I just got back from three days in Denver, attending the Advanced Rails Studio (which was fantastic). Going to Denver gave me a chance to get to see my brother, Andrew. Although we talk fairly regularly on the phone, it had been a few years since I actually had seen him in person. I hope it won’t be that long between visits this time. Click the smaller picture for a bigger one.
Today, two days before the 2008 election, Barack Obama held a rally at the Ohio statehouse. News reports estimate that sixty thousand people attended. Four of them were our family. We arrived on the scene about four hours before the start and found ourselves in a line that was already about a quarter mile long. Fortunately however, we got reasonably close and the kids got a chance to experience the political process in action (and got to meet John Glenn in the process).
A couple of days ago, I read a pretty compelling post entitled Photograph Those You Love by Zack Arias. It made me realize that it had been awhile since I put more than “quick snapshot” effort into taking pictures of the kids. Today, we had beautiful weather and still had some nice fall colors here in central Ohio, so the timing could not have been better. So, despite some grumbling, I drug the kids out and got some nice shots made.
For those interested in the technical elements, here you go. The lighting basically amounted to a three-light setup. The first was a flash, gelled with a 1/4 CTO to help warm it up, mounted on a light stand with a shoot through umbrella. The second was the sun coming from back camera left, serving as a separation light. And finally, I used a large reflector front camera right to kick some of that sunlight back up to fill in the shadows on their faces. This is the kind of lighting setup that I would never have thought to try until making my way through David Hobby’s Strobist blog, but it’s amazing how easy and effective this kind of thing is. This kind of extra effort helps turn simple snapshots into portraits worth framing.