Congratulations to Robert and Heather, married on June 1, 2013 at North Shore Park in Ottawa County, Michigan. The reception that followed was simply electrifying. Thank you for allowing me the honor to document your big day!
The beautiful thing about portraiture is that it goes well beyond being simply a photograph of a person. In fact, the very personality of the portrait’s subject can be captured with the right lighting and the right editing. Alexis is a great example, as she exhibits a broad range of stylistic preferences. Whether she is feeling classy, or sassy, the right lighting setup, the right angle of the photo, and the right post-production can really make the mood come to life!
Interested in exploring your classy or sassy side? Contact us to set up your portrait session, today!
I have three new prints, currently for sale. Two of the prints are being auctioned off on eBay and the third is a limited run of 10, currently up on Etsy. The details are these:
The first print is titled “Bare Branches” and is a print wrap on Professional Photo Paper wrapped around foam core with a stand-off and hardware for mounting on the wall. The print looks like this:
The second print at eBay is called “Snowy Tree” and is also a fine art print wrap. This print is printed on metallic photo paper and wrapped around foam core, with a stand-off and mounting hardware. ”Snowy Tree” looks like this:
“Snowy Tree” is also available as a 1.5″ thick, fine art gallery wrap at Etsy. Only 10 gallery wraps are being made and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and each wrap is signed and numbered, by the artist.
Check them out!
Yesterday (February 6, 2013), the sun made itself known for the first time in… well, suffice it to say that it has been awhile. Wanting to take advantage of that beautiful ball of fire, in the sky, I drove out to Lake Michigan, to take some shots of the ice that has formed, near shore. Once at the lake, there were enough interesting sights that the ice shelf became something of an afterthought. Following are just a few of the shots taken during my visit:
It is a new year. With the new year, comes some exciting news! We at 7:10 Studio Photography are proud to announce that we now accept a wide range of payment options. We now accept: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, and, of course, checks and cash. This ability to accept credit card payments is a huge step in helping us achieve our primary objective – to make your entire experience as simple and convenient as possible.
Last week, I received an e-mail from the folks at FriendlyCode.org, inquiring about using one of our Grand Rapids skyline photos for their website banner. Combining the fact that they were kind enough to ask and the fact that their projects are nothing short of mind blowing, we couldn’t resist! I encourage you to go on over to FriendlyCode and check them out. I am confident that you will be amazed at the projects they have in the works. Some cool stuff, indeed!
Had the pleasure of photographing Johnny and Nancy, this evening. Just a quick post featuring a few of my favorites:
In the world of photography, there are two ways by which you can capture a single moment in time. The first way is through the use of fast shutter speeds. Typically, a speed of 1/200 second and faster can freeze time, very effectively. However, the faster your shutter speed, the more light you need, for proper exposure. Sometimes, that light just is not available. That is where the second method can be useful – stopping time using your flash. This post focuses (no pun intended) on that second method.
To stop time with your flash, you need two things – a flash and as dark of a room as possible. With a dark room, you can leave the shutter of your camera open for long periods of time, giving you the time you need to compose the shot, before triggering the flash, to capture the shot. In a dark room, even if your camera is set for long exposure times, your camera will record nothing but a black frame, until the flash is triggered. The quick burst of light gives your camera the light it needs to capture the scene, before the room goes dark, again. Since the duration of a decent flash is around 1/200 second, your camera is catching the action of that 1/200 second, regardless how long the exposure is set.
An example of this technique is the photo at the end of this post. The example photo was taken in an almost perfectly dark room with a 5 second exposure. Although it was a long exposure, the camera captured only the 1/200 second that the flash illuminated – the moment the ice hit the pink lemonade, within the glass, effectively freezing that moment in time. The 5 second exposure time gave me ample time to hit the shutter release button on the camera, line the ice cube over the glass, release, and trigger the flash via wireless remote, as the ice hit the lemonade. To get the shots, the following settings were used:
- Camera Program Setting: Manual
- Exposure Time: 5 Seconds
- Aperture: f/10
- ISO: 400
- Flash Setting: Manual
- Flash Zoom: 24mm
- Flash Power: 1/8 Power
- Flash Location: Off Camera (Frame Right)
- Flash Trigger Method: Wireless Remote
Those settings are a good springboard to start from, but your results will likely demand that you adjust the settings, accordingly. There is no secret combination of settings that will guarantee a perfect result. It’s all trial, error, and adjustment. The key thing is, have fun while doing it! I had fun taking this example shot, using the settings mentioned, above:
We at 7:10 Studio Photography love Autumn. The cool, crisp air. The colorful leaves. The frost that has to be scraped from the windshield, in the morning. Okay, that last one is something we would be happy to leave out, but the other stuff is pretty cool! In fact, we love Autumn so much that we decided to dedicate an entire series of photographic art to the season.
The “Autumn Leaves” series is a set of photographic art prints that are great, either as stand-alone prints, or together as a set. All prints within the series feature textured backgrounds that give each photo the appearance of being painted. Each print is then mounted on Masonite to add durability to the print. Each print is sprayed with Lustre spray, to add a beautiful sheen to the surface of the photograph as well as to help protect your investment from harmful UV rays, ensuring that your investment will last for generations to come!
Home, office, or lobby, the “Autumn Leaves” collection adds an elegance and warmth to your wall space. For more information, check out the 7:10 Studio Photography Etsy Store.
Prints available in the “Autumn Leaves” collection:
I am proud to announce 4 new art prints available at my Etsy storefront. Currently, the prints are available in a 10×15 size, but more size options are being added over the next couple of days (8×12 and 16×24). Click on the descriptions, below, to visit each respective page for the photo art prints:
“Grand Haven, Michigan’s South Pier”