First Day of Summer

98 Degrees. A  musical group and the current temperature in Catonsville, Maryland. Ouch. I try to limit my outdoor shooting to late afternoon after 5 pm in the summer. My last image of the week showed the challenges of shooting in harsh sunlight. Lighting is a challenge whether outside in the sun or in a makeshift studio space. The portrait below was shot about a 18 months ago when Emilee was in first grade. I was not happy with her Lifetouch portraits 🙂 so I decided to do my own. This was a strobist shoot using an off camera speedlight. The speedlight was an Nikon SB 600 (in Rembrandt position) firing TTL +0.6 ev. The speedlight was triggered by the Nikon Creative Lighting System via the Nikon D90 with a 50 mm f1.8 (I miss that lens).  A simple one light image shoot in my basement. I was actually pretty pleased with image. Other than using a reflector to add fill on the shadow sign of the face I really liked the image.

Image of the Week

I am back. Finally, I am able to share some of my work from the past few months. I will be posting an image of the week to this blog every Saturday.  Also I will be posting images from recent photo-shoots in my midweek report.

My image this week is from an engagement shoot from last weekend. Manina Beale and Aaron Bush will be married on July 1st. They were a fun couple and I am looking forward to capturing their big day. This image was captured during the harshest part of the day, 3:15 pm in the afternoon. This image was captured with a Nikon D300, ISO 100, 12-24 Tokina Lens, aperture f/4, shutter speed 1/160 sec with flash fill from Nikon SB800. This was a difficult image to expose properly due to the harsh sunlight. Fill-flash was needed to light Manina and Aaron and a flash shutter speed was needed to tone down the highlights in the background. Mission accomplished.