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DDA 2017 Photo Setup

July 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I had two light setups this year. One for individuals with 4 - Profoto B1 lights and one for groups with 4 - Profoto B2 lights.

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I used ISO 200 instead of its base of 64 to give the battery powered B1 lights a break. The D810 dynamic range is superb so I also underexposed the group setup by one full stop because the B2 lights were a little underpowered for the space and large groups.  I was pleasantly surprised that the B2 lights could run plugged in and never needed to swap batteries. The group lighting setup was pretty traditional so I never needed to move the lights. I was able to setup two groups on the Profoto Air-TTL remote to switch between setups with the press of a button and have individual control of the all lights from the camera. 

I always lay down white marley for the indviduals, giving the dancers a responsive surface for anything they want to try. I used a warmer paper for the rest of the floor and background this year than in previous years. I also kept the background a bit underexposed maintaining the whites and highlights in costumes as my dominant white. 

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Platinum Printing

April 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

My chemicals are getting old, and I only had one sheet of mulberry paper left, so I was inspired to make a few platinum prints. 


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Prepare the negatives.

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Coat the paper and let it dry. This time, I did use a hair dryer to speed the process. 

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Expose the negative and coated paper for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. 

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Developer and clearing agent baths.

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Finished prints. 

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Out of Chicago Winter Conference

February 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I was unable to attend the Out of Chicago Winter Photography Conference, but I still submitted two photographs to their photography competition. I was very excited to hear that my Portrait submission was selected by the judges for Top 5, and my Macro submission was selected for 1st by the judges. A great way to start the year and provide me with some inspiration for trying a few new ideas. 

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Audition Photos

January 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A few dance audition photos recently. Different styles, many choices of lighting with a white background. Audition sessions are quick and affordable, $35 for a 1st arabesque and headshot. For the audition session, either the digital files or 5x7 prints of each photo are included. If you prefer a full dance session, pricing is $100 for a 2 hour outdoor session or $150 for a 2 hour indoor session at a studio loft space. Good luck to everyone auditioning! 

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Happy New Year!

January 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Two quick fun photos I did with the boys to celebrate welcoming 2017! I bought a gel kit last year and never used it for the intended photoshoot. I finally had a chance to pull them out and make use of them creatively! 

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