I’m finally getting back to shooting and now I’m blogging again.
The best thing about love; it’s unconditional. Despite their plans being upended (and finally back on track), Bella and Eddy have been navigating through their friends weddings all last year and this year, of what seems to be happening back to back to back!
Bella has been the best source of information at work and when she found out that I was a photographer, I offered my services and my vision to help her get at least some save the dates and some awesome photos to distribute to her loved ones. In their traditional Khmer outfits, Eddy was absolutely regal and the details on Bella’s outfit was incredible! I just wish we had a bit more time to explore the SF horizon a little longer while we were out there.
Ever since the pandemic hit I’ve fallen completely behind in my posts (that’s half a lie, LOL. Though the pandemic has brought everything to its knees, I still have a day job been working during the pandemic (scientist by day), AND been trying to raise 4 kiddos now).
However, I’m beginning to catch up and finding new gigs along the way.
I will be posting the details of Sara and Tim’s long awaited wedding soon!
As sad as last year was, I gotta say that it opened my eyes to how precious things can be taken for granted. I started a new job, the wife had to work from home as well as the kids, and the whole world was on lockdown.
Despite the frigid blood that runs through some of the individual’s veins in our beloved country, I tried to find the good in it while staying safe. I managed to fly out to Montana to shoot a wedding (all in the while staying as safe as possible) and was basically going in and out of my lab still working diligently trying to help my colleagues find antibodies toward cancer and COVID.
That’s when I took a look at my newest EOS-R and saw that it was lonely, lol. So, on one of my off days from the lab, I tried to capture the spirit of “Rosete University” in my living room.
I’ve been anxiety editing a bunch of stuff on the archive as of late. Yes, I have bad anxiety and somehow editing calms me. Any of you out there have anxiety and/or panic attacks? What do you do to get your mind off of it? Triggers?
I’m not the best when it comes to photoshop. To be honest, it’s not my forte. But learning new techniques is always fun. When executing the steps, I find myself more than satisfied and fulfilled when it begins to look the way I want it to.
This shot was an outtake from an editorial back in 2017 and at the time (and still have) a 9 foot roll of paper, a railing from my garage door, and the remnants of my totally messed up garage. To make matters even more challenging is the fact that I was shooting a gorgeous model with thigh high boots with 4 inch heels, which in turn made her at least 6′1″
How did I do it? Well, a 35mm lens and a lot of photoshop! This was shot at f/8 with a shutter of 1/125. I was probably 5-6ft away from the model with a few lighting adjustments during this look. Needless to say, I got the lighting on point, however I’m sure the publication wouldn’t accept this type of shot with the actual light and a keyboard in the background.
It helps that photoshop has a content aware function and that’s what I used for either side of the backdrop. For the shadow of the garage rail, again I used content aware. To even out the rest of the background, I cut out the model and placed her in another layer, made the background an even color, and blurred the hell out of it. To reduce the banding caused by the blur, I added a bit of noise/grain to the whole photo when put together.
And now, you get the final product at the bottom! Cheers!