Entries in vinoy park (31)
On a very sunny day in Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg Florida I strolled into the Concours d'Elegance Festivals of Speed 2013 with a media pass and my Nikon. I spent as much time talking to people there about cars and their car related products and services as I did making photographs. I already posted images of an orange Lamborghini and a chrome Nissan GT-R. The photos below are a few car details that caught my eye.
I first thought this was a Rolls Royce hood emblem and had to do some research to identify it since I never made any other photos of the car. I found out it was actually a 1930 Cadillac.
I like the lines of the Porsche Cayman very much. I used a large aperture to show only the front fender in focus letting everything toward the back of the car start to disappear.
The distinctive Maserati logo found on the side of a silver Gran Turismo at the Festivals of Speed. Using a 105mm prime lens forced me to look for details as getting an entire car into the frame in a crowded car show was impossible.
My DSLR photography students often ask me what settings should I use? Well, that is a very hard question to answer as there are any number of factors that would determine how one would set the five settings necessary to produce a well exposed and sharp shot. So for this photography tip I offer my default sunny day settings. If it is a sunny day, before I leave the house I would set my DSLR to the following in general:
shutter speed: 1/320th
ISO: (lowest for your camera)
Of course there are factors like what lens you are using, what type of subject, etc., etc., but if you are looking to make a shot like the one above on a nice sunny, Florida day, try starting with the default settings above.
I have been fortunate recently to photograph friends and repeat clients. Well, this time I had the chance to photograph both, so I was very pleased to receive a phone call asking for a Father's Day present portrait session. We chose Vinoy Park as our shooting location and it was thankfully a not too warm evening in St. Petersburg, nor too windy as that far out park often is.
The 30-minute portrait session went by very quickly. The star of the show, young Brooke, was all smiles most of the time, as most of my shooting focused on photographing her with her grandfather and fellow classic westerns fan Paul, whom I first met a few years ago at the dog park.
The above shot was actually the first one of the session as I prefer to shoot the group shots first, then move on to ever smaller groups and pairings. Featured in the background is The Pier, a doomed structure that is supposed to be torn down next year, but I will believe that when it actually happens. If it is, then it will serve as a nice time stamp for when this photograph was made.
On a blustery evening I met long-time dog park friend Beth and her Australian shepherd Logan for a dog and human candid portrait session. As I have written about before, it is much different when working with a client you already know, in fact I would go so far as to say it is nearly totally different. We started out with The Pier and Tampa Bay as the background.
Next we went over to the bench with the best view in all of downtown St. Petersburg. From it you can see the entire downtown skyline with a fantastic sunset view on most evenings. Logan, however, was much more interested in passing inline skaters than the view!
It was way, way too windy to use any light modifiers besides a couple of diffuser caps on my speedlights. For this shot I placed one on a lightstand to frame left and the other on a tripod directly behind the bench. I used my trusty Nikkor AF ED 80-200mm f/2.8D lens for all these shots. The wind though did have one benefit, that being keeping temperatures very tolerable and actually rather comfortable, even for me shooting and scurrying about setting up the shots.
It was a lot of fun to make these photographs for Beth and Logan. By nature a portrait session including a dog has to be candid so for me it was just a matter of getting my lights where I wanted them and letting Beth enjoy spending time with Logan and pushing the shutter.
I met Shane through Model Mahem and we soon setup a model portfolio shoot deciding on Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg as the location and I suggested having the main shot idea to feature The Pier in the background, since in its current form it will only be around another two years or so. That is the photograph featured above with me shooting from flat on my stomach to get the composition I wanted. In the fading dusk light I thought that black & white suited the image better than the minimal color left in the original.
Scheduling our model portofolio shoot just in time to catch the last bit of the sunset, I was able to make the above shot featuring a vivid yellow sky as the background from our vantage point in Vinoy Park and still include some of the local features in the background to put the photograph in a specific setting context, instead of a generic sunset that could have been anywhere. Once again I was lying flat on my stomach to make the above shot.
This was the final shot I took of the model portfolio session. I always like to end on an image that I know I will actually use, whenever possible. In my model portfolio shoots quantity is not the goal, but rather producing a select few images that neither I nor the model already have in their portfolios, unless a model approaches me to recreate one of my shots. I knew even before scheduling the shoot I wanted to make a shot like this featuring the lights of The Pier as bokeh in the background.
Shane was a great model and expressed the exact right emotions I was looking for in order to make these photographs.
- Contact Shane for modeling jobs via his Model Mahem page.