Author Archives: eddie

Sister and Brother in Doorway

Tech Info:

Hand held Nikon D3 camera, 85mm 1.4 lens set to f3.5 at 1/500th sec., 1600 ISO, in B/W JPG mode.

The portrait was made during midday, but since the kids were placed underneath a doorway that had an awning over it, we had some good open shade to work with. Indirect lighting makes contrast control a bit easier while shooting digital.
The catchlights in the eyes came from light toned, sunlit objects and walkway located in front of the kids.
I was sure to place my camera at about belly button level to them so that they would take on a little extra presence, as opposed to shooting at eye level or above eye level.
The image was softened a bit in photoshop.

Ü

–Eddie.

Credenza Boy

Although I made this one a while ago, I had never displayed it… I don’t think.

During a session of two children, I began photographing just the baby of the pair, and while I did that the older brother proceeded to slip into what apparently was one of his favorite hiding places. When I spotted him, I tried quickly to set up and capture the scene. Harsh direct sunlight was coming in through a nearby window and I tried to work with it, but it is a bit more contrasty than I prefer.
Tech info:

Handheld FujiS2, 50mm f1.8, set to f1.8 at 1/90th sec., ISO 800, B/W Mode, Fine JPG. I had to compromise the exposure since the boy inside of the credenza needed a much different exposure than the detailed work on the outside of the furniture.

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–Eddie.

Pool Smile

Tech info:

Handheld Nikon D3, 80-200mm 2.8 Nikkor zoom, set to 200mm at f2.8, 1/2000th sec., ISO 3200, aperture priority.  B/W JPG mode.  I shot on aperture priority because the lighting was rather even, so I was reasonably confident that the light scenario would not fool the camera’s meter.  Since I was shooting action scenes with the lens at 200mm, I chose a high ISO.  This gave me high shutter speeds that helped minimize camera shake.
–Eddie.

Portrait of my Nephew

On a recent trip up to Vermont, I got the chance to photograph my nephew for his senior picture. My aim with this particular take was to use the lines of the building’s wood siding to create some interest. The shallow depth of field helps blur the details in back so that the lines don’t become too distracting. As with most of my images, I made sure the sun was located behind him, even though it was not illuminating him directly. This prevents the indirect lighting from going flat, which can often happen if you shoot in open shade with the sun located somewhere in front of the subject.

Tech Info:

Handheld Nikon D3, 85mm f1.4 lens set to f2.8, shutter speed 1/640th, ISO 400, on B/W mode.

–Eddie.

Brothers

Tech Info:

Handheld Nikon D3, 85mm f1.4 lens. B/W JPG mode. Sun behind subjects, as usual. Meter reading taken off the kids’ faces, then fine tuned after looking at the histogram.

–Eddie.

Sisters Running Up Steps

Tech Info:

Nikon D200, 85mm lens, set to f2.8, at 1/1250th sec., ISO 400, B/W mode, normal parameters.  As the girls were running away, I made sure to focus on the one closest to me so that whatever depth of field I did have working for me would extend toward the girl furthest from me.  Lighting consisted of morning light coming in from the right of the girls, but which was partially broken up and diffused due to surrounding trees and a building on the right.

Ü

–Eddie.

Heading to College

I wanted to get some images of this friend before she headed off to college and the rest of her life. I had taken grab shots of her as she was growing up, but had never taken the time to have a dedicated session. Interestingly, being a bit of a rebel, she has since changed her hair color. Does that mean another session? Ü

Tech Info:

Handheld Nikon D200, 85mm f1.4 lens, set to f2.0, at 1/400th sec., ISO 800, B/W mode, normal parameters. For this series of images, I positioned her in front of a large sliding glass door that had indirect daylight coming in. I had to watch out for the light coming too much from below (from a bright patio floor outdoors), so in most of the shots I had her leaning forward to lessen the upward angle of the light, in turn avoiding upward shadows. A large piece of foamboard was waved just in front of her to get the little blast of wind that sent her hair flying. Ü

–Eddie.

Girl by Window Light

Tech info:

Handheld Nikon D200, 85mm f1.4 lens set to f1.8 at 1/640th sec., 1600 ISO, B/W mode, normal parameters. This image started out a little dark when I opened it up in Photoshop, and of course got a little noisier when lightened, but I don’t mind the effect in the end. Indirect daylight coming through a window to the right, which meant I had to make sure I was getting a catchlight in the eye furthest from the window.

–Eddie.

Sister and Brother Again

Tech Info:

Handheld Nikon D200, 85mm f1.4 lens set to f1.6, at 1/500th sec., ISO 200, B/W mode, normal parameters. Similar shooting location and lighting as the previous image of these two kids.

–Eddie.

Pensive Brother and Sister

Tech Info:

Handheld Nikon D200, 85mm f1.4 lens, set to f2.2, at 1/400th sec., ISO 200, B/W mode, parameters normal. Lighting: Open shade location, sun behind the subjects, open sky illuminating the subjects from the front and top. Background of slightly backlit foliage about 10 to 15 feet behind the kids.

Girl on Driftwood

When my clients and I arrived at the beach, I was very pleased to see that a new piece of driftwood had washed up near the rocks. I never have a “plan” for using these oddly shaped creations, but I do know that kids love them and if I just get them together, something photogenic may happen. With this image, I kinda like the “confusion” that occurs when one views initially…at least when I viewed I did a double-take. And I love when that happens. Ü

Tech Info: Handheld Nikon D200, 85mm 1.4 Nikon lens, set to f2.2 at 1/1250th sec., ISO 100, shot in JPG B/W Mode, manual exposure mode, normal parameters. Morning sun behind the subject; metered for and adjusted settings for the shady side of the girl, then closed a touch so that I wouldn’t lose too much of the highlights.

–Eddie.