GEM + MINERAL PHOTOGRAPHY

My friend Andree always emails me the bestest photo resources and photography inspiration links.  I don’t know how she is able to sleuth such goodness from the sea of goodness out there, but she is always able to edit, refine and send something that I will love.  Andree turned me on to The Photo Argus, which I quickly signed up for, the other day they sent me an email with Warren Krupsaw’s Gem + Mineral photographs, I loved how they look like modern art.  I think the concept is so original and creative. In Mr. Krupsaw’s article he generously shares with the reader how they can go about shooting their own Gem + Mineral photo’s.  I have my own little collection of gems at my studio and am eager to give this a try.  If you are looking for some photo inspiration I highly recommend signing up for the Photo Arugus newsletter, there’s always a small photo treasure to be mined on their site.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

I have not been sleeping well lately, I think it is equal parts excitement and anxiety. I have a lot going on right now, most of it good with a touch of panic and compulsion thrown in for good measure. Needless to say I have been so exhausted. Yesterday I went to all my appointments with two different shoes on each foot.  No one said a thing.  Either nobody noticed (doubtful) or I have no true friends (a horrible thought). I didn’t notice until I came home (I have a no shoes policy in my house), I went to slip off my flats and lo and behold I was officially the weirdo that walks around the city with two different shoes on. Maybe I will start a trend.
Bella on the other hand has no trouble sleeping, I found her fast asleep in our bed.  She’s not allowed on the bed without her blankie, so she was caught red handed (pawed?).  Bella is very good at getting out of trouble, she just gives me a couple of her coy looks and I am impervious to her naughtiness.  Sorry, I  guess I am just an exhausted, two different shoe wearing, puppy push-over.

HAPPY SUMMER 2011

I had another post slated for this a.m. but was reminded that today was June 21st, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer!  I am so sorry to my Aussie + New Zealand friends, I know that you are having a bit of a cold front and I certainly do not mean to rub it in that I will be frolicking in the sunshine soon. Okay, there won’t be much frolicking or sunshine (I can’t be in the sun with my advanced age and hyper-pigment prone skin) but, at least it will feel like summer! The previous three summers I was stuck in a windowless office for eleven plus hours a day and tomorrow the first day of summer (how many more times can I fit the word ‘summer’ into my post?) I will have two large windows in my home studio in which I can take in the glorious summer sun and golden light.  Yes, I am much happier, indeed. So on this special day I am sending you a virtual bouquet of pink peonies, I so wish I could send you the real deal but alas these will have to do.

photo by::tristan b.

LENSBABY EXPERIMENTS

I have been blessed with a plethora of freelance projects lately, yet I am still going to complain that there are just not enough hours in the day, thank you very much. I have been working so hard that I needed to just get outside for a few hours on Sunday and take a break.  I signed up for a photography “workshop”, I have that in quotes because it wasn’t much of a workshop as it was the opportunity to shoot a couple of “models”.  It didn’t matter, I was happy to drive back to Pasadena (as I am obviously stalking that city) and shoot for a couple of hours with people that are in love with photography.  It was a no pressure day and I was happy to participate.  I really wanted to try out my Lensbaby Composer on the models as I have not really got the hang of it since I got it for my birthday (last September!), I have tried a few times and hated all my results so it has been quietly sitting on my desk for months, making me feel guilty with each glance. I would really love to take a workshop on learning how to use the Lensbaby as it has me baffled. These are some of my experiments with the model in a babbling brook in a wooded area (yes, Pasadena even has little woodland forests).  This model had a very classic look and I wanted to convey a dreamy ‘back in time’ feel with the shots.  I love the blur (I mean that is the whole point of the Lensbaby) but would have liked a little less blur and a little more control of the focus.  Have any of you tried a Lensbaby?  Do you have any tips and tricks? I would love any Lensbaby advice if you have it.
photo’s by::tristan b.

PASTEL PEONIES

 I had been complaining to my Fancy about the light not being good enough in our apartment as I desperately need to finish shooting my products for my website. I do own this light set-up, which is great for product shots and consistency, I highly recommend.  I also own a nice flash that makes your photo’s look like they were shot in natural light, but I guess I am both a complainer and a procrastinator. I want natural light (also that means I don’t have to bring out extra equipment, talk about a lazy bone Jones).  The Fancy suggested why don’t I shoot in the bedroom, we have very beautiful light in there. Then I wondered how could I be so dumb?  I even shot in the bedroom last weekend (the bed and night stand, which no has nothing to do with my website).  I really never even considered setting up my shots in the bedroom, why? because there’s not a table in there. Who am I?  Really I had to kick myself in the bum for being so short-sighted and not coming up with this idea on my lonesome. I mean it’s not like we don’t have about half a dozen little side tables here and there and if worse came to worse I have not one but two painted wood boards for shooting.  Sheesh, common sense is not so common.  Luckily for me I am great at making up for lost time, as seen in exhibit A above, a fine specimen of my bedroom light if I have ever seen one.  Now I must get back to shooting products and not the props.  Wishing you a happy + productive weekend!
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