Friday, December 9, 2011

Aicha, Rukhsora and Ravshan

These are our very good friends Aicha, Rukhsora and Ravshan. We wanted to shoot some family portraits and also couple of solo shots for more official purposes. Rukhsora is from Uzbekistan and I used this opportunity to take some shots of her in a traditional Uzbek costume for a project I'm currently working on. All was lit with a key light and the main umbrella hooked to a SB600 strobe.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Steve's Concert Hall

Last night I performed together with my friends and colleagues at Steve's home. I must admit it was a delightful evening and everyone seemed to have a great time starting with us the musicians. I snapped here couple of shots to record the moment with my new stealth camera, the little S95. Very impressed by the results and just love the manual mode. Technical details: ISO 100-400, 1/20 sec., f/2.0
Thanks to our hosts for welcoming our music in their home.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Canon S95 Test

I always missed to have a small camera. One that could go in my pocket and now, after much debate and some research I made the jump and got the Canon S95. I have it for a week already and I must admit it's a smart little camera with dSLR like feel and in certain conditions even results.
Couple of days ago I went to some Christmas Festivities in the little town I live in and shoot everything at ISO 1600. The first two shots are ISO 400 with the macro setting.
Again, I'm astounded by what this little package will give me and very excited for the world of possibilities that opens up when I'll travel abroad next summer.
Could be a good gift idea for your photography addicted or non-addicted friend or family this Christmas!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Chevrolet Cruze 2011

I'm really impressed by the looks of this little Audi A4 in disguise.  Car photos tips:
- shoot in an overcast day or at sunset
- choose a not so busy background (which i didn't here :)
- wide-angle lens can help emphasize features and lines
- wash the car before
- have fun!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Robert of Cincinnati

I just met Robert yesterday at Thanksgiving and I thought he has a very interesting and expressive look. Here are couple of shots taken with the 50mm stopped down at f/2.8

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Updated Blog/Website

I'm keep hearing it's good to be up to date... So, that's just what I've just did here.

My love for photography has only grew more since I started this blog three years ago and I'm happy to be able to share with the world some of what I think to be my most successful images in the portfolio sections above.

Lately I've been thinking and reading a lot about the purpose I should be serving with my photography. The following mantra coming from photographer and author David duChemin pins down very well my feelings: "Emotionally compelling photographs create extraordinary memories for years to come."

I am very grateful to all that have been supporting, encouraging and cheering me since I've embraced photography. Thank you for making me feel it's worth it and for being such amazing friends, models, inspiration and never the less clients.

If any of my photos make you feel anything, please make the effort and drop a note. I'd love to hear your comment.

Cheers and stay tuned.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Aisha & Rukhsora outside

Right after the studio shoot we stepped outside and continued with the following. The fall colors are still on and I was pleased to capture couple of frames showing Aisha's happiness and joy of life.
Technical details: D90 with the 18-200VR and a bit of fill flash

Aisha and Rukhsora

Meet Aisha, a lovely baby and her mother Rukhsora. Aisha is my daughter best friend and they have a rendez vous each Wednesday! I was delighted to take her photo and she was very nice, calm at the photo shoot.
Technical details: white backdrop, SB600 strobe fired through and umbrella which was positioned very close to Aisha to achieve the softest light, D90 with the 18-200VR somewhere around 50mm stopped down to f/8 and 1/100 sec.
More to come...