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This weekend will be a weekend I won’t forget for a long time.aton-mebel.ru

But we have to back up a few months to put this in context. There was twitter and all things were good. Then twitter started having problems and a bunch of other services started up. One such service is Plurk. Plurk is like twitter but its more conversational and you can develop friendships on Plurk much like you can on Flickr.

About 6 months ago, I met Susan, who is @ttpus here on Flickr. Much like any other internet relation, it takes time to build up trust. @ttpus is a photographer who shoots a lot of baby and senior portraits and some weddings, mostly natural light.trailer movie J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only 2017

In June, she planned to shoot her own daughter’s wedding but a week before hand she decided that she would rather have someone else shoot the wedding. She took a chance on someone she knew in 140 character chunks and flew me to Iowa to photograph the wedding.

While there, we talked a lot of shop and she was interested in getting into working with models, perhaps setup a home studio, but she would need to learn lighting.

We continued to talk about this after the wedding and she decided now was the time to move forward with this part of her photography. Using frequent flier miles she and her husband picked a weekend to come to Raleigh for me to teach her.

She’s a Canon owner (5D + 40D and 2 580EX II speedlites) and she knew she needed some real studio gear. A couple of weeks prior to her visit, we talked about what she needed. She ordered the studio gear and had it shipped to me, so I could make sure I knew it before she arrived.

A couple of days later, two hot pink Alien Bee 800’s along with light stands, umbrellas and a big 5′ x 3′ softbox showed up. Having had Monolights before, the AB800’s were a piece of cake to use. For what its worth, the light from them are just awesome. She also picked up a pair of pocket wizards and enough parts that she could also use her 580EX II’s off camera much like we do in our strobist setups (small shoot through white umbrella, light weight stand, etc)

To make her trip worthwhile, I booked a couple of models. I thought “Film Noir” would be a great introduction to lighting and booked the wonderful CoriLee as our model along with Jessica Dunn to do the makeup. This shoot would tie us up from 12-5 on Sunday.

For Saturday, we added in an urban street shoot to get her experience with the 580’s off camera and booked Laurie Lu to shot in the warehouse district in Raleigh.

Somewhere along the way I got the bright idea, since she shoots a lot of babies to find a six month old to give a free sitting too while she worked with her studio lights. My next door neighbor has a 5 month old, the timing was good, so we had our baby model which we shot prior to the Sunday session, now making that an 11am to 5pm shoot.

It got even better. My day job was needing a product shot with a hand model so I picked the item up Thursday since I took Friday off to work with Susan. Since these shots are going to run in ads, I was able to score “Tear Sheets” for everyone involved.

I needed a big softbox for the product shoot so the timing was perfect.

Friday arrived and my guests arrived around 1pm. After a brief lunch, we came back to the house and she and her husband got the Studio Lighting 101 class. They learned how to setup and break down the Alien Bee’s. How to use the pocket wizards. We discovered a bad hot shoe on her 40D which explained why she was having trouble getting her 580’s to work on that camera. Using hubby as a model she learned how to use her hand held meter to get the right exposure.

Saturday, we hung out in the morning and talked for a while before my wife and I introduced them to the wonderful cuisine known as “Clyde Coopers BBQ”. We drove around where we would be shooting to give her an idea of the scenery.

Both nights after shooting we downloaded her cards and analyzed her work. It was a great weekend, but afterward we were all quite beat. They arrived back in Iowa this morning and her Alien Bee’s are en-route to meet her in a few days.

I will miss my time with them.

For me it was a great time to give back and share what I’ve learned over the years. I hope she has great success with her plans.

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Raleigh’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

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Finding a Cure

Breast Cancer strikes way too many people. It’s always traumatic. Too frequently it is fatal. Each year, many communities organize a 5K “Race for the Cure” in support of the Susan G. Koman for the Cure Foundation.

The Komen NC Triangle’s event, in its 13th year has raised over $10 million. This year over 22,000 people ran or walked the 5 kilometer event (3 miles) as the racers departed Meredith College on Hillsborough Street and wound past NC State University in their path to return to Meredith.

Finding a Needle in a Haystack

My wife’s boss has been raising money for this event for several months including holding bake sales at her office and my wife has gotten involved as well. Well today was the day for the walk and my wife wanted to go to the race to support the team walking from her office, which included her boss and several co-workers. She wanted me to photograph them as they were walking.

The two people I needed to find, Hope and Marie
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We found a great place to park just off of Dan Allen Drive a half a block from Hillsborough just past the 1K marker. It was a great place to shoot. The light was good, we were in the cool shade while we waited. A wonderful police officer with the City of Raleigh was telling us what to expect as we waited on the group of recreational walkers and runners. The competitive division ran earlier in the day.

