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Time for an updated self portrait


It's time to update my self portrait. It looks like the beard is going to stay awhile, so here goes.

This portrait was shot with a three-light setup. The main light was a 24"x36" softbox positioned camera left . There was a large white reflector just outside of the frame camera right. I also had two small reflector umbrellas on either side as hair/kicker lights. I used a radio remote to trigger the camera, the camera was on a 2-second delay self timer so I had time to press the trigger, drop it and then the camera would fire.

And just to prove that this was a true self-portrait and nobody else was taking the photo, check out this actual setup shot:

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Working Anywhere


Technology gives us the ability to work anywhere, anytime. All we need now is the desire.

This image illustrates how we can work from any location. The light on Laura's face comes from a small strobe placed on the keyboard of the laptop. The strobe is pointed at a piece of white printer paper that is taped to the screen (the laptop was turned off for this photo). The strobe was set to 1/8 power and the light bounces off the paper and casts a soft glow on her face.

The camera white balance was set to tungsten, to match the very warm ambient light in the coffee shop. I placed a CTO gel on the flash to match the tungsten WB setting. I set the ambient exposure to make the room darker, so that the dark contrasts with the glow on Laura's face.

The camera was on a tripod to steady it during the 1/2 second exposure. I waited until the coffee shop employee was moving around behind the counter, knowing he would be blurred. Again, this blurring provides a little more contrast with the sharp detail of the laptop and Laura's face.

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Help wanted - spelling skills not necessary


It seems like you should at least make sure you spell your employer's name correctly, especially when it's right in front of you.

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Getting There on Two Wheels


It's getting easier to get around town on a bike. With more cyclists hitting the road to beat the gas prices, auto drivers are getting used to bicycles maneuvering through traffic. This photo is meant to give the viewer the sense of relative movement between cars and bikes. Even in a bike lane, it's a little un-nerving when a car whizzes past my shoulder with a speed difference of 25-30 MPH.

This photo was taken with a remote setup. My Canon Digital Rebel XT was mounted on a bracket attached to the rear axle of the bike. The camera was remotely triggered with a radio trigger in my right hand. The bracket was made from a shelf bracket I picked up at Home Depot. I drilled out the holes so I could attach one end of the bracket to the bike axle and the other end holds a ball-head for adjusting the camera. (You can click on the photos to see a larger image.)

I set the camera to manual exposure with a slow shutter speed (1/30 sec.) in order to gain some motion blur from the moving car and roadway.

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