A surprising an picturesque lake walk greets visitors in downtown Lakeland. The design and placement of the lights add a hint of nostalgia and reflect dreamily on the lake. The lake front felt pleasantly moody to me, and I couldn’t help shooting it with that in mind. Later I manipulated the photo to achieve the Flamingo Pink haze that adds a romantic feel to the image. I love the finished image. In one of the galleries below are other shots from the this session.
Tom and I enjoyed a nice steak dinner accompanied by a bottle of pinot noir at the Texas Cattle Company.
Celebrating my Erve Birthday
Yummy Steak Dinner
New Discovery! Nice Pinot
Always love the colored glass ceiling tiles
Faux Tiffany Lamps
Pour the wine already
Warm and fuzzy
a little more wine
Ahhhh that’s nice.
More night photography images.
Afterwards we indulged in a bit of nighttime photography. Tom recently acquired a Nikon D800E which has awesome low-light capabilities. I challenged him with my Nikon D600. I haven’t seen Tom’s images yet, but I am very pleased with my shoot!
The night was clear, and the Christmas tree was already up with it’s many sparkly lights.
This presented a perfect opportunity to try out the new color balancing techniques I was reading about. It is a technique based in a system used by the old renaissance painters, like Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, etc.
They utilized color in complimentary ways that illuminated their work. The same theory can be applied to photography by manipulating individual color channels using levels and curves. I was using a tripod with remote trigger but the infra red trigger didn’t work well at night and I had to manually fire the camera which gave me a bit of camera shake and blurry images. I wound up with a few great bokeh effects from that experience. Very surreal and dreamy.
Blue against the yellow color in the ambient light
Green on Green not so striking
A little better but doesn’t wow me.
The orange in the ambient light makes the blue lights pop
This one pops too
not so dramatic
Very interesting pop
Another element in this technique is the abstraction of reality. The unexpected surreal touches created from the camera shake resulted in surprising images. These images were a result of my auto focusing trying to achieve focus, and extremely wide open aperture settings to capture an exaggerated bokeh effect.
I was scouting out locations for an upcoming photo shoot next week; I visited a local beach park suggested by a friend and I was pleasantly surprised. The park is small but offers ample opportunity for great photographs. There is a beach area with a nice high sandy seawall, a couple of narrow docks, benches, small re-servable pavilions, grassy nooks, and crisp white sparkling sand. Wild sea oats and yellow flowers grow randomly in small patches near the seawall.
A trio of kids playing there caught my lens. They were walking and hiding from each other in the grassy patches.
They were digging in the sand, climbing the sandy seawall and otherwise have a fabulous day at the beach,
while their mother sat nearby at the shore line with an infant in her arms. I took way too many pictures of these kids and truly regret not having gotten the mother’s contact information so I could get these images to her. They were great!
Kids at Play Gallery
Along my journey to find cool shooting spots and just a few minutes from major highways, and urban life, I found a secluded place where my imagination ran wild. My mind wasted no time transforming this locale into a myriad of mystical scenes.
The area is thick with trees making it an ideal spot for playful poses, and whimsical compositions.
It is absolutely secluded, as I believe the property is up for sale. What a shame that some corporate purchase will transform this delightful place into yet another cookie-cutter extension of the cement jungle.
The way the light filters through the trees adds interest and mystique.
The shadows cast as a result of this affect are dramatic and can be used to effect the mood of the final photograph. I can’t wait to place my subject in this setting and let my lens play with the images.
I’ve been in all weekend with a cold. Tom spent the weekend nursing me . . . finally, today I mustered up a bit of energy and got myself out. After finishing up with my errands, and other GOTZZIES, I pulled out the D300 and took a few shots using my fisheye and an extreme wide angle 14 mm. Caught some Cool reflections . . .
Woo Hoo! Another Thursday evening shutter click get together. This evening we did re-shoots for a couple of the girls from last weeks session. While the girls were busy with make-up, I warmed up by taking some shots of Daiana. One word to describe them BEAUTIFUL! Daiana is quite comfortable in front of, or behind the camera. She understands what a photographer is looking for, and how to project into the lens. This makes her a great inspiration for the photographer she is working with. She is very easy to photograph and extremely photogenic. . . lucky girl!
I like the over all composition of each of the images, and I felt Daiana’s personality was reflected in every shot. I am most pleased with the ways I photographed her eyes. The only edits I did to the images was to crop, desaturate, and add a little softening. Images shot with high ISO settings, were adjusted to make them less grainy. I did nothing to enhance her eyes in any of these images. Yet, her eyes pop! They look alive and on fire in every shot.
“Nailed it,” she says with smug self-satisfaction!
What I like least about some of the images is that they are a bit grainy, and a few are not as sharp as I like, but those are minor details and in my opinion add effect to the final photographs.
Daiana by Mo Garcia
These shots were all taken with my Nikon D7K, here are my favorites: