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A Quick Shot of Jolly St. Nick

Once again this year, I had the opportunity to take pictures for the AMBUCS Nashvegas Rollers when they gave 18 adaptive bicycles to kids with special needs. Santa showed up to take pictures with the kids, and here is a quick shot from that day.

I know it is kind of early, but I hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas.

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Sarah Grace

Over Thanksgiving, I got to meet my niece for the first time. My sister and brother in law recently adopted her from China and I hadn’t made it down to ATL yet to meet her. I have been taking pictures for my sister at Thanksgiving for the past couple of years, and this year was the first time for Sarah Grace.

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Always Carry a Camera

With all of the events of the past month, I realized one thing that I hadn’t really thought about. I realized how important it is to always have a camera with you, but more importantly, to actually use it. When going through all of my photos to find ones of Ryan, some of the shots that I ended up surprising me are from when I would have had a camera with me at our weekly Starbucks gatherings, and I would be taking pictures, just to take pictures. I had never posted these shots anywhere, but it really emphasized to me the importance of taking pictures even if you don’t really have a plan for where they will end up. Some friends and I were discussing at the viewing in Nashville how we all wished that we all had more pictures of each other when we weren’t in costume or at an event of some sort. We are in the days of digital cameras now, where memory is cheap, so there is no reason to not document day to day activities. At the TN memorial, attendees were asked to bring some of their favorite pictures of Ryan to hang on the wall, and some of them were camera phone pictures, but they were memories that would have easily been lost.

One thing to be aware of in this, is something that I struggle with, is to make sure that you are in pictures as well. Most any photographer will probably agree that in general, we don’t like to be on that side of the camera. If you have a friend who is always the one carrying around a camera, take it from them, and make sure that they are in photos too. Obviously the easiest way to do this, is for everyone to have a camera and take pictures as each person will offer a unique perspective. It is in candid photos that people are caught being themselves, not offering up a contrived smile when they know that a photo is being taken.

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Ap as The Scarecrow

This weekend, I was wanting to practice shooting with my small hotshoe flashes, so I put out a call for people to come over and hang out, and we could shoot some pictures. Ap brought his scarecrow with him, and as it turned out, the lot behind my house was covered in straw to prevent it from turning into a mud pit as they are clearing the area to build new houses. This was the perfect opportunity for that costume. I ended up using 4 speedlights, and I was very pleased with the results, as I got the results that I wanted in camera, and really didn’t have to do much editing at all. Here are some samples.

http://www.dwrd.net/photography/galleries/ap-scarecrow-2011/

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The Dragon*Con 2011 Jarvie Window Experience

This year for Dragon*Con, I was looking for some sort of personal project to shoot during the con. I decided to bring the Jarvie Window to Dragon*Con 2011. I saw this phenomenon posted on Strobist quite some time ago and thought that it was neat, but never thought that I would have the opportunity to try it out. I recently picked up the Ray Flash ringflash adapter and that got me to pondering a photo project for the con of shooting the ringflash effect. I rented the fisheye from LensRentals.com and then found a way to use my less powerful 430 ex ii flash with the ringflash adapter, so that I still had the use of my regular flash on my main camera body. It was well received at the con, and was a fun project overall. I shot about 650 pictures, but narrowed down the final collection to 400 images. The plan is to gather all of these into one large collage that I will take to the con with me next year and get as many of the people in it to sign it. Here is a picture of what it looked like when I was using the ring courtesy of Steve.

When shooting like this, there is no way to be shy, as it works best if you are shooting a few inches from the subject’s face. You can also have them hold the ring or reach into it to give things a 3d perspective. This is especially fun when approaching complete strangers. I found myself taking a regular picture and then showing the screen on my camera with the ringflash and explained what I was about to do, and when following this process, I didn’t have anyone say no to having their picture taken.

Here are a couple of samples.

The rest of the pictures can be seen at
http://www.dwrd.net/photography/galleries/dragoncon-2011-jarvie-window/

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