Let there be (off-camera) light!
I did a little on-location shooting with Seeking Focus Photography Association, a local photography group, to get a little hands-on learning about off-camera lighting. Dave Jackson, generously shared his time, knowledge, and a bunch of equipment with us -- various lights, softboxes, umbrellas, and Pocket Wizards. Others in the group, including Dave's studio manager, Trevor -- and I'm terrible because I either didn't get or don't remember the other names, except for Brett -- did the same, as we broke into three or four different groups. We also had some really great models (why, yes, I guess I did have a favorite!).
This is Nora. She owns a coffee shop with her sisters. That must be what drew me in.
It was a blast!
I met up with a few people afterwards to soak up a beer and enjoy some shop talk -- I was a sponge. I wasn't sure about going -- I parked, then drove around the block, then drove around the block again, and then again. There was road construction, too (holy crap, when did that happen!?), so some of those "blocks" were pretty big! Finally, I thought what the hell, you know? Put myself out there, rub shoulders, make connections. I'm glad I did. Photographers don't bite.
The light in the picture you took is amazing. Good for you in taking the plunge.
Posted by: Margene | 15 July 2009 at 12:16 PM
Those photos ARE amazingly lit. Good for you for being brave enough!
Posted by: kmkat | 15 July 2009 at 03:25 PM
I've been toying with the idea of going to a meeting of a local camera club but I keep talking myself out of it. Good for you for putting yourself out there. Maybe this will inspire me!
Posted by: Carole | 15 July 2009 at 03:27 PM
Oh, you are so brave!! I just looked up my local club online and am suitably intimidated. I think I will settle for getting to know my new camera first. Baby steps.
Posted by: Celia | 15 July 2009 at 05:40 PM
congrats on working up the courage to go. Your pictures are beautiful! Your top picture of Nora makes me want to draw her.
Posted by: Walden | 15 July 2009 at 07:13 PM
Oh, wow, Vicki! Marvelous photos.
Posted by: Angie | 15 July 2009 at 07:48 PM
What great pictures!!! That is awesome!
Posted by: Nataile | 03 August 2009 at 04:08 PM