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Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on February 18, 2013, 03:09:08 AM
Since we're speaking small flash, shot with Quantum a month ago for a lifestyle health/fitness brand.

(http://spotsinthebox.com/malibu_sandles.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: inthesouthofireland on February 18, 2013, 03:41:01 AM
Hi Scott, it's a 45-85 3.5 Pentax 645 lens with adapter. I just bought a Nikon 60 macro G which is fabulous, but was too large for this set.
Bima is a south american store, similar to Ikea. I work with my assistance, visual and production comes from the store. We have an hour for each shot and most of the time works fantastic.
Of course not all set are as nice as this one.
ACH
Looking at the depth of field in the image - did you use focus stacking?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on February 18, 2013, 05:04:45 AM
Since we're speaking small flash, shot with Quantum a month ago for a lifestyle health/fitness brand.

(http://spotsinthebox.com/malibu_sandles.jpg)

BC




BC - you are blessed. Nothing more to add.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on February 18, 2013, 07:25:23 AM
Jim, thanks for the tip. Indeed we had space to shot, that's not the usual in interior photography I know.
Inthesouthofireland, I didn't use focus stacking for this one. At f/11 you get quite acceptable focus. Few time I use focus stacking in architectural or interiors. When doing jewellery and watches I use it all the time..
Thanks for the comments. ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on February 18, 2013, 03:22:49 PM
Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture

http://www.archdaily.com/333251/ezra-stoller-beyond-architecture/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (http://www.archdaily.com/333251/ezra-stoller-beyond-architecture/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter)

Ezra Stoller Exhibition

http://www.yossimilo.com/exhibitions/2013_01-ezra_stoller/ (http://www.yossimilo.com/exhibitions/2013_01-ezra_stoller/)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on February 18, 2013, 04:02:45 PM
Not a huge shoot or high end design, but I think this sunroom came out nice.  Used two strobes, one bounced off of the wall behind the camera, the other was a ceiling bounce.  Also, some clouds that day.  Waited for the sun to go behind one and grabbed the shot just as the sun was coming out, getting a little less intensity than full sun. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ChristopherBarrett on February 19, 2013, 10:28:23 PM
New interiors project were shooting this week for one of my Chicago clients.  Straight outta camera, about a dozen lights...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/130202_GLP_Mart45110.jpg)

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on February 19, 2013, 11:35:19 PM
Wow, Just saw this, great photograph!

Hello,

From the other day

Nikon D800E, Nikon 70-200 F2.8G and Nikon SB900/Pocket Wizard lights.

Ciao

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on February 19, 2013, 11:36:08 PM
Love this photograph! Outstanding!

Since we're speaking small flash, shot with Quantum a month ago for a lifestyle health/fitness brand.

(http://spotsinthebox.com/malibu_sandles.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on February 20, 2013, 12:03:33 AM
Nice Chris!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on February 20, 2013, 03:41:52 PM
Hi Ian,

Glad you like the shot.

Here another one from the series.

These shots where used for a campaign for Kellogg's Nutrigrain.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ed Foster, Jr. on February 20, 2013, 04:49:23 PM
Very nice, Simon. Good stopping power on the water. What strobes did you use?

Ed
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Jeffery Salter on February 20, 2013, 06:37:24 PM
Nice shoot!  Black on black is always tough.  I like the concept too.

J
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on February 21, 2013, 01:19:59 AM
Hi Ed,

I used Nikon SB900 flash units attached to Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 receivers and then mounted on a Bowens adapter so I can use my Bowens modifiers.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: K.C. on February 21, 2013, 02:10:38 AM
Outstanding images, as usual.

I used Nikon SB900 flash units attached to Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 receivers and then mounted on a Bowens adapter so I can use my Bowens modifiers.

Which now makes sense. When you posted the first image and mentioned you used the SB900s it wasn't clear why.




Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on February 21, 2013, 04:35:00 AM
Thanks Rob and Ian,

This is the same model about 30 minutes later.

(http://spotsinthebox.com/bk_denim_1.jpg)

And since it's wet Wednesday this is a series I shot a couple of years ago for an energy drink campaign and packaging, re-licensed last week.

All with a P30+ and Profoto monoheads.

(http://spotsinthebox.com/rb_wet_blk_1.jpg)

(http://spotsinthebox.com/rb_wet_blk_2.jpg)

(http://spotsinthebox.com/rb_swing_blk_3.jpg)

(http://spotsinthebox.com/rb_bbal_blk_4.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on February 21, 2013, 07:14:34 AM
BC, awesome set of images.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on February 21, 2013, 12:08:15 PM
This is the same model about 30 minutes later.

(http://spotsinthebox.com/bk_denim_1.jpg)


Love this one even more than the 30 minutes earlier one! Amazing colors and tonality.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on February 21, 2013, 12:29:16 PM
Hi Ian,

Glad you like the shot.

Here another one from the series.

These shots where used for a campaign for Kellogg's Nutrigrain.

Cheers

Simon


Very nice Simon. Nice lighting and "explosive motion effect". Great use of your tools too.
Don't you just love working with a small agile kit, controlling your lighting ratios from
the camera and the speedy camera handling.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on February 21, 2013, 06:22:39 PM
Hi Fred,

Totally agree with you.

These lights are fast, surprisingly powerful and liberating especially on location like this shot taken one morning on location as the talent is walking to camera. Also they can flash sync up to 8000th of a sec which is great.

I used two Nikon SB900 and Pocket Wizards with the assistance hold one and the art director holding the other.

I was using my old Nikon D3x at the time which was having problems trying to focus on the talent in the low light but now the the Nikon D800E with face recognition it will solve that problem in the future.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on February 21, 2013, 09:44:25 PM
The 2nd photo with her in the swim goggles is one that I remember from your website and left an unforgettable impression on me. Truly amazing work!

Thanks Rob and Ian,

This is the same model about 30 minutes later.

(http://spotsinthebox.com/bk_denim_1.jpg)

And since it's wet Wednesday this is a series I shot a couple of years ago for an energy drink campaign and packaging, re-licensed last week.

All with a P30+ and Profoto monoheads.

(http://spotsinthebox.com/rb_wet_blk_1.jpg)

(http://spotsinthebox.com/rb_wet_blk_2.jpg)

(http://spotsinthebox.com/rb_swing_blk_3.jpg)

(http://spotsinthebox.com/rb_bbal_blk_4.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on February 22, 2013, 06:14:18 AM
Thanks for the compliment Ian.

(http://spotsinthebox.com/rb_swim_blk_6.jpg)

(http://spotsinthebox.com/rb_vbal_blk_5.jpg)

This black series is one of my favorite.  We shot it in our Dallas studio which meant we had a different but more unique on camera talent base to draw from.

We wanted attractive people, but as realistic as possible.  In LA, we'd usually cast through a dozen agencies, see way too many people, probably get lost in the process and then fight our way back to the original creative brief.

In Dallas, the talent range is more limiting, but for this project, I think  better, because we went to all types of sources, swim clubs, schools, pro, semi-pro, amateur sports leagues and found the talent we wanted that was realistic and comfortable in their sport.

The talent also didn't have the pre disposed thought of "I have to look this way".

I'm fortunate in that my partner is the producer, usually does the styling, either does makeup and/or directs the makeup so when we review the talent she knows how a subject is going to look in final as she will construct the look.

For the lighting, I wanted a textured look, so we used profotos on some but for all the images I have this older set of photogenic monoblocks.  Have about 30 of them (obviously didn't use them all for this) and they're amazing lights in that the power is on a sliding type reostat.

We drop a 1/4 or 1/2 spun over the reflectors to keep from blowing the highlights, or do get less/more specular.

I also have crew handhold lights to follow talent or to get an exact highlight without a lot of moving stands and forcing the talent into one exact place.

I went with my P30+ and Contax which probably doesn't seem like the right camera for this type of project considering 1/2 the images had fast movement and with my contax you have to slightly anticipate the action as there is a slight delay.

I think it actually works well to "plan" one frame rather than 10 fps, but everyone works differently.

I also wanted to work the files deep and have a oversharp look and I think CCD's and no AA filter pulls this off easier than modern cmos.  Once again, my opinion only, but I do like the look of CCD cameras.

It's interesting that today with the economic pressures on a project and the client anticipation of the on set turn around time of digital I think the photographer and in this case photographer/dp/director's role is  more about time management than anything else.

I know the look is important, but with a list of 20 setups, you have to get it right and move on, so in this case reliable tethering was a must.

Just to note, I'm really format agnostic.  I use what I use, just because at the time I think it's right.  When I'm working on the computer I listen to the ASC podcasts which features DP's and their latest movies.

It's always interesting to me what cameras, or film/digital format they chose.  Sometimes they have technical reasons, sometimes it's a format that forced upon them, but usually there is no exact logical reason they select a camera.

Usually under high pressure, especially economic pressure, the camera selection is to use what is trusted and comfortable and maybe that's why I shot this with my Contax/Phase.  

Sorry to go off topic, but this week we finished shooting a video project of a high pressured, high profile news/political analyst with two RED 1's and 1 Scarlet.  Our studio manager was processing out the clips and shows me how much better the Scarlet footage looks.

I'm never convinced as the R1's I love, I understand them, they have t-stops on the lenses, they don't have that glossy, over sensitive touch screen thing of the Scarlet and redundant buttons.

The cameras I like best, I know the best and I trust the most.

I also shot the stills of the that project with the Contax and a p21+


IMO

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: yaya on February 22, 2013, 09:03:27 AM
BC you're a brave man how you dare using MF professionally....chapeaux!

Loving the beach shots!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: LKaven on February 22, 2013, 10:29:15 AM
BC, I love the work and the look, but I'm wondering why you think it has anything to do with CCD over CMOS?  As far as I know there are no medium format CMOS sensors on the photography market today.  There are so many other factors involved that make a bigger difference in the look of a photo, AA filter, color filter tuning, and of course sensor size.  I'd expect to see great midtone response from medium format of any kind.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on February 22, 2013, 02:11:10 PM
Yair,

Lately, I've just been doing things differently.

Like everyone for the last few years due to compressed production and shooting parallel production with video, we've shot a lot of 35mm.

That's fine, the client's paid, etc. etc., but when I realized that the samples that client's referenced and get us working were not from most of the recent projects, they were projects a few years ago when we had a fraction more time to work, a fraction more time to craft the light and using (cough, cough) slower cameras that required a little more effort in front and behind the lens.

With the amount of images that are thrown in front of people everyday, as a profession we run the risk of becoming a commodity, or worse where a photo is like a streaming song.  You hear it but you don't invest in buying it.

So, maybe it's just me, but I thought I should dance with who brung me.  (Sorry for the Texas term).

It's interesting.  Everyone now says equipment doesn't matter to a client, or subject, but just got this e-mail from the client (the names have been obscured to protect my wallet).

"...it went great. I know it did. _ _ _ _ _ was invited to go to lunch and J_ _ k N_ _ _ _ _ _ _n was there, yet he stayed the full time with us. That is largely due to you guys. He was impressed with the gear, you were ready to shoot as soon as he got there, the wardrobe, and everything!"

The subject we photographed is brilliant and suffers no mistakes, no glitches, no lack of effort.   He is taped or filmed in a network studio or location almost every day of his life, though he knows little about cameras, but was impressed with our RED's, our crew and when I shot the main stills, I walked over with my Contax/Phase and he said "that's a camera".

The client is good, but has high expectations, obviously can't have problems and puts a lot of faith in us, (which I appreciate), so we should do it the hard way, even if that only adds a few percent to the project.

Did it change anything?  I don't know, would like to think it's our talents and crew and attitude, but with that comes the complete effort.   Going further always is appreciated and once again, I'm camera agnostic and will use anything that works for me, but shooting a larger camera is as close as "I" can come to shooting in a film like style.

IMO

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on February 22, 2013, 02:34:04 PM
.........I'm wondering why you think it has anything to do with CCD over CMOS?  As far as I know there are no medium format CMOS sensors on the photography market today.  There are so many other factors involved that make a bigger difference in the look of a photo, AA filter, color filter tuning, and of course sensor size.  I'd expect to see great midtone response from medium format of any kind.


Luke,

Of course everything you mentioned probably makes a difference, especially the lack of AA filter.

Thing is I've done about a trillion digital files and the DCS 760, Valeo, Aptus 22, p30, p30+, p21+, Leica all have a somewhat common trait when it comes to sharpening and how the file moves when you start masking and moving different tonal values around on a layered file.

I don't know because I'm not an engineer but I do see a difference in look and recently had an AD see it also (either that or it was a huge coincidence) as every image she pulled of ours for reference was shot with a ccd based camera.

Even this m8 image was on her sample list and this was not in the style of the planned shoot.  

(http://spotsinthebox.com/jeep_800px.jpg)

She thought it was film, I don't think digital looks like film, but I think ccd's look different.

No file is perfect, no camera does everything and obviously talent and subject have a lot to to with the image.

I still shoot 35mm, probably will always, but if my mfd backs disappeared I'd buy them or something comparable again.

IMO

BC

P.S.  This ccd talk probably isn't what the mfd makers want to hear as I would imagine they're eventually moving to cmos.

That's not that interesting to me, unless the file is prettier, because I rarely use live view on any of my dslrs and even with the RED's have added EVF Bombs to get away from standing 2 ft. back and looking at a lcd screen.   I like having the world shut out when I look through a camera, but hey, that's just me.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: LKaven on February 22, 2013, 03:43:18 PM
Thing is I've done about a trillion digital files and the DCS 760, Valeo, Aptus 22, p30, p30+, p21+, Leica all have a somewhat common trait when it comes to sharpening and how the file moves when you start masking and moving different tonal values around on a layered file.

[...] I do see a difference in look and recently had an AD see it also (either that or it was a huge coincidence) as every image she pulled of ours for reference was shot with a ccd based camera.

[...]I rarely use live view on any of my dslrs and even with the RED's have added EVF Bombs to get away from standing 2 ft. back and looking at a lcd screen.   I like having the world shut out when I look through a camera, but hey, that's just me.

To be sure, if anyone else but you had said this, I wouldn't have given it a second thought.  I think you're enough of a one-person experimental data bonanza to get engineers to run back to double-check their calculations.  You've got me thinking about what reason, in principle, might account for your observations. 

I also think you're an amazing photographer, and valuable source of hardcore professional advice.

BTW, I can't stand live view shooting (except for critical focus confirmation on a tripod).  I have to be alone with the image, and I have to literally put my eyepoint on the spot.  I've also noticed that subjects feel much more disturbed when being "shot" by someone at arm's length. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ChristopherBarrett on February 22, 2013, 09:21:53 PM
I like having the world shut out when I look through a camera, but hey, that's just me.


Heh, I spent the first 15 years of my career composing from underneath a blanket.  It was a good place to get away from clients.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on February 23, 2013, 03:15:50 AM
Hello,

I know what you mean I miss the days when I could hide under my blankey with my Sinar P2.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on February 23, 2013, 04:39:59 AM
No-one could see your lips move! But still dangerous to whisper.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on February 23, 2013, 06:38:06 AM
I know somebody who fell asleep under the darkcloth nose pressed up against the 10x8 ground glass.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on February 23, 2013, 06:15:04 PM
Sadly most of what I shoot is on Canon so I do not get to post here that much. I was just going to add a back to my inventory but a new project just came along and I am upgrading and buying more Canon gear to meet the needs of it. Hopefully after this next project I will move on and add a new MF system.

I promise not to bore you with more Canon photos but I thought I would add one anyway. I actually did the RAW conversion on this one in Phocus as a tryout. Not as many options as Capture One but I am fairly pleased.

Thanks



Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on February 23, 2013, 10:58:58 PM
BC...

Thank you immensely for all of your added information and detail.

I hope I get to meet you in person and shake your hand!

You are a good guy!

Ian
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on February 24, 2013, 04:21:37 AM
Sadly most of what I shoot is on Canon so I do not get to post here that much. I was just going to add a back to my inventory but a new project just came along and I am upgrading and buying more Canon gear to meet the needs of it. Hopefully after this next project I will move on and add a new MF system.

I promise not to bore you with more Canon photos but I thought I would add one anyway. I actually did the RAW conversion on this one in Phocus as a tryout. Not as many options as Capture One but I am fairly pleased.

Thanks


Ian, this photograph has ruined my day. It's just 10.17am and I know that absolutely nothing built like that is going to pass in front of my nose today, tomorrow and almost certainly not the following days, weeks and months either.

Such unwarranted cruelty to a man on an island prison!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ChristopherBarrett on February 24, 2013, 09:12:33 AM
I've just finished compiling bits from the last 4 short films into a reel, a moving image portfolio for chasing narrative work.

go fullscreen for full HD (https://vimeo.com/christopherbarrett/review/60301733/cfc51c3cab)

Cheers!

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on February 24, 2013, 11:53:18 AM
Brings me to a deep question pondered by life's great philosopher, George Carlin...

"If a man is standing in the middle of the forest speaking and there is no woman around to hear him... is he still wrong?"

But not to lose hope,

"After all tomorrow is another day" - Scarlett O'Hara from movie Gone With The Wind.

Ian, this photograph has ruined my day. It's just 10.17am and I know that absolutely nothing built like that is going to pass in front of my nose today, tomorrow and almost certainly not the following days, weeks and months either.

Such unwarranted cruelty to a man on an island prison!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on February 24, 2013, 02:22:20 PM
Brings me to a deep question pondered by life's great philosopher, George Carlin...

1.  "If a man is standing in the middle of the forest speaking and there is no woman around to hear him... is he still wrong?"

But not to lose hope,

2.   "After all tomorrow is another day" - Scarlett O'Hara from movie Gone With The Wind.




1.  No, just taking advantage of the moment to flex his muscle; probably not even aware he's speaking out loud.

2.  Always managed to avoid the movie despite the repeated best efforts of wife and daughter before every repeat of the movie, but I gather it ends with a line to the effect: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Much my own view on it, then. Had Bardot been in it, however... hell, no! I'd be that more ancient than I already am!

Whether Gable was standing in a forest at the time, they didn't tell me. He might even have been sitting on a horse. Or not.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on February 24, 2013, 04:16:26 PM
Hello,

Shot last night for the Chinese New Year celebrations for a client.

Nikon D800E, Nikon 70-200mm VRII lens

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: pixjohn on February 25, 2013, 06:37:40 PM
A very differnt House,    1920's house

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on February 26, 2013, 01:32:45 AM
Hello,

Just got approval from my client so I now can post my new image.

Nikon D800E and Nikon 14-24mm lens.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: pixjohn on February 27, 2013, 03:51:50 PM
This thread seems like it stopped working? Can't view?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: NickCroken on February 27, 2013, 06:00:26 PM
It seems to stop working once in awhile.  I can see it if  I don't log in which is weird. I think we just have get it to the next page and it will work again.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Sanderson on February 27, 2013, 06:14:34 PM
Trying to figure out why the last page (222) is going blank

Nick is right

N.B. If you want to see page 2 (old 222). log out and it's visible... ???
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Sanderson on February 27, 2013, 06:23:48 PM
I think the whole thread was getting too massive for the db to handle.

I have split it off to this new thread but page 2 (was 222 in old thread) is still blank...

Chris
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Sam S on February 27, 2013, 08:40:03 PM
The level of detail and lighting are just amazing. Excellent work.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Sam S on February 27, 2013, 08:42:44 PM
Been following this forum for a while now. Awesome work, BC.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on February 28, 2013, 10:15:58 AM
Another one (Nikon, Kodachrome 64 Pro) from a Tennent's Lager calendar in the South of France.

I disliked having to use logos, but when they paid the bills... take the money and run?

Anyway, it shows the value of doing a recce first, and having yacht contacts! I sort of like the echo of breasts on the turrets of the Carlton hotel...  (To be truthful, I sort of like them echoes or not. Both of them. Nice hotels and breasts.) Had a chat with their PR guy (the hotel's) about shooting in the grounds; told me that had it been wine, champagne, brandy, liqueur etc. it would have been sweet, but beer? Sorry, mon frère, not classy enough. How to disagree? I wonder if they sold beer? All we had were two Campari sodas whilst sitting on the outside terrace bar watching a chopper land on the deck of a superyacht. Cool.

Golden Age, anyone? Or just Golden People? I note that Eddie Jordan has a 155ft (47.5m) Sunseeker under construction due out 2014. I can hardly wait... 12 guests and 10 crew can be accommodated. I could live on that.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Hulyss on February 28, 2013, 12:19:11 PM
Hello,

Yes it is a DB limitation. No need to dig into dangerous DB manipulations, an another thread is perfectly OK imho :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on February 28, 2013, 02:12:31 PM
Hello,

Just got approval from my client so I now can post my new image.

I thought I would attach a story board for the non advertising photographers out there to show the steps involved to create this sort of image.

Both shots where taken with a Nikon D800E and Nikon 14-24mm lens.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: george2787 on February 28, 2013, 03:36:42 PM
I just love seeing the different stages that lead to the image, thanks a lot :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ChristopherBarrett on February 28, 2013, 06:41:57 PM
I had to throw together a slideshow for a couple presentations I gave earlier this week.  Culled the last few year's projects for new material... we've had some damn nice assignments!

http://christopherbarrett.net/CB_Portfolio/ (http://christopherbarrett.net/CB_Portfolio/)

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on February 28, 2013, 07:20:44 PM
I had to throw together a slideshow for a couple presentations I gave earlier this week.  Culled the last few year's projects for new material... we've had some damn nice assignments!

http://christopherbarrett.net/CB_Portfolio/ (http://christopherbarrett.net/CB_Portfolio/)

CB

I'm still in awe of that first image...simple and powerful.  I'll also take 10 and 20.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ed Foster, Jr. on February 28, 2013, 07:59:41 PM
I had to throw together a slideshow for a couple presentations I gave earlier this week.  Culled the last few year's projects for new material... we've had some damn nice assignments!

http://christopherbarrett.net/CB_Portfolio/ (http://christopherbarrett.net/CB_Portfolio/)

CB
Nice assignments maybe, but even better work. Really, really nice!

