Tuesday, February 04, 2014

What did you shoot the last few days? Here are some of mine

Fuji X-E2, XF 55-200mm, ƒ/8, 1/2000, ISO 5000
What did you photograph the last couple of days? Please don't say nothing. There are opportunities everyday even out your back window.

This is out our back window and while I shared some photos before and even wrote about how I captured them here. Does this mean I shot it and just moved on?

I find that sometimes just going back to something over and over helps you get better and just because it is a different time you may just get a surprise.

Fuji X-E2, XF 55-200mm, ƒ/8, 1/2000, ISO 5000
What I like about these photos is the attitude that you sense of the birds and how they interact with each other.

Fuji X-E2, XF 18-55mm, ƒ/3.6, 1/500, ISO 5000
Our family decided to celebrate Valentines Day this past weekend by driving to Truett's Luau in Fayetteville, GA. It is so new the website is not completely up. This is one of a kind restaurant that Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, at the age of 92 decided to open up. He had a big hand in everything about it.

Fuji X-E2, XF 18-55mm, ƒ/3.2, 1/125, ISO 640 with fill flash set at -1 EV
These are not Pulitzer Prize worthy photos, but they are keeping my eye fresh. I am also working on being sure everything I do is second nature. Like in this photo of my daughter playing the Ukulele at the restaurant I popped in a little fill flash at -1 EV so as not to overpower the natural light, but just fill in her face that was backlit.

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, ISO 400, ƒ/5.6, 1/100, also three Alienbees B1600 @ 1/32 power to just wink enough light to clean up the color of the mixed lighting. One light is in the ceiling over the counter and the two others are in the far corners behind the camera left and right. They are triggered with the PocketWizard radio remotes.
I shot photos of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant that is at Charleston Southern University in North Charleston yesterday.  The reason I shot them on the Nikon is Fuji 10-24mm is still not out and I really prefer to work with super wide angle lenses more than any other focal length, because I want the viewers to feel like they are there.

I had a John Amis as a photo assistant who helped with the lights and getting model releases for every person that came into the restaurant that morning as guests and employees. You need a team to make these photos happen.

Fuji X-E2, XF 18-55mm, ƒ/5.6, 1/500, ISO 640
After the shoot I drove by The Citadel in Charleston to get some photos of the Ring that was added to the parade field this past year.

Fuji X-E2, XF 18-55mm, ƒ/5.6, 1/500, ISO 640
The overcast sky made the colors pop and give a nice tent-lighting to the ring.

I walked around the ring and shot a lot of varieties which we will maybe use a few for a book I am working on with my wife on The Citadel. She has a blog that we think many will want some of the content in a book form.

What are you going to shoot today?