Sunday, June 13, 2010

Amante's Restaurant Tribute

Amante's Restaurant Tribute

This weekend was kind of sad for me.  You see, back in January, one of the owners of Amante's Restaurant here in Georgetown, Kim Daskam, saw some of my work on Flickr and contacted me to take some shots of her establishment.  It was the first and only time anyone hired me to do any commercial work.  That was really cool!  Well, on Friday I found out that they had to close their doors.  Things didn't work out for them for various reasons.  What a shame.  I hate to see things like that happen to really cool people.  Hopefully they will find other endeavors that will turn out better for them.  Good luck Kim and thanks!

This is one of the shots she bought from me and they used on their website.  It's probably my favorite of the bunch.  I used my standard processing for this one. Other camera settings are:

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6D EX DC HSM Autofocus Zoom Lens
ISO: 200
Aperture: f11
Mode: Aperture Priority
Tripod: Induro AB0


  1. I really like this one! Great job! I have a quick question, mentioned taking 5 bracketed shots to compose your images. I also have a D90 and we both know that it can only do a max of 3 bracketed shots. What would you suggest doing in getting the other two? Do you go in a certain order when you do things? I guess my biggest concern would be moving the camera ever so slightly when making the adjustments for the other two there a way to get around that or is it merely a matter of just being careful? Any tips would be most appreciated. Thank you for your time, blog, and beautiful work!

  2. Thanks Ryan. Yes, you pretty much just have to be careful. I bracket 3 from -2 to +2 and then bracket another 3 from -1 to +1. I end up having one to throw away since that makes six shots total, but it works for me. There are other ways of doing it like changing the exposure compensation of the main shot instead of the bracket settings, but this works for me. The one thing I hate about having to change settings in the middle of several brackets is the changes that happen in skies. It really makes me want to get a camera that can do more than just 3 brackets. Oh well, we'll see..

  3. I definitely know what you mean when it comes to the skies/clouds and such...I think one of my biggest issues right now is not having a wireless remote. However, I just purchased one online yesterday and should have it by the end of the week.

    Also, did you run into much trouble around D.C. when you set up your tripod around the memorials/monuments? I've read up on it to know well enough to go early in the morning or later in the evening when crowds aren't as thick and particularly for how the lighting will be. I was just curious how security was when you were there...I'm going during the week of July 4th, so it may very well be a different story...

  4. I have a wireless remote from Nikon, but it's really for one shot at a time. What kind did you buy? I had the wired remote that hooks up to the usb/gps input port on the camera and it works quite well.

    As far as using a tripod goes around there, I didn't have any trouble whatsoever. Just watch for crowds. There was only on place that wouldn't let me use the tripod and that was the Smithsonian. It's no problem at the memorials tho. Also, if you go to the Capitol, you can't take cameras into the galleries above either the House or the Senate. Good luck and have fun!

  5. Whoops, I meant I HAVE the wired remote, and I like it much better. You ca press the shutter release halfway to focus, keep it pressed for multiple exposures, etc, just like the regular shutter button.

  6. I purchased the wireless Nikon remote. I, however, did not think about whether or not it was able to be pressed just halfway to focus. I'm glad you mentioned it. All the gear I've gotten thus far has burnt a hole in pocket...looks like I'll have to try my luck with the wireless remote.

    That's good to hear about the tripod...I hope I'll have the same kind of luck. Thank you for all your help!

  7. I bought a Nikon wireless remote, too. I am so glad you mentioned that bit about being able to focus with the wired remote...I just looked and purchased a Zeikos wired shutter release from Amazon for $10...the reviews there, and elsewhere, say it works like a charm.

    That's good to know about the tripods...I was looking to shoot mainly during the golden hours, which should conveniently be times where there won't be a lot of people. I'm curious to see if my monopod will be alright in the Smithsonian...hmm...

    Thank you so much for your help! Keep up the great work!


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