On Friday afternoon, I got a chance to take some pre-graduation photos of a dear family friend who is about to graduate with her Master's degree! I have known this lovely lady since she was in kindergarten - she is credited for introducing our family to Veggie Tales (& Logan *so* loved Veggie Tales as a small kid).
She lost her dad in a tragic motorcycle accident 3 years ago this month. It was a serious blow to the whole family, but especially to this "daddy's girl." To see how far she has come... it just overwhelms me. And to say that I am proud to be part of her life is ... well ... there are just no words.
So you can understand why I was so honored when asked to do a few photos for her.
But scheduling was a SERIOUS problem (see my poll from last week about shooting times ). You see, the life of a young woman finishing up her master's degree is VERY busy! She even had a presentation with former PRESIDENT George H. W. Bush & his wife the week leading up to these photos!!! Talk about PRESSURE! But I digress (did I mention I'm very proud of her??) ....
We couldn't meet early in the morning and late evenings were OUT of the question.
And when pushed to pick a time, all she could open up for me in her schedule was 2pm. 2pm in Texas in April!
And it was a BEAUTIFUL day! Warm & sunny.... the kind of day you want to spend by the pool, at the lake, or out on a hike or something.
But definitely NOT ideal for taking serious portraits.
But when push comes to shove, we all do what we have to do, right? I did promise her that, if we didn't get anything that would work for her, we'd try some "studio" type shots in my garage at a later date.
These are a few that I felt like she would be happy with - please feel free to CC. But as I plan to share a lot of pics, you don't have to CC on all of them. Just pick one or two and let me know your thoughts. I am noticing a few things here at work that I didn't catch at home and plan to go back and check, but I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Anyway ... all shot w/ my D7100, using my 50mm ...
1. f/2.0 ss=1/3200 ISO=110
2. f/2.0 ss=1/3200 ISO=250
3. f/2.0 ss=1/3200 ISO=220
4. f/2.0 ss=1/3200 ISO=360
5. f/2.5 ss=1/400 ISO=220
6. f/2.5 ss=1/250 ISO=100
Considering the shooting conditions, I was pretty happy to get these. I know there are still lots of issues, but I'm still pretty pleased. I'm looking forward to seeing the CC from you guys.
This was SUCH a fun shoot! She's so excited about graduation. And now that so many of her projects, presentations, etc are winding down, you can see her starting to physically relax. So we just had fun, ya know?!
Anyway ... the kicker for this shoot and what made it such fun for EVERYONE is that I had a very special "second shooter" ... my dear Wonder Boy (Logan)!!! He came out w/ my D80 loaded up with my 18mm - 200mm lens. I set the ISO for him and then he moved into aperture priority mode (depending on what we are shooting, he will usually stay in aperture priority mode or shutter priority mode for sports). I was THRILLED with some of his shots and want to share them with you. These are not really for serious CC, but I will pass on any comments you might have for him.
7. f/4.8 ss=1/640 ISO=400 50mm length
8. f/5.3 ss=1/640 ISO=400 82mm length
9. f/5.6 ss=1/320 ISO=400 130mm length
10. f/5.6 ss=1/400 ISO=400 105mm length
I cannot find words to say how proud I was feeling as I took these images off of his memory card!!!!
And in addition to being my trusty second shooter, he also manned the reflector for me. He just did all the little things - like carry the bags, ask people to walk around when needed to keep the backdrop clear, and he kept a running monologue going that had us all in tears from laughing so much.
He and Carlos often come w/ me on a shoot. Carlos will man the reflector and carry bags and such. And usually, Logan just tries to stay out of the way. You can bet from now on, he'll have a camera in hand!
Anyway ... thanks for looking and for letting me share. I know this is a long post! But you guys are really the only ones with which I can share this kind of story.