This is my recent HDR Composite. Trenton from the Lake Travis baseball team did a great job! His catcher gear for a shot like this rocks! I truly love these HDR Composites….it is becoming a favorite of mine. I thought of mass producing them, but it does take time in processing. As I type this post up…I’ll breakdown the composite and give you the equipment I have…it will be interesting to see how much it costs. This will be the first time I calculated it! Now I do not have the big time equipment as a studio or Joel Grimes. I am shooting this in a spare bedroom in my house. OK…here goes (for those that are curious)
Session time – 25 minutes (10 different poses)
Processing time – 90 minutes
Tips: The light rays are tough to handle with a mouse. I use the Wacom Intuos 5. The pen tool rocks! Cost: $349.00
Nikon SB-700: $329.00
Lastolite Ezybox 24″: $194.00
EzyBbox Grids: $95.00
Monfrotto Stand: $70.00
(There are two of all the items above…i have grids on both sides of the subject)
Total: 2 x $688.00 = $1376.00
Background: 8×10 white Freedom Cloth from Dennys Mfg. $110.00
Backdrop Stand: From Denny’s Mfg $225.00
Not including the camera. Totals are: $349.00 + $1376.00 + $761.00 + $335.00 = Grand Total $2821.00
Hope you enjoyed the rundown. I’d call this the advanced low budget set up. It works great! Now with this set up…it is more for upper body composites. For full body shots I would need bigger (longer) soft boxes. That will come in time as well. Enjoy your weekend!
Baseball season is almost upon us! As a Pirate fan, this may be the first year I have a bit of hope since 1992! We have a great young lineup and may have a chance to break the 18 consecutive losing seasons. I am a true fan and will cheer on my Bucs no matter what! Our hopes are no the World Series or the playoffs…we can dream..but just to be a winning team! I wish them luck this year!! Go Bucs!!
Its been a while since my last IR post. I am still working on my IR Photography book for Focal Press. It is still on schedule to be released 1st Quarter 2012. I will keep you posted. This shot is from PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. I was walking to the stadium and decided to try it in IR. The ferry was cruising by and it adds to the Burgh feel! My Pirates faded quickly since July and now are outta the playoff race, but I def enjoyed those few weeks we were in contention! PNC Park is one of the most beautiful parks in MLB! …even in IR! =)
So far the 2011 Major League Baseball season has been interesting. The usual great teams are mediocre and some traditionally bad teams are playing well! One of those traditionally bad teams playing well is my Pittsburgh Pirates! Kudos to them. As of today they are 18-18. The Bucs have had 18 straight sub .500 seasons. But as a fan…I will always cheer them on no matter what! Can they keep it up? Hopefully! They have some young talent…McCutchen, Tabata, Alvarez, Walker, McDonald. Let’s Go Bucs!!
Thanks to the wonderful people at Nitto Tire they have created a LA Angels of Anaheim ECO Bag giveaway for May 22nd vs. the Atlanta Braves! What makes it cool is that the photo on the ECO bag is my HDR! Sweet! So if you are a baseball fan and live in Orange County and happen to hit the game on the 22nd…enjoy the ECO bag! I am a big sports fan and must admit, I love it! Added to that I took this shot one early Sat AM last summer for my wife as she is a big Angles fan! So it makes it special! If you click on the Angels schedule…then promotions for that day…here is what you see…
Good luck Angels on the 22nd!! Wish I could make it out to the game!! I’d love to see the fans carrying the bags! =))
October is almost here…that means the regular baseball season is coming to a close. I think it has been 18 consecutive losing season for my Pirates. I will route for them even if it gets to 40 straight season! Good luck to all the teams heading to the playoffs…maybe another Yankees vs Phillies rematch? Not often do you see baseball in infrared…here is the stunning PNC Park (home of the Pirates) in all of its IR Glory! Hope the shot is a home run!
Pittsburgh, PA…one of my favorite places 2 visit! When I stop by, it usually means I get to see the Pirates, Steelers or Penguin play a game! My favorite teams! I was in Pittsburgh recently and had a chance to catch the PNC Park Tour. I was hanging with my good friend Dave DiCello. I have been to many baseball stadiums in MLB….PNC Park is one of the best! Small, clean, safe, family orientated and amazing views! The skyline view from the seats are fantastic! The view above is from the press box. Unfortunately, the Pirates have been horrible for many years, so you can walk up game day and get great seats and ticket prices are cheap!! Not sure if the Pirates will ever be in the playoffs ever again…but I am a fan for life! Go Bucs!!!
Had a chance this past week to catch a game in Pittsburgh. I always try to see my poor Pittsburgh Pirates play each year. With 17 consecutive losing seasons…being a big fan is tough. The Bucs cannot compete with the Yankees or Red Sox. Heck, who cares about the playoffs for us…just get a winning season and they might have a parade in the Burgh!! I guess the good thing is that as a walk up…I paid only $35 for these seats. I was 5 rows back from the dugout…with only an estimated 13K people at the game. Seats are easy to get.
PNC Park…it is one of the best stadiums in baseball!! I will post a few stadium shots soon! The city skyline overlooking the outfield is beautiful! As for this shot…the rookie and hopeful saviour of the Bucs above is Pedro Alvarez. He plays third base and was just called up a few weeks ago. In perfect timing with my visit, the Pirates scored 11 runs this nite in a victory. Pedro hit 2 home runs!! This shot is his second…popping off the bat! They say in baseball…hand speed is the key to hitting. I’d say his speed is up to par! Love the blur action! Nice to hit a game and see a win! Let’s go Pirates!!
I was just out to visit my family and while at a party at my brothers house we were out playing baseball in the backyard. I miss the days as a kid playing baseball in the neighborhood. We would play for hours. So it was great to throw a few pitches to the kids. Beforehand I had my 70-200 lens and was catching some action shots. My nephew (now 8 years old) was due up at the plate and left his glove on the grass. I looked over and thought it would be a simple shot. It sums up backyard baseball in one photo. Anywhere you play as a kid… is a Field of Dreams!
The 2010 baseball season has begun and its another year of routing for my Pittsburgh Pirates! It has been tough being a Pirates fan…we have had 17 consecutive sub .500 seasons. A record in all sports. Sad indeed! The Pirates do not have the money of the Yanks or Red Sox, so it becomes tough to compete. I just hope we can win consistently. Thats the thought process of a Bucs fan. My guess is Yanks vs Phillies in a rematch for the World Series. I hope to get back to the Burgh in the summer.
This is a statue outside PNC of on of my favorite Pirates - Willie Stargell (aka Pops). I remember well We are Family in 1979 and the Stargell Stars. Willie was a special player and one of the greatest players of all time. He played his entire Major League career (1962-1982) with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an outfielder and first baseman. Over his 21-year career with the Pirates, he batted .282, with 2,232 hits, 423 doubles, 475 home runs and 1540 runs batted in, helping his team capture six National League East division titles, two National League pennants and two World Series (1971, 1979). Kudos Pops!!