I pulled out the tripod, flash units and studio equipment last night to play with camera settings and the setup for my Oil Can Project. I definitely have more to learn. I forgot I had Bryan Peterson’s book Understanding Flash Photography on my shelf. I purchased it when I got the first flash for my old Nikon camera. Time to read that one… LOL!
I eventually get an image that I want but the number of attempts is very frustrating. The camera and flash do not feel like they are working together properly. Or maybe they are and I am the one who does not understand (more likely!). It sounds like rain outside, so I think today is a good day to start reading.
Colors of Magic
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 30mm, f/5.6, ISO 200
Today brought another good day to try more indoor still photography. I thought I would work on another image for my new Collections Series. Creating these images is an attempt to come to terms with my bad habit of collecting things. I just went through my closet yesterday cleaning out some of the unwanted collections that have been accumulating inside (empty boxes from various purchases, magazines I’ll never read again, etc.). It felt good to clean out the junk.
Today’s image is from another of my obsessions – video games. I grew up as the video game industry was just beginning. I never was able to have the Atari 2600 or the Nintendo Entertainment System, although I had friends who did so I made it a point to stay friends with them. I did have some of the Mattel and Coleco handheld electronic games. I wish I had the foresight to keep those games. I bet today they would be something special or at least a curiosity for my kids.
I wasn’t able to disassemble my video game center to show everything in this image but I did manage to collect quite a few representatives. With both kids home I lost my extra room which doubled as a makeshift studio for me. I managed OK in the corner of the bedroom (had to keep Oliver away) but had a little more difficulty then necessary bouncing the flash properly. Not much processing applied to this image. A few tweaks in Lightroom and then a couple more in Photoshop.
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 4-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/50s, 36mm, f/16, ISO 400
Although the past few days have been quite hectic I did manage to sneak out around the house to play with the camera. There are more flowers in bloom and I was playing with the on-camera flash. I purchased Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Flash Photography a little while ago and definitely need to read the book. I was waiting until I purchased a flash unit for my camera but I think even a better understanding for the on-camera flash would be good for me.
A Sister and a Cousin
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/40s, 55mm, f/5.6, ISO 800
Against the Light
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/125s, 50mm, f/10, ISO 100
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/200s, 70mm, f/4, ISO 800