About This Blog…

This is the first post of a new experiment. In an attempt to improve the quality of my photography and to develop a style that is my own, I will be posting regularly. Hopefully, every week will bring a new photo with a description of how I got there.

Self Portrait

I owe much of my learning to Glyn Dewis, KelbyOne (of which I am a current member), Tony and Chelsea Northup, Gavin Hoey, and Unmesh Dinda of PixImperfect. I have Glyn’s book “Photograph Like a Thief” and the Northup’s books “Stunning Digital Photography”, “Photoshop CC Essentials for Photographers”, and “Adobe Lightroom 6/CC Training for Photography”.

My current equipment has come from various sources. A three-light studio set bought at auction. Softboxes, speedlights, light stands, backdrops, tripod, monopod, etc. purchased via auction or Amazon.

The camera I currently use is a Nikon D200. This was a Christmas gift two years ago from my wife Carrie. She has been supportive and followed me on multiple ventures trying to improve my skills. She has been a willing model at times and a faithful assistant at others. She is the love of my life.

So now, off to this new adventure…

PS: Update! I have acquired a Nikon Z6 full frame mirrorless camera with a Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 lens. This is truly a game changer!

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Trying For A Sunset

I had chosen the perfect spot for a sunset image. I had picked the time and place on the PhotoPills app. Then I looked at the weather. Rain most of the day. Especially during the sunset. 🤷🏼‍♂️

I went anyway to see what I could get. I took several images and composited in Lightroom HDR.

Not bad, but I intend to go back in a few days and get some more. I’d really like to see the sun setting back there…

Here are screen grabs of the PhotoPills app:

Better luck next time…

Wedding Photos- Delivered!

I finished up the photos from the wedding a couple weeks ago. They were delivered electronically yesterday. Following are some highlights:

A wonderful couple! It was a learning experience just to watch how they fellowshipped with their guests. They clearly love and are loved!

I learned a lot that day. I will be more prepared for the next wedding in January.

All images shot with the Z6 and Tamron 70-200mm f2.6

Shoot the Moon!

I’ve been inspired by my friend to try getting a moon shot.

After several attempts, I finally got something I’m happy with. I utilized the timer on the camera to wait ten seconds before the shutter opened. This insured was that there was no camera shake from me touching the shutter button.

A longer lens would still be better, but I’m happy with what I have here.

Nikon Z6, Tamron 70-200mm lens

ISO 200, f2.8, at 1/1600

Sunrise!

I decided that if I woke up early on my day off, I’d go down under the bridge and see if I could get a sunrise shot.

I woke up and got it. I definitely see room for improvement. Perhaps if I wake up early again…

Both images shot with the Z6 and the Nikon 10-24 DX Lens.

The first is 5 images edited in Photoshop HDR, the second is another 5 images combined in Lightroom HDR.

Sunset, Right Across the Road!

I didn’t realize how pretty the sunsets were, right in front of my face! Not, that is, until a young friend took his own sunset picture at this location. I knew I needed to take a try myself.

Using a new app (PhotoPills) that I recently downloaded, I pinpointed the exact time to take this photo.

Nikon Z6, Nikkor 10-24 lens, retouched in Lightroom Mobile.

Shooting Another Wedding!

I’ve been given the opportunity to photograph another wedding. This time indoors!

It will certainly be a challenge. I have a few months to work on my skills. Fortunately, I’ve upgraded to the Nikon Z6 and it should handle everything very well. (Now I just need to make sure I can handle it!

I got some photos for the couple for their use for shower invitations and such. Here are a few:

I am praying for this young couple and looking forward to sharing their special day!

Natural light photos on the Z6 with Tamron 70-200 f2.8. Retouched in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Mr. Fout

So glad to have had the opportunity to provide this gentleman and his family with a portrait.

He is a WWII veteran, having retired after 34 years of service.

We have built a relationship and I’m glad to say that Mr. Fout is my friend.

Nikon Z6, Tamron 70-200, medium soft box camera left.

Headshots

The Practice Liaison for our diagnostic imaging facility asked for a headshot. She is being featured in the Hardin County KY Chamber of Commerce as the “Ambassador of the Month”. She wanted an updated photo to post with these honors.

She chose the third photo. Happy to have the opportunity to shoot these!

Nikon Z6 with the Tamron 70-200 f2.8. Medium soft box with speedlight positioned above and about 45 degrees downward. Silver reflector positioned below- about 45 degrees upward. Classic clamshell lighting technique.

