We had an amazingly picturesque snowfall yesterday here in Northern New Jersey. While I did get wrapped up video editing in the morning, I made sure to leave myself a window of time to get outside to see what I could see through my viewfinder. I had it in mind to shoot some creative art photos, not necessarily using straightforward methodologies. Below is my favorite photo from yesterday, it was made by using a slow exposure speed coupled with a slight vertical panning motion of my hands. The only change I made in post-processing was increasing the black point, to add some contrast back to the tree trunks.
Snow flakes blur against the browns of tree trunks while a blanket of white rests below. #Art photo taken in #NewJersey using the #Tamron 16-300mm VC All-In-One lens and the Canon EOS 50D DSLR.
Using my Tamron 16-300mm VC All-In-One lens and a Canon EOS 50D DSLR, my exposure settings were: 0.8s F/10 ISO 100, 41mm
Today I had the pleasure of working with local Morris County-based attorney Paul Wigg-Maxwell. Our gameplan for today’s photoshoot was to come up with updated headshots and other creative photos to refresh Paul’s website and social media. Paul’s law specialties include business, tax, and trust matters.
One of my favorite photos from today:
A large window in the stairwell was a great way for utilizing some natural light, and adding a seasonal theme to Paul’s photo.
The visual element of ice and the textures within in it can easily consume a photographer’s attention for long periods of time. For the below frame, it was only natural for me to center the reflection of the plant and also place it off-center. This gives our eyes a chance to look around and discover the various textures and tones within the ice.
On a cold November day in #NewJersey, frail vegetation sits isolated on the blue ice of the Beaver Brook. #Photo taken with the #Tamron 16-300mm VC All-In-One lens and the Canon EOS M mirrorless camera.
Photo taken with the Tamron 16-300mm VC All-In-One lens and the Canon EOS M mirrorless camera.
While doing some nature photography today in New Jersey, I decided to try to capture some of the break waves of the Atlantic Ocean by using some Impressionism in my photography. I surmised that a handheld exposure of slightly more than 1 second would soften the detail within my frame just enough to leave some of the scene to the viewer’s imagination. I also like to retain a bit of detail for this sort of shot. There are many variables when shooting in this style, the most unpredictable one being the amount of shake caused by my hands over the course of a 1 second exposure. After shooting 20 or 30 frames and reviewing on my camera LCD, I decided that I should have at least 1 or 2 images to my liking. Below is what I consider the most successful capture.
The turbulence of the Atlantic Ocean resolves with a wave crashing on large rocks off the seaboard of New Jersey. #Photo taken handheld with the #Tamron 16-300m VC All-In-One lens and the #Canon EOS M mirrorless camera.
I was strumming my acoustic guitar over the weekend (as I often do), and when I come up with a little progression that I think sounds good I will flip on my DSLR and try to make a quick video out of it. This video that I put together over the weekend was the first time I’ve incorporated creative blending modes to make some interesting opacity effects in my video edits. I first recorded the passage on guitar with my Tamron SP 90mm VC macro lens directed into my dusty lint-filled soundhole. Next I played the same guitar bit again, but this time I had the macro lens focused closely on my face to see what happens.
Using my own judgement I spliced up bits of the two video streams to add to the visual interest of my end product. The HD audio was recorded straight to my Canon EOS 60D via my RODE Videomic GO shotgun microphone. I had to adjust the manual audio recording level to avoid clipping the punchy treble tones from my Washburn acoustic guitar.
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Yesterday I brought along a very simple but effective setup to photograph my niece’s fourth birthday party, a Tamron SP 24-70mm VC lens, a Canon EOS 6D, and a Canon 580EXII speedlite. Most of my photos were taken without the flash, as we had nice window light illuminating the party scene. When doing event photography, I always hope to photograph adults or children “caught up in the moment”. While I enjoy a nice posed portrait, I think an relaxed candid frame is often a gateway to the soul.
Below are a few of my favorite shots from the birthday party:
Intentionally dragging the shutter best shows us the happy girls dancing through the frame. New Jersey Event Photography by Dave Blinder. Photo taken handheld in natural light with the Tamron SP 24-70mm VC lens and the Canon EOS 6D.
The birthday girl proudly shows off her creation. New Jersey Event Photography by Dave Blinder. Photo taken handheld in natural light with the Tamron SP 24-70mm VC lens and the Canon EOS 6D.
Unaware of a camera pointed out them, the birthday girl and her friend are extremely busy making a mess. New Jersey Event Photography by Dave Blinder. Photo taken handheld in natural light with the Tamron SP 24-70mm VC lens and the Canon EOS 6D.
Caught up in being a child. New Jersey Event Photography by Dave Blinder. Photo taken handheld in natural light with the Tamron SP 24-70mm VC lens and the Canon EOS 6D.
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I am probably way off on the ID of this small ground plant that I photographed today… ID corrections appreciated!
Anyways, this was the final shot I took today out of ~30 frames. I do often find that the last frame I shot, or next to last ends up being my favorite from the day. I guess I decide to call it a day after I think I’ve made 1 or 2 quality capures on a local day in the field. When doing nature photography, of course, I may hope to get 8-12 distinct keepers per day.
Initially I took photos of this plant from my tripod as I often do. At first, I experimented with slow shutter speeds to have the leaves blow through the frame. Not being satisfied with the results, I then lowered my shutter speed from 15s to 2s and simply handheld my camera and let the small effects of “hand shake” do what they might.
The glowing of small blacklit ground plants glow against the dark woodland floor. #Photo taken in New Jersey with the #Tamron 16-300mm VC All-In-One lens and the #Canon EOS M mirrorless camera.
Using a telephoto lens to compress the shapes of distant hills into “waves” is a time-tested technique that can produce great aesthetics. For this photo (taken yesterday), I aligned some small trees for a foreground element to present the distant hills. The key to getting the foreground just right was to not overpower the scene, but also to take up a bit of the negative space.
Layers of rolling hills weave through the frame as distant tones of blue and a peaceful meadow draws the viewer in. Photo taken with the Tamron 16-300mm VC All-In-One lens and the Canon EOS M.
Above photo taken with the Tamron 16-300mm VC All-In-One lens and the tripod-mounted Canon EOS M mirrorless camera. Exposure settings: 1/125 F/11 ISO 100, 251mm
In my experience, the best opportunities for snow and ice photography are along streams and rivers. You will often get a nice juxtaposition of stationary elements alongside a capture of motion in the water. Have I shot this type of scene to death? Could very well be! I was still very happy when I saw my the preview of my first RAW appear on the LCD. In my eyes, it’s a pretty surreal and tranquil sort of image. I will look to do some snow and ice abstracts when they present themselves this year also, to further challenge my creative skills.
Silky and fresh cold water in a stream is complimented by a small icecap in New Jersey. Photo taken with the Tamron 16-300mm VC All-In-One lens and the Canon EOS M.