The Hired Lens

By: Robb Allen

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Saturday, 24-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Painting with light test

Oops! - note the upper right corner
I had seen this technique a few times and I have wanted to reproduce it, but was always wary of doing it with film. Now that I've got an DSLR, I figured I'd give it a shot.

My wonderful wife laid on the couch to be my model / test subject. I set my camera to f10 @ 30" using my 28-80 at around 50mm. I took my flashlight and covered it with wax paper to diffuse the light since a Maglite isn't the most focused and even light around. I turned out all the lights in the house and hit the shutter.

I proceded to "paint" the light over Kari, ensuring that the flashlight itself was never seen by the camera (I uploaded the goof shot where you can see it in the upper right corner). You have to keep the light moving so as to not burn out the photo. 30 seconds is a long time, but you could always set your camera to bulb mode and go longer if you need.

This photo represents the very first shot I did with this, and I think I got a pretty cool effect. Now that I know I can do it, I hope to try quite a few more portraits using this method.

Let me know what you think!


Friday, 23-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Update from work

Holding her water
First time in the ocean
Very first D2H photo
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12:30 pm

Where I work, we have kind of a nature preserve behind us. I don't know what is considered "preserved" as they're constantly clearing out land to make way for new buildings.

We've got a few aligators, snakes, Moor hens, and some really, really ugly birds that swim. Most of the birds around here are crows, blackbirds, and assorted not-so-pretty ones. We have something that looks piperish to me, but I don't know what they are. What I do know is you can get within a foot of them before they even think about taking off, so I decided to take a few shots. I got one of the ugly bird too...

Trying to find out why my pics aren't coming across.
Ah, there they are! Well, here's my little angel Georgia. This is one from my first week with the D2H. There's nothing more exciting than having controllable depth of field and a cute little girl with a mouthful of water.

Rest assured you will see a lot more of Georgia. She's my primary source of photos. I run my own site with her photos on it, so I'm simply testing here to see if this is a more economical method of displaying them.


Thursday, 22-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Hudson is watching you

Hudson is watching you
Well, this is my first attempt at any sort of blogging, so I might as well get the details out of the way.

I just got my Nikon D2H last week. Thankfully, the thing is drool proof. Now all I need is a zillion more lenses, an SB-800, several 1 to 4G Lexar Compact Flash cards, a Nixvue fir storage, and skill. Then I'll be set.

Until then, enjoy my cat....



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