Ed
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on February 28, 2013, 09:00:10 PM
Hello,

One of a number of images for Hyundai.

Nikon D800E camera
Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VRII lens
Dedo lights.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on February 28, 2013, 10:49:11 PM
How is it since you have been posting this I am very nostalgic about Kodachrome!

Another one (Nikon, Kodachrome 64 Pro) from a Tennent's Lager calendar in the South of France.

I disliked having to use logos, but when they paid the bills... take the money and run?

Anyway, it shows the value of doing a recce first, and having yacht contacts! I sort of like the echo of breasts on the turrets of the Carlton hotel...  (To be truthful, I sort of like them echoes or not. Both of them. Nice hotels and breasts.) Had a chat with their PR guy (the hotel's) about shooting in the grounds; told me that had it been wine, champagne, brandy, liqueur etc. it would have been sweet, but beer? Sorry, mon frère, not classy enough. How to disagree? I wonder if they sold beer? All we had were two Campari sodas whilst sitting on the outside terrace bar watching a chopper land on the deck of a superyacht. Cool.

Golden Age, anyone? Or just Golden People? I note that Eddie Jordan has a 155ft (47.5m) Sunseeker under construction due out 2014. I can hardly wait... 12 guests and 10 crew can be accommodated. I could live on that.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: mitchino on March 01, 2013, 03:38:27 AM
HarperPhotos wrote: I thought I would attach a story board for the non advertising photographers out there to show the steps involved to create this sort of image.


Great final result! How long did that Job take in total? What size was the layered Photoshop file??!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 01, 2013, 04:20:55 AM
How is it since you have been posting this I am very nostalgic about Kodachrome!




Maybe because it's gone? Like in the song: you don't know what you got until you lose it! I feel that way about all of the stuff I traded away chasing one damned dumb dream after another!

I've ended up re-buying various bits of Nikon stuff that I already had forty years ago - no, I don't believe a new 50mm Nikkor is better than my original 2/50mm one from the 60s! As for my 2.8/35mm it was the sharpest lens I've owned.

Of them all, the greatest regret is throwing away my two 'blads and the 50mm, 80mm and 150mm lenses that lived in the box with them. Considering all the hard work it took to buy them, I should have saved them all out of gratitude!

The song's right.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 01, 2013, 02:52:36 PM
Simon,

Excellent works, I particularly like the car shot as know the difficulties behind.
I see you getting the most out of your D800. Just wandering why you didn't use the Horseman VCC Pro for this shot??

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on March 01, 2013, 03:07:39 PM
Hi Antonio,

I do use the Horseman VCC on occasion but the reason I use the Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VRII lens for its convenience. I can zoom in and out to fill the frame of the camera. Also in some cases I can rotate the lens into a vertical position and zoom in tighter on the car. By taking 3 images from the back to the front and then stitching them together it gives me a more telephoto effect and a bigger file.

My love affair with the Nikon D800E just kepts growing every time I use it. For me and the sort of work I do this camera has no equal

I did a shoot a few days ago starting at 4am in the morning on location with lots of talent for a large hotel company shooting between 200 to 400ISO and combining available light and my now trusty Nikon/Pocket Wizard lights. The shoot was a walk in the park cause of the whole system working together beautifully.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on March 01, 2013, 03:14:29 PM
Hi Mitchino,

From the time I got the brief till the client go the finished image it was about 2 weeks. I have know Idea what the file size the client got from the retoucher Dan but he kindly supplied me a 300MG image.

The link below is to Dan’s Facebook page if you like to see more of his work.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/D2-creative-retouching/166300943405238?ref=ts&fref=ts

Ciao

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Paul Ozzello on March 01, 2013, 05:20:06 PM
My latest obsession with incinerators... can't get enough of them  ;D

(http://www.paulozzello.com/ExternalImages/incinerator1.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on March 01, 2013, 06:48:57 PM
very nice!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 02, 2013, 04:27:40 AM
My latest obsession with incinerators... can't get enough of them  ;D



Industrial Art!

Very nice picture in all respects.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Jeffery Salter on March 02, 2013, 07:11:05 AM
Paul. That's beautiful!  No smoke stacks in Miami.....
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on March 02, 2013, 09:29:48 AM
I'm still in awe of that first image...simple and powerful.  I'll also take 10 and 20.

Chris, Wonderful work!!  Looks like it's been a good year.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on March 02, 2013, 03:02:31 PM
Great image, if you cropped it top and bottom it would make 2 great images.
Where is it?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ed Foster, Jr. on March 02, 2013, 03:16:22 PM
My latest obsession with incinerators... can't get enough of them  ;D

(http://www.paulozzello.com/ExternalImages/incinerator1.jpg)
Very nice, Paul. I enjoy the composition and tonality.

Ed
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 03, 2013, 09:44:53 PM
Ashley, excellent set of images, I like the third one in particular. It is superb.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on March 03, 2013, 11:04:02 PM
Ashley,

Nice images, but tell the truth.

You really didn't have Sunshine in Ireland in February did you?

You shot these on a set in Miami . . . right?

IMO

BC

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Paul Ozzello on March 04, 2013, 01:07:32 AM
Great image, if you cropped it top and bottom it would make 2 great images.
Where is it?

Thanks for the positive feedback everyone. It's an incinerator near Newark new jersey just off the Turnpike. I wish some of these sites were more easily accessible - I almost got arrested the last time I was there !

This version is a low end scan from an old epson - and fine for 8x8 and the web. Eiger Studios is drum scanning my negatives and printing them for an upcoming show - their scans are some of the best in the business and i'm anxiously awaiting to see how the 40" prints will turn out.

Paul
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Paul Ozzello on March 04, 2013, 01:12:31 AM
Very nice, Paul. I enjoy the composition and tonality.

Ed

Thanks Ed - I went back there 5 times before getting it right ! There's just something magical about film ...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 04, 2013, 09:47:26 AM
Mount Juliet...

(http://www.ashleymorrison.com/2013-03/Juliet-166404.jpg)
.. in County Kilkenny.


Love the tiny guy levitating over on the right! 

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on March 04, 2013, 02:22:12 PM


.........But if it's raining, which it did for the most part here, then we just go shoot in other areas where I can control the light more...

Hey Ashely,

Don't you know that "real" professionals don't carry lights, or use lighting?

At least that's what some of the big time A list pros say on this forum.

Also they use real small cameras so they can sneak around a location and nobody knows they are there.

I would think that sneaking around would get you in trouble, especially shooting real people for commerce, but that's what they're saying here.

I mean your photos are beautiful but isn't that cheating if you actually light a scene and make daylight on a cloudy day?

Don't you have to carry heavy equipment?  I bet carrying heavy stuff is hard and you have to go to school or read something to use lights . . . right?

Wouldn't it be better to just sit in the bar for a few weeks waiting for sun?

Thanks

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on March 04, 2013, 11:51:56 PM
My latest obsession with incinerators... can't get enough of them  ;D

(http://www.paulozzello.com/ExternalImages/incinerator1.jpg)

Nice composition.
I like compositions that don't go by the cookie cutter rule of thirds.
The image has an eerie depth to it and I like the way the motion blur of the clouds sort of "beats up nature" in the way incinerators do.
Image is "pretty" but still has an environmental dark side to it
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 05, 2013, 09:37:45 AM
While shooting yet another boring American architectural interiors project, I saw that there was some really nice sunlight outside.  Grabbed my 5d2 / Leica-R 80mm and snagged this frame.  Please forgive any inherent remnants of the undying pursuit of perfection...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/view.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on March 05, 2013, 09:50:47 AM
Is there another Chris Barrett out their that is a photographer, or did you forget your password and need to create a new account?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 05, 2013, 09:57:13 AM
Is there another Chris Barrett out their that is a photographer, or did you forget your password and need to create a new account?

I was actually so disgusted with recent threads that I deleted my account.  But then I found that I couldn't go more than a couple days without Cooter's sardonic wit.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 05, 2013, 11:27:05 AM
I was actually so disgusted with recent threads that I deleted my account.  But then I found that I couldn't go more than a couple days without Cooter's sardonic wit.


Close to my experience a few weeks ago; I thought I'd cancelled but it turned out I'd logged out instead, whatever that actually means. Anyway, I managed to get back into posting mode, but I now have to login for every thumbnail image I want to see, other than my own, which isn't a lot of help!

But, things have become far more civilized in most threads, so all is well. I can live with that.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: stevebri on March 05, 2013, 01:03:27 PM
Hi Rob, and all....

I think for me the truly annoying thing recently has been this bashing of MFD ...

From most probably ' never owners' who continually 'ask/demand conformation' that MFD is over.... Seemingly to justify to themselves that staying with DSLR's was the 'right' choice.

Ok... So what... Who cares....?

Those of us with MFDB's just keep on doing our jobs with the tools we have, at least on here I get stimulated when I see great work, so so work and Rob's fab archive from the '70's 80's and 90's.

Keep it up guys, as WE know, a camera is a means to an end and enables us to do our jobs...

S
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Paul Ozzello on March 05, 2013, 01:12:32 PM
Nice composition.
I like compositions that don't go by the cookie cutter rule of thirds.
The image has an eerie depth to it and I like the way the motion blur of the clouds sort of "beats up nature" in the way incinerators do.
Image is "pretty" but still has an environmental dark side to it

Glad my post apocalyptic view of the world is being conveyed :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on March 05, 2013, 01:27:26 PM
Glad my post apocalyptic view of the world is being conveyed :)

You have a good eye for composition. Really nice compositions that go beyond the cookie cutter
composition rules are not that common. You also used long exposure in a manner that adds to the narrative
rather than just as a effect.

There are so many beautiful places that are scared by industry. Do a search for Port Hueneme superfund and powerstation.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Livsey on March 05, 2013, 02:45:57 PM
I was actually so disgusted with recent threads that I deleted my account.  But then I found that I couldn't go more than a couple days without Cooter's sardonic wit.

You would have been missed.

Is this a bit like coming back and reading your obituary?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: pixjohn on March 05, 2013, 02:57:59 PM
I think this is the image that crashed the first Professional Works.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Nick-T on March 05, 2013, 03:18:01 PM
Yeah I think the forum mods have installed the "What-the-hell-is-that-stuffed-zebra-doing-there" plugin.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 05, 2013, 04:28:10 PM
Hi Rob, and all....

I think for me the truly annoying thing recently has been this bashing of MFD ...

From most probably ' never owners' who continually 'ask/demand conformation' that MFD is over.... Seemingly to justify to themselves that staying with DSLR's was the 'right' choice.

Ok... So what... Who cares....?

Those of us with MFDB's just keep on doing our jobs with the tools we have, at least on here I get stimulated when I see great work, so so work and Rob's fab archive from the '70's 80's and 90's.

Keep it up guys, as WE know, a camera is a means to an end and enables us to do our jobs...

S


Hi Steve,

Thanks for the kind words – you should post some of your own great shots: I remember seeing some of your pics of those girls from Elite Brazil… you could do worse than give them another airing!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 06, 2013, 07:31:25 AM
Frame grab from our new short film.

The thing that's of particular interest about this shot is we did it at night (you only get so many hours of daylight during Chicago winters).  Love me some HMI's.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/HC_Night.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on March 06, 2013, 08:34:20 AM
Frame grab from our new short film.

The thing that's of particular interest about this shot is we did it at night (you only get so many hours of daylight during Chicago winters).  Love me some HMI's.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/HC_Night.jpg)

Chris,

I'm glad you are still here.  This is a great frame.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on March 06, 2013, 02:17:04 PM
Chris,

I'm glad you are still here.  This is a great frame.

Chris,

Love the color.

Yea, glad your back, though you should have used a nom de plume.

I think L(little)B(bittie)Cooter is available.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 06, 2013, 05:54:10 PM
I think L(little)B(bittie)Cooter is available.

BC

Ahh, I should have tried that when "I-Wanna-shoot-Like-Cooter" returned as unavailable.  Truthfully, though, I put my name out there because I feel that anonymity breeds social irresponsibility, as is all too evident in this forum.  Anyway... back to image-making.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on March 06, 2013, 06:34:48 PM
Ahh, I should have tried that when "I-Wanna-shoot-Like-Cooter" returned as unavailable.  Truthfully, though, I put my name out there because I feel that anonymity breeds social irresponsibility, as is all too evident in this forum.  Anyway... back to image-making.

Hey Chris,

Social irresponsibility huh?

That's about the nicest comment I've received all week, on and off the computer.

BC

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 06, 2013, 06:50:09 PM
Hey Chris,

Social irresponsibility huh?

That's about the nicest comment I've received all week, on and off the computer.

BC



Oh, you know I wasn't talking about you.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on March 06, 2013, 07:29:26 PM
Oh, you know I wasn't talking about you.

Damn,

Man it's hard to build Street Cred here.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Paul Ozzello on March 07, 2013, 12:54:41 AM
You have a good eye for composition. Really nice compositions that go beyond the cookie cutter
composition rules are not that common. You also used long exposure in a manner that adds to the narrative
rather than just as a effect.

There are so many beautiful places that are scared by industry. Do a search for Port Hueneme superfund and powerstation.


Thanks for the tip, I'll check it out when I head out to California in the spring. Any other recommendations closer to San Francisco ?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: epines on March 08, 2013, 06:51:04 PM
Latest test shoot. Just came out in the spring Workbook this week. The navigator shaved off his beard the next day.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on March 08, 2013, 06:58:17 PM
Hi Ethan,

Cool shot. Had a look at you website, great collection of work.

Ciao

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: epines on March 08, 2013, 07:03:54 PM
Thanks, Simon. I appreciate that. That shoot took weeks to bring together and is one of my favorite shoots ever.

You too -- very tight work on your site.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on March 08, 2013, 08:08:09 PM
Ethan, I've seen the Scrabble Kid somewhere before (CA, etc), great work you're doing.  I particularly like the interiors.  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on March 08, 2013, 10:44:34 PM
I love this, very cool!

Latest test shoot. Just came out in the spring Workbook this week. The navigator shaved off his beard the next day.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 09, 2013, 03:59:56 AM
Latest test shoot. Just came out in the spring Workbook this week. The navigator shaved off his beard the next day.




Nice idea nicely executed but one big elephant in the field: four guys too many! On her own, she'd have been wonderful! (The girl - the elephant hasn't disclosed anything.)

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on March 09, 2013, 07:11:56 PM
Rob and I think very much alike :)




Nice idea nicely executed but one big elephant in the field: four guys too many! On her own, she'd have been wonderful! (The girl - the elephant hasn't disclosed anything.)

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 10, 2013, 03:42:34 PM
History with a difference: instead of Kodachrome, one of those exercises where the client insisted that bigger was inevitable better. The client was a maker of ethnic Scottish jewellery, as you can tell from the brooch, I suppose. This was part of a studio calendar I did for him. It wasn't all sand 'n' surf.

Ektachrome 64, Hasselblad 500CM and 4/150mm Sonnar with the added interference of a Softar, which was fashionable at the time, but which in a digital age is not necessary... but those pale outlines did carry a sort of snobby street cred in some places at the time. Other people thought there was something wrong with the film. Oh, photography.

I tried to post this yesterday, but for some odd reason it went as pink as a flamingo the moment it landed within LuLa. I've made another jpeg, checked it was the right space (it was) and so I hope for the best.

Model: Nina Carter, aka Mrs Rick Wakeman.

According to the Sun newspaper, then a better casting medium than most agencies, she was blessed with the finest pair in the land. And to think I have none of them left... trannies, I mean.

;-)

Rob C


P.S. It's gone pink again, but not as badly. I suppose if one thinks strawberry blonde...

P.P.S.  The original tranny was copied on a Kodak lightbox using the D700 and a second-hand manual 2.8/105 Micro Nikkor. Good buy.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: epines on March 10, 2013, 07:08:14 PM
Thanks, fellahs. She was tremendous to work with (it's Rose McIver, the actress who played the living sister in "The Lovely Bones"). The whole cast for this shoot was a dream team. 

Just added all the portraits from the shoot to my website:

http://ethanpines.com/#/THE%20LATEST/LOST%20BOAT/1/thumbs
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 11, 2013, 02:38:14 PM
from Monument Valley... my first stab at shooting landscapes.  Aww... black and white... how I've missed you.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/Mnmt_Valley.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on March 11, 2013, 08:12:59 PM
Hello,

My latest image for Hyundia.

Ciao

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on March 11, 2013, 09:09:18 PM
Chris, What a beautiful landscape!  Great balance and light!!  Is this from the shoot awhile back or did you return?  I had a trip planned to New Mexico this coming Friday but work got in the way.  Will have to reschedule soon.

Simon, To me it's too manufactured and without any drama.  I think you should leave this one out of your book, you've got a lot of images with more impact. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JohnBrew on March 11, 2013, 09:29:13 PM
from Monument Valley... my first stab at shooting landscapes.  Aww... black and white... how I've missed you.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/Mnmt_Valley.jpg)

Chris, great tones! Love this rendition.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on March 12, 2013, 08:45:14 PM
Wow that's great!

Hello,

My latest image for Hyundia.

Ciao

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: heinrichvoelkel on March 12, 2013, 10:15:29 PM
"Hello,

My latest image for Hyundia.

Ciao

Simon"

Hate to say it, but where is the driver?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on March 12, 2013, 10:27:27 PM
Hello,

The car is right hand drive as we drive on the left here in New Zealand and the driver is short.

Ciao

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: NickCroken on March 12, 2013, 10:45:33 PM
Hello,

My latest image for Hyundia.

Ciao

Simon

The image looks very rendered compared to most of you car shots.  Are you compositing the image, shooting everything at once with a rig or using virtual rig software?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Hulyss on March 14, 2013, 05:16:00 AM
I like your car shoot Simon, even if it is a composite !! The goal is to sell the car so this photo is a winner. Smooth, powerful all in one... but ... were the hell is the driver ??  ;D

Portrait of my last client (this is not a car :P ):

(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/izsimgxus8cogtg/Maria-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 14, 2013, 05:46:22 PM
Home Office shoot for Herman Miller.  AD wanted Bright and Airy but with Contrast and Saturation.  Naturally it was overcast for almost the entire shoot.  Sunlight through the windows is all HMI.

More at the blog post... (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2397)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/121003_003.jpg)

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 14, 2013, 07:28:41 PM
On this shoot we had HMI outside coming in the windows, strobe inside for soft fill and tungsten DedoLights for accents.  I love all lighting!  I've been moving towards constant sources, though, since Flash doesn't work so well for movies.  One thing we've done with one of my Jokers is adapted it into an ETC Source 4.  That throws gorgeous, shapeable punchy light with shadows sharper than you could even get from a fresnel.  I once assisted a fashion shooter who adapted Source 4s to Speedo heads as well.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on March 15, 2013, 12:10:37 PM
Home Office shoot for Herman Miller.  AD wanted Bright and Airy but with Contrast and Saturation.  Naturally it was overcast for almost the entire shoot.  Sunlight through the windows is all HMI.

More at the blog post... (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2397)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/121003_003.jpg)

CB

Really nice as always Chris.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on March 15, 2013, 02:01:14 PM
Home Office shoot for Herman Miller.  AD wanted Bright and Airy but with Contrast and Saturation.  Naturally it was overcast for almost the entire shoot.  Sunlight through the windows is all HMI.

More at the blog post... (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2397)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/121003_003.jpg)

CB
Great work Chris.  Out of curiosity, did you find the locations or did the AD?
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 15, 2013, 02:05:35 PM
Home Office shoot for Herman Miller.  AD wanted Bright and Airy but with Contrast and Saturation.  Naturally it was overcast for almost the entire shoot.  Sunlight through the windows is all HMI.

And yet the floor lamp is on. AD not eco-conscious? ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 15, 2013, 02:24:51 PM
Dude.  I think that's a little silly.  Lamps look better lit.  We're making photographs not socio-ecologic edicts. If we thought it was really a valid issue I would have removed the lamp and used a different prop rather than have it off.
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 15, 2013, 02:39:42 PM
Fair enough.

I was speaking more from a perspective of an end-user (of the magazine or catalogue). My first thought seeing it was not "socio-ecologic," but simple common sense: why is the lamp on with so much sunlight and overall brightness? Yes, lamps looks better lit than not, but in situations where our brains expect them to be lit.
Title: Huge Congratulations to James Haefner
Post by: SecondFocus on March 15, 2013, 09:39:22 PM
I just opened up the latest edition of PDN to find our friend James Haefner featured about his top-secret photo shoot of the latest Corvette. The photo of the Corvette in it's car carrier is just incredible and creative and so very much shows his very enviable talent and professionalism!

Very Cool!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Livsey on March 16, 2013, 04:41:39 AM

More at the blog post... (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2397)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/121003_003.jpg)

CB

So much to love here. Brief, big tick. Lighting, brilliant, crop/frame as always, inch perfect. Especially love that typewriter, quirky but not intrusive, great colour and placement. Even the pencil stack leaning the "right" way.
Just the tiny point that I find the lamp (Oh NO! not the lamp ;) ) reflection, which I know should be there and would be difficult? to remove just not looking right. I know, I feel so bad picking but a would be interested in your thought.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: johnkiv on March 16, 2013, 10:24:06 AM
The reflection doesn't bother me at all, putting carbon footprint thoughts aside.  Bravo for client who doesn't want to suck the life out of a photo by turning it into an some kind of illustration. 

But, Chris paying more attention to the light made me appreciate what you did here.  Very deft handling of the combination of warmth and and cool color balance.  I have found trying to do any retouching with gradations like that, even on a bare wall, can be really tricky.  Is all this on one file?

Getting back to the light, do you interior photographers ever use a light in a frame that is not turned on?  Even when "daylight" dominates the photo?  I can't imagine the photo working as with the light turned off.  The warm tone balances nicely with the red on the chair seat.  My first thought would be, if is a problem, take it out of the frame.  I would be curious, Chirs, what discussions on this you had with stylists, or in your head, when you were setting up the photo.

Nice work, enjoyed looking at the rest of the set.  Need to buy myself a new chair.  Problem is, the rest of my workspace doesn't look like this.  But that is a discussion for a different forum.