World War II Veteran

I had the wonderfully rewarding opportunity to make some portraits of this gentleman. He served in the US Army during the Second World War.

He told me that he lied on his application for the army. He enlisted and was too young, but felt it his civic duty to serve.

So thankful for Mr. Fox and those like him who serve and have served our country to protect the freedoms we enjoy today!

Nikon Z6, Tamron 70-200 f2.8 lens, medium soft box camera right, Godox speedlight with remote, grey savage backdrop. Retouched in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Adobe Spark.

Newest Family Addition

Announcing Lincoln Thomas! My newest grandson was over the other day and we got some newborn photos.

His mama found him an adorable little “newsboy” outfit, complete with hat. It fit perfectly!

He did very well for his first official photo shoot. There’ll be many more to follow!

Nikon Z6 with Tamron 70-200 f/2.8. Medium size softbox with Godox flash.

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Mama captures some “behind the scenes” iPhone photos too!

Photoshop Magic

In a previous post, I shared images of my friend who is a veteran. I want to show today how one of those images was produced.

The first image here is the “before” as it came out of the camera:

As you can see, I captured the image larger than my backdrop covered. That needed to be fixed. I cropped the picture to get rid of the top and sides that were outside of the backdrop. (I brightened the next image to emphasize the background…)

I then utilized the lessons and assets from Glyn Dewis ( http://www.glyndewis.com ) to make the rest of the scene. I stretched the background to make it appear larger and added the wood floor- all in Photoshop. Glyn’s tutorial helped me make this photo appear to have been taken in a larger studio.

I’m quite happy with how it came out! I look forward to using this technique again. I may find some more “wood floor” images to give different looks.

More Friends

I had been wanting to get these portraits for quite a long time now. Health scares and conflicting schedules prohibited that from happening when I would like to have done it.

The Harpers- wonderful people and it is an honor to call them my friends. They were among the first friends we made when moving to Kentucky 25 years ago. Still friends and I appreciate them so much.

Don is a veteran who served in Vietnam during that war. He has told stories of the frightening experiences that he had while stationed there. He is a preacher friend who is precious to our family.

All images made with Nikon Z6, off camera flash. 70-200mm Tamron lens. Grey paper backdrop with large softbox camera left.

Val was great to shoot some behind the scenes pictures with her iPhone.

Tanner

In the process of getting a portrait for a veteran friend, I had the opportunity to get a picture of his dog.

Tanner is such a good dog! Super obedient and not crazy. He sat in his place until we were finished getting pictures.

Shot with the Nikon Z6, Tamron 70-200 f/2.8, remote flash with a large softbox camera left, Savage grey paper backdrop. Retouched in Lightroom Mobile.

Friends

Had another opportunity to shoot some taekwondo. These guys are brothers, and great friends of mine.

It’s a privilege to know them and call them my friends.

Shot on the Nikon Z6. No flash. Really liking the low noise- even with the high ISO.

The fluorescent lights were a little trouble. The flickering was imperceptible by eye, but the camera was picking up the changing color temperature.

The Wedding!

My very first wedding!

So happy with how these pictures came out. Looking forward to hearing how the newlyweds like them.

All photos shot on the Nikon Z6 with the Tamron 70-200 f2.8. Less than one week out of the box! Retouching done mostly in Lightroom with some edits in a Photoshop.

Precious People

At the wedding a couple weeks ago I was able to get some pictures of this precious couple.

The bride’s grandparents, our pastor’s in-laws.

Delightful people who did an amazing job being a mom and dad to a wonderful lady. I honor these two. They are truly precious people!

Shot on the Nikon Z6 with the Tamron 70-200. Retouched on Lightroom Mobile.

Senior Pictures!

Back from the wedding (pics from that later), we immediately got some senior pictures for Kaitlyn. What a wonderful young lady! She is such a sweetheart. Had a great time getting these pics.

And then this one:

This one has a funny story associated. As we got lined up, the “9” broke loose and floated away! I turned toward the sky and began shooting pictures of the “9” ballon as it disappeared into the sky. We shot this photo with only the “1” and I used Photoshop to bring the “19” together again. The reflection in the silver mylar ballon is wrong, but we got the numbers together!

All pics shot on the Nikon Z6 with the Tamron 70-200 f2.8. Really loving this new kit!

Bridal Pictures!

The wedding has taken place, and I’m free to show these pre-wedding photos!

She was a beautiful bride! So pleasant!

All these were taken with the Nikon D200. I rented the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 for this photo shoot, and am I glad that I did! What’s a great lens!

