Tuesday, March 30, 2010

conquering the on-camera flash

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This is a demonstration of how you can use your on-camera flash to create a stroboscopic effect.

I teach a fair amount at the New Space Center for Photography.  One workshop I usually teach each quarter is Conquering the On-Camera Flash.  The idea is to help students understand how to control compact Speedlights.  This is a beginning class and many people come in with flashes they have just purchased and are learning to use them for the first time.  It’s always fun to watch as people get the concepts of “manual” vs. “Auto” vs. “TTL” I always wished I had had someone to explain those things to me when I was starting out. 

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Is Here!

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One of our three daffodils

My Favorite season.  In Portland it actually started in late february.  Often that is the case, and then it lasts through June before the hot summer weather really sets in. 
The flower pictured above actually bloomed a few weeks ago.  The first flowers were starting around february 20.  Now everything is really in full bloom and many of the trees already have leaves!
Today it was 70 deg.  It’s suppose to be cool and rainy again tomorrow.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

The End of the Sentinel?

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Balam McNally holds a character from his stop-motion animated short film he made with his wife.

The little newspaper I worked for has published its last print addition this month.  The photo above was used as an illustration for our February issue found here: Here.
For the time being, we are continuing to operate online.  There are a few people around this city that are trying to start a not for profit news agency.  We’ll see how it shakes out. 

Balam (pictured above) is the Director of Circadia Arts—A non-profit arts organization.  I hope it’s doing well.  Non-profit arts firms are having a rough go of it.  Read about the IFCC here:  http://bit.ly/9GDy8v

I hope they are able to come back.  The IFCC has meant so much to North Portland over the years. 

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Poking the blog awake again.

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Portrait of a Trout

My family and I went to the fish hatchery last Saturday.  I decided to make this fish a bit hyper-real.

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