Central Kansas Photography

Photogenic and fun: Anna and Kidron

This is going to be a short blog post, because a photo is worth a thousand words, so they say... and there are a lot of photos of Anna and Kidron below.

The young engaged couple chose beautiful Lemon Park in Pratt, KS for a wedding location. Having never been, and since I'm one to be as prepared as possible, they were gracious enough to allow the use of the location for their engagement shoot as well.

Enough talk, check out this photo story!

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A week without a DSLR

As many of you know, I sold my old DSLR last week, and I thought I would be spending the week completely bored without something to shoot with.

However, I was pleasantly surprised to see Midwest Photo Exchange's weekly contest announcement: camera phone images.

Umm... Thanks MPEX, but you didn't have to do that just for me. :-\ I'm pretty sure I grew out of that whole "the world revolves around me" phase when I was 5, but I will file this away as a piece of evidence to the contrary!

Back to the contest - what am I going to do? No strobes, no DSLR, limited control over exposure elements...

It didn't take me long to decide to do a self-portrait after reading the post that inspired this particular photo contest. 

I just needed a similar rigging, which I made out of a cheapo-off-brand-not-a-Gorillapod, an office clippy, a rubber band and a table-top shoe mount I ripped apart with fury that burns with the heat of 10,000 suns dismantled for the sake of this project. I attached that masterpiece to an old broken tripod I had laying in my closet. I know, it just keeps getting classier!

Here's my set-up:

It didn't take me long to realize that the most visually striking hobby I have (other than photography, ahem) is airsoft. So, I donned a tactical vest, my trusty rifle and a few extras for effect, and took a few snapshots.

To replace a would-be flash set-up, I broke out my old heaters 500-watt continuous lights.

The resulting image was OK - the phone gets to determine what is in focus. Making lemonade out of lemons, I ventured off to the editing bay.

My eyes looked cold and unforgiving, so I ran with that, blacking out most of the color and upping the saturation on my eyes.

 

Some would argue this is technically unsound, but since photography is so subjective, and I had to deal with using a camera phone, I have to say I rather like the result. What do you think? Maybe you like the slightly stylized version below?

 

In other news, my new camera arrived Thursday evening, and I've only shot a couple different things to test it out. After getting a few more presentable images, I'll post about the Canon 60D and why I chose it over a higher-end model.