Monday, November 10, 2008

Fine Dublin Lady

As I was going through some of my old files tonight, I happened upon this shot from a few years ago, in my other life. Sometimes during a wedding shoot, after all the formalities were over with, I would take time for me. This was my time during a wedding when I would wander about, just looking for folks who were in some way unique, or maybe stepping out of character for the day, or whatever I could find that was only to be of interest to me. No bride would ever see these photos. They were my tension release shots, where I would save my sanity before continuing on with the rest of the day's work. This little lady was from Dublin, Ireland, and in this photo, she was trying to retrieve a slice of orange for her drink that she held. I caught the scene just before her finger entered the punch. It provided a good inward chuckle for me, and helped me through the rest of the shoot. Whatever works!

Camera: Minolta Maxxum 9 loaded with Fuji Reala 100 film.
Lens: Minolta AF 100mm Soft Focus

Friday, November 7, 2008

When I Grow Up......

After the 9-11 event in New York, firemen everywhere attained hero status. If they were somewhat ignored before, they sure were not afterward. Mothers wanted their little ones to be photographed with firemen, or in firemen's attire. This portrait of this little guy, was a sort of spur of the moment thing that was requested by Mom. I had not expected them to show up with a firemans hat, and wanting something "different" done. So I took my extinguisher down off of the wall, and proceeded to shoot this image of a little guy in his diapers. But try as I might, I felt that something was missing. Then I remembered that in my files, I had an image of a real fire that occurred in North Bay, and that I had taken a shot of a fireman up on the ladder, pouring water down on the roof of a downtown department store. After thinking for a while, I decided to try to use the downtown fire scene as a background for this little guys portrait. The shot of the fireman was taken as he had totally disappeared in smoke, and was reappearing as the smoke cleared around him. Hope you like it also.

Cameras: Minolta Maxxum 9, (Downtown fire scene)
Mamiya RB67 (studio portrait of lad)

Lenses: Minolta AF 75 ~ 300 mm
Mamiya 150 mm Soft Focus Portrait

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sculpture Park Elephant

The Sculpture Park in Windsor, Ontario, is just a wonderful place for the young, and the young of heart. This little lady had such a great time climing all over the different sculptures, and when she saw the camera, just had to pose. I happened to have my 16mm Fisheye lens on the camera at the time, and decided to go with that. A little editing in Photoshop and Corel, and this is the result that I kind of enjoy. Hope you do also.