Monday, June 14, 2010

looking down on ant people.

Contra Costa County

My new office is 5 stories higher than my old office. Each day there are people standing at the huge window in the break room marveling at the sight. For two weeks I've tried to avoid looking. Today I ventured a gander - and it was just as I had assumed - a long ways down.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Portrait Project Part 1

For about 2 months now I've been working on using my dad's camera to teach me about shooting portraits in black and white using film. Tonight I picked up the last roll of scanned film and these are the pictures. I learned a lot in the process. It started with the picture above. I was asked to do a photo shoot for a customer's Linked account. We took about 100 pictures. With digital that's okay, but film is bloody expensive, so I really wanted to learn how to shoot portraits without shooting so much. I made an announcement on Facebook and got three victims er...I mean volunteers.
Dave was the first volunteer.
This is probably my favorite from the initial shoot.
With David I tried to take a lot of different poses. I was trying to figure out how to pose a subject.
Next was Toni:
This is my favorite from the shoot.
This is Toni intimidating Dave.
Toni wanted to add a prop, which I forgot added more shadows to be weary of.
This is the one time that shadows made me happy. It looks like she has a necklace from her earrings.
Next was Steven. I shot pictures of him with the much prodding from Toni.
When I got this film developed I quickly saw the importance of lighting and using it for me benefit and not against me. Tomorrow I will show other shots and talk a little more about what I learned.