Okay, not really high noon, but another example of shooting at the beach and not at the Golden Hour. It’s tough, but it’s still fun and definitely viable. So why is it so hard? Because if the sky is cloudless, then there is no hiding from the harsh and unflattering blast from our glorious Sun. If the subjects face the Sun, you get squinting. If they turn slightly to avoid the blinding light, you get really harsh shadows and blown highlights. And should they put their backs to the Sun, and you want correct exposure on the face, then there goes your background.
Unless of course you add in a little, or a lot of extra light. I worked alone on this shoot, and used a single speedlight on a light-stand (triggered by a Phottix Strato II Multi) as we didn’t have a lot of extra time to set up additional light sources. Just looking for that little extra help (quit a bit actually as I probably popped the light at full power and certainly no less than half power).
The last shot seems a little corny, but every time I look at it, it makes me happy. Not sure why, and I won’t take credit for the idea. So here’s to wishing you a little happiness……
Come on, look again. Makes you smile, no?
I love La Jolla, I really do. The summer after I graduated from college, I lived in a house (with 6 other guys) walking distance to the La Jolla Cliffs. And I was unemployed for most of it. Not blaming the economy here; I worked for the school and when my student status expired, likewise did my job. So I needed a new one, but as I was telling you…..I lived walking distance to La Jolla Cove. So I swam, snorkeled, surfed, drank coffee and read The Brothers Karamazov that sweet, sweet summer.
These were taken just to the north end of the grassy park, where all the barking seals can be found.
Had some fun recently doing some portraits of a collegiate tennis player from UC Santa Cruz (go Banana Slugs!). I used to play a little tennis back in my teens, and it turns out I’m not quite as quick a ball shagger as I once was.
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Enjoy your Friday and slide into a nice weekend…..
Got a call from a very nice woman needing some new images for a fitness competition she’s entered. She wanted them done on the beach, and even though we’re in San Diego, the week we shot these the temps were 65 degrees at best. And we were shooting in the morning, so it was probably just about 60 degrees.
So we met down at Windansea early so we’d have the beach to ourselves, and Mary brought her Snuggie (which came in very handy). She’s a trooper for sure. She might not look too cold in the photos, but we basically were shooting in 5 minute increments and in between she would bundle back up to get warm.
The cool thing about Mary is that she just started doing this type of work recently. She just thought it looked fun, would be good for her health, and jumped in with both feet. I love coming across people that try new things, and do them at full speed ahead. Best of luck, Mary!
Cabo San Lucas at night, at 30 seconds and f/8 or maybe f/11.
Encinitas Street Fair
Carlsbad Flower Fields
A Bee in Yer Bonnet
Moving Pictures – Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach
Point Loma Lighthouse
The San Diego Fair is coming, and they have an exhibition of photography to which I submitted 4 of these photos. Sorry, but I can’t remember which 4. Anyhow, they accepted 1 photo, and to anyone who can guess which one was selected, I’ll offer a free photo shoot of your choosing. So, give it a whirl, let’s see what happens. Even if you’re not interested, you could always gift the session to a friend, or a foe.
Voting ends 5/12/13 at 5 pm. Full disclaimer as I’m just trying to have a little fun, the “free” session is a waiver of my session fee (currently $175). And a hint, even though it’s not clear whether this helps or hurts, the selected image is probably my least favorite.
You can see the images on my Facebook Fan Page. The post is May Session Contest, and I just put it up there, so it should be near the top of my feed.