Bird photography…with a speedlight

Photographers love to have the right tools for the job, and to put as many of them to use as possible to create a different photo!  I wanted to get a good shot of a pelican, since it’s the main feature of the St. Petersburg city logo.  But I didn’t want just any pelican photo.  I wanted to use a speedlight.  My partner, Daniela, held a speedlight angled towards the pelican on a monopod while I took the photos.  The birds were unabashed during the session; they were probably just mildly irritated by more paparazzi!

There’s nothing like a portrait on the beach

While studio settings do have their time and their place, there’s nothing like a family photo on the beach.  This family dressed perfectly for the low-key yet sophisticated island-style atmosphere that downtown and northeast St. Pete residents embody so perfectly.  We created a nice set of photos for them to share and preserve both this stage in their family, and the feeling of living footsteps from Northshore Park in St. Petersburg, FL.

Moonlit Palms in Northshore Park

What a beautiful night in Northshore Park, St. Petersburg, FL.  The interesting thing is, it was pretty dark when I took this photo, and I did not use a flash.  This shot shows what you can do with existing lighting if you know how to seek it out and use it correctly.  I took a long exposure using the moon to light the landscape, and the nearby city light posts to illuminate the palm trees in the foreground.

Boats in Motion

Everybody has seen those long-exposure photos of cars driving at night, where the headlights form long lines of light.  But I’d never seen one of those shots done with boats!  Challenge accepted.  I set out to create that photo at the St. Petersburg, FL boat parade.  The beautiful cityscape helped make the scene even more interesting, and I was quite pleased with my result:

A Father’s Day

Daniela and I were hired to produce an article for Sea Ray Living Magazine.  We had a great time capturing the Stebenne family in photos and words on Block Island this summer.  Here’s the article: http://www.nxtbook.com/dino/SeaRayLivingVol12Issue4/SeaRayLivingVol12Issue4/index.php#/42/OnePage

 

Red Sky at Night…

A very impressive weather system came through New York Harbor this evening.  Behind the front, the sky was as interesting as I’ve ever seen.  The saturation in this photo is not altered at all!  Sailor’s delight!

Portraits in the Park

Here’s a wide view of how I set up for a recent portrait shoot at a local park.  I love to shoot at dusk with flashes or lights as it really brings the subjects out from the background and makes them look their best.  Here I’m using two Nikon speedlights, an octa softbox and a large lastolite reflecting panel.