Best, John
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 16, 2013, 12:21:16 PM
Chris, nice set of photos.
The discussion is pretty interesting and I guess there was a great team behind working on styling and others.
The lamp is in my point of view, an element included to add warmth to an otherwise cool image. See that there are lots of white and mainly daylight.
Also the warm lamp counter balances the red chair.
For that lamp to be as bright as it is, I can guess there is a strong wattage bulb inside.
Again, millimetric composition on all images. I really like number 1 in the blog.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on March 16, 2013, 01:04:49 PM
Dude.  I think that's a little silly.  Lamps look better lit.  We're making photographs not socio-ecologic edicts. If we thought it was really a valid issue I would have removed the lamp and used a different prop rather than have it off.

Actually I think the lamp itself would have looked nice off. With it on it's texture is lost. You can see more of it's geometry in the reflection in the window.

Also form what I have seen there is a trend that is liked by leading Architects that is more about how the environment looks in reality.
An architects true skills show through how he or she uses the environment as it is in reality and as it will be in use.
I also find that too much order does not reflect reality... well unless it's Adrian Monks house.

But all of this is subjective, without doubt it's well executed work.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on March 16, 2013, 01:16:47 PM
Yes.
You can see lots of example here: Interiors (http://www.ampimage.com/images-02.htm).

These are really really good. They have a very good balance between tidiness and a credible homely livable in feel. Natural light when used right is
just so nice. Also these images are true to what one would see visiting the houses. This is a very important point. If you are selling something
you want the enthusiasm of the buyer or viewer to mount during the process. It is totally counter productive to show something better than it is
in photos and then when you are there in reality it looks less appealing or whatever.

This is also for example many fashion designers don't really show too much of the cloths in their ads. For example the Guess campaign is one of the best out there.
They show style and emotion and just build and build on the iconic aspect of the brand.

(http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Anna-Nicole-Smith-guess-442491_1244_846.jpg)

This leaves the boutique staff something to do with the client... more to discover, try on all sorts of things, let the boutique staff
choose what works. It's all about and upward path in the whole fun and games of shopping fashion at the higher level.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 16, 2013, 05:04:58 PM
Provably ambiguity have a to do with everything we do in live, nothing is just one way.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: LKaven on March 17, 2013, 04:47:23 AM
Yes.
You can see lots of example here: Interiors (http://www.ampimage.com/images-02.htm).

Ashley, are you working with strobes outside the window in this one?  If so, you did it very seamlessly, as in your other work.  I've long suspected that your mastery of creating window light involves quite a clever bag of tricks.  Not to say that you don't have a number of lower-powered instruments working for you on the inside as well.  High finesse all around.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 17, 2013, 10:26:41 AM
back to my shot above....
@ Chris, yeah I don't love the lamp reflection either.  The easy way to handle that is to take an exposure with it off and drop in that window.
@ John, I set the distance of the lamp from the walls to get just the level of light and falloff from it that I desired (while keeping it centered between the storage). This would have been one file except the rug was barely wide enough to fit the chair on.  After exposing the main shot, we removed the desk and chair, I slid the rug to the left and exposed that to composite and "widen" the rug later.  And... at home, my chairs are way nicer than the rest of my office.


- however, the masters of light (i.m.h.o.) are those who work in the Movie business - where they have to budgets to play with, to achieve some truly amazing results.


Ditto, Man.  The more narrative films I shoot (and we're small productions with 15-20 man crews) the more I realize that most still photographers know barely anything at all about lighting... and I include myself in that.

Not to mention how fun films are... just look how much we're all smiling!  LoL

(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/775763_590769800949475_1848936141_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Livsey on March 17, 2013, 01:56:42 PM
back to my shot above....
@ Chris, yeah I don't love the lamp reflection either.  The easy way to handle that is to take an exposure with it off and drop in that window.

Duhh!! Of course, you can tell that's not my area of expertise, if indeed I have any area.

Looked back at the rug, easy when you know how, they should buy a new one that size.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on March 17, 2013, 05:07:19 PM
back to my shot above....
@ Chris, yeah I don't love the lamp reflection either.  The easy way to handle that is to take an exposure with it off and drop in that window.
@ John, I set the distance of the lamp from the walls to get just the level of light and falloff from it that I desired (while keeping it centered between the storage). This would have been one file except the rug was barely wide enough to fit the chair on.  After exposing the main shot, we removed the desk and chair, I slid the rug to the left and exposed that to composite and "widen" the rug later.  And... at home, my chairs are way nicer than the rest of my office.



Ditto, Man.  The more narrative films I shoot (and we're small productions with 15-20 man crews) the more I realize that most still photographers know barely anything at all about lighting... and I include myself in that.

Not to mention how fun films are... just look how much we're all smiling!  LoL

(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/775763_590769800949475_1848936141_o.jpg)
Funny, I was talking to photo consultant who began his career as a gaffer in Hollywood.  After doing that for a while, he began assisting; first shoot was an architectural shoot.  He said he showed up, look at the lighting equipment they were going to use and said "is this it?"

LOL
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on March 17, 2013, 06:44:07 PM
I wouldn't say one is better than the other (film/stills) from talking with dp's they certainly don't look down on stills photographers who know how to light, and we can learn from each other.
Not every photographer is a good crafter of light and you see plenty of adverts on tv with big budgets lit with a sledgehammer.
Once the technical details are sorted somebody who understands lighting could light a room or a portrait whatever their background.

Title: Re: Huge Congratulations to James Haefner
Post by: haefnerphoto on March 17, 2013, 08:53:29 PM
I just opened up the latest edition of PDN to find our friend James Haefner featured about his top-secret photo shoot of the latest Corvette. The photo of the Corvette in it's car carrier is just incredible and creative and so very much shows his very enviable talent and professionalism!

Very Cool!

Ian, Thanks for the compliments!!  I was thrilled about PDN's interest in running a story about the shoot.  Here's a link to some of the other shots taken that day.  http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=28709.4200  Jim
Title: Re: Huge Congratulations to James Haefner
Post by: SecondFocus on March 17, 2013, 09:26:42 PM
Tell me you got to keep the car as a bonus for job well done :)

Just kidding... I never get to keep the girls I shoot either.

Ian, Thanks for the compliments!!  I was thrilled about PDN's interest in running a story about the shoot.  Here's a link to some of the other shots taken that day.  http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=28709.4200  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on March 17, 2013, 09:45:03 PM
I wouldn't say one is better than the other (film/stills) from talking with dp's they certainly don't look down on stills photographers who know how to light, and we can learn from each other.
Not every photographer is a good crafter of light and you see plenty of adverts on tv with big budgets lit with a sledgehammer.
Once the technical details are sorted somebody who understands lighting could light a room or a portrait whatever their background.



You should see the brief from an agency on lighting and mood for those sledgehammer lit ads. My favorite quote describing a desired light quality is "directional, shadowless, bright". Yeah, what they mean is "rent every Arri sun you can find and turn them all on at once, with no scrims or gobos". Its flat and bright. TV commercials are he'll, but it's a dry heat.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on March 18, 2013, 10:53:55 AM
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/775763_590769800949475_1848936141_o.jpg)

It's amazing how small the Red is compared to what it's capable to. I'll never get used to it. It's 1/3 of the Alexa's body. Even rigged it still is tiny.

Man, the engineers at Red are genuises.

For good skin tones tungsten is not bad, because the near IR in tungsten helps to render skin tone better [source: ARRI].
I do think so too.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on March 19, 2013, 12:46:13 AM
Hello

Shoot this a few weeks ago.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on March 19, 2013, 04:43:18 AM
Made me smile!

Reminds me of checking on my son one night to find him sleeping with his dirt bike helmet on....
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on March 19, 2013, 05:43:43 AM
Simon,  A good concept handled really well!  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MJSPhoto on March 20, 2013, 04:37:09 AM
Funny, I was talking to photo consultant who began his career as a gaffer in Hollywood.  After doing that for a while, he began assisting; first shoot was an architectural shoot.  He said he showed up, look at the lighting equipment they were going to use and said "is this it?"

LOL


Reminds me of a shoot I assisted on many years ago in Boston. I was hired by an out of town photographer for a celebrity portrait shoot on an active movie set. The shot was to make a fake magazine cover that was going to be used in the movie. The photographer apparently was more of a unit still shooter so was used to working with the set lighting provided and didn't seem to know how to light the rather large room with really high ceilings. He kept trying to light the space all morning to no avail.
After hours of wasting our time he consulted the gaffer on the movie and came back with a bunch of crazy and unrealistic suggestions for lighting the room that would have taken a large crew, many lights hanging from scaffolding inside and outside the building, etc. to achieve. I laughed as there was no way I could do all that by myself, not to mention we only had a handful of strobes
At the time I had been regularly assisting for an architectural photographer, so I finally suggested that I do the lighting, applied what I had learned from the other photographer and saved the day.  ;D

Of course the celebrity talent showed up hours late and then only allowed us to shoot 12 frames and left LOL


.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MJSPhoto on March 20, 2013, 04:41:03 AM
From a bit of a guerrilla shoot I did last week

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8232/8574497358_d21f139d4e_c.jpg)





.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 20, 2013, 07:36:01 AM
Okay, another Kodachrome to display the advantages of a tight DR.

Shot here on my terrace for a Hewden/Stuart Group plc calendar.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on March 20, 2013, 04:56:04 PM
A nice little spread of mine in a very good local magazine-rammed earth construction in Corrales NM. Efthimios Maniatis Architect. Will also appear later in Dwell as stock. My images appear on the cover and pages 10,18 and 38-45. Great spread-most happy with it.

http://issuu.com/santafean/docs/su_casa_north_spring_2013_digital_edition#.UUoNw3zCWDY.facebook (http://issuu.com/santafean/docs/su_casa_north_spring_2013_digital_edition#.UUoNw3zCWDY.facebook)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 20, 2013, 05:32:47 PM
Nice to see that some people are actually making photographs and not just staying up all night trying to find flaws in sensor engineering.  Go get 'em, Kirk!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 20, 2013, 05:38:46 PM
Congratulations Kirk.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on March 20, 2013, 06:28:22 PM
Thanks guys!

Nice to see that some people are actually making photographs and not just staying up all night trying to find flaws in sensor engineering.  Go get 'em, Kirk!

:)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on March 20, 2013, 08:03:07 PM
Thanks guys!

:)

Nice work Kirk.

This is good for the forum.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on March 21, 2013, 09:46:42 AM
Recent shot for a London based coffee magazine, i love shooting shiny things. (not final image just a screen grab with a few tweeks still to do)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 21, 2013, 11:39:33 AM
Mr Smith,. Well done, nice style.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 22, 2013, 08:48:11 AM
Some simple apparel images, using my new homemade clear plexiglass shooting table and D800 on Horseman VVC PRO + 120mm Rodenstock APO Rodagon.

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/10120389/_DSC5534.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/10120389/_DSC5558.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/10120389/_DSC5561.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on March 22, 2013, 10:35:39 AM
Hi Antonio,

Nice shots.

The only way you could get me to give up my Horseman VCC was to prise it from my cold dead hands.

My business couldn’t functioned without it.

Ciao

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on March 22, 2013, 11:05:58 AM
A nice little spread of mine in a very good local magazine-rammed earth construction in Corrales NM. Efthimios Maniatis Architect. Will also appear later in Dwell as stock. My images appear on the cover and pages 10,18 and 38-45. Great spread-most happy with it.

http://issuu.com/santafean/docs/su_casa_north_spring_2013_digital_edition#.UUoNw3zCWDY.facebook (http://issuu.com/santafean/docs/su_casa_north_spring_2013_digital_edition#.UUoNw3zCWDY.facebook)

Kirk, Wish I'd never moved from there!  Love the house and, of course, your photographs are great!  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on March 22, 2013, 11:58:12 AM
Thanks Jim!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: wolfnowl on March 23, 2013, 01:44:27 AM
Recent shot for a London based coffee magazine, i love shooting shiny things. (not final image just a screen grab with a few tweeks still to do)


Is that a coffee maker or a tool stand for an avant garde dentist's office?  ;) 

Nicely done, anyway.

Mike.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on March 23, 2013, 06:14:15 AM
It's an old style lever machine but with up to date boiler/internals/electrics.
It's made in England for a roaster called Londinium by a company called Fracino who are exporting espresso machines to the Italians

Having photographed it i decided Im going to have one for myself.  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on March 23, 2013, 09:44:23 AM
Proper coffee has been spreading like wildfire here in London over the last couple of years, LaMarzocco have just opened a showroom here and there is a coffee festival in a couple of weeks.
That's what I like about London, we don't turn up our noses at things from other countries because we think ours is better, we take the best bits from wherever and make something new. It's like wine and beer, we make both but will bring the best stuff from all over the world so we have more choice. I can walk in a pub and choose a craft beer from various different countries and regional beer from the U.K.  Try doing that in France where the local produce is 'the best',  try ordering a good Rioja or Malbec in France  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on March 23, 2013, 09:53:40 AM
... try ordering a good Rioja or Malbec in France  ;D

Very thruth ! I'm french and live in Madrid. I was never been able to just order a good Rioja in Paris. Nor a "ibérico" ham. They just bloody don't know what it is. Not even tried with a Ribeira del Duero.

That's indeed what I love about London. You find whatever you want almost everywhere.

Ps: and all those clichés french people have about England, that the food is crap and the girls are hugly and dress like bags are completly false. Girls are gorgeous and hornies, food is excelent everywhere, even in the remote Devon that I love (I wouldn't mind having a house in Devon). There is a lot to like about England. Well, except the climate maybe...

Ps2: very strange, in Madrid is rather easy to find british products in local supermarkets without having to go to a "british pub or specialized drugstore".
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 23, 2013, 12:38:50 PM
... Girls are gorgeous and hornies,...

Funny, I always thought that there beer is warmer than girls ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on March 23, 2013, 12:46:04 PM
"So I comment your image with a link"
i didn't read anything more into the machine/my image than shiny chrome espresso porn. you pull on the lever and the get a lovely shot.
 ::)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 23, 2013, 01:02:45 PM
"So I comment your image with a link"
i didn't read anything more into the machine/my image than shiny chrome espresso porn. you pull on the lever and the get a lovely shot.
 ::)




If made in Italy, beware: it could drop right off, and what would you do then?

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: wolfnowl on March 23, 2013, 01:06:19 PM
Lever-based machines are still the best - they allow more pressure than some of the modern machines.  Having said that, I've seen some super-automatics in local cafés that look like they'd be capable of launching a small satellite.  Saw an intriguing machine a couple of years ago at a coffee show, for people who are backpacking.  It's about the size of a portable bicycle pump and uses a similar action to build up pressure but it works really well.  Anyway, none of that has anything to do with photography (except maybe that many photographers run on caffeine!)

Mike.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MarkL on March 23, 2013, 01:38:34 PM
Proper coffee has been spreading like wildfire here in London over the last couple of years, LaMarzocco have just opened a showroom here and there is a coffee festival in a couple of weeks.
That's what I like about London, we don't turn up our noses at things from other countries because we think ours is better, we take the best bits from wherever and make something new. It's like wine and beer, we make both but will bring the best stuff from all over the world so we have more choice. I can walk in a pub and choose a craft beer from various different countries and regional beer from the U.K.  Try doing that in France where the local produce is 'the best',  try ordering a good Rioja or Malbec in France  ;D

We've all but adopted Indian and Chinese food and created our own out of it! London is a total hotchpotch of very old and very new buildings and will go on changing, seeing the Tower of London in sight of the modern buildings in The City makes some tourists heads spin.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on March 23, 2013, 02:13:32 PM
Johnny doesn't seem to like the "new" London very much: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SkUPM_T7FE

He's not wrong in many things though.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on March 23, 2013, 02:46:34 PM
I've been going to London since I could get on a plane.

At first I found it so different than anything I knew and I loved it.

Then there was a period where I believe the country looked too inward and was a little xenophobic.

Now I think it's one of the world's great cities.  It's modern and traditional and has embraced almost every culture.

Sure there's problems, (too many damn street cameras) and driving like I drive is expensive, actually all of London is quite expensive, but it's a great city.

IMO

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on March 23, 2013, 03:22:28 PM
Yes, London is a great city in many aspects. Like Johnny Rotten, I can't really relate to the glass buildings stuff they overdid. I like Foster, I lived years ago in a building designed by him, but too much bad Fosterism in the new arquitecture. The tower really looks like a dildo and Johnny's scooter helmet is spot-on. I particularly hate the hugly "Brighton's" Wheel. But it's a vibrant place.

The expensiveness was always there, but they went crazy in the late 80's. A friend of mine who passed away, suddenly went rich after he sold his appartment in London because the district he was living turned fashionable. He stopped to work with all the money and left London to live in a indian ocean island near the sea the rest of his life.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 24, 2013, 06:25:45 AM
Yes, London is a great city in many aspects. Like Johnny Rotten, I can't really relate to the glass buildings stuff they overdid. I like Foster, I lived years ago in a building designed by him, but too much bad Fosterism in the new arquitecture. The tower really looks like a dildo and Johnny's scooter helmet is spot-on. I particularly hate the hugly "Brighton's" Wheel. But it's a vibrant place.

The expensiveness was always there, but they went crazy in the late 80's. A friend of mine who passed away, suddenly went rich after he sold his appartment in London because the district he was living turned fashionable. He stopped to work with all the money and left London to live in a indian ocean island near the sea the rest of his life.


Well that was considerate; usually, they move up to the nicer parts of Scotland or out to Cornwall and Wales and the locals there have to live with their parents for the rest of their lives because they themselves can't afford to buy locally anymore.

In many ways, it's the same in Mallorca: many farms were sold off and became big gardens for foreign industrialists or estate agents... and who made the money? It isn't that easy to tell: the ex-farmers who sold were long ago outwitted by inflation and can no lpnger buy back what they thought they'd sold at a huge profit, and those of us who bought at those prices now can't sell without going broke because just like the washing machine when you are in a hurry and need to go out, the system’s ever at the wrong place on the programme. I know for a fact that all of my life I have been too late for the best deals by a regular gap of ten years. Would I have traded being ten years older in order to have been able to take advantage of the correct space/time frame that I should have occupied? Probably, yes. Better older than feeling a fish out of water most of the time, and one can’t escape the fact that if you are going to get, say, eighty years in total, then what difference does it make when you spend it? You probably get the same balance of good and bad regardless; but maybe, if you have choice,  you’d get to be in synch!

I enjoyed the Johnny Rotten video, for which, thanks.

Though a far smaller place, Glasgow is just the same as London appears to be. I was last back there eight-and-a-half years ago for a funeral. I hardly knew how to drive around the city anymore: the streets have disappeared or been changed to one-ways; the  compass of landmarks has vanished behind new structures or been totally turned into history. Even the local park where I used to walk the pooch for an hour twice a day, rain, sun, freezing fog or snow has altered beyond spiritual recognition. The pond where I shot pix of models in rowing boats has lost its charm and sense of calm, and last time I was there it offered all the glory and solitude of walking around a huge puddle in a city. Perhaps that’s what opening up the world to everyone does: ruins those moments of reflection, floating swans (some have been beaten to death there in recent years) and proud mums pushing high prams around the water’s edge as they point out nature to the sleeping babes. (I can vouch for the latter from memory and snapshot.) It’s all fucking gone, along with the immediate post-war boom that created so much of that one-time prosperity. Maybe that’s why wars exist: to reboot economies. The generally unrealised natural way to prolong life on Earth could well exist in just this type of human pruning: perhaps it’s why we have not quite outgrown the world’s resources – yet; perhaps that’s why, as a species, we have this built-in structure of gratuitous violence: it keeps us culled to sustainable levels.

Have a nice day.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on March 24, 2013, 06:33:22 AM
Damn Rob,

Don't you think with all this over positive, joy and sunshine outlook you might be sidestepping reality just a bit?

Ground yourself man.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on March 24, 2013, 07:47:40 AM
http://www.samaritans.org (http://www.samaritans.org)
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 24, 2013, 09:31:34 AM
... I've all but given up trying to get you to look forward rather than backwards, but nevertheless still live in hope.

Rob, just remember that today you are younger than you'll ever be ;)

P.S. If only you could forget that you are, at the same time, older than you've ever been :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 24, 2013, 10:39:49 AM
Gentlemen, gentleman, I simply can't find my tinted glasses these days!

I see reality where once I didn't is all. Or, as likely, the reality that I see today as a negative turn in the world state is the only reality our younger members know, and so natural youth prevents the comparisons with earlier realities from being made which is only normal, but if memory is long, then there's no hiding place from the knowledge of how it was.

One only has to consider how fast food has become the norm of many... I remember vividly coming home after midnight from a long stint in the darkroom and my wife having a gorgeous fillet steak, chips and beautiful fresh vegetables ready for me to enjoy! Today, that would either return to choke me to death in my sleep or give me another heart attack.

Frankly, there's little that a generous lottery win wouldn't help relieve: time spent drifting through a list of the Relais & Châteaux establishments would certainly contribute to the adoption of a new set of shades... dammit, might even go turncoat and buy Canon and a 17mm Tilter/Shifter!

Just think of me as an old bottle, and then forget new wines.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on March 24, 2013, 10:57:24 AM
One only has to consider how fast food has become the norm of many...

This, for example, is just one part of a reality in wich we can decide to focus-on, or not. It's not a universal truth.
US has a HUGE problem with obesity. I've never seen so many obese people per meter-square anywhere else and the last time i was it litterally shocked me how bad it incresed to the point that I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes soon a US governement strategical concern. It of course has to do with garbage food habits, not to do with richness, with some first world obliged decadence.
Simply look at the japanese. Top developped country, you'd have hard time to find some obese people in the streets.
Genes? No, simply look at what they eat. They don't eat bloody burgers, Coca Cola and donuts, no.
Even the UK fish and ships with vinager is a sweet joke compared to the US industrial food habits.

