First Blog Post!- Some Artsy Fartsy Stuff for ya.

Alrighty.  So this is the first post on Alex the Photo Blog.  I'm going to totally cheat and backdate this to when I took these pix.  Once I get caught up on 2009, then I'll stop cheating.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope that this blog will become a regular favorite of yours to read.  Feel free to subscribe to the RSS feed at the bottom of the page.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, but use gmail or google- here's how.  Go to the bottom of this page and right click the RSS link for entries.  Then "copy shortcut."  Now go to and make sure you're signed in.  Once you're signed in, click on "Add Stuff" at the top right of the page.  Then go to the bottom left where it says "Add Feed or Gadget" and click.  Then paste in the link you just copied (make sure it didn't double the "http://" at the beginning- sometimes it does that).  Then when you go back to your google page- WHAM-O!  You'll see Alex the Photo Blog.  It'll automatically update anytime I do.  Awesome! 

If that was way too much to ask of you (and I understand- you're new here), then just read on and look at the pretty pictures below.

So, here's my first real shoot of 2009.  It was for my co-worker Michele.  She told me she wanted to add some color above her mantle and asked me if I could shoot some roses for her.  Of course I said yes, not knowing quite how to do it but as it turns out wasn't too hard.  Just a black backdrop and my trusty Canon speedlight on a stand with an umbrella produced these shots.  I also had my roommie, Greta, hold a regular desk lamp at some odd angles to try and mess with the light.

This is the shot Michele ordered.  If you click on the pictures, they'll take you to the whole gallery.



However, here are a few others I thought turned out alright.  Good thing I had a publix nearby with roses on sale.  I told Keri they were for her... but I think she figured out my true motive when I set up the lights, tripod, and backdrop.  That sounds bad.  Nevermind.