Retouched in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Wedding day pictures coming soon!

A New Camera!

After a few years of shooting with and learning photography with my trusty Nikon D200, I’ve had the opportunity to invest in the new Nikon Full Frame Z6!

I also bought the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 lens to go along with it.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE!

Above was the very first image with the new camera. This is such a game-changer. Amazing difference between the 2 cameras.

Glad that I had the D200 on which to learn. I was able to learn a bunch by using a camera with such limited capabilities. Now I can utilize the lessons from the past few years on these new pieces of equipment.

A new chapter in “My Attempts at Photography”!

Quick Shot

I was photographing a bride this week, leading up to the wedding in less than 2 weeks. Some of her family was there. While she was preparing, I spun around and got this shot of her little brother:

Our pastor’s youngest son, and a phenomenal guitar player. He’s growing up into a fine young man. It’s a privilege to know him.

Nikon D200 with a Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 lens that I rented for this shoot. Love that lens! Seriously considering a purchase…

I’m excited about the bridal portraits we did! I will be posting them as soon as I have permission from the bride. 😉

Scott Kelby Seminar

I had the opportunity to attend a photography seminar hosted by KelbyOne Live, taught by Scott Kelby himself.

Had a fantastic time! Completely worth the trip and the investment. Scott is a great presenter and teacher. He was exhibiting methods for shooting and editing photos that brought spontaneous response from the audience.

I was able to speak with him on a break concerning a question I had about portraits with a 50mm lens. He was gracious in his answer. He gave suggestions beyond what I was asking. I would’ve thought he would briefly answer and move on to the next person, but he made sure to give as complete an answer as he could.

Looking forward to putting to use the techniques taught that day!

My Heart

Visitors this week! My lovely granddaughters were in town this week. Beautiful ladies. I’m so fortunate for these amazing girls.

They sure make a Pop proud!

All photos shot in Aperture Priority on my D200. Thanks to great photography teacher Rick Sammon for the good instruction on using Aperture Priority.

MRI Safety

I was at work (as an MRI Technologist) and decided to shoot some pics of the scanner while waiting for a late patient to arrive.

Composited several images together. Seven images of the scanner composited into one with Photoshop HDR. Four images in the garage against a grey backdrop. See the images used below:

Since I didn’t have anything to hang from when taking the photo, I had to improvise. Taking a picture of each foot separately and compositing to my legs.

Fun project! It was nice to be creative again!

Shot with Nikon D200, Nikkor 10-24mm wide angle lens. MRI room lit with ambient light. Garage photos utilizing a shoot through umbrella camera right. No one else was home, so I used a remote to fire the shutter.

Edited in Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik, and Adobe Spark.

Precious Family

Love this family. They are dear friends. We’ve known daddy since he was a boy. He sure has done well. Great people.

Had a difficult time choosing favorite pictures from this group, but here’s a few:

Beautiful people make beautiful children. These are some seriously good looking kids!

The model:

The cutie:

And baby sister. What a personality for such an adorable little one! (We enjoyed a couple of books on the couch before our photo shoot):

Nikon D200. Some images were made with a softbox camera right with Godox flash. Retouching done in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Beautiful. Just beautiful!

18 Months

Time for an update! My youngest (so far) grandson has reached another milestone, so it’s time for some photos.

It’s early spring, so the colors aren’t the best in the park we attended. This little guy is so cute- he doesn’t need a bunch of colors around him to make some good pictures.

Nikon D200. Natural light. Nikkor 50mm prime lens.

Biker Pics

Lili got a mini bike. Rural King was running a sale which we found out through a friend. We went to town and picked one up. Lots of fun, but it could be more fun.

Biker pics:

And I decided to get in on it:

Fun times! 🤣🤣🤣

Practice Session

Preparing for a bridal portrait shoot, my lovely wife agreed to some pictures so I could practice. Needing some work still, but I think they turned out nicely.

D200. First picture is with flash, second picture is natural light beside a window.

Another First Year

Here’s another first birthday photo shoot. Cowboy theme this time! We borrowed the saddle and rope from a friend with horses (authentic!). The crate and lantern are mine.

Shot with D200 on grey paper backdrop. The floor and wall were added in Photoshop thanks to Glyn Dewis’ backgrounds. Umbrella with flash on camera left. The light from the lantern was added in Lightroom.

Fun times! More pictures to follow to include cake smash!

I’m (gulp) Shooting A Wedding!

So… our lovely couple from a previous post have expressed the desire for me to shoot the wedding. They know I’ve never shot one before. I’ve turned down numerous weddings before this. But this time I’ve agreed! (What am I thinking?!?)

