I had another senior session recently and wanted to share some shots from the shoot. I had an assistant this time and so I used my Photoflex 18" Octobox, with a SB-600 speedlight, and triggered by my new Pocketwizards.  

I had actually photographed Nate during his basketball season, and so we were  able to kind of jump right in and have a fun relaxed session.  Nate was really good about posing while at the location even though people were around and sometimes  watching us!  


Field of Dreams...

I got a chance this week to photograph some high school baseball.  I had never shot it before but the great thing about HS sports is the access, you are SO close to the action!  The backgrounds can get a little cluttered, even shooting wide open, but I still got some good shots for the parents of the catcher, that I was focused on.  It took awhile to get the right speed and motions down in order to not miss the ball or the action, and  man even in HS that ball moves pretty fast!! 

Here some faves:




I wanted to try and get a few "creative" shots while I was there. I noticed Nick had a lot of dust in his mitt, so I wanted to capture the effect of that ball and glove impact, so I intentionally shot a hair late on a few pitches to capture that cloud of dust after the pitch made it home! 


Then I went behind the backstop and had some real fun! This little trial burned quite a few pixels before I got some keepers!(Man I love digital!)  I picked a spot in between home plate  and the pitchers mound and my focus in. Now, because I use back button focusing, all I had to do was let the shutter blast away and it would be focused vertically on that plane that I had set focus on! When the ball crossed that imaginary  line, it would be in focus, and because I was shooting at f2.8, not much else would be!!  Like I said, I had quite a few misses, but I really like this keeper, where the players are all out of focus but the ball in mid-air is in focus!  


It was a real good reminder to me to never settle for the same old reliable, cliche shots, even if they are good, but to try and stretch my techniques and see if I can create something unique, even at a local high school baseball game! 


I also created a print for Nick to have.  He is a great athlete and with his full catchers gear on, he  remined me of a Roman Gladiator, ready for battle, so I captured this in game portrait and then did a little extra processing on it for him:


The Gladiator




I am getting old...

...and I never feel it more than when I photograph my friends kids! But I remember when this one was born and when she was named after the great female soccer star, Mia Hamm.  Fast forward 14 or so years and now I am photographing "our" Mia killing it on the field!  I captured thousands of shots of her big brother, but for some reason it was even more special to get these of Mia as she starts on the Varsity team as a freshmen! Looking forward to many more years of capturing her on the field! Way to Mia!!  


Tyler 2.0

Previously I had photographed Tyler's sports portraits for his senior photos, and now it was time to do the more traditional shots.  When I finally decided to dip my toe into portraits I wanted to focus on more of an enviromental look to my work instead of the studio setting.  So when we met for his session it was at a local forest preserve.  Doing the fun golf stuff previously had really helped to ease the awkwardness that can surround taking shots of nervous teenagers. Tyler and I had a blast during his shoot, joking around and just plain having fun while we shot! We tried some stuff that didn't work but in the end we got a nice collection that his mother had a real hard time narrowing down her picks!






Seek and ye shall find! 

I get this call from my shooting buddy Colin and he is all animated about a new shooting spot he found and how I had to come over right away!  Well, who am I to argue with a request like that?

We have found and shot many "nesting" locations in the spring but we are also always looking for something new, and what a spot he had found!  



We estimated that there were well over 100 nests  between the Great Blue Herons, Egrets, and Cormorants!   It was nuts!!  

It was almost too amazing to stay focused enough to shoot! (Almost!) Honestly there were so many subjects to shoot I was whipping around like crazy! Every other heron was carrying in sticks to build there nests!  What a spot!



As the weeks passed we made MANY trips back and got  to watch the nests get filled with squawking youngsters!  


As I have said before, just when I think I am not going to really pursue wildlife photography,  I have ones of these experiences!!