Monday, August 16, 2010

Outside Lands

I had a great time walking around the Outside Lands Music festival. I decided to focus on shooting people rather than the bands. I haven't done much street photography, so this was a chance to do some with a fairly receptive audience. I asked people if I could take their photos before I shot. that is why most are looking at the camera. These were shot with my 5D Mk II and either an 85mm 1.8 or 50mm 1.8 lens. usually, wide open, to blur out the busy background. No flash was used. See the whole set on my Flickr site.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Senior Portrait

There is a lot written about the new Senior Portrait. I think the new senior portrait is in fact just a thoughtful environmental portrait of a young person who happens to be entering their last year of high school. It is nice to see the personality of the individual come out, instead of putting them in the box of the classic black v neck top on a blue background head-shot. Here is my first take on it. Sara was shot with my Canon 5D Mk II and a 580EXII flash. I used a Coco flash attachment to create a softer ring flash. In the first photo there is a strong backlight from the sun. The second photo was taken in the shade just using the ring flash.