Sorry, didn't mean fish&ships but fish&chips
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 24, 2013, 02:05:50 PM
This, for example, is just one part of a reality in wich we can decide to focus-on, or not. It's not a universal truth.
US has a HUGE problem with obesity. I've never seen so many obese people per meter-square anywhere else and the last time i was it litterally shocked me how bad it incresed to the point that I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes soon a US governement strategical concern. It of course has to do with garbage food habits, not to do with richness, with some first world obliged decadence.
Simply look at the japanese. Top developped country, you'd have hard time to find some obese people in the streets.
Genes? No, simply look at what they eat. They don't eat bloody burgers, Coca Cola and donuts, no.
Even the UK fish and ships with vinager is a sweet joke compared to the US industrial food habits.

Sorry, didn't mean fish&ships but fish&chips



Well, I can tell you the Britain is now offically the worst country in Europe for the weight problem, and problem it is, because as they tell us, the Health Service won't be able to cope with the results. And that will affect everybody, regardless of how diet-conscious they may be.

I hate to say it, but Mac and the rest do good business in Spain... the Mac carparks we passed in France always looked pretty busy, but that might be because of the early lunch hours there...

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 24, 2013, 02:18:02 PM
Hi Rob,

What has that to do with your post? I don't know. It just came to my mind, when I read your post.

AND. Man – am I jealous about the images you took in your past. All these beautiful girls on the beach. Which brings me back to the image of the espresso machine. I originally wanted to post: "This is what I see, when I wake up in the morning." (I hope I'm not banned from the forum now.) I think the french would say: "Je me suis réveillé sous un arbre". Is that right  fredjeang2?

Best,
Johannes


Hi,

Well, I’m perfectly happy that your reply wasn’t strictly on topic; most interesting posts I read are not: it’s the development of the idea and where it takes one that interests me in this posting business. It’s exactly how it often works for me: someone writes something and that sparks a memory or an attitude, and away I go.

My old images? Make you a bit envious? Shit, I envy myself these days. Where the hell did it all go? I know where it went: political correctness killed it all, the bespoke calendars and the stock side of it too. It’s the universal problem of too many eggs in one basket, to which there is but a single valid solution: find that one, enormous egg and hope for the best! Guess I didn’t quite realise the writing on the wall at the time.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on March 24, 2013, 02:32:47 PM
England is full of obese people, you really notice it when you leave London for the provinces, I'm a 'middle aged'  29in waist 6footer who years ago would be considered 'normal' but now I'm looked at as undernourished (I have a healthy appetite) when I was at school there was 1 'fat kid' now 30% are obese.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 24, 2013, 02:36:23 PM
Damn Rob,

Don't you think with all this over positive, joy and sunshine outlook you might be sidestepping reality just a bit?

Ground yourself man.

BC



Hate to tell you: I was not exaggerating at all. My old city has vanished. Perhaps it was just small enough still to be personal; it was certainly very ugly in parts, but there was also a charm, even in the bad weather and smog. There was charm in looking out of the window at the silent snow falling in the glow of the lights across our road; I can remember driving back home in the yellow fog a few times, unable to see anything much at all, but happy to follow the tramlines that took me exactly where I had to go; was a time I could park in Buchanan Street, right in front of my client's House of Fraser flagship store. Then they introduced 'pedestrianisation' and blew the whole city centre away.

There are a lot of empty shops along Sauchiehall Street.

You live in a new country; perhaps there hasn't been time for a sense of decay, of the best being behind it, to accrue. But, I suspect that the 50s were, overall, probably the best the US will see. I hope I'm mistaken.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on March 24, 2013, 08:54:42 PM
England is full of obese people, you really notice it when you leave London for the provinces, I'm a 'middle aged'  29in waist 6footer who years ago would be considered 'normal' but now I'm looked at as undernourished (I have a healthy appetite) when I was at school there was 1 'fat kid' now 30% are obese.



Well, I can tell you the Britain is now offically the worst country in Europe for the weight problem, and problem it is, because as they tell us, the Health Service won't be able to cope with the results. And that will affect everybody, regardless of how diet-conscious they may be.

I hate to say it, but Mac and the rest do good business in Spain... the Mac carparks we passed in France always looked pretty busy, but that might be because of the early lunch hours there...

Rob C

THIS is the cure, beleive me.
(http://www.madrid-restaurantes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/sushi1-493x230.jpg)

and for the ones who really can't deal with japanese food, may this will convince you?

(http://images.eldiario.es/economia/Casino-Palmas-suspende-corporal-recibidas_EDIIMA20130129_0334_4.jpg)

Come-on! eating raw is healphy. Another one for the most recalcitrants.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yzqq9fUm0O0/UPbfbsAiIZI/AAAAAAADI90/dee0Kwp3JBw/s1600/Body-Sushi-Private+(2).jpg)








Now....








AT YOUR OWN RISKS
(http://www.foodhealthnews.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/forbidden-fast-food-mcdonalds.jpg)

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 24, 2013, 11:40:48 PM
Oh dear, how can anyone top Fred's post? Even Rob?

And I've been thinking of writing a new best-selling weight-loss book based on my own experiences: It will be called the Kidney Stone Weight-Loss Program. I have succeeded in losing ten pounds during the last two weeks since the Kidney Stone hit. Maybe I'm ready to try the Japanese diet now...

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 25, 2013, 04:47:48 AM
As I sometimes suspected, daily bread and silver cutlery are not necessities; I'd be happy to go on a fuller diet and eat with my fingers. Succulent.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on March 28, 2013, 01:25:08 PM
fredjeang2 THANK YOU!

I can finally imagine myself as a food photographer!

THIS is the cure, beleive me.
(http://www.madrid-restaurantes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/sushi1-493x230.jpg)

and for the ones who really can't deal with japanese food, may this will convince you?

(http://images.eldiario.es/economia/Casino-Palmas-suspende-corporal-recibidas_EDIIMA20130129_0334_4.jpg)

Come-on! eating raw is healphy. Another one for the most recalcitrants.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yzqq9fUm0O0/UPbfbsAiIZI/AAAAAAADI90/dee0Kwp3JBw/s1600/Body-Sushi-Private+(2).jpg)








Now....








AT YOUR OWN RISKS
(http://www.foodhealthnews.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/forbidden-fast-food-mcdonalds.jpg)


Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 28, 2013, 02:15:40 PM
THIS is the cure, beleive me.

Not so fast, my friend!

While the prospect of eating sushi as served in the attached photographs is surely tempting (for a different reason though ;)), it shall be noted that:

Quote
Supermarket sushi is much more like typical fast food than you'd think, with a couple of California rolls packing as many calories and twice as much sugar as a Big Mac and French fries from McDonald's.

as per this article (http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/sushi--not-that-good-for-you-after-all--184102369.html).
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 28, 2013, 03:00:43 PM
But I've never seen supermarket sushi that looked at all like Fredjeang2's.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Codger on March 28, 2013, 03:08:21 PM
Probably a California Trader Joe's.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 28, 2013, 06:25:40 PM
Hasn't she got a lovely mouth!

Rob C
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on March 28, 2013, 07:19:34 PM
Not so fast, my friend!

While the prospect of eating sushi as served in the attached photographs is surely tempting (for a different reason though ;)), it shall be noted that:

as per this article (http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/sushi--not-that-good-for-you-after-all--184102369.html).

Ok Slobodan,
fast-food-shushi are crapp too...

Here is the ultimate diet.

(http://creoflick.net/images/photography-Sven-Prim-carrot-1867.jpg)

 >:(
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 29, 2013, 10:54:48 AM
Kodachrome 64 Pro, Nikon F or F2 Photomic, 3.5/135 Nikkor.

Sand, palm fronds and a mango. But you knew that.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on March 29, 2013, 03:50:52 PM
Yes! My kind of food photography yet again!

When I get back from Budapest in a few weeks, it is a new specialty for me!

Gonna start practicing right now and I should be an expert quickly no matter how much I have to apply myself :)

Kodachrome 64 Pro, Nikon F or F2 Photomic, 3.5/135 Nikkor.

Sand, palm fronds and a mango. But you knew that.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on March 29, 2013, 05:04:21 PM
Hello,

Shot some years ago.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 29, 2013, 07:44:12 PM
Personal message to all the Big Pros:

Since this thread (version 1) first started, this is one that I have always thoroughly enjoyed. Being an amateur myself, I never wanted to put in my two cents when the Pros were discussing things.

But I've decided it's time to give a big Thank You to Simon, Bcooter, Kirk, Chris Barrett, Mr. Smith, and many others who have not only showed amazing stuff over and over again, but have been willing to share so much information about what they do and how they do it.

Perhaps best of all is the fact that while working for clients, you all seem to really enjoy what you are doing and continuously demonstrate imagination, creativity, and all that good stuff.

So again: Thank you all!

Eric M.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on March 29, 2013, 08:13:07 PM
Hi Eric,

Thank you for your kind words.

I am very thankful that on the 1st April it will be my 28th anniversary when I went pro. I have and still love my profession and are grateful the there a people out there who what to pay me to take photos.

Having to having a job which I find so enjoyable and the get paid to do it is a blessing.

Ciao

Simon
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on March 30, 2013, 01:06:17 AM
Not so fast, my friend!

While the prospect of eating sushi as served in the attached photographs is surely tempting (for a different reason though ;)), it shall be noted that:

as per this article (http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/sushi--not-that-good-for-you-after-all--184102369.html).

Get's even worse..... Sushi may look pretty, but it hides some nasty little secrets...

(http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/04/multistate-outbreak-linked-to-raw-sushi-grows-to-200-cases/#.UVZx3xcqZ8E)

I prefer cruelty free vegan... my favorit vegan joint makes some delicious sushi inspired goodies.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on March 30, 2013, 02:40:54 AM
Personal message to all the Big Pros:

Since this thread (version 1) first started, this is one that I have always thoroughly enjoyed. Being an amateur myself, I never wanted to put in my two cents when the Pros were discussing things.

But I've decided it's time to give a big Thank You to Simon, Bcooter, Kirk, Chris Barrett, Mr. Smith, and many others who have not only showed amazing stuff over and over again, but have been willing to share so much information about what they do and how they do it.

Perhaps best of all is the fact that while working for clients, you all seem to really enjoy what you are doing and continuously demonstrate imagination, creativity, and all that good stuff.

So again: Thank you all!

Eric M.


Thanks. I still find it hard to believe, 35 years later, that I get to do this for a living. In a very real sense it is both my vocation and my avocation. Personally, I have always thought sharing and or teaching my knowledge is part of paying you dues. This summer I get to add (in Santa Fe) yet a third university I get to teach at and I am stoked as it is a large format b&w film class. Though I have continued to shoot film for my personal work, I haven't taught it in maybe ten years. How sweet is that? I've found that usually (sometimes in surprising and mysterious ways) I get more back than I give.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on March 30, 2013, 06:35:21 AM
I got called a 'big pro'  ;D thanks, raised a smile and made me laugh.
I wouldn't say I have posted many images or  'amazing stuff' but that's becuase the MFonly rules have only been relaxed recently. ::)

I like looking at other pro's work, but often it's hard not to think about what's outside the crop (lights,production, retouching, pain in the bum clients etc)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on March 30, 2013, 08:28:54 AM
Thanks. I still find it hard to believe, 35 years later, that I get to do this for a living.


I think its might be interesting to ask how long everyone has been doing this stuff?

I'm at 32 years.  I too have many times been amazed that I get paid for doing what I love.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 30, 2013, 10:01:51 AM
Shooting professionally since I was 26, so 17 years.  12 at HB, 5 at CB.

Damn, is that all??!!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 30, 2013, 10:10:53 AM
I think its might be interesting to ask how long everyone has been doing this stuff?
I'm at 32 years.  I too have many times been amazed that I get paid for doing what I love.




Professionally, since 1960; on my own account since 1966.

I don't know if I have retired or am just waiting for the 'phone to ring; maybe it's not connected anymore... one day I'll check it out.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 30, 2013, 11:23:43 AM
Well you guys have so much more way to go and to give. Congrats.!
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 30, 2013, 12:15:54 PM
I don't know if I have retired or am just waiting for the 'phone to ring; maybe it's not connected anymore... one day I'll check it out.
Rob C
Hello Rob? Rob? Are you there? Please pick up! I want to tell you how much I like your work, but of course I'm too cheap to spend any money on it.  :(

Eric
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on March 30, 2013, 12:38:38 PM
I think its might be interesting to ask how long everyone has been doing this stuff?

I'm at 32 years.  I too have many times been amazed that I get paid for doing what I love.

Started doing photography in my fathers darkroom in the 6th grade-51 years ago. Got serious with my B&W photography 43 years ago. Started my architectural photography business 35 years ago.......
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 30, 2013, 01:28:09 PM
Hello Rob? Rob? Are you there? Please pick up! I want to tell you how much I like your work, but of course I'm too cheap to spend any money on it.  :(

Eric



Tell you a secret: I never call me either, but then I'm Scottish(ish) so maybe it comes with the territory. Something sure does.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on April 03, 2013, 10:05:05 AM
quick screen grab of a test. i actually bought this as a gift for a friend but thought i would take a shot of it. (it's not a final, couple of things missing)

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: gipper51 on April 03, 2013, 11:25:27 PM
Is it alright if a newcomer plays along  ;D

My first post here so I guess I should introduce myself.  Aaron Gipperich located in Belleville, IL near St. Louis.  I'm not a full time pro, part time A&I shooter.  I'm an architect / Revit guy full time for the day job.  I'm mostly a technical person for the 8-5 so my photography is my "creative" side of the business.  I shoot for the firm that employs me and a few other clients.  I've done portrait work in the past but realized a while ago I get along much better with buildings!

For my style, I like to use accent lighting but I keep it simple and natural looking.  I use minimal but carefully selected props and prefer a less-is-more approach to furniture arrangement.  I'm not a fan of ultra wide angles and the 24 TS-E is my favorite interior lens.  I shoot with a 5D2, a 5D, a modest assortment of lenses and a total hodge-podge of lighting gear.  My next investments will be a 35mm shift lens and a Camranger when they finally release the Android version.

A few samples of some recent work in 2013, these four are from a new classroom building at a local community college.  Have not done exteriors yet due to unfinished landscaping:
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: gipper51 on April 03, 2013, 11:28:30 PM
Follow up post.  And a few more of a gymnasium from another local college.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: gipper51 on April 03, 2013, 11:40:16 PM
And what the heck, a car dealership for a night shot  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on April 05, 2013, 12:29:16 AM
Nice work Gipper.

You will like the Camranger combined with wireless usb. It will let you put your camera backed right up against the walls
giving you significantly more composition options.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: gipper51 on April 05, 2013, 12:53:44 AM
Nice work Gipper.

You will like the Camranger combined with wireless usb. It will let you put your camera backed right up against the walls
giving you significantly more composition options.

Thanks, Fred.  I'm actually more interested in the Camranger as a time-saver when I'm staging the scene.  Hoping it will save alot of trips back to the camera when I'm making small tweaks to furniture and such.  Assistants are never in my budgets, so I'm hoping this will gain some efficiency.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on April 05, 2013, 07:27:09 AM
First post, first pictures!

About me: my name is Adrian Schulz, born in Heidelberg, living and working in Berlin, Germany. I received a degree in architecture from TU Berlin in 2007. Early in my studies, I became interested in architectural photography, and so it became the subject of my thesis. Currently I’m working as a professional architectural photographer in Germany (and sometimes in the States  :) ).

I ordered a Hartblei-Cam recently, so in the future, you might see some medium format pictures from me.

(sorry for any misspelling)

Project 1:

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/ll/odenw01.jpg)
(http://www.adrianschulz.de/ll/odenw05.jpg)
(http://www.adrianschulz.de/ll/odenw04.jpg)
(http://www.adrianschulz.de/ll/odenw02.jpg)
(http://www.adrianschulz.de/ll/odenw03.jpg)

Project 2:

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/ll/mkg02.jpg)
(http://www.adrianschulz.de/ll/mkg01.jpg)
(http://www.adrianschulz.de/ll/mkg03.jpg)
(http://www.adrianschulz.de/ll/mkg04b.jpg)
(http://www.adrianschulz.de/ll/mkg05.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: [email protected] on April 05, 2013, 09:18:23 AM
Hi Adrian

Very nice images on your website..

I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the H-Cam once you have worked with that. What back and lenses will you use with it?

Best regards

Sam
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on April 05, 2013, 11:00:08 AM
I'm very pleased to hear that that you like my pictures.
Its going to be the Leaf Aptus II 8 + the two Canon TS-Es (17 & 24II) + Pentax 645 lenses (35mm, 55mm, 75mm) and maybe the Pentax 67 45mm.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on April 05, 2013, 11:04:52 AM
Thanks, Fred.  I'm actually more interested in the Camranger as a time-saver when I'm staging the scene.  Hoping it will save alot of trips back to the camera when I'm making small tweaks to furniture and such.  Assistants are never in my budgets, so I'm hoping this will gain some efficiency.

Do you shoot tethered?  If so try Capture Pilot fro C1 Pro.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 06, 2013, 09:20:23 AM
From the project, Sit WIth Style.

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/10120389/sillas/6X12_LCW.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/10120389/sillas/6X12_ROUND.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/10120389/sillas/MANPOTE_8.10X16.10_ORGANIC.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on April 06, 2013, 12:11:31 PM
Antonio -- nice, and I'm jealous! I've been wanting to shoot furniture FOREVER. May have stumbled into an opportunity recently, working on a creative proposal this weekend.
I like the last one especially - but the first one seems a little flat, to me.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on April 06, 2013, 12:32:00 PM
Thanks, Fred.  I'm actually more interested in the Camranger as a time-saver when I'm staging the scene.  Hoping it will save alot of trips back to the camera when I'm making small tweaks to furniture and such.  Assistants are never in my budgets, so I'm hoping this will gain some efficiency.

Right that is a huge advantage being able to walk around the room, hall or whatever and carry your live view around with you..
Even with an assistant it's just nice to be able to move things around yourself and contemplate what you are doing rather than
driving your assistant nuts with your tweaks.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on April 06, 2013, 12:38:18 PM
Thanks, Fred.  I'm actually more interested in the Camranger as a time-saver when I'm staging the scene.  Hoping it will save alot of trips back to the camera when I'm making small tweaks to furniture and such.  Assistants are never in my budgets, so I'm hoping this will gain some efficiency.

Do you shoot tethered?  If so try Capture Pilot fro C1 Pro.

That won't give him what he is looking for. He want's to move around the room and make adjustments to furniture and props having
live view on a tablet wirelessly connected to the camera without using another wifi network or having to set up a PC or MAC that
is hard wired to the camera.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on April 06, 2013, 01:00:13 PM
That won't give him what he is looking for. He want's to move around the room and make adjustments to furniture and props having
live view on a tablet wirelessly connected to the camera without using another wifi network or having to set up a PC or MAC that
is hard wired to the camera.



Thats why I asked him if he shot tethered....
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 06, 2013, 02:35:57 PM
Antonio -- nice, and I'm jealous! I've been wanting to shoot furniture FOREVER. May have stumbled into an opportunity recently, working on a creative proposal this weekend.
I like the last one especially - but the first one seems a little flat, to me.

Hello Scott, I'm very lucky to have this client. Nice work and lots of fun.
Next week we're shooting some new sets, I'll fallow your advise.
Thanks.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 06, 2013, 03:23:41 PM
If anyone interested.. TIM GRIFFITH: Architectural Photography – Building Relationships. April 28 - May 3

http://2013.palmspringsphotofestival.com/connect-2013/workshops/tim-griffith/ (http://2013.palmspringsphotofestival.com/connect-2013/workshops/tim-griffith/)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 06, 2013, 03:24:52 PM
Copper Ring

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/10120389/Ring.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on April 06, 2013, 06:02:09 PM
Hello,

In keep with the furniture theme.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 06, 2013, 06:34:40 PM
Hello,

In keep with the furniture theme.

Cheers

Simon

This is a portrait of a chair Simon.. Good one

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Mitchell Baum on April 06, 2013, 07:30:03 PM
Antonio,

I'm surprised to feel this, but all your chairs seem alive to me.
I'm not sure I'm crazy about the chairs themselves, but the way you lit and photographed them makes them seem like characters in relationship to each other. Well done!!!

Best,

Mitchell
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 06, 2013, 08:11:01 PM
Antonio,

I'm surprised to feel this, but all your chairs seem alive to me.
I'm not sure I'm crazy about the chairs themselves, but the way you lit and photographed them makes them seem like characters in relationship to each other. Well done!!!

Best,

Mitchell

I know Michael, I like mines very much. Thanks.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on April 06, 2013, 08:25:11 PM
Furniture?  Naturally I have to chime in.

A favorite from recent history.  One of the most fun parts of these shoots is arranging the set walls and platforms to add geometry to the composition and then of course lighting everything for depth and a bit of playful mystery.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Cumberland_Studio_001.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: gipper51 on April 06, 2013, 09:46:35 PM
Do you shoot tethered?  If so try Capture Pilot fro C1 Pro.

Craig,

No, I have never shot tethered.  As nice as it would be I'm afraid it might be too time consuming lugging the computer & stand around with the rest of the gear.  Hopefully the camranger will give me the best of both worlds.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on April 06, 2013, 10:56:00 PM
If anyone interested.. TIM GRIFFITH: Architectural Photography – Building Relationships. April 28 - May 3

http://2013.palmspringsphotofestival.com/connect-2013/workshops/tim-griffith/ (http://2013.palmspringsphotofestival.com/connect-2013/workshops/tim-griffith/)

I highly recommend Tim's workshop.  I took it two years ago and really enjoyed the experience!  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on April 06, 2013, 11:02:42 PM
Furniture?  Naturally I have to chime in.

A favorite from recent history.  One of the most fun parts of these shoots is arranging the set walls and platforms to add geometry to the composition and then of course lighting everything for depth and a bit of playful mystery.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Cumberland_Studio_001.jpg)

dude!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on April 06, 2013, 11:04:15 PM
Craig,

No, I have never shot tethered.  As nice as it would be I'm afraid it might be too time consuming lugging the computer & stand around with the rest of the gear.  Hopefully the camranger will give me the best of both worlds.

