Tuesday, April 24, 2018

     Getting into photography as a profession or as a hobbyist, you're going to run into some real high dollar items. Your camera can easily cost over $1,500.00 and that's without a lens. A mid priced lens can still cost you $800.00. Then you have all of your filters, tripod, memory card, reflectors and on and on and on.
     Years ago, I needed a white reflector of about three foot in diameter and a smaller one of about a foot in diameter. This is before Amazon, or Ebay or any other online site that you'll easily find them today for $20.00 to $30.00. This was when they were made with nylon or even silk, and they could cost as much as $200.00  and up for one.
     I wasn't going to pay that kind of money for something that I'm sure I will only use a few times, therefore taking a very long to get my monies worth out of it. So I came up with this little trick that I have been using for many years and it works just as good and ANY reflector at any price.
     I hope you're sitting down because this, you will not believe. I use a white plastic supper market  bag as my reflector for wild and domestic flowers.
One of the three photos above, I used a white plastic grocery bag that I keep in my back pocket. When I need it, I just pull it out and bounce the light where I need it. When I am done, it goes back into my back pocket. I found that the closer you have the plastic bag to your subject, the brighter your subject becomes. So, find the distance from your subject to bounce the amount of light you like and shoot your photo. 
     The top left photo was taken with sun behind the flower which left the front under exposed. Leaving the camera  and settings where they are, I next took the photo on the bottom left was taken with reflections from the palm of my hand. Not bad, there is some detail starting to show up in the front of the flower, Next, the flower on the right was taken with the same camera settings as the first two images, but, this time I used my white plastic bag I pulled from my back pocket.
     You can clearly see the differences in all three photos.
     If you should try this, I believe you will save a lot of money and it's soooooo much easier to carry than a reflector even if it is folded up.
     I hope that was helpful and hope you come back again and I'll show something else you can do with the same plastic bag. I think you'll like it very much. Leave any constructive comments or questions. I'll be checking in from time to time.

Thanks for reading

Keep an eye out, there is more coming soon.

                                                                              Greg

Sunday, April 22, 2018

     This is going to the first of, I hope, many photography blogs that I write. Some of what I will write will be on a little history on photography, which I believe will surprise some of you reading this, black & white film photography, scenic photography, wild flower photography and some commercial photography, and others. One think I can assure you is that the information I write will be backed up with all my sources listed at the end of my article.
      I will also write about many techniques I have developed and learned from other photographers over the years. 
     I have over 70 thousand images I can pull from to add to this blog with short tutorials on how I got the shot, to why that shot was wrong. I am not afraid, like many other photographers, to show my photos that are not that good. Those images I will critique and explain why it's not a good image.



Reflection at Snow Lake, Mt. Rainier

Saturday, April 21, 2018

While out photographing Skunk Weed, for my Washington State Wild Flower book, the morning sun hit this leaf of the Skunk Weed plant and it's translucent leaf and details jumped out at me. I thought the lighting was perfect coming through the leaf and the color was spectacular.
While photographing for my first book, 93 Miles of Paradise, I saw the clouds open just briefly to expose Pinnacle Peak across from Mt. Rainier in the Tatoosh mountain range.
The Glory Hole. Photographing in an active glass blowing studio can be a bit tricky. People are moving all over the place with molten glass at temperatures exceeding 1,800 degrees. The glory hole is used to maintain the heat of the molten glass so it can be worked into what ever they are making.

Getting to the right temperature before working your molten glass is paramount before working your glass.
Blowing Glass