Strobist Meetup in Biddeford, ME

Photographs from the Maine Strobist Meetup in Biddeford, ME.

The Strobist Meet-up in Biddeford, ME was a great. The space at North Dam Mill was fantastic and the event was well attended. The models were fun (especially Joanna) and the photographers were really cool.

Strobist Meetup, Biddeford, ME (4 of 6)

More photos on my Flickr page.

I’d like to say thanks to Joanna, Tim and especially Gary from Chasing The Sun Photography for hosting the event.

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Cactus V2 Flash Triggers with Flash Zebra PC to Flash Hotshoe Adapter

I have been using Cactus V2 Flash Triggers, from Gadget Infinity, to control my camera flashes. I’ve had a very good experience with them firing up to three flashes at a time. They’ve been a very good investment for me. They are inexpensive and the get the job done. However, I really don’t like the L-bracket flash foot adapter.

I have been using Cactus V2 Flash Triggers, from Gadget Infinity, to control my camera flashes. I’ve had a very good experience with them firing up to three flashes at a time. They’ve been a very good investment for me. They are inexpensive and the get the job done. However, I really don’t like the L-bracket flash foot adapter.

The Cactus V2 is just a small box with the electronics for firing a flash through the flash shoe, or a PC sync cord. I’ve been using the flash shoe for firing my flashes. The Cactus V2 has a plastic L-bracket with a smaller than normal flash foot for mounting onto a flash shoe. The flash foot is also tapped for mounting onto a 1/4″ light stand head.

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Clifford Park Assault, EFTA NECS Mountain Bike Race

Bike race photos from the 2007 EFTA Clifford Park Assault NECS mountain bike race, held at Clifford Park in Biddeford, Maine and sponsored by Cape Able Bike Shop of Kennebunkport, Maine.

On June 24th, I took photos of the 2007 Clifford Park Assault EFTA (Eastern Fat Tire Association) NECS (New England Championship Series) mountain bike race. The race is held at Clifford Park in Biddeford, Maine and is hosted by the Cape Able Bike Shop in Kennebunkport, Maine.

From what I hear, the Clifford Park Assault is a pretty rugged, grueling race. I found it to be really fun to take photos since I could run around and capture different parts of the race. But it’s pretty long, so I didn’t get to shoot photos of as many laps as I did at the Rotary Park Short Track in Biddeford, last year.

Here are some photos from the race.

Elizabeth Coleman, Clifford Park Assault MTB Race by Eric Holsinger

That is Elizabeth Coleman, the 1st place rider in the Clifford Park Assault Expert Veteran Women category.


Michael Gault, Clifford Park Assault by Eric Holsinger

That is Michael Gault, the 1st place rider in the Clifford Park Assault Expert Senior I Men category. Michael was fun to shoot because he would do a little something extra each time I saw him, like that little jump on that downhill.


There are more photos available online at MaineToday.com in the Seen Photoblog called “2007 Clifford Park Assault“. Feel free to rate the photos there! 🙂

La Kermesse Festival, Biddeford, Maine

I took photos of the fireworks, the block party, the parade and the La Kermesse Festival in Biddeford, Maine.

I took photos of the fireworks, the block party, the parade and the La Kermesse Festival in Biddeford, Maine.

La Kermesse Arcade Alley, Biddeford, Maine, Photograph by Eric Holsinger

I posted a couple 500 or so photos to MaineToday.com in the Seen Photobloggers page, here: La Kermesse photos by Eric Holsinger on MaineToday.com Seen.

La Kermesse Fireworks display, photography by Eric Holsinger Cub Scouts popcorn concession stand at La Kermesse, photography by Eric Holsinger Breakdancing and hip hop at La Kermesse festival, photography by Eric Holsinger

Photoshoot: wedding announcement photos for my sister and her fiancé

My first portrait photo session was of my sister and her fiancé for their wedding announcements.

I had the honor of shooting the wedding announcement photos from my sister and her fiancé. I have recently bought a bunch of studio-style equipment which made possible what would have been absolutely impossible before. I’m still not very good at using the equipment, but thankfully I was able to pull off a few decent shots with their patience and trust.

After the portrait session, I took some time to process the RAW images. I also played around with some presentation options, especially insets into the bigger photograph.

Most of the work was on the exposure, cropping and playing with the filters in the black and white conversions. For the kissing portrait, I cropped it close and made it grainier for the photo CD that I gave them.

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Deni and Scott Wedding Announcement Portrait Photo by Eric Holsinger Deni and Scott Wedding Announcement Portrait Photo by Eric Holsinger Deni and Scott Wedding Announcement Portrait Photo by Eric Holsinger

Deni and Scott Wedding Announcement Portrait Photo by Eric Holsinger Deni and Scott Wedding Announcement Portrait Photo by Eric Holsinger

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Here is the final photo that they went with for the announcements.

Deni and Scott’s Wedding Announcement Photo by Eric Holsinger

Thanks to Deni and Scott for the opportunity.