I simply can't imagine trying to work without the tether, both for composition and file backup. It really akes very little time.  I'm using the ipad as you suggest using the camranger. Best of luck.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Frank Doorhof on April 09, 2013, 04:47:01 AM
Today I released the first set in a series I'm doing with sports at http://www.frankdoorhof.com/site/2013/04/sport-serie/
All shot with Elinchrom Rangers and Phase One DF camera with the Leaf Credo 60.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Harold Clark on April 10, 2013, 10:03:59 AM
I think its might be interesting to ask how long everyone has been doing this stuff?

I'm at 32 years.  I too have many times been amazed that I get paid for doing what I love.



I built a rudimentary darkroom in the root cellar in 1968, when I was 14. We lived near a large air force base in New Brunswick, Canada, which also had a number of US air force personnel stationed there. One of them was a neighbour and kindly lent me his 4x5 speed graphic and 35mm Exacta, as well as a 35mm enlarger.

After three years of photography school, I started in business in 1975 as a photojournalist covering the political scene in Ottawa. I mostly do architecture now, as well as a mix of industrial, corporate and aerial photography.

Here is a recent project shot with a 5D11, 17mm TSE for the interior and 24 TSE for the exterior.

People sometimes ask me when I plan to retire. I tell them I have never had a job, so I can't very well retire!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ed Foster, Jr. on April 10, 2013, 02:07:02 PM
Harold,

Well made images.

Your comment on the Exacta brought back memories of my first left-handed, film-winding, waist level finder camera 1964, and your closing comment echos my sentiments for the past 45 years.

Ed
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Harold Clark on April 10, 2013, 02:44:34 PM
Harold,

Well made images.

Your comment on the Exacta brought back memories of my first left-handed, film-winding, waist level finder camera 1964, and your closing comment echos my sentiments for the past 45 years.

Ed


Thanks for your comments Ed, I think we photographers are like musicians, writers or others involved in creative pursuits. It is in our DNA, we can't stop.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Doug Peterson on April 11, 2013, 10:28:53 AM
Some photos from our IQ2 Pre-Launch Party a couple weeks ago.

Phase One IQ260 (https://digitaltransitions.com/blog/news/phase-one-iq260-and-iq280-what-you-need-to-know) Prototype on Phase One DF+ with Schneider 28LS andr 110LS. Profoto Pro-B4 w/ Beauty Dish. Processing: Capture One v7.1.1. Reviewed wirelessly without tethering on an iPad 3.

Images used with permission of the photographers. See watermark and link under the image.

(https://digitaltransitions.com/images/upload/dep/iq2-event/IQ260-Prototype_DF+_28LS_f5p6_500th_ISO50_HighlightRecovery_NatashaSavignon.jpg)
Photo by Doug Peterson (http://www.doug-peterson.com/)


(https://digitaltransitions.com/images/upload/dep/iq2-event/IQ260-Prototype_DF+_110mm_f2p8_50th_ISO200_CameraShake_NatashaSavignon.jpg)
Photo by Luke Potter (http://www.lukepotterphotography.com/)


(https://digitaltransitions.com/images/upload/dep/iq2-event/IQ260-Prototype_DF+_28mm_f8_500th_ISO50_DynamicRangeAndFlashSync_NatashaSavignon.jpg)
Photo by Alessandro Casagli (http://www.alessandrocasagli.com/)


(https://digitaltransitions.com/images/upload/dep/iq2-event/IQ260-Prototype_DF+_110mm_f4p5_500th_ISO100_FastFlashSync_NatashaSavignon.jpg)
Photo by Brian Hirschfeld (http://brianhirschfeldphotography.com/)

We will be hosting another round Phase One IQ2 events (http://www.getdpi.com/forum/commercial-vendor-sales-services/45219-upcoming-phase-one-digital-transitions-events-ny-dc-tx-co.html) coming up in April and May in Washingon DC, Colorado, New York, and Texas.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on April 11, 2013, 01:57:02 PM
I hope you paid her double for that penultimate shot: my feet are suffering in sympathy.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on April 11, 2013, 10:25:04 PM
My new cover of New Mexico Magazine-from an article on Chaco Outliers. Pueblo Pintado site. This kind of editorial doesn't pay top dollar but it gets me out in the field and NOT shooting contemporary architecture for a change.....and my family loves it. I also feel like I am giving something back to my home state that has been so good to me. 5DMII with the 24T/S-handheld vertical stitch.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bill t. on April 12, 2013, 01:19:53 AM
Congratulations Kirk!  You achieved editorial perfection there!  Was that two horizontals, stacked up vertically?  Last time I wash-boarded my way out to Chaco digital cameras were strictly 640 x 480, but it's on my to-do list.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on April 12, 2013, 04:28:22 AM
I don't think all the images are by full time professionals? A dealer and a couple of reviewers/bloggers and shot on a demo day where there is no art direction or client.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on April 12, 2013, 09:19:33 AM
I don't think all the images are by full time professionals? A dealer and a couple of reviewers/bloggers and shot on a demo day where there is no art direction or client.




So... exactly what's the point of publishing them, then?

Thanks to a recent posting by French Fred, I had another look today at some Ellen Von Unwerth shots, a lady who's been around a long time with a lot of success. Coming from way back in film, she has one great thing going for her(IMO) and that's that she shoots models showing emotion. When your fashion pix have that, you don't need to give a damn about formats, DR, ETTR or any other current shibboleth: it's in the photographs or it's not - much as has always been the case.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on April 12, 2013, 09:57:35 AM
Yes Bill. I do this often to build the megapixels-two images stacked bottom and top with a decent overlap and then merged in PS. With a T/S lens this is easy. Shift to the bottom take one image-shift to the top and make another being careful to hold the camera steady and keep some overlap so the stitch program can find some registration points to get the overlap correct-a bit harder to do this handheld without a T/S lens unless it is a long shot without objects in the foreground.
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on April 12, 2013, 09:58:44 AM
... day where there is no art direction...

Good to know whom to thank for a good fashion/model photography... not the camera, not the photographer, but art director? ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on April 12, 2013, 10:55:38 AM
...to get in the way?


Sir, you have just scored 100%.

Congratulations!

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Doug Peterson on April 12, 2013, 12:01:20 PM
Tough crowd  ;D.

You're all welcome to come later this month to NY, DC, or TX (https://digitaltransitions.com/event/event) and do better :).
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on April 12, 2013, 01:02:10 PM
Two older images, just published: Charras and charros in the Los Angeles area.


(http://martinrangerimages.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/100522204456_w.jpg)

(http://martinrangerimages.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/100522155230_w.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on April 12, 2013, 01:09:31 PM
Some photos from our IQ2 Pre-Launch Party a couple weeks ago.

Phase One IQ260 (https://digitaltransitions.com/blog/news/phase-one-iq260-and-iq280-what-you-need-to-know) Prototype on Phase One DF+ with Schneider 28LS andr 110LS. Profoto Pro-B4 w/ Beauty Dish. Processing: Capture One v7.1.1. Reviewed wirelessly without tethering on an iPad 3.

Images used with permission of the photographers. See watermark and link under the image.

(https://digitaltransitions.com/images/upload/dep/iq2-event/IQ260-Prototype_DF+_28LS_f5p6_500th_ISO50_HighlightRecovery_NatashaSavignon.jpg)
Photo by Doug Peterson (http://www.doug-peterson.com/)


(https://digitaltransitions.com/images/upload/dep/iq2-event/IQ260-Prototype_DF+_110mm_f2p8_50th_ISO200_CameraShake_NatashaSavignon.jpg)
Photo by Luke Potter (http://www.lukepotterphotography.com/)


(https://digitaltransitions.com/images/upload/dep/iq2-event/IQ260-Prototype_DF+_28mm_f8_500th_ISO50_DynamicRangeAndFlashSync_NatashaSavignon.jpg)
Photo by Alessandro Casagli (http://www.alessandrocasagli.com/)


(https://digitaltransitions.com/images/upload/dep/iq2-event/IQ260-Prototype_DF+_110mm_f4p5_500th_ISO100_FastFlashSync_NatashaSavignon.jpg)
Photo by Brian Hirschfeld (http://brianhirschfeldphotography.com/)

We will be hosting another round Phase One IQ2 events (http://www.getdpi.com/forum/commercial-vendor-sales-services/45219-upcoming-phase-one-digital-transitions-events-ny-dc-tx-co.html) coming up in April and May in Washingon DC, Colorado, New York, and Texas.

I don't think it's fair to critique the photographers on these photos. It was a product presentation party.
I'm sure the photographers were distracted by the excitement of seeing the new gear and keep in mind
that the only new features of interest are wireless image review and long exposure... so I'm guessing more time was spent looking at that.

However what's up with the skin tone, blown out highlights and blue cast on the eyeballs. Not a critique of the photographers, but these are hardly representative of high image quality.

Photo 2: Blue cast in the white of the eyeballs, yellow cast on the highlight on her nose..

Photo 4: Skin looks plasticy and nasty blown out whites on the sky..

Love the models name Natasha Savignon..  lovely name.

Would like to hear more about how the Wifi review was working....
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ErikKaffehr on April 12, 2013, 01:10:57 PM
Great stuff!
Erik

Two older images, just published: Charras and charros in the Los Angeles area.


(http://martinrangerimages.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/100522204456_w.jpg)

(http://martinrangerimages.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/100522155230_w.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on April 12, 2013, 01:17:17 PM
Two older images, just published: Charras and charros in the Los Angeles area.


(http://martinrangerimages.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/100522204456_w.jpg)

(http://martinrangerimages.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/100522155230_w.jpg)

Very nice Martin.... We need to go and eat some more dust together at another one of these events....

The composition in thesre two images is as good as it gets... I particularly like the interesting way they work so well together.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on April 12, 2013, 02:48:35 PM
Thank you, Erik. It was a lot of fun taking them.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on April 12, 2013, 02:49:48 PM
Thank you, Fred. I hope I'll make it down to LA this summer. We do need to eat more dust together.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 12, 2013, 03:43:46 PM
Hello Martin,

I saw your portfolio some month ago in the web. Me being latin I think is great. Should publish more of your images here.
Thanks.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on April 12, 2013, 07:47:41 PM
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Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: theguywitha645d on April 12, 2013, 08:01:56 PM
Photo 2: Blue cast in the white of the eyeballs, yellow cast on the highlight on her nose..

Photo 4: Skin looks plasticy and nasty blown out whites on the sky..


Fred, you are probably not really good at read light. This is mixed lighting with what looks like a lot of skylight, hence the blue. The clouds are really bright and being outside depth of field will take out detail. You really need to get out of the studio more often.

Naturally, if this was not a Phase product demo would probably would not have posted. I am sure the photographers did not ask for your 2 cents. I don't believe this is a critique thread.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on April 12, 2013, 08:57:21 PM
Fred, you are probably not really good at read light. This is mixed lighting with what looks like a lot of skylight, hence the blue. The clouds are really bright and being outside depth of field will take out detail. You really need to get out of the studio more often.

Naturally, if this was not a Phase product demo would probably would not have posted. I am sure the photographers did not ask for your 2 cents. I don't believe this is a critique thread.

If you really want to be a stickler...... It's a recent professional Works thread, not a marketing event thread.
I seriously doubt any of the photographers would consider the shots they did at a product party "professioanl work" or an expression of what they are capable of.
I'm sure they each only had a few moments with the cameras.

Regardless there are loads of technical comments on images in this thread....

My point is that these images and how they are processed are not representative of a sensors capability, especially the way they were processed. I doubt they were processed by the photographers.

Regarding the plasticy skin and blown out clouds... it's not about the depth of field... there is tonality even in very blured objects.

The file is seriously clipped

(https://digitaltransitions.com/images/upload/dep/iq2-event/IQ260-Prototype_DF+_110mm_f4p5_500th_ISO100_FastFlashSync_NatashaSavignon.jpg)

Levels of the whole image:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8398/8644516680_509d931870_o.jpg)
Both Blacks and highlights are seriously clipped.
Crushed blacks should be achieved without clipping so harshly.
Always found that to be a limitation of C1 that does not have the same control of ACR 2012 process that has separate Shadow and Blacks sliders.

Regarding the skin.... the so so skin look is due to the red channel being way to hot and clipped:

Levels of a crop on the skin.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8257/8643421447_96b53ea40e_o.jpg)


 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on April 12, 2013, 09:21:26 PM
Thank you, Antonio. The positive feedback from people who are far ahead of me in their careers means a lot. And I must be Latin, too, because I love charreadas and all that comes with it :) In terms of photography, the escaramuza is much more interesting, though. But I haven't published any of them, so they are not strictly "professional works".
Martin
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: theguywitha645d on April 12, 2013, 11:20:18 PM
If you really want to be a stickler...... It's a recent professional Works thread, not a marketing event thread.
I seriously doubt any of the photographers would consider the shots they did at a product party "professioanl work" or an expression of what they are capable of.
I'm sure they each only had a few moments with the cameras.

Regardless there are loads of technical comments on images in this thread....

My point is that these images and how they are processed are not representative of a sensors capability, especially the way they were processed. I doubt they were processed by the photographers.

Regarding the plasticy skin and blown out clouds... it's not about the depth of field... there is tonality even in very blured objects.

The file is seriously clipped

(https://digitaltransitions.com/images/upload/dep/iq2-event/IQ260-Prototype_DF+_110mm_f4p5_500th_ISO100_FastFlashSync_NatashaSavignon.jpg)

Levels of the whole image:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8398/8644516680_509d931870_o.jpg)
Both Blacks and highlights are seriously clipped.
Crushed blacks should be achieved without clipping so harshly.
Always found that to be a limitation of C1 that does not have the same control of ACR 2012 process that has separate Shadow and Blacks sliders.

Regarding the skin.... the so so skin look is due to the red channel being way to hot and clipped:

Levels of a crop on the skin.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8257/8643421447_96b53ea40e_o.jpg)


 

Fred, there is more to an image than a histogram. Just because it does not meet your personal criteria does not mean anything. Actually, the technocrat generally makes boring images as they limit themselves to purely technical interpretations to images. And I am sure you would never have pushed detail down into the shadows or let the highlights blowout for effect. Please refrain for using other photographers and their work for one of your crusades.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on April 13, 2013, 04:44:21 AM
Fred, there is more to an image than a histogram. Just because it does not meet your personal criteria does not mean anything. Actually, the technocrat generally makes boring images as they limit themselves to purely technical interpretations to images. And I am sure you would never have pushed detail down into the shadows or let the highlights blowout for effect. Please refrain for using other photographers and their work for one of your crusades.



Come on now, that's not fair comment.

The pix suck and that's an end to it. Don't shoot the messenger, and if you must, better use a machine gun because there are several such messengers here.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on April 13, 2013, 05:07:22 AM
They just don't look very proffesional, more like a couple of rushed snaps taken by enthusiasts with a cold model who are more into the gear than making images.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 13, 2013, 05:32:51 PM
From my new series Collected and Treasured.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/conchas/Focus_Result_2_B_8_4_.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/conchas/2013-03-20-07.09.06_ZS_PMax.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: leuallen on April 13, 2013, 09:48:49 PM
ACH DIGITAL

Keep on with the series. I really like these. Love the toning.

Larry
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 14, 2013, 12:38:57 PM
I'm glad you like it Larry!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on April 14, 2013, 03:19:28 PM
I'm glad you like it Larry!

Very nice...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 14, 2013, 08:40:26 PM
ACH DIGITAL

Keep on with the series. I really like these. Love the toning.

Larry
Me too. They're great!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on April 14, 2013, 10:29:30 PM
ACH DIGITAL

Keep on with the series. I really like these. Love the toning.

Larry

Yes, lovely toning and great lighting.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on April 14, 2013, 11:04:37 PM
From my new series Collected and Treasured.
Beautiful works, thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 15, 2013, 11:13:07 AM
Thanks Guys. Been working on this on my spare time. Really enjoying this.
In 1998 and 2000 did similar series with another Horseman, the VH and 6x9 B&W film.
Now enjoying digital which is a dream for me.. No more chemicals in my lungs..
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 15, 2013, 05:20:20 PM
Thanks Johannes of course I know AA.

These are some 6x9 film scans from old work. Different Series though.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Muestreo.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Sin%20t%C3%ADtulo%2010.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/amazon.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/laquema.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on April 18, 2013, 04:37:30 PM
Got my copy of New Mexico Magazine in the mail today so it is official. I have two covers on the stands at the same time-been a few years since that happened last.

(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/15247_10200951289854448_1433000969_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ed Foster, Jr. on April 18, 2013, 05:06:31 PM
Que bueno! Very well done, Antonio, especially the hibiscus flower. The shell series you posted earlier is outstanding.

Ed
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Paul Ozzello on April 18, 2013, 05:13:48 PM
Got my copy of New Mexico Magazine in the mail today so it is official. I have two covers on the stands at the same time-been a few years since that happened last.

(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/15247_10200951289854448_1433000969_n.jpg)

Nice !
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 18, 2013, 05:33:31 PM
Kirk, I like Su Casa shot very much. Can you post it bigger and comment about the making?

Great job.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on April 18, 2013, 06:41:42 PM
The Su Casa image is terrific.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 18, 2013, 07:26:46 PM
Que bueno! Very well done, Antonio, especially the hibiscus flower. The shell series you posted earlier is outstanding.

Ed
Thanks Ed..

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on April 19, 2013, 01:42:24 PM
Thanks guys. The SC image is my favorite too-the NMM image I didn't even originally turn over to them-it was in my "almost but no cigar" category. But they know me and know I hold images back. There were three other images that from my POV were stronger images, BUT perhaps not better covers by their criteria with places for subtitles, elements that lead your eye into the picture etc.

Having two covers out there is powerful PR-12 years since I last did that last. New Mexico Magazine is a much larger magazine with significant more circulation & better fees. That was an idea I came up with and submitted with a writer friend. It gets to virtually everyone I know and work with. It is remendous PR-my 11th or 12th cover with them since like 1986. The SC article was an assignment (with the same writer) from the magazine and hits my bread and butter clientele-architects. It is also great pr-the best regional advertising I do for my commercial work.

The SC image was the last shot of the day (almost too dark) we were running to catch the last light-shot with a bit of halogin fill in the interior and exterior. Pretty straight forward really. The biggest accomplishment was just getting it before the sky light died-I don't shoot exteriors once the sky is pitch black-to harsh.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on April 19, 2013, 02:48:29 PM
The SC image was the last shot of the day (almost too dark) we were running to catch the last light-shot with a bit of halogin fill in the interior and exterior. Pretty straight forward really. The biggest accomplishment was just getting it before the sky light died-I don't shoot exteriors once the sky is pitch black-to harsh.

I think most of the "twilight" exteriors I see are shot about 20 minutes too late, and they end up being reverse silhouettes of windows. Dawn twi's are even harder to time properly.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 19, 2013, 02:55:11 PM
Kirk, Scott,

It's not an easy task. You make sure everything is set in advance and when the time comes there is something to change or the client wants a variant. That's when it gets too dark..

But this SC looks pretty neat. I guess you lighten up somehow in Photoshop.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on April 19, 2013, 03:24:32 PM
I think most of the "twilight" exteriors I see are shot about 20 minutes too late, and they end up being reverse silhouettes of windows. Dawn twi's are even harder to time properly.

Agreed. Given the time we set up early and wait for the perfect balance-a little earlier than this but we were doing another twilight at that time looking the same direction but on the opposite side of the house.

Yes I lightened it up a bit. ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on April 19, 2013, 11:56:45 PM
Hello,

Some shots for Honda.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on April 20, 2013, 09:16:36 AM
Nice job Simon!  I like the use of the direct light.  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on April 20, 2013, 09:28:08 AM
nice to see a bonnet (hood for new world english speakers) without the edge of a floating ceiling or the return of the cove diagonally across it which is just lazy lighting, it's domed too so will be seeing a big area.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on April 20, 2013, 05:16:12 PM
nice to see a bonnet (hood for new world english speakers) without the edge of a floating ceiling or the return of the cove diagonally across it which is just lazy lighting, it's domed too so will be seeing a big area.



I agree, as I recall Simon works in what we call in the US, an eggshell cove.  That's a space where the cyc's radius is not only at the floor but at the ceiling too, with the ceiling structure covered with drywall.  I've built both styles (the other an open ceiling with moveable flying flats) and prefer the flying flat approach, it allows us to be more precise with the light.  There are tradeoffs with both approaches though and just a matter of preference.  The attached shot, taken for Cadillac, is a similar angle taken recently.  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on April 20, 2013, 06:21:35 PM
Hello,

Jim thanks for your kind words.

I was pleased that the art director went with my idea of combining directional and non directional lighting on the job. The directional lighting just made the metallic paint just popped.

I am trilling a you wide angle lens attachment with individual rotating barn doors from Dedo this coming week which will be great on cars.

I also will be tiring my new home made 5 meter long strip light on a up coming shoot for Range Rover.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on April 20, 2013, 06:27:38 PM
As long as its grey not white :-) as you know it's a whole lot easier to keep contrast than when it's white.
Just as I was in a position to start shooting tests of cars CGI and a recession hit so I took the decision not to go down that route even though I was lighting cars for other photographers.
I learnt a hell of a lot about light in a very short time and I still think that if you can light a car and get your head round all those issues of a shiny thing in a white room you can light just about anything, the ability to look at a surface and instinctively know what part of the studio it's 'seeing' and how the light is going to play on it (and what other parts of the car it affects and looks wrong)
I don't think non-car photographers really have any idea what goes into good car lighting and would be shocked at how long it takes even if you work quickly.

Keep those car shots coming.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on April 20, 2013, 06:56:50 PM
Hi Mr Smith,

There's an old photography saying “What the easiest way to shoot a car? Give it to someone else”

Unfortunately due to the fact that I only have the one studio and have to use it for all the other types of work I do it has to white.

I haven’t found it to be a problem and when I exposed the car the studio walls look grey.

