Oct 29, 2009

Lonely Fruit

Nikon D90, 85mm lens, f/1.8, 1/320s, ISO 400.



These two Jedi show no mercy. Another class effort.


T. with Violin

My digital photography classes are really first rate. They are able to balance the creation of their own images with helping each other learn, too. Here we got together as the sun was setting to set up some lights and reflectors to keep T.'s smile looking great.

Nikon D90, 85mm lens, f/2.5, 1/100s, ISO 200, -1 EV, SB-600 gelled warm camera right, reflector camera left; class effort.



Yet another victim of a photo class. At sixty-nine and a half years old, this fellow doesn't show it. He plays Basketball in his cowboy boots with his sons, and runs steps each day at the University with his dog. Let's hope to be doing as well.

Step inside...

Nikon D90, 85mm lens, f/2.2, 1/400s & 1/640s, ISO 200, -1 EV

Oct 25, 2009

K. of Wellsville

Nikon D90, 50mm lens, f/1.8, 1/50s, ISO 640. Shot in cooperation with Gary Bird Photography. Keep an eye out for a few more from our adventures with K.


Oct 23, 2009

Turn Around

Since you always carry your camera, you've just made a lucky image, and you're super excited about it. Now turn around and look for something else to shoot.

Nikon D90, 70-300mm VR lens @ 95mm, f/8.0, 1/400s, ISO 100.

Always Take your Camera

Everywhere you go, just carry your camera with you. This does two things:
1) It makes it part of you--you just always have a camera.
2) It makes you ready to pull over and turn around when you see a huge bald eagle sitting in beautiful tree on the side of the highway.

Fly inside for more evidence...

Nikon D90, 70-300mm VR lens, f/8.0, 1/500s, ISO 100.

Oct 18, 2009

Goose Hunting

Don't worry, the Geese are still safe. We didn't actually even see any up close. Still, we had a blast and club members made a lot of varied images. Click inside to see some more of mine.

All shot on Nikon D90 with 70-300mm VR lens, and the occasional SB-600.

Night at the Dance Hall

Short days make for creative nighttime images; it's only six months 'til longer days, again, right?

Nikon D90, 85mm lens, f/1.8, 1/40s, ISO 800, and a few Lightroom color tweaks.

Passerby II

Whenever the Cache Valley Photographers get together, watch out: you may be shot! (actually, we're looking for volunteers who are prearranged, too...what a novel move for us)

A. and R. are getting married next Spring and they allowed us to snap off "three" images (see, a photographer always says, "Okay, last one..."). It was a pleasure to make a portrait of A., and we sure appreciate her willingness to let us experiment.

Nikon D90, 70-300mm lens @ 145mm, f/5.6, 1/3200s, ISO 200, -2/3 E.V., one SB-600 fired from camera left. Because we were spontaneous, we didn't get the kind of soft light we usually look for in a portrait of this sort. We shot with a bare flash--we didn't even have a white shirt to reflect off of for a little fill light. Sometimes you just make do. Thanks to Rich and Gary for their help making this image.

Oct 16, 2009

Dancer at Rest

Going through a previous shoot, I found this gem. Catching C. relaxing after a long day dancing is what this feels like to me. Gotta figure out how to get that candid-ish feel anytime I want it.

Nikon D90, 35mm lens, f/6.3, 1/200s, ISO 200, +1 E.V., one SB-600 fired through a white umbrella near the window down the stairs to add a little umph to the window light.

Cold Mornings

It was cold this morning--maybe the coldest morning yet. As I ride each day to work, I am intimately aware of the temperature each day. Really, it's the wet air that was getting me this morning. But, if it's gonna be cold, at least I get to see sunrises like this one through the river mist.

Hope it's just like this tomorrow for our riverside goose hunting photowalk. Join us at 7:00 am

Nikon D90, 50mm lens, f/9, 1/4000s, ISO 160, -1 1/3 E.V., spot metered on the sun.

Oct 15, 2009

On the Steps

Last one from last week's model shoot. We'll have to ask her back again. Remember, fast shutter speeds eliminate the ambient light, using only the strobe light for eposure. Class effort.

