One of my favorite things to attend is an airshow. This year's NAS Oceana Airshow was my first as a Veteran and it certainly brought back a lot of great memories on top of providing an opportunity to capture some great photos.
Heading to the beach to watch the sunset is a routine occurrence when you live in the Southern California area. Just because watching the sunset at the beach may seem routine, every sunset is different and sometimes nature surprises you with something more perfect and beautiful than you could've imagined at the moment.
This just happened to be the case a few nights ago...
Freelensing, have you heard this term before?
Over the years, I've heard the term more than a few times. I knew what it was, but I'd never experimented with it before, that is until the other night.
Freelensing is a technique of taking photos where the lens is not firmly mounted to the camera. By not mounting the lens to the camera, focusing is accomplished by moving the lens in or out and tilting the lens until the portion of the image you want is in focus. Also, by not mounting the lens on the camera you lose the ability to control the lens's aperture, but you introduce a very cool effect and have the added benefit of achieving in camera light leaks.
So the other night I was sitting with my son as he took a bath, as I often do. He was content playing in his bubbles by himself, so I took the time to break out the camera with the hopes of catching him doing something totally silly. As I sat there with my 50mm f1.4 lens mounted on the camera, he was being mostly subdued in his bath antics and I was a little bored, so I decided on the spot to try my hand a freelensing.
9/26/2017 0 Comments
My Airshow Photography Adventure & 4 Tips to Help You Get Better Airshow Photographs
One of my favorite things to do is go to an airshow. Honking big planes, fast jets, crazy cool stunt bi-planes, helicopters, and so much more make these events tons of fun. And with all that's going on it's a great chance to practice and hone photography skills.
Now it's been years since I've been to an airshow, and now that our son is old enough to appreciate the planes we decided it was worth taking him out to one. With our house near the flight path for Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar we had the benefit of watching the Navy's Blue Angels practice for the airshow, and my son was infatuated with them. To be honest, any big, fast, and loud vehicle fascinates him, but he just couldn't stop talking about the Blue Angels. So, on this past Sunday (September 24th, 2017) we packed up the car and headed over to the MCAS Miramar for the airshow and so our son could see the Blue Angels.
Since MCAS Miramar instituted a clear bag policy, and we didn't have any clear bags suitable, I was limited on what I could bring as far as camera gear. So, I decided to travel light with my Canon 5D Mk III, my 70-200 f2.8 and 50mm f1.4 lenses, and 5 memory cards (a 32GB and 4 x 8GB cards). I opted for the 5D Mk III over my crop sensor 7D simply because I wanted the better auto focus. The 7D would have given me a little bit more range putting my 70-200mm at a max of 320mm focal length.
Weddings are probably one of the most important days in anyone's life. Unfortunately things don't always go as planned with weddings. Sometimes it's things we have control over, other times it's not, but either way we can be disappointed and/or frustrated by whatever doesn't/didn't go as planned.
When one of my good friends reached out to me about editing her daughter's wedding photos, and explained to me the issue behind the request, I was more than happy to help.
Up to this point, I had been focused on family portraits, action sports, and nature photography, and had never shot or retouched a wedding; but having committed to shooting two weddings, I thought not only would I be able to help out my friends, but that it would also be a great learning experience for me.
Here are a few of the Original/Edited photos
Retouching these photos provided me an awesome challenge. Not only did I learn a lot, but it also gave me some ideas and a lot to think about for when I photograph a wedding.
Here are a few more photos from the wedding.
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