)

We did lots of playing on the tire swings, then I got some neat silhouettes of my girls playing against the setting sun, and a couple abstract shots of a cool rocket shaped monkey bar contraption.

Afterwords we showed the girls the tunnel under the highway, and the setting sun lighting it up was too good of light to pass up, I had to get a family shot. Minus me of course, no tripod or remote for me to be in the pic too – still, I’m happy with the outcome.

As always, let me know what you think – I love comments!

Kids Tire Swing 2
First shot of the girls swinging on the tire swing. I burned a lot of exposures trying to get a couple of good ones here, accounting for all the motion and the contrast of the bright setting sun and the shady area they kept swinging into.

Kids Tire Swing 1
I can see your feet from here. I may have been laying in pea gravel for this shot. And from the smell of the schoolyard, I think I know why they call it pee gravel. *grin*

Sam on Tire Swing
My beautiful wife, sitting on the tire swing.

Rocket Sillhouette
Abstract rocket silhouette, with sun starburst. Thanks Tineke for teaching me that technique!

Jumping Sillhouette 2
Playing in the sunset.

Jumping Sillhouette

Family Portrait in Tunnel
Family shot – the light in this tunnel was fantastic. The reflections in Ivy’s glasses are awesome!

Thanks for reading. I’ll try not to get too far behind again in the future. I hope you all enjoyed the mass of posts tonight!

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Time for a bit of catchup.

For my photowalk 14 I shot our families Easter festivities. Here are my keepers from the morning, hunting for eggs and treats the Easter Bunny hid throughout the house and front yard.

Easter Photowalk 1
Nephews clue, left by the Easter Bunny – it eventually led to a sugary prize!

Easter Photowalk 2
Did the bunny hide eggs in this fancy house?

Easter Photowalk 3
Lets go! Maybe they’re down here!

Easter Photowalk 4
I think she’s found an egg!

Easter Photowalk 5
Hmm…Bunnies like brush and bushes – maybe he put one over here. One of my three nephews who were staying with us, searching.

Easter Photowalk 6
Here, you can have this one.

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On Monday we got the family together for a pub night. Deep fried goodness of all sorts of flavours, made especially awesome considering much of my extended family is wheat-allergy conscious.

Before we did that, and after I helped move some dressers (who neesd a gym membership?) I took my nephew D out for a impromptu portrait session. The fading sunlight was nice, but a little harsh so I tried to shoot mostly in shadow. I’d have killed for a reflector and a translucent screen to soften the light and provide a bit of wind protection in eyes, D had a hard time not squinting for some shots.

I got some shots I’m happy with – my main goal was to duplicate a shot Tineke from Northern Persona did of me on some stairs. I got a fair degree of satisfaction from that shot, and on the way got a couple of other keepers.

The odd shot out is my other nephew R. He was shy of being photographed and only let me shoot one quick snap – of course, I was metered for full shade so he’s overexposed. I still like the shot though, he’s a very photogenic little boy.

So, without further ado – photowalk 13.

Demetris on Hammock
Reclining on the hammock. Tried to use leading lines as a background to draw attention to his face. Ok shot, D was still getting comfortable with me asking him to move his head this way and that, and to smile more like this or that.

Demetris on Stairs
The shot Tineke did of me for my headshots session – duplicated for D. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery they say. I’m happy with it to an extent, the things I don’t like are primarily situational -I’d have liked grungier, more urban looking stairs and background.

Demetris on Stairs 2
Crop of previous to fill the frame with D’s face. This one is ok to me, but it’s a little “in your face”.

Demetris on Grass
D laying on the grass. This was the shot he had a hard time not squinting as the wind was blowing over his face and making his eyes tear up. We did the close eyes until I count trick and got some keepers, but a translucent screen would have helped to soften the light and provide a slight windbreak.

Demetris on Grass 2
Crop shot of the above – I like this one about as much – the frame is more full, but I can’t crop it to center him the way I like w/o leaving a frame edge too close to part of him or making it feel too panoramic.

Roarke Overexposed
D’s younger brother R. Such a photogenic boy, too bad I was shooting full manual and didn’t have time to adjust my exposure before I snapped this quick shot. I love his eyes and windblown hair. This one is a keeper to me even if the exposure isn’t perfect.

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On the 15th I spent some time at Sam’s parents and as it was soooo super nice out I decided to bring out my camera and see what I could do.

I got Roarke to do some posing for me (mostly jumping over me) and it was nice and sunny so I was able to get fast exposure times. I imported these photos and played with them in Lightroom. I managed to find some cool things (adjustment brush for eyes = awesome. I need to edit it for teeth though, tell me where you see me using it) For those following along at home who edit photos, most of these are just simple tone curve adjustments (closer to an ‘S’ shape) and some adjustment brushes in Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta 1.

I decided to make some silly captions for these photos and put them together as a sort of non-sensical “photo poetry” called “The Ides of March”.

I hope you enjoy my little experiment.

and so he spread his wings and soared
“And so he spread his wings and soared”

he dreamed and he swung
“He dreamed and he swung”

tumbling jesters capered for her enjoyment
“Tumbling Jesters capered for her enjoyment”

the players were met as the golden sun set
“The players were met as the golden sun set”

her smile cracked the world and the world smiled with her
“Her smile cracked the world and the world smiled with her”

the world shifted for her pleasure
“the world shifted for her pleasure”

what food is this queried the queen
“What food is this?, queried the queen”

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