Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Carson and Kelly Engagement

Hi readers :)
Meet Carson and Kelly:
Carson & Kelly Engagement
50mm@ f/7.1, 1/400, ISO 250

Last Saturday I had the pleasure to work with them, taking their engagement pictures.
I have known Carson since I was a baby, so when they asked me to do this I was ecstatic!

I was wishing for a perfect day, sun shining, no wind, great temperature, but of course, I get overcast turned to sun shining, turned to gale force winds blowing sand and hair everywhere :)
But they turned out great, and I hope everyone is happy with them. I know I learned a lot and really enjoyed these pictures!

I can't wait until the wedding, and I am glad that I could contribute to their life together.

Carson & Kelly Engagement
50mm@ f/5, 1/400, ISO 320

Carson & Kelly Engagement
50mm@ f/5, 1/2000, ISO 320

Carson & Kelly Engagement
13mm@ f/7.1, 1/160, ISO 250

22/365, 1/23/10 Carson & Kelly Engagement
50mm @f/3.2, 1/1000, ISO 320


Monday, January 25, 2010

Nicole's "Seniorish" Pictures

She may not be a Senior, but she is still my favorite Senior pictures that I have taken. Well, this far anyways, considering I haven't taken Senior pictures before.
I approached Nicole asking her if I could take some mock pictures of her, so I would have something to show if anyone asked me to take Senior pictures in the future.
We are not strangers, nor should you be. In December I had a photo session with her and her sister taking duo pictures for the family. Both girls are a joy to be around, and Nicole is a great guinea pig :)

I was frustrated looking for green in January, so the creative juices had to flow pretty good. Here are a few of my favorites:

Click to see more on Flickr :)

Nicole Senior Pictures
50mm@ f/5.6, 1/640, ISO 400

Nicole Senior Pictures
50mm@ f/3.5, 1/3200, ISO 250

Nicole Senior Pictures
50mm@ f/3.5, 1/3200, ISO 250

Nicole Senior Pictures
50mm@ f/3.5, 1/3200, ISO 250

Such a fun session. :)
Hope to have more in the future!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My First Babies

Newborns, oh what fun they were to play with for a while.

Meet 12 day old Bellah:

50mm @f/6.3, 1/50, ISO 1250, EV +1

And 15 day old Mollie:

50mm@f/4.5, 1/80, ISO 1250, EV 0

Twins, they are not. Currently they are neighbors, destined to be best friends and major competition with each other.
I have had the pleasure of knowing both of their Mom's for quite some time, and I have been looking forward to taking their pictures for months. They were the perfect little girls to have my first newborn session with.

Mollie and Bellah
50mm@f/4.5, 1/80, ISO 1250, EV 0

I must admit, I did my fair share of studying poses, lighting, and setups to use for these little girls, and everything was about 10x tougher that it seems.

We approached the situation with both the mothers calming the babies down, and feeding them both before we started. Bellah was first, since she was less rowdy.
She stayed asleep fairly well, until the tougher positions started; she began fussing and wiggling. All to be expectied.
Now, looking back on the situation, I don't know why it took us 30 minutes to decide to get the pacifier out, but when we did, smooth as glass.
She was a peach, a treat for the camera and such a wonderful little girl.

50mm@5/6, 1/60, 1250, EV +1

50mm@6.3, 1/60, 1250, EV 0
You can tell she is tipping over, quick shot on this one

Up next we had Mollie.
She was cracking me up, weighing only a pound more that Bellah, she still looked like a monster next to her. And smart! Woo, as soon as she took off those clothes we were fighting to get her asleep. Once we got her pacifier unfer control, and Mom worked with me to do the, "ok, 1, 2, 3, pull the pacifier out... click click click." We ended up with some great results.

50mm@f/4.5, 1/80, ISO 1250, EV 0

50mm@f/4.5, 1/80, ISO 1250, EV 0

The final challenge was to get them both asleep, and take some pictures together.
Much easier with the help of 2 pacifiers and 2 Mommies.

Mollie and Bellah
50mm@f/4, 1/60, ISO 1000, EV 0

Mollie and Bellah
50mm@f/4, 1/60, ISO 1250, EV 0

Those little angels were so precious, and such a learning experience. I am so glad that I got the opportunity to take some photos of them.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

West Texas Mule Deer

I was lucky enough to be invited to a ranch in West Texas to go on a mule deer hunt before Christmas. First thing I packed was my camera gear; I was so excited for this trip.

