Hey everyone. It looks like I’ve decided to break my hiatus with a fall foliage shoot. All of you remember Samantha Novak, right? She’s always a treat to work with and we both decided that we needed to sneak in a shoot to take advantage of the leaves while we could. and of course, she already had a fairy costume that goes perfectly with the scene. I love shoots like this where I get to go crazy with different lighting setups and going all-out in post. After you’re done “liking,” sharing, and following this post, be sure to show Samantha some love over on her Facebook page.
I teamed up with my awesome and lovely friend, Emily, to shoot a portrait set down my the Cuyahoga Falls Riverfront. Since half the shoot was at night, I got experimental with the lighting. The shots by the fountain in particular used a combination of shutter dragging, one off camera flash for fill light, and a second remote flash with a spotlight modifier. The post processing was more elaborate than usual to, How did I do? Let me know in the comments below.
Do you see what I do for you? I had enough house repair and photo work to do that I could have easily stayed home, shrouded in the warm embrace of my Spider-Man hoodie. But, no. I decided that I needed to brave the elements so that I could bring all of you photos from the first snowfall of the season.
Karen and my friend Lee were raving about how they wanted to go for a walk, so, naturally, I geared up and headed out. We parked downtown to wander the riverfront and… didn’t even make 100 yards from the car. Not even five minutes in, and both of them had decided to wuss out from the cold and head back. I made sure to grab some photos from the bridge, since I had to shoot something.
Just a shot of the river from the bridge would be boring though. So, I used an old fallback of slowing the shutter speed down to about 1/15 of a second to get the motion of the water and used the railing on the bridge to keep the camera stable during the long exposure. Even then, I felt like it was still too dull to share, so I had some fun with it in Lightroom. Now that I feel like I made it into an interesting image, I fear I may have overdone the editing. I wasn’t even going to post this here, but my friends who saw it kept telling me how much they liked it. What do you think?
As a photographer, I’m always looking out for new locations, subjects, and experiences to shoot. However, I find that I am compelled to periodically return to a handful of subjects. As anyone following me will know, I the Cuyahoga River is a frequent subject on this site. I feel like I should have more of a problem with that than I do.
The riverfront is one of my absolute favorite places to walk, and it’s never the same twice. The sounds of the animals, the current of the river, the personalities of the people I pass on the path, the smell of the trees and soil, all meld to create what feels like a living, thriving, changing organism.
I have watched ducklings grow up and start families of their own. I witnessed trees older than the path beneath my feet die and be swept away by the raging waters of the spring thaw. I have seen layers of graffiti showed me confessions of love, battles against authority, and art that could not be contained by canvas.
So, I ask my fellow artists, if any of you have had the privilege of watching an environment grow. If you have, I would love to hear about it. If not, I encourage you, all of you, to take the time to understand the world around you; not just watch, but feel it. You’ll be surprised by what you’ll discover.
Today, we have my lovely friend Lucy Merriman modeling at Kent’s beautiful riverfront. Now, observant followers of the site will notice that, while this is Lucy’s first time modeling, she’s been featured on the site earlier as a promoted artist. She’s a fantastic writer and has some awesome paintings, so if you want to see more of her work follow the link here as soon as you’re done checking out the photos.
This was a quick shoot, but I think I got a few nice shots. I decided to get more experimental with the editing, giving one shot an antique look, and doing some dramatic work with the colors on others. I would normally use Lightroom presets for these photos, but I thought that it would be more of a learning experience to break down what I wanted out of the presets and try to recreate them. I’m happy enough with how these turned out that I’ll try some more extensive editing soon.
Bonus photo! Someone decided to toss a shopping cart into the river.