Well, I’ve already missed my first day. I completely FORGOT about this whole thing yesterday after work and instead of getting out my camera, took out my laptop where I played Civilization IV to kill some time and relax after work. The moral of the story? Civ IV kills photo sessions.
The first one, though, is a recent favorite. It was taken at Bao-an Temple, near Confucius Temple in Taipei. I used a “film” style filter in Aperture 3 and tweaked things so the door would stand out. I liked the symmetry and even though it’s not perfectly in focus, I like how it turned out. I took this on 02-28, when visiting Taipei.
The second two come from some experimentation. When I first started my adventures in photography, I used an apartment Buddha – a gift from a relative – as a muse for playing with depth of field, lighting, and composition. He ended up in a post at one point, even, and I ended up taking him from Houston to Taiwan.
This time, I was able to practice with my SB-600.
This first image is with the 35mm set to f/1.8 to give a shallower depth of field. I liked how the curtains blurred out and the effect this gave. This was the work done on 03-01, though I did take some other photos that day outside.
My second image comes from a tiny makeshift “studio” I was experimenting with to learn more about light on Wednesday, 03-02. I took a single A4 piece of paper and set it up on a wall to give him the “floating” look.
Some more images from that shoot follow. I liked the more dramatic light created without a diffuser of any sort, but was also playing around with my diffuser to see how much it affects the image. Turns out it does quite a bit.
Oh, and no excuses this weekend! I hope to get something created Friday (today) and DEFINITELY will have material tomorrow and Sunday.