Damned by the D3!

So as you read in my previous posts, I had the pleasure of borrowing a Nikon D3 from Jetta Productions. I got to take it home over the weekend and ended up shooting two events plus some good old cat/girlfriend test shots. I have to say, this camera is freaking awesome! It's not only this camera, most of the new cameras out there are pretty awesome. I shoot on a Nikon D200 but have been cursed by the beautiful images produced at high ISOs like 2200 on the D3. I say cursed because now I want a new camera after only a year of shooting on my D200. I usually try not to get caught up in the gear trends but being able to shoot in low light without flash is something very useful in the photography trade. Anyways, I just wanted to share a couple of shots I really liked of Priya (my girlfriend) and Bosh (our feline companion). These were both shot at 2200 ISO. They just have such an old school natural feel to them that I love. Saving starts now.

Oh yeah! I also started a fan page on Facebook for my work! Look over to the right and click "like" if you want to be cool like everyone else!

Indian Summer

My girlfriend Priya had some family in from England and Canada this past weekend. We all got together over at her mom's house and indulged in a beautifully cooked Indian meal prepared by her mom and aunt. It was a beautiful day and so great to be outside and just relaxing with family. Priya's Uncle Sat, has been a photographer for over thirty years and I absolutely love chatting with him about the old times and the new. We watched a slideshow compiled of 257 images that Sat had a story for each and every one. It was incredible to see photos from the 50's, 60's and 70's! Priya's grandfather was a great photographer for many years as well so the photos we're great and done very well. Photography runs in her family so it's daunting yet comforting at the same time when I break out my camera. They're all super supportive and it's really cool to have a skill in common with her whole family. Here are few of my favorite shots from the day.

The family shot.

Priya receiving some modeling tips from Sat and my dad trying to show off his modeling skills.

Priya's Mom Bhupi, Aunt Sonya, Aunt Naseem and Uncle Sat.

Kevin Dilbog-Rajinder May.

My beautiful life partner Priya May.

Sat pitching in his two cents. BTW, this was shot at 1600 ISO for all my photo nerds.

Kitchen secrets.

Travels - Birch Bay and Bellingham

Well the Spring is shaping up quite nice for us. Priya and I already have two trips under our hiking boots. Last weekend we headed out to Birch Bay to hang with some friends at a timeshare. We spent Saturday eating and drinking and watched the beautiful sunset on the beach just minutes from our pad.

On Sunday, we worked it all off with a hike on the Cedar and Pine Lake Trail in Bellingham. It was gorgeous and a brutal 9 miles long! We really had a great time trekking through the trees. Here is a shot of us on top of the world at a lookout point we climbed up to.

Here's a shot of what we saw from the top!

Priya ate a foot long subway sandwich right before our hike which decided to come up after about an hour into our hike. This allowed me to get this awesome photo of this moss covered tree with the sun behind it.

Also, I had downloaded this program on my phone a while back which allows you to track your treks with GPS. It creates a little map and gives you some details about the hike. This is how I found out we hiked about 9 miles. Check out the little map below.
View Pine And Cedar Lakes Hike in a larger map

Well, my next trip is out to Chelan to shoot a friends wedding next weekend. I hope to hit some scenic spots along the way!

Don't Let Chance Get Away.

A couple of weeks ago my girlfriend Priya and I we're out celebrating our anniversary with a little dinner and a movie. When we left the theater we drove by the closed down Comp USA and noticed all the lights in the sign had blown out except for the P. Not only that but the P sat directly in the middle of the sign with three letters on each side of it. How cool for me to grab a shot of "P"riya under the sign right? Right. Well a couple days went by and I still didn't get out there with her for the shot. I came home late three days later to find my lovely lady cooking us up a delicious dinner. Should I interrupt this great moment and drag her out of her comfy clothes and force her in to the cold for a photo? YES!!! Let's just say she wasn't thrilled but she was game and we made it happen.

Now this shot isn't some amazing photo because the lighting or costume. In fact it only took about 10 minutes to capture. However, it is amazing because chances are this opportunity will never happen again. That means we were able to capture something once in a lifetime. We could have easily drove by the sign and said that would make a great photo and had it end there. But the fact is, we didn't let the chance get away. Neither should you! So next time you see something out of the ordinary, capture it! Even if it takes a little extra time out of your normal routine, do it! You will be glad you did. I know I am.

December 2009 Photo of the Month

Ok alright I know it's way passed the deadline for Photo of the Month for last month but the holidays just got too busy this year. I was actually taking a lot of photos but didn't have the time to figure out what represented December at it's true essence.

Well, Priya May is back for another December entry. This passed year was spent learning lighting techniques for portraits and figuring out how to best translate gorgeous landscapes. I spent countless hours messing with strobes, filters and Photoshop. I learned a ton and was able to showcase some of that last week at my first solo art show.

This year I want to start learning some new techniques and keep getting better at the ones I already know. A couple of months ago this guy posted on Flickr a blurb about using your camera's disadvantages to your advantage. My first thought was "this guy is a moron".  My second thought was "this guy is a genius!" His point was that the Nikon D200 (which I shoot with) has a terrible noise problem (the graininess or fuzzy look in a photo) at high ISOs. He is right. I always shoot at no higher than ISO 200 because of this. However, he recommended boosting the ISO to it's max to get an older film look to it. I tried it right after reading it and was amazed with the different look the camera processed. I loved it. It just has that old warm film feeling to it. I'm not going to start using this technique with clients right away but something tells me I will be able to add this to my bag of tricks in the future.

Moral of the story is, technology will keep evolving every minute. You can NEVER keep up with it. Rather than getting caught up with what you don't have, get caught up with what you have in your hands and play around with it. Learn it. Make mistakes. Make progress and have fun.

Here are a couple of other shots I took using this technique.

Photo info for the Photo of the Month (top of page)

Camera- Nikon D200

Lens- Tamron 17-50mm 2.8

Aperture- f/2.8

Shutter- 1/50th of a second

ISO- 3200

Edited in Aperture