16
Aug
14

dining room studio

Smoke fired pot, photographed on a white background in my dining room

Smoke fired pot, photographed on a white background in my dining room

I needed to photograph some pottery, and I really didn’t want to leave the house, so I set up a dining room studio. I had a 9 foot wide roll of white seamless, and rather than cut it, I just cleared off the table, laid the roll on it, pulled up the cut end to a couple of light stands and held it in place with a couple of spring clamps from Sears.

Side view showing the background attached to a couple of light stands. Yes, we havelots of stuff in our house!

Side view showing the background attached to a couple of light stands. Yes, we have lots of stuff in our house!

 

Since I only needed a wide enough space to accommodate, at most, three pieces of pottery, I could let the sides of the background flop down.

Since I only needed a wide enough space to accommodate, at most, three pieces of pottery, I could let the sides of the background flop down.

With the rest of the roll on the floor, I had a shooting space that would work for me. I used an old Vivitar 283 flash (that I bought off eBay), triggered by a Cactus V5 radio slave, fired into a Cowboy Studio 24″ softbox that (I think) I bought off Amazon.

Vivitar 283 flash with Cactus radio receiver.

Vivitar 283 flash with Cactus radio receiver. The Cowboy Studio softbox includes the bracket and the ball head that attaches to the boom. The bracket allows you to slide the flash in or out and up or down to accommodate various size flashes.

At an ISO of 200 and with the flash dialed way down, I was still shooting at f/11-f/13.

Pot smoke-fired with horsehair on the surface.

Pot smoke-fired with horsehair on the surface.

The results were just fine.

18
Jul
14

Shoot what you can’t help but shoot

Great advice from Gregory Heisler in this interview posted to Vimeo by Maine Media Workshops + College.

 

30
Jun
14

Riverfest car show

There was a nice little car show at the Saint Albans Riverfest Friday night.

 

The Tempest and The Goat

The Tempest and The Goat

 

A pair of Bentleys

A pair of Bentleys

 

1972 Honda 600

1972 Honda 600

10
Jun
14

Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour

The Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour visited Charleston June 9.

 

Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour

 

Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour

Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour

 

Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour

 

Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour

08
Apr
14

Colin

Occasionally a friend asks me to do senior portraits of their son or daughter, usually because said teenager really doesn’t want “senior pictures.” I was lucky that Colin wanted something urban and gritty. When I do something like this and get photos I like, well, that’s a good day.

06
Jan
14

First snow 2014

January 2 we had our first snow, heck of a way to start off 2014. Tried to make a few photographs in the neighborhood, but this was the only one I was happy with.

Driveway in snow

Three images (+2, N, -2 stops) from my D600, processed in Photomatix Pro v5.0. They’ve really improved the software, I plan to talk about that soon.

05
Jan
14

It’s cold

For some reason, I really like to photograph ice formations. You can get abstractions, or interesting flows and curves. I’m lucky to have a creek in my back yard, so when the temperatures drop, it’s a good place photograph. Unfortunately, thanks to the periodic heavy rains and creek flooding, I also have to work around the crap (like cinderblocks and bricks and wood debris) that washes down into my portion of the creek.

Or should I say “crick?”




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