Sunday, January 31, 2010

Refraction revisited

Adam and I gave homework to our photography students last Monday. One of the shot assignments was refraction. Adam and I will be taking our shots as well. Here is my setup and my shot. I will do this again and try another setup. Our part 2 class is on Tue. We will introduce Photoshop along with review of photography ins and outs.
Pentax 540 camera left at 1/16 power and cannon 420 at camera right.
f3.5~~1/2~~ISO200~~10mm pENTAX 10-17
f4.5~~1/180~~ISO200~~53mm Tamron 28-300

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Smart, funny, quick, easy going all describe this young boy.



Friday, January 29, 2010

First day of soccer

This shot of the pink bycycle would make my daugher envious of the transportation. A basket of flowers, a horn, and the color pink would send her over the top.
We attended her first Soccer practice and I think we found her passion. Joy for all.
f9~~1/200~~ISO200~~170mm tamron 70-200

Thursday, January 28, 2010

One thing teachers can't live w/o

Coffee. My wife is a walking advertisement. We both had a long day today. Tomorrow is Friday and we will use the weekend for a restful re-cooperation. Shot with the fisheye and a 30 second exposure. If you look close you can see the knob of the door behind me in the middle of my forehead.
f22~~30 sec~~ISO100~~14mm

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Demands attention

WOW. Naomi the swim instuctor who must be all of 21 has these 5 year olds rapped around her finger. Do any of these gals even darn take their eyes off the instructor in fear of being tossed from the pool. I think not!!! She did a great job with these kids and from what I hear has come a long way with intruction....good for you girl!!!!! We as parents think so highly of the Federal Way swim porgram and how they progress through the different stages of lessons. We need more time in the week to continue. Soccer is next.
70-200 and the 2nd shot is with my fisheye lens. This lens was used in the pool shot above. I love the zoom to f-stop ratio.
f2.8~~1/10~~ISO400~~200mm tamrom 70=200 2.8 pool sho
f4.4~~1/6~~ISO400~~13mm lens shot

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Blue and Red

Playing with off camera lighting tonight. Here is the result of the shot along with the setup. My homemade gobos with pocketwizards and pentax 540's I also did my 7th day of my 17 days of fisheye.

My fisheye shot was of the stairs.
k10 phone shot f8~~1/180~~ISO100~~50mm off camera flashes 540's both set at 58mm 1/16
k10 stairs f5~~1/2~~ISO400~~10mm

Monday, January 25, 2010

Rose and Adam

Using my fisheye I walked around taking shots of the participants. Here I have Adam my partner in crime talking technique to Roselee, my fellow pentaxian. We kicked off the first ever Once upon a photo, a DSLR/Photoshop/project based class. I added a bit of lens vignette to my shot.
Pentax k 10 f5~~1/20~~ISO400~~11mm pentax 10-17

Sunday, January 24, 2010

You can run...

But you can't hide. My daughter was up to her tricks again. I pull my camera out and she goes running for the hills. I did grab part of her image anyhow....geesh is she fast!!!!
K 10 f5~~1/2~~ISO400~~17mm Pentax 10-17

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Merry go round

My shot for the day was with my fisheye at 11mm. Our adventure today had nothing to do with my shot. My daughter attended her first photo gallery. Gina Rodgers was the photographer and her captures of Iran were outstanding. We enjoyed looking at her images and my daughter enjoyed her cookies and juice.
Pentax k 10 f4~~1/5~~ISO400~~11mm Pentax 10-17

Friday, January 22, 2010

On the bench

Outside my daughters 2nd moms house, also know as her day care.
Pentax k 10 f5~~1/50~~ISO100~~10mm Pentax 10-17 fisheye

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Life is simple

We have turned the corner. My daughter does chores, if she remembers. We started easy. She helps to set the table for dinner, makes her bed and picks up her toys. In exchange, we give her the bill on Saturday morning. We forgot to give it to her last week so my wife handed it to her tonight. My little one left it on the counter as she has not realized the value of a dollar, or lack there of...not sure which is the case yet. They are so innocent at this age. I had a great night with her, she sat on my lap and we played on the computer. WOW Technology with a 5 year old. Amazing!!!
PENTAX K10 f5~~1/4~~ISO100~~15MM 10-17 FISHEYE

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pool Time

Five girls all trying to find there way in life. In various sizes and shapes, personalities and lifestyles, education and hobbies. They all gather here twice a week to figure out that swimming from one end to the other is the start of the cycle of life. It never ends, motion and movement for these gals will only get more complicated as they get older. They are enjoying the fun and freedom now, a very uncomplicated life for these young people. They are learning early, either sink or you really only have 2 options?
Pentax k 10 f5~~1/5~~ISO100~~17mm

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Smoke and mirrors

Well really only mirrors. A true Strobist one light setup!!!! A lot of patience and a steady hand while holding the flash light. I used the gum tape and a 1.99 pack of assorted sized mirrors I bought at Michaels. The setup was easier than first thought. Finding the right spot for the 3 coins and pushing the mirrors around on the gum tape as it is very flexable made it easy. The steady hand of holding the flashlight was the tough part. I have another way I will do this next time I try it. I lit the mirrors with the flashlight thus the reflection bounced back and lit the coins. A fun activity.
Also pictured is the setup of the mirrors. If you are having trouble finding the 3 mirrors they are taped to the back of the chair.
And my 3rd day of my 10-17 fisheye shots. Sitting down after shooting my mirror shot. Those of you following my blog, it was fun trying this and rather easy with the gum tape. The puddy feel of the tape made it easy to adjust the mirrors.
coins k 10~~f13~~5 sec~~ISO400~~50mm
fisheye k 10~~f11~~15sec~~ISO100~~11mm