It’s Official: I’m a Stock Photographer

A while ago, I became a contributor to iStockphoto.com, the micro-stock website. Today I went to the website and discovered someone had actually purchased a download of one of my photos. It’s very exciting. I guess I’m officially a stock photographer.

Pennies

A while ago, I became a contributor to iStockphoto.com, the micro-stock website. Today I went to the website and discovered someone had actually purchased a download of one of my photos. It’s very exciting. I guess I’m officially a stock photographer.

Lost Valley Snowboard and Ski Photos

I added some new Snowboarding (and Skiing) photographs from Lost Valley Ski Area.

Brandon McCleod, Lost Valley Ski Area, by Eric Holsinger

I went to Lost Valley Ski Area to see if the Mountain Dew Series would be happening. The snow was wasn’t good enough for racing today, but some guys were building up a snowboard jump when I got there. I took photos for MaineToday.com’s Seen photoblog for about three hours. I posted some of the better photos to my gallery page under “action“. All of the photos from today are posted on MaineToday.com, but the photos are only 800×600, there. The photos in my gallery are about 50% of the original size.

Some guys from Vertical Outlaws were there. I took some photos of them, from the stands, at the Boost/Rockstar Freestyle Motocross show at Oxford Plains Speedway, last year. Even though the weather was probably good enough to have the bikes out, they were hitting the slopes, today.

I also got to meet some of the guys from Team Snomad. I got some pretty cool photos of Brandon McLeod, Dustin Harley and Drew Stretton, today.

I didn’t get most of the names of the skiers and riders. If anyone wants me to put their name to their picture on MaineToday.com, just post a note below.

Using Paint Shop Pro Photo XI to create Black and White Photos

How to use new Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI Photo Effects to create Black and White digital photographs.

Some of the coolest features of Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI are the new Photo Effects. I have been playing around with the Black and White Film effect lately. Effectively converting a color digital image to black and white takes more than just a greyscale converter. You can do it, but the results usually won’t be the best.

As a demonstration, here is an example image of my son climbing an indoor rock wall.

Original Image

Using the Black and White Film Effect in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI I tried different Filter Colors to see which would create a black and white image that had good contrast.

Paint Shop Pro Photo XI Black and White Film Photo Effect - filter options dialog box

In this case, I did not adjust the strength. I ended up choosing the green filter because I thought it gave the image good contrast without making it too dark, or too light.

Here is the image after converting with Paint Shop Pro Photo XI Black and White Film Effect and the green Filter Color choice.

Paint Shop Pro Photo XI Black and White Film Photo Effect - Green Filter

Now lets compare that to a greyscale conversion done in Paint Shop Pro Photo XI.

Paint Shop Pro Photo XI Greyscale

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI does a good job with the greyscale conversion. If you look closely you’ll see that the greyscale image is muddied and has lost some of the detail in his hair.

Marginal Way Skate Park: some Freestyle BMX and sick Aggressive Skating

I stopped at Marginal Way Skate Park in Portland, Maine tonight and got some photographs of some Freestyle BMX guys and some really exciting aggressive Rollerbladers.

I stopped at Marginal Way Skate Park in Portland, Maine tonight before getting groceries. I got some photographs of some Freestyle BMX guys and some really exciting aggressive inline skating Rollerbladers.

I posted the pics of Marginal Way Skate Park to the MaineToday.com Seen photoblog.

Here are a couple of pictures, though.

Here is Ryan Strout, who is sponsored by ECS Hardware, showing some Mute Air. Ryan was getting some big air, I just wish the camera flash had filled him in more.
Aggressive Inline Skating, Ryan Stout, Mute Air, by Eric Holsinger at Marginal Way Skate Park, Portland, Maine

And here is Kent Dyer stalled on the fence above the quarter-pipe. He did this like 5 times so I could get the shot. This one came out great.

Aggressive Inline Skating, Kent Dyer, stalled, by Eric Holsinger at Marginal Way Skate Park, Portland, Maine

You can click the images for the fullsize version.

I hear Portland may be relocating the Skate Park to a new location. Wherever it goes, I hope there are no giant highway lightpoles in the background. Arrgh!

Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs. Lowell Nor’easter

I shot the Souther Maine Raging Bulls semi-pro football game against Lowell Nor’easter, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, Maine.

I took photos at the Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs Lowell Nor’easter semi-pro football game at Fitzpatrick Stadium, in Portland, Maine.

The bulls won a very interesting, and excting game. There were some crazy shenanigans, but it was really fun to watch and shoot.

Matt “Dookie” Rutherford runs a keeper.

Dookie runs a keeper, Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs. Lowell Nor'easter

Here, Chris Degree, Lowell Nor’easter Quarterback, tries to fend off Lonny Thomas.

Chris Degree runs a keeper, Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs. Lowell Nor'easter

More images are online at the MaineToday.com Seen photo blog, Raging Bulls vs Lowell Nor’easter.

The Southern Maine Raging Bulls are in the playoffs now. Check out a game sometime, here is the Southern Maine Raging Bulls website.