Skitzo Concert (slightly NSFW?)

Photos from the Skitzo concert at Bunkers in Minneapolis.  Pop covers with backing track, live drums, dancers, and an amazing vocalist.  Also performed some sweet old school Madonna tunes as well…

Got an email from a friend who happens to be a friend of the vocalist.  We showed up, drank, danced, and took photos.  What can I say, I enjoy multitasking.  Couldn’t have asked for a more fun night… My buddy had to take a break from dancing to go take a nap in the back seat of the car by the end of the night :).

Taken with Olympus E-620 & Sigma 30mm f/1.4.

That’s all for now.

Chad & Sean’s New Baby pt. 2

As this is a photo blog, I’ve decided from here on out, I’d always post a photo first, then get to the words.  (Took this suggestion from one of the posts over at Zack Arias’ blog, who is a pretty awesome photog that I follow online (but not in real life, because I’m not a creepy stalker).

I took these wide open, with a max shutter speed of 1/4000.  It froze the action, so you don’t really get the motion blur that you wanna see in an action shot, but I really wanted to get that shallow DOF, and have that shown in the foreground.  I also darkened the foreground a little to put the focus back on the car.  I caught these shots as the guys were putting this through a tight turn, so you can kind of see the slight compression on the front right side of the car due to the turn.  Also, it does show the GrimmSpeed decals pretty well.  1st photo is my buddy Sean driving, and the 2nd is my buddy Chad (also the guy in the climbing pic from a previous post).

Lessons Learned: for next time, I think I will try to get some more motion in it, and do a little horizontal panning, but i’d have to be inside of the curve, so you can see the driver face toward you as they turn into the curve (plus, it keeps the distance from the camera approximately the same, so the focal distance doesn’t change too much).  If I want to keep the aperture wider, I’ll need to get some ND filters or polarizing filters to take the exposure value down a bit.  Unfortunately, the 3 main lenses I like to use (12-60mm, 50-200mm, 35-100mm) all have different filter sizes (72mm, 67mm, and 77mm, respectively), and right now, I only have 72mm filters for my 12-60mm.  Oh well, we’ll see what happens then.

That’s all for now.

Chad and Sean’s New Baby

Today, on Mothers’ Day, I woke up early, and went out to the Valley Fair parking lot and hung out there from 10am-4pm.  Valley Fair is an amusement park (owned by the same company that owns Cedar Point); I wasn’t just hanging out there to be a creep, but my buddies Chad and Sean were participating in an AutoCross event.    The group basically rents out parking lots, and set up a course where people can come and run time trials.  In any case, I came out to take some pics at the event (get busy learnin’, or get busy sleeping, as I always say).

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Julia’s Grad Photos

My friend, Julia, asked me to take some photos of her in her graduation gown (she’s getting her masters in reverse psychology… or, is she?).  Got out of work, and got home in time to receive a package from the FedEx guy.  It was a lens I bought used from a guy on the Fred Miranda forums.  The lens is a 30-100mm f/2.0 lens.  It’s my first super high grade Olympus lens, and I’m blown away at how huge this thing is!  It’s bigger than my 50-200mm f/2.8, but I suppose that shouldn’t be a surprise.  In any case, I was able to use it to take some great portraits today.  We started off outside, on the University of Minnesota campus.  It turned out to be an overcast evening, which worked out okay, as it provided some diffuse light, which means, no overexposed highlights, and harsh shadows to have to deal with.

In any case, here are a few photos I took today…

Still have more to go through, but I definitely learned more again today (a lot about light placement, and body positioning).  I’ll have to revisit this entry and insert my lessons learned, once I go through the rest of my photos…

That’s all for now.

Lessons Learned: I need to expose and light for eyes. I might try the brenizer method next time. I should try some hair lighting. And make sure I’m shooting from above so the subject keeps her chin up…