Wishing all my Chinese visitors a “Happy New Year”

Very directional light--Arriving at 5pm to start taking pictures is a bit hairy under normal circumstances but this year, I was tired and wanted to pace myself. Hopefully you agree with my choice of time
Very directional light–Arriving at 5pm to start taking pictures is a bit hairy under normal circumstances but this year, I was tired and wanted to pace myself. Hopefully you agree with my choice of time
One of the younger performers showing no signs of stage fright. ISO 400 1/1000 @f5.6 70-300 zoom. Canon 5DM2
One of the younger performers showing no signs of stage fright. ISO 400 1/1000 @f5.6 70-300 zoom. Canon 5DM2

Often it’s the time of the day that matters more than anything else.

At this year’s Riverside Lunar Festival 2015, I had a lot less time to spare.

But I was quite happy with the pictures I got.

I arrived rather late this time. Continue reading Wishing all my Chinese visitors a “Happy New Year”

Outdoors with a studio strobe for a horse and rider

Alexandra with Bailador
Alexandra with Bailador, a Peruvian Paso horse was photographed using one White Lightning XL800. Canon 5D Mark 2 ISO 50 1/250 f5.6 165mm focal length. 1/2 CTO gel on flash head for warmer skin tones.
A look from behind camera position showing location of my main light. A 72" silvered umbrella with a color temperature orange gel. XL 800 White Lightning powered by Vagabond Minibattery
A look from behind camera position showing location of my main light. A 72″ silvered umbrella with a color temperature orange gel. XL 800 White Lightning powered by Vagabond Minibattery

One of the biggest obstacles for any photographer is gathering the various elements of their muse  in one place to photograph.

So when I reached out to my Facebook friend and horse owner Kat Grossman, I had to have some idea of what I wanted.

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Fire dancers at Riverside’s 2015 Lunar Festival

Tupua Productions performer enthralls crowds with his fiery display.1/90 sec @ f2.8 ISO 1600 80-200 zoom set at 170mm
Tupua Productions performer enthralls crowds with his fiery display.1/90 sec @ f2.8 ISO 1600 80-200 zoom set at 170mm

Getting access  often accounts for at least 65% of your chances of making a good picture at an event.

The rest of it? Camera handling and picking out the backgrounds, right lenses, shooting with right shutter speed to make sure there is no camera shake.

This weekend when  I visited the annual Lunar Festival was just such an example.

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Playing with snakes amongst bamboo

Arielle with boa constrictor-- I shot down on Arielle as she laid on the ground which was on a slope inside this bamboo growth. 3 strobes were used
Arielle with boa constrictor– I shot down on Arielle as she laid on the ground which was on a slope inside this bamboo growth. 3 strobes were used

I started 2015 with a self-assignment.

I reached out to my Facebook connections and got a hold of Nikkal Feyrouz, a professional belly dancer who happens to have boa constrictors as pets.

I had seen her posting featuring her snakes on Vyper Vixen on Facebook so I thought first about a location or setting.

 

Continue reading Playing with snakes amongst bamboo

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