April 17, 2010

Faces 2

Faces are fascinating. Here’s a tapestry of photos I’ve taken at all 3 campuses of San Jacinto College that reveal a rich cultural diversity. The College is like a microcosm of the United States, the greatest nation in the world.


April 16, 2010


Faces are fascinating. Here’s a random collection of face photos I’ve taken, revealing a wide range of expressions.

September 21, 2009

Some of my favorite pix

A random collection of pix I’ve taken in recent years that rank as some of my personal favorites.

April 18, 2009

Up With People

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Here’s a slideshow of some of my favorite portraits, featuring people of all ages, some that I took recently, and some that I took on various occasions in recent years. Background music: “Persuasion” by Govi.

March 14, 2009

Mix of Recent Pix

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Hope you enjoy this mix of some of my recent photos, some taken at home, some at work, and some on the go.

February 19, 2009

Studio lighting experiment

Students who will appear on the magazine cover

Students who will appear on the magazine cover

Devera, the Modeling Diva

Devera, the Modeling Diva

At work, I had an assignment to produce some pix of students who will transfer from San Jacinto College to 4-year colleges. The photo will appear on the cover of Career Focus, a magazine that is distributed to every home in the College District.

The only requirement was that the students needed to wear clothing that prominently displayed logos of the 4-year college.

So, my co-worker aAron and I decided to experiment with some studio lighting ideas we had been tossing around. To begin with, we set up a dove gray seamless paper backdrop. aAron suggested we roll the paper out so that it extended on the carpet so we could position the subjects on the paper. I had seen some pix done with that sort of a setup, but I’d never tried it myself. Turned out to be a very good idea that helped to give the pix a lot of depth and a 3 dimensional look.

For our lighting setup, we decided on a four-light combination (all Nikon gear). The main light (key light) was one SB-800 Speedlight shooting through a 15” x 15” Alzo softbox. The key light was placed at about a 45-degree angle to the left of the camera, firing about directly at the subjects, at about eye level, and placed at a distance of about 5 feet from the subjects. The secondary (fill) light was provided by one SB-800 Speedlight shooting into a reflective umbrella (facing away from the subjects) to provide indirect lighting. The fill light was placed a little to the right of the camera and about 2 feet behind the photographer. The backlight (hairlight) was provided by one SB-600 Speedlight shooting through a Honl gridspot. The backlight was suspended from an Alzo boom and lightstand, behind the backdrop and in such a position as to be directly above and slightly behind the subjects, aiming a pool of light at the backs of their heads and at their shoulders. To complete the setup, we placed one SB-600 Speedlight close to the ground on a tripod to act as a background light. The light was raked across the backdrop at an angle. The blue effect was provided by one of Rob’s Do-it-Yourself ideas — a small piece cut from a thin blue plastic chopping mat. The piece was cut to fit snugly over the front of an SB-600 Speedlight, to act as a color gel. aAron achieved the tight blue ray of light by wrapping a Honel flexible snoot around the background light.

aAron held the camera, while I patrolled around the setup, making adjustments to lights as needed, straightening out the subjects’ shirts, trying to get them to produce natural-looking smiles, etc.

I think the photo that turned out to be the “keeper” has a nice, eye-catching effect and ought to look really great on the magazine cover.

The other subject in this post is a photo of Devera, who works as an administrative assistant in office next to our Marketing office. She just happened to walk by as aAron and I were setting up our portable studio, so we “recruited” her to stand in as a model while we ran some light tests.