Monday, June 28, 2010

Last Light




I'm going to warn you right now, I wore this dress twice in one week and I plan on posting the other one right after this (better pictures, more detail). On this day, I ended up not going anywhere and changed into pajamas halfway through the day. I just got a white background for product shots, and wanted to test it out. It was an obvious fail (and overexposed, but that's not the point), because my apartment has a dismal amount of natural light and even less space for proper lighting. Even my favorite lens (50mm 1.8f) can't handle it very well.


What a bummer.


I plan on getting an SB-600 speedlight, since I don't really have enough room for a lighting setup. One issue is that I don't think I can trigger the flash remotely with my D50 (I *think* that's the case). Does anyone have an experience with the SB-600 that they would like to share?

On a completely unrelated note, how cute is my little pup? Miku likes to be by my side at all times. She even waits outside of the bathroom door for me.


Outfit Details:
In Yo Lace Dress - courtesy of ModCloth
belt: thrifted
shoes: Nine West
vintage bag: gift from my mom, from her store, Hourglass Consignment

Makeup notes:
Blacktrack fluidline by MAC on eyes, Julie Hewett Cheekie Cheek and Lip Shine in Bette on lips, Mineralize Skinfinish in Refined on Cheeks

Love love,

Keiko Lynn

55 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I use a SB800 and fire it remotely for weddings. I I use a wireless kit from alien bees and it's quite easy! I think it might be a couple hundred for it? But less expensive than other brands and just as good! Look into some diffuser options if you can't bounce your flash off your ceiling. That's what I typically do, but sometimes bounce flash doesn't lend itself well in all situations, especially if you have a dark or super high ceiling.

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  2. I like the way these look! I realize I'm not the best judge. :P But you look amazing and I love your puppy. My kitten follows me around. Mostly to attack me, I think.

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  3. OHHH MYYY, i just LOVE that dress! It looks so great on you!

    ...and your dog is adorable! I was thinking about getting a dog that looks simular to that. I'm not sure of the breed of your dog but i was going to get an american eskimo, they are just too cute!

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  4. thanks andrea!! ha ha!! this post and your comment solved my query too! :)

    love the dress Keiko, you look gorgeous. so simple, yet magical. And Miku is super cute!!

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  5. I love this dress - it looks beautiful on you!

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  6. This summer I'm alllll about the lace dresses, and you look so fabulous in yours! Don't look so bummed! Little Miku is by your side. :)

    Toast with Charmalade

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  7. I really wanted that dress myself but I don't think it would agree to my figure :( glad you have it :) it suits you!

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  8. Is the white background like a pull down screen? Very cute dress!

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  9. I didn't mean to leave my whole name...

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  10. love the dress!!! and your pup is adorable!!!
    -kellie

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  11. love the dress!!! and your pup is adorable!!!
    -kellie

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  12. You make your dog wait outside the bathroom? My cats insist on coming in with me! They have no boundaries.

    Love your hair, by the way. I wish mine was long enough to put it up like that.

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  13. That is a very pretty dress.

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  14. The background makes it look so professional! Vogue there you come! =)

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  15. Did you try slowing down your shutter speed a bit and lowering your ISO to 200 or less. Sorry if that was obvious and you already tried it. You look great! xxRebecca

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  16. These are not a fail! On the contrary, they're gorgeous.

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  17. Re lighting: see if there's a d50 group on flickr and ask there. Also maybe check with flickr user moiht who knows everything about lighting...hth.

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  18. The black belt is such a gorgeous contrast!

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  19. Hair comment! Do you use a store-bought dye or do you have someone do it for you? I l just dyed my hair a somewhat similar shade but it faded so quick!

    You are a beauty.

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  20. This dress looks great on you! Great bag, too!

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  21. That dress is wonderful on you! And ahh, you are are so pretty.

    X

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  22. Gorgeous dress! Gorgeous wear-er! Gorgeous face!

    I do not mean to pry, but I noticed that you wear a handful of items from ModCloth. I think we might be similar sizes, and I was curious what size you wear there. I'm afraid to order online!

    I hope to see new items in your store, soon!

    Much love.

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  23. that dress is so pretty! and you look so good with the flash... i have yet to venture there.

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  24. That dress is gorgeous!

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    Melanie@UnravelledThreads

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  25. I have a D50 and also a D90, and my SB600 won't fire remotely from my D50, unfortunately, only from the D90. However you can buy connector cords that link from the SB600 into the hot shoe on top of the D50, I think you can get them up to a couple of metres long.

    The only problem with that is you need someone else to hold the flash for you as once it's connected to the cord it won't fit into a stand. Pain in the bum, huh.

    You can always mount the SB600 on your D50 and then bounce it off the ceiling or wall... or use a diffuser? I know it's frustrating, though, as it doesn't give quite the same results.

    Anyway, you look gorgeous! :)

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  26. you pup is so cute! she loves you so much!

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  27. I am sorry I don't have the experience you are looking for. regarding the dress I don't mind seeing twice. it is really really nice!!!!
    I love it! the lace hte shape, it is perfect!!!

    http://www.iletaitunefoisundressing.com/

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  28. Beautiful dress and your puppy is just so cute and snuggly!

