Off to San Francisco!

Hello friends!

I’m off to San Francisco today with my family . . . we have a fun week planned!

Paris is off to a doggie hotel (AKA, a dog Kennel) where I’m sure she’ll be pampered and spoiled!  (Okay, I just hope she doesn’t freak out that we left her at a kennel!)

Life does not seem to slow down, so I hope to share more of my life on this blog when I have a second or two!

Over the weekend, I attended another lighting class from Nikon.  It really was just a review for me on how to utilize my Nikon speed lights.  The past four or five months, I’ve been shooting exclusively with strobes (strobes and speed lights are white balanced the same, but they are very different in wattage power) so it was nice to get re aquainted with my speed lights.  They are super portable, light weight, and as long as I have a wagon to tote my light stands, umbrellas and other hud around, I’m all set to take everything on the go!  Here are some shots with my speed lights:

this one was taken with an umbrella which wraps the light around the subject.

This was taken with a small soft box (1 foot by 2 feet) which creates more directional light.

This was shot with a speed light in a soft box and BRIGHT DAYLIGHT!  This was an interesting technique to learn!  I’ll post how to duplicate this shot on my photo blog when I get back from vacation.

This was shot in the shade with specular light.  The idea is to light up the face and evenly expose for the sun.  Unfortunately, when you do that, the sky blows out.  I would need to take another exposure to meter for the sky and blend the two images together in Photoshop to get the best of both worlds, but hey, what can I say . . . I just didn’t do it.

Hope you all have a lovely day!

2 thoughts on “Off to San Francisco!”

  1. I have only been to San Francisco once in my life and that was for my honeymoon back in 1996. I cannot wait to go back and take the kids and see the sites again. My husband wrote out on the sand of one of the beaches Qayyum Loves Cathy with a great big heart. See if it is still there…. 🙂 Have a good trip!

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