“This won’t be too bad” we thought. By the 1K mark, the group would be spread out and it would be easy to find people. Then came the “Sea of Humanity” as a group of nearly 20,000 people filled the street. I had to find two people in a pack of 20K and try to get their photo. Twenty thousand came and went and I didn’t have my quarry.

We did meet up with the parents and sister of one of my son’s ex-hockey teammates. They stopped their walk long enough to catch up with us. It was truly nice to see them.

But I didn’t have the photos I needed. So with the help of the police officer we learned where the return to campus turn back on to Hillsborough street would be. We hopped in our car, wound our way back towards Meredith and found another great parking spot, pretty much right on Hillsboro, less than 100 yards away from the finish line.

So we went right up to the yellow “Do Not Cross” tape, standing in the middle of Hillsborough street, waiting for the now narrower and more spread out crowd to find my wife’s co-workers.

While we waited, our next door neighbor passed us as she finished the race. Another hockey mom passed by waving. Then to surprise, a couple who we used to work with, and good friends that we have not seen in a couple of years found us as they finished their walk. I’m finding everyone but who I need. Another wonderful conversation later and they were on the way to the finish line.

Then “bam” out of no where, there was Hope and Marie. They spotted us about the same time and started waving to us before I could get some photos pre-wave. Shots in the can. We had found our two needles and several more.

It was good to see so many in our community coming out to support a great cause.

Welcome to the Redesigned robmiracle.com

Louisville, Kentucky SkylineWell I’ve done it again. I’ve changed the look of http://www.robmiracle.com.

This is too easy to do if you use a content management system like WordPress. For those who haven’t experienced WordPress as a tool, it was primarily designed for blogging, so many of the themes have a blog feel to them, but some creative people have created other themes that are a bit more content based, called magazine type themes. We are in the progress of learning the ins and outs of this type of theme.

As such you may not see photos on each article’s deal page. The photos are there, WordPress just isn’t finding them. This theme needs to have photos uploaded. However I will add in the HTML code or use Flickr’s “blog” button and theme doesn’t detect photos added that way.

The new site has my new branding, much like what you would see if you visited my Twitter Account.

It also lets me pick several posts to “feature” so that you can have access to recent tutorials in addition to stories and other features of the site.

I hope you enjoy the changes.

Rob

Our Kentucky Derby Festival Vacation Comes to an End.

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Nine days ago we packed our bags and loaded up our Expedition for the long ten-hour drive from our home in North Carolina to our native home of Kentucky. It was a trip we had not made in several years. We picked this week specifically because it was the main week of the Kentucky Derby Festival. For my wife, a native of Louisville, Derby Week is ingrained into the soul and its been hard for her over the 15 years we have been gone and hopefully we satisfied her yearnings for a while.

The week will go down as her most memorable vacation in a long time. I wanted this week to be all about Sherry. If she wanted to do it, we did it and if I got to take photos, all the better. She had a very packed and aggressive schedule planned and we made most of the events and made all the key events.

Spring time in Kentucky means unpredictable weather. It has been known to snow this week and rain is always a problem. Temperatures can soar into the low ’90’s or can require the heat to be on all week. When attending festival events the weather can make or break a trip. Winds and rain threatened almost every outdoor event this week. The rains came during off hours, the winds delayed but didn’t cancel any events and even for those attending the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby were granted dry conditions making it almost a near perfect week.

This website’s blog posts have been a daily diary of our exploration. We hope you have enjoyed reading the stories and viewing the photos as we got to experience the events first hand.

The week was full of favorite moments and very few forgettable ones. The highs include:

And the two low points, besides the weather concerns included:

  • Not getting all the Carolina Hurricanes playoff hockey games
  • Not having a DVR. We didn’t have a clue how much we use the rewind live TV feature.

As tradition before each running of the Kentucky Derby, just after the “Call to the Post” and the National Anthem, Stephen Foster’s song “My Old Kentucky Home” is played. Never has the song meant as much to me as it did when it was played Saturday as the final lyrics struck me:

Weep no more my Lady. Oh weep no more today.
We will sing one song for my Old Kentucky Home,
For my Old Kentucky home, far away.

…”Far away”…

Kentucky is my home, not North Carolina, though thats were I live. Staying away all these years from family and friends is not good. We should not be bound by distance, gas costs, schedules, or the other excuses of life. Being away from your home is not healthy for the mind, body or soul. We must work harder to make sure that our old Kentucky home isn’t as far away.

But for now, its back to work on Monday. Time to hit the ground running and act like we never missed a beat during our nine-day excursion.

I thank you for following along.
Rob & Sherry!syndey

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