Archives for the month of: September, 2011
Portrait of the Yakima by Terry Schmidbauer
Portrait of the Yakima, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I shot this a couple of weeks ago on the ferry and just got around to processing it. I’m trying to say as much as possible with very simple shapes and contrast. Contrast of shapes, contrast of textures and contrast of patterns are the kind of things I’m focused on. Sometimes I just like getting back to the basics of composition, it puts more emphasis on vision that the subject matter. I really think you get the feeling of being on a ship with just a couple of hints.

Saturday Night Showers by Terry Schmidbauer
Saturday Night Showers, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This shot is slightly voyeuristic but I don’t see anything wrong with that. I saw this image as I was walking around Alki Beach on Saturday night. When I saw the light on the girls in the shower I knew it was a great shot so I took a really quick capture and just walked away before I drew attention to myself. Some people may not have thought photographing this scene would be appropriate and I wasn’t willing to stick around and find out.
The composition is a direct result of the lens. I would have normally had mounted on my 18 – 200mm which would have gave more of a close up photo but I wanted to work with my new 35mm and force myself into new compositional scenarios. The really interesting thing about this composition is the space between the viewer and the subjects. There’s a sense that the viewer is not invited to this shower event and must keep their distance which is exactly how I felt at the time. I really think this 35mm holds a new truth in compositions for me, I think I’m going to enjoy working with it.

Portrait of Crystaline by Terry Schmidbauer
Portrait of Crystaline, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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Another shot from the photo shoot on Saturday night with Crystaline. This one took a little longer to retouch so it’s a little late in coming. I really liked the strands of hair dangling into the negative space on the left and made sure there was some beautiful light on it.

This portrait has such a nice feeling. Crystaline looks so relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. This was one of the last captures so she may have been sick of posing but that’s when you get the best portraits. There’s always a point during a portrait shoot when your model let’s go of that defense mechanism of being in front of a camera. I’m always trying to encourage that moment by carrying on a conversation so to make the person on the other side of the camera feel comfortable. A good portrait is really the result of a great chemistry between the model and the photographer.

Smoke in the Mountains by Terry Schmidbauer
Smoke in the Mountains, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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Smoke from Olympic National Forest blaze visible in Seattle This was taken from Alki on Saturday night. Massive white plumes of smoke from a 50-acre fire in the Olympic National Forest were visible Saturday across Puget Sound. The Big Hump fire along the Duckabush Trail was being contained as of Saturday and six more firefighter crews of about 20 people were called in to join the effort. The National Forest Service was employing a helicopter to pour water on the fire. The blaze was started by human activity on Thursday.

Warm Tones at Alki by Terry Schmidbauer
Warm Tones at Alki, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is from a photo shoot with Crystaline at Alki on Saturday night. I originally met Crystaline at a lakefront park in Kirkland on Day 309 of my Project 365 back in February.  I took some photos of her and we later connected on Facebook. She immediately discovered that we have the same birthday and we’ve been friends ever since.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to shoot this session but I had this idea of a B&W, post-war Europe, cinema shot. This first thing I did when I saw all of the shots in Lightroom was discard the idea of B&W. The color of the light was just too beautiful to discard. My processing workflow was opposite to how I normally work. I made the adjustments manually in develop mode and then looked for preset to enhanced the work I did. I ended up using a Kodachrome 25 preset for a slight color adjustment to desaturate the blues. This helps draw more attention to the Crystaline and really brings out the warm tones.

I really love my new Sony 35mm 1.8 I bought at Kenmore camera last week! It’s a focal length I haven’t spent too much time in so using the prime forces me to shoot something different. During this photo shoot I swapped to my favorite 16-200mm but took it off almost immediately because I reverted to just shooting the same old close ups. The vision I had for this shoot was more of a full figure, environment portrait photo and I wanted to follow thru with what my original thoughts were.

The Last Day of Summer. by Terry Schmidbauer
The Last Day of Summer., a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This was another shot taken on Wednesday which I consider to be my last day of summer vacation. In the developing this I’m trying for the graphic quailty of a B&W image but still keep a hint of color to create a mood. This faded color gives this image a nostalgic quality and it also represents the ending of a wonderful summer.

Portside by Terry Schmidbauer
Portside, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I just picked up a Sony 35mm 1.8 and it was a perfect day to try out a new lens. I took a ferry over to the peninsula to visit my friend Noelle who is still on the mend with her broken hand.
This is an incredible lens for the price. It’s really fast, crisp and light. I think it’s going to be my walk around lens because of it 50mm equivalent on my camera. This is such a classic focal length and feels so honest that you can’t help to take good pictures.
This is a shot from the ferry looking out from a sun deck. Did I mention that it was a gorgeous day?

A Meaningless Experiment by Terry Schmidbauer
A Meaningless Experiment, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I found a book on HDR at Border’s Books going out of business sale today for 60% off. I read the first couple of chapters and found it somewhat interesting. I’d like to just say that I’ve never liked any HDR images I’ve seen because they look contrived, unnatural and lack any kind of soul. But this book seem to have some promise because of the author’s attitude toward make good images and not just getting caught up in the technical aspects of HDR.
As with anything if you do too much, it will turn out bad. That’s what I dislike mostly about the HDR images I’ve seen, just too much of that HDR look. So I’m going to experiment with HDR in a way that it was originally intended and that’s to capture a very large dynamic range for an image so you have the most latitude possible while edited it. There’s nothing that says you have to use all of the dynamic range in the final image but it available to you while developing gives you so many more options.
This was a shot I took from my front yard looking into the living room. Most of the outside light was coming from the street light so it was pretty dark. The light inside was normal indoor lighting. Seemed like a good start for an HDR image because of the contrast. I was able to get more detail throughout the image because I had 6 exposures to work with…..and I didn’t let the process take control of the image. It’s kind of a meaningless image but it’s an experiment.

A Little Surprise. by Terry Schmidbauer
A Little Surprise., a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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A Hedge Hog at Wildlife Images – Rehabilitation and Education Center. We took a tour of the grounds today and really enjoyed their vast array of wildlife. Between the normal stops on the tour, the vet techs would surprise us with different small animals.

On the Rouge. by Terry Schmidbauer
On the Rouge., a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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Shot this with a point and shoot today on the Rouge River in Southern Oregon. We took the kayaks for a little paddle down the easy part of the Rouge River and ended up way in over our heads. By the time we got to the take out, our boats were totally swamped.
I really didn’t have to do much to this shot to make it work but I did have to bring down the contrast to keep the dynamic range in check. I also took the saturation way down and slowly turned up the vibrance slightly to get an almost black and white image with a slight touch of color. I’ve liked this look for a while now.