Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Start of Something Good

I'm moving to the Netherlands this summer, in case you don't know. Part of the fun of getting ready to leave the country is all the paperwork and scrambling for birth certificates and marriage licenses and, "Hey, where is my Social Security Card?" and all that. I had to fill out a passport renewal form, and had two response values on the form that made me giggle with glee:

I really should read my posts after I publish them. The fields outlined in red are as follows-
Hair Color: Red (I know it's red because that's what color the box tells me it is.)
Occupation: Photographer

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Nekked Nekkedness

Ok, so why am I totally exhausted, going on about 5 hours of sleep, and still awake editing photos?

Because I had my boudoir marathon this weekend, that's why! So, keep yourself tuned in to my Flickr stream over the next few days... there will be some very sultry and awesome stuff showing up!

<--This is me, exhausted from all the shooting and editing.

Heh, I wish.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Bring In The Funk

A few weekends back I had the exciting opportunity to photograph Houston's own Primal Funk at a gig they had at Sullivan's in Highland Village. The original bass player was unable to make it that night, and so they guys had a heavy-hitter as a fill in. Kevin Needham, the lead singer and sax player, is a family friend and such fun to watch on stage.

I do have to say this - the lighting was HORRIBLE. I was using the 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS, and shooting at 1/60 in ISO 1600 and I NEVER got a shot of the drummer because he was basically in a black hole, and I was plagued with motion blur in a lot of my shots so the only real keepers were of the guys in front. I kept trying to switch to my 50 1.8, but I couldn't get close enough for that lens to make sense. It was frustrating to work around, but I think I got a hand full of shots they will be pleased with.

So, In light of that set-back, I am looking into what lens to purchase next. I am leaning towards the 100mm macro, just for it's versatility and reputation for being razor sharp. If I could rob a bank I'd probably get the 70-200 2.8L with IS, but it is so freaking heavy I'm afraid I wouldn't use it as much as lighter options. I've had money in my business account since January that I have been in limbo over how to spend, and with the move I have decided I will sink it into lenses- if I buy strobes I will either have to wait 2 years to use them if I get US plugs, or use them for 2 years and then sell them if I get NE plugs.

Of course, please let me know what you think. I am such a peer pressure dork.