June Gallery

What? August? Okay, so here’s the June Gallery. Three shoots really occupied me in June. First, granddaughter Ellie graduates from Pre-Kindergarten. Many pictures for Grampa to cry over. They grow so fast! Kids at that age are always photoworthy and touch the heart. Then, a trip to Forked Lake with son Ryan and pal Carl. Clouds rolled over Blue Mountain, and I sat and shot dozens of frames. Worthy of its own post, watch for “The Many Moods of Blue Mountain” as a Photoshoot post. The other biggy: Daughter Kerry surprises us with an impromptu wedding, as she makes an honest man out of her long-time beau (and domestic partner) Kenyon. A unique wedding by a unique couple, the whole thing took place right there on the farm, the reception in the barn. Without a doubt one of the best weddings I’ve ever attended (being Father of The Bride had no influence, I’m sure). I’ll do a Photoshoot post for that, too. It was a great time with some great pix, and some trix and pointers.

-Paz

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September Gallery

Thirty frames hath September.

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Did you see the heron? Neither did I. I was shooting frames of the creek, and after 4 or 5 shots the heron jumped up and flew toward me, and under the bridge on which I stood!

Take care and keep in touch,

 

Paz

Photo Shoot: Canada Geese

Something new for Crescent Moon Studio, this is the first of a series of “Photo Shoot” posts.

Here are 24 images of a recent shoot, including a variety of keepers and some raw images that might not make the cut.

When applicable, comments may be added to describe challenges to overcome, methodology, errors, and other details.

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The broad shot shows it was a cloudy day. In fact, it’s obviously snowing. White Balance settings are imperative for proper color resolution in digital photography, and this is one condition that can be challenging. I find the “Shade” preset to sometimes be more accurate than the “Cloudy” preset under such conditions. Exposure is the other element manipulated during the shoot. The bright colors of the trees have a high lux, and the sky, while overcast, still has a lot of UV light. A couple of experimental shots are in order. You see a couple shots here that are over-exposed. Not only is the over-exposure obvious on highlights, but this also tends to wash out contrast and color saturation. Some shots are “bracketed”, wherein we shoot one frame at the meter-suggested exposure, then a frame with a lower stop followed by a frame with a higher stop.

How to shoot all that time in snow without flecks on the lens or exposing the camera to the wet snow? Stay in the car.

The only challenge on this shoot was my dog, Sassy June. She wanted to get at the geese and tried desperately to squeeze her 47-pound self through a 4-inch opening in the window. She made a lot of noise, and in fact, probably cut the session a little short.

  • Pazlo