The Toyota shot is straight out of camera

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on April 20, 2013, 07:23:09 PM
I recently tried a few different shades of floor paint, white, gray and black.  It had been so long since I'd painted my studio black (existing paint was from 2008) that when I ordered more I found that the company had gone out of business.  Anyways, either white or gray works well, gray if you want a bit more contrast (just the floor), if you were to paint the whole stage gray it's no different than exposing longer with a white stage (if you're in an eggshell cove).  Using flying flats is what allows me to light with any contrast range I'd like and with the advantage of PS voodoo the car will look great almost regardless of lighting method.  My website's Advertising>Recent Work has more of the Cadillac images and other shots taken in the studio (although some placed in location backgrounds).  Attached are a couple views of my studio illustrating flying flats and strip lights.  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on April 20, 2013, 07:56:27 PM
I recently tried a few different shades of floor paint, white, gray and black.  It had been so long since I'd painted my studio black (existing paint was from 2008) that when I ordered more I found that the company had gone out of business.  Anyways, either white or gray works well, gray if you want a bit more contrast (just the floor), if you were to paint the whole stage gray it's no different than exposing longer with a white stage (if you're in an eggshell cove).  Using flying flats is what allows me to light with any contrast range I'd like and with the advantage of PS voodoo the car will look great almost regardless of lighting method.  My website's Advertising>Recent Work has more of the Cadillac images and other shots taken in the studio (although some placed in location backgrounds).  Attached are a couple views of my studio illustrating flying flats and strip lights.  Jim

Back when I was working at Starcraft and shooting bunches of conversion vans and trucks I found I liked a gray cyc...floor and ceiling as well as rolling and overhead flats.  I always though it was muhc easier to get gradations on Gray then White and easier to hide the edges of the flats and wall in the reflections.

This was back in the large format/tranny film days and at the very beginning of electronic retouching...meaning out of our budget range.  I almost always used a small hard light kicker on both sides of the vehicle.  Everything had full body graphics of some sort and the hard light made them pop.  I won't talk about masking off the graphics and dull spraying each of them sometimes :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: wolfnowl on April 21, 2013, 01:53:31 AM
Congrats, Kirk!!

Mike.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on April 21, 2013, 07:56:04 AM
That caddy piece is nice Jim. You really created great shape.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on April 21, 2013, 12:09:55 PM
I recently tried a few different shades of floor paint, white, gray and black.  It had been so long since I'd painted my studio black (existing paint was from 2008) that when I ordered more I found that the company had gone out of business.  Anyways, either white or gray works well, gray if you want a bit more contrast (just the floor), if you were to paint the whole stage gray it's no different than exposing longer with a white stage (if you're in an eggshell cove).  Using flying flats is what allows me to light with any contrast range I'd like and with the advantage of PS voodoo the car will look great almost regardless of lighting method.  My website's Advertising>Recent Work has more of the Cadillac images and other shots taken in the studio (although some placed in location backgrounds).  Attached are a couple views of my studio illustrating flying flats and strip lights.  Jim
Jim, are you using that second shot as a promo piece for yourself?  Looks like a very well planned out and set up image of your studio; too good for just a quick shot to us your space. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on April 21, 2013, 02:37:25 PM
Congrats, Kirk!!

Mike.

Thanks
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on April 21, 2013, 06:53:24 PM
Jim, are you using that second shot as a promo piece for yourself?  Looks like a very well planned out and set up image of your studio; too good for just a quick shot to us your space. 

Joe, I use it on my contact page on my website.  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on April 22, 2013, 02:02:39 PM
Shot this yesterday. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on April 25, 2013, 07:20:28 PM
Poster by the BLM from my artist-in-residency at Canyon of the Ancients last year. Now if I could only find a live body somewhere in the system to get a copy:).


(http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/Law_Enforcement/nlcs/artist_in_residence.Par.31927.Image.-1.-1.1.gif)

4x5 Fuji Across, green filter, Pyrocat HD
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on April 26, 2013, 04:09:00 AM
I realise this isn't a 'critique' section,  but that is one helluva good shot!

Hand of ancient Man, then?

Beautiful.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on April 26, 2013, 01:46:22 PM
Thanks Rob.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on May 01, 2013, 03:46:57 AM
p30+, Contax, 800 watt Broncolor HMI, 1/2 stop spun, bounced into white card.

(http://www.spotsinthebox.com/paris_ae_ca_web.jpg)

Paris a couple years ago.  re imaged for advertising this week.

IMO

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on May 01, 2013, 04:25:15 AM
That's a nice skin; not plastic but porcelain.

FWIW, there's a big company in Spain whose name is similar - Porcelana, or like that - and they use this ageing 'personality' lady - have for decades - as their face-of; she's amazing (or the production is) because she never changes over the years. I think she was a wife of Julio Iglesias at one time, but Fred will probably know. I used to know her name but it's slipped away; Isabel Preysler! Got it back. Haven't seen ¡Hola! since my wife died, and the ads were in that all the time. Send them a file...

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: george2787 on May 01, 2013, 08:19:59 AM
The company is porcelanosa Rob... and of course fred will know, his boss has been shooting that for ages!

Nice to see you here bcooter :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on May 02, 2013, 03:10:20 PM
Contax, p21+

(http://www.spotsinthebox.com/culver_back_lot.jpg)

Sony, Culver City back lot.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on May 02, 2013, 05:26:52 PM
Breaks my heart: Ava Gardner sent me a picture and I think that was postmarked Culver City.

Terrible moments - I deserted her for Brigitte Bardot sometime between '56 and '59 and Buddy Holly's departure must have had little to do with it.

Speaking of which, thought this was a fitting memento but nobody seemed to know what the hell I was alluding to with the image.

C'est la vie - or quite the opposite.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 03, 2013, 11:26:43 AM
Nice little interiors project.  The austere esthetic was driven by the German client.  The severity of it warms my cold heart.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/TK/121005_001.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/TK/121005_003.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/TK/121005_007.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/TK/121005_014.jpg)

C -> B
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on May 03, 2013, 11:32:07 AM
@ Chris Barrett
very nice, I like the pictures very much!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 04, 2013, 11:41:55 PM
Destilo Brown Ale. D800 + 120mm Rodenstock Apo Rodagon. This shot will go in a different background by graphic artist.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Destilo-05130443cupfinale.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on May 05, 2013, 12:45:10 AM
Hi Antonio,

Very beautiful shoot I like the way you have captured the detail in the beer froth, nice lighting and you have used the same camera and lens set up as I would use. I could not imagine not having a Horseman VCC system.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on May 05, 2013, 02:31:10 AM
Very nice image. Almost makes me want to have a cold beer; and I don't like beer  :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 05, 2013, 11:50:43 AM
Simon, Martin, thanks for your comment, if it makes you thirty means I did right then.!

I shot the bottle too but it needs to go to plenty retouching. The label was a transparent plastic sticker and does not have good color reproduction. The artist have to make their ways on it.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 05, 2013, 02:18:09 PM
@ Chris Barrett
very nice, I like the pictures very much!

ditto
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on May 05, 2013, 02:24:27 PM
Great images Chris, I especially like the third one.  Very simple illustration of a scene within the design. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on May 05, 2013, 03:52:10 PM
Simon, Martin, thanks for your comment, if it makes you thirty means I did right then.!

I shot the bottle too but it needs to go to plenty retouching. The label was a transparent plastic sticker and does not have good color reproduction. The artist have to make their ways on it.

ACH


If you could make me thirty again, you could name your price!

Rob C


Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 05, 2013, 05:08:24 PM
Well Rob sorry for the typo, but if you send me your photo I might make you look 30 or 28 again. Jajaja

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on May 05, 2013, 06:23:22 PM
Well Rob sorry for the typo, but if you send me your photo I might make you look 30 or 28 again. Jajaja

ACH



Never mind the typo - the picture's in the post!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on May 06, 2013, 07:28:50 AM
Some great work posted recently!  Chris I think the first image is stellar, the eye level is completely unexpected and works perfectly.  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on May 06, 2013, 07:40:48 AM
p30+, Contax, 800 watt Broncolor HMI, 1/2 stop spun, bounced into white card.

(http://www.spotsinthebox.com/paris_ae_ca_web.jpg)

Paris a couple years ago.  re imaged for advertising this week.

IMO

BC

This is brilliant, and a divine revelation
For me as I'm looking for a similar Skintone
In motion.
I had doubts it could be too artificial but
Looking at this image, if it's nailed, as Rob
Described "porcelaine", it really looks pretty
And mysterious.

I will do another Avid tutorial on face retouching
Using only on purpose the avid available tools
And roto within the editor without any compo app.
Got a shot (CU) of an actress that has many lightning
And make-up issues. So the task will be a complete
Recovery of the face, with tracking masks etc...
And this image skintone is exactly what I want
As a final result.  

Great inspiring image. Thanks for posting.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on May 06, 2013, 04:10:21 PM
This is brilliant, and a divine revelation
For me as I'm looking for a similar Skintone
In motion.
I had doubts it could be too artificial but
Looking at this image, if it's nailed, as Rob
Described "porcelaine", it really looks pretty
And mysterious.

I will do another Avid tutorial on face retouching
Using only on purpose the avid available tools
And roto within the editor without any compo app.
Got a shot (CU) of an actress that has many lightning
And make-up issues. So the task will be a complete
Recovery of the face, with tracking masks etc...
And this image skintone is exactly what I want
As a final result.  

Great inspiring image. Thanks for posting.



As an AP, I never deal with skin tones.  How difficult is it working with skin tones in post?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on May 06, 2013, 04:35:37 PM
Here's a couple from last week for a GC I work with.  He built the house 7 years ago and will be renovating the (former) owners' new house in center city Philly.  With it so neat, since they just sold it, he thought to send me out.   ;D

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on May 06, 2013, 05:18:33 PM
As an AP, I never deal with skin tones.  How difficult is it working with skin tones in post?

Well it depends on many factors, how bad, or far from the final output the original image is.
There is a lot that can be done in post, but in fact, if the original does not stand still, very little can be done.(or very expensive)
You can train some horses to do racing, but it will not work if you take a donkee for that purpose.
So post can't replace a good set.

And, oh yeah, the MUAs...and SPECIALY the MUAs with motion...because this has big consequences on the time to have to spend on
trying to recover bad make-up.

I find that the most difficult is not specially to lite well, but to lite with a final look in mind.
And that part is none of my business-habilities so I can't comment on that.

In general, in motion, the "rule" is to shoot the flatest possible files with log, to preserve the max range so
the looks are generated in post.

Now, someone like Coot who know how to lite, may not use log but directly lite to the closest final look in mind.
You can even create a look from RedCine X and load the metadatas into the Cam and shoot with it.
The Raw image is preserved so if you're not happy with it, you can always revert and recreate as many looks as you want.
That has an advantage if you know what you are doing, but a very big downside if you don't nail it because then the
footage is not really easy to recover. Using log flat file is adding extra steps in the pipeline but more flexible and safer.

The prob shooting log, is if you have clients that don't know motion, they look at the footage and go crazy because it
looks horrible. If you are shooting motion, within motion and for motion, then people are aware and know the workflows.
So shooting flat with clients that aren't coming from motion world is a mixed bag.




Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on May 07, 2013, 05:41:16 AM
Well it depends on many factors, how bad, or far from the final output the original image is.




Fred,

Thanks for the kind words Fred.

I wouldn't call myself an expert colorists on motion imagery.  I can find my way around, but motion to still is a much different animal, as you know.

This image wasn't that far from what you see.  The real difference was lighting and camera, using a digital back that sees very specific colors, rather than global and the talent isn't moving all over the set.  Also working vertical, rather than a broad horizontal makes specific lighting much easier.

The real thing that makes this work is talent selection.  Sure you can take someone with a dark tan and get the same effect, or close, but it's much better to start with a subject that has this color and tonal value to start.

Also it was shot knowing what the final effect would be.

In regards to shooting this on the REDs (which we did) it looks different.  I can be moved close to the same look, but the cameras are different, the processing is different, the framing is different.

But then again, the beautiful colors we see on the big screen have huge resource behind them.  If you look at a Peter Jackson Movie, if they want red to be accented, the sets are painted deep red and the rest of the set is muted.

If they want porcelain skin, the subject and the makeup is done in a way the colorists has and easier time doing it.

I'm not saying it can't be done, I'm just saying the better prep prior on set, the better the final results.

BTW:  If you will PM me I can sent you a few seconds of this image shot with the RED.  It will be more difficult as it's lit a little different, but it will give you some idea.

I also have this session on footage that will get closer to the look.

(http://www.russellrutherford.com/julia_spot.jpg)

just let me know.

IMO

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on May 07, 2013, 06:43:57 AM
Thanks very much James. That's very kind
Of you.
I'writting now from my mobile but will pm
You when back in the studio. I'm definatly
Interested to have a short sample because
It's going to be of great help.

You're absolutly right about the talent.
Yesterday I was in the Avid with my actress
Shot and had your image look in mind. But
I realise that both girls, your talent and my
Actress, are completly different animals. Skin
Has nothing to do, mine is blondish, etc...
In the end, in that particular actress shot,
Your skintone I like so much doesn't Match
With my actress style.

So in the end it's a all process from the casting
To the lightning and make-up that is driving
The post-production. Totaly true.

When I'll finish the tuto, I'll upload in my vimeo
Account. What's interesting is that it shows that
A lot can be done within the Avid app, without Nuke,
AF Or PS. Wich is a huge timesaver.
But it can't replace the right talent for the right
Look.

Cheers.

Ps: I think One of the strengh of the Avid is, a part from
Asset management and stability, are the tools to composite.
Honestly, its color correction is a bit weak, for secondaries,
, no LUT support (coming in the next), but the trackers
Are excelents, the keyers too. The roto tools truly usable
Etc...I discovered that they used the avid's keyer to do
The Marvel. No external app. That tells a lot. The next
Version will have an enhanced roundtripping with da-vinci resolve wich
Wich enables more than hd delivery.
(it can already be done, but not intuitive)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Emilmedia on May 09, 2013, 03:32:06 PM
Here is a portrait i shot the other week. My third shoot with the Hassy. There was literally no budget at all for location scouting or building a set, so we took what was available. I'm happy with the result. What do youthink?

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: chaosphere on May 09, 2013, 04:16:01 PM
nice portrait Emil ! What was the key light source and the lens used ?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Emilmedia on May 09, 2013, 04:30:29 PM
nice portrait Emil ! What was the key light source and the lens used ?

I still only have the 50 mm lense. I'll be getting the 100mm next week hopefully :) Its a 150cm octabank on Elinchrom flashes, really like it. Not very portable unfortunately. thinking about getting the original Elinchrom ones, they are easier to carry around and set up.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 09, 2013, 06:30:52 PM
Interesting video on how Apple images are made. Still Life Studio Photography on MF.

http://youtu.be/rqC2xpCaG80 (http://youtu.be/rqC2xpCaG80)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 09, 2013, 06:50:44 PM
Also an interview:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/8/4311868/the-illusion-of-simplicity-photographer-peter-belanger-on-shooting (http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/8/4311868/the-illusion-of-simplicity-photographer-peter-belanger-on-shooting)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: K.C. on May 09, 2013, 11:57:46 PM
Interesting video on how Apple images are made. Still Life Studio Photography on MF.

You might want to re-read the article. He shoots Apple's products on a Canon 5DIII with a 24-70 Canon zoom.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on May 10, 2013, 12:18:15 AM
You might want to re-read the article. He shoots Apple's products on a Canon 5DIII with a 24-70 Canon zoom.

You might want to read the article all the way through. He's shooting Apple products with Sinar and Phase One gear.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 10, 2013, 08:00:24 AM
The 5DIII was for the time-lapse.  Also, does this guy actually shoot Apple's product shots or just the magazine's?  The style feels fairly different from Apple's ads.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 10, 2013, 08:02:34 AM

(http://www.russellrutherford.com/julia_spot.jpg)



Dude, I love this, but I want the circle centered in the triangle.  I know, I know... I'm such a freak.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 10, 2013, 08:07:02 AM
The 5DIII was for the time-lapse.  Also, does this guy actually shoot Apple's product shots or just the magazine's?  The style feels fairly different from Apple's ads.

Cris in this article is all explain. He is the guy as far as the time the article was written.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/8/4311868/the-illusion-of-simplicity-photographer-peter-belanger-on-shooting (http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/8/4311868/the-illusion-of-simplicity-photographer-peter-belanger-on-shooting)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on May 14, 2013, 12:42:22 AM
Interesting coincidence:) This one is shot in 2007, but just reprocessed while trying new skin tone settings in RawTherapee

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/LZA_356_Web900px.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on May 14, 2013, 03:55:45 PM
Interesting coincidence:) This one is shot in 2007, but just reprocessed while trying new skin tone settings in RawTherapee

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/LZA_356_Web900px.jpg)

Michael... that is just absolutely beautiful. It's naturalness is what in my eyes makes it so beautiful with gently tonality
combined with artificial light that has all the credibility of natural light.
 
The smooth on the dress and the crisp texture in the dress reminds me of a Vemeer.

You take pictures like Miles Davis plays the trumpet.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on May 14, 2013, 10:57:07 PM
Thank you for such kind words, Fred:)
We had a very productive session with this model, I come back to it from time to time, and this image is one of my personal favorites.
She was just getting dressed and was about to leave, but I asked her to pause it for a minute:)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 14, 2013, 11:38:47 PM
Michael... that is just absolutely beautiful. It's naturalness is what in my eyes makes it so beautiful with gently tonality
combined with artificial light that has all the credibility of natural light.
 
The smooth on the dress and the crisp texture in the dress reminds me of a Vemeer.

You take pictures like Miles Davis plays the trumpet.
I completely agree with Fred. Your work is always first class, Michael.

Eric M.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 15, 2013, 10:11:30 AM
I completely agree with Fred. Your work is always first class, Michael.

Eric M.



Ditto.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 15, 2013, 12:49:10 PM
Self assigned project to go shoot some motion for stock.  Out of the sunroof of my truck, 10 mph, 24 fps.  Red Epic & Canon 17-40 zoom.  HDRx to tame the sun's reflection.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/967201_10200679700609978_1412704575_o.jpg)

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on May 15, 2013, 01:14:49 PM
Self assigned project to go shoot some motion for stock.  Out of the sunroof of my truck, 10 mph, 24 fps.  Red Epic & Canon 17-40 zoom.  HDRx to tame the sun's reflection.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/967201_10200679700609978_1412704575_o.jpg)

CB

Smart move. Motion stock pays better than stills stock. I do some work for a company the buys stock in large amounts
and as a result get special pricing. The cost of an urban landscape clip is around $ 700 while the same type of quality still is about $60 for the same usage.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: FredBGG on May 15, 2013, 01:29:24 PM
Thank you for such kind words, Fred:)
We had a very productive session with this model, I come back to it from time to time, and this image is one of my personal favorites.
She was just getting dressed and was about to leave, but I asked her to pause it for a minute:)

That magic moment. Hold it just like that and look at the camera.

Processing it in what looks like the most natural of ways is really where the magic is.
It's about the photo veritas effect. While there is a lot of work with what is called working a file deep
that looks great it is most of the time a step away from photography and much of the time very artificial.
I think that beauty in it's simplest form is harder to do well and when it is achieved it is breath taking.
That does not mean that there is not extensive post work, it is just masterfully kept under control.
It is very easy with today's software tools to create high contrast over sharpened retouched skin
or desaturated alabaster skin.

I think the same can be said for models poses and attitude. A quite and serene look or a delicate smile
is harder to pull off than fashion attitudes.

It's like the magic of a Vemeer compared to an air brushed glamour illustration.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on May 15, 2013, 03:08:56 PM
Self assigned project to go shoot some motion for stock.  Out of the sunroof of my truck, 10 mph, 24 fps.  Red Epic & Canon 17-40 zoom.  HDRx to tame the sun's reflection.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/967201_10200679700609978_1412704575_o.jpg)

CB
I love that building, I think it has the best cross section profile of any skyscraper. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: chiek on May 16, 2013, 12:27:26 AM
Plastic Surgery
Self PR

leaf A22+ H1

(http://chiek.co.kr/list/revol_getimg.php?id=blog&no=260&num=0&fc=d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on May 16, 2013, 03:04:59 AM
Hello,

Promo shoot for Jim Beam.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on May 17, 2013, 03:15:19 AM
Hello,

One in a series of images shot at a local winery for a wine bottle manufacture.

Nikon D800E with a Diana lens fitted.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: phoTOMgraphy on May 17, 2013, 03:54:48 AM
Nice little interiors project.  The austere esthetic was driven by the German client.  The severity of it warms my cold heart.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/TK/121005_001.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/TK/121005_003.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/TK/121005_007.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/TK/121005_014.jpg)

C -> B



chris, i like your interiours very much! the straight look is amazing.

would you mind sharing some details for those shots? focal length, lighting...?  ::)

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 17, 2013, 07:32:38 AM
Hello,

One in a series of images shot at a local winery for a wine bottle manufacture.

Nikon D800E with a Diana lens fitted.

Cheers

Simon

Hello Simon,

What a coincidence, I'm actually experimenting with the Holga lenses as well. Nice effect and colour mood.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 19, 2013, 10:53:34 AM
Ashley,
Beautiful light and colours.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: wolfnowl on May 19, 2013, 03:15:11 PM
Ashley,
Beautiful light and colours.
ACH

Indeed!

