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Friday, February 25, 2011

The Stairway of King Carlos

Depth of field. Sometimes you just have to have it to make the image work. When I saw this staircase of King Carlos V palace at the Alhambre in Granada, Spain. I knew this was a depth of field shot. That's where my pocket Lumix LX5 came in perfectly. The smaller, yet pro level new compacts are capable of great focal sharpness from a few inches to infinity when the lens is set properly. I set the lens to f6.3 and placed the camera, hand-held on the base of the rail, focused about 1/3 of the way up and carefully depressed the shutter to get three bracketed shots. I converted the sharpest one to a dramatic black and white in Topaz adjust and was most pleased with the result. Jeff

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bounce Lighting

Abe, our grandson. A handsome intelligent 4 year old. I took this portrait this weekend while Abe was sitting on the couch, using a Fuji S3 Pro and a Nikon 55-200 VR lens at f5.6, ISO 400 with a Nikon 600 Speedlight bounced off the white ceiling. I converted the image to B&W in Topaz Adjust, using Portrait Smooth and dropping the saturation to zero. Bounce light uses a ceiling or wall as a giant softbox, creating soft, non-harsh light that evenly illuminates the subject. Bounce light is an inexpensive way to create beautiful portraits, with out the unpleasant flash glare that is created using direct flash. Jeff

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Window Light Portrait

The ultimate in window portrait lighting- an airplane window. Flying to Spain, sitting next to the window was this lovely young lady from Luxembourg, Nathalie. I noted as we were starting approach she was gazing out the window in deep thought ( ? anticipation ). Quietly I got up, set my Lumix lx5 to ISO 400 and metered off her face, composing and silently fired the shutter. Window light can provide dramatic light due to its fall off and creates a beautiful portrait. Jeff

Thursday, February 3, 2011

El Ristorante, the gig was up.

Stealth street photography, Seville Spain. There we were finished our Tapas lunch and on the way out I passed by these two men. The whole scene made me think I was in 1955. I went back setting my Panasonic Lumix LX5 to "Film Grain " mode to emulate the Ilford 3200 ASA films of the era. With the camera hanging from my neck, lens at 24mm,
f 5.6 , I just pointed my self at them about 4-5 feet away. Looking elsewhere, I just quietly depressed the shutter and out of 5 shots, the last, when the gig was up , was the best. I smiled a cheery "Hola" and went on my way. Jeff