Cliche Kitty

So I normally wouldnt publish a “cliche” cat shot, but I figured what the heck? I shot this with my little Sony in my living room.

Caption: Relaxing Kitty
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Copyright: ©Tony Gillilan
Camera: Sony ILCE-6000
Lens: E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS
Shot at 51 mm (shot wide open)
Exposure: Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/50 sec, f/4, ISO 6400
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: black and white, cat, portrait
Date: August 13, 2016 12:57:53PM

Relaxing Kitty

Relaxing Kitty

Master of Light

I have seen this shot many times by other photographers. I have been waiting for the opportunity to prove I could make this shot happen, and even better than I have seen it done before. Finally, by chance, a bride booked me for the location – The Coronado Community Center. I already knew in my head that it would take three lights, I just wasn’t sure where I was going to put the lights. I knew that I had to have one on a small lightstand right behind the couple, and one to camera right of the couple. The third light was going to go where? Well, after testing the shot with my assistant, I figured out that the third light went in the front of the fountain at camera left.

I did all this during the wedding. While everyone was eating we grabbed three lights, and stands and went out and fired a few test shots. After I was ready to go, I simply went inside and asked the couple to come out for great night shot. I think I took 4 frames, and the one below was my favorite. There is no “Photoshop”, this is pretty much right out of the camera with the exception of some brushes in Lightroom.

I could not believe that the shot was that simple. Just a few test shots, and then bam.. nailed it!

Caption: Coronado Community Center Wedding
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Shot at 24 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800
Flash: Off Camera, Fired
Keywords: Coronado, coronado community center, san diego, wedding
Date: April 15, 2016 7:50:54PM
Location: Coronado, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 32.677116, -117.171884

Coronado Community Center Wedding

Coronado Community Center Wedding

Shooting the latest band

As I was telling the groom and his friends to look out over my shoulder, I had the feeling I was shooting an up-and-coming country band.

Caption: Oak Hills Wedding
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Shot at 24 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100
Flash: Off Camera, Fired
Keywords: Oak Hills, wedding
Date: March 12, 2016 3:00:27PM
Location: Oak Hills
Hesperia, California, United States

Oak Hills Wedding

Oak Hills Wedding

Palm Springs Windmill Engagement Photography

Palm Springs in the summer is over 100 degrees even in the morning. The trick is to shoot in the winter time, when the temp is a mere 60 degrees in the morning, and may get up to 75 in the afternoon. I shot this in the middle of one of the windmill farms near the freeway. The trailer belonged to the couple, and I had them back it down the road into the windmill farm. Since this was shot with a wide aperture, I had to use high speed sync to light this. There is no way a normal speedlite could have done this, so I used my Phottix Indra500 to light it.

Caption: Palm Springs Windmill Engagement Photography
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24mm f/1.4L USM
Exposure: Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/6,400 sec, f/4, ISO 250, Compensation: -1/3
Flash: Off camera, Fired
Keywords: Engagement, desert, engagement photography, palm springs, portrait, strobist, teardrop trailer, windmill, windmills
Date: November 28, 2015 9:50:51AM
Location: Desert Hot Springs, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 33.906006, -116.567914

Palm Springs Windmill Engagement Photography

Palm Springs Windmill Engagement Photography

Los Coyotes Country Club Wedding

The sun was going down, and we were on the golf course. The bride wanted something special in the middle on the green. I took my small lightstand with one strobe on it, and placed it strategically behind the couple. I had done this many times in the past, so I knew what I was going to get. When I pulled the trigger, and showed the bride, her eyes lit up.

Caption: Los Coyotes Country Club Wedding
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Shot at 24 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/40 sec, f/4.5, ISO 800
Flash: Off Camera Strobe, On, Fired
Keywords: 9th hole, backlit, bride, golf course, golf green, groom, los coyotes country club, night photography, silhouette, strobist, wedding, wedding strobist
Date: November 6, 2015 5:15:07PM
Location: Buena Park, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 33.888124, -117.977122

Los Coyotes Country Club Wedding

Los Coyotes Country Club Wedding