Here are a few portraits I recently did for class. Taken at the fantabulous Oakland Cemetery, between 5 and 8 pm. Arsenal: diffusion panel and silver reflector. Never hurts to have a super photogenic subject, either.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
I almost dismissed this guy, Misha Burlatsky, after having poked through the better part of his site, then I found these. His still life work has a vivid and graphic sense with soft light splashes falling across the items, often with a painterly effect. To balance this, in some work he blasts with hard light to show wood or peeling paint textures, like the black and white of the half fish on the cutting block. At first I wasn't impressed with his portraits and people work in general, then I noticed the second half of his site with his ambrotype work. This is the same process that Sally Mann uses, involving creating large negatives on sheets of glass that must then be quickly processed. The nature of the processing is what gives that scratchy look to the images. I found his portrait work in this section of the website was much more to my liking. Check it out!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I really like the eerie feeling you get from this image. You aren't quiet sure if those people are alive. If you click on the link you can see how they created some of these shots, mostly using arries and being defused several times. Pretty cool.
Interesting commission work by Marc Gouby. I use stumbleupon.com often and it kicked this out at me the other day. The overall rather soft lighting in these scenes appears to be pretty typical for him. There's some fun conceptual stuff on his site if anyone cares to check it out.