Hello to all of my followers, friends, and visitors! Just a quick note to all of you that currently, my Instructor is keeping up busy with portraiture and fashion imagery. For those of you who more prefer my Landscapes and Seascape, many more of those coming soon! Please bear with me as I try to hone my skills with this style of photography. Thank you in advance!
For all you fashionistas, fashion designers, designers, and wardrobe specialists; please take a moment to offer any constructive criticism that will help be to deliver better quality imagery for you. Photographers, as always, your input is deeply appreciated. I am truly “shooting in the dark” as far as camera angles, lens choices, and location selection. I am simply going with my gut instinct on what I think might work well for the image. Post processing was geared for more of an “edgy” look (as opposed to portraiture), so let me know if this works or if it is a “no go” in the world of fashion. Thank you so much to everyone who has been kind enough to follow my plunge into this new career path! I had no idea this path would be so consuming yet filled with wonderful caring people! Thank again and have a great wekend!
Location: Charleston, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm 1.8 lens, soft gold reflector (camera right).
Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 lens.
Attempting to use a classic lighting technique with the perculiar lighting style of photographer Horst P. Horst. Obviously I have a ways to go before i arrive at his level! But I do feel I have captured the essence of what I was after in this shot (lighting style wise). This was my first attempt so be looking out for a much more expanded upon version of this style of image and lighting technique.
Many thanks to RaeAnn (my lil Texas Tornado) for her help in creating this image.
Location: Charleston, SC (Studio work)
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, one monolight camera right.
Location: Charleston, SC (Studio work)
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm lens, two monolights, one PLM and one Softbox.
Another image from the collection. Feedback, constructive criticism, and comments greatly appreciated. Only a couple more and the set will be complete. Thanks so much to all my followers, visitors, and collegues for all your support and assistance as I try and grow in this challenging profession!
Location: Loris, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 lens, soft silver reflector.
Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm 1.4 lens, Nikon SB900 speedlight camera left.
Greetings everyone! It has been some time since my last post… it appears I have fallen into a creative “Bubble”. My task and assignment for these past three weeks was to create some classic based fashion and glamour images. Apparently I have not done so well, after presenting an 84 image slide show; my instructor referred to my work as more “pinup” style than true fashion (granted, a majority of my work was accomplished on the beach). So, I am appealing to my colleagues followers and friends, and visitors to provide some feedback (constructive criticism please). And as usual, I do hope that my images move you, spark imagination, and ignite some creativity! A few more images coming up, thanks again for your visit and comments!
Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 Tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead.
Peaceful seas and a gentle breeze at Sunset
One of my favorite images! A huge hello and thank you to all of my several new followers, and great big thank you to all of my dear long term followers! I hope this image finds each of you safe and heppy and much hope for a safe and productive (drama free) work week!
On a side note, it has come to my attenton that several of my images are being used on other websites (business and personal). I need to take a moment to remind those individuals that my images are copyright protected and unauthorized use is prohibited by law. For those of you who want to use my image, you may surely do so provided you link the image back to my website and please give me credit as photographer (I would not steal your work, so please do not steal mine). If you want to purchase royalty free rights to use the images or want to purchase prints for your home or office: please see my About page for info on how to do that.
On the bright side: My school has bestowed upon my a Mimiya medium format camera with a digital back! So now, I need to find a few locations to shoot seascapes and landscape! If anyone if familiar with Coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and even Florida…please send me your suggested locations. I will do my best to get some of them uploaded for your enjoyment!
Thanks to every one of you for your time, suggestions, input, consideration, and suggestions! Have a safe week everyone!
And on the lighter side
Wow, I took this shot 2 days ago, and already I have been asked, (by several), to make it available as a poster. I must be getting a little bit better with my photography (thanks to you guys!) As you all know, the artist is his/ her own worst critic. So what do you guys think?
Image shot with a Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens. ISO 200, f/9, 1/125 sec,
Key light: Einstein 640 via beauty dish.
Fill light: Einstein 640 via parabolic reflector with silk screen diffusior
**UPDATE** It’s official, this (and several other images featured here in my blog) are now available as posters and much more. For all my WordPress friends, please use the new Discount Code STANBLOG2013 to recieve 18 percent off your purchase. Please let me know if you have any problems using the code (it’s new!) Thanks so much to all of you for your constant feedback and support!
Did I ever mention about how much I just love the light at sunrise? Chelbie and I had just finished shooting on the beach with the rising sun over the ocean as her background and we were driving back in to civilization to grab some MUCH needed coffee..when we spotted this old boat dock jutting out into the marsh. The light was incredible, so I asked if she could just jump out and run to the end of the dock and turn around. This was the first exposure I took, she didin’t even want to put her shoes on. She is a true girl from the country and wanted to be as natural as possible in some of her images.
For everyone who believes they need all this expensive gear (now I know for some imagery, there are many items I could use to really bring a different look and feel to this image), but, i really like this capture. The only equipment I used (or just grabbed while I chased after her! lolol) was my Nikon camera nd my lens (thank goodness I still had my trusty 70-200 2.8 VR attached to the camera) I photographed this back in the summer, and I am SO looking forward to warmer weather soon.
Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens
Photographer: Stan Shillingburg http://www.stanshillingburg.com
Sometimes, when the light is right and the camera position is right, and the exposure is right you get the most beautiful images. BUT….sometimes…if you pay attention, a photographer can actually capture the beautiful soul of a person regardless of the light, or camera angle, or exposure…just being there at that moment and being ready to press the shutter release.
As you can see, I removed all the color, the background and foreground, the scenery at the location, and still, her soul just comes shining through. As most of you know, I am recently retired from the military and have become a full time “college boy”, studying for my BA in Photography. Well, with all the math, English design, and research work…I am painfully short on maintaining my photography skills (or, shutter release anxiety!!). So, when Laura asked if I could take some images of her wearing her mother’s wedding dress..of course I agreed. Then, she wanted to know if would mind shooting the images ..ON THE BEACH…near sunset….really??? NOW I was really excited about the photo-shoot While Laura is not getting married anytime soon, I really had a chance to play around with camera angles, lighting, and even some editing tricks and ideas. I hear her and her mother are quite happy with the results (bonus!), and I am thrilled to be back out on the beach at my fav time of day, doing what I love to do. Several of her images are quite lovely (both color and black and white) but this one, just stood out to me to share with everyone. I hope you enjoy the image, and feel free to check my gallery of the entire shoot with her.
Location: Kiawah Island Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 VR lens
(back to the basics here; no reflector, no flash, no tripod)
note: this is nearly a 1:1 crop from a much larger total shot
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-27 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead.
By Popular Demand: Here is the color version.
I hope this post and image finds everyone safe, warm, and happy this weekend! Valentines Day is coming and true love..well, that is special, very hard to find, and can be even more difficult to hang on to. Taking things for granted is a sure way to lose those things we think will always “just be there”. Take a few moments this weekend to make sure anyone who is special in your life knows how you feel about them!
Finally, just a shout out to my many new friends here in the bloggosphere! Each you help me improve my quality of life and inspire me to work harder at bringing my photography to a new level while seeing everyday people and events in a whole new perspective. Stay safe everyone!
…and there I was, just me and my camera, listening to Al Greene’s “Still in Love With You” being piped out via several large speakers at the Lowcountry 30th Annual Oyster Boil that was held at a sprawling and gorgeous Boone Hall Plantation, when I looked out towards the cotton field and saw this lovely couple. Yep, Moments in Time like these are priceless!
To answer those of you asking…
Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 lens, hand held.
Someone once said that some days are like coal, and some days..are like diamonds. Some times your the windshield and some times your the bug…Today was a one of those days when I just wasn’t feeling very inspired until a friend of mine called me up and aasked me to go to the Lowcountry 30th Annual Oyster Boil in Mount Pleasant, SC.
I met several wonderful people, Mike and I shot tons of images, this couple was actually posing for thier friends to take a picture of them with thier “point and shoot” camera (may have been an iPhone). Luckily I had my telephoto and grabbed a few shots. If they email me, I will be glad to share these images with them! I hope everyone enjoys some of the images in my new Gallery “Moments in Time”. No telling what I will be posting in there, but it looks like I have taken on a new project…Street photography with a southern twist on it.
So tell me, do YOU remember??
The smell of Armor All the fear that gas might actually go up to a DOLLAR a gallon?? The smell of burning rubber, the sound of Thrush and Glaspak roaring, The smell of her perfume, the excitement in her eyes when you shifted gears, the unmistakable sensation of all those wild horses under the hood…shoving you back against the seat…
I still remember how nervous I was when I picked her up for our first date…I could barely get the key back in the ignition…what do you remember? One of the reasons I go as often as I can to car shows is to talk with some of the people who remember those “good ole days”, and all the wonderful funny and sometime tragic stories they tell. And the hilarious antics that went on both at the drive in theatre…and at the local Sonic or drive in. Such a magical wonderful time in those high school days, the Friday night football games, the cruising…..
Got a favorite memory, story, or thought? Shout it out, would love to hear from you!
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, Alien Bee heads with soft boxes, clam shell lighting technique, remote wireless triggers for lighting.
Images shot at Pixel Studios, Charleston, SC
And then, there she was, the real Hayle….
We had been shooting for about thrity minutes, her confidence in me and in herself grew with every frame. For those of you who admire my seascape and landscape work, I hope you will bear with me while I “feed the need” to capture a few frames of the most beautful subjects on earth…real women in the natural world. And, yes this lovely woman is a real Georgia Peach (from around the Atlanta area). Just before I took this shot, I asked Hayle to think of a pose that would define her personality so that her friends would say, “yep, thats the real Hayle.” In the brief moment she paused to think, I fired off this shot (and a couple more, after shouting, “freeze! that’s the shot right there!”.)
Thank you so much Hayle for allowing me the pleasure of capturing several of your other “sides” and your bold, brave, and courageous personality.
Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, a single Nikon SB900 fired off camera, camera left through a Lastolite collapsable soft box.
Note that the challenge for this assignment was to shoot “outside of our comfort zone” in our camera settings. That being said, here they are: Manual mode, f3.5 shutter 1/1600s ISO 800, wireless flash through Nikon CLS system in auto FP and high speed sync enabled.
Oh, and I almost forgot: I created a Fall Gallery just for those of you who love the rich colors of Fall. Click below and I would suggest clicking on the slideshow button (top right)
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 12-24mm 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, and my trusty Stanley thermos.
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