This year I committed to my daughter and to myself that I would shoot every X Country race and every runner on the team, if possible. I missed one race completely (in Oregan, the day after my step son’s wedding) and only got the Varsity in another race. I consider that pretty good.
Yesterday they had a tribute for the Seniors. Monday morning I came up with the bright idea to pull and finish a picture of each Senior to give to them to remember the season. Thus began 2 days of push, and push and push some more. I didn’t realize there were as many as there were. But I finished, with 20 minutes to spare. My daughter didn’t get her’s until today, but she is very patient with me.
Here’s the gallery of the final images. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with each kid on the team. It was amazing watching them run and play this year. I hope they enjoy these images and remember this experience for years to come.
I’ve been very frustrated lately, every time I have tried to use my strobes. I couldn’t get control of my light. Naturally I thought it was because I was rusty, or just getting dumber as I aged. Then if finally hit me – maybe it’s the strobes. So I decided I needed to fix that one or get new ones. I decided to get new ones. My SpeedOTron is almost 30 years old. By the time I fixed the box and replaced the bulbs I would be out more than it would take to buy two new AlienBees. So I went with new. And I splurged and bought a beauty dish and a small OctaBox. I got it all last week. Its been sitting in the garage, waiting for me.
This afternoon Ann asked me if I could do a quick portrait of her, Alan and the kids. Sure – an excuse to try out my new toys.
It was magical. I have full control over my light. Everything worked flawlessly. The Octa light is beautiful. I’m excited to shoot in the studio again.
Here’s the picture:
My aunt asked me to do a restoration for her. It was a pretty simple one. The before and after is a little deceptive as I adjusted the exposure/contrast issues in the scan itself. After that it was mostly just cleaning up cracks, spots and blemishes.
She was excited to see the cleanup image. And that’s what makes it all worth doing.
I did a fun shoot yesterday with Susie and her boys in Freak Alley in downtown Boise. Total shade, a single stobe in an umbrella for lighting, very cramped quarters – I shot most of these with my back up pressed tightly against the far wall. We had to move a garbage bin, the boys were boys and we got some pretty good shots.
Eager Family Portraits