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52 Week Project: Number 23

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Alright so this week I did not prewrite my blog like I normally do on Monday. I was working on a special project which I can not wait to share with everyone. This week I am writing this blog on my phone on the way to a funeral (my great uncle just passed on Thursday). I do like the fact I can blog right on my iPhone. When I go on a trip it makes it so I can stay connected with everyone.

So this week was a little different for me. While I was at the beach last weekend I had an idea for a portrait. The idea was for me to hold up a sign that says "free kisses" and see everyone's reaction. I was going to do that after the pier portrait but since I loved how the portrait went I decided not to do it. I'll save that one for a later week. 

Setting up for this portrait was pretty easy. I had my partner in crime Jordan wright the words on the carboard. (You wouldn't be able to read my hand wrighting).  After we headed to the street in front of the studio. I had to be careful about where I put the light since I didn't want to blind any drivers. The light was to the left side of the camera with my travel softbox. I really like the fact that I now have a travel kit. I do need to upgrade the flash and the transmitters but hey I get what I need with the equipment I have. This week I went back to the good ol Fuji. I do like this camera way more then my DSLR (I know I keep saying this, buy one and you will see). 

Well that's it for this week. As always let me know what you think of the portrait. 

 -TD

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