Click on the photo above to view my photo gallery from the Northwest Folklife Festival 2016 held at Seattle Center, Washington.
Whenever I photograph an event, I always want to keep and open mind and let the photographs come to you. In this case, I asked the woman in the marching band warming up, if I could take her photo. Her response was to ask her husband to join her. Next thing you know, they kissed each other right in front of me. It happened so quick, but I believe I was able to capture such a beautiful moment, because I was in tune to everyone and my surroundings and I allowed the image to come to me.
Click on this link to view the rest of my Fremont Solstice Parade and Festival 2016 Photo Gallery.
I had a great time photographing the Steamposium Seattle 2015 Convention held at Bell Harbor International Conference Center last weekend. For this event, I really wanted to concentrate on capturing that one on one connection with the Steampunk Cosplayers. To capture that portrait that feels like they are interacting with you.
This image is of Day of the Dead Lady Mechanika steampunk cosplay by Tia Maria. It’s just amazing the amount of work she put into her steampunk fashion and make-up. Wow!
Kenny’s Tips: When photographing portraits, find clean, uncluttered backgrounds to make your models stand out. For this image, Tia Maria costume and makeup called for a neutral background. This draws your eyes directly to her face.
To view my entire Steamposium Seattle 2015 Photo Gallery, click here. I would love to hear your comments.
For this Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse event, I had to decide whether I wanted to include it in a city scene or a nature scene. I decided to go to Soos Creek Park in Kent, Washington because I knew the ridge line towards the east side is covered with pines trees and I would have a lot of location options.
Once the moon started to rise over the horizon, I had to quickly move and pick which trees would make for a good photograph. I settled for a nice composition with the moon rising through a small cluster of pine trees.
For this image, a good stable tripod and cable release is a necessity. The toughest part of taking this photograph is that there was so little ambient light caused by the lunar eclipse that the auto focus on my camera wouldn’t work. So I had to switch to manual mode on my 70-200mm zoom lens. Then I manually focused the lens to infinity and then confirmed the infinity mark alignment visually with my flashlight.
Here is a bird lantern photo I took at the Luminata Lantern Parade 2015 at Green Lake Park in Fremont Seattle, WA, USA. Click here to view the Photo Gallery on my website of the event.
This is one of many images I took at the 2015 Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival held in Burien, Washington. Click here to view the entire Photo Gallery on my website.
Extreme Low Light Photography
As my bother and I was driving through the small town of Almira, Washington, I noticed sparks flying out of the local blacksmith shop. Never to pass up a great photo opportunity, I pull over and asked the owner if we could photograph him while he was working and he said sure.
As soon as he started welding on the farm equipment that he was repairing, I realized the light radiating from the welding gun was so bright, it was going to be a tough exposure and throw my camera meter way off.
So in this situation you have two choices. Switch to manual mode and take a meter reading before he starts welding or as in my situation, since he already started welding and I didn’t know how long he was going to be patient with some strange guy photographing him while he was working, I had adjust the exposure on the fly.
I quickly my camera ISO to 800 because there was very low light in his shop, set my shutter speed to 1/125 seconds and adjusted the compensation dial to -2/3 under expose and took a shot. I quickly took a glance at my camera LCD screen and it was flashing. The light from the welder was still too bright. I then re-adjusted the dial to -1 under expose and took another shot, took another look at the LCD screen and histogram and this time the lighting was perfect. I proceeded to get off 25 shots in a three-minute span before he was done. After editing out the ones I didn’t like, I ended up with 12 real nice photographs.
This image is located in my Almira, Washington Gallery and is available for prints and stock photography.
Keep an open mind: Me and my brother were looking for train photos when we came across the welding blacksmith. If we weren’t open to photographing other subjects, we would have missed out on a great image.
Get one in the can while you can: Or in other words, work fast. You never know how long this opportunity will last. And how much patience your subject will have, especially while working. In this case, I reviewed my time of exposures, exactly three minutes.
Exposure: When shooting super contrast photos, It’s better to under expose the image, keeping your whites in proper range, because you can still get detail out of the dark areas when your process your images, but if the whites are overexposed, you can never bring back the missing detail.
Camera Custom Settings: I have my Canon 5D Mark II set to highlight alert so that areas that are overexposed will blink on the LCD screen. This enables you to quickly view what areas is over exposed. I also have enabled the auto focus points. This is very useful showing a red dot on my LCD screen where the camera has focused on. You can visually confirm you have focused at the most import part of the image. Especially useful when shooting action, when you don’t have time to review every shot for sharpness. Nothing is worse that have a soft out of focus image.