Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Day 266 - Mossy Tiles

The nice days continue and again I went out to my backyard looking for something new to photograph. I managed to find some awesome moss growing on top of an old playhouse that was built for my sister years ago. I thought it made for a good quick shot.

Day 266 - Mossy Tiles, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Day 265 - Fetch!

It has been so nice outside these last few days I went out in my backyard with my camera with Abby. She was in a crazy mood and kept looking at me waiting to do something. So I found a big stick and threw it, quickly enough she ran after it running back. It was really fun to try and throw the stick then get down to grab a shot of her running back and since it was so bright outside it was not hard at all to capture a high frame rate photograph.

Day 265 - Fetch!, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Day 264 - Studio Self Portrait

Studio self portrait...how fake does this look?!? I am usually not a huge fan of these studio portraits so I tried to make it as comfortable for myself as possible. I didnt want to do anything typical and I just tried to be myself. I feel like it makes my head look really tiny...anywho. The background came out quite grey on these shots and I know why, I really need to start amping up the light hitting the background. That way when the camera see's the shot it thinks the background is over lit and therefor makes it as white as the snow. Really these shots where not only for my website, but to test how well I could light a subject in studio. I think it came out fairly well, You can definitely tell where the stronger of the three lights are, but the more I do it the better.

Day 264 - Studio Self Portrait, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Day 263 - Lighting Studio

Ok, so I went off to the UHCL lighting studio to attempt a few self portraits for my website. I will have to post one of the final images tomorrow as a 365. For today, I just wanted to show what exactly the studio was like. It has a massive (what I think is) a 60in soft box going softening the strobe as well as a smaller 30in (again guessing) softbox and a good 3x1foot soft box for all your shooting needs. I set up the white sheet to try and get a seemless white background, but it came out quite grey for some reason. Until tomorrow!

Day 263 - Lighting Studio, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day 261 - Green Thing

I recently read an article online about light painting orbs and since I just did that abstract light photograph it made me want to try it out. My orbs never really turned into orbs and sadly enough this was the best I was able to get. I felt like it looked like a 3D green Pacman (who was originally named puckman...but that's a different story) or a neutron about to explode with all of its particles circling it as fast as possible. No matter what it looks like, I will have to try this again when the grass is not so wet and I have a better environment in which to do so.

Day 261 - Green Thing, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Day 260 - Cake

Went on a photo shoot today at a bakery that specializes in wedding cakes for an editorial in the upcoming Texas Weddings. I didn't want to show off any of the full cakes until the issue comes out and that means you will be able to pick up an issue and see my photos in print! That will be really exciting. Not a whole lot going on here, I did get this one with my 430EXII on ETTL to help capture the details a little, but nothing fancy.

Day 260 - Cake, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Day 259 - Abstract Light #2

Sorry photo's have been a little lagging the last week. I have been crazy busy with rebuilding my website and other things in that nature. Today's photo I went back to something a little more abstract using light. I really like taking these because you never know what you are going to get and it just makes it a lot of fun. Taken with my Canon 50mm f/1.4.

Day 259 - Abstract Light #2, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day 258 - Logitech Performance MX

I have been using the same Logitech micro usb mouse for almost three years and I have noticed that it is starting to fail me on my wooden desk. So I decided to upgrade to the Logitech Performance Mouse MX. This mouse is capable of working on not only my wooden desk, but even a glass surface if I really wanted it to. It's design is new to me, almost like some kind of weird spaceship, but it works like a charm on my desk and I am able to design without worrying about bad feedback from it.

Day 258 - Logitech Performance MX, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day 255 - Downtown Austin

Went into Austin today to suprise Catherine for her birthday. Because of it being such a quick trip I did not even think to bring my camera...which in all honesty violates rule number one of photography, always have your camera. Some people say that the best camera is the one you have with you, that is exactly what I had to go with today. Using my LG VU as my camera for today's photo, I snapped this shot as I waited at a light in downtown Austin.

Day 255 - Downtown Austin, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day 254 - Hellenic Greek Orthodox Church

I am in a HDR mood this week obviously and this is a photograph I have been wanting to show for a while. Granted it was not taken today, I felt like I could finally release this out since it is not being used for its original purpose. I shot a series of this church and this is one of my favorites, especially since it is a hand held HDR. Photomatix sure does a great job of aligning those shots up. This is just a basic 3 shot HDR from -2 to 2, nothing to fancy. Maybe I will keep the HDR photos going the rest of the week...I seem to have forgotten about them lately.

Day 254 - Hellenic Greek Orthodox Church, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Day 252 - Southwestern University

After visiting a dog park in Georgetown, we decided to stop by, from what I learned, the original University of Texas...now known as Southwestern University. It was a beautiful campus and even though it was small, I was very impressed by everything I saw. The only draw back to this visit was how brutally hot it was outside, but that has nothing to do with the school and everything to do with Texas in early September.

