Thursday, September 25, 2014

Portrait Project - Part 2

Here is the official second installment of my Portrait Project.  These images are from a shoot with my friend Kelda.  The first half of the shoot was done early in the morning at a cabin in Logan Canyon.  We wanted a bed head/first-thing-in-the-morning look.  The second half was done later that same day in downtown Logan.

Kelda's photos also mark my first experience editing in Lightroom.  I've got a lot more learning to do with that program.  I am currently taking a Lightroom class at the CVCA, taught by the talented Jesse Walker from Natural Designs.  It seems to be equal parts art and science and the only way to tackle it is to keep on practicing.  Let me know what you think of the images so far.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Portrait Project - Reboot

I started a facebook group last year to help me with an idea that I had.  The idea was simple: practice something that I love, learn more, get better, make great images.  I welcomed friends, family, and models to join the project, but then it was unexpectedly derailed last summer for reasons that I won't go into here.  This was the first and last post I made here about it

Earlier this summer I did a photo shoot with the lovely Christie Heywood from Christie Heywood Photography.  Then later in the summer I helped style a Mad Hatter tea party shoot for Jesse Walker from Natural Designs.  These two experiences inspired me to work harder on my photography.  I rebooted the Portrait Project and have had 3 photo shoots so far, with 4 more scheduled in the very near future.

These images are of the set of a styled portrait session I did for a friend of mine.  The theme was a picnic in the fairy garden.  My friend, her sister, and another friend helped style our set up and were tremendous help during the shoot.  We had a wonderful time and I can't wait to do it again.

Cake is from Sweetly Divine in Logan, UT.

Pastries by Kneaders Bakery in Logan, UT.

Pastries from Sweetly Divine in Logan, UT.

When I've finished selecting and editing the best shots from each shoot, I'll post them here.  I'm trying to narrow it down to just 15-20 frames per shoot but it's hard to choose when I've got such great models that give me beautiful images.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kokanee Salmon - The 2014 edition

Tonight I took 2 of my nephews with me to the South end of Cache Valley to see the land-locked Kokanee salmon spawning upstream from Porcupine reservoir.  We drove past Porcupine dam up to Cinnamon Creek campground, then walked in to the creek area and wandered up the bank.  Every where we went we saw multitudes of salmon.  It does seem like they were larger and more prolific this year than they have in the past.  They spawning will probably last another couple weeks but I recommend getting down there quickly if you want to catch it at its peak.

We managed to catch one salmon leaping on video, but it happens in the first couple of seconds:

Afterwards we stopped at Johnny O's Spudnuts to grab some treats to take home with us.  While we were waiting in line I noticed the wallpaper pattern actually had words written in each square.  I think this one is a good example of most of the notes.  I'm not sure but would you call this bitter divorcee chic?  It seemed an odd choice for a donut shop.

Then I thought of the line from Chocolat "What's the decor?  Early Mexican brothel?" and I laughed. Ah, but who cares about wallpaper when there's donuts to be had?