Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas

1 unedited frame from 5D MkII video using 45mm 2.8 TS-E lens. Image size 778kb or 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wakee Wakee Eggs and Bakee

My first sunrise family portrait. The first one is the unedited version straight out of the 5dMkII.
Settings: 1/200th, ISO 400, f.8, 105mm, 580exII full power w/ umbrella
The second one got some Lightroom help for exposure, clarity, & warmth. Then I threw some Magic Glasses, smoothed & sharpened in CS3. The processing has been tough because I've had to shoot JPEG due to the late release of the update and CS3 doesn't support the new RAW. It came out really warm and the retouch is a little "photoshoped." I say, the warmer the better, 'cause I was freezing my beans off whe I took it.
Since we didn't cover Hugh's question last month about balancing sunlight w/ flash, any advice or thoughts on the subject would be appreciated.

Monday, December 22, 2008

No Photoshop...

9 Photos processed in Canon Utilities & ACDSee Pro (reduced in quality & DPI for this post) My CS3 is being a turd still. What do you think?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Who invited the shadows?!

My brother (Mark) asked me if it was possible to remove the hideous shadows on his wedding photo and make it to a size 8x10. Talk about a fun project. Simple enough but the result of creating something someone will be stoked on...priceless. Oh yeah, Mark wants to learn photoshop now. Even better.
ps. I love before & after comparisons. Makes me all warm inside.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


it'll take a bit to buffer... turn up your volume and click here.

canon xti | 50mm 1.8 | 10-22mm | 200mm 2.8

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fusion: video and still

Is this the new wave of the future in the wedding sea? source: Bebb Studios

First week in Hawaii

One week down one week to go. Slater wins! Slater wins! Slater wins....again

working on some panos in lightroom and CS4, what do you think of the pipeline traffic?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

"Santa, get your lazy butt up and get a job!!"

As if the recession wasn't bad enough already, Mrs. Claus reads the big guy the riot act after being turned down for yet another holiday job at the North Pole Mall's calendar kiosk.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

photo-geometry mang!

Reply to Dec 10th "Family Photo": Sweet family photo dude; loved the even lighting, expressions, and season-flattering location choice. As I mentioned in my posted comment, I think the composition could have been a touch stronger for a more posed shot.  Since it seems to be the "in" thing to do these days, I went Jing-steezy for this post :)

Click here for video

Business Bondage

Some practical business advice from the Bible (taken from Crown)

How to identify business bondage
by Crown Financial Ministries

Financial bondage applies to more than just indebtedness. Certainly those who owe more than they can pay are in bondage. However, those who have a large surplus and live in fear, pride, or with an inflated ego are also in bondage. Literally, financial bondage is anything material that interferes with our relationship with God.

Business bondage symptoms
Symptom 1. Overcommitment to work or success
"It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep" (Psalm 127:2). Overcommitment to business is usually a sign of fear--specifically the fear of failure. A Christian often will rationalize an overcommitment because "it's for my family." However, when put to a vote, most wives and children would decide otherwise.

Symptom 2. An air of superiority
The apostle Paul said, "That in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you might become arrogant in behalf of one against the other" (1 Corinthians 4:6). There is no greater deterrent to a consistent walk with the Lord than false pride and self-elevation. Those in positions of authority must exercise great caution to maintain the proper balance. According to God’s Word, authority actually means responsibility. The single example of perfect leadership was Christ. He consistently told His followers that He came to serve, not to be served. By showing kindness and concern, He did not weaken His authority. "But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted" (Matthew 23:11-12).

Symptom 3. Selfishness/Indulgence
"Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten" (James 5:1-2). A commercial for a luxury car once showed a late night scene in an office parking lot and a haggard executive (the last one to leave) walking up to his expensive car saying, "Sure I’ve had to sacrifice a lot, but I’ve earned the right to the best." What that commercial didn’t show is that, in real life, that executive is often working on a second marriage, has undisciplined kids, and is desperately trying to indulge himself to prove that it has all been worth it. "You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures" (James 4:3).

Symptom 4. Confusion/Disorganization
"The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, so he begs during the harvest and has nothing" (Proverbs 20:4). Almost a total contrast to the overcommitted workaholic are Christian businesspeople who apply themselves at the minimal level. They’re content to operate with sloppy records and poor work quality, and they exist in a mediocre society without a real Christian testimony. Christians are instructed to be excellent in everything they do. "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men" (Colossians 3:23).

A Christian whose business involvement preempts God’s greater plan for his or her life is in bondage. It really doesn’t matter that the efforts are materially successful or that large sums are given to God’s work. God never has been impressed by our worldly successes. What He wants is our obedience to His will for our lives. "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth" (Matthew 6:24).

San Clemente Pier

Hugh-instead of a black and white here's a pretty straight rendition of the action "super old skool." Kristen looked over my shoulder and said, "oh, that's cool!" I like it too. Actions make me look so good ;)
I took this a few weeks ago while borrowing Troy's 20D and 200mm 2.8 lens. I love the "fresh" morning colors and the lone fisherman.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Family Photos

Took another family photo, what do you think? any critiques?
I used my 5D and (1) 580ex on a light tree with umbrella.
I also added a Jing of how I removed the bushes...
(video is big, haven't figured out how to re-size...)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


so matty showed me this sweet little screen cast program ( last week and i figured i'd break it in here on the click blog. it's a decent size .swf, so you might need to let it buffer for a second, but it shouldn't take all too long. bottom line: i love photoshop.

click here for the video.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Hawaiian Time

I'm on Hawaiian time and loving every minute of it. Here's some action from today....two airs for you.


Sunday, December 7, 2008

self portrait sunday

i like to relax on sundays with some light reading: dictionaries, medical journals, anthologies of modern poetry... the usual. today i figured i might as well photograph myself doing so, so i put some of miah's lighting tips to work, and here's what i got:

I started with the softbox above the camera as the primary light. then i added the second softbox to the left of the camera to give a slightly more directional light. added the 580 for rim light and then the janky of all jankies, the vivitar, for some more rim and a bit of hair light:

what do you guys think? criticism welcome.

edit: just realized that self-portrait hugh is about to turn the page backwards. rad. how does that saying go?... the devil's in the details?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Braedon Photography

A friend of ours and his work that inspires me. Check it out!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Went four wheeling with Paul Gates on Saturday. Had a great time...

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Fall

I was in Redding last weekend checking out Bethal Church and decided to shoot some stuff. I love Fall...

all shot in AV 1.4-2.0 iso 400 50mm