Photographing Friends

You want to make him comfortable and relaxed so the photo looks natural, not forced. I’ve found the best way to accomplish this is to talk to him during the photo shoot.

Tell him he how adorable he is, or how great his hair looks, or how sexy his beauty mark is. Keep the compliments flowing until you get a shot that reflects his inner poise, confidence and beauty.

And the most important thing to remember is not to make fun of his big nose or hairy ears, because after all, nobody’s perfect.

*Technical info if anyone’s interested: Photo taken in Cow Town near Ronks Road. Sony RX100. ISO 125. Aperture priority f/4.9. 1/1000 sec. Minor adjustments in Photoshop.

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Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography

More Cow Town Photos Here

In Search Of Snowdrops

(Both images shot with my Sony RX100, RAW, ISO 125, Aperture Priority f/4, and gently processed In Lightroom and Photoshop)

I looked under chairs, I looked under tables. I’m tryin to find the key, to fifty million fables. They call me the seeker, I been searchin low and high. I wont get to get what I’m after, till the day I die.

Snowdrops Sought

Snowdrops Sought

I learned to raise my voice in anger, yeah but look at my face ain’t this a smile? I’m happy when life’s good, and when its bad I cry, I got values but I don’t know how or why.

Snowdrops Found

Snowdrops Found

I’m lookin for me, you’re lookin for you. We’re lookin at each other and we don’t know what to do. They call me the seeker, I been searchin low and high.

I wont get to get what I’m after, till the day I die.

Equivalents

Equivalents is a series of photographs of clouds taken by Alfred Stieglitz from 1925 to 1934. They are generally recognized as the first photographs intended to free the subject matter from literal interpretation, and as such, are some of the first completely abstract photographic works of art.

This is my equivalent.

I shot this at a local park early this morning with my trusty Sony RX100. I call it My Equivalent. Catchy huh?

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My Equivalent

My Equivalent

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Macro Test

Despite what I said I went out and bought a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Sunday. It is amazing! Within 3 days I had taken a gorgeous TACK SHARP 5472 x 3648 photo and had it printed out at 10 x 15 inches and framed.

I’ve taken night shots, sunrises, sunsets, and experimented with every one of the many settings, modes and features available. Except Macro because I was under the impression that the Sony RX100 is not very good at that. So I had to see for myself.

As you may or may not know, there is no dedicated Macro focusing mode on the Sony RX100. There is a Macro scene mode and it isn’t very good. But you can shoot great close up shots with any of the Autofocus modes, as well as with any shooting mode. This camera will focus on objects as close as 2 inches.

I did a quick test with my new Sony RX100 using a tripod, a small aperture, low ISO, and a red pepper. I took a group of shots using different settings, and found that using the Autofocus area set to Center worked best.

The full size image has been cropped to 2000 x 1723 and resampled to 72ppi. No sharpening or other adjustments were made in Photoshop.

My best shot was made using f8 1/2 sec ISO 125, Aperture Priority, and Autofocus Area Center.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Macro Test

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Macro Test

The original is 5472 x 3648, but how large do you really need pictures of your peppers?

By the way, the base ISO for the Sony RX100 is 125, so using the two lower settings does not improve dynamic range or reduce noise to any real degree.

I also shot a red apple but it wasn’t as pretty as the pepper.

More pictures to come. From what I’ve been hearing it might be a snow scene by Thanksgiving.