Welcome to my awesome world of superhero children. Â Both of my boys are currently going through a superhero phase during an age when they understand role playing. It is a ton of fun. In their young minds, superheroes save the world – but make a point to say, “God can still beat up superheroes because He’s the strongest.” Â We just finished painting and modifying a bunk bed we found for $35 on Craigslist to be a fun fort for them, complete with a slide. Â Our youngest son Dominic just turned 3 and received costumes to allow them to transform into superheroes. Â Now that the bed project is done and I have room in my garage again, I decided to turn it into a “bat cave” photo studio to entice my boys to come out for a superhero photo shoot. Â So far I’ve only convinced Dino to dress up and come out, but I think that Domi will come around once he sees his brother’s, “Captain America,” photos.
I used a two-flash setup to light the photos, knowing that I would be editing them into the images show here. Â The look of the final product directed the lighting I was trying to achieve. Â I was counting on using ambient light spilling through the garage door as my key, so that I could use my two flashes as side lights, but as you can see it took longer than expected to convince him to come get dressed and come out. Â This was also my first attempt using my Fuji X-Pro1 with my Canon speedlites. Â The setup worked pretty well, but I was disappointed that the fastest shutter speed I could operate my Pocketwizards was 1/125s. Â While I love the shutter dial, the jump from 1/125s to 1/250s is a bit of a bummer. Â With my 5D, I was usually at 1/200S.
Regardless of the techy stuff, everything came together and we had a lot of fun. Â I showed him pictures of Captain America posters and poses and he did his best to mimic them – hilarious. Â Since he is a 4-year-old model/director, it was comical to try to get him to do the poses I wanted – he always had a better idea. Â At one point he took of his mask and put on the new swim goggles my wife had bought for him that night – she went shopping with Domi and I used the opportunity to be the crazy photographer dad. Â I used the goggle photos to work on the lighting while still allowing him to offer his creative input. Â After he ran around the yard adorned with his orange crab goggles, he came back ready for more photos as Captain America and turned on the charm – by charm, I mean, tough guy poses. Â After about 10 minutes of shooting we called it a wrap and went in to slide down his new bunk bed slide. Â Apparently superheroes slide faster – that or the fabric has something to do with it.
I stayed up late and edited the photos so he could see them first thing in the morning. Â In the end we didn’t save the world, but seeing the look of joy on his face when he saw his photos made him feel like he did.
Check out some of the unedited extras poses he through at me below. […]
In my travels around the world, there is one thing that I hear over and over, “Water is life.” Granted, unclean water can lead to sickness and death, but the lack of water is even more detrimental. Â Not only does our body need water to live, but it is also instrumental for growing crops, keeping animals, […]
I shot these clips in an afternoon while we had offsite meetings about upcoming work projects. The images were captured on a 5D Mark II with a Vello Shutterboss. I shot RAW and edited the images in Lighroom and assembled them in FCPX. I took Richard Harrington’s NAB time-lapse workshop and have been hooked on time-lapse video since. I’m still playing around with settings and finding out what works best. I don’t have any de-flicker software yet, so I decided to enhance the look with flash frames during the edit process.
And if creating a cool Timelapse video isn’t enough for you to try it yourself, you have the added bonus of hundreds of images to pick through to find still frames you like.
Part of my job is to travel around the world capture stories of people Operation Blessing helps on behalf of their supporters. This means I spend quite a bit of time in airports. Airports have a lot of interesting vehicles, tools, architecture, movement, and serve as an interesting place to people watch. Needless to say, I take a lot of pictures before I even get to my final destination. […]
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(Digital drawing created with 53’s Paper app for iPad)
It is almost 2am, but I’ve had a lot of thoughts bouncing around in my head as I look forward to attending Regent University’s “Seeking Justice for the Least of These” symposium tomorrow. Part of me was thinking about how great it is to hear […]
As a non-profit or NGO it is really important to have videos that describe who you are, what you do, how you do it, and why people should invest in the work you do. There are several different ways that you can accomplish this, but a popular way is an overview video […]
I turned 34 today and on my Facebook wall, a friend said I should post a birthday self-portrait so that people could “like” it. In many ways, this is a pretty accurate account for most of my online storytelling – photos. That’s how I see and share the world and how people interact with me. So it was a fitting request and an idea that spawned a […]
Christmas is past, but I have a fun idea that you can use next year. Â My wife decided to start getting our Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving this year. Â At first I thought it was crazy, but it really helped bring back some of the childhood excitement that surrounds Christmas. Â That isn’t the idea, this is —> Create a Christmas countdown calendar with photos for the following year. Â This year I decided to create a new image every day of December and post them on Instagram, culminating on Christmas Day – 25 days total. Â It was a fun creative exercise that helped me get into the Christmas spirit. Â I love the twinkle of Christmas from the lights, garland, Â glitter, ornaments, to sun shining through falling snow (unfortunately I don’t see that very often since moving to VA) and wanted to capture it.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours. As a creative person, I like to explore new ways to be creative with digital Christmas cards and thought I would do something a little different this year. Instead of a photo, I decided to try my hand with a digital art project. I hope you it blesses you. A version of the card can be found below to save, print, use as a desktop, etc. […]