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Hanging On

September 18th, 2012 by ronlute

Hanging On, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

This is definitely one of my favorites shots of 2012 and probably of all time. I love the way the light works with dark area behind Shane under Hedge Creek Falls giving a great background. Shane is busy holding the rope for Farren as she is doing a solo climb up the face of the Falls. His intent gaze is wonderful.

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Lights – Camera – 2011

May 15th, 2011 by ronlute

Lights – Camera – 2011, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Well I guess it had to happen. It’s been a while and I needed to get out the flashes and do something with them again. Of course the easiest model to use has always been myself unfortunately but until I get one of those heads they use at the beauty school I’ll have to do. Since I started reading the “Speedliters Handbook” by Syl Arena I’ve been itching to get out the lights so I finally did today. Forgot how one of the flashes test fire worked so I thought my batteries were dead and I needed to charge them up. I did need to charge but I ended up doing this way too late as usual but at least I have all 3 lights and how they work clear in my head now. Just wish I had cleaned my specs off first.

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Cheri and Family

March 5th, 2011 by ronlute

Cheri and Family, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Here’s one from December. I did a family portrait shoot with a friend. This young man is stationed overseas and was home for Christmas.

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365/126 – Really Post

July 13th, 2010 by ronlute

365/126 – Really Post, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

OK. I’ve tried to refrain from this but it has to be done occasionally. I got a 3rd strobe and need to start working with it to see what I can do. Unfortunately I didn’t write down the lighting info and now I don’t remember all but I did have the 430EX II and reflective umbrella high camera right and the Vivatar and shoot thru umbrella low camera left fired with the optical slave. I had my new (old) promaster flash as a hair light with the Honl grid. This was fired with a Promaster module as a slave. The Canon strobe was fired with the RadioPopper JrX and the main light.
And Oh yeah. I used some Topaz Adjust and PS filters to try and pretty the portrait up. (ha! ha!)

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Dancing Heals

July 5th, 2010 by ronlute

Dancing Heals, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

There have already been some nice Marketfests this year as the weather has been cooler than normal. Most have been under 100 degrees which really rocks. The band last week was a Zydeco band so the music was sweet. Loved the back light on this happy dancer.

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365/110 – Mother’s Day 2

May 16th, 2010 by ronlute

365/110 – Mother’s Day 2, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

We were gone last week so today we had my parents over for “Mother’s Day” It was a great time with Bar-B-Q and a nice visit. I also realize it’s great to take family portraits whenever possible because it won’t be forever.
Lighting 430EX II high camera right fired @ 1/4 power with RP JrX into a Westcott 45″ umbrella.

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365/109 – Prom Night

May 15th, 2010 by ronlute

365/109 – Prom Night, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

I had a chance to do a photo shoot today. A young lady was going to the Prom and I took some photos of her in her beautiful dress, her wonderful shoes, with her family, with her BFFs and of course with her date. These are her magical shoes.

Lighting 430EX II high camera right fired @ 1/4 power with RP JrX into a Westcott 45″ umbrella.

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365/106 – Flying

May 11th, 2010 by ronlute

365/106 – Flying, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Another photo with the bokeh master’s kit. This one is so, so and I couldn’t think of a title that didn’t wasn’t too dumb. I found out tonight that I have to work on getting the bokeh part in a little sharper focus and I’m not exactly sure how to do it yet. That will be something to work on and experiment with. Guess that is part of what is so great about it all and why it’s so frustrating to not have more time at times.

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365/101 – Some Family

May 2nd, 2010 by ronlute

365/101 – Some Family, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Did a quick family group portrait with one light. The 430EX II high camera left fired with the RadioPopper at 1/2 power and bounced from a Westcott 45″ umbrella.
A little dark of course on the away side of the flash but I like this look better than fully light and kind of boring.

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365/100 – Always Smiling

May 1st, 2010 by ronlute

365/100 – Always Smiling, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

The title tells. I often find that for the self-portrait I look way too serious. On this one I put on the EF-s 55-250mm lens. Not my favorite but part of the reason I bought it was decent reviews so I best take a better look at it. Since I have a camera that can go higher in the ISO range than the previous one it will open up new possibilities.
The lighting on this is a single 430EX II high camera right bounced off a white umbrella at 1/4 power fired with the RadioPopper JrX. Post processing with Topaz Adjust and a pass with Exposure Correction and then a pass of Portrait Drama.

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