February 9th, 2012



Returning from an errand and stopping to start the Coyote Deterrant System out by the goat barn yesterday evening, Herself called to tell me the full moon was about to show over the horizon. I snagged her D3000 (my D70s is off to the shop for long overdue maintenance) with remote and went out to the inner gate.

These would be time exposures. Long shutter speeds need stable cameras. I didn't pause into Studio for one of the tripods. How then to provide the necessary stability?

Sandbag. Well, improvised and no sand yet same principle. Out of my pocket, my watch-cap. Roll the top a bit, set on top of a fence post. Place camera on cap with lens supported on the rolled part of the cap. Compose, set shutter or aperture as desired, use remote. Exposures ran between 10-15 seconds with some variation.

Quick review of the handful of shots, little to no camera shake. Will post image later, part of my purpose last evening included checking which cards needed clearing for today's Studio session. Since that is today noon-ish. So it's almost time to head out for my part of Morning Rounds before going into Studio 318 for final tune-up before session.

Final tune-up will include running space heaters for a bit. It is currently 9 Celsius outside. Not frigid yet cold. Refrigerators are kept at or near that temperature. Not asking this model to work in a refrigerator.

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Good Energy Session. Tired Now.

Studio session today, which I scheduled as two hours, started around 11:30 and ended around 16:00.

On three different points during the session I offered the point as a good wrap point. Model said 'Let's keep going.' So we did. The over-all theme is somewhat surreal and somewhat fantasy. Surreal due to the stage setting; arcs and half-arcs. Fantasy with the face mask and hair.

For post-production I've copied the files to the PC, added the background data as needed (not editing; location, copyright, catagories, keywords), and copied those files to USB hard drive as first level backup. Skimmed through two groups. Some good work today. Some which will never see the light of anyone's viewing day as well. Part and parcel of moving into a new venue of lighting, 'strobist'.

Well, not totally new, still today's approach is rather a bit further along than what I've done previously. Plus, some hints no how to do another venue I want to work in again, 'painting with light'.

I am tired now. Time for dinner. Good night.

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