June 12, 2010

Dec '09: Head Shots

Nieces and Nephew.
Duck, Duck, Goose!

May '09: Race Cars

Seeing a friend post some nice panning images made me look back at some of mine from a year ago.
1/80 f/18 280mm  (on a 1.3 crop sensor)   100mph?

Now at 1/200

I like the second one better, with a touch more sharpness to the car. The wheels also help provide a speed reference.
But, neither is very interesting.
I'd still rather have good composition than good camera techniques.

June 11, 2010

June 11: Family Portrait

Brace yourself for something new.
I'm usually runnin' around with a 40lb pack, skiing/biking/etc, to get my photos.
This week, I shot some family portraits.

We went to Antelope Island near SLC to find some nice background scenery.

Later, when patience was running low, and the bugs were devouring us all, the composition broke down.
Notice that the baby's parents (far left) are the only ones not paying attention to the baby. Although, I expect they probably deserve a little break.

Before that happened though, we shot this headshot for the man of the hour, before he leaves for 2 years.

And one of his sister, (a friend of mine).

And brother, sis-in-law, & niece.

And, of course, the proud parents.

I used artificial lighting (mixed with sunlight) in all of the above images. The cloud cover made it difficult to get the light balance correct, as some images were in bright sun (ex: sister) and others were soft shade.
For most shots, only fill was needed. In some, like his headshot, I used the strobe as the key light.

Now, let's do some photoshop work.
In this image, mom looks good, but the cloud reflection ruins the other half of photo (and dad isn't looking).

Then, in another image, dad looks good, but mom is buried in clouds.

It proved too difficult to get this shot done right in camera. (If I had remembered my polarizer, it would have been simple. Oops.)
So, I wanted to combine the good halves of the two photos into one composite image.

Check out this screencast video of how it went.

PhotoShop Composite from Jeremy Koons on Vimeo.

And here's the final image.

June 8, 2010

June 8: PMTS Shoot

I shot a few images for Paul Mitchell The School, in SLC.
The images went out in emails to their clients.

The School wanted an image to showcase the professional products,

an image showing the new pedicure tubs,

and an image showing the facial room,

And I created this one to capture the mood.

End notes:
Good PhotoShop work should be undetectable.
I'm pretty happy the the clever lighting in the 3rd image. I used a speedlight on each individual table, then merged them into the darker (but warmer) background image. Without this composite lighting, the room is very flat.
The 4th image is also a composite. I won't give away as many details, but the candles, flowers, background, and bed are 4 individual shots, pulled together in the computer.
Take a photo of a candle using your flash and you'll see why the composite is necessary.

June 8: Click Here

I've had some images published from the Peru trip, along with images by Forest Woodward and Matt Catalano.
Check out the images and stories on these links:

More of Forest's images: http://www.forestwoodward.com/

And, here's another image you will like.

June 4, 2010

June 4: Women's Bike

We're selling a women's road/cruiser bike.
We bought it from Bingham Cyclery in late '08. Due to summer travel and a broken foot, it's been ridden less than 100 miles, and only in fair weather.
Stored inside.

2008 Specialized Globe City 7.

Suited for a woman about 5'0" to 5'4". Specialized says it's a '53,' but check their 'Geometry' tab if you like to see lots of numbers.

It comes with an integrated fender/rack/lighting system, which attaches easily with stock braze-ons.
The lights, front and rear, are powered by the wheels. No batteries required.

Or take them off to save a little weight.

The rear light is also a reflector, for added visibility.

The bike is basically new. With a quick dusting, it could be on the showroom floor. I didn't even clean it for the photos. Look how shiny the cassette is! I wish my other bikes looked this good.

We paid $700 for it. In it's like-new condition, I think $475 is a good price, but I'd like to sell it soon so I'm willing to negotiate.

Email is convenient, as I am often outside. Jeremy@JeremyKoons.com
Call 801-906-8588 if you'd prefer.