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On my vacation to Salisbury Beach recently, I had the good fortune to notice a skate park as I was riding to the downtown one afternoon on my bike. I had to come back with my camera to photograph these daredevils of boards and bikes.  Paul told me that they wouldn’t want “someone’s mom” there but when I asked if I could take a few photos they were more than willing. In fact, they really turned on the heat and brought out their best trick riding.  When asked to please not crash into me, they were very accommodating.  I am going to have to look around my area for one of these skate parks to call my own. Leave me a comment if you know of one…

 

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and my personal favorite:

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I started out with the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR lens and switched over to my Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens. I think the fisheye  is the perfect lens for this style of photography and gives an in your face kind of appeal to the photos that I love. I am going to have to go fishing more often!  See more skate park photos on my website www.mariaagustin.com and on my Facebook page Maria Agustin Photography.  Thanks for looking!

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My guess is that in no woman’s opinion do the words “experimenting”, “photography” and “lingerie” ever belong in one sentence together.  Not so for the lovely (and very brave) Ashley who was game for a boudoir shoot where I would be experimenting and she would not be wearing her street clothes.  We should all be so brave!

Here are some of my favorites from Ashley’s Boudoir session:

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And my personal favorite:

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Some things I learned – I need more space!!!! It can be hard to make an 8×10 crop when you have someone’s long legs hanging into that 8×12 extra area. Also, turn on the AC BEFORE you start a session like this – both of us were sweating after only five minutes.

I used my 35-70mm Nikon f2.8 and when I really wanted shallow depth of field, I went with the Nikon 50mm f1.8. All of these were shot with one AB800 camera left and small reflector camera right (that’s all I have room for!) Bedroom shots had window light also.

See more boudoir photos of Ashley on my website www.mariaagustin.com.

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I’ll take the low road and one of us is bound to meet up with Scottish bagpiper Eric Goodchild.  Eric Goodchild in full Scottish regalia, is one of those fabulous photogenic subjects.  He reminds me of all those portraits of the salty old fisherman with beard, pipe and yellow rain slicker that we all have seen so many times (especially on the Gorton’s boxes of fish sticks).   I first ran into Eric last July at the Highland Games in Greenfield, MA.  The photography conditions were less than ideal there with the midday sun and tons of people meandering about but I was able to work some Photoshop magic on Eric’s portrait to give me these:

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The first photo earned an Honorable Mention at NECCC last year.

Then, when I went back to Greenfield again for the launching of the hot air balloons at the Green River fest, who do I see again but Eric Goodchild, wailing on this pipes.  As luck would have it, the place was empty except for the few brave souls that ignored the rain and 6 am start time to see the balloons off.  There was lone bagpiper, Eric Goodchild standing before the most memorable of fog shrouded landscapes.  I couldn’t have ordered a better setting up that this.

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For my photography peeps, these were shot with my Nikon D300 and 70-200mm VR f2.8 which I believe I have mentioned being in love with many times in past blog posts so I won’t bore you with that.

See more of my photography on my website at www.mariaaagustin.com

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