Thursday, July 21, 2011

Head's up...

Head's up..., originally uploaded by lighthack.

Lilia has been working on holding her head up for a while now and she's finally just about got it.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hanging In There - Lilia at 7 Weeks

Wow, this two kid thing is hard. :.) I'm finding that taking pictures is very tough when you have both hands full all the time. Oh well, the first couple months are always kind of tough. Here's a shot of Lilia that I took this afternoon when Mommy and Ava when out for ice cream and Lilia and I stayed home to hang out together.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Goat, originally uploaded by lighthack.

This guy wanted his portrait done when we visited him the other day.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Relaxing in the Sun

Relaxing in the Sun, originally uploaded by lighthack.

I figured that this was a good one for the first day of Spring. Ava and I are glad that the sun and warm weather are back.

Hungry Goats

Hungry Goats, originally uploaded by lighthack.

I've been a bit lazy with my camera lately, but a trip to a local home with goats provided a nice photo op. We had avoided stopping at this home with the goats because we saw a sign in the yard and assumed that it said "don't feed the goats". Upon closer inspection, it says "OK to feed the goats". It is Ava's new favorite place to go.

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's a Wild World

It's a Wild World

I was going for a kind of cinematic, gloomy storm shot here. Ava looking up with an apparent sense of wonder is what made me want to go in that direction. It took a bit of Photoshop work to get this where I wanted it because the shot was actually taken in our front foyer (it wasn't raining in there) with windows and a door in the background (not very interesting). Once I was finished with this picture, for some reason, Cat Steven's song Wild World came to mind.

Thank you to Corey Leopold whose great landscape/weather shot, The Rain,
I used as the background for this one. I really appreciate that he used a creative commons license on his shot so others could work with it.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Hello...., originally uploaded by lighthack.

Ava LOVES talking on the phone (whether real or pretend). I really like her smile in this one.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Looking Up

Looking Up, originally uploaded by lighthack.

Here's another one from last week's "fun with the pink blanket" session.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pretty in Pink: 4/52 -2011

Pretty in Pink: 4/52 -2011, originally uploaded by lighthack.

Ava was in a playful mood this morning, so I was snapping pictures as she danced around in her tutu. Ava's grandfather was holding a pink blanket behind her for the backdrop. I really like how this one turned out -- who doesn't love a big smile from their little girl.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Miss Vermont High

Miss Vermont High, originally uploaded by lighthack.
This is my niece, Summer, who recently won the title of Miss High School America, Miss Vermont High. I took this shot of her a while back while we were at the beach on a family trip.

If you have a Facebook account and you would like to help her out on her quest to be Miss High School America, please go ahead and click on this link: and "like" her picture.

Monday, January 17, 2011

2:52 - 2011

2:52 - 2011, originally uploaded by lighthack.

The best camera is the one that is available. I took this one with my iPhone, which is a great camera because it is always in my pocket and available.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Dandy-Lion, originally uploaded by lighthack.

With the winter weather here in Atlanta, I've been stuck home for the last 4 days and I'm getting a little bit of "cabin fever". Here's a picture that I took last summer that I decided to work on a bit for some warm weather inspiration.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Waiting for the Phone to Ring

Waiting for the Phone to Ring, originally uploaded by lighthack.

Snow day today in Atlanta, so I took a few minutes to go through my hard drive to see what I've been missing. I took this shot (and processed it) almost a year ago when Ava and I stayed home once when she wasn't feeling well. I'm not sure how I forgot about this one because, looking at it now, I really like it. I was going to fix the little bit of a green cast that this has to it, but, when I fixed it, I actually liked it this way better -- it made the colors pop in a different way that I liked.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

1:52 - 2011

1:52 - 2011, originally uploaded by lighthack.
I really wasn't looking to do a self portrait for my first 52 shot, but it is the end of the first week and this one is all that I've got from this week. I took this as I was doing some lighting experiments. I'm pretty confident lighting non-human objects, but my portrait work is severely lacking, so I've been practicing (but also lacking willing models). In any event, I guess that this is as good of a way as any to introduce my self to the "project 52" groups that I've joined.

The lighting is a SB-600 through a 24x24 softbox camera right. The softbox is in front of me and is aimed to pass in front of my face, but not at me (if that makes any sense).

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011


Marilyn, originally uploaded by lighthack.
I figured that I better get at-least one Christmas light bokeh shot in before taking the Christmas tree down. This is a Marilyn Monroe Christmas ornament that we have on our tree (I have no idea where it came from, but it's a pretty neat ornament). I like how the bokeh gives the shot a glamorous look and I like the reflection of the lights on the leather coffee table that she's standing on.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Ladybug, originally uploaded by lighthack.

I found this girl walking around the house last night and thought that she might make a cool subject for a hard-light, high-key shot.

D700 w/105mm macro lens
SB-600 camera right just a bit higher than bug, SB-600 camera left for a bit of fill about the same height. The bug was sitting on a white piece of paper. I did two exposures in Adobe Camera Raw, one to expose the bug right and one with the blacks increased to get the shadows dark, and then I combined them in Photoshop.

White Christmas in Atlanta

White Christmas in Atlanta, originally uploaded by lighthack.

Ava and I were both happy to see the first white Christmas in over 100 years in Atlanta. We had a blast out in the snow.


Nutcracker, originally uploaded by lighthack.

Ava's cousin Summer brought her ballet gear with her for Christmas so the two could do some dancing together.

Big Sister in Training

Big Sister in Training, originally uploaded by lighthack.

Ava got a new baby doll for Christmas so she could practice being a big sister. Since she found out that she has a new little sister on the way, she has been taking her new role as a big sister very seriously. :.)

Washing Hands

Washing Hands, originally uploaded by lighthack.

Ava got a kitchen step-stool for Christmas. Now she can wash her own hands and help mommy bake cookies.


Dad, originally uploaded by lighthack.

I took this shot of my Dad over the summer when we were camping up in the Adirondack mountains.

My Girls

My Girls, originally uploaded by lighthack.