Val’s Headshot

I have not posted that often this year, though I have been shooting whenever I have had a chance.  Earlier this year my wife did something she rarely does, and volunteered to get in front of the camera.  She needed a headshot for work, and figured she would have me take it. We setup the makeshift studio, placed the black background, a sitting stool, a pair of flashes and a reflector.  Below is the result:

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First Black Car

I have photographed a number of cars, in varying colors, but have never taken a crack at a black car.  Photographing cars in general can have a certain level of difficulty due to the reflective nature of the paint, so you have to be aware of where everything is in relation to the camera to avoid those reflections.  But with black you add the extra considerations with exposure and how easy it can be to blend the the car into the background. 

This was my first attempt at photographing a black car, and I decided to try and do it using only natural light, and I didn’t help myself by trying to do it around sunset.  Knowing this would not be the only time I would have to photograph this car, I figured it would help me with learn what I need to do, and where flash might help me out in future shoots.

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Wabasha Bridge

While staying in Wabasha last week, my wife and I walked around downtown.  The town has some interesting architecture, and standing above the rest of the town is the Wabasha-Nelson Bridge. The bridge crosses the Mississippi River and connects Wabasha, MN to Nelson, WI.

As we were walking, the sun broke under the cloud cover, lighting the bridge in a warm glow.  As I was looking for an angle at the bridge, the pattern of the braces under the bridge caught my attention, so I attached my telephoto lens and locked the camera down on the tripod.

Below are 2 images, the first being the pattern from the braces, the second being the bridge itself.

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Canal Park Lighthouse

My wife and I were in Duluth for a concert last weekend.  This provided an opportunity for a photo I have tried to make a couple of times, but the weather never agreed, and clouds, fog or rain prevented.  I knew this time of year the sun would rise into a position that it would appear to sit atop the Canal Park lighthouse.  I used an application called The Photographer’s Ephemeris and found the general area I needed to be to capture the image.

Monday morning, the skies were clear, and I was able to capture the image below.

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