Posted on July 27, 2012
Standing in the parking lot under a light rain, Jen and I conferred. The kids were in the car, anxious to get out. Her husband was of the mind that she got to make the decision on this one. Great light, a long distance we all traveled, and tons of rain. We decided to reschedule.
As we found a date that worked for all of us, the sun began to break through parted clouds. The kids were promised that they could get out of the car to feed the ducks anyway. We decided to go for it. And am I glad we did. Photography isn’t a convenient thing. The best shots are just during or after inclement weather, at the crack of dawn, or while everyone else is eating dinner. But when you catch that light….nothing could be better.
Posted on July 10, 2012
Posted on July 9, 2012
I love going home. To my first home, where I come from. What makes it even better is to share in the celebration and love of some great friends. My friends Jessica and Brian were married a few years ago (blog post here) in Canandaguia, New York, on the same lake I was married on in 2001. A few weeks ago, I traveled back, this time to Sodus Point, to photograph the wedding of their friends. These beautiful kids, Chris and Beth, are also the siblings of two friends of mine from way back (elementary school?!). It’s amazing to see the union of not only two people, but their families as well.
Posted on July 5, 2012
I was just working with a client, finishing up a shoot of her 8 month old, the last of her six children. She said to me “I had no idea you couldn’t print photos taken on a Smartphone!” She had been documenting her baby’s first year with her phone camera, with an assumption that you can print the images to be high quality, frameable pieces. She was so devastated to realize that upon printing, she had almost nothing useable from the previous year. Have you ever done this?
When I got my first phone, I did the same thing. Taking photos of camping trips, friends hanging out, casual experiences, it seemed as if the quality was passable. Once on my computer, however, it was obvious that most were out of focus (due to camera movement, that little thing is hard to keep steady, especially when handed off to a stranger to take the picture!). The low light resolution is terrible, and dynamic range limited.
The quality difference came into clear focus once again (pun intended) yesterday, when my husband and I were at the White House for a fourth of July celebration.
Here’s an image taken with the iPhone:
And the same image taken two minutes later (with hat and sunglasses on), in the same location, with my SLR. Not a great image (it could use a little fill flash, yes?), but still leagues above the iPhone image.
The best camera is the one you’re willing to carry with you, and sometimes, that’s the one in your pocket. But if you’re willing to invest a little into a good point and shoot, or a consumer-level single lens reflex (SLR), you’ll be able to build a collection of photos of your family and friends that can last a lifetime.
If you have questions on camera selection and use, sign up for my summer photo classes (only 4 spots remain): http://staceyvaethphotography.blogspot.com/2012/06/its-not-about-gear-photo-classes-just.html
Posted on July 5, 2012
For those of you who have been to my shared studio space in Mt. Pleasant, DC, you know that I do wall art for Past Tense Yoga Studio. Every year, I create a new exhibit, and we auction off the previous year’s work and donate the proceeds.
This year, I wanted to create something a bit more abstract, to reflect my personal style and love of color, as well as to create images that you can really meditate on while practicing yoga. The first year I did images of the west coast from my travels, the second year, I created a water theme from images from around the world, and this last year were simple flowers and shapes from the garden.
Here’s my favorite image from the incoming collection. The exhibit will be up next Friday, the auction from the outgoing collection is going on now. Stop by Past Tense Yoga Studio (3253 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, WDC 20010) to put in your bid if any caught your eye.
These pieces are always for sale, at any time of the year, as well. Just give a shout for more information.
Posted on July 2, 2012