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  29. that dress looks fantastic on you!

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  30. I love this dress keep wearing it. :)

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  31. I don't blame you for wearing the dress often - it's so lovely! It looks like it was made for you :)

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  32. Aww you look so pretty. That dress looks great on you, so sweet!

    Daisy Dayz Home

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  33. I've been in love with white dresses this summer and yours is great.

    Christy of Dress Rehearsal

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  34. awww i think the photos turned out well!! and i had no idea you took all of these snaps by yourself w/ your SLR, that's awesome! and the modcloth dress... is SOO cute!

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  35. Andrea - thank you so much for the tips! Your photos are always beautiful.

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  36. Love the dress and the purse, Keiko! Always so well put-together~
    -Vanessa
    http://www.smashion.com

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  37. First, thanks everyone!

    amandalia: Thank you! Kitties love to attack. It's their way of showing love;)

    Amanda Lynn: Yay, you have the combination of my sister's first and my middle name:) Miku is half Eskimo, half Pomeranian. My mom adopted her from one of Tessa's schoolmates.

    Dip-Tea: Andrea is a great photographer, so we should both take her tips and run with them!

    Elizabeth: It's a large roll of paper that pulls down from the ceiling:)

    Rachel: Thank you! We have a tiny bathroom, and my cats know no boundaries. Miku, however, is very polite and patient.

    Rebecca: Since the light is so low, I have to keep the ISO at 400 or more. I slowed the shutter down but I have a hard time standing still:)

    M: Thanks for the input! Yeah, I've been haunting the d50 groups and such, which have been helpful. But they also make me want to buy more stuff, which is not good!


    Alexa: Thanks! I had my hair done in a salon, but I maintain my roots at home with a dye called perfect 10. It has a bottle with a comb, which makes it easier.

    Anonymous: The sizing varies, but I got a medium in this dress. I just got another dress (called you were mint for me) and got that in a small, and it fits perfectly. It really depends on the way it fits. If there's something in particular you're looking at and need help, let me know. One nice thing about modcloth is that their return policy is amazing.

    Gem: That's what I was afraid of! Oh well, at least I can try it out and if I need to fire remotely, I will teach Miku to hold it:)

    Jenni: She is such a mama's girl. I adore her.

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  38. i love that your dog's sneaking into some of the shots, haha.

    i sometimes wear the same outfit twice in a week, too, especially if i really, really like what i'm wearing & only wearing it for a short while. it'd be a shame to waste a perfectly good outfit! besides, if you're wearing it around a different set of people the second time around, who's going to know, right? :D

    <3,


    boat ride through the sky

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  39. i have the sb900 and love it! but doesn't go well with my d40. :( but i hope to upgrade soon! and use rechargeable batteries: http://www.amazon.com/Sanyo-Eneloop-Pre-Charged-Rechargeable-Batteries/dp/B000LNI5VC/ref=dp_cp_ob_e_title_1
    they are such a dream with the flash! just make sure to charge them!

    my first time commenting! i love your style and visit here often!!!

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  40. I'm really loving your dress <3

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  41. gorgeous outfit!! the bag is perfect!!

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  42. Just get one of these

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/163363-REG/Hama_HA_6967.html

    and you can use the pop up flash on your d50(set to manual and the power turned down) to trigger the sb-600. You could buy a cheap stand and a small umbrella to bounce the flash into. However if you intend to take a lot of pictures inside in a studio like setting you should check out a monolight kit from B&H or one of the other big camera stores in NYC, they have some decent deals and you wont be buying AA batteries all the time. :D

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  43. You look so pretty!!
    Love the shoes. x

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  44. awww, my pup does the same thing! wherever i go around the house, i hear a little clip-clap of his nails behind me. aren't they the best?? :D

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  45. what a gorgeous dress! and i love how you paired that bag with it! the pattern with the lace looks gorgeous!

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  46. i think the photos turned out just perfect! and i don't blame you for wearing this dress many times in a row. if it were mine, i don't think i'd ever take it off! i love your eskimo. i have one too! sam is his name. they are perfect little friends.

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  47. Its crazy how I found your blog. I was looking for a satchel and typed it up on google and one of the pictures was of you with the cambridge yellow satchel (I think thats the name). Right away I click on your blog because I was just in awe with your style, and you are absolutely beautiful! I have been following you for about a month now, but I hardly ever comment and this is my first time. And I just had to say THANK YOU, I've actually been looking for quite a while now for a dress for a baptism (I'm the godmother) and I fell in love with this one. I love that it seems we weight about the same so I went according to this and I got it about three weeks ago, and it fits perfect, just a tad longer since I'm shorter but thats for my advantage since its a Church event. I so look forward to reading every single one of your posts, even more I love that no matter how many followers you have you always seem to take the time to read your comments and even answer a few questions, that hun says a lot about you. Loveee your little blog of fashion and hope you always have time to blog even every day if possible haha :)

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