California Vacation Part 6

We spent part of an afternoon shopping up and down the Haight/Ashbury area which apparently is popular to some. Our relatives who live close by called it “The Haight” (pronounced like “hate”).

Large vintage record store
Alley off of Haight St.

It was in this area out of all of San Francisco that I saw the most number of homeless people.

After The Haight we went to Balmy alley to check out the art murals which apparently change from time to time.

More sites around the Balmy alley area. My husband thought it was the ‘mission district” but I don’t know.

We also just kind of drove around San Francisco checking out all the architecture of the houses crammed together on the hills of the city. Some of the hills were so steep you couldn’t even see over the top of where the street went. It was like going over a cliff ๐Ÿ˜‚.

We also drove by the Full House house!

Full House house

California Vacation Part 1

California Vacation Part 2

California Vacation Part 3

California Vacation Part 4

California Vacation Part 5

Monochrome Monday Street Photography

What is your opinion on candid street photography? I completely enjoy the art of making street images but go back and forth about how I feel about taking people’s picture without their consent. This is a very huge genre of photography so I’m wondering what your take is?

Pixel 3a XL/ Snapseed

Panning a Motorcycle

Have you ever tried panning photography? It is quite fun and gives a cool effect like this image of my husband on his motorcycle.

I had my camera on a tripod but you could hand hold it if you can keep it fairly level as you swivel horizontally, keeping your focus on the subject as they ride by. He was only going about 20 miles per hour.

I had my camera on shutter priority set to 1/25 sec. You have to play around with the slow shutter speed to get the effect you want depending on the lighting conditions around you.

I had it on continuous shooting and I tried manual focus and auto and got better results with manual.

What do you think?

Sony A68/Capture One

A Senior Before and After

Some of you may remember several years ago I started a portrait photography business that I ran for a couple years through 2018. Now, I just do photoshoots for family and friends for fun, but my love of editing portraits is still strong so I’ve decided to go into the business of photo editing for other photographers. Here is my first blog post on my business website.

Offshoots Photography is taking a different turn for the new year. While I havenโ€™t offered portrait photography services for a year or two now, my love of editing has never wavered. Therefore, I am now in the business of photo editing, editing images for other photographers. I will be posting before and after images on [โ€ฆ]

A Senior Before and After

Self Portraits: Self in Motion

These images were taken with my Sony A68 and 50mm prime lens at a slower shutter speed of 1/2 second, f/3.5, ISO 320 with TTL flash (Godox V1-S) set up as explained in an earlier post. Images are straight out of camera/no edits were made. I sure had fun twirling around for these. Lol

Self Portrait Superimposed Plus BTS

Behind The Scenes: I take my self portaits indoors where I really need to use my flash, but flash both on and off the camera without a modifier like a softbox produces very harsh and unflattering shadows. I don’t have a modifier to use to soften my flash, but I recently figured out how to effectively use my reflector to accomplish a similar effect.

As you can see, I position the reflector at a 45 degree angle to the camera and then turn the flash head (with the flash being on-camera) into the reflector. This way when the flash fires the light into the reflector, the light then bounces out and disperses diffusely over the subject, providing a much softer and more even light than pointing the flash head directly at the subject.

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