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Ignore Laundry Day

Played around a bit with my diffuser/reflector I got for Christmas from my parents.  Its definitely an interesting device.  And way complicated to use without help.  But maybe I can find some friends who wouldn’t mind doing grunt work for free…  Otherwise, I can make due on my own.  These pictures are of Pyro and Willow.  Pyro the redhead and Willow the Black and White.  They like to get up on the couch and watch everyone on our street.  Please ignore the laundry on the back of the couch.  My wife would probably kill me to see these up on the net.

The pictures use natural light from the window with the reflector held by either my hand or my wife slightly off camera right.  The diffuser my parents got for me was a 3 foot Lasolite Tri-Grip.  So far I love the thing.  The reflected light is considerably cooler than the natural light though, so I will probably get another type of reflector before too long.  I’m doing some headshots soon for someone and hopefully the diffuser will come in pretty handy.

Comparing old and new

It always surprises me to go back and retry new techniques I pick up along the way.  It seems there is always another way to do things.  Not to mention my tastes in photographs will change over time as well.  When I first started working on pictures (which wasn’t that long ago) I favored heavily saturated pictures.   I liked the colors to be so bright you knew it was more than you saw in real life.

I’m starting to find myself liking a different style a bit more now.  I’ve dropped some examples below, the first is the newer processing I’ve been doing lately followed by some processing I did a few months ago.   I think I’m starting to get closer to something I can begin to call my own, my style.  Still not quite there yet.

Still diggin’ through the archives

Still trying to get everything back up.  Many more pictures to come as I dig further back.  Soon I’ll have some new stuff up.  Going on vacation for a week soon over Thanksgiving.  That will be a blast and there is always stuff to shoot up there.   I’ll mention more of that when I post some pictures from last thanksgiving.  In these pictures my sister was kind enough to pose for me.  The first time she did she told me when we were done that she had way more fun than she though she’d have.  LOL not sure what that says about what she was expecting!  But I’ll take a compliment wherever it lies.

These were taken up in Keene, more specifically Hart Flats here in California.  Lots of great woodsy type areas to shoot in.  We hit the hills with about an hour til sundown and I think we got some good shots.  We at least had a lot of fun again. :)   Also, one of these pictures uses a preset I made for Lightroom.  I’ll upload it tomorrow with a better description of what it does.

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