Archives for the month of: July, 2012
Mountain Yoga Hike by Terry Schmidbauer
Mountain Yoga Hike, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This was a stock photo shoot at the top of Rattlesnake Ridge while on a mountain yoga hike. I was able to submit 150 images from a total of 1200 shot that day. I started shooting at the trailhead and ended with some sunset poses from the top. I pack up my gear for the walk down in the dark. I developed this one with my Leica Look preset in Lightroom 4 which increases the clarity and deepens the overall colors. I submitted a much more generically processed image.

After we hiked to the ridge, I was a little disappointed that it was eastern facing. I was envisioning a sunset shoot when I was planning this shoot but we were behind a large shadow cast by the rest of the mountain. But we hiked all that way and I had to make the best of the situation. So I took advantage of the views and soft lighting. It’s actually amazing that the model is lit all with ambient light. I tried an off camera flash but that wasn’t bright enough to add anything to the scene.

Summer on the Left Coast by Terry Schmidbauer
Summer on the Left Coast, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is another shot from the stock photo, fitness shoot at Discovery Park in Seattle. That lens flair is totally crazy! Not sure where those little dials came from but if I tried to do it again, I’d probably not be able to recreate it.

This shot just says West Coast Summertime to me. Maybe it’s swirl of the hair but there’s something that’s really fun about this shot. I loved it as soon as I shot it. It’s that same feeling you get when you hit a good drive in Golf. You know it as soon as hit the ball.

All total, I shot 1600 photos that day and submitted 256. Hopefully they will choose a couple out of that.

Noby in a Degas Pose by Terry Schmidbauer
Noby in a Degas Pose, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is from last weekend at Discovery Park in Seattle. I shot this for Cavan Images to be used for stock photography but I won’t know if any of my images will be accepted for a couple more weeks. In the mean time I thought I would process something in the Cavan style to see what it would look like. Cavan has a style all their own, it’s has a sort of Kodachrome look with more contemporary feeling. It’s a nice style and I like working with it. I don’t think they will use this one because there’s not enough room around the subject for copy, something need in stock photography, but I submitted a version that does have plenty of room around it for an art director to add their copy so I’m hoping the will accept that.

Dog Nose by Terry Schmidbauer
Dog Nose, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is right out of the camera, full frame, and default development settings. Man, this 100mm macro is one sharp lens. This is shot at ISO 50 to which really adds to the detail too. I don’t regret sending the 80-200 back at all now that I see the results from this lens. I really like the focal length for a walk around lens too. I just need to get to know it better so I can react faster when something happens.

A Lion's Roar by Terry Schmidbauer
A Lion’s Roar, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I just got my Sony 100mm 2.8 macro and was sitting out on the back deck checking it out when Sascha let out a big yawn. I was amazed how quickly the lens was able to focus given that it had to travel so far. This lens it the sharpest I ever shot with and it’s a joy to use.

Minolta Beercan by Terry Schmidbauer
Minolta Beercan, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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Since I had to send back the Minolta 80-200 2.8 HS, I took the Minolta Beer Can out for a walk today. I’m always pleasantly surprised at the captures I’m able to get with the Beer Can. It’s not that it’s a great lens it’s just really good for the price. The Beer Can has been discontinued for well over 10 years and a good copy can be bought for around $150. It’s has a constant aperture of f4and made of all metal and glass and makes noises like a mouse cage when it’s searching for something to focus on. The biggest problems with the lens is the chromatic aberration (purple edges on the highlights) and lens flair. You can’t notice the CA in black and white so it’s perfect for street photogs and the lens flair can be controlled with a good hood and being aware of where the sun is at all times which a good photog should know anyhow.

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

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Here’s something fun I shot yesterday with Minolta 80-200mm 2.8. I bought the lens used and really like the image quality but it was just too beat up to justify the $1k price tag. I could have overlooked some of the blemishes but the thing just wouldn’t disengage from autofocus on a regular basis. I really need to fime tune my focus on the fly and not have to fight with the lens. So the lens is packed up and being sent back. On to the next lens!

Portfolio Review by Terry Schmidbauer
Portfolio Review, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I haven’t been very social lately and this is the reason; a portfolio of prints for the portfolio review at Photo Center NW. I haven’t released any of the image online yet but after the review, I’ll post some images. Wish me luck!

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

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I took this portrait of Rio on the 4th of July. She looks very comfortable in her new home. I latter took her chair to watch the fireworks, she wasn’t too happy about that.

This is a preset I’ve been working on in Lightroom processes a raw file to look like it was shot with a Leica camera. I turn the clarity up real high and push the shadows up. Then I bring down the highlights and whites and I tone it with the split toning to a slightly warm tone. I think it feels pretty close to what a Leica image looks like.

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

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I shot this last week and forgot about it. The Flickr plugin for Lightroom 4 has been such a stinker that I’ve not really spent too much time uploading anything because of the frustration of using it. But I think I may have a handle on the problem now. Anyways, the title of this is the story of my life, “Leftout”