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Month: January 2011 (page 1 of 3)

Birthday Photo Shoot

My sister asked me to do a favor for her. She has a good friend that was turning 40 and she wondered if I would mind doing a small photo shoot at his birthday party. The party was known but the photo shoot was a surprise. I ended up traveling the entire week before the party so when the time arrived I wasn’t the most excited to go and shoot, but sometimes you need a kick in the butt to set up your gear and have some fun. And, fun it was! Everyone was really fun in front of the camera and had a good time posing and being posed.

I setup my black backdrop. The room was pretty dark and my only light was my Canon 580EX II flash. I was firing the flash wireless using the ST-E2 transmitter. I shot with my Canon 5D Mark II all handheld with my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L. I had the flash mounted about eye level and fired it backwards into a bounce. The lighting all worked out better than I expected, given that I just had the one flash.

The only issue was on flash recharge rate. My flash ate 8 AA batteries and when they weren’t fresh I was struggling to keep the flash going. I’ve added the Canon CP-E4 flash power pack to my wish list for any shooting like this in the future.

Here are nine shots that I really liked from the night. I couldn’t pass up an excuse to get a bunch of adults to do a pyramid! Starting with the birthday boy.


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Mazie the Butterfly

Mazie getting her fingernails painted to go with the butterfly face. Having a lot of fun at the Sunshine Montessori‘s Sunshine on a Stick festival at Burroughs.

Tyler and his Music Table

Tyler is working hard at learning to walk. Pushing his music table is a favorite of his.


This video was made entirely on my iPhone. :-) I’m also trying a new way of embedding video that doesn’t rely on a video service. Hopefully this works well.

"Dad, I am glad to see you"

I was out of town most of this week. When I got back Mazie made this great picture of her and I.

Mt. Tamalpais

Gorgeous view from Mt. Tamalpais.

What a great tiny get away from San Francisco.

I grabbed this 8-frame panorama with Pano on my iPhone. The full size image shows all the detail.

Abrasive Ale

Abrasive Ale is so good. Megahops!

Empty Airplane Seats

I didn’t think this type of thing ever happened any more. On a ridiculously full flight and have two open seats next to me?

Mazie the Singer

My mom was visiting today and Mazie wanted to perform a song for her. Out came the microphone!

Playing with Blocks

Mazie and I had a ton of fun this afternoon stacking up blocks as fast as we could and then having Tyler knock them down.

Tyler Playing with his Shoes

Tyler was having a blast flinging his shoes around on the coffee table.

And then he coyly hid them under the table and gave me this great look. :-)

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