We are knocking around Hong Kong for a couple of says before heading on to New Zealand for a friend's wedding. This time we've left the kids with Grandma & Grandpa, so I was able to bring a little more photo gear, including a tripod. Got up early this morning, so I setup the camera in the window of our hotel and was able to get this 4-minute exposure of just a small piece of the Hong Kong skyline across Victoria Harbor. We were out quite late for dinner last night (Peking duck!) so I missed the laser light show. Hoping to get some decent pics of that tonight.
Welcome to Hewett Photography
I have been eyeing the Canon 16-35mm lens for a while now, and finally pulled the trigger just after the holidays. It arrived this morning at my office and in a display of amazing patience for me, I didn't even open it until this evening when I got home. Fired off maybe 4-5 tester frames and then found K giving me this awesome pose1 and quickly fired away.
Lens was set to f/2.8 and 16mm, so fully wide open. I was upstairs and knew I'd be handed a baby shortly, so used Shuttersnitch to transfer it to the iPad, and then touched it up slightly in Handyphoto. Even published it directly from the iPad. I'm still using my desktop computer for bigger editing projects 2 but more and more I find myself reaching for the iPad for editing these single photos.
- Damn, I've missed her posing for me! Nice to see her willing to let me take her picture again. ↩
- I spent some serious time in Lightroom over the past week, culling and editing shots from our recent trip to the UK and Paris. Just finished my edits and uploaded the book last night and looking forward to receiving the hard copy in a couple weeks.
A good friend and I recently spent a couple days in Yellowstone looking for interesting pictures. Not much in the way of wildlife, despite the rut being on, but we did have a good time. Got up early one morning and did some sunrise photography along the Madison river, near the west entrance to the park, and got a decent shot:
We busted out the black velvet and the soft box for a quick portrait session during JT's afternoon nap today. Got it all set up with a few shots of him just laying on the velvet while he was drifting off (just like his big sister, the lights didn't bother him at all), then Jenn took over the camera while I hoisted the big guy up into position. She fired off a couple of quick frames and we had a keeper.
Processing notes: I recently picked up an Eye-Fi wireless SD card (in anticipation of taking pics at the hospital and getting them out to friends/family as quickly as possible) and am using that to transfer images directly to my iPad. After listening to the MPU 151 podcast, I also purchased Shuttersnitch for handling the wireless transfer and Handyphoto to do some processing. Handyphoto is all i used for this pic - just a couple spots at the edges (where the edge of the velvet was in the fame and needed some clone-stamp action to remove and a quick B/W conversion was it. Even made this blog post from my iPad. I haven't even transferred the RAW files to my computer yet! Can't wait to do this from our next family vacation - no more dragging a laptop!
It's exhausting being born...
In my last post, I mentioned that changes were in the works...well, today I'd like to introduce the newest member of our clan, Joseph.
We are excited to meet him, and are looking forward to getting to know him. There will definitely be more pictures of him posted on the blog soon, but for now it's time for him and Mom to rest up a bit.
Changes are in the works here at Hewett Photography....but more on that later. ;)
For now, we had an empty bedroom with just a mattress in it - that was a perfect opportunity to expend some of K's excess energy and get some new pictures of her. I have many of these to choose from. If I get really inspired, one of these may appear on a Christmas card this year...
Just a couple pics from the Renaissance Fair at ZooMontana this afternoon.
And one more from just after the artwork was applied.
Business is picking up recently, with a couple of family portrait sessions booked and a couple more possibilities on the horizon. I'm excited to get back into doing some different portraits of people other than K. Don't get me wrong, I love my daughter very much, but it's nice to take pictures of people who have a little longer attention span and take directions... ;)
This is an early edit from a family portrait session we did earlier this week at Zimmerman Park, on top of the Rims here in Billings. Our original chosen day was rained out (mightily!) a couple of days before this, and there was even more rain the day after, but we had a very nice day in between that worked perfectly. A little (ok, quite a lot) of wind out of the east up there, which made it tricky with their long hair, so I turned them around and used the sun for a rim light. Key lighting was the 'Boom-Stick' (two speedlights on a monopod, a la Ed Pingol), held up just next to me by Jenn and triggered via PocketWizards. I don't recall the exact settings on the flashes, but I suspect both set to either 1/4 or 1/2 power, at 50mm spread.
A few pictures from the driveway last night.
Finally got K to agree to pose for some portraits this morning. Her face is changing again...
We took a recent trip to Kauai, and while I'm still going through pictures, I wanted to at least get one up here on the blog to show (off). This was our first time in Hawaii, and we had an absolute blast - not hard to see why folks think it's paradise. :)
This was our sunrise view, less than 100 yards from our door.
K went to day care today while Jenn was running an errand, and came back with a painted face! Naturally, while I was home for lunch, I had to take a picture...or several. :)
K actually asked to go take pictures tonight, so I jumped on it.! (It has been a very long time since we have done any nice portraits). Several have some promise, but I really liked this frame I grabbed while she was squirming around. Just got lucky with the expression. :)
Jenn signed K up for a one-day cheerleading camp at Rocky Mountain College this weekend, where they learn a cheer in the morning and perform it at halftime of the men's basketball game that night. It was an interesting experience - despite making lots of loud noises herself on a regular basis, K is really rather gunshy when loud noises that she didn't create are concerned. So having 15 other little girls all screaming out a cheer next to her was a bit startling. She liked the idea of flinging pompoms around, but was less enthused about the actual routine. During the performance, she just stood there looking miserable! But afterwards, she was flinging pompoms around in the stands with her friends and having a great time. :)
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A few weeks ago we were visiting family in Denver, and for one afternoon we also got to visit our friends Evan and Nicola. (You may recognize them from a couple photos we took several years ago in the Family/Kids gallery) Their daughter Genevieve was born just a bit before Katherine was and it was neat for them to get to play together again! They had a blast, especially when Evan broke out the sleds!
It's been a LOOOOONG time coming!
Finally getting off my rump and updating the site. I've heard a lot about squarespace.com and their easy website hosting/templates, so I decided to make the switch. I definitely like the larger pictures and ease of use on the back end in terms of getting pictures uploaded and updating the galleries/slideshows. Unfortunately, it appears that I may have lost a lot of the old blog postings in this process, so this may be a fresh start here too. :( If I can resurrect them, I will, but either way I'm looking forward to a fresh start!
For now, I'll just leave you with this shot of K and her cousin at a recent family gathering: