Sunday, November 02, 2008

Wonderful Weekend

We had beautiful weather here in Colorado this weekend, can't remember when we've had such a nice fall.  It was a perfect weekend except for missing my Debbie.  She's in NM at a seminar/retreat for the weekend.

I've had a few emails asking how Debbie's business is going. My wife has been making these really cool Rat carriers.  She also make other products for rats, she has some pretty cool rat things, check out her website at Ratz Pak

Onward, I sat outside by my pond today in my backyard and enjoyed a nice cigar.  While sitting out there, my mind started to wonder off thinking about photography.  I'm always thinking about photography,  just can't stop thinking about shooting, lighting, marketing, shooting and shooting...

Anyway, I decided to pull out a strobe and do some shots in the backyard.  I have a small hook mounted on the patio wall, this hook holds my pond nets when not in use.  I thought it would be nice to set up a shot there at the hook.  The results are shown here.

I used one Nikon SB-800 set on remote, CH 1, Group A.  The strobe head had a full cut CTO filter on it and the head was fitted with a grid.  The strobe was fired via built in command unit on my Nikon D700.

Here's a shot of the set up for the photo above.  It takes such little time to do small exercises like this to keep you sharp.
I tell all of the participants at my lighting workshops "Small Strobes, Big Results" that even though I've been shooting for over 25 years, doesn't mean I don't practice my craft.  I love spending time working on lighting solutions and experimenting with my gear.

I also had time this weekend to do a portrait of my son Chris.  I wanted to check a light set up for a series of portraits I'll be shooting next week for an Oil & Gas annual report.

I hope your weekend was as productive and as fun as mine was... later.


Jon - Jon C. Haverstick | PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Excellent portrait of your son, David. Can't count the number of times I've used the "just need to test out this lighting setup" excuse with my family. Fortunately, my wife and kids are pretty tolerant and sit for me with a minimum of eye-rolling and fidgeting. Some of my favorite family photos were made in "testing" mode!


Vincent said...

Hi David, thanks for the inspiration, sometimes I forget to practise and have fun with, love the portrait light. Will you share the set up?

Thanks Vincent

David Tejada said...

Thanks Jon. You be getting your camera and lens in the next few days! Thanks again. DT

Jon - Jon C. Haverstick | PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Cool! I can hardly wait! (I've already ordered Thom Hogan's Guide to the D2x).

Thanks again!