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Encore High School Holiday Festival 2016

Ms.Eleanor Bunker is silhouetted against the stained glass window of the Unitarian Church during Holiday Festival for Encore High school
Ms.Eleanor Bunker is silhouetted against the stained glass window of the Unitarian Church during Holiday Festival for Encore High school

Excitement was in the air by the time I arrived around 7:30 am last Saturday.

Dance students waiting outside the Riverside Municipal Auditorium pose for me.
Dance students waiting outside the Riverside Municipal Auditorium pose for me.

The Life Arts building, the Riverside Municipal Auditorium and the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside was already teeming with  staffers clad in purple t-shirts from Encore High School.

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Practice isn’t just for beginners but also seasoned practitioners

A selection of faces I've collaborated with. Some recent, some a little older., but all these were done after I left the newspaper business.
A selection of faces I’ve collaborated with. Some recent, some a little older., but all these were done after I left the newspaper business.

Over the years I’ve been extremely fortunate to have met and photographed a lot of faces.

Many of these weren’t paid jobs but just collaborations or what is frequently called “Time For Prints.” Continue reading Practice isn’t just for beginners but also seasoned practitioners

UCR CHASS graduation 2016

A commencement ceremony guest stands momentarily to grab a photo of her loved one during Sunday evening's commencement ceremony
A commencement ceremony guest stands momentarily to grab a photo of her loved one during Sunday evening’s commencement ceremony

Like years past, I favored covering a graduation in the evening versus the early morning sessions.

I requested a 6 pm graduation and I was assigned the commencement for  College of Humanities, Arts and Social Science.

Temperatures are usually pleasant in early June and there is a lot of daylight on the Pierce Lawn, the site of the ceremony.

I tend to arrive 90 minutes before the start mostly because I dislike being late and in having to rush. Continue reading UCR CHASS graduation 2016

Outdoor portraits using high shutter speed sync

The downside to shooting in the shade of trees is the greenish cast that comes from sunlight filtering through green leaves. Shooting in camera raw helps.
The downside to shooting in the shade of trees is the greenish cast that comes from sunlight filtering through green leaves. Shooting in camera raw helps. ISO 400 1/160 @f2.8 80mm setting on 80-200 zoom lens. Available light only not Speedlite used.

When photographing people  outdoors, besides the esthetics of your location,  the time of the day is probably the single biggest factor in determining how good your picture will look.

Lighting especially its intensity is critical because available lighting in any scene outdoors determines

  • if your subject will be squinting
  • if you can overpower the ugly patchiness of your background
  • if you can control the contrast between your shadow and highlights
  • the mood and color temperature of your final image

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