I don’t blog enough, and I don’t shoot enough. Recently a work friend asked me to do some headshots for her, and I was happy to do so. I’m happy with the results, but I have to say, anyone could take a picture of Diana and have it look great; she’s very beautiful!
There are quite a few more on my flickr spot. I wanted to at least update my blog with a few.
I recently acquired a second Canon 580EX II Speedlite, and hadn’t had the opportunity to use them together (work, school, work, school). After having minimal success with my PocketWizard Plus IIs, I turned to an extra long ETTL cable to get my flash off camera! (Sigh… Gotta replace the cable for the PWIIs so I can get as cable-less as possible!) What I love about these flashes is that I can control the amount of light from each flash with one unit (the “master” flash). Makes shooting soooo easy! You could even use EETL on both flashes, if you wanted to. That’s pretty cool.
These photos are mostly un-edited. I used a bright red and deep blue gel. I did adjust contrast and touch a little bit of weird shadowing on my cheek and near my mouth in the portrait. Otherwise… I got pretty lazy. Haha! Enjoy.
I’m really not diggin’ the hands in the last photo. I always forget about my hands and to pose them… I’m still practicing posing for pictures.
I felt like Alice, because this was surely wonderland.
I wished that I didn’t have to leave. When I was here (alone) all afternoon, I was calm. Even happy. A wonderful way to recollect myself. I love that there is a small slice of nature to escape to, not too far from my home. I don’t go nearly as much as I should, but when I do, it’s usually because I absolutely need it.
I really love Joshua Tree National Park. One of my absolute favorite things to do is be out after dark, looking up at the stars. Some time ago, when there was a meteor shower, I visited Joshua Tree with my ex-boyfriend. A segment on NPR said that it would take the eyes 45 minutes to adjust to the dark. I will testify to that, due to experience. Now I have a new, secret weapon.
I read an awesome bit in the latest Scientific American Mind about dark chocolate:
New research shows that the cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate can briefly sharpen vision – and even cognitive function - by temporarily increasing blood flow to the eye and brain.
So… I’ll be bringing dark chocolate to my next trip out to the desert. I might even go ahead and make sure I eat some on my break at work on those earlier shifts, when I am having trouble focusing!! I wonder how much you have to actually eat… And what percentage of cocoa. 60% enough? 70%?
Ok, it’s not dark chocolate, but it’s chocolate and it’s one of my photographs. I had to shoot Hershey chocolate specifically for an assignment a couple of semesters ago!