Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween 2012 : the breakdown

Hi! I'm here to give a breakdown of the Halloween photos that were posted yesterday. I had to plan everything in advance since we only had ONE chance to photograph Blee.

My main concern for the shots was the lighting. I drive by the Torrance Fire House every morning on my way to work, and most days the sun is shining right at the front of the building. I usually leave for work around 7:20am. This meant that I had to get there BEFORE 7:20am to avoid the harsh sun that would possibly beam right into my son's eyes. BEFORE 7:20am ON A SATURDAY. Arg.

We could have also photographed him in the late afternoon to avoid the sun, but I was worried that Blee would get way too distracted by the cars driving by. The Fire House is stationed right on the corner of 2 super busy streets, so in order to assure that Blee would look right into the camera, I had to do it before the sun came up.

So, at 7am we were ready to go.

The 2 lenses I planned to use for this session were the 85mm 1.8 and the 16-35mm 2.8L. The 85mm is a portrait lens, and creates a nice, soft blur. The 16-35mm is a wide angle lens that produces a slight barrel distortion when used up close.

I used my 85mm first and got these images...

*ISO 320, 1/250, f2.8 for all images*

Then, I busted out my wide angle. The wide angle was crucial for this shot because this was the only way I was able to get the TFD Headquarters sign with Blee (unless of course, I stood in the middle of the street)

*you can see the sun shining on the top of the building. Makes me crazy!*

The wide angle was also used to get fun close-ups of Blee. I usually don't like to use this, but it definitely gives a "I'm having crazy fun" feel to the images.

The whole thing was shot in less than 10 minutes. It involved a lot of "look over here!" "keep your hat on!" and "You can have juice when we get home!"  It also involved us singing Gangnam Style over and over...and over.

Oh, the things we do...

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