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K. Shubeck volunteers as a national park ranger at Upper Twin Lake in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. K.  has spent the last 11 summers at Spike’s cabin anong with her husband Monroe.  The two take care of three remote cabins on the lake and welcome visitors. The highlight of the area is Dick Proenneke’s cabin which was made famous by his books and films. Proenneke spent 30 years by himself before he became ill in 1999. Upper Twin Lake is so remote that the only way to reach it is by float plane.

I don’t have the bandwidth to include photos. I am now at Katmai National Park. I am having the most incredible photographic opportunities of my life. I can’t wait to share more photos. I will go to Brooks Camp tomorrow where bears congregate to catch salmon as they swim upstream. Then on to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes.

Please be patient until I can truly post a glimpse of the amazing terrain and people I have experienced.


JRN 220 Portraits Lecture

Posed Portraits

1. Put your Subject at Ease

a. How do you feel when you are photographed?

b. Get to know your subject without equipment

c. Make eye contact primary. Use a tripod.

d. Otherwise it’s like staring down a gun barrel

2. Natural Portrait

a. Forced smile?

b. Smile vs. Spontaneous laughter

c. Smile vs. Serious

d. Let subject be themselves

e. Limited direction

f. Keep looking for moments until you leave

g. What do you want to say

h. Reveal something about character of person

i. Wait until your subject gets tired of posing on their own

3. Light

a. Can make a boring portrait great

b. Directional lighting – 3 dimensional

c. Soft lighting – Window – Doorway

d. Look for light

e. Reflector

f. Do not use direct sunlight

g. Raccoon Eyes

h. Bounce flash

4. Have an idea

a. Look at other portraits for inspiration

b. Do something interesting then do something different no matter how outrageous

c. Use Props

d. Use the background to help tell a story about the person

e. Go early. Stay late.

f. Be flexible in case a better idea comes along

5. Capture the “Inner Person”

a. Face – show what the subject reveals

b. Eyes – looking at the camera vs. looking away

c. Body language

Candid Portraits

1. Photojournalism is candid photography.

a. Subjects are unaware

b. Observe but do not direct

c. Documentary photography

d. Reveal emotion

e. Capture intimate moments without interrupting

f. Tell a story

2. Anticipate a moment

a. Shoot a lot

b. Move yourself

c. Shoot more

d. Shoot until you get the moment

e. Reveal something about your subject

f. Be at the right place at the right time

g. A couple holding hands might kiss

h. A child with a snowball is likely to throw it.

i. Remember to shoot a fraction of a second before the action.

j. Don’t stop too early

3. Subject should not be looking at the camera

a. If they do. Don’t shoot.

b. Wait for them to grow tired of posing. They will go back to what they were doing.

c. When the subject looks at the camera, it’s obvious the subject is camera aware.

4. Preset your camera

a. Aim your camera and focus on something at the same distance as your subject. (Hold your finger half-way down)

b. Concentrate on your subject’s expression.

c. When the moment arises, swing your camera to your subject and shoot.

5. Out in the open

a. When subject is engaged in an activity they are likely to forget about the photographer

b. After shooting the photo, lower your camera and walk away so as not to draw attention to yourself (get name later)

6. Big Game Hunter

a. Use a telephoto lens

b. DSLR – 80-200mm lens or 300 mm lens

c. Shoot then get name

Eleven of my students participated in my first Aerial Seminar on November 7, 2009. Expert pilot Craig Beins took each student up from Mt. Pleasant Airport for their first time photographing various areas in the Mt. Pleasant area. Each student had 15 minutes to photograph the area they desired, including Central Michigan University, the casino, farm lands, homes, and places they are shooting for class assignments. It was so great to see the smiles on their faces as they made pictures from 1,000 feet up in the sky.