Friday, December 31, 2010

Some Headshots for a Friend

A good friend was having a short story published, and needed some headshots for the magazine. Because the short story deals with hockey (her sick obsession), the hockey gear (her idea) seemed appropriate. We also took the opportunity to grab some shots with her and her daughter. These are my own re-processed shots of some of my favourites from the session.

Nat Headshots - 2

Nat Headshots - 1

Nat Headshots - 3

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Architecture Study - My Uncle's House

The following shots are from a self-study in interior architectural photography. I am trying to properly learn how to use my 24mm TS-E L, and properly compose interior architectural shots. I used my uncle's newly built, self-designed house in the Ontario countryside for practice.

The dining area, looking out onto the field:
Interior Architecture/RE


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The front entranceway and hall:
Interior Architecture/RE

The living room:
Interior Architecture/RE

My uncle's shower area:
Interior Architecture/RE

The east bedroom:
Interior Architecture/RE

The east bedroom's bathroom:
Interior Architecture/RE

A portrait of my uncle, the architect, designer and builder of this house (a 5-year post-retirement project for him):
Interior Architecture/RE

Apropos of nothing architectural, here's a still set shot from a weird-ass post-apocalyptic short film being shot in the countryside just down the road from the aforementioned uncle's house:
Set Still from Wierd-Ass Apocalyptic Short

Kids, Kids & More Kids!

Kids are fun to shoot. Except when they are running away, squirming, pouting or running behind your camera squealing "Can I see???". A collection of the kids I've shot in the past months....

Kids!

Kids!

Kids!

Kids!

Kids!

Kids!

Kids!

Kids!

Kids!

Kids!

Kids!

Kids!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Recent Still Life Work

More experiments in flowers (a.k.a. "getting my Mappelthorpe on, but not in a weird way"):

Calla Lilies


Calla Lilies


Calla Lily


Here's a nice floating bell pepper:

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I had some fun disassembling an old (4G) Seagate hard drive. Below are the actuator arm and head, circuit board, motor and the platters from the drive.

More Fun Disassembling Stuff


More Fun Disassembling Stuff


More Fun Disassembling Stuff


More Fun Disassembling Stuff


Finally, by way of a still life photograph, here are my photography monograph book recommendations. Every one a gem:

Photography Bookshelf

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Recent Portraiture Work

I've done a few portraits that I'm proud of over the last few months. Here are a few:

Here are a few of a couple of my best friends, who were patient enough to let me experiment on them with some new lighting equipment:

Portraits of Some Friends - Variation


Portraits of Some Friends


Portraits of Some Friends


Portraits of Some Friends

I had an opportunity to do a quick, impromptu set of headshots for a neighbour of friend who needed a headshot for a new website venture. I happened to have my lights with me, so we went to business while the rest of the folks ate dinner (and mine got cold):

Portraits of Some Friends

A couple of friends asked me to take a variety of portraits. Most of them were of the head-and-shoulders variety, but I really liked this environmental portrait of the two of them:

Portraits of Some Friends

Recently I had the opportunity to do some still photography on a video set for a company that deals in video conferencing systems. This is one of my favourites from the stills we submitted:

Commercial Still

Sunday, April 11, 2010

New Still Life Work

It's been a while since I've been able to concentrate on any photography of note. I've recently done a few lighting and composition experiments in still life photography.

Here's an experiment in composition, both in placement of the subject and constructed background and lighting, that I think worked out well:

Orchid

Here's a simpler shot of the same orchid, with some variation in the lighting:

Orchid

Here are the results in some experiments in lighting reflective glass objects with a single light (pay no attention to the suspiciously missing contents from each of these - these three bottles have actually been on my shelf for years):

Tabletop Lighting Experiments


Tabletop Lighting Experiments


Tabletop Lighting Experiments, cont'd

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Still Life Flora

I was inspired this weekend to play with controlled light in still life photography. I went downstairs and bought some flowers (a stressful experience - the number of times I've bought flowers in my life that wasn't a last-second purchase to be immediately handed off to my mother or another deserving female is exactly zero), spent hours setting up the lights and tweaking the arrangements. Below are a few examples.

Still Life - Flowers


Still Life - Flowers


Still Life - Flowers

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Christmas Family Portraits

At Christmas this year we had a larger than usual family gathering. I took the opportunity to do individual portraits of each. Here are a few of the ones I liked the best.

Christmas Family Portraits


Christmas Family Portraits


Christmas Family Portraits


Christmas Family Portraits


Christmas Family Portraits