Day 252 - Southwestern University, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Day 251 - UT vs some MWC team...

Catherine received a couple of tickets to the UT football game today, and being the sports fan that I am I could not pass up a football game...no matter who was playing. I am always skeptical about where I can take my camera, especially since it is a DSLR I am afraid people will not allow me to bring it in to certain venues. So for this photograph I used my cell phone to try and capture the pre-game atmosphere of the UT stadium. One thing I really liked about this photograph is the sun rays beating down on us, which shows off very well how hot it was before it set behind the stands.

Day 251 - UT vs some MWC team..., originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Day 250 - Guiness Cupcakes

I arrived in Austin today to start celebrating Catherine's birthday! Her birthday is not really until Wednesday, but I thought it would be fun to come up and visit her the weekend before. To help celebrate, she decided to bake some Guinness and Irish Cream cupcakes with a recipe she found from a website called smittenkitchen.com. Go and take a look at the recipe and if you get a chance try them out, they are some of the most delicious cupcakes I have ever had!

Day 250 - Guiness Cupcakes, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Day 249 - Touchdown Mustangs!

Second game of my little brothers I have been able to attend and photograph. Today's photo is one I am actually surprised I was able to catch because of how close he actually was to me. I was standing just past the goal line when I took this shot and had to quickly zoom out to 70mm with my 70-200mm lens. What is even more impressive is that it is actually a frozen image, when I was shooting at 1/320 that usually does not happen. I had to shoot this slow because the lighting at this stadium was very poor, actually worse that it was the week before at the last game.

The Friendswood JV team ended up winning the game 21-14 because of a game winning drive at the end of the game. I am hoping to catch a few varsity games when they are finally able to play home. So be on the lookout for more football pictures the rest of the year!

Day 249 - Touchdown Mustangs!, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day 248 - Out of Ideas

I think it is really official this time. I am out of ideas, so if you have any please lay em on me. Hopefully being able to shoot during the day light hours tomorrow will help. Until then...

Day 248 - Out of Ideas, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day 247 - Guitar from up top

I am going to admit...it is getting really hard to stay on top of this 365. Even now, I think I am actually two days behind and I really need to catch up. Ideas are starting to run low, which is one reason I think it is getting hard to do...actually thats the only reason. Anyway, I wanted to try something a little different and go for a semi-extreme angle. I set my camera up on my tripod as high as it would go. I then found three bar-stools from my house and put the tripod on top of that. Overall I think the camera was about 10 feet in the air...it made me very nervous.

I had it set to manual mode at 1/250 of a second with my flash mounted up top at ETTL -1 @ 24mm. The camera was also set to f/22, which is extremely high for something I would normally do, but it seemed to get the lighting just how I wanted it and I think the final product turned out pretty good. Not bad for a 15 minute photo shoot is it?

Camera: Canon 40D | 17-85mm | 17mm @ f/22 | ISO 100 | 1/250 sec

Strobist Info: 430EXII mounted on Camera 1 foot from subject | ETTL -1 @ 24mm

Day 247 - Guitar from up top, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day 245 - Mad Men

I recently stumbled upon the AMC TV show Mad Men and decided to pick up the first season to watch. It is quite the TV drama and I really am enjoying it so far. It seems like every episode they go through 10 packs of cigarettes and 5 bottles of whiskey. Other than that it is very interesting that they based a show on a group of advertising guru's in New York City. Another thing that I find very odd is that it is currently running it's fourth season and I am just now starting to hear about it...I guess thats what happens when you don't watch a lot of television.

Day 245 - Mad Men, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day 244 - Thomas

Went out to the park with Thomas today and helped him do some of his photography homework. After we lost all the light he needed to shoot with this film camera, it was time for me to bust out my 40D and speedlight to get some fun shots in. I love bokeh and no matter what people say about it, I believe it brings a lot to a photo and helps give it atmosphere.

Camera: Canon 40D | 70-200mm f/2.9 | 105mm @ f/2.8 | ISO 250 | 1/125 sec

Strobist Info: 430EXII triggered via Cactus v4s mounted on tripod 10ft to subjects front left |1/64 power @ 24mm

Day 244 - Thomas, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Day 243 - Number 53

So I went out to see my brother Troy's second football game this season. It was pretty exciting to see and get to shoot. The only problem was that they were playing at a school with some of the worst stadium lighting I have ever seen. Even with my ISO at 1600 and my aperture at 2.8 I was still only able to shoot at about 1/100 of a second. This made many of my shots very blurry and made it where I could only catch moments after amazing plays such as this one. Number 53 is Troy and this shot was taken just after he had sacked the QB in the 4th quarter. Throughout the game he also managed to score a touchdown by pounding it in as well as recover a fumble. Hopefully next time I go shoot his game it will be in a stadium with better lighting, but either way the shots that turned out were worth it.

Day 243 - Number 53, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.