Happy Saturday! ~ 202
A rare post today for three reasons. 1. I normally do not post on Saturday but I have been so sporadic of late that I need to keep images in front of you so you don’t forget about me. 2. There are no birds in the images I show you today. 3. I get to show you portraits of real people, which I normally do not get to do.
My two favorite subjects in photography are people (portraits and fine art) and of course wildlife. I do not get the opportunity to capture “modeled” images of people very often so it is always a new learning curve for me. By the end of the shoot I am comfortable and realize what I forgot to do, what I should have done better, and short cuts to get the lighting right. If I did this on a regular basis I would get much more adept at it.
I do enjoy it very much, especially the interaction with the folks I’m photographing. So last Thursday one of our banks wanted portraits (headshots) of their officer staff for a variety of reasons. Marketing material, website images, social media images. They could have hired a professional to come in and take the shots but I was fortunate enough that they chose me instead. Like I said I love doing it. I’ve taken images for billboard advertisement for another one of our banks. Of course bottom line is that if I can have a camera in my hand and something or someone to capture an image of it makes me very happy. 🙂
I had 12 officers for this session. It takes an hour to set the lights up and get them balanced and an hour to take it all down and pack it up, but like I said I love every minute of it. In my next life I’m going to come back as a famous people photographer. 🙂
On the health front, my numbers continue (knock on wood) to be GREAT! I’m feeling good, eating healthy, exercising every day, and losing weight. I had a conversation with a good friend of mine yesterday, who is a prime candidate for diabetes. He asked me about my diet because he said he noticed I had lost weight and he is weight challenged. I told him the reason for the weight loss and I could tell he was concerned. He admitted that he had been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. He like me did not fully understand the ramifications of that diagnoses and so we talked about it at some length.
He left my office with a new focus on getting his health in order. If I have one lament it would be that I wish I had done all this research before getting to the point I am now. Having said that (it’s not my nature of course) I continue to see this as a blessing and it has given me a new lease on life.
Enough babbling for one day. Let’s talk about the camera settings for this shoot:
Nikon D4 | Nikon 85 mm f1.4 portrait lens | ISO 100 1/200 sec @ f8 -7 exposure compensation | 2 Elinchrome BRX 500 strobes with soft boxes | Green screen background.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.