Thursday, May 29, 2008

Family Photo at the Harry P. Leu Gardens

We went the Harry Leu Gardens in Orlando. Beautiful roses, tropical plants etc. Here, on a walkway, we paused for a family photo.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Collecting Sea Shells

Collecting Sea Shells, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

Brent, Natalie and Danielle at the beach gathering sea shells.

Getting Her Feet Wet

Getting Her Feet Wet, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

Becky enjoying the water during the hot 90 degree summer day at Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Say Cheese, Not Wet!

Say Cheese, Not Wet!, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

Brent, Natalie, Danielle and Becky at the beach.

Welcome to our Hotel Room

Welcome to our Hotel Room, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

The door to our hotel room at the Ritz.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Shall We Get Wet?

Shall We Get Wet?, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

We arrived at the beach mid-day with hot sun overhead and some clouds in the distance. The water felt cool at first, but quickly felt warm after a moment in it.

Arriving at the Hotel

Arriving at the Hotel, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

We just arrived at our room. We unpacked and I setup the tripod. Reflective umbrella with SB-800/600 camera left (yes you can see it in the patio door).

Family Photo at the Ritz

Family Photo at the Ritz, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

Taken with a Nikon D80.

* Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160) [+]
* Aperture: f/8 [+]
* Focal Length: 85 mm [+]
* ISO Speed: 250 [+]

This was on a round about. I set up my camera across the road in the middle of the round about. I chose an aperture of f/8 for acceptable focus and underexposed a bit - maybe 2/3 ev. I attached both my SB-800 and SB-600 to my umbrella in shoot through mode. I would have done reflected mode but I worried after setting everything up whether the Nikon CLS/AWS would be able to trigger it or not. The umbrella was camera left about 10 feet from me on the left. The umbrella was about 30 feet from the camera with both of the sensors on the speedlights rotated to face the camera. I had on the IR pass filter over the onboard flash. I had no problems with triggering the flashes. I used my remote IR shutter release with a 2 second timer.

After the limousines, BMWs, towncars etc passed and there was a gap in the traffic, I would run out and place my umbrella in the middle of the roundabout and then snap a few photos. I think this one turned out best.

We were in Orlando, Fl for 1 week. I attended AUA (American Urologic Association). We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes which sits on a property and shares with the J.W. Marriott.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Beautiful Scenery

Beautiful Scenery, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

Taken with a Nikon D80.
* Aperture: f/9 [+]
* Focal Length: 26 mm [+]
* ISO Speed: 250 [+]

I setup my camera on the tripod. I set the mirror lockup delay feature that delays the shutter from opening for a bit after the mirror flips up (to reduce vibration). I used my IR remote to trigger. I set the camera in bracketing mode of 3 shots at -2,0,+2 and started my 0 at a bit underexposed. From these images, I exported from lightroom a 16 bit TIFF for each one. These were processed in Photomatrix. The resultant 16 bit TIFF was then edited in Adobe Photoshop CS3 for a 3 layer Orton processing. Saved as JPG, reimported into Lightroom and then reexported to flickr from lightroom with tags applied. Whew...

I am going through a phase of liking HDR/Orton processing.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Our House

Our House, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Lone Tree Against the Sky

Lone Tree Against the Sky, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

Taken with a Nikon D80.
* Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125) [+]
* Aperture: f/11 [+]
* Focal Length: 20 mm [+]
* ISO Speed: 100 [+]

3 RAW (NEF) exposures take with camera on a tripod. I set the shutter lockup delay feature and used my IR remote. I put it on bracketing and took -2,0,+2 EV exposures. Circular polarizer on. The sun was to camera right at 90 degrees. 16 bit TIFF generated which were then processed in Photomatrix Pro. Then the resultant 8 bit JPG was edited in Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Orton effect.

While there was much manipulation of the photo, the actual image itself is accurate. I haven't added or removed any elements. The clouds were there in that formation as was the hill/tree etc.

I really like how the clouds appear to be raining/wisping down towards the tree. I didn't notice this with my eye, but with an underexposure it was visibile.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Pedro the Little Dog - Enjoying the Sun

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Carl and his beard

Carl and his beard, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

This is a photo I setup the lighting for Sabbath morning and had Becky direct me in a few poses from the other side of the camera. This is an example of short lighting with the lighted side of the face away from the camera. Some reflective fill on the other side with a bit of side/hair light as well.

Taken with a Nikon D80.
* Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320) [+]
* Aperture: f/5.6 [+]
* Focal Length: 85 mm [+]
* ISO Speed: 400 [+]

Strobist info: SB-800 into shoot through white satin 43" umbrella at Manual 1/2 at camera right. 3'x7' white sytrofoam reflector at camera left for some fill. SB-600 at M 1/16 on a telescoping tripod. This was positioned out of sight of the camera behind the 7' tall sytrofoam board but so that it could hit the side of my neck and hair for a bit of light. Both triggered via Nikon CLS/AWS.

I chose to stop down a bit aperture wise for this photo. I have been shooting a lot of portrait at larger apertures - f/1.4 ( ), f/2.8 ( ) with a few at f/4.0 ( ). I decided to shoot at f/5.6 for a bit greater depth of field of focus.

After having my tonsillectomy, I hadn't shaved for a couple of weeks. Becky gave me a hair cut Friday evening. So I trimmed by beard just a bit to match my side burns and it matched well with my shirt for church!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Storm Clouds are Coming

Storm Clouds are Coming, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

Taken with a Nikon D80.
* Aperture: f/9 [+]
* Focal Length: 20 mm [+]
* ISO Speed: 250 [+]

We have been receiving some rain off an on. I looked out this evening and saw this creeping up and over the shed. By the time I got my camera all set up, it had reached this position. The cloud cover is stretching over us! More rain ahead would be my guess.

Danielle and Emily

Danielle and Emily, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

Danielle's new birthday gift - An American Girl doll named Emily


Candles, originally uploaded by carlcmc.

Danielle blowing out the candles for her cake on the morning of her birthday