Monthly Archives: March 2013

Studio Portraiture

Photographing beautiful landscape and nature scenes is definitely my first love when it comes to photography, but I do enjoy photographing many different subjects.  I’ve always wanted to be able to take good “people” pictures so this past winter  I joined a studio photography group to learn how to shoot portraits in a studio as well as in an outdoor setting.  Given that I’m used to hiking to some remote place in the wilderness and dealing with constantly changing weather and lighting conditions, insects and animals, shooting in a studio was a very different experience!  Thus far I’ve attended 3 studio sessions and have learned the basics of setting up the lighting as well as working with various backdrops and props.  Each session is held in a fully equipped professional studio and includes an experienced studio photographer and model to shoot with.  I have several other sessions scheduled that will give me experience shooting outdoors with portable lighting.  I’ve had a great experience so far, and best of all I’ve learned a lot.  I’ve also met some very talented and creative people.  Below are some examples of my work so far, I hope you enjoy them!

To see more of my studio work, please visit my Studio Portraiture gallery here.

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Model: Linda SobevskiModel: Linda SobevskiModel: Patrice HailModel: Patrice Hail

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Bieber Mill Ruin (a.k.a. Carpenter’s Mill)

About a year after Ohio became a state, the first mill in Delaware County was built at Liberty Settlement in 1804 along the banks of the Whetstone River, now called the Olentangy River.  By 1832 the community had grown large enough that it was granted a post office and the town officially became known as Carpenter’s Mill.  The post office remained until 1837.  In 1843-44 a 3-story frame gristmill was built, and a few years later James Bieber bought the mill.  Over the years the mill was very successful so a 3 ½ story stone mill was built next to the original frame gristmill that housed a sawmill on the first floor.  Unfortunately the old frame gristmill met the fate of many other mills and was destroyed by a fire.  Due to the proximity of the stone mill, it was also destroyed losing its roof, floors and massive beam structure in the fire.

Today about a quarter mile south of the intersection of US Rt. 23 and Ohio Rt 315 on the east side of the Olentangy River stands what is left of the Bieber Mill.  The skeleton of the original structure is quite impressive, with 3 feet thick walls made of cut limestone.  The side that faces the river is still intact and as you can see in the image below the mill was a very large structure.  The other 3 sides remain as well but have deteriorated.

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Bieber Mill Ruin River Facing Side – Click image to enlarge

 

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Polarizing Filters

The polarizing filter is probably the single most used filter in a landscape/nature photographer’s bag because of its ability to cut glare and increase color saturation.  I find that I have the filter on my lens more often than not when I’m out in the field.

Polarizers are best used with normal to telephoto focal length lenses.  Regarding using a polarizer with wide angle lenses, I would recommend that you use caution because you may get uneven effects across your frame.  This uneven effect is especially noticeable if you have a lot of clear blue sky in the frame, and how noticeable the unevenness is depends on how much polarization you’ve dialed in.  Do some experimenting to see what you can get away with.  A polarizer relies on what’s called Brewster’s Angle as described in Brewster’s Law, discovered by a Scottish physicist named Sir David Brewster. For photographers, Brewster’s work gives us a simple tool to predict how a polarizing filter will affect the scene.  Using your thumb and forefinger, point your forefinger at the sun and point your thumb straight up.  As you rotate your wrist, keep your forefinger pointed at the sun, and everywhere your thumb points is where the polarization will be most pronounced.  Look through the viewfinder of your DSLR or use Live View to see the image on your camera’s LCD to adjust the filter for the effect you want.

Mid-day normally isn’t the best time to use a polarizer, but as the angle of the sun gets lower on the horizon, it can make a huge difference.  Overcast days are actually ideal for polarizers because they cut the reflections that rob the scene of color saturation.  Anytime you’re photographing water a polarizer can make a HUGE difference by cutting glare.  As you rotate the polarizer, you’ll see the surface glare disappear and you can see what’s under the water.  This effect is very useful when there is something just beneath the surface that you want to show.

In addition to cutting glare and increasing color saturation, polarizers also cut the amount of light reaching your sensor by 1 ½ to 2 stops so they’re useful for reducing exposure in high-contrast conditions as well.  The polarizer can also be stacked with a neutral density (ND) filter for ever greater light reduction with the added benefit of polarization.

The two images below show the effect of the polarizer on images of the “Devil’s Bathtub” in Hocking Hills State Park.  The first image has no polarization and the second does.  Notice how once the glare on the water is reduced, you can see the rocks underneath the surface of the water and how saturated the colors are.

 

The Devil’s Bathtub no polarization – Click image to enlarge

 

The Devil’s Bathtub with Polarization – Click image to enlarge

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Sunrise

Sunrise from Sanibel Island, Florida – Click image to enlarge

 

The yard was covered with about an inch of snow this morning, and we’ve had snow showers off and on throughout the day.  With winter showing no signs of releasing its grip on central Ohio, I thought I’d share a nice warm Florida sunrise with you that I captured last fall.

This sunrise was captured from Sanibel Island, Florida last October when my wife and I vacationed there.  Unfortunately, it was also the last day of our vacation, but it was a dramatic yet beautiful sunrise to end our trip on.  For this particular image, I waited until the sun rose high enough in the sky so that it was partially hidden by the clouds and for some seagulls to fly by in the right place in my field of view.  Out of about a dozen shots, this is the one I liked best.  The city skyline on the horizon is that of Fort Myers.  It’s amazing how much the look of the sky can change in just a matter of a few minutes.  The image below was taken 5 minutes earlier when the sun was hidden more by the heavy band of clouds and as you can see in the lower left corner of the image there is a rain shower in progress north of the immediate downtown area.

 

Sanibel Island Florida Sunrise with rain shower – Click image to enlarge

Today is March 1st so at least we are getting closer to spring and hopefully some nicer weather isn’t too far away.

To see more images from Sanibel Island, please visit my Sanibel-Captive gallery here.

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