I won a first place spot in the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens Shuttebug contest again this year and pulled off two second place seats too. My wife Margaret won Honorable Mention in the Wildlife category which she is very proud of since she just picked up a camera this past summer.
Looks like I will be spending the morning waiting for FedEx to show up with my 40D and Lens. So I will have to reschedule my morning trip to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. At least I will have some tine to work on my slideshows.
Daniel Stowe's Orchid Spectacular is running January 14, 2011 through February 14, 2011. These are a few on my shoots from last years event. I am planning to head to the gardens tomorrow 1/27 at about 9 am to capture some more Orchid photo's. If you have the time you should join me. I will be doing some off camera flash and Macro Ring light work. I would be glad to share some of my gear if you have never done any of this type of photography.
These are a few examples of what is possible when flash is properly used to capture these wonderful specimens.
Spent the morning searching for some new locations for some up coming portrait sessions. Found a few great location for seniors and family portraits. Historic Waxhaw has some great old building that make wonderful portrait back drops.
I woke at 5:30am and packed my gear to head to Lake Wylie SC for a sunrise photo session on the lake. I had my truck loaded with all my photo gear by 6am and head out of Waxhaw. I arrived at Like Wylie about 6:45 am just in time to catch the Golden Hour and a wonderful sunrise. I had the chance to meet some of the new members of the Charlotte Photography Meet-up Group. We shivered, shot photo's and talked for about two hours. Well worth getting out of bed and braving the cold!
Spring time is right around the corner. Historic Waxhaw is a great location for Senior Portraits and Family Portraits. I live less than a mile from Downtown Waxhaw and love to make Portraits in the Downtown area. Contact me through my website http://www.ghholtphotography.com/ if you would like to schedule a portrait session.
These are a couple photo's from a few of my 2010 session.
This is another in a series of Black and White Portraits from the Charlotte Portrait Potography Group's Sculpting With Light event in Charlotte, NC. During this event 13 photographers photographed 4 models using a two light set-up with a 3-1 lighting ratio, There were two light stations, one with a dark background and one with a white background.
This is another Black and White Portrait rendering from the Sculpting With Light III event held by the Portrait Photography Group in Charlotte North Carolina on January 12, 2011. The model is Kirby Ann her portrait was made using a two light set-up and the image was processed in Photoshop CS5.
Twas a cold week in Waxhaw, NC. It was a little too cold for any out door Portrait Photography. We did have a lot of fun at the Sculpting With Light Workshop with the Portrait Photography Group-Charlotte Wednesday night. Dakota was one of the four models we photographed.
Yucky morning in Waxhaw! I had about 6 inches of snow on my truck and it is still coming down. Hoping it continues to snow and does not switch over to the freezing rain they have predicted. I have to be at work by 10:30 pm so the roads should be real crappy for my journey downtown. I guess I should get my camera out and shoot a few photographs.
I don't know why every one thinks my Lake Wylie Sunrise photo's are Sunset photo's. I guess they just don't get up at the crack of dawn, drive from Waxhaw to Lake Wylie to take photographs of the sunrise over Lake Wylie. One of my photo's was featured in the slide show of the Lake Wylie Buzz this morning.
Well I finally broke down and raked all the leaves in my yard. I need to run out side and take a photograph of my nice neat lawn. I ended up with 13-50 gallon bags of leaves stuffed to the hilt! It would be nice if the leaves just stayed nice and pretty till summer than turned green again!
Had a nice 3 hour photo chat with seven other members of Charlotte's Portrait Photography Group this morning at the Quail Corners Dilworth Coffee House. There was a wide array of topics ranging from Photography Websites and Hosting to off camera flash and software.
I went over to Deborah Du Plessis house today to help her figure out her new studio light set-up. Myra and Debra's puppy were elected to be the model for this portrait. Lighting Info: Small Octabox camera right and small softbox camera left. Set to achieve f14. triggered with radio trigger.
We had another great trip to Suzie's Pride on New Years Day. I still have about 600 photo's to edit. Stephanie was one of the many volunteers that got up early New Years morning so our photography group could photograph their Big Cats.