Hockey Fans in the Desert

We have a hockey team here in the desert….the Phoenix Coyotes.  You may have heard of them.  Until last year, they had to practically give tickets away to get anyone to come to their games.  But last year they made it to the playoffs, and since then they’ve had pretty good attendance at their games.

When I was at Westgate on Valentine’s Day, just wandering around with my Nikon, I came across these two wonderful ladies, both hockey fans, who were trying to take each other’s picture in front of the big inflatable hockey player.  They were using a little disposable point-and-shoot camera.  I volunteered to take a shot of them together, and after I did that, I asked them to pose for me to get a shot with my own camera.  They have such expressive faces, and beautiful smiles.  They happily obliged, and for that I’m grateful.

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I’m having a great day, photography wise. I picked up my new business cards today, so at least I can quickly hand someone my contact information if I run across someone looking for a cheap photographer. I framed two of my 12×18 prints, and they came out very nicely. And I picked up a load of used studio lighting equipment from a guy who is moving back to Ohio–an Alien Bee 1600w light, a 48″ octobox, 4 small umbrellas, 3 stands, 1 boom, 3 background canvases, 1 stand to hold the canvases, and assorted cables and fittings. I have no idea what to do with this stuff right now, but I’m signed up for a couple of workshops over the next few weeks that should shed some light (ha!) on the subject of studio lighting. I always say, when the Universe offers you a deal, jump on it! Funny how things work out when you’re headed in a direction that is right for you.

I’ll be doing my second complimentary client shoot later this afternoon. This time there’s no dog involved, so maybe it will be easier to keep my subject in focus. Wish me luck!

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Chapel of the Holy Dove – Interior Lighting Challenges

Today I’m continuing my series of images from the Chapel of the Holy Dove located near Flagstaff, Arizona.  My two previous posts have shown the exterior of the chapel, but today’s post deals with the interior.

The entire front wall of the A-frame structure is a huge window that faces the San Francisco Peaks, so there is plenty of natural light inside the building.  But since there is no light source at all coming from the rear (if the door is closed), it creates a very challenging scenario for photography.  Even when using a bracketed series of images in HDR processing, I found that the lighting extremes were very hard to deal with, especially for a beginner like myself.  And it didn’t help matters that I seem to have had dust on my lens, because it showed up  in the more brightly lit shots, whereas I didn’t notice it at all in the normal exposures.

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Anyway, today I’m posting these shots of the front window of the chapel to give you an idea of the view from the parishioner’s perspective.  Once again, it was mostly overcast that day, so you can’t see the mountain top in the distance….too bad, because it’s such a beautiful background on a clear sunny day.

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Future posts will show more of the interior from different vantage points.  It’s such a rich environment for photography, especially HDR photography….but it definitely presents some challenges!

You can find the entire series of images from the Chapel of the Holy Dove on my Flickr site.