One Light Fun with Flowers

Periodically, just for fun, I like to setup a light, find a subject and shoot it. This week the house is filled with fresh flowers from Roses to Peonies, so I chose them.

When it comes to lighting you can go from a simple one light setup to a multi-light set, depending on the job in hand. Having selected a slightly darker background I chose a one light setup, to create a little mood.

Using a Westcott Apollo 28″ softbox, with a Nikon SB-800 set around 1/16th power, I set the light up left of camera and created these simple compositions.

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I processed these images in Lightroom and then to Alien Skin Software’s Exposure 5.

Doing something like this is a great way to practice lighting when you don’t have someone available to sit in front of the camera.

As they say, practice makes perfect. The more the shoot, the better you’ll get. Think of how the light falls, think of your composition, think of your intention. Get out there and make it.

~ kate

Better food photos with your smartphone

These days most of us are walking around with a cool smart phone. And often we will take snapshots with that phone. As a long time photographer, I’ve really embraced and had a lot of fun with this technology. While trying to have fun, I also make efforts to create interesting images.

Now I’m sure that when you go out to your local coffee shop or favourite restaurant you may want to take a photo of your food or coffee. It’s ok, no one is judging you, it’s in our nature to document our lives. I’d like to challenge you to do it better. ;)

So I thought I’d share a couple of tips.

1. Look for the light. Photography is all about light, without light there are no photos. So look around your environment and see which direction the light is coming from. Try to shoot from that angle without getting between the light source and your subject.

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2. Look at your composition. Get above the dish or move to the side or get lower. Composition is key to drawing the viewer into the scene.

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Most importantly, have fun with it! These images were taken with the iPhone5s using Hipstamatic. Hipstamatic offers a fun foodie pack that is great for portraits of people and food.

~ kate

Little getaways: Ocean Shores

Escape from the day to day is vital to our sanity, well at least to mine… It’s amazing how quickly time flies and we forget to do things for ourselves. We are focused on our families, friends, careers, but do we pause and breathe? Sometimes… Often enough? Probably not…

This past weekend I did just that. A girl, her car and a couple of cameras = a little getaway and some cool photos. You be thinking, Seattle is beautiful, it’s a vacation everyday, when it’s not raining, right? It is, without a doubt, I love it here. Even though I’m surrounded by that beauty I still gotta get away occasionally.

From seattle I headed south and then west to Ocean Shores, WA. There’s not a lot in Ocean Shores, some houses, some hotels, a restaurant or two and of course the Pacific Ocean.

After checking in to my hotel, I grabbed my camera bag and headed straight for the ocean. Ocean shores beaches you can drive on which is kinda cool, can’t do that many places these days.

There were horses a plenty.

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Seagulls

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Tires

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Driftwood, at high(ish) tide

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And again and lower tide around sunset

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Rocks and views for miles

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The horizon seemed so far away… sunsets on the coast are so different than the day to day sunsets I see in my neighbourhood.

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A nice way to spend a couple of days.

What journeys do you take when you want to get away?

~ kate

photographer. educator. seattle.