Fashion With A Passion

Clothes: Adelle Burda, Model: Danica
Canon EOS 1D mk3, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS L

Yes, I have been slacking hard and haven’t posted in a while.  Recently I was asked for the 2nd year in a row to donate my time to an excellent event, Make-A-Wish Foundation Fashion With a Passion.  The event was held in the FIDM San Diego campus building (an awesome location downtown that overlooks the ballpark).

The guest designer, a former FIDM student was Adelle Louise Burda who wowed everyone with her hand knitted creations, modeled here by the lovely Danica.

Canon EOS 1D mk3, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS L


Business brought me to Seattle, WA this month. I was fortunate enough to have the trip coincide with a weekend so I was able to spend some extra time just to hang out. This image is at the famous Pike Place Market (where they throw the fish) at night.

And, since I missed last week, a few bonus images. These are not “great images” but they are very personal. Two of my idols for things I have done in my life are Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix…both of whom share my birthday. They are both buried in the Seattle area.  As I think appropriate, Hendrix grave is over the top…a large building with large engraved 60’s style monotone images…almost like show posters from the era (I only show a small part here), and Lee’s site is quietly elegant.

Bruce Lee Grave Site
Bruce Lee's Grave (buried right next to him is his son Brandon)
Jimi Hendrix Grave Site

Flight of the Osprey

Diving Osprey
Canon 1D Mk3, 70-200 f/2.8 IS L

This image isn’t the best in the world, but it’s not every day you are out for a walk with your family and an Osprey dives out of the sky right in front of you.  This is actually the bird on the way *out* of the water.  My son and I were so busy trying to figure out what the bird was, that I was surprised when it dove.  I caught it right as it jumped up…empty handed unfortunately.

Clark Kent?

EOS 1D Mk3, 70-200 f/2.8 L IS, 1/200 @ f/3.5, ISO 400

This weeks image comes courtesy of a headshot session for a local actor…one of 3 actually.  They all produced some great images, but this one ended up having a “Clark Kent” vibe that I really like.

Macro Fun

Canon EOS 1D Mk3, 70-200 L IS w/ Extension Tubes @ 70mm, 1/200th @ f/2.8

I was sick last week to this week is a “2fer”.  I decided to play around more with my 70-200 and Kenko extension tubes.  At 70mm and with all tubes stacked, the lens becomes an amazing 1:1  (or very close) macro lens.  The focusing distance on this first image was about 1 inch.  Image two is with the same extension tube setup, but with the lens at 200mm.

Canon EOS 1D Mk3, 70-200 L IS w/ Extension Tubes @ 200mm, 1/250th @ f/2.8


BlackBerry Bold 9700 + Photoshop

I’ll soon be in the market for a new cellphone.  This got me thinking about what’s important in a phone, and that, in all likelihood, the next leap in camera technology will be in the cellphone industry, not the traditional camera industry.  I wrote a blog post about it here.  So, for this weeks entry, I decided to use my BlackBerry to see what I could do.  Oh, and in case you are wondering…no, I’ll most likely NOT be sticking with BlackBerry when I get a new phone.  A little green robot with an ice cream sandwich is most likely in my future.

30 Seconds to Shoot

Canon 1D Mk3, 70-200 f/2.8 IS L w/extension tube, 1/250 @ f/3.5, ISO 800

Today I gave myself an assignment.  Get my camera, and go shoot an image in 30 seconds.  I was raining today, so I figured I’d find some water drops.  So, I threw the extension tubes on my 70-200 which turns it into a killer macro lens (trick I learned from Derek).  This was in the front yard with available light.

While I Was Waiting

Balboa Park
Mamiya AFD2/PhaseOne P20+, 1/500 @ f/3.5

I’m going to cheat a bit this week.  This image was taken a few months ago, but I’ve only just now gotten around to processing this batch.  This was taken while waiting for my client to show up for a headshot session.  I noticed how the light was hitting the leaves in just the right way to get the edges to glow.  It made it look to me like there were a bunch of swords sticking up out of the ground.


Canon EOS 1D Mk3 - Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS L - f/3.5 @160th

This weeks post brings a headshot from a session this weekend.  I love to shoot in Balboa Park, and this weekend, the weather and lighting was excellent.  This is all natural lighting.