Mike.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on May 19, 2013, 03:16:48 PM
As always, your work is beautiful Ashley. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 19, 2013, 07:48:22 PM
From the recent Las Vegas trip. The Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center by Dekker Perich Sabatini. The big issue on this shoot was the lighting. It is controlled at a central facility downtown. Two nights in a row they promised the lighting was going to be on in the building. By the final night we didn't believe them and came prepared-we lit the interiors ourselves with halogen-half with halogen we brought from Albuquerque and half shop lights we bought at Home Depot. Also not only did they not get the lights on but managed to kill the hand rail lights at the top and left of the arched walkway. We solved this by splicing in those areas from a test shot we did the first night we got there. Like nothing I have ever done, AP is all about solving seemingly insurmountable problems in the field.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on May 20, 2013, 05:24:05 PM
Shot this a couple of weeks ago and just got around to processing it.  Not the most exciting image, but I am really enjoying the simplicity and symmetry of it. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on May 20, 2013, 10:30:26 PM
From the recent Las Vegas trip. The Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center by Dekker Perich Sabatini. The big issue on this shoot was the lighting. It is controlled at a central facility downtown. Two nights in a row they promised the lighting was going to be on in the building. By the final night we didn't believe them and came prepared-we lit the interiors ourselves with halogen-half with halogen we brought from Albuquerque and half shop lights we bought at Home Depot. Also not only did they not get the lights on but managed to kill the hand rail lights at the top and left of the arched walkway. We solved this by splicing in those areas from a test shot we did the first night we got there. Like nothing I have ever done, AP is all about solving seemingly insurmountable problems in the field.

Kirk, Looks like you nailed it!!  Bummer about the lack of cooperation!  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Fernando Marrero on May 20, 2013, 10:52:55 PM
Hello. First post here (I think). Years watching. Rolleiflex T and T-max 100.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 21, 2013, 01:47:38 AM
Kirk, Looks like you nailed it!!  Bummer about the lack of cooperation!  Jim

Thanks Jim. Coming from you that means a lot to me. One of the guys at Hedrich Blessing commented "Beautiful, intriguing, well done". You guys made my day.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 21, 2013, 08:53:52 AM
The big issue on this shoot was the lighting. It is controlled at a central facility downtown.

Don't ya just love technology?  Beautifully handled, regardless Mr. Gittings.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 21, 2013, 09:43:56 AM
Thanks Chris. Much appreciated.

All the tech that goes with Leeds is making us crazy. A couple of years ago in Reno at the medical school, we had 65 rooms on 4 floors in two buildings that we needed lights on in. All were on motion sensors that stayed on between 2-5 minutes once tripped. We figured we needed like 8 people to keep the lights on long enough to get a twilight shot/
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 21, 2013, 10:26:41 AM

chris, i like your interiours very much! the straight look is amazing.

would you mind sharing some details for those shots? focal length, lighting...?  ::)



Thanks, Thomas... these were mostly with the 43mm.  I believe the first was the 55, tho.  I have a very Zen approach to lighting.  I'm not so clinical about it anymore.  We work with HMI, Kinos, Strobe and Dedolight tungsten.  We mix it all up and gel to match.  The big stuff is usually through 12x silks or bounced off ceilings.  The Dedo's punch the chairs, details, flowers, etc...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 21, 2013, 10:57:01 AM
Something a little different for me...

My client had to make changes to an existing chapel to facilitate a relocated (humongous) pipe organ.  The finished image is a composite of 15 exposures.  6 or so were for an HDR layer of the blown hilights.  The rafters were lit with a head on a rolling Hi Boy that moved 6 or 7 times.  The chairs were lit one side at a time and we had strobe bouncing in the Narthex to create depth and layers. They gave us a day to do the shot.  We did this one and a vignette in half a day.  Really fun assignment!

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/Bond_01.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 21, 2013, 11:08:17 AM
Quite a composite Chris. DO you have backstage images of the shooting?
It'd be great to see the Hi boy position and else.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 21, 2013, 11:45:37 AM
something like this...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/Bond_Anime.gif)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 21, 2013, 11:52:07 AM
Jejeje Chris you don't miss anything. Thanks.
Ach
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on May 21, 2013, 12:58:18 PM
something like this...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/Bond_Anime.gif)


Chris, you represent the diametric opposite of the photography that I like doing. I would hate having to try any of that sort of work. It would paralyse me with fear.

I prefer it to be fun! It probably is for you, which is where I came in.

Much respect, but no envy!

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 21, 2013, 01:22:06 PM
Hah ha ha... yeah... this is actually what I consider fun.  Pre-visualizing all the components on location, keeping them straight, lighting for them and knowing how they'll interact in post is a hell of a challenge.  From what I've seen of Jim's breakdowns, this is very similar to car photography.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 21, 2013, 01:54:46 PM
That's just why I love this thread. All you pros that post here seem to enjoy what you do, and the results are magnificent, but I can't begin to imagine myself doing the kind of hard work that you folks do!

Inspiring, but daunting!

Eric M.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 21, 2013, 01:58:48 PM
My contribution today. Natural looking recipe for a Home and Kitchen client.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Magefesa-Recetas-05131040.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on May 21, 2013, 07:44:05 PM
My contribution today. Natural looking recipe for a Home and Kitchen client.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Magefesa-Recetas-05131040.jpg)

Antonio, I think this is one of the nicest shots you've posted!  Great composition and light!!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 21, 2013, 09:00:29 PM
James, most appreciated.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ed Foster, Jr. on May 21, 2013, 09:00:59 PM
something like this...

Really well executed, Chris, and thanks for the tutorial.

Regards,
Ed
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ed Foster, Jr. on May 21, 2013, 09:02:04 PM
My contribution today. Natural looking recipe for a Home and Kitchen client.

Well done, Antonio! Each post is better than the last.

Regards,
Ed
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 21, 2013, 10:42:47 PM
Something a little different for me...

My client had to make changes to an existing chapel to facilitate a relocated (humongous) pipe organ.  The finished image is a composite of 15 exposures.  6 or so were for an HDR layer of the blown hilights.  The rafters were lit with a head on a rolling Hi Boy that moved 6 or 7 times.  The chairs were lit one side at a time and we had strobe bouncing in the Narthex to create depth and layers. They gave us a day to do the shot.  We did this one and a vignette in half a day.  Really fun assignment!

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/Bond_01.jpg)

Very nicely done. Boy would this have been a bitch with film-having attempted something similar myself many times!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on May 21, 2013, 11:06:58 PM
Hah ha ha... yeah... this is actually what I consider fun.  Pre-visualizing all the components on location, keeping them straight, lighting for them and knowing how they'll interact in post is a hell of a challenge.  From what I've seen of Jim's breakdowns, this is very similar to car photography.

Chris, It is a similar workflow and occasionally I'll apply it to my architecture as you did.  I shot a comparable room for a personal project I'm working on but it was quite a bit lighter so I didn't need additional lights.  I've attached the photograph, it's one of the few shots I made with my Arca RM3di(35mm Schneider).  I miss working with that camera but I couldn't justify it's cost when the majority of my architectural work needs to be done faster than it will allow.  I ended up trading it in for a 5Dmk3 and another 17 and 24mmT/S. 

By the way, a Cadillac project I worked on last March had a behind the scenes video produced (by Cadillac) of the shoot which then became the announcement for the car at the annual dealer show in Las Vegas.  Here's a link to my blog that has links to the videos. 

http://www.jameshaefner.com/news/
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 22, 2013, 12:12:02 AM
Great work Jim on that. I used to photograph historic churches-had an NEA to do so in the 80's. Here is one of my more recent "cathedrals" :) Stacked stitch, 5D MII, arsenic leach mine outside Reno.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: skimasks on May 22, 2013, 02:42:47 AM
My first contribution in a long time. Some recent show home interiors.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on May 22, 2013, 03:49:08 AM
something like this...

[picture]

Thank you for this! very interesting.

My latest project:

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Aptus_000148kl.jpg)

I really don't like the lamps in the upper part of the picture, but this is how it is now.


Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on May 22, 2013, 04:42:52 AM
Hello. First post here (I think). Years watching. Rolleiflex T and T-max 100.


Don't know how I missed your post - anyway, better late than never.

Welcome to the scene, and I have to say, when I had my Rollei T it was well before it (or I) had the chance to do this sort of work!

Mine was usually fiull of TXP 120 - never really used anything else on 120 format other than FP3 a few times which didn't work on 120 (for me) but was great on 135... By the time T-max was out I had no more 120 cameras.

Nice tones in your shot - I never get skin like that with digital capture b/white conversions.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 22, 2013, 07:27:15 AM
Well done, Antonio! Each post is better than the last.

Regards,
Ed


Thank you Ed.!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on May 22, 2013, 11:56:03 AM
Great photo, Antonio.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on May 22, 2013, 01:43:13 PM
Something a little different for me...

My client had to make changes to an existing chapel to facilitate a relocated (humongous) pipe organ.  The finished image is a composite of 15 exposures.  6 or so were for an HDR layer of the blown hilights.  The rafters were lit with a head on a rolling Hi Boy that moved 6 or 7 times.  The chairs were lit one side at a time and we had strobe bouncing in the Narthex to create depth and layers. They gave us a day to do the shot.  We did this one and a vignette in half a day.  Really fun assignment!

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/Bond_01.jpg)

Nice job Chris.  Its fun shooting parts and pieces and making a frankenphoto in post.  Leads to some amazing and otherwise impossible images.

Can you imagine a single sheet of Ektachrome instead?  :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on May 22, 2013, 03:15:28 PM
But that's cheating, Craig: this isn't really the implied single exposure either.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 22, 2013, 05:20:28 PM
Chris, It is a similar workflow and occasionally I'll apply it to my architecture as you did.  I shot a comparable room for a personal project I'm working on but it was quite a bit lighter so I didn't need additional lights.  I've attached the photograph, it's one of the few shots I made with my Arca RM3di(35mm Schneider).  I miss working with that camera but I couldn't justify it's cost when the majority of my architectural work needs to be done faster than it will allow.  I ended up trading it in for a 5Dmk3 and another 17 and 24mmT/S. 

By the way, a Cadillac project I worked on last March had a behind the scenes video produced (by Cadillac) of the shoot which then became the announcement for the car at the annual dealer show in Las Vegas.  Here's a link to my blog that has links to the videos. 

http://www.jameshaefner.com/news/

James, amazing colours.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on May 22, 2013, 07:19:27 PM
Hello,

Keeping with the church theme.

Shot 3rd November 2005 with a Nikon D2x and a Tokina 12-24mm lens.

Corrected the perspective with Grasshopper ImageAline software.

A friend of mine was married in this church. After the service every one went across the road to the pub and they moved all the pews and set up tables, band, chocolate fountain and a mobile Barbeque and then had the reception. Very cool idea.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on May 22, 2013, 09:00:12 PM
But that's cheating, Craig: this isn't really the implied single exposure either.

;-)

Rob C

Cheating?  :) It's just more tools Rob.

http://www.craiglamson.com/rvbuild.gif
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Fernando Marrero on May 22, 2013, 11:18:51 PM

Don't know how I missed your post - anyway, better late than never.

Welcome to the scene, and I have to say, when I had my Rollei T it was well before it (or I) had the chance to do this sort of work!

Mine was usually fiull of TXP 120 - never really used anything else on 120 format other than FP3 a few times which didn't work on 120 (for me) but was great on 135... By the time T-max was out I had no more 120 cameras.

Nice tones in your shot - I never get skin like that with digital capture b/white conversions.

Rob C

Hey, thanks very much Rob!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Fernando Marrero on May 22, 2013, 11:25:23 PM
Another one with the Rolley T and Ektar 100 (I think, I don't have here the negative but an old scan):
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on May 23, 2013, 03:45:34 AM
Thank you for this! very interesting.

My latest project:

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Aptus_000148kl.jpg)

I really don't like the lamps in the upper part of the picture, but this is how it is now.

Fascinating room, Adrian. Where is it?

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on May 23, 2013, 03:03:14 PM
Stretching the temporal parameters a little:

Kodachrome 64 and Nikon F or F2 for Hewden/Stuart Group plc calendar in Spain.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 23, 2013, 03:13:30 PM
But that's cheating, Craig: this isn't really the implied single exposure either.

;-)

Rob C

No, IMHO it called problem solving and masterfully done too.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 23, 2013, 03:18:39 PM
If you're feeling hungry, be my guest.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Magefesa-Recetas-05131143.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on May 23, 2013, 03:25:30 PM
No, IMHO it called problem solving and masterfully done too.



Oh dear; it was meant with humour, implying that comparing a single sheet of film with the possibilities/difficulties of giving it multiple exposures in camera, à la Sam Haskins, is possible, but that doing it with digital capture via many separate exposures is no more a valid claim for digital superiority over that single sheet of film because the digital exposures are, in effect, multiple sheets of film, not a single one.

Never mind, it doesn't matter, not even to Kodak.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 23, 2013, 03:40:02 PM
That is what we used to do with film but there were many issues that are better with DC like registration and braceting exposure on each component without having to start the sequence over again with a new sheet of film. I still like film for many things but NOT a shoot like this. I apologize for misinterpreting your statement. It didn't sound like you actually.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on May 23, 2013, 04:37:33 PM
Hi Craig,

did you take that shot in your basement? ;-)

Best,
Johannes

Even worse...inside an RV ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on May 23, 2013, 05:33:02 PM
That is what we used to do with film but there were many issues that are better with DC like registration and braceting exposure on each component without having to start the sequence over again with a new sheet of film. I still like film for many things but NOT a shoot like this. I apologize for misinterpreting your statement. It didn't sound like you actually.


That's okay - just know I'd be terrified to be faced with that sort of work - always steered well clear of anything remotely difficult!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on May 23, 2013, 05:58:52 PM
If you're feeling hungry, be my guest.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Magefesa-Recetas-05131143.jpg)

Nicely styled and shot.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 23, 2013, 06:50:03 PM
Ditto.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 23, 2013, 08:19:36 PM
Thank you guys!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 23, 2013, 09:49:46 PM
Nice light outside as we were wrapping our interiors shoot...

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/482498_10200725216307842_173832988_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on May 24, 2013, 02:48:20 AM
Fascinating room, Adrian. Where is it?

Jeremy

Its an old indoor swimming pool from 1917 in Heidelberg, Germany, which they converted into a market hall (well, and Restaurants, Bar, Wellness, Hotel ...)

before:
(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/AltesHallenbad01.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/AltesHallenbad02.jpg)

after:
(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/AltesHallenbad03.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on May 24, 2013, 04:05:47 AM
Its an old indoor swimming pool from 1917 in Heidelberg, Germany, which they converted into a market hall (well, and Restaurants, Bar, Wellness, Hotel ...)

Interesting. Sympathetically done, too (apart from the lights).

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on May 24, 2013, 08:36:45 AM
I'm always drawn to these places before the developers move in.
Good idea.
When "arquitects" put their hands on those they
Have unlimited habilities to transform a rafined place with
Soul into a cold unpersonal and highly unfunctional
Speculative space.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on May 24, 2013, 09:16:55 AM
Okay, one of my last commercial shoots, for a friend's sales brochure for her yacht.

Nikon F4s, Kodachrome 64 or Velvia 50 scanned via CanoScan FS4000US.

Location: off Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 24, 2013, 01:12:55 PM
(http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/468090_10201183091849353_1830616608_o.jpg)

Another from the Clarke County Wetlands Park in Las Vegas NV by Dekker Perich Sabatini in late afternoon light.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 24, 2013, 01:14:08 PM
Interesting. Sympathetically done, too (apart from the lights).

Jeremy

Great project (hate those tables....)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on May 24, 2013, 01:37:14 PM
Okay, one of my last commercial shoots, for a friend's sales brochure for her yacht.

Nikon F4s, Kodachrome 64 or Velvia 50 scanned via CanoScan FS4000US.

Location: off Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain.

Rob C

Rob, you did good.  How many images did you use for the composite?  :) :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on May 24, 2013, 01:38:35 PM
(http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/468090_10201183091849353_1830616608_o.jpg)

Another from the Clarke County Wetlands Park in Las Vegas NV by Dekker Perich Sabatini in late afternoon light.

I prefer the after sunset version, but this is nice.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 24, 2013, 01:49:03 PM
I prefer the after sunset version, but this is nice.

Me too, but I try and need to offer my clients a lot of variety for their various requirements. Most of my clients are architects and need images for marketing and design competitions etc. Therefore I need to cover a building thoroughly. Rather than just boring documentary photographs of various angles I always try to capture them in good luscious light.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on May 24, 2013, 02:04:37 PM
Me too, but I try and need to offer my clients a lot of variety for their various requirements. Most of my clients are architects and need images for marketing and design competitions etc. Therefore I need to cover a building thoroughly. Rather than just boring documentary photographs of various angles I always try to capture them in good luscious light.

Completely understood.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on May 24, 2013, 03:04:24 PM
Great project (hate those tables....)

Yes, I'm with you there.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on May 24, 2013, 03:49:16 PM
Rob, you did good.  How many images did you use for the composite?  :) :)


As I can't even remember whether it was Kodachrome or even Velvia, you are asking too much of this addled brain!

Just pleased that I managed to catch a bit of atmosphere, though even that strikes me as rather a sad one, mirroring the reality of the need for the shoot.

Age is a bugger because it doesn't come alone, but drags along a host of tiny siblings with funny medical names. And mostly you can't see them until they bite, by which time it's too late.

Oh well, it's good while it lasts - if you're lucky!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on May 24, 2013, 05:28:29 PM
... the rendition of circular objects such as the lampshade in the second image and its relationship to the table beneath...

Gosh, I was seeing exactly the same on the same image and it really disturbed me. I wanted an eraser to remove it.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on May 24, 2013, 06:11:45 PM
Nice light outside as we were wrapping our interiors shoot...

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/482498_10200725216307842_173832988_n.jpg)

God i  love Chicago.

I think it's the prettiest city in America, if it just wasn't so damn cold.

My studio was just behind the Wrigily Building, across the rive in the old Stone Container and later Crain communications building., on the 15th floor.

Use to have lunch in the summer one the columns on the roof.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/20070530_360_North_Michigan_and_35_East_Wacker.JPG)

BC

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 24, 2013, 06:13:49 PM
Gosh, I was seeing exactly the same on the same image and it really disturbed me. I wanted an eraser to remove it.

Totally drives me nuts, but it's a function of perspective.  If you made a mechanical drawing of the same composition from the camera position (to accurate scale) the circles would render with the same distortion.  Sometimes I do correct for this by rotating the camera until the round object is centered in the lens and then shifting the back to retain the same composition...  I did this just yesterday, but it's impossible when composing a 1 point perspective that is square to the architecture.

Actually the linear elements in the shot show the same degree of "distortion".  We just don't perceive it as much as we do with circles.

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on May 24, 2013, 06:16:46 PM
p30+/Contax
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/p30plus_stills_recent.jpg)
Shot with HMI's, Winow Light and some cutters.



Red (the medium format of the digital motion world)
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/red_stills_recent.jpg)
Shot at a trillion ISO with one small hand held led.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 24, 2013, 10:14:14 PM
BC, beautiful fashion work.
Interesting portraits. Different I'd say.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on May 24, 2013, 10:51:57 PM
Thank you Antonio.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: georgem on May 25, 2013, 02:09:59 AM
Totally drives me nuts, but it's a function of perspective.  If you made a mechanical drawing of the same composition from the camera position (to accurate scale) the circles would render with the same distortion.  Sometimes I do correct for this by rotating the camera until the round object is centered in the lens and then shifting the back to retain the same composition...  I did this just yesterday, but it's impossible when composing a 1 point perspective that is square to the architecture.

Actually the linear elements in the shot show the same degree of "distortion".  We just don't perceive it as much as we do with circles.

CB

Chris, why not fix it in post?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: theguywitha645d on May 25, 2013, 02:23:55 PM
BC, beautiful. Sorry to see you are not posting at GetDPI though...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: GWStudioLA on May 26, 2013, 10:20:21 PM
p30+/Contax
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/p30plus_stills_recent.jpg)
Shot with HMI's, Winow Light and some cutters.



Red (the medium format of the digital motion world)
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/red_stills_recent.jpg)
Shot at a trillion ISO with one small hand held led.

BC

So amazing! What inspired you?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: jwheaton on May 28, 2013, 12:08:05 AM
My contribution today. Natural looking recipe for a Home and Kitchen client.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Magefesa-Recetas-05131040.jpg)

wow, excellent shot. may I ask how you lit it?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 28, 2013, 08:46:48 AM
Sure, we used 4 diffusion screens like you see in the image, 2 soft boxes, one large to cover the back and top screens, one medium form the side and 2 raw lights that were used alternately depending on the ambience of the shot. Main power was the left one.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/la%20foto.JPG)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: rogerxnz on May 28, 2013, 05:22:30 PM
Sure, we used 4 diffusion screens like you see in the image, 2 soft boxes, one large to cover the back and top screens, one medium form the side and 2 raw lights that were used alternately depending on the ambience of the shot. Main power was the left one.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/la%20foto.JPG)

Very cool, but where was the camera? I imagined the camera was above the centre of the image and looking down vertically but that would mean having the camera on an arm/bracket underneath the top screen and there does not seem to be enough room and you have not cut a hole in the top screen for the camera to poke through from above the screen.

There is a "spare" tripod in front of the table. Was the camera on that and was it a technical camera that you some how used tilts and shifts to get the top-down look?
Roger
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on May 28, 2013, 06:02:30 PM
Look at the wine glasses, it's not a level overhead shot.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on May 28, 2013, 06:30:37 PM
p30+/Contax
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/p30plus_stills_recent.jpg)
Shot with HMI's, Winow Light and some cutters.



Red (the medium format of the digital motion world)
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/red_stills_recent.jpg)
Shot at a trillion ISO with one small hand held led.

BC

Coot,

Watching the below sepia images, I have a question regarding Red if you see this post.

As everything is built on metadatas and therefore non-destructive, my doubt remains on the isos.

Let's take this scenario shoot on Red: if one decide to shoot pushing the isos to extreme levels on purpose (and not because it lacks light)
for ex to get a 16mm grain, and after that you give-up with the idea and want to revert to a clean image to do something completly different,
are the isos also non-destructive?
So for ex, can you take those high-isos images on RCX and going back to 800 the typical high-isos grain would disappear?
I ask this question because never had very high isos Red footage on edit.
 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: tho_mas on May 28, 2013, 07:04:15 PM
Totally drives me nuts, but it's a function of perspective.  If you made a mechanical drawing of the same composition from the camera position (to accurate scale) the circles would render with the same distortion.  Sometimes I do correct for this by rotating the camera until the round object is centered in the lens and then shifting the back to retain the same composition...  I did this just yesterday, but it's impossible when composing a 1 point perspective that is square to the architecture.

