Sunday, January 27, 2008
The intended outcome was NOT the image at right -- I spent a few hours setting up, executing, and processing the shot (stay tuned), without thinking things through far enough to realize I wouldn't be able to post the image in the format I needed (animated -- was hoping to PNG but ended up with GIF).
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Since I'm working half days now (6 a.m.-6 p.m.) -- I rarely shoot during the daylight, so there's lots of time to practice, not that I have committed to a photo a day for the year.
This was one of more than 50 shots I took -- the sky started out colorful, but considerable lighter). Problem was I needed my tripod for the camera, and I had only my GorllaPod (LOVE THIS) to mount the flash onto. Just couldn't get it high enough. There is a light stand in my near future.
So I held the flash in my left hand, and varied intesity, with/without the diffuser, etc. It kept getting darker and darker, but near the end, it looked like I had a series of good shots.
Alas, I wasn't in focus. I was getting cold, and didn't zoom ein enough on my preview screen to discern the fuzziness.
Composing myself and getting into focus is the most maddening part of this entire 366-Day project ... but I wager I'll have it figured out before the year is up.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Paul Swortz - Photo by Jan Klier
Originally uploaded by janklier
One of them, Jan Klier brought his lighting gear along, and after we'd walked the grounds a while, we hauled them up the hill to one of the old barns.
I learned more about my flash, metering, and light in the 60 minutes or so we worked together than in the three months since I started using external lighting -- Jan was so generous with his time, expertise, and equipment.
You can see my work from the event here (I got a few I like), but my favorite of the day was the black and white version Jan got of me.
Friday, January 11, 2008
This little art cooperative in Atlanta had a great idea: give a bunch of people identical disposable cameras and a theme, then see what happens.
I loved the idea, but since there is no instant feedback (gosh, I love digital), I don't know what the shots will look like, if they were in focus, or precisely how the composition turned out.
But that's part of the fun.
So 227 people couged up $16 bucks for the cameras, and shot the theme "Adventure."
I don't know if I'll get to know in advance whether my shots get used in the gallery)... the exhibition is from noon-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. Trouble is, it's in San Francisco, so I am unlikely to make it. I hope they'll have something online.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
I balanced the camera on a neighboring desk, and took a couple of test shots. It was clear I needed to do something about my face -- the overhead fluorescent lights left my eyes in shadow and made me look even more sinister and fat than I am.
I grabbed a small desk lamp, and held it in my left hand while firing off a bunch of shots quickly with my remote.
I want to do this again -- but with my off camera flash and some time to clean off the desktop and do something about the cables beneath the desk.