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Third Batch of Honeymoon Photos

This is pretty much it for my edits. I do have a memory card from the Leica X1 that I haven’t even looked at yet – so perhaps there will be more. But this is the final batch (I am going to make prints) from MY Leica M9 honeymoon photos. We still have to do the Leica Lady’s work… but since she started law school, time in front of the computer without law notes is pretty rare.

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Second Batch of Honeymoon Photos

Some additional images from the Honeymoon. I think we both feel the same way – we should never have come home.

I saw some references on one of the forums devoted to Leica enthusiasts (read: freaks) asking about some of my editing techniques. Unless you have specific questions, all I can say is that I load them into photoshop. I work mostly in Adobe Camera Raw. Then I do touch ups in photoshop. Usually less than 5 minutes per photo. Only a special case (something akin to an HDR…) requires more than that. These are the photos that I love taking because I take them for me. (Or in this case – I took them for us; both me and the Leica Lady, Emily Therese.)

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Emily Therese for Sid Vintage in Urban Aces

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September 2011 – Urban Aces magazine does a feature on Sid Vintage. Emily Therese and I were brought in to do the photos. I decided shooting in the store would be a great way to capture the venue along with showcasing how much GREAT STUFF they have for sale there.

 

 

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First Batch of Honeymoon Photos

 

The previous photos from our Honeymoon were edited on the Honeymoon with Adobe Lightroom. I had never really used Lightroom previous to this trip… but it was all I had. I honestly felt pretty naked – despite the fact that I really only edit in Adobe Camera Raw. But the ability to use some of my presets for raw processing was bugging me. So now I am back in my digital darkroom… and I was able to get through some that I wanted to share.

The Leica Lady and I went to Praiano, Italy for our Honeymoon. We had been in Italy a few years earlier but only saw Rome, which honestly, our experience there paled in comparison to our experience in Paris just days earlier. So this was something completely different. For those of you who don’t know where Praiano is – it’s part of the amalfi coast (or basically the Shin – of the boot of Italy).

We spent about 5 days there… and had an amazing trip.

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An update – thoughts and news

Did some shooting this weekend. Also did some grilling. Long summer weekends are the best for both.

I shot with GONE BY DAYLIGHT on Friday night. They needed promo photos and I shot them in an empty studio space in the building that houses my law office. I had four Profoto D1 500′s… one profoto Acute 2400 generator with a D4 head. Sid Vintage did the styling. Karrie Welch from Fortunate Face Minerals did the makeup.

GONE BY DAYLIGHT led up to their reputation. Fun, Good Times, and Great Shots filled our evening into the wee morning. I shot them using my Leica S2-P. Most of the shots featured the 70mm lens – as wide open as possible (2.5-5.6) using filters. I also used the 35mm for a few group shots as it was impossible to get them within the frame at such a narrow depth of field.

I love the Leica glass…. it’s sharp wide open. It’s calibrated to be so. No other glass I know is meant for that. So while shooting at 2.5 is crisp – it may not be enough depth to get everyone in focus. It was a problem that I solved by going wider.

Thanks go to Tricia Slate and Emily Therese for their amazing assisting of me during the shoot – including the pizza / drinks run. Thanks ladies!

Saturday, Karrie Welch came back and Emily Therese put her model hat on. Or off – in this case – as Karrie also did hair.

I used both the 70mm lens and the 180mm lens for full body and facial portraits respectively. I usually use the 70mm for everything – as I like that working distance between the model and my subject (especially if we are on location and others are around and I wanna keep my actions to a minimum.) However, in a studio setting when room is not an option – the 180 is an amazingly flattering lens. The compression on a subject’s face is probably the most flattering I have seen in a long time.

I added a second head to the 2400 generator and an Acute 1200 generator with a ringflash.

While I started shooting with my “patented” 7 light fashion setup… I didn’t do it exclusively for both looks. The second look only used 2 or 3 lights (depending upon the particular shot) and frankly, I liked that one a lot better. Sample photos will be up soon – as soon as I finish editing more than just a handful.

I guess I need to go back to school for studio lighting. Not literally… but I guess it’s time to invest in some books, some more modifiers, and some time. But it’s certainly nice to be re-inspired.

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