Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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Over the weekend I got that essay in and had a few hours to catch my breath and catch up on looking at some bookmarked sites. I’m going to throw in a disclaimer that these folios contain traces of nudity and other adult themes…

I seem to have developed a thing for low key lighting based on my choices this week. Luke Fontana has some cracking good examples.

Albert Watson has more than a couple of iconic portraits in his folio. The image of Steve Jobs from Isaacson’s book and the one of Zhang Ziyi from Memoirs of a Geisha stand out.

Michel Comte covers a mix of subject matter but there is a marvellous monochrome image of Jeremy Irons sporting a monocle.

 

Listening to Chris Thile Playing Bach, Bluegrass and pretty much whatever else he wants.

Project update – Abandoned and worn

Project update – Abandoned and worn

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Sorry but today’s post is brief. The candle has been lit at both ends this week getting a paper done and that took priority over everything else.

I missed sharing this image last week and I quite like the black background. Once this paper is dispatched, I should have time to get some lights set up to work inside and that will give me more flexibility (and air conditioning).

 

 

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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My last paper for this semester gets handed in on the weekend, From that point I have a short break, then the final subject and just another 14 weeks between me and finishing.

Somehow, in spite of the work (or perhaps as a mental break from it) I keep finding portfolios I have not seen before.

Leila Alaoui is following in the footsteps of Penn, Avedon and Frank, photographing people encountered as she travels around Morocco.

Mickael Jou combined his passions for dance and photography to produce a remarkable 365 self portrait project.

 

Listening to Sara Bareilles.

Project update – Abandoned and worn

Project update – Abandoned and worn

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All the necessary things fell into place to do a more serious session with the old tools I had collected. Since I had worked out the macro images I decided to start with them. There was also a new item that got separated from the group, so I thought I would share that this week.

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These were all made in late afternoon full sun that provided a lot of light to work with but that also meant shadows. That is not a bad thing for these images as the shadows provided a bit of separation from the background but I like to see some detail in them.

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I placed a large white reflector on the shadow side to put some details in the shadows. I also tried using that reflector to diffuse the light. These three images show the difference. The diffused light has very soft shadows and was a little too much, resulting an a flat lighting. The reflector was the best approach for what I wanted.

With the other tools, I repeated several of the compositions I shared previously. I made those previous images handheld and one thing I had not considered was getting the camera in the same position while on a tripod. That is proving to be difficult.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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Starting to get the end of semester nerves that I need to push through but knowing how close the finish line is has made it easier. This time last year, I recall questioning myself about why I should bother to continue. Ignoring that little voice of resistance was a good habit to develop.

Online portfolio time

Alexandria Huff Love the mood created by the approach she takes to lighting.

Nico Bustos A fashion photographer but I suspect there is a portraitist hidden in there somewhere based on Instagram.

Dan Donovan is producing high quality commercial stock images including portrait work. The fine art print series is an interesting departure.

Emily Soto I need to look at this work next to Maja Topcajic as I suspect there is something in common but I’m not certain.

Jason Lau This guy like motorcycles and knows how to light metal surfaces and people.

Listening to the Black Market Network Podcasts  These are a mixed bag of interviews with creative folks