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52 Week Project: Number 25: Breathing Fire

Planing, planing and more planning. Planning is key into making a portrait into okay to awesome. When you come up with a concept or a portrait try to make a work sheet or a sketch of what you want your outcome to be. I use a worksheet on most of my portraits. It explains what equipment I need, a sketch of what the outcome will be be, location of the shoot and contact info. It really helps me not to stress on the day of the shoot. 

So this week I wanted to do something a little more on the edge. I recently saw an image by Von Wong, a portrait photographer from Canada. He recently did a portrait session in Singapore with a fire performers. So I wanted to replicate one of his photos.

During the planning stages of this portrait I had to do some test with the fire, since I have never breathed fire before. I did some research and found out that cornstarch would be the safest. I did some test on saturday to see if I could make the biggest flame. I found out that cornstarch taste terrible so I just put it in my hand and just played with it.

The lighting for the portrait was pretty simple. I used two lights with orange gels to make it look light the fire was giving off the light. A soft box on camera right and a accent light on the left.

I did a behind the scene video on this shoot. It explains the different planning stages for the image. 

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 8

Photographed with the Fujifilm x100s

Photographed with the Fujifilm x100s

Recently I made a couple of big purchases for myself. One of which is a new camera! The fujifilm X100s (or Ethel if you are following me on instagram) is now my pride and joy. From the beautiful colors to the amazing sharpness. This camera is an excellent add on!

Trying to lug around Betty (Canon 5d mark ii) is the worst. I wanted something to walk around with and enjoy taking photographs. I currently am working on a new series to keep me entertained called the digital rangefinder. The rangefinder diaries is already taken by my good friend and photographer Dan Bassini who is the reason why I went to Hallmark!

I will be updating my flickr as well as set up a portfolio on my website! The images I have snapped so far amazes me. To add another twist to the photos I will be editing them in VSCO Plugin for LIghtroom! What VSCO does is edits digital photos to look like old film cameras!

Here is the link to my Flickr where most of the photos will be going. I'm more then positive that I will do a couple of blog post on some of the photos and how I edited some!

TD