Our second to last weekly had to capture America in one picture since it took place over the weekend of the 4th of the July. I went camping with one of my good friends and unfortunately there wasn't a huge display of fireworks so I couldn't get the typical shot for my project. So I found a stranger near my campsite that was wearing cool American flag sunglasses and I instantly knew what I was gonna get my picture of. I got some sparklers, she lit a cigarette and put on her glasses and there it was--my picture! I messed around with my two flashes, that were off camera (like that usually are) and finally got a good shot with good exposure and with a good moment.
Here's to another weekly assignment in my small format class. Thankfully, this week wasn't so hard to get. The goal was to get "bokeh" in your image. Bokeh is easily defined as the blurry circles in an image, when the background is blurred out and whatever is in focus stands out more. As a portrait photographer, bokeh almost comes naturally in many photos because many clients want that in their image. I had a former model/client of mine, Brooke, model for me in this assignment. I also had a lighting kit from my school which was an umbrella light stand. I've never used an umbrella flash before outdoors and was very pleased with what I got--definitely going to invest in one of those very soon!