Working on the light

I did a short headshot session today. And learned some lessons.
Not that these were things I didn’t already know – but I was trying to fight it – to see if I could make it work.
What am I talking about? Light! Good light is good light and not good light is Bad light. Period.
Shooting at high noon (12-12:30pm) is a major challenge. It can be done, but you really have to find yourself some good shade (or start one-lighting). Even with that, you still have to contend with no longer having nice catch-lights in the eyes (eyes look dead without them) – or trying to man-handle a reflector on your own, if you don’t have an assistant. Anywhoo, I’ll go into more detail once I post those images. Below, are some images I took while walking around a park – taken at the ‘right’ time – 4:00pm – as the sun was in the 2/3 o’clock position (getting near the horizon).

Canon 50D, 70-200f4, 200mm, 1/1000, f4, ISO 200 and is around a 50% crop (If I understand that term correctly)

Left: Canon 50D, 70-200f4, 200mm, 1/500, f4, ISO 200 | Right: Canon 50D, 70-200f4, 91mm, 1/200, f4, ISO 200

Toronto Snow Day

We had the loveliest snow over night last Friday (Feb 17th) and woke up to snow covered everything on Saturday more. It was the ‘pretty’ kind of snow, that lays softly on tree branches and rooftops. I took some pics that snowy morning and the day after. Interesting to see how the view changes.

a lovely front door and squirrel tracks :)

how ‘smart’ are they really?

Looking at Zack Arias’ Project #de_VICE, it’s amazing how prevalent smart device’s really are. Then I ask myself, what did we do 10-15 years ago? Has the smart device replaced the book? If you’re on a train/bus now, all you see are smart phones. 15 years ago, there would have been a lot more books. Has this led to the decline of book reading? I’m a reader (although I’ve been on a long draught now, not due to my phone) and if I still took the train/bus on a daily basis, would I have stopped reading in deference to my smart phone? And moreover, is the prevalence of these device’s causing a decrease in our attention span? Causing us to be bored if we don’t have one? Has it increased our need for (constant) stimulation? Don’t get me wrong, I love my phone. I’m very much a ‘plugged’ in person, having been actively using the web/blogging since 2000. I love how social media allows you to connect with so many more people than you ever would have in ‘real’ life. And it’s a marvel to know, that once you have that 4″x2.5″ device in your hand, you’re effectively connected to the world – where ever you go. But that begs the question, when do we disconnect and are we disconnecting enough?