What the heck happened to June? Where the heck have I been? Where haven’t I been? I love the good weather and its been really hard to balance a full time career, family and a part time photo business (more on the not-for-profit business part of it another time).
Early in the month I did a shoot with one of my favorite models Jlynne3 (MM2235484) – click on the photo to see more of her. Notice any handy photoshop work here? The goal is not to notice it, but…. Dave Dawson over at Sopho a while back talked to me about whitening the eyes. At the time I had been doing a blanket + exposure in Lightroom on the entire eyeball. Devil eyes as he called it was not good. If you look at the photo above, I bet you are thinking I whitened the eyes. Nope… The whites are natural exposure, minus the removal of a few veins that everyone has, but the white and exposure of the white is unchanged. If anything I think they look too bright, but all the work was done on the iris (the color part) – six or seven steps in Photoshop getting it just right. Still I might have overdone it a little.
Over at the Portsmouth Music Hall I got backstage with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra again. This time, armed with my Nikon D700 and my very best pro glass, I got to take a new series of shots. The orchestra even bigger this time. That’s a story unto itself, but lets just say I’m loving my D700, but I’m disliking the shutter noise in a setting like this. Click on the photo above to see more photos of the PSO.
This year the timing of races just hasn’t been working out well for me. Above is the Portsmouth 35th Market Square 10K. I really wanted to do better than last year, but just didn’t do any of the planning or setup – so I knew I was going to just go shoot it for the fun of it and then work on a few techniques such as panning. One thing that did work out splendidly though was the D700 and my 70-200 VRII lens using spot metering. Oh so so superb. BTW I edited the race photo above with Capture NX-II just because I wanted to see how it’s preforming compared to Adobe Lightroom 4.
I also did a shoot with Larry of Lionfish Photography at his studio and model Jade Vixen (MM32777). I’m so far behind that I have not had a chance to edit those photos, but I’m really really excited to get to work on them. Larry is someone that I’ve wanted to shoot with for a long time, and without a doubt I’m outclassed by him, so it was a real pleasure and a great learning experience. Thanks Larry for putting on a group shoot!