Thursday, March 14, 2013

Emma Sneak Peek

Once again I have had the privilege of working with a wonderful model, the sweet Emma. Here is a peek at some of the shots we captured today. A big thanks goes out to Lisa for allowing us to shoot in her beautiful turn of the century home, located in down town Norfolk, Virginia.

Weekend Reflection Submission

Please be sure to stop over and check out the cool reflections at Jame's Weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Star Light Star Bright

It was a cloudy night so I really didn't anticipate seeing finding a star. Then I turned and low and behold the street lamp shining through our peach tree graced me with this. Not sure if my wish will come true but it was the only star upon which to make a wish that night.
Linking up with 52 Photos Project Gallery 47 {Light}

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Royal Swedish Navy schooner "HMS Falken"

Yesterday I joined a group of photographers at Waterside in down town Norfolk to photograph and tour the Royal Swedish Navy sail training schooner "HMS Falken", which was in port for a few days.
The public was invited to tour the ship for free between 1-4pm Thursday and again Saturday. Here a young girl gets a peek through a porthole in one of the hatches that led down below.

With an overall length of just 132ft the ship which has 9 officers, 19 midshipmen and 5 crew members seemed very small.
The Captain was telling us how their visit to Norfolk was planned to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the first Swedish settlement in America.

The thing I like most about living here in Norfolk is having the opportunity to see all these amazing ships and meet people from all around the world.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed this look at Norfolk.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Portraits Using Shop Light for Lighting

Here is a peek at some shots I took last Sunday using shop light for lighting. I wired the shop light with dimmer switches but without a soft box or beauty dish the light is still too harsh. I thought about covering the light with white sheeting to create a make shift diffuser but was worried it would catch on fire.

Now if only I had two shop lights I could have lit the backdrop so they stood out better and didn't blend into the background.
There is a lot wrong with the above shot but the grandmother in me loves it. Bubba kept saying he didn't want his picture taken, then all of a sudden he plopped down in front of the girls and I snapped a few shot, this being my favorite. Then he was gone again.
 Now for the really weird shot. My granddaughter Sissy set up this shot. When I asked her to step forward she said "I need to lean against the wall for the picture I want." Curious I asked what type of picture was she wanting. Her reply was that "I want a picture of me like I am a vampire standing up asleep." Well, I figured we needed it a bit darker for that shot and so I dimmed the shop light a bit and turned it to face against the wall behind me and here is what we got.
It may be a bit on the morbid side but I really like the way it turned out.

After the model shoot a few weeks ago and playing with the shop light on Sunday, I have decided that the number one thing on my must buy list is some good photography lights with soft box and beauty dish.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Spam Free Zone

Due to a large amount of spam, I have changed the settings to only accept comments from registered users. I am pretty sure anyone that is either signed into G-mail, blogger or Open-ID will be able to comment.I do greatly appreciate all legitimate comments and hope this will not be too inconvenient. I created the following image to place on all my blogs. Feel free to use it if you wish.