Thursday, October 30, 2008

Diversity in the pumpkin culture...

We went over to Brooke and Matt's to carve pumpkins...
We had a blast and they all turned out RAD!!!
Which one do you think is mine?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Teaching the teacher

Kristen and I spent some time with my parents in La Jolla over the weekend. They were on a cruise and came in to port in San Diego. Appropriate that there is a ship on the horizon. I like to tie it all together ;)
My dad and I played around with his Canon Rebel XTi a bit. I got to teach him a few tricks and he was stoked. I don't believe he ever watched where he was going unless it was through his viewfinder. When I was a young boy he handed me a Minolta XGM film SLR. I reminded him of the advice he gave me, "Always keep the shutter at 60." It
 wasn't until I was a few years older I realized you could actually shoot a photo at other 'shutter speeds'! I always wondered what all those numbers were for if you couldn't ever use them! It was good advice for a young boy to start with :)
This first photo was taken by my father, Dr. Ken Morrison. Way to go, Dad. 
The second photo, of my lovely wife, was taken by myself.
Canon Rebel XTi: ISO 200 - 92mm - 1/500 - f10 - no flash
Canon Rebel XTi: ISO400 - 18mm - 1/100 - f6.3 - pop up flash

Monday, October 27, 2008

Canon's EOS 5D Mark II displays multiple LP-E6 battery capacities

This thing is pretty sick!!!! From

You may think you know everything there is to know about Canon's marvelous EOS 5D Mark II, but have you heard of this tidbit? Hailed as the first DSLR to "manage" multiple batteries, this here camera includes technology to read up to six separate LP-E6 batteries and display data about them right on the rear LCD. The LP-E6 cell includes an embedded microchip with a unique 8-character serial number; after it's installed once and "registered" in your EOS 5D Mark II body, the camera then displays each cell's serial number, the last time it was charged, the number of shots taken since the last charge, its remaining capacity in 1% increments and its recharge performance. It's a small inclusion, sure, but for pros who go 18+ hours on a single set, we can imagine this coming in handy when trying to select which battery to use on the next excursion

Rod is a cool Dad

We did a shoot earlier this month at the Cerritos Center and Rod came clutch with his Daddy dude skills. Thanks Rod...

...I like strong bold Rod the best

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Before and after... the power of lightroom.

I Just did a job shooting two chapels for a contractor and processed them with lightroom only. I thought these 2 were a pretty good representation of the power of lightroom II and local adjustments.

Friday, October 24, 2008

It's a Girl! a few months

Jackson flaunting his new siblinghood at Pumpkin City.

Exposure: 1 second, f20, ISO 250, 28mm
Lightroom: Clarity +, Contrast +, Shadows -, Darks -

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Coming around the corner of Hana-u-ma Bay, Stacy and I saw this beautiful site. We hung out there most of the day. We snorkeled seeing turtles and fish. I got my hand caught on a reef and lost my wedding ring. I searched around and actually found it in about 5 minutes! Awesome spot! I recommend going here if you go to Oahu.
Did a three photo stitch and a bit of processing...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Our perception of beauty

I posted this link, commenting on the previous post, but I thought I might as well post the vid too. Check it out. The vid defeinitely makes one think, especially the photographer...

Good vs. Evil

What's better, reality or makeup (real & digital)? You decide. Seriously, I don't know. Before I edit these shots from today (thanks Hugh for the 5D!) I thought I'd put up a little before & after of the extremes: from no makeup to fake lashes, makeup, pro-retouch, a little sharpen, contrast, & color balance.

Settings: One big-ole octobox, bounce card, ISO 100, f.16, 160th, 100mm 2.8 macro lens on a 5D.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I shot a wedding on film

Good thing I was a guest. Here are a few frames from a friend's wedding I attended this summer. I have a tough time turning off the wedding photog in me I suppose, like it or not.

Originally, I intended on uploading these images because of the awesome quality of the B&Wness of professionally developed Ilford HP5. Unfortunately, I over estimated my scanning prowess, hence the not-awesome-at-all quality of the following scans. However, I still found some value in uploading these images, even if only for myself (but hopefully for you too). Anyway, here are my thoughts...

I was pumped on shooting these images of my friends having a good time at the reception because it felt totally natural- "these people are used to seeing me with a camera, they don't mind"- that's my thought process here. So I'm trying to reconcile that with why I so often feel funny about getting friendly with wedding guests at weddings where I'm the "official" photog. Those guests also know that I am supposed to have a camera and that I'm also supposed to stick that camera in their faces once or twice through out the night, right? But a lot of the time, I find myself shying away from doing so. I reckon that's a bit of the extrovert in me.

So, what am I getting at here? I dunno, I'm making this stuff up as I go. But I'm thinking about trying to shift my mindset at my next wedding; maybe I'll just pretend all these folks are my friends and that they won't mind. I'm still planning on getting a fair share of the stink-eye shots, but maybe that change in attitude will be the trick. Maybe my friendly vibes will get their friendly vibes going too. Worth a shot.

Camera: Canon AE-1
Lens: Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
Film: Ilford HP5

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Kids will be Kids

Shot a wedding last night and these kids kept getting in front of my camera. So much fun shooting those innocent souls...not in a creepy way of course.

Processed in Lightroom to jpgs + lux hard at 20%-50% in Photoshop

Dave, you're last post inspired this post

Sunday, October 12, 2008

what would spider-man do

My nephew. He loved this dead tree very much. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


brother rod shot me an email after last weeks meeting requesting a couple more examples of the boutwell TS action, so i figured i'd share them with the rest of the group. here are three examples of the f/zero + f/zero super HQ action combo, each with varying degrees of extra PS work.

1. this first image is courtesy of the aforementioned Photog of Extreme Suave and Gusto (PESG) aka rod-bro aka lil' rofo aka rod)) and is pretty much straight out of the camera, aside from some heavy handed cropping on my part. (it originally had a lot of palm tree action vertically which threw off the miniaturizing effect of the TS effect, so for the sake of said effect, i cropped.)

2. this is a picture from an airplane window. the tilt-shift is diagonal which gives it a semi-miniaturizing effect, but not completely, and it looks kind of weird. weird and out of focus. dig it.

3. in this one, i wanted to use the TS to minimize, rather than miniaturize. by blurring what little extraneous detail there IS in this image, i was hoping to exaggerate the delicateness of the birds on the line. i did all of that on accident, but after letting the action run, i realized that's what it did for me. then i added a ton of curves and junk on top to even the lighting and tones.

so there's a quick preview of the action. it definitely doesn't replace a real TS lens IMO, but it's a lot cheaper. however, i haven't let the f/zero INSANE quality action run it's course yet because it really might take all day from what i can tell (it utilizes the lens blur filter in PS which is a beast of a filter no matter what kind of processing power your packing). so, that might come close to the real TS deal, but like i said, to my knowledge, the actions are just a quick fix. k bye.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Eye love you guys!

What do you think about the edit? I know it's a little obvious, but it will probably be printed like 2 inches across. Took about 5 minutes.

Monday, October 6, 2008