We just got back from the first half of Christmas holidays with my wife’s side of the family in Grenfell, SK. Rather than post cute pics of the kids opening Christmas presents, I figured I’d instead post this blog about a little photowalk I went on while I was there. The weather was mild but also very flat and almost bleak – the perfect scenario for black and white. I slammed the ol’ FujiFilm X100s into B&W mode and literally went to town. I was fun and refreshing to walk around and basically shoot street in a small town.
House concerts are becoming our thing as of late. We got to catch The Lion, The Bear, The Fox in the booming megapolis of Grenfell, SK on Friday night. They were good. They could really harmonize well and their songs were really deep and chock full of substance. No fluff here folks. These dudes all came from the school of hard knocks and that is depicted in their music.
Tatum Duryba of Paper Moon Photography hosted the concert in her photo studio. The cozy venue really makes for a cool concert environment.
And, the Bear played a Gretsch. And that is 100% awesome.
Well it’s been a bit of a gong show as of late. This past week was our Annual University pals campin’ trip. It was also the week when my Sacroiliac ligament decided to tell me to get bent. So, as my lovely wife boldly went camping as a single mom with our 3 hooligan children, I camped out on my mom and dad’s couch in Moose Jaw. It was brutally awful pain that left me debilitated and lying flat on a couch. I’ve never watched so many movies! But a couple of Chiropractor treatments and a massage later, I’m about 34% better. 😎 Needless to say, I didn’t do as much photo taking as I would have liked!
As the week went on, I was able to be a bit more mobil. I walked around mom’s garden and nabbed some flower shots with the X100s. The macro mode is pretty sweet. As mom and dad’s street was ripped up for construction, there was a bunch of heavy equipment lying around. My brother, who permanently looks like a heavy equipment operator was over so I conned him into doing a shot. Dad’s Canon 580 EX II flash through a mini beauty dish as key and my SB-900 on a small stand in an umbrella for fill triggered optically in SU-4 mode.
Then, after my final chiropractor treatment, I joined the campin’ throng in Grenfell for a couple of days. I blasted of some B&W candids of the kids and of course, our annual group photo.
And, I was able to nab a few shots of my buddy Craig who fortunately is ready for the next Zombie Apocalypse at all times. heheheheh… 😎 All in all it was a very nice “vacation” for me. It was great to see everyone even if it was only for a short time. I’m hoping to be back in the saddle soon and recover from my injuries. Lot’s of rest and more lying around. Woe to me. 😉
Not many people can say that they still get winter storms on the 30th of April. It’s because many more (sane) people don’t live in Saskatchewan. 😈 This winter just . . . won’t . . . die! But before the snow came, we had these amazing clouds and lots of rain. I grabbed my X100s, my sister in law, a black umbrella, my SB-900 and brand new Pocket Wizard Plus X triggers and headed out for some dramatic environmental portraits! When we found a cool spot with lots of great cloud structure, I got setup. It was then I realized that I forgot the PC cable for the Plus X. DOH!!! 🙄 I have a lot to learn about radio triggers! So, rather than go back and risk missing the sky, I put the SB-900 into SU-4 mode and triggered it optically from the Fuji’s built in flash. It worked in a pinch, even though I wanted to try the Pocket Wizards out. Heheheh… 😎 I heightened the structure of the clouds in post, but I love the drama of the B&W.
Went up to Grenfell on Thursday night to celebrate my niece’s 2nd birthday. Howz that possible?!!? Time flies when you’re having fun. While I was there I was also taking some family photos for the Duryba clan and my other sister in law. Some sweet strobist portraits to liven things up a little bit. 😉 I was super happy with the way everything turned out. I was trying to make use of what wee bit o’ fall we had left in terms of colour and we nabbed it before it was too late.
Photo Geek Info: Umbrellas were the name of the game on this shoot. That and a beauty dish gold reflector combo for Hailey’s shots. For the Duryba’s family shots, I wanted to meld the flash with the ambient so it looked as natural as possible, filling in the shadows while making use of all that glorious back light and colour. I gelled the SB-900 warm with a 1/4CTO gel which worked perfectly. Same with the Beauty Dish. It was shot during golden light so the warm gel and the gold reflector worked superbly. Can’t beat golden light. It’s my absolutely favourite time to shoot. But, you have to be quick. The light falls very fast so moving quickly is a necessity. I’m always shooting manual with flash so knowing the settings before hand is a bonus before the real shooting begins. TTL would always work but I prefer having supreme control over the light and knowing exactly what it is going to be doing. 8)