Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Party Panoramic: Necessity Inspiring Art

Midnight Party Panoramic

You definitely have to click through to appreciate this one. I'd have to say it's my favorite group shot I've taken. Ironically, a lot of the elements I like most about it were borne out of necessity.

This is a farewell party that took place in a rather narrow bar downtown, late at night. The cramped area  and overly dim lighting made a large-group portrait a daunting task, but those are always the most fun to tackle. Because of the low lighting a flash was necessary to capture crisp, recognizable faces, with a lingering shutter to gather up the ambient colors and, as an artsy side-effect, some wispy light trails.

I definitely know how to stitch multiple photos for a seamless panoramic when the situation calls for it, but sometimes it's impossible. When that's the case, it's best to play with the obvious overlapping, rather than fight it. Here the result is a somewhat abstract collage that I think probably reflects the feeling of that night pretty well.

Some of my favorite elements: the loner on the far left with the drifting cigarette, the "swinging" chandelier (effect of the long exposure), and the dude in the front row who seems to be surprised by the beer in his hand.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Surf's Up!

Captured the bachelor party at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, rented out after hours. Click through to see more surf pics on my Flickr page.

Surf Party

Friday, April 20, 2012

More from the Circus

Sometimes I wonder if I ever would've developed a passion for photography before the digital age (no pun intended). Experimenting with new situations and challenges leaves you with a lot of pictures you wish you could make better. Though, with programs like Lightroom and Photoshop, you can keep experimenting, which means another chance of creating something you like.

Circus Concert black and white

Sun Moon and Planets

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Anticipating Lily

Anticipating Lily

Maternity shoot with my friends the Walkers. Click the picture to go to their album on my Facebook page.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Night at the Circus

A Night at the Circus

My friend Katie's band, Circus, had their CD release party last night. I haven't had much opportunity to practice concert photography, but there's potential for really exciting shots. I'll need to watch some online tutorials and head back out soon when the sun goes down.