The weather in Texas was extraordinary in 2017. Drought ended, but followed by historic flooding and devastation. The fall weather was mild and November 25th which was Georgetown Lighting of the Square was simply amazing. Light sweaters or long sleeve t-shirts were perfect to wear to the Square that evening. We could only anticipate that there might be a couple of thousand extra people to come out and enjoy this annual occasion.
I met Sarah during a meet-up group called Drink and Click at Fado's Irish Pub in Austin. Fellow photographers Alejandro Osma and Eric Storey arranged to meet for a fun photo shoot with her which gave me an opportunity for a rare fashion-style shoot and experiment with some studio gear as well as edit styles. She is a gifted talent and a was so delightful to work with.
The late winter in Georgetown/Central Texas has been quite mild. Good weather put everyone in the mood for the outdoors and we have been enjoying it tremendously. Even the bluebonnets peaked 3 weeks early !
The lights are up, the weather is great, and we are at the Most Beautiful Square in Texas. The Morgan family love the Square here in Georgetown and it is the backdrop for our family session. I enjoyed meeting the boys and they sure did make us laugh. Hope to see the Morgans next year for another fun family photo session !
There are several events that occur throughout the year in Georgetown around the Square. There is a wide variety of attractions from hand-crafted items by artisans to live performances of music and dance. One of the performers I recently met is Hoopstress, Misty Smith, a master and instructor of the hula-hoop. Some of her hoops are lit with colorful L.E.D. lights and in the dark, quite beautiful as they are spun around the body. I was happy when Misty asked for a photo session. We headed to Lake Georgetown for sunset hour shooting. Here are a few samples. I used my Fujifilm XT-1 and XF55-200 lens, a speedlight, and a beauty dish.
The Georgetown Project is one of several organizations in Georgetown Texas that address the needs of children and families in several ways. Keeping the children in school, and fed, and cases, providing shelter require resources that often exceed that which is provided by government assistance. In an effort to raise funds for the project, Mike Elliot, Zelinda Richards-Elliot, and Robert Weimer, board members of the Gtown Project, collaborated to assemble a team and put on a fun show at the Sun City Ballroom, featuring Elvis (Mike Elliot) and Frank Sinatra (Paul Salos), and hosted by Chet Garner of Daytripper Show. The show was a sell out !
I am working with a model for a mash up photo shoot competition for Austin Fashion Week, Savannah Gabrielle, who is also working with Butterfly Entertainment, a modeling agency in Austin. The 2014 Bridal Expo had a fashion for for the bridal gowns provided by Signature Bridal Salon and Savannah was one of the models. I also know a few of the other girls that were in the fashion show. This was another opportunity to use the lovable Fujiflm XM-1 with the fast XF35mm f1.4 lens. I also used the 18-55mm lens but had mixed results with focusing. The lighting was not very bright in the room which had very high ceilings with flourescent lighting, YUK. So, here's where I noticed the camera to really excel, with its auto white-balance and EXR-II processing.
And, I shoot jpeg !
Savannah recently joined Butterfly Entertainment Modeling Agency and we are adding images to her growing portfolio. We chose the San Gabriel River Hike n Bike Trail in Georgetown for our outdoor setting and finally, the Georgetown Airport for stylized theme photoshoot. The weather was cool and it was a partly cloudy day, which means, the sunlight was occasionally changing. There was a location along the way that featured a wall of limestone. Here only ambient light was used. In other areas where the sunlight was visible I used a speedlight to offset shadows in her portrait. It was good experience for handling the lighting conditions to bring out the best features of Savannah. All other adjustments and editing were done in Adobe Lightroom.
Here is her Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Savannah-Gabrielle-Model/662433307111074
I really enjoy the experience of photography when I hold a Fuji X camera. My first one was the X20. I just wish it had larger sensor. But, I find the design very clever and thought out. A few month later, I acquired the XM-1. I found the flip screen to be a useful feature for me to get to angles that could have otherwise thrown my back out. It has same sensor as the XPro-1 but with EXR II processing. Instead of opting for the 16-50mm kit I spent a few hundred more for the 18-55mm f2.8-f4. No regrets. Then, last week, I acquired the 12mm Carl Zeiss which amazed me in its performance in IQ. After researching on the Internet about the Xpro-1, it was my good luck that Precision-Camera got a used one in and today I bought it for $800. It already had the latest firmware installed and it tested satisfactorily.
I had a photo assignment for Georgetown View Magazine. I couldn't wait to take the XPRO-1 for its maiden voyage. I have to shoot manual, so the aperture needed to be adjusted at the lens which I wasn't quite used to at first. I use a radio trigger for my flash and that worked nicely. Once I got to my computer to import into Lightroom, I could tell how nice the images were and final adjustments were minimal.
I have been evaluating the Fujfilm XM-1 for a few months now. I was liking it enough to invest on a good prime lens which would be wider angle than the 18-55mm Fujinon. Carl Zeiss lens have an excellent reputation for fine glass and demand a hefty price as well. One of the things I found on this 12mm was how easy it is to rotate the aperture ring. But, it just as easy to rotation all the way to 'A' to control F-stop from the camera.
RSX Studios is Out and About at the Georgetown Square for the monthly First Friday. It's an experience most folks look forward to. You see your friends there because they like coming here too. There is the finger foods and wine samplings all around. Did I mention live music? Just did. There is talent everywhere here . The stores stay open longer to showcase their goodies. After a few cups of wine, I feel like shopping too. Looking forward to next month First Friday already !
I started with a free website with Tripod and I thank everyone who visited and commented on http://rximenez.tripod.com. This site will soon terminate. While somewhat effective, it had many limitations and worse, images were beginning to be deleted even though I still had 1/2 gigabyte left in storage area. ANYWAY ... New website, which is now searchable, crawlable, Google find-able, and I'm pretty excited how it looks and how easy I can maintain it ! So, please enjoy www.rsxstudios.com and feel free to leave any comments.