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Baby Bump

With Isabella nearing 6 months this pregnancy shoot with my wife feels an eternity ago.  For the shoot, I borrowed a set of studio lights and a backdrop from my local camera club.  The light set up was fairly simple generally using a single light with a soft box. The light was then rotated from near 90 degrees for the bare bump through a more straight on 45 degrees for the other two.  In both cases, I tried to flag as much light as I could from hitting the backdrop.  The heart-shaped hands shot took numerous attempts using a self timer to allow me to get into position.  In most cases, I made it into position in time, but getting the hands in the correct shape was harder than I anticipated. The photos were converted to black and white and then given a slight warm split tone to finalise the image.

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Carton House Model Shoot, Co Kildare, Ireland

A short post for today from a recent lighting workshop at Carton House Hotel, Co Kildare.  The workshop was organised by a member of South Kildare Photography Club as a introductory course to flash photography.  The course included a lecture in the morning followed by the model shoot in the afternoon.  The top photo is an example of using fill flash to fill in the shadows of a back lit subject, the backlit providing the signature glow around the hair line with specular bokeh highlights in the  background created using a wide open aperture.  The second photo was an exercise in balancing natural light coming in through a window with a little fill flash to lighten the shadows on the left side of her face.  The shoot finished just in time for sunset which provided some great light to shoot the grounds of Carton House.  Those shots will be in the next post.

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And now for something completely different

This post is a step away from my normal landscape photography into the world of still life and macro photography.  I shot this on a saturday afternoon in the house.  The daisy is backlit with the small softbox acting as the white background for the shot.  The photo was shot with a sigma 17-70 f2.8-4, while not a true macro len, has macro capability allowing a very short focal distance to the subject.  I used a piece of white card to bounce some light back onto the front of the flower.

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Food Photography Workshop by Scott Heimendinger, Edible: The Taste of Things to Come, Dublin Science Gallery

This is not a food blog, but like my passion for photography, I also have a deep love of food.  I blog about photography, my wife blogs about food, we enjoy our love of food together and have had the pleasure of sharing many a beautiful meal at restaurants across the world.

Adrienne, through her social media food blogging friends, learned of a new exhibition called Edible: The Taste of Things to Come running at the Science Gallery, Dublin.   The event which caught Adrienne‚Äôs eye and thought would be perfect for me was a Food Photography Workshop run by Seattle Food Geek AKA Scott Heimendinger.

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