Photographer’s Blog

The following images were taken at a recent nursing portrait sessions.  The sisters brought their dogs to be photographed.  With instant photography we can offer all kinds of photo opportunities.  Cost is nothing in many cases to be photographed.  Cost is incurred when purchasing prints from the session.

Graduation Portraits

We’re now in the season for fall graduation portraits.  Most of out clients are nursing and allied health programs.  So far we have photographed Annenberg School of Nursing, Cerritos College Nursing, Santa Monica College Nursing and today we’re at Ventura College Nursing.  We’ll be at Moorpark College, Long Beach City College and photographing College of the Canyons nursing in our home.  We offer instant portrait printing to take portraits home from the session.

This service is also available for holiday parties.

Portraits with square images

 

Knowing I am a photographer but hiring a stranger.

I posted the following on Facebook 4 years ago.

A fellow parishioner came to me regarding experiences with her son’s wedding photographer which she said was not good. How many people know what I do but call on a stranger to provide photography services.

To my followers, I do photograph weddings, mitzvahs, and quinceaneros. My experience goes back to the film days, so I don’t take 1000’s of images. I know how to budget photo ops. Also I am more traditional. These events are also family reunions so posed groups and individuals are a must. I can get all the “photo-journalism” candids to let you know what happened during your day. My rates start at $2500 for an 8 hour wedding; $3000 for 2 photographers.

Why Posed Photos are Important for Special Occasions

For special occasions my photography style is both posed and candid coverage.  Weddings, Barmitzvahs, Anniversaries, Birthdays and similar occasions are also family reunions. Family members come from near and far to join the celebration.  It’s imperative that posed photos of families and other significant people be taken. One never knows how long a significant family member or friend may be with us.  I saw this at a wake of my sister-in-law when our niece, her daughter, was looking at her parents’ wedding album and seeing photos of family members no longer living.

Candidly my goal is to show the couple or others what went on during their celebration.  Surely they won’t remember everything in their minds. Photography, and video, are ways to preserve those precious moments.  We can offer video services also through associates.

Recently I photographed a series of group photos for a school client.  I used my group riser system.  Please note how I used the risers to get the most of each group photographed.
The major key to large group photography is manually focusing and large depth of field.  Manually I focused on someone in the second or third row, never the first row.  These images were taken at ISO 100, f:14, 1/200 sec using two Photogenic 600 watt second strobes on full power to fill shadows.  Photos were taken between 9:30 and 10:15am.  Sun was behind us.
For these two groups you see how I used my risers system.  I used my entire riser system to capture everyone.  My riser system is 5 sections wide and 4 steps high (16″).  I could add a front row sitting on the ground.  My system will accommodate up to 125.  I can rent a system to accommodate larger groups.  Also one of our photographers has a drone to photograph groups from the air.
This Group I placed each row on consecutive steps on the risers.
This Group I placed each row on alternating steps on the risers.   I could spread the group out but if ordering 8×10 format prints the group will fill more of the image.  Same would apply to the group above.

“Lock Bridges”

In Salzburg, Austria and other places on our recent cruise we came upon “Lock Bridges”. Couples place engraved locks on the bridges and throw away the key into the river. Last night I observed locks on McBean Pkwy’s bridge over I-5. I have seen the locks on the bridge but did not think much of it until last night walking home from the Valencia Marketplace concert. Where do the couples throw the key?

 

Use of Long Lens on our Viking European River Cruise

On our recent Viking River Cruise I lugged around a Canon 50d with a 100-400L lens on a monopod. People wondered if I would get a back and neck ache. No I did not. Here are images I took with that camera setup. Notice telephoto lenses compress background with subject matter. For many of the indoor photos I used a slow shutter speed, as slow as `1/25 sec.  That violates a basic photo rule of matching shutter speed to lens focal length.  Enjoy.

 

Zenfolio now on home page

I now have a Zenfolio.com button on the homepage of my www.1stimage.com website. You will find galleries of our travels with current images of the Eastern Sierras, last fall and last month, Yosemite, our Alaska tour & cruise last August and I will post images of our European River Cruise the next two weeks. Images are available for purchase.

Merced River with Vernal Falls in Background

Bridalvail Falls

Near Happy Isles

We just spent a few days in Yosemite.  I wanted to see and photograph the waterfalls which are abundant with water.  Much of Yosemite’s meadows are flooded with water.  Here are a few sample photos.  I wanted to get to Vernal Falls via Mist Trail but people were coming off the steps soaking wet.  I did not want to expose my pro camera gear to the “rain”.  I did not take the alternate route.

There are many minor falls created by this years heavy rain and snow events.

Upper Yosemite Falls

Upper Yosemite Falls

Near Happy Isles

Near Happy Isles

Bridalvail Falls

Bridalvail Falls

Merced River with Vernal Falls in Background

Merced River with Vernal Falls in Background

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