Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lighting meetup in January

In January, I held a meetup on lighting.   It wasn't a class or a workshop, but a chance for people to get together, exchange ideas and to test some things in a home studio.  A few models were kind enough to volunteer their time.  Keith and Reneicia (MM# 2622670).

We had people from a  number of different experience levels and had a lot of good conversation.

Here are a few shots from the session:

Lots of great interaction and collaboration.  I recommend everyone to seek out local photography groups and participate in something similar.

Post any comments below that you have about the first two images(the last image is just to give an idea of the space).   Feedback is always welcome.

I'm planning another meetup onMarch 21st, 2015.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Looking through some old film I had......

I was looking through some old film photos and came across a series of photos I took on 9/11.  I could see the towers burning from my apartment.  However, I grabbed my Nikon N80 camera and headed to the roof a floor above me to join some others from the building.  I only had 5 or 6 shots left on my camera and didn't have any extra film.  The series shows the World Trade Center towers burning. It was a surreal experience for everyone, as tragically, thousands of innocent people died that day.  At the time, taking this picture from my roof, my fear was that 10x more people than what came out in the official count had died (I am thankful I was wrong), most likely attributed to the fact that this occurred relatively early in the morning.   My sympathy goes out to all those that did lose loved ones.

I am not going to write about the days or years after, as many more eloquent that I am have already done so.  Taking this photo and being there to experience the aftermath of that day gave me a tremendous amount of respect for photojournalists (more than I already had for them).  Its something I am not sure I could do day in and day out.

The photo above was scanned using my old Nikon CoolScan IV using VueScan software.  It was nice to see that it still works.  I will need to continue to work with it to learn how to get the most out of it.