Monday, January 18, 2010

Setting up her composition

She specifically grabbed my attention to show her how to focus her camera. So cute she was this morning. The 2nd shot was at the park today. I must have been 60 degrees or there abouts.
k 10 f4.5~~1/8~~ISO400~~17mm
*ist DS f11~~1/40~~ISO200~~10mm

Sunday, January 17, 2010

January 17th-- 17 days with 10-17

My specialty lens Pentax 10-17 fisheye lens will be the featured lens for the next 17 days. I will try and get a shot a day for that time period and make it a goal to get some specialty shots. Here is a self Portrait this afternoon at 10mm

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Nuts and bolts

Fill the frame shot. The Tammy 70-200 came in handy for this shot today.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Christmas present

Aunt Mary got her this for christmas as only Aunt Mary can do, at a great garage sale. a perfect gift for a 5 year old girl. Those of you that have girls know that this is something a little one wishes for from the bottom of her heart.
f11~~1/100~~ISO100~~122.5mm Tamron 70-200<--what else is there I ask?

Thursday, January 14, 2010


I am always looking for something to write with in my office. I never check the table in the middle of the conference room. I guess it took taking a picture to find them. From now on I will look here.
First shot. :)
f.2.8~~1/40~~ISO400~~200mm Tamron 2.8 70-200 sweeet

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Using the flashlight

I used yesterdays prop to light my shots tonight. The shot was lit by that small light. It did a pretty good job of lighting tonights props.
f22~~30 sec~~ISO400~~50mm prime
f1.6~~1/8~~ISO400~~50mm prime

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Let there be light

I went into the garage to work on a honey dew this evening. I needed a flash light. Guess what? MY daughter was playing with the basket of flashlights last week. She left them all on. Guess what again? All flashlights, dead dead dead. Luckily I had one stashed and was in working order. So I used this small LED that gives out a powerful punch for the size. My little one and I had a talk after all was said and done. We discussed the importance of turning things off.
f22~~1/160~~ISO400~~50mm prime off camera speedlight (cannon 420ex) with pocket wizards. DIY snoot for directional light.

Monday, January 11, 2010


My daughters first experience with a substitute teacher. The regular swim teacher was sick and this poor guy had 5 girls he had never met. I tell ya, it was like hearding kittens. He did the best he could but the girls gave him a run for his money. Needless to say we had a long talk with our little one after the lesson.
f2.8~~1/100~~ISO400~~50mm Prime (her jumping)
f2.8~~1/30~~ISO400~~50mm prime. (Holding on to the railing)

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Eat more fruit. Eat more fruit. Eat more fruit. I will eat fruit every day in 2010. One of the best things I can do for my body.
f2.8~~2 sec~~ISO100~~75mm

Saturday, January 9, 2010


My Nephew, Lee is up for a photo shoot. I showed him this shot and asked if he was up for trying it out. He said hecka-yes, or some sort of response like that.
k 10 off camera flash 45 degrees to both sides of subject.
f 6.3~~1/125~~ISO100~~28mm

Friday, January 8, 2010

What's on your fridge?

In these parts of the world it is custom to hang pictures, mementos, notes etc on your refrigerator. Here is my current montage of photos and such.
My buddy Adam is doing a 50 day 50mm. Here is my take on the 50mm day.
k10 f1.4~~1/40~~ISO400~~50mm Pentax prime.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Camera

I got my new camera, its the Pentax k 7....well not really, but I am saving my pennies, nickels and dimes.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Nice hanger

I really enjoy when my daughter brings home a project from Cammie's

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


I have a burning need to count these swatches. I am not sure why, but I do. Every color of the rainbow in this pack.

Monday, January 4, 2010


My 5 year old will eat these whole if we let her. It makes my mouth pucker just thinking about it.

f5.6~~1/2 sec~~ISO100~~50mm prime

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cokin filter

I bought mine on ebay for 5 dollars. Here is the website that discribes the until. I then cut out my shape I want my bokeh to look like and there you have it.
Shot with my *ist DS~~f 4.5~~1/80~~ISO800~~98mm sigma 24-135

And my second shot was a mosaic of my 2009 shots.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

85% of my 2009 shots

I am guessing but I shot most of this past years shots with this lens. I love it and the range is just about right. It's my 28-75 2.8 Tamron. One drawback is it is a rather long, heavy lens. Shot with my rig holder to create the star effect, pictured tomorrow.
f1.6~~1/1~~ISO100~50mm pentax prime

Year in review

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Last year I started my blog with a picture of my daughter on the laptop. This year daddy made the front page.
f2.8~~1/180~~ISO100~~28mm tamron 28-75 off camera flash to simulate the computer screen brightness. Placed camera right about 2 feet higher than camera on 1/16 power and DIY cardboard snoot for directional spot light.
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