Saturday, August 22, 2009

Inspiration: Make Pictures

While I haven't been posting any of my own creations, impressions or capturations (as I believe that photos are moments one captures and and rarely ever creates from scratch), I have, while reading strobist, stumbled upon a man who's photography fascinates me. His name is Clay Enos. The article in particular features a video of him doing street photography, rather using a portion of the street as his studio, and giving tips on how to do it. It doesn't involve all that much in the way of technology and equipment, and it seems like something I would love to try.

As a photographer I lean towards portraiture more than anything. I'll try to take a good photo of a particularly breathtaking landscape when I'm there, or cover a party or three to chronicle a happy experience, but given the choice I know I would take portraits ahead, above and beyond anything else. Street photography for me holds such an allure. The challenge of the venue, lighting au natural, and the excitement of meeting new people. One of these off days, I plan to and will do just that.

But going back to Enos. I checked out his blog entitled Making Pictures, as well as his official site (click his name) and his galleries. In a way, what this guy has accomplished, is something I would like to similarly be able to do. Adding his blog to the list of blogs I follow. :) Check them out. They just might inspire you.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bending Light: Spirit Pop-up Flash Diffuser

My first encounter with the spirit was a fleeting one. I noticed it atop a Nikon D80 (I think) sitting on a table, presumably with its owner, at Krispy Kreme in Boni High Street. I was wondering what it was, what kind of diffusion it actually gives... then I turned into KK and forgot all about it.

I found it again online while browsing for birthday gift ideas for my wishlist. And thanks to funds as a direct result of said birthday, I can now cross that off my list. Just to give you an idea what it looks like, here are some photos...

The Spirit!

Spirit in Packaging...

List of cameras to use it on doesn't include Olympus...

Photographing the Spirit With a Spirit...

Photographing without...

From where I'm sitting, it does its job, for the most part (notice the difference in the shadows), and gives a warmer light than the harsher naked pop-up flash does, which I for one like.

I haven't quite used it on anything other than itself (or rather the one I bought for a friend), and anyone other than myself. Soon however, I will post more, as I know the opportunity will present itself.

For now, I leave you with these and you be the judge...

Without Spirit... With Spirit...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Birthday wishlist... Wish lang talaga.

:) For those who don't know, I'll be turning another year older in about 48 hours. And while this blog is supposed to be dedicated to photography, my experience with it and passion for it, I think I'll cheat a bit and present to the reading public, you my dear friends who bother to visit every once in awhile, and to those who happen to stumble across my site while searching for God knows what, what I'd love to have for my birthday.

I know we're long past the age of being lucky enough to deserve things given to us... ok, fine. I am. :) I'm 1 year and 47 some hours shy of hitting the big three-zero. But the following are things that I'd love to have, things I'd wish for, things that I will attract to myself because, well, I want them. :) And in keeping with the theme, most of them will have something to do with photography. Most. Not all.

These are in random order. :)

1.) Spectra Light Versitle Flash diffuser. This flash light bouncing system mounts to almost any hot shoe flash, allowing versatility in your lighting. 09.06.09
2.) Spirit Pop-up Flash diffuser. For those moments when you feel like soft lighting, without a hot shoe flash or bounce capablities on hand...
3.) Olympus E3 - *wipes saliva*- It might not have the top of the line sensor anymore, but I'd like to have a body with a little more substance than my E410. Weatherproofing doesn't hurt.
4.) Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm 2.8-4.0 SWD lens... Great walk-about lens. :)
5.) Ownuser Battery Grip for Olympus E410. This will help give my current cam a little bulk and vertical shooting grip.
6.) Olympus / third party E410 extra battery.
7.) Orbis Ring Flash *wipes saliva again* I sooooo want one of these. (got a DIY ringflash though)
8.) a couple of Vivitar 285 HV flash units for my strobist aspirations or youngnuo flashes will do the trick just as well. Got myself that YN... but I could do with 1 more.
9.) Remote Triggers for Hot shoe flash units... :)
10.) KTM 690 Duke. Ok not related to Photography, but wouldn't it be just cool? To shoot, to ride... to ride and shoot... mmmmmmm.

I think 10 is a healthy number of things to wish for. I just might add to that. Eventually. :)

Ah. One can dream.

edited and updated 02.06.10

11.) ADDITIONAL remote triggers / receivers. :)
12.) ADDITIONAL extra batteries. :)
13.) standard sized Starving Student Strobist umbrella kit (6foot stand, 36 inch umbrella).