Nikon D90, 10-20mm lens @ 16mm, f/5.0, 1/500s, ISO 200, two SB600's. Camera left gelled 1/4 CTO, Right and behind bare, White Balance cooled slightly.

The Boss

Nikon D90, 50mm lens, f/1.8, 1/100s, ISO 250, -1.0 EV. Natural light from north window on a cloudy day.

Oct 12, 2009

Good Sports

S. is one of my students/models (everyone takes a turn). We set her up here for a quick and simple portrait. The window behind has a diffuser evening out the background and light, while a reflctor on the right brings ome light back into her face.

Oct 8, 2009

A Little Help from My Friends

Look out, Hannah.

These are more from class last night where everyone lent a hand--from positioning lights to positioning models to critiquing the shots. C. played along all evening, and best of all...she brought all her costumes. Come inside for a couple more shots...

C. even took a turn behind the lens and made this image of a goofy guy. I think C. and I get along because we both like hats.

Oct 7, 2009

Left Out

It's miserable to be the only one left out, all dressed up with no place to go.

C. could turn on the pouts, or the excited smiles, or the dramatic introspectives like a pro. She was a blast to shoot, and my digital photography class enjoyed posing her and getting to know their cameras better. This image was really a class effort.

Nikon D90, 10-20mm lens @ 13mm, f/4.5, 1/400s, ISO 200. One bald SB-600 high and behind, one SB-600 fired through an umbrella with 1/4 CTO gel camera left.

Oct 6, 2009

Germany or Bust

Met this fellow on a recent trip as he was headed to a family reunion in Germany. He's missing out: we had one in Twin Falls, ID and it was awesome.

His face was just screaming to be photographed. His eyes were bright and intelligent. The trick with airplane portraits is timing. Some folks are a bit cranky with hustling to the airport and are more amiable after a little nap. Others are nervous and talkative and will do anything to keep their minds off the takeoff. One Gal chatted with me half way across the country and let me shoot about thirty frames as we tried to get the arrangement right (it's tough when you're holding the camera against the seat in front of you guessing where to point). Actually the real trick to airplane portraits is getting the emergency exit so you have room to maneuver.

Nikon D90, 35mm lens, f/2.2, 1/100s, ISO 200. Soft light from windows is great on all planes--sure beats trying to shoot through dirty windows to the world outside!

Oct 5, 2009

Irene's Way

Nikon D90, 80-200mm lens @ 80mm, f/4.0, 1/640s, ISO 100, -1/3 EV.

San Giovanni

Nikon D90, 80-200mm lens @ 200mm, f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 1000.

Et Cetera

Nikon D90, 50mm lens, f/11, 1/3200s, ISO 200, -2 1/3 EV. EV is the powerful tool here to keep the overall picture under control.

Oct 4, 2009

Alpine Midnight

Nikon D90, 85mm lens, f/2.2, 30.0s, ISO 400. Long exposure--hence the streaking stars and blinking jet lights. The trick to this sky is finding the best white balance to show the colors.


Sixty years building the marriage; fifty years building the cabin.

Nikon D90, 85mm lens, f/2.5, 1/160s, ISO 200. A large sheet covers the windows camera left, diffusing the sunlight pounding through the windows; a white reflector card camera right brings a little back there, too. Of course, my favorite light shaping tool is still the white jumpsuit--the trick is finding subjects willing to wear it!


There were hundreds of these buzzing around while F. and I were working under the eaves of the upper roof at the cabin.

Click inside to see their fate.

They didn't stand a chance against F., though. We couldn't find the hornet spray, so Grandpa wielded the electric flyswatter like the tin man cutting down flying monkeys.

Just a day in the life with F.: maintaining a cabin that been a lifetime in the making, and solving problems creatively. The safety rope puts his wife B.'s mind at ease.

Nikon D90, 10-20mm lens. I am only about 18 inches from Grandpa, but the wide angle makes it appear otherwise.

Oct 1, 2009


The best thing amount roller coasters is flying.

Nikon D90, 10-20mm lens @10mm, f/7.1, 1/320s, ISO 100, -1 EV. Yeah, try adjusting the exposure upside down.

Move in Close

Nikon D90, 50mm lens, f/3.5, 1/320s, ISO 200, SB-600 flash with 1/4 orange gel fired north of the camera position.