The Summer Wind Is Blowin’ In….

Summer’s here and the time is right/ for dancin’ in the streets…..

OK, maybe not dancing, but shooting maybe? We’re photographers, right?

Here we are, Memorial Day Weekend. To me, it’s the official start of summer. Finally.

See, I consider Summer to go from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, not matter what what the calendar says. So, when I checked out of work at about 3:30 p.m. today…summer started. Time to enjoy.

First, though, I had to stop by the Canon service center in Jamersburg, NJ. It’s actually on the way between my home and my job. I got a call on my cell earlier today that my Speedlight that I had dropped off for repair on Tuesday was ready for pick-up.

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They told me it would take between 5 to 7 business days.

I got it back in about two and a a half days.

Folks at Canon Jamesburg in NJ…you rock!! Big Time!!

This isn’t the first time that the service center has under-promised and over-performed. I know people bitch and moan about having to ship their gear to Canon to get something fixed or cleaned, and I know I’m fortunate to have the service center so close to me. But still…the team there is great. While I dislike that sensor cleaning is now $30 as opposed to the no-charge that it once was, I still love this service center and think they do really well.

On the way to the service center, I had spied something that I wanted to explore once I got my flash back. I was able to double back and go to to work.

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Shot this at ISO 200, f13.0. Finished it using the Nik Silver eFex filters to give me good dramatics in the sky. Like a Port-A-John isn’t dramatic enough! Fugetaboutit!

Then I thought I’d try out the Speedlight, make sure it’s working.

I dropped down to ISO 100 at f16.0. Had the Speedlight dialed into +2 EV to give me some pop on the outhouse. Finished with Nik filters.

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And so, a decent start to the summer shooting season.

Also wanted to share this. On Thursday, I had lunch with someone I work with. After lunch, I took the chance to “shoot people” for the first time in a long while. Steven was a good sport as I took him to our parking garage. I had scouted the area earlier and liked the natural light bounce that I could get from the concrete. Even though I was shooting at around high noon with brilliant sun and nothing to diffuse it, I like this portrait the best.

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Since we both had meetings to get to, I treated this like an executive portrait. You know, the one where you go in thinking you have an hour and the PR flack (which is usually me) tells you you have 10 minutes, make it work. So I did.Ten minutes, two locations – one in the garage proper, one in the stairwell. Got a few images I like and that Steven can post to Facebook or send home to Mom.

Happy Start-Of-Summer, Everyone!

© Mark V. Krajnak 2009 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 20D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 and Nik Software.

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