Fashion Cares

© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno

Recently, I attended a fashion shoot to help build my photography portfolio. Toronto Photographic has held many workshops and events to help every day people build their work and encourage them to be creative. This event was hosted in conjunction with Creative Image Studios. Coming to this fashion shoot helps me to see how it’s really done – getting a location, finding models, having a collection from a designer, makeup, lighting and then getting creative with the photoshoot. Yes, it was fun, even if I couldn’t stay as long as I wished to. As expected, workshop #2 and #3 ran late. I had to leave for a charity event. I was shooting a fundraiser for the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra. That was a lot of fun and a success. Whether or not they like my photographs is another story. It was during this event I heard the classical song Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev for the first time. It is a narration set to music. Beautiful is all I can explain it.

Back to the fashion shoot and Toronto Photographic. I learned about how to work with models. While some needed some direction, others worked well to show off the clothes they are wearing. I also enjoyed the company of people like Dario of Creative Image Studios and Stephen James of Toronto Photographic. I was allowed to take some photographs behind the scenes like the models in the make up room.

© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno


© Grecel Nepomuceno


© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno


© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno


© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno
Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra


© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno
Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra

BEHIND THE SCENES

© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno


© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno


© Grecel Nepomuceno


© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno


© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno
Testing the lighting system

When I got started with my Nikon D7000 camera last year, it was a learning curve. In the beginning, I took several photos of the same thing with different settings to see how it would look. I have gotten better, but I still have a lot to learn. Instead of hundreds of photos of the same image, it’s now thousands of photos of different things. What I know is learning to be quick and patient at the same time. Learning to be patient so that I can get an image in focus, but at the same time to be quick to capture the moment. At last year’s Digital Imaging Show in Mississauga’s International Centre, I captured an all grown up Miss Red Riding Hood. Hello, Red. How are you? This is where I saw a seminar about lighting and ended up buying a Manfrotto umbrella and stand set on sale. It’s the best thing I could do. With the help of my friend, Stephen, I learned how to use an external flash with the umbrella and create a studio for portraits.

© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno


© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno


© 2012 Grecel Nepomuceno

Toronto Photographic also hosts small workshops to learn the basics of Lightroom to help you edit your photographs. I have the pleasure of meeting Stephen James, one of the organizers of Toronto Photographic. We have become friends over the past year. Not only has he been a good teacher and mentor, he has encouraged me and helped me whenever he can. Most recently, I started using Flickr again to feature some of my photographs. I tried to keep the number of photographs under 200. Once you reach that number, you must upgrade to pro and pay. Well, considering my financial situation, I just can’t right now. So, to add some of my more current photos, I had to delete a few older (less popular) ones. I explained this to my friend, Stephen, who, by the next morning when I woke up, had paid for my upgrade so I can upload as many photographs as I want for at least a year. Thank you so much, Stephen. Not only are you a professional in your field, you are a good friend. I appreciate the encouragement and the help you have given me so far.

Please visit my Flickr account as well as my friend, Stephen’s:

Greceln (a.k.a. iFoxyGN)
Fashion shoot and people: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greceln_ifoxygn/sets/72157629718900211/
Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greceln_ifoxygn

Stephen James, digitalTouch Media
Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/digitaltouch/
website: http://www.digitaltouch.ca/

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Gloaming

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

“The light gradually forsook the deep water, as well as the deeper air, and the gloaming came to the fishes as well as to us, and more dim and gloomy to them, whose day is a perpetual twilight, though sufficiently bright for their weak and watery eyes. Vespers had already rung in many a dim and watery chapel down below, where the shadows of the weeds were extended in length over the sandy floor…. Meanwhile, like a dark evening cloud, we were wafted over the cope of their sky, deepening the shadows on their deluged fields.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Originally derived from the Old English word glum, it refers to twilight. It is related to the word glowun which means to glow, hence “glow of sunrise or sunset.” Dictionary.com I have never heard of gloaming until I attended photography class at Ryerson. It is the moment before it becomes dark and gives a glow to an atmosphere that can be flattering, but at the same time gives off a creepiness.

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011


© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

Being a romantic, I’ve always loved sunsets. I didn’t know how to take pictures of them and once tried using the sunset preset on a camera. The settings are not right and my photos look over exposed. The deep reds look washed out. I finally come across Toronto Photographic through meetup. Stephen, the teacher, hosts a sunset series and I sign up. He gives useful tips and even suggests to wait a little past sundown to take pictures. Not quite perfect on the first try but now I know how to take photos of sunsets. Yay, Toronto Photographic!

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

I head out camping to Bon Echo Provincial Park a week later and captured this photo just below the campsite. I set my camera on a tripod and gave it a long exposure. The moon has a starburst effect because of this and you can see some stars that look like dirt on the photo.

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011


© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011


© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

These photos are taken from an apartment near Sherbourne and Wellesley with a shorter exposure time.

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011


© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

And finally, I capture a few more scenes from Stephen’s studio when I return for another workshop.