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I got a new lens… I am SO in love with it- a 70-200 2.8 Sigma for my Sony a77. We had our last (PLEASE let it be our last) ice storm of the winter/spring season here in Ontario last Friday. Of course, I went out in the freezing rain to capture some images of […]
This week I had the opportunity to work with a friend and very talented jewelry designer, Lily MonsterMeat ( www.LilyMonsterMeat.com ). For those more conservative of my friends, don’t let the scary name throw you, she’s actually a total sweetheart, with a crazy awesome creative spirit. She set up the photoshoot at Bon Eco Designs in the quaint village of Tamworth, Ontario, where they specialize in gorgeous upcycled items- both artistic and functional. Most of the items in the background of the shoot are designed by the owners, Hans and Carolyn and are available in their shop,. They are very supportive of the community and local artists- so if you’re in the Kingston area, it’s worth the short drive North. The belts in this shoot are designed by Jake S Baer.
Special thanks to fellow Photogs on site, Cathy Burrell at lights edge, Los Tha Don LTD Photography & Design, & Bic E Dee Holly J. Also, Thanks to Jo Plumridge, Make Up Artist, and our awesome models, Arielle, Kelsea and Tiffany. It’s amazing what a small group of local artists can accomplish when we work together!
This dividing wall was made entirely from tires:
My personal favourite piece, an upcycled Mac, made into a hanging lamp.
Another fabulous belt by Jake Baer. Unique Stone Pendant necklace by Lily MonsterMeat.
An amazing piece of art created entirely out of used tires:
A portrait against the tire wall:
They’ve even created some funky clothing out of tires:
While I had my camera out practicing some off-camera flash techniques with still life subjects, my pets were curious, and so they became my practice subjects. This is my sweet dog, an almost-four- year-old Golden Retriever-German Shepherd cross.
These images are straight out of camera, taken with a cluttery background in my kitchen, just using the flash to overpower the normal household lighting. (in the last image I darkened the blacks slightly using levels, just in one corner). I love how creative I can get with lighting!
The following photos were taken within about a 15 minute window- just in the few golden moments at the start of a sunset. There were some changes in light as I went along, but most of the differences between these photos are the result of changing exposure in-camera, and adding off-camera flash. I made very few modifications in photoshop- I cropped slightly, cloned out an ugly electrical line, and added a bit of saturation to enhance the sunset, but otherwise the lighting differences are Straight-out-of-camera.
In the photo above, however, the couple isn’t well lit, so I added an off-camera flash for a different look. You can still see the cyans of the ocean, but the bride & groom are more the focus of the image.
Adding off-camera flash in a gazebo with a white ceiling, perfect for reflecting the light, creates an image with focus on the bride & groom, but also allows the definition and colour of the sunset behind them.
I love the creative freedom that comes from changing light!
Do you have a lighting preference among these images?