To all ye who want to paint with light ...

I should have started this blog many moons ago as I started experiencing the joys of rediscovering the art of photography. But as the saying goes - it's better late, than never!
So, here I am, in the hopes of recording what I learn as I progress from ignorance to enlightenment; about what my eyes can see that my camera can capture; and, what my mind imagines and my camera paints with its capabilities.

Please feel free to add any comments and share your wisdom (tips or tricks) that you have picked up along the way.

And do check out my How-To and Birding pages as well.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day 245 - Not What I Had Intended

I finally got my new Strobist's kit with two speedlights yesterday, and I got myself familiar with how to set up the light stand, the umbrella and how to use the Cactus radio triggers.  I'm really proud of having figured out the entire setup all by myself without having to refer to the manual except to understand the difference between a receiver and a transmitter (patting myself on the back for that).  I really didn't think it would be quite that simple considering I got a pile of different things I'd never before used in my life.

I wanted to figure out how to use the coloured filters for the flash this evening, but that kinda bombed - I didn't get the results I was hoping for, so I won't post those shots here.

My son had condescended to sit down for exactly one and a half minutes last evening while I tried the umbrella and I got exactly two shots with it.  I also got myself the Gary Fong diffuser which I tried out and found fantastic. The kit has 2 diffusers, but I only used one of them and I'm not sure which one.  I'll have to explore these as well and I'll definitely let you know what I think, beyond the first positive impression.  On the face of it, it yielded very natural looking shots and the results were really pleasing.

I know I'm talking about all this without providing samples, but my son won't appreciate me posting pics of him in his jammies.  So once mister decides to have a haircut and dress better, or I find a willing victim (my friend suggested I do selfies), it's all talk!  But trust me, I will post something soon!

I'm telling myself that now I have to understand the basics of flash photography - and that's just the tip of the iceberg!   Please wish me luck as I embark upon this journey and I swear I will not spare any effort, or leave any stone unturned (read as I will not spare you the whining and the crying and the ranting that goes along with learning a difficult subject).

Since the gelled flash images didn't work, I got this shot instead.

If you're trying to guess what this is, well, these are the edges of lasagna noodles.  And you guessed right - I made lasagna with meat sauce for tonight's dinner!  


  1. I like this picture a lot. Wish you all the very best my friend - have no doubts that you'll do well with flash photography too :)

  2. Thank you, Swati! You're always so encouraging, And I better learn to use flash if I have to get some nice shots of you guys the next time around.