West Texas was as foreign to me as Russia, I had never been more than 1 hour west of San Antonio my entire life, so I knew the trip was going to be memorable. Car was packed, batteries charged, and tank full of gas when we started on the 7 hour journey.

Immediately after San Antonio I was drawn to the scenery, (very few places in Texas are prettier than the Hill Country), but I was mostly caught in the transition from lush, cedar green rolling hills, to table top mesas, with low, stabbing brush. The greens blending into golds and sandy greys. They sky was immediately doubled and the blue was so intense it demanded respect. (and photos)

After rolling thought a circus or twists and turns, we approached the ranch where we would be staying; nestled right in a valley between 2 mesas, surrounded by dozens of large, white wind turbines

While we were heading down the beaten dirt road, dodging mesquite thorns the size of crayolas, I glanced up to the top and snagged the lucky shot of the weekend:

A Male Barbado Ram, taking sight over his territory, and a smaller female off to the left in the brush.

Mountain Top Barbado

I was immediately hooked.

We settled into our cabin, a newer semi-circle/cylindrical barn with a guest room nestled in the back. Within an hour we were headed to the stand.

Just a short ride from the house was the blind I was going to be in for the night. Walking to the blind I saw my first Mule Deer, a small 4 point strolling across the road 80 yards,(not paying me any mind considering he was in full rut, chasing a doe). The hunt was successful, even though no Mule Deer were taken.

Mule Deer Doe
340mm@f/8, 1/320, ISO200
A Mule Deer Doe

Saturday morning we woke up to full fog. I went to a stand with my feeder 120 yards unloaded everything and waited for the sun to rise. It was about 35 degrees with wet fog rolling in the window right in my face, I was bundled up pretty good trying to stay warm. With the sun rise came a pack of Barbado Rams, a few small Mule does and a couple small bucks. I still haven't been able to see the feeder at this point, and ever couple minutes or so I would look through my binoculars and scan the area, but nothing to shoot just yet.

Young Barbado Ram in Fog

I was scanning the area for about 3 minutes or so when I lowered my binoculars and saw a silhouette of a large buck disappearing into the fog on my right; my heart ached because I knew I had just missed my shot. In full rut I know that big buck would be running around all morning.

45 minutes later the sun was up, which just made the fog harder to see through, I had found the feeder and could barely make out silhouettes, and was still unable to make a decent shot. Suddenly the fog cleared for a few seconds and I saw a big Mule deer facing down eating corn. It was the same buck; apparently he was hungry.

I got my gun ready to shoot, and sat and waited for a broadside shot. And waited. And waited. With the fog rolling in and out and with fatty eating all the corn in one spot, I wasn't presented a shot for over an HOUR!

After a lot of waiting, things finally went my way, and I harvested a beautiful Mule Deer Buck.


The night before we left, I decided not to hunt and sat in the blind with the beautiful view and enjoyed the scenery.

West Texas Hunt
160mm @f/9, 1/500, ISO 200, -2/3EV

It is one beautiful place, that West Texas.
What a Trip.

Monday, January 4, 2010

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Project 365, Week 1

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To start the year off right, something new needed to be done.
I grabbed this idea over the last few months after viewing others' attempts over 2009; this was intriguing. The idea is simple, one picture, everyday for an entire year. The process is a little more complicated...

I was so excited I forgot to pack my camera on my first 2 days, talk about starting on a low point. I didn't let it get to me, and took 2 pictures with my Iphone.

So I present, Week 1:

I was really down about forgetting my camera the entire weekend. Lack of inspiration and being a little pissed off turned into me taking a mediocre image of my arrow nocked onto my bow while I was sitting in the bow stand.


The next day we were invited to our neighbor's ranch to explore the "mountain top" road that he built over the last few years. It was such a wonderful view. I, obviously, was still kicking myself for not having my camera. We finally drove around towards our property line on the top if the hill and found the original fence line that was built decades ago.


Finally, I get home and get the Nikon back into my hands. As soon as we came back to the house, my mind was racing on what I wanted to shoot for my 3rd, but technically 1st, picture of the year. Then the announcement came to start picking up the Christmas decorations...
I guess inspiration struck me when I realized Christmas was over...

50mm@f/4, 1/40, ISO2000

Week 2 starts tomorrow.