Saturday, January 21, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I was recently commissioned to photograph the birthday party of the president of Jacksons Foodstores. It was held at this country club outside of town and a huge crowd showed up. There was fabulous food and an open bar. It was a grand party and the crowd swelled out of the ballroom and into the restaurant. For me it was a lot like shooting a wedding reception. I kept my eye out trying to get a picture of everyone, making note of people I've already shot. It's a bit of a trick remembering faces of people you've just met but I've had years of practice. The other goal of my job was stalking the guest of honor trying to capture as many pictures possible of her having fun while being unobtrusive. Another challenge was that the lighting was fairly low. I prefered to use natural light so as not to annoy the guests with my constant flashing. I used my flash gun for some shots but for the rest of the time, I kept my ISO cranked up pretty high and then spent a lot of time on the post processing to make the shots look as natural as possible. A great time was had by all, including the photographer.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
They are building a white water park on the Boise river along the Green Belt.
It's going to be pretty cool with lots of water features that people can play around with their kayaks. It's really interesting to see it take shape and it looks like there will be lots of space around the edges for people to stand around and watch the action. I wanted to do a photo walk here since it's not every day that we get to see the bottom of the Boise River. I also made good use of my long zoom lens so that I wouldn't have to enter the work site to get some interesting shots. And as an added bonus I got a nice moon shot. It came as a bit of a surprise since I didn't use the tripod and took the shot free hand. You never know what will happen unless you try.