Old Thirty Bastards… In Vegas

Vegas, baby, Vegas…

This past weekend, I left the city of Chicago to head to the City of Sin to celebrate the birthdays of some college friends. We crashed in a suite at the Cosmopolitan, which had a wonderful view of the strip as well as the water show at the Bellagio.

This time ’round, with it being such a quick weekend trip, there was no time to head out to Red Rock Canyon, there was only time to party.

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Rob & Julie’s Wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park

A few weeks back, I attended the wedding of some very close friends, Rob and Julie. They had their wedding at the amphitheater at Morraine Park in the Rocky Mountains National Park. Since it was a small wedding with just family and close friends, they asked me to do some photos for them as they were looking for a pretty low-cost, low-maintenance wedding. Wedding photography isn’t my thing, but I rarely turn down a friend when in need (and when the favor is something that interests me anyway). Continue reading

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…