Yosemite Girls

Posted on June 20, 2014

Lightroom (140620-0042.dng and 4 others)

Shooting at Twilight

Posted on June 12, 2014

Shooting after sunset is a tricky thing. You need both a camera with good high ISO capabilities and a light source that keeps the scene looking like a actual night shot without getting too dark. Nothing looks worse that a flash shot at night as the figure is normally bright lit from the front and everything else in the scene is black.

I was working with Dezi on some active lifestyle shots in the city last night. The idea was to start during the golden hour and keep shooting thru twilight. I wanted to get that soft light in the sky with some city lights in the background. When it started getting really dark I saw these backlit billboards at a Streetcar Station and wanted to use them as my main lights for the figure and find something interesting in the background. Although the color captures are ok, the B&W has an honest and authentic quality to it that really like. It’s timesless and graphic, things I’m always trying to capture in my photos. I kept the contrast high on purpose to give it the feeling of B&W film. Shooting high ISO already gives the image a high contrast and my sensor has a wonderful grain to it but I added a little more film grain to make it feel even more raw and gritty.

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/125, f/2.8, ISO 800

Current Exhibits

Posted on June 10, 2014

This was captured in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on a free Tuesday. I’ve seen all of the current exhibits but I had some time to kill so I started looking for something to photograph. I really liked the way the light was coming thru these windows and the pattern created by the scaffolding made a great backdrop. These two women were doing nothing more than making their way from one station to the next. But I caught them is such a way that it feels like there’s a story going on in the scene. I like how the right women’s silhouette melds with the computer kiosk while the other women’s figure is free from constraints and feels like it’s breaking away. Maybe I’m reading more into to this than need be but the metaphors is very intriguing.

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/60, f/4.5, ISO 800

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