Star Wars: The Force Awakens SHOULD be opening today. Augh! Almost here.
Ok. I'm not Leia. But maybe a pint-sized Vader?
This image is my favorite so far. Not only because I love Star Wars, but because I was able to control the light in such a way to get it gleaming on Vader's mask. I feel like I am able to experiment with knowledge in controlled lighting now.
I remember as a small kid, finding my Dad's Star Wars albums around his place. I'd always find the Star Wars album and have him play the record and stare at the black lettering and stars behind it with these huge saucer eyes, listening to the music. He is a HUGE Star Wars fan and it got a hold of my brother and I way back in late 70's. I remember waiting in line for HOURS with fans as a kid for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It seemed so exciting. The movies were amazing then and lived up to all our anticipation and waiting! I hope The Force Awakens does the same for us older ones and inspires continuing craze for the young ones out there now.
LESSON LEARNED FOR THIS IMAGE: Lighting, background, set up, backdrops, and expression/posture make all the difference. It is worth paying attention to ALL these details.
Me. Superhero. I'm ready.
I was going for a DRAMATIC and windy scene.
Maybe the Vista House and Crown Point was too windy.
I couldn't even TAPE my tripod down. I had to have someone hold it.
I wanted to make a weird illusion with me wearing this t-shirt backwards and a black knit cap over my face and the hood blowing (a little) behind me.
I might try this scene again with just two fans in my garage.
I learned that you don't need much wind to make for a good windy photo!
That's what I learned with this image!
Ahhhh, but I do love the old Vista House.
And, no, I don't hate you....just....everyone else. HA!
Here are some outakes... :-)
Used: One of first polaroid cameras MADE! (1950's)
This polaroid camera I got to borrow is from the late 1950's! It uses a range-finder to focus. You snap the picture, then pull a large-ish tab out (attached to one polaroid you are using). Then you pull out an even larger tab (look at the end of the full-right side in the photo above) and WAIT. You wait 2 minutes or so and then peel it open and VOILA! Instant-O.
*Note: This polaroid cannot focus too closely. My arms were not long enough to get my selfie in-focus.
Can you imagine how technological this would have seemed?
The user manual that comes with it is entertaining in itself.
In this daily portrait, I got to learn how to use an archaic and wonderful old camera!
Once in awhile, well, BAM!