It’s going to be an outdoor wedding- that will help. I’m borrowing another D200 and planning to rent a 70-200 f2.8 lens. I’m taking classes on wedding photography. Trying to learn as much as I can.

This is going to be quite a challenge. I know that at a wedding there are no “do-overs”. I will do all I know to do to be ready.

We will be shooting a bridal portrait session a few weeks before the wedding. I’m really looking forward to that!

Thanks to Scott Kelby, Jerry Ghionis, and everyone else that has placed information online!

Now- off to more learning!

Photographing Like A Thief

This image is wholly inspired by Glyn Dewis’ Home Guard Portrait series. I have his book “Photograph Like A Thief” and have taken his advice to attempt to replicate a style that impressed me. It just so happens that it was his images that impressed me.

I had originally planned this photo with a dear friend, but he was busy. I set up my equipment in the garage and modeled for the photo myself. Pulled a card table out of the closet for my table.

Shot with my Nikon D200 with 50mm f1.8 lens. Godox flash fired by Godox remote mounted to camera hotshoe. 24×36 softbox camera left, just like Glyn says to do it. Shot on solid grey background and used texture overlays to make the background in Photoshop. I stretched the background too, according to his tutorial.

Here’s the original straight out of camera:

Taekwondo

A great friend was getting tested for his blue belt. I was invited to watch and the instructor allowed me to get some pictures during the testing.

Using my D200 with a low end Neewer camera mounted flash pointed at the ceiling, pushing the ISO to get crisp shots.

Had a good time and enjoyed lunch and ice cream after the event!

Christmas 2018, again

Special folks here. Appreciate them and the opportunity to get some more pictures of them. Mama wanted some 9 month photos of the little guy and it just happened to be around Christmas. How about a picture of all of the kids?

Photographed using the Nikon D200 with 18-70mm lens. Godox flash in a soft box above the kids. Edited in Photoshop and Lightroom.

P.S. One of the faces has been swapped in Photoshop. Can you guess which one???

😁

Christmas Card 2018

It was getting late in the year and we’ve had some things get in the way, so we thought we might not get a card out this year.

But we scrambled and got this one together!

I’m very fortunate to have such a pretty model!

Shot in the back yard with Nikon D200, Godox flash and wireless remote. Medium size softbox, utilizing boom arm connected to a light stand. Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop and Nik. Photoshop snow action by Gavin Hoey

Here’s the “behind the scenes” setup:

A Veteran’s Salute

Friday November 30, 2018 at 11:00am, Dad received his final honors for serving in the U.S. Army. The memorial service at the Veterans’ Cemetery was beautiful and very moving. I could not thank these soldiers and veterans enough for the ceremony. They were extremely respectful and sensitive to our family.

The folding of the flag:

Mom receives a salute from the soldier who presented her the flag:

The spent casings from the gun salute Dad received are presented to Mom:

This is one of the veterans who fired a gun in salute to Dad:

All these photos were captured by my son Andrew. So grateful for these.

Dad

It’s been a few days now, but my dad died on November 23, 2018. He left peacefully at 6:17 in the morning. Just stopped breathing after a few days in the hospital. We were very fortunate to have been there for his last moments.

I have confidence that we will meet again in heaven. All because Dad accepted the invitation from God to be saved through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Confessing his sins, Dad received the gift of God- eternal life!

This picture was done almost 2 years ago on December 8, 2016. There was another photo I had planned to get of Dad, but it didn’t happen. I am thankful for the ones that I do have. I am blessed.

Christmas Card

My oldest daughter asked for a picture of the kids for a Christmas card. She liked the matching pajamas idea, so we agreed this would be a great way to make an announcement!

Shot with my trusty D200 with a softbox directly above them about 45 degrees toward them. There was another flash with a warming gel inside the book. (Along with an iPhone to keep the attention of the little one.)

They held the largest book we could find and I composited in the new book cover I made in Adobe Spark Post. It was a challenge to make the new book cover match the color and quality of the scene. Thanks to Aaron Nace of Phlearn and Jesús Ramirez of The Photoshop Learning Channel for the compositing help through their tutorials.

Truly a fun project!

“Can You Get Some Pics Of Us?”

That was the question I was asked as we were about to meet for dinner. Would I have time for some pics at the park after our meal? Absolutely!

Anytime my kids want some pics, I’m on it! They had a special friend with them. A young lady whose family has been involved in their lives for many years. Could I get some pics of her too? Why, of course I can!

