Tuesday, January 27, 2009


D's idea, which is weird.  He normally hates having his picture taken but today he was eager to take this one.  I thought it was pretty funny, having him "pray" while he was wearing his gangster hat and jacket.  

Location was my house.  More specifically, in my living room.
Nikon D80 with MB-D80 grip and Sigma 50mm 1.4
ISO 800
Today, 2:05:17 PM
Photoshop ninja secrets: "Maybe...This Time" action.  I made this for use with portraits.  Desaturates and exaggerates highlights, adds red tones to the shadows, blue to the midtones, and yellow to the highlights.  If you have photoshop cs2 or above let me know your email in the comments and I'll send you the action.


  1. Seriously good picture. It's got a great narrative, and there's lots of emotion behind the eyes. And the colors pop just enough.

    How is that 50mm 1.4? I have a 50mm 1.8, and that thing is awesome. I can only imagine what a 1.4 would do. Your depth of field must be like 3 inches deep.

    I'm intrigued by your photoshop action, I'd like to play with it - reidcompton@mac.com

  2. The 1.4 is great. I used to have the 1.8, but the bokeh killed me. This I find sharper and with much less CA, and also with really smooth bokeh. It's amazing. I find the colors way better than with my zoom. Yeah, the depth of field is really shallow. The difference between 1.8 and 1.4 depth of field-wise is pretty significant. It can be pretty hard to nail, but I just love the look shallow depth of field gives.

    Thanks for your interest in the action!