New Photos and Page Added

I am finally getting around to adding some photos to the blog. Right now I added a few pictures to my Personal page and a new iPhone page. Please feel free to comment and thanks for stopping by!

-Mike

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New (Old) Street Photos

I never got around to posting my first film photos that were taken on the streets of Milwaukee. Something was wrong with my film advance, so a few of the shots were lost/messed up. You can view my other photos in the Street Photography section of my Portfolio. Please feel free to comment! 

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Where have I been?

School is well over (as is the summer) and I am actually in quite a rut as far as taking new photos. I am hoping to breakthrough this slow time with my new DIY ring flash I created  rigged together.

Evan and Jenny’s Engagement Photos

It’s been awhile since I have had a post! Anyways, I was lucky enough to partake in my second engagement photoshoot a little over a week ago. Evan and Jenny are a great couple and it was so easy to photograph them because they were constantly smiling and laughing with one another. I had a great time and I wish them the best of luck! As always, feel free to comment and thanks for looking!

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New street photos!

Yesterday was St. Patrick’s day and a perfect time for street photos! You can view them in my Street Photography section under the Portfolio drop-down menu. There will be more to come as I get them edited and uploaded. Feel free to leave me a comment and thanks for looking!

-Mike

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A Great Way to Spend $7

So if you are anywhere near Milwaukee on Fridays or Saturdays, I highly suggest going to the Milwaukee Brewing Company tour. It is quite the deal – $7 for all-you-can drink at the tour and the glass is yours afterwards! Here are the pictures (in slideshow form since there are quite a few of them) from the 1st two times I visited with my friends. Great times!

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New Street Photos!

I added 2 new photos to the Street Photography section here. Thanks for looking!

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Getting “creative”

Okay, so I was bored after class today and I took a few pictures of random objects around the apartment, as well as one out my window (the first image). I guess I can say I was attempting to show my “creative” side…Anyways here they are. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think! Thank you!

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Looking out onto Farwell Ave.

Yellow vintage

Almost to the center…

Sun (mostly) in the center!

Thank you to everyone that has been following me! I am really hoping to start up on some projects that I’ve had ideas for in the spring. Stay tuned!

-Mike

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Just for fun – Jon and Nerissa

Well, it has been a little while since I made my last post since it was final crunch time in school. However, now that I have a little bit more time, I finally got to finish editing the pictures of Jon and Nerissa. This was a nighttime shoot in downtown Milwaukee that I did for them. It was pretty cold that night and Jon and Nerissa were very patient and troopers through it all. My flash was misfiring like crazy and my roommate Alan acted as my mobile umbrella/flash holder; his arms were getting tired towards the end of the shoot, but he stuck with it! Anyways, here are some of the images. Please click on the smaller image to see larger files with better resolution. As always, feel free to leave a comment and thanks for looking!

The color pictures -

And the black and white images -

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Editing Technique and Self-Portraits

So here’s the scoop – I really do not enjoy having my picture taken; but, last night I was tired of studying for finals and figured I would give self-portraiture another chance. Needless to say I did not do anything extraordinary, but I was more or less practicing my lighting techniques and my editing technique. It is crazy how changing the position of the light (an off camera strobe and shoot-through umbrella, in this case) can totally change the way a subject’s skin looks; notice the redness with the shadows in the second image.

As far as editing technique goes, I wrote a little Photoshop action that was supposed to emulate some sort of a vintage/blue overlay look. It is the type of processing I see a lot on the Canon forums (the link is to a particular thread regarding prime lens portraits – take a look through it if you have time, it is a wonderful thread). Anyways, here is what I came up with. As usual, a larger image may be viewed by clicking on the images below. Thanks for looking!

If you would like me to send you the action, just e-mail me at macak1204@gmail.com and I will be glad to send it. Note: it is not guaranteed to work with all lighting/exposure set-ups; adjustments will need to be made accordingly. Also, this action was written with Photoshop CS5, so I am not sure how that carries over into different versions.

Both shots were with a Pentax F50mm @f2.8

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