There have been a lot of little developments that I’m excited about.
First, Awesome Jeff (as he will henceforth be known) helped me fix some bugs with the blog. The top image now aligns in the center and displays properly when viewed in IE and wordpress is upgraded to the newest version which I’m sure includeds new perks as well. Sweet.
Second, I have some really awesome co-workers. Not only are they incredibly smart, but they will let me geek out about photography and are actually interested. This week, after a quick lunch, we all went to a store near by that specializes in lighting equipment. I picked up a bunch of goodies, including a shoot through umbrella (that comes with the ability to turn into a reflective umbrella – how cool is that!), a clip on diffuser for my SB 600, a swivel head to attach flash and umbrella to my tripod, various knicknacks (lens/camera caps that I had misplaced) and most awesome of awesome, a wireless radio trigger trigger for off-camera flash! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to start strobist-ing.
My radio trigger turned out to be incredibly affordable. It’s made in the mainland, and isn’t a pocket wizard by any means, but it gets the job done. I did finally figure out how to trigger my speedlight via infra-red on my pop-up flash, but it really ruined the effect I was trying to achieve, unless I covered the pop-up flash with my hand. Anyway, it’s good to know your tools.
Tomorrow I have a shoot with my friend Char, who is leaving for college soon. We’re going to do some senior portraits that will a) develop my portfolio b) give me a chance to work with a model and my new lighting gear, and c) at the very least, give her some interesting pictures for her facebook profile. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and will probably be starting off around my apartment. I’m hoping to convince her to come with me to the Hong Kong Cemetary (yes, an actual grave yard) because the setting is actually incredibly beautiful and I’ve been dying to experiment there (no pun intended.)
Last but not least, I have a new long-term project in mind. It will be on gravity. Here’s a test shot I did two nights ago, just experimenting. It’s certainly not well lit/processed/edited etc. I only took about four or five shots, and only one oriented landscape. Anyway, enough caveats, here’s me playing with the idea, testing for feasibility and yes, it is a rare self-portrait.
Tonight I will be heading to a friend’s barbeque in kowloon, with one of the most stunning views of Hong Kong island. You can quite literally see from one end to the other. I’m really excited – I have about a month’s worth of photoshoots lined up, so I will be able to do something creative every weekend!