Flash 05

I challenge you to continue to work with one or more strobe lights this week.

I took my camera and flash with me this morning on my exercise walk. I like you to compare how much light there is on the closest tree on the right and the second and third tree on the left hand side. You can clearly see how much light one “looses” in just a few feet.

Enjoy this exercise and create some exciting images this week!


Flash 01

This week I encourage you to photograph with a flash. Most of the time I advise my students to avoid the direct on camera flash. The best way of using a flash is that the viewer does not even realize that the photographer used a flash to create the image.

I often use two flash guns to create my images. One is mounted on the camera and the other I hold with my left hand. When you take a close look at the shadows you get the idea where I positioned the second (slave) flash.

Enjoy the image and keep on working on your images!


Bokeh 17

I used the so called “Pep Ventosa” method to create this background. First, ¬†I walked and photographed around those three peaches taking about 25 or so images. Then I overlaid all those images and used various opacities and masks to create this image. Finally, I used the Topaz BuzSim Filter in the “overlay” mode to finalize the image.

Enjoy and keep on working on your images!




Bokeh 16

St. John’s Lutheran church is located in the downtown area of San Antonio, TX. Since our hotel was right beside the church I noticed the Fiesta decoration on the front of the stairs. For me it was a great photo op.

I photographed with my 55mm lens wide open and in post production I used the Nik Analog Efex pro 2 Fiter.

Enjoy and keep n photographing!

Bokeh 15

I challenge you to continue t work on last weeks assignment Work on background blurs!

I photographed in several mission churches outside San Antonio, TX today. In one of the Missions I saw this beautiful chandelier and I decided to blur the image by putting my 55mm prime lens totally out of focus. I shot several images at f1.7, f2 and f2.8. I iked the f2.8 image because it reveals a little bit of the arch in the mission.

Enjoy and have fun with this exercise!