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:
This evening, my daughter and I took a walk around the Grand Haven, Michigan south pier, home of Grand Haven’s most famous landmarks, the lighthouse and tower. While walking around the beach, I asked a handful of random people if they would be so kind as to pose for an impromptu photo. To my surprise, I had a 100% positive rate, so thank you all for participating. Of the handful I photographed, these are 3 of my favorites.
A huge “thank you” to everybody who participated and shared a few moments of their time. I hope you all had a great evening! For those interested in viewing my “photo-a-day” project, you can see it on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dan.harvell . You may need to be logged in to Facebook to view the page.
To continue from last entry’s extreme sports theme, allow me to introduce you to Mariah. She is a RipStik master and, aside from the occasional twisted ankle, glides over the road as if on a layer of air. Her ride, however, is not a hovercraft, but ABEC-5 bearings that make the RipStik wheels turn like a precision machine.
Using a single strobe, modified with a softbox, Mariah stands well illuminated with a dramatic, cloud-filled sky as her backdrop (along with the road on which she shreds).
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Last night (24 May 2012), I went to Grand Haven, Michigan’s North Pier to catch what I hoped would be a spectacular sunset. Shortly after arriving at the pier, I realized that the tops of thunderstorms that had fired across Wisconsin had obscured the western sky, the sunset with it.
Luckily, a group of adventure seekers more than made up for the lack of sunset.
These kiteboaders combine speed and athleticism in a manner that makes the sport appear almost effortless, even when catching air, propelling them 20-30 feet skyward.
Nate, one of the kiteboarders with whom I briefly spoke, explained just one of the many beautiful aspects of the sport. That is, after the investment required to obtain the equipment, from that point forward, kiteboarding is free fun. Just suit up, strap in, and go. No membership fees, no pay-to-play requirements. Once you have the equipment, you’re set. A beautiful thing, for sure.
To get started, I would encourage you to visit Nate and his associates at Mac Kite in Grand Haven, MI. They will get you set up and ready to enjoy Lake Michigan in a way you never imagined!
It was a beautiful day for outdoor photos, today. Though it is only 22 February 2012, it feels more like late March – very spring like! The location where this photo was taken is one of my favorites, when it comes to urban background photography. This area has a good blend of graffiti, drain pipes, and other discarded material that just gives the area a certain atmosphere. Being that this is close to the Grand River, the area where this photo was taken offers many different atmospheres all in one convenient location. No shortage of options!
In terms of portraiture, one lighting technique I enjoy employing is using natural sunlight as a hair light / fill light, while using a daylight-balanced strobe as the key light. I find that this method allows the model’s face to be properly exposed, while the sun gives her hair a warm, beautiful, golden glow. An example of this technique in action would be in this photo I took, yesterday.
When traveling along Michigan’s Interstate-196, heading East from Holland, you will see trees. Lots and lots of trees. About a mile or so outside of Grand Rapids, however, those trees open to reveal an amazing view of the City On the Grand. The first time I witnessed this breathtaking view of Grand Rapids, I knew that it had to be photographed. Luckily, the unseasonably warm and snowless weather we in Michigan have enjoyed, thus far, made catching this shot possible. So, here it is – Grand Rapids, Michigan’s skyline at dusk when the city lights and the sky are balanced… from my favorite perspective of the city. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:
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There are two new prints available in the 7:10 Studio Photography Online Store. The first new print is a breathtaking photo of a stormy sunset at Grand Haven, Michigan’s South Pier, with a textured sky to add a new dimension to an already beautiful photograph. The second photo is a a more serene depiction of Grand Haven’s South Pier with an early Autumn sunset fading into a star-filled night sky. Both prints are available on your choice of Kodak Endura Professional Paper, mounted on Artboard, or Fine Art Canvas mounted on 1/8-inch Masonite. All prints arrive at your door ready to hang on your wall out of the package.