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Posts Tagged ‘Darien CT Portrait Photographer’

Playing with Marbles

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Last week, I spent a couple of enjoyable hours playing with marbles. Loyal readers will recall I sometimes do closeup (macro) shooting of marbles or other colorful objects. This is partly for fun, partly for testing out lighting ideas and partly just a creative exercise.

 

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Here’s an iPhone picture of my setup.  The marbles were propped up on an upside-down Chinet plate, with a blue poster background for most shots, and two lights on the sides in umbrellas (one visible in the upper right corner here).

The camera was on a tripod – something I never do when shooting portraits.

 

 

 

 

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There wasn’t much editing in Photoshop for these – punching up the color slightly was about it. In most of the pictures, there’s very little area in sharp focus. In the photograph above, just a tiny bit of the blemishes in the green marble is sharp. And of course there’s a marked drop off in focus as you move further back in the image – I purposely went for a very narrow depth of field.

As always, I’d welcome any reactions, comments, questions on the pictures.  I’m aiming to do more of this type of shooting over the next few months – who doesn’t enjoy playing with marbles?

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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iPhone Picture Quality

by Blake Robinson

October 20th, 2014    0 Comments     Add Comment
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This photo was taken on my new iPhone 6 on Sunday, in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The cameras in smartphones are getting better and better, and it’s easy to take this for granted. But I continue to marvel at the quality of the pictures that can be taken by phones.

See some of the whizzbang specs on the new iPhone here.

Please click on the picture to see it in a LARGER size. And even in the larger size, my blog provider still shrinks the size of the image (number of pixels). The actual image is much sharper and clearer than you see here.

For client work, I’ll continue to use my heavy Nikon cameras and lenses – and phones will never be able to compete with DSLR cameras. But as the old saying goes, “the best camera is the one you have with you.”  We  mostly always have our phones with us.

I liked the composition in this image – some of which was unintentional – or perhaps serendipitous. For example, I didn’t notice the blue plastic chair in the lower left, but it provides a nice contrast in scale to the tree – and a place to sit to enjoy a beautiful Fall day.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Renovation – Part One

by Blake Robinson

September 13th, 2014    3 Comments     Add Comment
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We’re in the middle of a renovation of our house. Like most renovations, it started with a seemingly simple plan – let’s knock down the wall between our kitchen and family room, open the area up and replace our appliances.

Well the project has gotten bigger! It includes a whole new HVAC system for the first floor, all new furniture, a nifty audio/video/internet system, new hardwood floors, and a bunch of other goodies. But first – the view above features our current meal preparation options. We have a coffee pot and microwave in our dining room (and the old fridge in the garage), paper plates and plastic cups and forks. It works fine.

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We’re still in our dining room in this image. We have this snazzy plastic doorway with a zipper to keep the dust of the renovation out of the rest of the house. It works pretty well.

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The is view from our old kitchen space, now opened up to the family room.

 

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This is part of the kitchen design plan. The new kitchen extends into the family room a bit. As shown, we’ll have two islands.  These plans are hard for me to read, but I have every confidence that our builder knows how to read them! The general contractor is Brian Dean of Bryan and Brian.  Brian and all his subs are doing a terrific job for us.

 

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This is a side view, with the old kitchen space to the left and the family room to the right. The support beam that was installed where the old wall stood starts in the upper right corner. It is a sandwich of wood-steel-steel-wood, 17 feet long. I took a very long walk when they were getting this baby in place. You can see some of the crafty electrical and plumbing work in the ceiling – lots of stuff had to be rerouted.  About the only things is this photo I comprehend are the broom and the shovel.

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We have a lot of scenes like this. These wires will all find something useful to do before long, right Brian?

 

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This is the view from the family room looking back towards the old kitchen space. The pink sponge painting on the wall will be covered over with something more grownup in a few short weeks.

The view out to our backyard, below, remains the same. But now, we’ll be able to enjoy it from a more more comfortable and classy space.

Stay tuned for some pictures of everything finished – sometime in October.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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