Then I tried my hand at compositing. Not really convincing. Need work, lol.

Nikon D200 with Godox speedlight and 24″ Godox modifier on my lightstand with my boom arm.

Practice Shots

I decided to set up lights and get things ready for a future shoot. Dad is 81 years old and I have an idea for a new picture. I haven’t asked him yet, but I’m sure he will go along with it.

My idea is to have him standing on the porch with the lantern and a shotgun- as if he’s heard something in the night.

I wanted to be ready so he doesn’t have to stand around waiting for me to get the light right.

I’m going to move the things inside so the cluttery stuff doesn’t show. I’m liking it so far. Looking forward to the full picture!

When your kids get ahold of your camera…

I opened the door to see 2 of my daughters playing with my camera after I had captured some first birthday pictures. They figured it would be pretty funny if I saw pictures on my memory card that I didn’t remember taking. It was pretty funny:

Here’s the studying “minister” with his cupcake and spicy pickle.

And here’s the artsy reflection photo…

And another…

Todd Harper for Sheriff

My friend Todd is currently running for the office of sheriff of Nelson County Kentucky. I have the privilege of providing some pictures and video for his campaign.

Here’s a photo that we did for him to use during the campaign.

Shot on the D200 with a light modifier above him at about 45 degrees toward him. Godox speedlight with the Godox remote trigger. Retouching minimally in Lightroom mobile.

Selfie…

Got a new boom arm to use with an umbrella on camera left. Rim light at camera right behind subject. Black backdrop.

Nikon D200 with 50mm lens edited in LR and PS.

(It’s not easy setting focus when there’s no subject, then jumping in and hoping yer in the right place…)

A Little Bit More Real Estate Photography

My daughter and her husband are moving away and are listing their home for sale. Naturally, I volunteered to take some pictures for them.

I was able to utilize the techniques taught in Mike Kelley’s course “The Art of Architecture”. I purchased the class and this was my first real world chance at trying it out.

Shot with D200 (still shooting with it…), lit with a single Yongnuo flash triggered by a Godox transmitter. This was edited in Photoshop with about 26 layers. It was fun and hopefully it helps them get people to the house to see just how nice it is!

One Year Old!

Here she is! One year old now. Still has those pretty eyes.

We were planning a cake smash, but she wasn’t too crazy about cake. Donuts fit her appetite much better!

Shot with D200, Yongnuo speedlight through an umbrella. PS and LR retouching.

Memorial Day 2018

Great day! All the children and grandchildren together. Dad, mom, sister and her husband all gathered together.

My wife wanted a picture, so we went outside between the rainfalls, during the rumbling of distant thunder. Everyone got lined up. Focus was set. Aperture of f8 to insure everyone would be in focus. I ran into my place with remote in hand and snapped a few pictures.

Done! Everyone was looking and we pulled it off. Then we all hurried inside away from the bugs and the humidity!

D200, 18-70 lens, with Yongnuo remotes. Lightroom edit.

Senior Pictures

Graduating friends have given me the opportunity to photograph them for their final days of high school. Here is the first of a few:

Fortunately, he had some ideas! He plays the guitar, he enjoys skeet shooting, and chess. Had a good time and he was happy with the results!

(The obscured photos posted here were chosen for privacy reasons.)

More Fishing!

One year old! Great opportunity for me to get some baby pics and mom and dad too.

They wanted some photos of their little guy with the fishing theme. We pulled our resources together and come up with this photo shoot. Then I had an idea: how about a cooler with baby bottles? I looked elsewhere- Pinterest and Google search. Couldn’t find where anyone had done it before! Win! (Perhaps it’s been done, it’s just that I never found it…)

Shot with the D200, edited in LR, PS, and Nik.

Through our photo shoot and leading up to it, I’ve found a friend! Happy times!

6 Weeks Old

Second time around for this little fella. He was a lot more cooperative this time!

He has been part of my busy spring. Little ones and big ones and homes!

Images obtained with Nikon D200 with 50mm lens. Medium sized softbox. Edited in LR, PS, & Nik.

Love those blue eyes!!

Little Fisherman

My little grandson. Mama wanted some 6 month old pictures in a fishing get up. She bought the crocheted hat and fish on Etsy. Saved some photos from Pinterest for ideas.

Then came the day. It was rainy and very grey outside. And about 60 degrees. And very grey. And grey.

