Matt Mitchell - Biker Series

FR_FLH_2745, originally uploaded by smilepak.
Recently I tried out a few things I picked up from Jerry Ghionis seminar I had attended a couple of months ago. According to Jerry, he looks for the light. How can he bend it, shape it, and have give life to his photograph.

In this picture, I've tried similar technique. First, we look for a light source. At the location we were at, there was a single light source from above, which is a light pool. Second, how can we light up the subject? We didn't want to use off camera flash because that might require too much tweaking. So we had a handheld flashlight and a small 20W Sony video light. Using both of these, we aim the light accordingly. The handheld was at a 45 degree angle to the right of the camera focus on the female face with a feather touch on the male face. The Sony video light was 45 degree angle to the left of the camera focus on the female face.

With some magic pixie dust, a few chanting pray, we have a shot as you see here. Of the 7 shots tried, this is the one I liked most. I hope you will like it too. Here are a few others from the same night while trying out shots.

Wedding: Matthew and Kimberly

I had the opportunity to join Joan Day in taking picture of her nephew wedding on May 15th, 2010. It was a great experience and definitely enjoy the day. Here are sneak peek of the wedding.

More images of Matthew and Kimberly (CLICK HERE) 














Shinny Harley


FR_FLH_2668
Originally uploaded by smilepak
Recent fun shot using Nikon D200 w/ Nikon 105mm F2.8 VR of a perfectly clean and shinny Harley Motorcycle.

Still waiting for my D300s to be returned from Nikon Service department :(

Portrait Sample - Nikon 105mm F2. VR


FR_Grey_FLH_2641
Originally uploaded by smilepak
Nikon D200
Off Camera Flash SB800 through Soft Box
1/50 Shutter Speed
F4 Aperture
ISO 400

Nikon 105mm F2.8 VR Lens

Eyes Of The Tiger


Eyes Of The Tiger
Originally uploaded by smilepak
This was a recent shot of Laura Shodire from a glamour photography session I attended. She has some amazing dead on eyes and outstanding to work with.

The shot was done using my new Nikon 105mm VR f2.8 Macro Lens. This has to be one of the better lens to use for portrait.

See some of the review of it at these websites. If you notice the analysis done on Photozone, the MTF is outstanding across all the major aperture.

http://www.bythom.com/105AFSlens.htm
http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/224-micro-nikkor-af-s-105mm-f28g-if-ed-vr-review--test-report