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52 Week Project: Number 22: Relax

Relax. How come some people do not do this from time to time? I personally need to relax every now and then. This weekend myself and four other friends headed to the beach. I have been crazy busy at the studio preparing for seniors to come in. I needed to get out and relax for a weekend. I did take my camera out to the beach but did not take any photos. Why did I do this? I wanted to relax and not have to worry about going through so many photos to edit. I don't know how the moms at the beach go through so many and decide which is the best ones. Yes I did say moms but I'm sure there are some dads out there that will whip the camera out. Anyway, I wanted to just hang out on the beach and get sun burned like everyone else. I did get in the water but with it being so cold I just wanted to tan. I did whip my camera out for this portrait though. 

On to this weeks portrait. We sat by the Virginia Beach Pier and right when I saw it I knew what this weeks self portrait was going to be. I wanted to use symmetry of the pier so I set up the portrait before I whipped out the travel kit. I had my partner in crime Jordan hold the light up so the water wouldn't touch the stand and then my other friend Orie snap several portraits just to make sure I got what I wanted. We wanted to make it quick since we knew people were going to be there. Below is the lighting diagram for it. I used a small octobox not a shoot though umbrella but you get the idea. The rest of the portrait was edited in post.

Well what I learned from this weekend is that going back to work is not fun but this weekend was worth it. 

-TD


52 Week Project: Number 21: Happy 21st Birthday

Happy birthday. Well it's not my birthday but it's Jordan and I 21st self portrait. This time I wanted it to celebrate it with a "birthday party" theme. So I went to walmart and got the supplies. I found these awesome light up balloons. I knew right when I got them I was going to do something sweet. 

Anyway onto how I got the portrait. I decided to photograph it normally at a 60th of a second to see what I would get. The portrait was really dark. I wanted to expose for the balloons. So I grabbed my sweet awesome tripod. A long exposure is the only way I could do it so I didn't have to boost the ISO to 6400. I did bump the ISO to 1600 and do an exposure of 2.5 seconds. Originally the photo was suppose to be like this.

I really didn't like how it turned out. Jordan gave me the idea of sitting on the couch instead of standing. 

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It didn't feel like a party so I asked my friends Jordan and Orie to jump in. After fooling around for about 30 minutes. We finally came up with a portrait that would work. Onto lighting, I used a new one and a half foot softbox for a Canon or Nikon flash not a strobe. When i was looking at getting a new softbox I was trying to think of something that would make me faster and I wouldn't have to lug around a huge strobe. I do like using it for one reason, it's easy. It makes doing quick on the spot on location portraits very easy. 

I would like to give a big thank you to Jordan, Orie, Erika and Lexie for helping me in creating this weeks portrait.  

Yeah didn't really turn out right but hey I like it. I don't like the couches bar going though my head but it works. 

TD