He did great though! Me- not so much. Because the day was grey and not very bright outside I had to raise my ISO to 500- pushing the limits for noise on the Nikon D200. Had to shoot at 1/60 shutter speed, which is too low for my shaky hands. Well, my hands don’t really shake visibly, but they obviously shake faster than 1/60 of a second. The photos are not as sharp as they should be. Lesson learned: go ahead and bump up the ISO and risk the noise rather than risk the unsharp images. Sigh.

Newborn Challenge

“Just be sure to schedule the photo session within the first 2 weeks”, they said. “Babies just eat and sleep during that time.”, is what they told me.

Sure.

This little guy had the ability to stay awake for 3 hours at 10 days old. But what a cute little fella! We weren’t able to get the exact photos we had planned for, but fortunately we got some good ones.

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This family is dear to me- they were the subjects of my first family photo shoot. Mama trusted me with her Nikon D200 and asked me to take the pictures. It got me hooked. Now I have my own D200 (thank you Honey!), and lots of other gear to get me along in my photo journey.

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Pictures taken with D200 utilizing large softbox. Retouched in Lightroom and Photoshop.

More of Those Eyes

Here she is again! Now she’s nine months old and mama wanted a tub picture like the other six children at that age.

She’s such a delight to work with! (Probably be a cake smash photo opportunity coming up…)

This was photographed in my kitchen on the dining table! That brought her up to a good height for shooting. Large softbox, camera right with Yongnuo speedlight. D200 handheld. Edited in LR and PS.

Todd Harper for Sheriff!

I’ve had the privilege to work with Todd Harper on his campaign for sheriff of Nelson county Kentucky. I’ve been shooting videos to help get his message out to the voters. He had asked his brother in law to help- who then referred him to me. What a fun opportunity!

This has been what I’ve been doing instead of shooting and working on photos. Lots of satisfaction in this. Hopefully it does some good and helps him to get elected!

“I BELIEVE”:

 

I shot the video, but only one of the photos in the project (the picture of Todd with the microphone is mine). Video shot with Canon HV30. Audio captured with Samson Zoom H2N. Editing of video and audio done in Sony Vegas 11.

Looking forward to rallies and speeches and the general election!

Real Estate

I’ve had the opportunity to shoot a few homes for sale. I’m finding that I do like it!

Using my trusty D200 and some Yongnuo speedlights on stands, I shot these for an agent with whom I’ve been privileged work.

I love showing a home that someone wants to sell in its best light. Hopefully these photos will entice a buyer…

The outside gazebo was shot bracketed- 1 shot properly exposed, 2 underexposed, and 2 overexposed. 5 total shots, then rendered in Photoshop’s HDR tool.

Looking forward to more Real Estate photo shoots!

Isaac

What a great little guy! Mommy and Daddy showed up and he was ready for pictures!

He was a wonderful subject. So cooperative and so photogenic.

Had a great time doing these pictures!

Nikon D200, 50mm lens with a single speedlight with softbox. Edited in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik.

Those Eyes

Ok. I’m not updating as consistently as I had hoped, it’s been a bit busy. I’m helping a friend in his campaign for sheriff. I have the opportunity to make some web commercials to help promote his candidacy.

Anyway… these eyes! Love this little bright eyed beauty. So cooperative and full of smiles.

Looking forward to some more pictures in March of this one!

Dad

Been so busy- haven’t gotten to take pictures this week. Pulled this one out from over a year ago.

This is my dad. Funny thing is that this doesn’t really represent him very well. He’s not the “rough cowboy” type. But he was willing to pose for this one for me. Love this guy…

Christmas Card

These photos were taken for our family Christmas card this past year. I wanted something different than the three of us standing together smiling.

We filled the mug with “hot cocoa” that was actually cold so the marshmallows wouldn’t melt. We found different places outside in an overcast day. Had to have Lili remove her glasses since they were transitioning in the daylight.

Again, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop, with @Gavin_Hoey snow action. Working on my dodging and burning. Oh yes- and the steam from the cocoa was added in post, thanks to random YouTube tutorials.

Blizzard

Noodles (see next post) has been missing for an hour during the worst blizzard in several years. Carrie has gone out to search for him with her lantern in the night. (Well, that’s backstory for this picture anyway.)

Photo was shot on gray paper background with my Nikon D200 and 50mm lens. Lighting consists of a 24″ softbox with a Yongnuo speedlight at camera left and a snooted speedlight camera right- pointed at the lantern.

Processed in Lightroom and Photoshop, utilizing Camera Raw and Nik filters.

Thanks to @GavinHoey for the snow action available at gavtrain.com.

Following is the SOOC image: