Beer Week: Santan Brewery bicycling event

Pictures from Santan Brewery’s Beer week are on my facebook page, and on my flickr page.  I prefer that people go to my facebook page so you can tag photos, but, if you don’t use facebook, flickr is plenty good.

facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.465542083500161.102166.173412069379832&type=1&notif_t=like

flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidduane/sets/72157632802254424/with/8486774759/

Beer Week - Santan Brewery

Beer Week – Santan Brewery

Posted in Bicycles, Events

Annular eclipse portrait

Sometimes mistakes in photography can be the coolest thing.

I didn’t have the neutral density filter I needed to get a picture of the annular eclipse on Sunday, 2012.05.20, but, I was determined to get a picture of some type that would show the stellar event. To get a reasonably exposed picture of a person with the crescent sun behind him, I tried variations such as using the flash on full power in high speed synch mode, 1/8000 second, f/22, 100mm lens, focused a couple of feet behind a person who is at close distance… the flash just wasn’t powerful enough to do it that way (and, it is a powerful flash unit).

I was a little bit frustrated, but, being the addict to photography that I am, I started trying stupid things, like, putting everything on auto mode. I knew the sun would be way out of focus, but, I was hoping there might be a crescent shape in the big blotch of light where the sun is. I didn’t get that. What I did get, though, was a reflection within the lens that put a small, perfectly exposed, reasonably sharp crescent on the guys forehead! Very cool! Understand, I am using one of the best lenses available (Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS L macro), but, no lens will make pictures without artifacts when shooting directly into the sun.

I certainly couldn’t see the artifact when I shot the picture. The image in the viewfinder was way too bright for me do any more composing than squint, point the camera toward the person, let the auto-focus do its thing, and take the picture… no more than 1 second. Having the lens focus an image of the sun (that’s basically what you were doing when you used to roast ants with a magnifying glass) on the shutter curtain can damage the curtain, so, I knew I had to work fast.

The picture as it came out of the camera was pretty good, but, in Photoshop, I did make adjustments to Fill Light, Blacks, and Brightness, to give it a little more drama.

Lens flare causes crescent from a solar eclipse to appear on forehead.

Lens flare causes crescent from a solar eclipse to appear on forehead

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Third Thursday Presents Girls Night Out fashion show

Some of the retailers on Mill Ave had clothing designers and models represent their stores for this fashion competition.  One competition was for the most creative look, and other was for the most sell-able design.

Pictures from the MAD Couture Third Thursday Presents Girls Night Out fashion show are on my facebook page, and on flickr.  If you have a facebook account, click the Like button at http://www.facebook.com/DavidDuanePhotography, then click Photos, and Third Thursday Presents Girls Night Out fashion show.  Please tag photos if you know any of the people, designers, or sponsoring retailers.  The pictures are also heere: flickr

Third Thursday Presents Girls Night Out fashion show

Third Thursday Presents Girls Night Out fashion show

Posted in Fashion

Tagging on my facebook business page

It has been brought to my attention that people need to “Like” a page on facebook in order to tag somebody on the page.  So, dancers and my high school alumni will need to click the Like button at http://www.facebook.com/DavidDuanePhotography to tag photos on that page.

Posted in Uncategorized

Carmen Mattei and Marnie Mattei’s dance party at Paragon Dance Center

Pictures from Carmen Mattei and Marnie Mattei’s dance party at Paragon Dance Center are available on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DavidDuanePhotography and flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidduane/sets/72157629790403035.  Since Carmen and Marnie are dance instructors at the competitive level, many of their Pro-Am dance students were there.

Carmen Mattei with students at Paragon Dance Center in Tempe

Carmen Mattei with students at Paragon Dance Center

 

Dancers at Paragon Dance Center in Tempe

Dancers at Paragon Dance Center in Tempe

Posted in Dance

Pictures from Graham Central Station on March 24.

Pictures from the Country Rain lesson and dance at Paragon Dance Center are available on facebook and flickr.  I prefer that you look at the pictures on facebook so you can tag the pictures, but, flickr is better if you want to download full size pictures.

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.327587483962289.74682.173412069379832&type=1

Flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidduane/sets/72157629391005814/

The Fullscreen viewer in facebook is pretty good, in case you haven’t seen it.  When viewing a picture, hover over the picture, and in the upper right, click the double-headed arrow that points diagonally.  Or, you can click Options toward the lower right, and choose Enter Fullscreen.  Use the left and right keys on the keyboard to easily go through the pictures.

Instructions to download pictures on flickr:  Click on the thumbnail to get to the picture.  In the upper left, click Actions, and choose ‘View all sizes.’  Click ‘Original size.’  After the full size image has completely loaded, right-click on the picture to get the options to save the picture to your computer.  Instructions from there vary, depending on what browser and operating system you are using.

Dancers at Graham Central Station in Tempe.

Dancers at Graham Central Station in Tempe.

Posted in Dance

Country Rain dance pictures from Paragon on 2012.03.31

Pictures from the Country Rain lesson and dance at Paragon Dance Center are available on facebook and flickr.  I prefer that you look at the pictures on facebook so you can tag the pictures, but, flickr is better if you want to download full size pictures.

 Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.325902517464119.74397.173412069379832&type=3

 Flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidduane/sets/72157629370665406/with/6897508098/

The Fullscreen viewer in facebook is pretty good, in case you haven’t seen it.  When viewing a picture, hover over the picture, and in the upper right, click the double-headed arrow that points diagonally.  Or, you can click Options toward the lower right, and choose Enter Fullscreen.  Use the left and right keys on the keyboard to easily go through the pictures.

Instructions to download pictures on flickr:  Click on the thumbnail to get to the picture.  In the upper left, click Actions, and choose ‘View all sizes.’  Click ‘Original size.’  After the full size image has completely loaded, right-click on the picture to get the options to save the picture to your computer.  Instructions from there vary, depending on what browser and operating system you are using.

Dancers at Paragon Dance Center

I pointed the flash at the mirror between me and the dancers to get this dramatic lighting.

 

Dancers at Paragon Dance Center

There was a contest where dancers were blindfolded when they danced the Arizona Two-Step. After round 1, dancers were led to another partner for round 2. Laina Lee snuck these two guys together. I have no idea how long it took them to figure out the other person was a guy, but, they did the whole dance.

Posted in Dance

Pictures from the Greenway High School reunion

Pictures from the Greenway High School reunion are here:

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/DavidDuanePhotography

Flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidduane/sets/72157629319371772/with/7022520847/

Greenway High School reunion

Greenway High School reunion at Aunt Chilada's

Posted in Events

Dancers at Graham Central Station on 2012.02.18

Pictures of dancers at Graham Central Station on 2012.02.18 are here:

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.301714756549562.69494.173412069379832&type=3

If you don’t have a facebook account, want to view the pictures in a slideshow, or would like to download larger images, they are at flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidduane/sets/72157629453531291/

Sandi and Dwight Nelson at Graham Central Station in Tempe

Posted in Dance

Lighting for photographing a painting

Here is an example of what happens when you photograph a painting with an on-camera flash.  The light reflects straight back at the camera, making the painting seem “washed out,” especially toward the middle. Using a light on each side of the painting creates shadows on each side, but, the contrast and evenness of the lighting make it much more flattering.  Having lights to the side also help show the texture and brushstrokes better… this picture is too small to see that though.

You could, of course, shoot the picture with the on-camera flash, as long as you shoot it from an angle.  The painting would be skewed a little bit though, and, the lighting wouldn’t be nearly as even.

The image on the left was shot with a light on each side of the camera, each light being at about 30°  from the painting.  The picture on the right was shot with an on-camera flash.

The image on the left was shot with a light on each side of the camera, each light being at about 30° from the painting. The picture on the right was shot with an on-camera flash. Oddly, the shadow under her jaw is completely messed up in the on-camera flash picture... The artist must have used a less reflective paint in that area.

Posted in Photography technique