Autumn’s Arrival

It’s been about a month since my last post, so I thought it was time to bring you some brand-new eye-candy. I have kept very busy with my job, and I now live in a new area of Columbus, so I haven’t done a lot of exploring/photo adventures lately. I do, however live about a mile from one of Columbus’s Metro Parks, and I have stopped by a few times on nice nights with Stoli in tow for a couple quick on-the-go photo shoots. I haven’t been able to shoot as much at work, so I need to do some shooting on my own to satisfy my inner photographer. The leaves are just changing now, so I hope to get out and take many more Fall pictures before the beautiful color is all gone.

Sharon Woods Metro Park © Holly Hildreth 2012

High Banks Metro Park
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Sharon Woods Metro Park © Holly Hildreth 2012

Sharon Woods Metro Park
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Sharon Woods Metro Park © Holly Hildreth 2012

Sharon Woods Metro Park
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Inniswood Metro Gardens

Inniswood Metro Gardens
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Fall foliage can make for some interesting black and whites
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Inniswood Metro Gardens, Westerville, Ohio © Holly Hildreth 2012

Inniswood Metro Gardens, Westerville, Ohio
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Inniswood Metro Gardens, Westerville, Ohio

Inniswood Metro Gardens, Westerville, Ohio
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Sunset at Inniswood Metro Gardens, Westerville, Ohio

Sunset at Inniswood Metro Gardens, Westerville, Ohio
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…And what blog post would be complete without a few Stoi pictures. Since moving into my own place in Columbus, Stoli hasn’t had another dog to keep him company. He’s not a fan of having no partner in crime while I am gone during the day, but he finds ways to entertain himself, like sitting on top of the laundry basket, looking out the window, and half-barking at the people (and other dogs) who walk by.

And other times he just gets lazy

And other times he just gets lazy
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Since I really don’t know anyone yet, I don’t think I’ll really be celebrating Halloween like I did in Missouri, but while at the pet store, I saw a costume that I just had to get Stoli. Charlene Champion, who is one of my good friends from college, is obsessed with gnomes, so I couldn’t pass up this gnome costume, complete with an attached beard.

gnome corgi

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gnome corgi

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gnome corgi

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But of course if the gnome idea doesn’t work out, there’s always the classic ghost costume…

ghost costume, corgi

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Shooting Glass

This week in my advanced studio class, our assignment was to shoot glass and show “black line” and “white line” technique. These different shooting styles are extremely popular and used in most all advertising shots of glass. With “black line,” the glassware is placed on a bright background and shot with the flash going directly through the subject from behind. This produces sharp black lines on the edges of the glass.  White line is shot much the same, only you need a dark background. The light then goes around the sides of your background and wraps around the glass, giving it a nice white, defining line.

Sounds easy, right? Wrong.

If you have never photographed glass, then you don’t know how insanely hard it is to shoot. You have to have everything right, be at the precise angle, hold your breath, stand on one foot, and say a prayer that it will work. 

I bought a glass vase/possible wine decanter at Hobby Lobby and thought it would be an interesting subject. I didn’t take the shape of the vase into account and was soon encountering all sorts of problems in the studio. The bulbous base kept caching reflections of the rafters in the ceiling, and since it was so orbicular, my classmate’s red jacket kept showing up too. I ended up having to craft an extremely elaborate set and it took me almost an hour to just get one good white line shot. I was about to give up, but then I decided to switch to black line.

It was like the clouds were lifted and suddenly I was hitting it out of the park. It turns out that black line was much easier to do with my subject since it minimizes surface reflection. Anyway, here are a few of my final photographs. I will also include a couple production shots so you can see how I had my set built.

White Line © Holly Hildreth 2011

White Line © Holly Hildreth 2011

Production shot for white line

Production shot for white line

The above is my set up for the white line shot. Notice how I had to make a tent out of paper to eliminate the reflection of the ceiling and rafters on the surface of the glass. The black poster-board on the left was a small cut out to put my lens in to reduce lens flare since you’re shooting directly into a huge light.

Black Line © Holly Hildreth 2011

Black Line © Holly Hildreth 2011

Black Line © Holly Hildreth 2011

Black Line © Holly Hildreth 2011

Black Line © Holly Hildreth 2011

Black Line © Holly Hildreth 2011

The above image is my favorite of the shoot and will be the one I turn in.

Production shot for Black Line

Production shot for Black Line

Above: my setup for Black line. As you can see, it’s basically the same as white line, except there’s no black background and you’re shooting directly into the diffused light source.

Anyway, I hope now you have a new understanding and appreciation for how difficult it is to shoot some of the simplest objects.

All Images © Holly Hildreth 2011 | hhildrethphoto.wordpress.com

Nature and Scenic Class

I appologize for not posting my newest school and personal work. The last three weeks have been absolutely insane. My laptop completely crashed and needed to have its logic board and RAM replaced, Stoli got very sick and had to be in the vet for 4 days, my manager at work quit, so I have been taking on full time hours, and the list goes on.

I have been keeping active with shooting, but I just haven’t had the time to update online recently. Hopefully now things will cool off and I will be able to keep up and post my new shoots regularly.

Anyway, I am currently enrolled in a nature and scenic photography course at UCM. We take mini-field trips every 2 weeks where we are given a list of assignments to shoot and are set free. Two weeks ago we went to Powell Gardens, a botanical garden center about 20 miles away from Warrensburg. This week, we visited the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit (about 45 miles West.)

This week’s assignments mainly focused on composition and close up photography. I was able to borrow a friend’s nice macro lens for my first real experience shooting macro, and I loved it! Here are a few photos from the James A. Reed trip this week. To see the rest of my images and to see my work from Powell Gardens (mostly lighting ratios stuff,) visit my flickr: Here

© Holly Hildreth 2011

© Holly Hildreth 2011

© Holly Hildreth 2011

© Holly Hildreth 2011

© Holly Hildreth 2011

© Holly Hildreth 2011

© Holly Hildreth 2011

Colorful Caterpillars

© Holly Hildreth 2011

All Images are © Holly Hildreth 2011.

Stoli’s first Fall

It’s that time of year again–the temperatures are dropping, the trees are turning colors, and a little corgi is tearing around the yard eating mouthfuls of dead leaves. This is Stoli’s first Fall. He’ll be 18 weeks tomorrow. It seems his favorite new activity is to jump in piles of leaves and just go to town eating them. He loves when the wind blows and it kicks up the leaves. He chases after them and then rips them to shreds. I finally got some more recent shots of him this afternoon while we were playing outside. It was tough to get photos of him, because he’s going through his rebellious puppy stage and doesn’t want to listen on the first command. You can also see his adult teeth coming in. They seem to bee too big for his little mouth! Anyway, here are Stoli’s newest photos. Prepare yourself for the cuteness.