Sunday, September 23, 2007

Central Park Zoo

This weekend I went to shoot at the Central Park Zoo. The zoo is a manageable size, so it's really down to timing it right with the animals. We didn't do well with the red pandas nor the monkeys, but did have luck with the often elusive polar bears.

I thought this nicely captured a family day at the zoo.

I included this shot for the unbelieveable light in this cove for underwater viewing. This is just one shot, but there were cool reflections and sometimes some very unfortunate placement of people's heads with the polar bear swimming away. You'll just have to use your imagination on that one.

A nice grab of Gus getting a drink of water.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

My Lighting Course

Me? I'm an available light shooter with a little fill flash now and then. Recently I've become interested in applying for a photography position next summer, so I've signed up for a studio lighting course to beef up the resume (with the bonus of it helping the wedding stuff as well).

So, I'd like you to meet Julian. He's our very patient model who never blinks and doesn't complain as we continuously blast him with strobes. He's perfect really...except for his one arm that doesn't match. I conveniently left it out of the frame. It's weird.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

My First Wedding Assist

In my journey to become a professional photographer, I have started to assist for a wonderful wedding photographer named Jocelyn. She has blessed me with the most amazing forum to learn (trial by fire really) and the patience to teach me (cheat sheets and everything!). As the second shooter, I get to do a lot of the details. Here are just a few selects from my very first wedding assist.

Headed downstairs to shoot the bouquets, I was captured by the contrast of not only the white fabric and dark wood, but also the gentle curves with the rigid lines.

A traditional shot, but I like it.

I was left behind in the preparation room to battle the insanely contrasty light, while Jocelyn prepared for the party to come down the aisle. I didn't get much, but I liked this one.

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