Child Photography, an Element of Luck Required?

I had the opportunity to photograph one of my girlfriends grandchildren recently.  I set up a black background in the spare room as I like dark and moody.  I utilized a Nikon D200 and an 85mm F1.4 at F8/125th second.  For lighting I used an Alien Bee 800 with a 22 inch beauty dish with a sock on it, and an SB900 camera left with a David Hobby serial box snoot.

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Something from Nothing

I was taking a stroll recently by the new convention center in Wilmington, NC where I snapped this shot.

It was taken with a D200 and a 14-24 F2.8 at 24mm, F2.8, 1/1600th sec, ISO 100.  It was somewhat of an overcast day at around 11AM, and I ending up producing a rather dull and ordinary photograph.  What to do with it, discard?  Well I remember Zack Arias in one of his seminars jokingly refer to a mundane photo as something you convert to black and white and label as ‘fine art’.  Well the fine art label is not for me to assign but I decided to play around with some creative cropping and Nik Silver Efex, along with some burning to produce this.

 

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“Professional Photography”

What is the yardstick of a professional?  When does one cease to be an amateur? This has been much debated and it is not my intention to do it here, but perhaps it is a personal interpretation.  I have not derived my living from photography but I have been paid for it, quite well in some circumstances.  I suspect that if deriving a living from photography is the yardstick then many professionals would be relegated to amateur status.  Currently, a significant proportion of my income comes from photography and it appears to be an increasing amount.

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A Recent Shoot

We had the opportunity to photograph a recently renovated house last week.  It went fine until one of my light stands left a scratch on the floor!  I have three stands, two Manfrotto 5001B’s and a thirteen footer from Paul C. Buff for the Alien Bee 800.  Yeap you guessed it, it was the thirteen footer.  The scratch was superficial and was easily buffed out but I learned my lesson.  Each of the feet on the thirteen footer now has cardboard slippers wrapped in masking tape, ugly but effective.  Here’s my favorite shot from the shoot.

 

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