Category Archives: Family

My nephew, Josh, and I took to London for the 2013 holiday season.  I was so thrilled to take him on his first trip to Europe.  He was (almost) as excited to be my on-call photographic subject for 10 days.  You can tell by his expression, right?  Let’s do it again, Josh!

















To celebrate the holiday, I decided to shoot today entirely using a technique that I’d never tried: freelensing.  It’s basically shooting without the lens physically attached to the camera.  Instead, the lens is held close to the lens mount, tilted, manually focused, and, in my case, prayed over…all in hopes of getting something interesting.  The effect is somewhat similar to what can be done with a tilt shift lens: the focal plane can be manipulated all over the frame (and even back and forth in the Z-dimension) depending on how the lens is held and focused.  So far I would describe the technique as “impossible.”  But I did like a few images from today, including a couple of rare shots of my sister.  All images were taken with a 50mm lens wide open at f/1.4.


I love this image, because its CRAZY to shoot at f/1.4, from this close, and have both her chin AND her eyelashes in focus.  Awesome.

This image was actually taken the “normal” way, with the lens attached.  But I always love images of my niece, so it somehow found it way into this post:-)

  • nice work. last two are particularly awesome.

Even before they were the Doroguskers, I loved the Doroguskers!  I think this year’s holiday shoot may have been even more fun for me than for them.  Either way, we ALL loved the result.
















  • Al

    Dana you are an artist. You truly capture the soul of the subject. Thank you.

The Heywoods invited me to spend another great Sunday in the Park to celebrate Mekonen’s first year.  In addition to being a champ in front to the camera, he is clearly adorable AND stylish.  Thanks to Sean and Kuleni for another fantastic day.