Took the new 5D mk ii out for a spin the other day for a nice Signal Hill sunset. I didn’t want to wait until this coming weekend for our next portrait session and engagement session, so I went to the top of the hill. First I tried out the new 16-35 f/2.8L ii, then popped a few shots with the old trusty 70-200 f/2.8L IS ii to get some nice close ups. I’m so used to the extra reach I get with the 60D/70-200 combo pack, that I forget I must trade reach for a better sensor now. Either way, I was very impressed with the dramatic skylines when using the 16-35, it really accentuates what was already a beautiful sunset into something just a little better. And, of course, the 70-200 pulled out great close-up detail and color from those clouds. Of course any vignetting seen was manually added, not by product of the lenses 😉 Looking forward to Read More
Today in Downtown Long Beach there was some pretty interesting weather. I had no choice but to grab the camera and head right out to see what I could capture. What you see are 7 shot -2 EV to +2 EV HDRs taken at the intersection of Shoreline/Alamitos and Ocean. Hopefully I did the skies justice in capturing them because they were just that incredible.
Just finished a band photoshoot with the LBians, a local Long Beach band. We started early and shot at four locations around Long Beach, including Ferns Bar and the old Press Telegram Building. The shots you see in the blog are just a few candids and setups from the various locations. We were using either a two or three light set-up including two Lumopro 160’s, one Canon Speedlight 580ex ii, two Westcott 42″ shoot-throughs and four of my new Cactus v5 wireless triggers. The new Cactus v5 triggers are transceivers with remote shutter release capabilities, male and female metal hot shoes, temperature and humidity calibration, and groups/channels firing capabilities.
Just unpacked my Strobist Dual Lumopro 160 kit yesterday and had some time to take it out for a test spin tonight. With a little bit of finessing, this kit will be able to achieve some amazing results. While racing against the changing light of a sunset, the manual flashes are a bit tricky as ISO’s change for background exposure, but I can’t even imaging how brilliant this setup will be for constant daylight settings. I’m very happy I went with this kit instead of just one Canon Speedlight 580 EX ii.
I’m happy to say that I’m currently preparing six pieces to show on July 3rd at S.A.M. The pieces are from my recent travels to Maui in addition to personal work I’ve done around downtown Long Beach. I’ve completed post-processing and now going through soft-proofing to ensure I get the best print quality I can. Collages.net is my professional color lab. S.A.M. (Summer and Music) covers several different event series within Long Beach, but I will be participating in “Sundays in the Park with SAM”. The event takes place in Promenade Square Park, on the corner of Promenade and 1st St. in downtown Long Beach. There will be live music from 3:30-6:45pm, including Fielding, Jenny Long & Ben White. Please come say hi and show your support, I would greatly apprecite it!.
Just some fun shots from around my city. It’s almost like fulfilling mental notes…when you don’t have your camera you make a note to come back next time with it. We had some amazing skies that night too…
My residence. A surprisingly unique metropolis sandwiched between Los Angeles & Orange County, yet diametric in comparison to either…the main reason it never fails to surprise. From the beautiful sunsets of Belmont Shores, to the indie galleries of the Downtown Arts District, to the port – the lifeline of the basin – there is never a dull moment.