Thursday, October 29, 2009

Golden Light

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Photoshop screen shot
This wedding panoramic from John & Jamie's wedding at the Umlauf Sculpture garden in Austin Texas had just the right light. Low in the sky just before sunset - filtered through soft clouds and adding a a warmth and a highlight on the left side of the trellis. The golden light cast just the warmest tone to the trees in the background, wonderful. The panoramic image is 4 photos stitched together with Photoshop CS4. Shooting the images with an "overlap" is the key to successful photoshop stitching automation.

For this Bridal Image, we used our "studio" lights to add fill light to the bride AND an additional fill light for the waterfall far off in the background, to the right. Without the high power studio fill - the waterfall would have been "darker" in the shadows and Jamie's features would be dark as she was backlit by the sun.... The warm evening sun "Kissed" Jamie's red hair which matched her bouquet perfectly. The back, direct light also gave a slimming effect to the photo on the left (not that our bride needed it) by washing out the details of where the line of her back was. For the photo on the right we stood on a ladder, we shot for a higher angle to juxtopose the waterfall just over the her shoulder. Awsome light! Bridal Images at Umlauf Sculpture Garden of Austin

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Morning coffee

Starbucks Seamstress
Just a few weeks ago as we were getting ready to photograph our clients for their Houston Indian Wedding this November, we stopped by Starbucks for coffee and met Renee. As I sipped my coffee, I couldn't help to comment to Debra about the window light that was illuminating a focused seamstress hard at work while drinking her morning coffee. Well, the camera was near by so I approached "Renne" and asked if we could take a few photos - I just loved the focus Renee had on her task - the world just seemed to fade away as she practiced a craft that is not common anymore. From my view I could see the soft light enter the coffee shop and every now and then catch a glimmer of light on the needle. I asked Renee if she could email me a little "background info" as our readers like to her about the people we photograph. Renee provided the folling infomation.

I am a first year grad student at the University of Texas, Austin. I am studying for my MFA in Costume Technology for Theatre, which involves the construction of costumes and costume pieces such as hats and wigs, and skills such as dyeing fabric and makeup. When you saw me, I was thread marking my wool vest pieces for a three piece suit that I am making for my tailoring class.
I am originally from Rhode Island, but have been quite happy in Austin for about two years now. I look forward to one day working behind the scenes in either film or theatre.

Thanks Renee for this simple slice of life...