I have all sorts of backdrops in all different colors and patterns, but one of my most favorites is called “Pecan”. It is a huge paper roll that is easily ripped off and changed out when it gets dirty (my kids love coloring on the scraps as well!). Once I have the pecan roll up….well, it is hard not to just keep using it over and over! I have to force myself to swap the backgrounds. So yesterday I did three little Lykoi boys on Pecan with two different quick prop setups.
Now for those still learning about the Lykoi breed, Lykoi kittens are born fully coated like a regular barn cat. As they grow, the coat falls out and they grow back in an outer coat with the roan pattern. All these boys are siblings from the same litter. But this little guy below just hasn’t decided to grow back in very much hair! I cannot decide if he looks like a kitten, a rat, or Smeagol! LOL!
I shot with my Nikon D810 and Sigma 35 1.4 Art Lens. The settings were f/8, ISO-80, Shutter Speed 1/100. I used three flash units. I have attached a horrible cellphone picture of my tiny studio with the lights set up. This was for the over head shot (the first image in this post). After I shot that image I lowered the two units with soft boxes so that they were a little more level with my subjects. The Pecan backdrop is found HERE. The wreath is a $10 wreath from the Dollar General…and it shed twigs like crazy! Normally I would have located a nicer more realistic quality, but this is all I could get today! Look for props where ever you are…Inspiration is everywhere!
When it comes to outdoor photos I have always used only natural light and a reflector rather than my studio flash units. But I decided I wanted to try something a little different so I took one of my lights outside to play! Guenhwvar and Ylva the Lykoi kittens were happy to be my models. I rarely photograph my kitties outside because I don’t want to risk them running off, but these two girlies are always under my feet and believe they are my shadows so this was safe. Please do not photograph any animal outside and off the leash unless your yard is secure!
This shows what my setup looked like. I was shooting in full sun with no shade.Other then a couple of small variations, most images were shot at f/8, Shutter 1/250, ISO- 64. I used my Nikon D810 & Sigma 85 1.4.
Now that I have talked about the technical stuff, it is time for the photos!
Don’t forget to stop and smell the…flowers?
I turned the flash toward a little bush also in my yard to try for some “natural habitat” type of photos. These were shot with the same single light, but were edited to look like evening shots.
I thought it would be fun to post a video of how crazy it can be to photograph to very active kittens. It definitely requires a lot of patience and a fast finger to snap the images!
And here are a couple of bloopers (not the best quality but too funny not to share!).
This post is going to be a bit photo heavy, but since it is my first session to post here…..stop complaining! I wanted to start with a bang! So today, Julia Rinkles (this is not her real name, but for privacy reasons due to her somewhat skimpy outfit we should protect her identity) is going to teach us how to bake a cake.
Everyone knows the first step in baking is to find a recipe that makes our tummies rumble…
Sometimes this can be tricky and requires assistance…
Once a recipe has been decided upon, check your pantry for all the needed ingredients. It is advised that you toss your brothers out of the kitchen at this point due to the horrible messes they create!
By the way, hats are fun!
Especially if you can hide in them and play peek-a-boo!
Enough playtime! Let’s get to work! Start by mixing your dry ingredients…
Are you sure it is mixed? Mix it just a bit more….
Now let’s start mixing in the wet ingredients, and don’t worry about the oil….Sphynx brand oil is the best!
After baking, keep an eye out! Because naughty brothers will sneak in to steal your treat!
Things can get a bit messy….but that just means it is extra tasty!
For inquiring minds- These images were shot in studio, using three Alien Bee Flash units (lights). Images were taken with my Nikon D810 and Sigma 35 1.4 Art. The settings were- f/7.1, Shutter 1/125, and ISO-100. Edited in Photoshop with mostly hand edits, although I did use a couple actions from Chasing Light Action’s Chemistry Set.
A week ago I asked my friends and followers if they would enjoy following a blog if I created one….the answer was a definite yes! So here we are! I take a lot of images that I don’t post anywhere, but send privately to my kitten families, or simply just end up saving to my hard drive (I don’t want to overload Facebook, so I usually pick a favorite from a session and post just one or two). Lately I have been working on some “story” sessions, or themed sessions (cannot wait to show you guys!). I also have sessions with some funny blooper shots I don’t always post, but I think may give you guys a giggle. So my plan for this blog is a place where I could put many images from a session and the story line. As well as some behind the scenes details or funny things that happened! Mostly these would be my own sessions with my own cats, but some would be client work as well. For my photographer friends I will include some info about lenses, settings and props that were used in the creation of the image.