Archive for December, 2009

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.

Candle Light Service

Our church had our annual candle light service tonite.  It was amazing how so many things could go wrong in one night.  The pastor’s mic was giving him fits by making exploding sounds for no reason.  Dy ended up turning him off and he just had to project the whole night.  Then someone fell over.  They had to call an ambulance.  Just a rough night in general.

About the pictures now,  I always enjoy taking pictures of the bells players, however I always end up with the same looking shots.  So this time, I decided to try and see what kind of different pictures I could come up with.  The two shown below were my two favorites.  There is also a picture of a friend of mine playing the violin tonite.   She did wonderfully and I’ve been wanting to work on my black and white’s a bit so you may see some more of those showing up in my blog posts.  The panoramic picture is of our congregation at the very end of the service.  Candle’s are passed out and lit, the lights are turned off and we say a prayer ending the night.

Social Networking

Yesterday I really felt like taking some pictures.  In deciding what I could take pictures of or for, I decided it was high time to update my social networks avatars.  I had seen this done for someone’s self portraits in the past, and I thought I would try my hand at it.  I showed Dyellen the pictures to have her help me pick one out.  She told me to pick the first one because it was the least scary.

So last night I updated my twitter, facebook, and Gravitar.  I should have all of my bases covered I think.  The rest of the pictures below were the rejects.  Enjoy!

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