Monday, January 23, 2012

A doggone tricky photo shoot

My friend Jessyca is quite the entrepreneur. She runs Jess & Co Canine Couture, a luxury clothing maker for small dogs.

She's quite the photographer herself and has worked with a lot of great people, so I jumped at the chance to do some shots with her and her pomeranian, Tokyo.

Friday morning had been very overcast and rainy, so when we settled on 1:15 p.m. for the portrait session, I wasn't too worried about the light. Little did I know that by the time I made it downtown, the clouds would part and the sun would appear in full force. The thermometer in my car was showing 85 degrees when I got there.

The harsh sunlight made things rough, but then to add to the challenge, the wind decided to start gusting at around 15 knots. Oh yeah, and then there's the dog ...

I grabbed the Leica M8 and the Leica M3, and we worked our way around Eleanor Tinsley Park. Did I mention the park turned out to be undergoing major construction? Everything seemed stacked against us that day.

I call this one the Wizard of Oz shot because Jessyca looks like she's about to blow away.


But Jess and Tokyo started working those matching outfits.


Eleanor Tinsley Park is a great place to pick up the Houston skyline in the background of your photos.

In the park

And we finally got the shot I was waiting for.

Jess & Tokyo

But, of course, Tokyo still had to have her close-up.

Little Tokyo

I was relieved when I pulled the Ilford 100 out of the developing tank that the recent shutter repair on the M3 was succesful. I think next shoot I'm going to try some Kodak Portra 160. Here was an attempt with the Alien Skin Exposure 3 plug-in to see if I could get the look from digital.

Jess and Tokyo
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