Monday, April 30, 2012
So, I just took an inventory of my gear. Scary stuff. So far I've racked up a $13,000 bill. (Although, I did include the Nikon D800 & 24-70 that are on backorder, so even though I don't have them, they are part of my future expenses.) I've been procrastinating on buying my 24-70mm lens and it's a rather silly move on my part putting it off, but it's being ordered this week (tomorrow possibly?) as I do have a few things I need it for later this month.
Right now I have 3 shoots lined up. One through Henry's to photograph the CN Cycle on the 6th of May. Another to photograph the Algonquin College Achievement Awards on May 17th. And then I will be photographing the Tae. E. Lee Taekwondo Demo Team for the 35th anniversary on May 23 & 24th!! :) I'm really looking forward these photoshoots and I'm looking forward to expanding my photography portfolio with these 3 shoots! :)
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I filled up the tub with water and charged my batteries while I scavenged for something neat to drop into the water. After about 15 minutes of hunting I found a little box of colourful dice in the bottom of the cupboard. I decided I was going to throw around the dice and make pretty pictures! I grabbed my tripod and my flash and set up in the bathroom. My cat was really curious as to what I was doing, luckily he stayed away as I awkwardly had my tripod set up, so it was tippy! After an hour or so the water was starting to get cold and my hand was all wrinkly and I had made a mess of water in the bathroom, it was time to end the photoshoot.
All in all I had a fun afternoon playing with water and photoshop and I'm happy with how the results turned out. Ideally, I would have had a sound trigger with me, but I don't feel like buying (or rebuilding) one.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
This is not really photography related, but I figured it could be if you're a pet photographer....
The dreaded moment a cat/dog pees on something.... the smell is so gross! But you find yourself attached to the item, or it's brand new, or just too expensive to throw out. Whatever the reason, the item is ruined and you're mad.
Do you throw it out, maybe it's something that can be cut like a backdrop, but what if there was a way to clean it?
My cat has peed on 2 papasan cushions, & on the bed 3 times. After throwing out 1 papasan cushion, a feather down, a little mattress cover, washing blankets oodles of times. I decided I needed to do some research.
Step 1 Pre-treat the spot:
fill a spray bottle with tide, or your favourite laundry detergent, & water. (I poured about a half a cup in & filled the rest with water)
Spray the area. Alternatively, for the sheets, I soaked them in the tub with Tide.
After pre-treating, let it dry.
Step 2 Neutralize the smell:
(My nana always suggests this to me) pour a solution of vinegar & water onto the spot. (A mix of 50/50) Again, let it dry.
pour a a bit of baking soda to cover the area, then pour 3% hydrogen peroxide on the area (1/4 of a cup) & add a wee bit of dish detergent, or tide. Then you are going to massage the mix into the spot. I used rubber gloves, you can also use a brush or sponge, depends on the material. Let it dry.
Vacuum the spot as there will be caked on baking soda. Spray with Febreeze if desired. If possible put it through a cycle in the washer just to get it clean of all three baking soda & get some fabric softener to make it feel cozy soft!
Your item should be rid of the smell now! Which for a pet photographer thus would be handy! Don't want another pet to mark their territory on the spot again!!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Here's the link to the slideshow
Here's the link to the photographs