My girlfriends trust me ~ Conversation goes something like this….. "I Have a Smoke Machine and our Theme will be Glamour……" ~ come on over
They show up with various "glamorous" items and we splay them about. We mix - we match - we help each other get "dressed up" - and we LAUGH ~A LOT!
A photograph is just a photograph ~ but the time we share in the making of a few photographs is what it's all about. I'm a photographer and the photograph is important. But it is days like this that remind me that the photograph isn't everything. It's the time - love - laughter - trust that enriches our lives!
Having three directors "posing" me for this shoot was priceless. Head down - look up - sultry eyes - show teeth - flip the hat - bend back - push forward ….. The were having their way with me and having a blast doing so. Cathy you're a gem behind the camera…. and Elaine, Jo and Deb you are all magnificent directors. Laughing 'til my sides hurt is one of the best feelings I know. xo
Working the kinks out with a smoke machine. Fun process - unpredictable results between the model positioning and the smoke. But dang…not half bad.
Three light set up.
Two small lights set up behind me.
First one at camera left hitting my back for separation from the background.
Second small light on camera right hitting the black screens and illuminating the smoke.
Third is a 24" soft box on camera left with extra diffusion.
The smoke machine has a remote button which I was activating with my foot to produce intermittent smoke into the scene.
The sights along the California coast were beautiful and truly a photographer's paradise. This particular frame really caught my eye when going through my edits. The painterly feel drew me in. And the couples dotting the coastline gave it a "specialness" that made it a strong image in my mind's eye.
But while taking the actual photograph I wasn't happy with the result as I was making it. My lens didn't have enough reach to exclude the upper third. I took one mere frame and then moved on in a different direction.
Looking at this photo now ~ I see the gem that was in my mind while shooting. All it needed was a little tidying up with the crop.
Upon our arrival to the quaint and quirky town of Monterey we passed by the harbor full of boats. We planned on sunset here thinking the colors would be warm and make for some vibrant images. This particular boat caught my eye with the setting sun ~ the humor in her name ~ and the reflection in the water. But once again it felt like I missed the boat photographically.
Long after the sun had set and we bought our lattes for the long ride back to Sunnyvale we strolled past the "Reelization" again. Her captain was cleaning her hull and even though the light wasn't with me the "action" caught my eye and made me smile. It wasn't the perfect light but the "quirkiness" made it worth a snap. We're all going to miss the boat on occasion but as a photographer I'm still going to shoot it.