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February 27th, 2015 by grant

Just on a whim I asked if I could shoot Sam. Bill quickly brought him over.

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February 22nd, 2015 by grant

Did our regular thing. Got Koa, lather rinse repeat, pick up her crap & shoot portraits.

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I wanted to get some grossly distorted wide angle shots, but she had other things on the agenda. She’s such a princess.

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February 19th, 2015 by grant

I’ve been sick all week and I’m going crazy with nothing to do…

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Got some bugs from the backyard an asked if I could shoot a few portraits of them. They graciously agreed. This is so hard to get sharp focus as my eyesight is horrible these days.

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February 14th, 2015 by grant

I have to give myself these projects in order to be a more rounded fotog. So last night I had Sandy fling some wine (backyard) in an attempt to create a heartshaped pattern in honor of V-Day. This is not original, I got the idea from Gavin Hoey via the Adorama channel on youtube. This is a 1 speedlite, 5 shot composite.

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And no it wasn’t actually wine.

Later in the evening we had Arlene over for a Hamachi Kama dinner.

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January 30th, 2015 by grant

Sylvia a family friend, asked me to photograph her glass art work. Thinking it would be a snap I quickly agreed. I found out the hard way that shooting glass is really difficult. Her work is beautiful so I wanted to do it justice. The wave sculpture below would not accept any side light as it would cast shadows in between the blue vertical stripes. In the end I used butterfly lighting.

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For the cityscape I setup side lighting to get a rim on the edges of the buildings to give it depth.

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I learned a lot and if there is a next time maybe it won’t take me 3 hrs. Sylvia generously gave me several sweet treats and a lovely glass platter as a reward. This is lit from below via an LED panel with a piece of diffusion plastic in between. Fill was then provided from above.

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January 28th, 2015 by grant

While she passed away back in November we finally put Grandma Maeda to rest. She made it to 102, which is incredible these days. Sadly it was probably the last time we will all get together.

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I did not feel right taking photos at the funeral, as it just feels too morbid. Afterwards we put Grandma next to Grandpa in a very informal ceremony.

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Afterwards we converged at Christy’s place for food & drinks.

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I did my best to shoot portraits of everyone but my G1X2 doesn’t have a viewfinder and the glare on the LCD was really strong. That coupled with the usually flawless ETTL flash system was not giving consistent results. Nothing is ever easy. That is Diamond Head in the background BTW.

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January 18th, 2015 by grant

Sandy wuz away for the weekend so I decided to give myself an assignment. Splash photography has always looked cool to me, but I’ve never tried it. I’ve recently bought a triggertrap remote so in theory it should be really easy… Ok it wouldn’t show video on my camera, doh! Gotta do it the old fashioned way. That meant synchronizing the drop & the manual shutter release. This was not as easy as it sounds. After what seemed like hundreds of attempts this is what I got (the last one is a composite). Did I mention it made quite a mess.

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If you are interested these were shot with a 7DII using a 180mm macro lens. Manual focus, 2 speedlites.

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December 23rd, 2014 by grant

Last Saturday we had the honor of witnessing the wedding of Teddy & Christine. The ceremony was held at the Chapel of Our Lady in the Presdio. I figured this would be a good test for A6000.

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December 16th, 2014 by grant

During a Koa dogsitting adventure I decided to test my 2 new cameras. The photo on the left is from the Canon G7X and the photo on the right is from the Sony A6000.

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November 23rd, 2014 by grant

I been away in Miami for 3 weeks. It was quite difficult being away for that length of time.

I did have some new stuff waiting for me though…

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November 2nd, 2014 by grant

We were invited to a Birthday/house warming party at Trish & Chris’s, so I thought I would bring along my G7X and a continuous lighting set up. Here’s what I got…

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November 2nd, 2014 by grant

Schedules did not permit us to see Noah this Halloween. I heard he was going to be a Fireman, so I made arrangements to meet at our local fire station for a short shoot and as usual they were very accommodating. Having shot Noah a few times I thought I knew what to expect, but as usual he’s full of surprises.

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October 25th, 2014 by grant

Paul & Brenda invited us to go wine tasting in Livermore. We have never been there so we jumped at the chance.

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Murrietta’s Well was our first stop.

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On to Wente. We had to get past Hank though (major dogmeat).

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Lunch was at Uncle Yu’s.

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And finally Tenuta Wines.

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October 23rd, 2014 by grant

Last time I was here was 2008. I brought a gigantic DSLR and tripod. This time I used a tiny G1X2 and a travel tripod.

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I did try a HDR software that came with the Canon RAW package.

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October 19th, 2014 by grant

A couple of people have asked me about this so I thought I would do a quick posting. I love using strobes when shooting portraits and since alot of those are environmental shoots I have to be mobile. Therefore my traveling light rig is as follows: Shurline 4-9ft paint pole. Kacey paint pole adapter, Wescott Rapidbox and of course a Canon 600EX-RT.

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Now I can mount any light modifier on top this pole that can extend to 9 ft. Most recently I experimented with a snoot. The results were hit & miss but I did like the effect.

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