Wendy Mayberry and Shooting Snowflakes

The March 7 meeting will feature Wendy Mayberry and will be at 6:30 pm.   Wendy’s presentation will cover some behind the scenes in working with famous photographer Mary Ellen Mark as well as her own photographic journey working in many aspects of professional photography.  She will give some practical advice in bringing out the best in any subject, tips in creating genuine expressions in front of the camera and some easy to use ideas on posing, locations and how to talk to people to help them enjoy being photographed. Wendy will use her skills as a stand-up comedian to keep the presentation entertaining as well as help you learn to inject a little bit of humor into your photography!

Wendy graduated from James Madison University with a degree in teaching and Hallmark Institute of Photography. She worked with photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Ross Whitaker & Jerry Avenaim. She has photographed album covers, authors, explorers, musicians, comedians and a ton of families, weddings and babies. She worked at the corporate office of Lifetouch creating advertising and training materials. Recently she had been working on a number of painting with light projects and portraiture. She also has a career as a stand-up comedian which serves her well in making subject relax in front of the camera.

Snowflake Photography

Photo by Bryan Leonard

Bryan Leonard has been interested in photographing snowflakes for some time and recently gave it a try.  His tips:

  • First, find a cold place to work. To do this, he set up a work surface in his garage.  Two cardboard boxes gave him a flat surface to work (he spared no expense).
  • ­To make sure you have a cold room, open the garage door 15-20 minutes before getting started. Take a piece of black velvet (or whatever you want to use) and go outside to collect some snowflakes.
  • When the cloth is sufficiently covered with flakes, bring it into the garage and place it on your work surface.
  • ­Next, the camera. Bryan used a Canon T3i, Canon 100mm macro lens, 20 and 36mm extension tubes, handheld LED flashlight, macro rail, wired remote and tripod.
  • Use Live View and in-camera digital zoom to focus. All images are single exposure, f/8, 1/6 sec. and ISO 800-1600.
  • The easiest way I have found so far is to keep the camera still and move the cloth around underneath the camera lens.
  • Make sure the flake is laying flat and your camera is directly over it. With this combination of camera pieces, the depth of field is very thin and any flake sitting at an angle will be out of focus.
  • In Lightroom make some adjustments and cropping and the image is complete.

One person that has inspired Bryan to try snowflake photography is Alexey Kljatov.  Alexey’s procedure and some of his amazing photographs can be found on his web site.  As much as I’ve disliked a lot of the cold weather this winter, I am hoping for at least one more snowfall to try this out.



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