Weeks Six and Seven: Journalistic Portrait and Color Contrast

So, yeah, I’m a bit behind here. I fell off schedule a bit when my original subject for the journalistic portrait had to back out at the last minute. Thankfully, another friend of mine was willing to step up help me out.

mina-3Mina is an artist in all forms. She’s a singer, dancer, actor, and painter. I’m quite fond of her artwork, so I asked her to bring along her easel and paint supplies. As varied as her creative outlets are, I decided I wanted to create a sort of juxtaposition in her portrait while still capturing the basic idea of her as an artist. She was kind enough to follow me down under this overpass in her high heels to set up her easel. I really enjoyed the way she was looking off in the distance — as if she was already planning her next project — and the location seemed to say she could make art out of any situation. (Nikon D600, 85mm, f/1.8, 1/1600s, ISO 100.)

mina-2After hiking up out of Papio Creek, we spent the next hour or so driving around looking for somewhere we could pose her wearing her magnificent orange beanie. She showed up to the shoot wearing it, and I immediately wanted to use it in my color contrast shot. We ended up parking in the lot of Goodwill in La Vista, and set up shop. We ended up with a bit of an audience, wondering why we were doing a photo shoot in the back of the parking lot against the wall of the building. I ended up liking this more as an additional portrait rather than my color contrast shot, but I figured I’d share it anyway. (Nikon D600, 24-70mm @ 70mm, f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 100.)

contrast-1That left me with having to find another subject for my color contrast assignment. Thankfully, I was going through my photos from our visits to City Sprouts, and realized I already took one! There aren’t many hand cranked water spigots these days, and I remember the blue catching my eye among all the vibrant greenery in the garden. (Nikon D600, 24-70mm @ 50mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 400.)


Week Five: Window Light and Candid Portraits

The first image is my beautiful wife. We’re expecting our first child in January, so I wanted to try and capture her looking forward to our future. I thought the window light portrait assignment would be a great time to finally get her to sit in front of the camera. I finally managed to capture a nice sunset in our northwest-facing nursery window, while in days previous I was fighting cloudy skies which gave the expectant mother portrait an ominous feeling. (Nikon D600, 85mm, f/1.8, 1/30s, ISO 800, gold reflector fill.)

The second image is a candid shot I made of our professor for the class. This was during our initial trip to City Sprouts for our class service learning project. I figured this would be a great addition for my candid shot, as it manages to capture not only Professor Bowen enjoying the garden, but it also the theme of our class this semester. (Nikon D600, 70-200mm @ 200mm, f/5.6, 1/2000s, ISO 400.)

Week Four: Sports/Action – UNO Archery Club


So, the UNO Archery Club has been re-founded by my friend, Dyan. She was kind enough to let me drop by for their first instructor practice and group meetings this weekend. I thought archery would be a unique subject for this week’s sports action assignment. Dyan made me work for my photo by constantly blinking during her shots, but all in all, I had a great time getting my photo — especially with the arrow in flight! (Nikon D600, 24-70mm @ 45mm, f/2.8, 1/50s, ISO 320.)

If anyone is interested in Archery at UNO, the club could use all the support they can get. Dyan and her co-founder Sage have put a lot of work into getting the club back up and running. They’re both quite passionate about the club and I would love to see them enjoy the best success possible!