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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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The National Stud Portrait Session

Ireland is synonymous with horse racing and some may say no more so than in Co Kildare.  The county is home to Punchestown and the Curagh Racecourses but also to the Irish National Stud.  The stud farm, located just outside Kildare town, is home is six stallions who can solicit top stud fees having proved their stock on the racetracks around the world.  Racehorses are conceived, born and raised on the stud, which has long been and continues to be the source of thoroughbred champions and to this day continues to be associated with Monarchies for the sport which is affectionately known as the Sport of Kings.  King Edward VII's Minoru spent the early part of a life before going on to win the Epsom Derby.  Sun Chariot, owned by King George IV, was born and bred in the Stud going on to complete the fillies' Triple Crown in 1942  with wins in the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and St. Leger.  In 2011, on her historic visit to the Republic of Ireland, King George IV's daughter Queen Elizabeth II continued the royal connection by visiting the stud.

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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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