Archives for the month of: September, 2012
Arching Trail by Terry Schmidbauer
Arching Trail, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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One of my favorites from last week’s shoot at Artist Point. This was a model I was working with so I had the luxury of having her walk past a few times to get the shot I wanted. So I had the moment in my mind before I shot. I liked the open space between the trees so made sure I waited until she reached that point and fired off a blast of images. I didn’t notice the arc of the trail until I was in post. It was a nice surprise!

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Sand and Water by Terry Schmidbauer
Sand and Water, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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It’s been awhile since I posted an abstract so this seems like as a good time as any. It’s nice to work on abstracts when you don’t have anything else to shoot. It’s a nice way to clear your mind and concentrate on what’s in the viewfinder. I actually go into a bit of trance when I shoot abstracts. I’m so focused on what’s going on in my viewfinder, I’m not aware of what’s going on around me. This lets me discover the whole frame and come up with an interesting composition.

I shot this on the beach in Tofino just a couple of steps from my tent. The beach was rather crowded with people but I was more interested in how the light was interacting with the sand and water. Although this is contrast of textures; there’s also a nice interaction between the textures in this composition. Your eye moves from top to bottom, left to right and I think that’s what makes this work. . I look at negative space when I’m composing and I think that is reflected in this very well. That negative space gives this image a musical feeling with the intervals between the sand.

Contrast of Textures by Terry Schmidbauer
Contrast of Textures, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I was looking over the shots from this summer and stumbled on this one. This is a shot of Alanah at Rattlesnake Lake taken a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t shown it yet but it’s really too good to keep hidden on my hard drive. The contrast of old and new textures is what inspired me to take this image. It reminds me of something I would have seen in US Camera many years ago.

I did very little in post with this image. The only thing I really needed to do was lighten the darker shadows. That added noise in those areas but I just used the adjustment brush to do spot-noise reduction. It would be nice to see a smarter noise reduction tool in Lightroom in the future. This would be a tool that would isolate NR to the different tonal values in the images. For the most part, I only have problems with noise in the shadows and I really don’t like the highlights getting messed up.

Artist Point by Terry Schmidbauer
Artist Point, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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Artist Point near Mt Baker is beautiful this time of year. I drove up with Sarah and her very large dog Try on Sunday for a sunset shoot and was rewarded with some wonderful views. It was a long drive just for an hour of great shooting light but shots like this made it well worth it.

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

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This is an environment portrait from my Surfer shoot in Tofino last week. The shoot didn’t go as well as planned but after some time away for the images, I think there’s a couple of keepers in there. Not as many I would have liked but I ended up with something.

This was an interesting exposure. Although it seemed rather dark, the meter was exposing at a pretty high shutter speed. Maybe the haze in the air was fooling the meter but I still came out with a pretty good exposure. Shooting in RAW and shooting at ISO 50 allowed me to bring up some of the details in the shadows and let me adjust the exposure without adding too much grain.

I toned this shot in post to add some separation between the land and sky. The original capture was almost the same color of grey which was a little flat. The toning also adds somewhat of a nostalgic feeling to this already moody image which I think works well. Overall, I’m happy with this image and maybe the best one of the shoot.

Major Failure in Tofino by Terry Schmidbauer
Major Failure in Tofino, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This was my most highly anticipated shoot of the summer. Conflicting agendas and bad weather were the main cause of the failure but a better photographer should have still been able to pull something out of those circumstances. I guess I’m just not there yet and this trip was a real eye opener.

In order to learn from my failure, I wrote out a 12 point guideline for a successful photo shoot. I had plenty of time to write on the 3 hour ferry ride bake to the States. It’s a 2 page document and it will go thru many edits as I move forward but hopefully it will serve to help in not make the same mistakes again.

What's a Neomorph? by Terry Schmidbauer
What’s a Neomorph?, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This Neomorph is part of the portfolio I created in July for a review at a local photography school. Three out of the four reviewers really liked the images while the forth didn’t really care for it. To each their own, I like these images and I still want to try and get a show with them.

I printed these on metallic paper from Moab Papers and they just glowed in the right light. It is a very enjoyable paper to print on but I would like to print on real metal sometime or work with some other alternative process to make these Neomorphs one of a kind. Winter is on its way and there will be plenty of time to work on this indoors. In the meantime; I’m off to Tofino, BC for a surfer lifestyle shoot. The weather looks great, just hope we get some waves.

Stump Removal by Terry Schmidbauer
Stump Removal, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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Rattlesnake Lake is getting to be my go to place for photo shoots. This is from a couples shoot in a tandem kayak on the Northwest side of the lake. I had the idea of doing a river kayak shoot over a month ago but I just couldn’t pull it together. Not only do you have to schedule two people for the same time but there’s the logistics of doing a river shuttle for the pickup and drop points. So I bailed on the idea and just went to a place that I’m already very framiler with.

Although I pressed the shutter button over 1200 times in this shoot, it was still hard to find one image that was a defining moment. It’s really hard to position yourself and hold steady while in a kayak. (Yes, this was taken from a kayak.) So to get a shot like this was a major accomplishment for me. It’s really important to have the model’s faces showing with each one having a pleasant look. In this frame not only are the paddles in a great position to continue the angle of the sunlight, they are also out of the way of the models faces which are looking back into the frame, bonus ponts! It was also really important to me that the models were rim lit but not in total shadow as what happens all too often with rim lighted subjects. The water dripping from the right paddle was another huge bonus! The whole composition is a wonderful triangle created by the light direction and the reflections which points to the right while the gaze of the models brings the viewer’s eye back into the frame.

In the original capture there was a stump in the water right in the middle of the frame that almost made me overlook this shot. I had to go into Photoshop and remove it. Not only did I have to remove the stump, I had to recreate the bushes in the background and make sure the water reflections were correct. Yes, water reflections! I didn’t realize that I had to compensate for that until after I took a step back to review retouching task. I always take a step away from my monitor to do a final review and this time I discovered a huge error in my retouching. But it was an easy fix by grabbing some darker reflections from the other parts of the scene.