Actually the linear elements in the shot show the same degree of "distortion".  We just don't perceive it as much as we do with circles.

CB
may I ask ... why don't you just retouch it?
All your images are so absolutely wonderful minimalistic and straight... so why let the lens determine the final image?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 28, 2013, 08:40:22 PM
Not so much, Fred.  The ISO is totally metadata, however... if you expose for 3200 in the field and lower the ISO to 800 in RC-X, you will def be 2 stops underexposed. I prefer to shoot a clean ISO 800 and add grain in post if I want it.

I like CineGrain for this, which are actually film scans at 4k and under.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 28, 2013, 08:45:14 PM
may I ask ... why don't you just retouch it?
All your images are so absolutely wonderful minimalistic and straight... so why let the lens determine the final image?

Thomas, coming from film, we've always been accustomed to accepting the distortion.  It would be a hell of a retouch!  First you'd have to isolate the circular item.  Then you'd have to reshape it.  Then you'd have to rebuild the background where the reshaped item no longer overlaps.  Finally, you'd have to readjust other items, the chairs around the table for example, if their relationship is no longer appropriate.  That would require more outlining and background rebuilding.  All in all, it's not the sort of retouching that most of my clients would bother with given the cost.

Also... the more I think about it...  If you made a drawing of the same image, and rendered the objects more circular, it would feel like a mistake.  The distortion is actually correct for the given perspective.  It's actually about the physical realty of the view, not any function of lenses.  As an example, consider a table top front to back.  If you wanted to draw it in perspective, would you draw a circle or an oval?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 28, 2013, 09:11:42 PM
may I ask ... why don't you just retouch it?
All your images are so absolutely wonderful minimalistic and straight... so why let the lens determine the final image?

It is such a standard distortion in AP going back 75+ years that our clients accept it as a fact of life with WA views.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 28, 2013, 09:20:59 PM
Here is a picture of a lunchroom.  Straight out of camera and unretouched.  No distortions, tho ;)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/971181_10200750577861865_1273494874_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 28, 2013, 09:23:43 PM
I LOVE the abstractness of this, but unfortunately only some of my more sophisticated clients would like it though.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 28, 2013, 09:34:56 PM
There should be a LIKE button on LuLa.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on May 28, 2013, 09:37:45 PM
Here is a picture of a lunchroom.  Straight out of camera and unretouched.  No distortions, tho ;)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/971181_10200750577861865_1273494874_n.jpg)
Cool shot, however I can not really figure out what is going on with the design.  Is that the intention. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 28, 2013, 09:40:01 PM
Hah!  We do actually have an overall shot of the lunchroom.  I rarely get to make shots like this, but the marketing person from the firm said that he will actually use this a lot!

;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on May 28, 2013, 09:40:44 PM
Going back to distortion, I shot this last week for a friend of mine who is an interior architect.  Yes, the distortion does bother me a little, but the 2 point version just ... does't feel ... right.  Like why shoot a 2 point when a one point is possible?  BTW, I was not too keen on the owls, but, you know.   ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on May 28, 2013, 09:41:39 PM
Hah!  We do actually have an overall shot of the lunchroom.  I rarely get to make shots like this, but the marketing person from the firm said that he will actually use this a lot!

;)
That is what I thought.  If not, I was hoping you could post the plans so I could figure out what the space looked like. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 28, 2013, 09:58:00 PM
Hah!  We do actually have an overall shot of the lunchroom.  I rarely get to make shots like this, but the marketing person from the firm said that he will actually use this a lot!

;)

Yeehaaa!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on May 28, 2013, 09:59:06 PM
There should be a LIKE button on LuLa.

ditto-sometimes I'm just too lazy or busy to write something.......
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on May 28, 2013, 11:01:59 PM
Coot,

Watching the below sepia images, I have a question regarding Red if you see this post.

As everything is built on metadatas and therefore non-destructive, my doubt remains on the isos.

Let's take this scenario shoot on Red: if one decide to shoot pushing the isos to extreme levels on purpose (and not because it lacks light)
for ex to get a 16mm grain, and after that you give-up with the idea and want to revert to a clean image to do something completly different,
are the isos also non-destructive?
So for ex, can you take those high-isos images on RCX and going back to 800 the typical high-isos grain would disappear?
I ask this question because never had very high isos Red footage on edit.
 

Uh, well . . . gosh Fred I wish I knew.

Really, I'm sure someone from RED knows more about this than me.

The thing I've noticed with digital noise in all cameras, still and motion, the more light you have, regardless of iso, the less noise you have.

Shoot a Phase back at 800 ISO with a lot of studio flash and the noise is pretty minimal.  Shoot it with very little available light and the shadow noise can be fairly severe.

Same with the RED.

Now these images were shot with a small light panel, either handheld or mounted on a stand.  

All I did was go into the R1, move stuff around until I liked it and shot it.

Crazy right?

Anyway, once in Cine-x, there is 4 ways to make a scene brighter.  Exposure slider, ISO, Flut (which stands for something like Floating point) and obviously brightness.

Each one looks different, so in post I did a combination of all, including contrast to get the look I wanted, then made a still, then went to photoshop to match and finish out.

But, to answer your question, if I dropped the iso down to 800, and moved the exposure way up to compensate the noise was still there, but it depended on the original exposure and voume of light more than anything.

When I shot this I also tried a few images with more light and less iso and obviously less noise.  Then I tried less light, opened up the Fstop to match and though the noise should be equal I saw more noise.

In post processing I also thought it would be better to kill the denoise filter and put it in later in photoshop, but that made the blacks clump.  You really can't see the clumping in a motion image, but a still it's very evident.

So the best was was to shoot it the way I liked, look at it in the computer, make some adjustments, shoot it and then process it out with no noise killer and just move a combination of iso and exposure where I had the base image I wanted.

Does that make sense?

I don't know, but it did what I wanted.

Though the real answer is, if time permits and you know the look you want, test it, test it, test it and then shoot it.

I really only had time to shoot it, look at it, guess at the adjustment and shoot it.

BC

BTW Chris, loved that image, but it would have been great with a half eaten sandwich.  You know, human it up man.


Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 28, 2013, 11:47:47 PM
Here is a picture of a lunchroom.  Straight out of camera and unretouched.  No distortions, tho ;)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/971181_10200750577861865_1273494874_n.jpg)
LIKE!   :D

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on May 29, 2013, 12:57:22 AM
Here is a picture of a lunchroom.  Straight out of camera and unretouched.  No distortions, tho ;)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/971181_10200750577861865_1273494874_n.jpg)
[/quote

LIKE.

I have clients who would go ape-shit for this. And others who would say, "Whaaa....?"  I prefer the former.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on May 29, 2013, 05:01:53 AM

But, to answer your question, if I dropped the iso down to 800, and moved the exposure way up to compensate the noise was still there, but it depended on the original exposure and voume of light more than anything.



Thanks Coot. You answered my question.
It's the available light that makes the noise
And not that much the isos.
As you point, high isos under control
Light produces little noise.
But you pointed on what was my doubt
On Red, reverting to 800 and compensate
In rcx, the noise still is there, and it makes
Sense.
Can't test by myself because I don't
Own a red camera. All footage I have in editing
Or samples downloaded are 800 isos and clean file.
Impossible to do the experiment I wanted.
So, if it's shooted in such a way that the noise
Appears, metadatas Or not, it won't be possible
To eliminate in rcx because it's not a metadata
Task any longuer but a physic of photons-sensors.
It's important because if we can de-do, redo any looks,
Isos + available light leave a definitive print.

Practicaly, my question was asked with the idea in mind
Of adding grain artificialy in post (wich imo never end
To look organic) Or trying to get the look in camera.
But trying to get the look in camera has it's pros and cons.
Sometimes we shoot something and it
Worked. Then, we want to do the same a month later
And it does not any longuer. We May have forgotten
Steps if it was an experiment, (note everything when it's
Hot !... ). Or light conditions have changed etc...

Cheers.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on May 29, 2013, 03:44:04 PM
Another one from the Home and Kitchen shots.

This time we had 2 additional raw lights behind the screens, coming from 11 o'clock and 2 o'clock.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Magefesa-Recetas-05131298.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JerryReed on May 29, 2013, 03:57:52 PM
Joe,

the gray floor material was that wood, tile or something else.  I like it that is why I am asking.

Jerry Reed

http://www.jerryreed.net
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on May 30, 2013, 09:29:57 AM
I think that the seeming paradox about the ISO and the amount of light can be explained by the difference of the light spectrum in bright and dark conditions. The higher ISO settings in bright conditions are not as damaging to capture in terms of noise simply because the light spectrum is more forgiving in combination with the specifics of the Bayer sensor.

Usually bright light contains large amount of the green part of the spectrum, which, when being captured by the greater number of the green pixels in the Bayer-pattern sensor leads to lower luminosity noise, since luminosity is largely represented by the green portion of the spectrum. If (natural) light has dominant red or blue, then green pixels get insufficient signal in comparison and the luminosity noise is more pronounced.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: leeonmaui on June 03, 2013, 06:41:42 PM
From my Patagonia shoot.
My client feedback is pretty clear, they love the waterfall.
Out of 3500 shots, I will publish 5-10 all developed to Fuji crystal archive paper and face mounted to acrylic
5-10 pieces on a ten day shoot is pretty productive for me.

Florence Welsh (waterfall on the Fitz Roy)
Pentax 645D 35mm AF stacked GND filters,CPF

Guardians
Pentax 645D 35mm AF CPF

Small things, suite of Four
Pentax 645D 35mm CPL
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on June 04, 2013, 02:33:12 PM
From my Patagonia shoot.
My client feedback is pretty clear, they love the waterfall.
Out of 3500 shots, I will publish 5-10 all developed to Fuji crystal archive paper and face mounted to acrylic
5-10 pieces on a ten day shoot is pretty productive for me.

Florence Welsh (waterfall on the Fitz Roy)
Pentax 645D 35mm AF stacked GND filters,CPF

Guardians
Pentax 645D 35mm AF CPF

Small things, suite of Four
Pentax 645D 35mm CPL


Very nice pictures, but why don't you straighten the first picture (Florence Welsh) up? Its crooked.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: leeonmaui on June 04, 2013, 02:55:12 PM
I did in the edition master files....
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MJSPhoto on June 04, 2013, 03:01:56 PM
D800e

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2869/8937998251_15b29b71ae_b.jpg)



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Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on June 04, 2013, 03:12:00 PM
Nice light and movement.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 04, 2013, 06:12:02 PM
A project I am currently shooting in NM for a lighting designer in NY.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on June 04, 2013, 08:05:37 PM
Hi Kirk,
Powerfull image. Very modernistic structure.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: georgem on June 05, 2013, 07:14:58 AM
was shooting a similar a while ago

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on June 05, 2013, 09:29:31 AM
A project I am currently shooting in NM for a lighting designer in NY.

I like it but man would that look hot with an orange sky :)


On a side note:  LEDS have really changed lighting...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 05, 2013, 10:43:16 AM
I like it but man would that look hot with an orange sky :)


On a side note:  LEDS have really changed lighting...


Thanks. It would be a strong image that way for sure, but I'm not sure I would prefer it over the blue. My clients, including Tillett Lighting Design in Brooklynm an architecture professor at UNM and the city, went bonkers over this. To me the blue associates the pedestrian bridge with the sky which makes it more ethereal. Besides I live in New Mexico and I get weary of flaming sunsets :). Here is another. You may wonder why I left the sign in. If this image was for me I would take it out, but this bridge is in a really unromantic part of town-there is a strip club next to one end and warehouses on the other. The clients want to emphasize this project as a jewel in an otherwise unremarkable urban setting and show elegant infrastructure can transform an area.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: niteart on June 05, 2013, 11:14:13 AM
These look amazing even as a small web sized image. I can only imagine how great they look in print.

From my Patagonia shoot.
My client feedback is pretty clear, they love the waterfall.
Out of 3500 shots, I will publish 5-10 all developed to Fuji crystal archive paper and face mounted to acrylic
5-10 pieces on a ten day shoot is pretty productive for me.

Florence Welsh (waterfall on the Fitz Roy)
Pentax 645D 35mm AF stacked GND filters,CPF

Guardians
Pentax 645D 35mm AF CPF

Small things, suite of Four
Pentax 645D 35mm CPL

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: opgr on June 05, 2013, 11:24:13 AM
You may wonder why I left the sign in. If this image was for me I would take it out,

I think that sign makes a brilliant addition. Almost makes this a prime candidate for the street-photography genre. Not so sure about that fence-pole or whatever it is. And the blueish lensflare(?) is rather immediately distracting. But great image nonetheless...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 05, 2013, 11:27:09 AM
I think that sign makes a brilliant addition. Almost makes this a prime candidate for the street-photography genre. Not so sure about that fence-pole or whatever it is. And the blueish lensflare(?) is rather immediately distracting. But great image nonetheless...

Thanks. I haven't turned this over to the client yet and am still thinking about the pole and the little one too, but I don't know what blue flare you are referring to? I just went back and looked closely over that image and see no flare. Are you talking about the light cloud edge at the top left of center? On close inspection it does not appear to be flare.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: opgr on June 05, 2013, 11:40:47 AM
Thanks. I haven't turned this over to the client yet and am still thinking about the pole and the little one too, but I don't know what blue flare you are referring to? I just went back and looked closely over that image and see no flare. Are you talking about the light cloud edge at the top left of center? On close inspection it does not appear to be flare.

I may have misjudged it, could well be the reflection of the blue light on the ground. Sort of looks like something reflecting in glass forming a blueish haze.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on June 05, 2013, 12:21:36 PM
Thanks. It would be a strong image that way for sure, but I'm not sure I would prefer it over the blue. My clients, including Tillett Lighting Design in Brooklynm an architecture professor at UNM and the city, went bonkers over this. To me the blue associates the pedestrian bridge with the sky which makes it more ethereal. Besides I live in New Mexico and I get weary of flaming sunsets :). Here is another. You may wonder why I left the sign in. If this image was for me I would take it out, but this bridge is in a really unromantic part of town-there is a strip club next to one end and warehouses on the other. The clients want to emphasize this project as a jewel in an otherwise unremarkable urban setting and show elegant infrastructure can transform an area.

Don't get me wrong Kirk, I like the image.

The second one strikes my fancy more than the first.

But great work as always and what a cool project!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on June 05, 2013, 09:22:35 PM
Thanks. It would be a strong image that way for sure, but I'm not sure I would prefer it over the blue. My clients, including Tillett Lighting Design in Brooklynm an architecture professor at UNM and the city, went bonkers over this. To me the blue associates the pedestrian bridge with the sky which makes it more ethereal. Besides I live in New Mexico and I get weary of flaming sunsets :). Here is another. You may wonder why I left the sign in. If this image was for me I would take it out, but this bridge is in a really unromantic part of town-there is a strip club next to one end and warehouses on the other. The clients want to emphasize this project as a jewel in an otherwise unremarkable urban setting and show elegant infrastructure can transform an area.

Kirk, This shot tells the story better for me.  Great composition and color, sorry to hear the sunsets are getting boring!  I'll trade with you!!  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on June 05, 2013, 10:19:37 PM
Thanks. It would be a strong image that way for sure, but I'm not sure I would prefer it over the blue. My clients, including Tillett Lighting Design in Brooklynm an architecture professor at UNM and the city, went bonkers over this. To me the blue associates the pedestrian bridge with the sky which makes it more ethereal. Besides I live in New Mexico and I get weary of flaming sunsets :). Here is another. You may wonder why I left the sign in. If this image was for me I would take it out, but this bridge is in a really unromantic part of town-there is a strip club next to one end and warehouses on the other. The clients want to emphasize this project as a jewel in an otherwise unremarkable urban setting and show elegant infrastructure can transform an area.

That's frackin awesome. I hate the sign. It doesn't speak to the roughness of the area, it's just an ugly traffic sign, a blight upon your gorgeous shot.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JohnBrew on June 06, 2013, 06:48:23 AM
Kirk, really nice shot. Personally I'd PS the sign.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: opgr on June 06, 2013, 08:29:26 AM
Why would one want to remove that sign? Occupational deformation?
It perfectly depicts that bit of human confusion that one should always strive for in any photographic endeavor.

It complements the grandeur of the architectural object that even so lets you move in one tangential direction only. Equally so for how a highway is designed. Ah, but not so the sky! A beautiful representation of nature with an ever so slight movement visible. Do people not see this? Or do they simply not care?

The sign is not an element, it is a statement. It is not a distraction that needs removal, it attracts our attention to a broader message: that movement designed by humans is oddly restrictive versus the freedom of movement in nature depicted by the sky so brilliantly.

I would be tempted to adjust the image to somehow draw more attention to the sign, and then vehemently defend its existence as a very relevant element to any client who might want to remove it. Fortunately they don't.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 06, 2013, 09:54:38 AM
Why would one want to remove that sign? Occupational deformation?
It perfectly depicts that bit of human confusion that one should always strive for in any photographic endeavor.

It complements the grandeur of the architectural object that even so lets you move in one tangential direction only. Equally so for how a highway is designed. Ah, but not so the sky! A beautiful representation of nature with an ever so slight movement visible. Do people not see this? Or do they simply not care?

The sign is not an element, it is a statement. It is not a distraction that needs removal, it attracts our attention to a broader message: that movement designed by humans is oddly restrictive versus the freedom of movement in nature depicted by the sky so brilliantly.

I would be tempted to adjust the image to somehow draw more attention to the sign, and then vehemently defend its existence as a very relevant element to any client who might want to remove it. Fortunately they don't.

Because in my opinion, ANYTHING that pulls your attention away from the architecture I try and remove. My job with my commercial AP is to illustrate and drive attention to the architecture-period. It is an old school ideology for AP (no offense Iwan Baan) but it is my long held ideology.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 06, 2013, 09:57:26 AM
That's frackin awesome. I hate the sign. It doesn't speak to the roughness of the area, it's just an ugly traffic sign, a blight upon your gorgeous shot.

Thanks Chris.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 06, 2013, 09:59:41 AM
Kirk, This shot tells the story better for me.  Great composition and color, sorry to hear the sunsets are getting boring!  I'll trade with you!!  Jim

Thanks Jim. I am rather fond of Detroit too, but wouldn't want to have to live there and try and make a living. You have really made the most of it.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: opgr on June 06, 2013, 10:18:35 AM
Because in my opinion, ANYTHING that pulls your attention away from the architecture I try and remove. My job with my commercial AP is to illustrate and drive attention to the architecture-period. It is an old school ideology for AP (no offense Iwan Baan) but it is my long held ideology.

Sure, but that is what I meant by occupational deformation (in a non-derogatory way mind you). I can fully appreciate that an architectural assignment requires stringent filtering of distractions, but in this case it would equally remove a very interesting conjunction and statement.

For the sake of argument though, if distractions are to be removed, then what to make of the saturated colors? Because frankly, the image primarily lives on the foundations of a "pleasing palette", not particularly on the basis of an impressive piece of architecture...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 06, 2013, 11:05:24 PM
Light, whether sunlight or artificial  is essential to every architectural design. There is no separating them.

This local project, however humble, attracted a very talented NY design firm-it wasn't for the money. I know the budget on the project. It was to see what they could do with it-pushing the boundaries of local taste and the budget. I take every assignment my clients give me as an "impressive piece of architecture" and give it 110%.  I don't care if its a starchitect clients or a one person shop in his bedroom. I'm not there to judge. I'm there to make the project soar. Nor when I'm shooting for the architect (editorial AP is different) am I there to document-I'm there to fullfill his/her imagination.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 06, 2013, 11:08:10 PM
Hi Kirk,

is there a version with the strip club in the image ;-)

Don't be shy. Eugène Atget did it: http://images.zeno.org/Fotografien/I/500-635/PHO00563.jpg

Best,
Johannes


I've tried I just can't make it work visually :)
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on June 06, 2013, 11:10:53 PM
... Because frankly, the image primarily lives on the foundations of a "pleasing palette", not particularly on the basis of an impressive piece of architecture...

I think there is another possibility: it becomes an "impressive piece of architecture" at night, precisely because of  the "pleasing palette" of its lighting?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: leeonmaui on June 07, 2013, 02:27:23 AM
Thanks,

The proofing sized prints look good, I corrected a few things and will get display size pieces mounted to acrylic back from my lab
next week, I got lots of good shots, can't wait to see them blown up on fuji flex and mounted. I only had the proofs to go by but have sold 8 pieces in two weeks! so I'm well on my way to paying for the trip! so far it's been the waterfall piece (both a vertical and a horizontal version are available.) Also the grass, go figure, but it's a fun little piece. I'll release five images to start. 

Here's a couple more.

Patagonia=photographers heaven! 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: opgr on June 07, 2013, 04:20:29 AM
Light, whether sunlight or artificial  is essential to every architectural design. There is no separating them.


-I'm there to fullfill his/her imagination.


And a brilliant job you did here. The orange glow of the highway complements the blue of the architectural object which is faintly replicated in a dramatic sky. Well done, well seen, well captured, and well processed.

I doubt that I will ever perceive the colors IRL as they are represented here, but that doesn't make the picture any less competent, and I suppose it is a bit like selling soap: artificially clean surfaces sell better. In that respect I agree that removing the sign, poles, and other distractions is better.

But I still maintain that the sign makes a brilliant statement. It would be a bit like this: looking at the picture I see a beautiful and clean, strongly colored scene, and the sign seems a bit out of character. So I am forced to wonder why the artist has left it in. I then "read" the sign, which says "no left turn" and "one way only" and realise that that is exactly what the elements in the picture represent.

The elements represent singular directions, with a single destination, much like what human society (represented by the urban setting) imposes upon our daily lives. Then the sky shows natural forms with slight movement in a direction of its own choosing, which alludes to our inner nature of freedom and creativity that every person possesses.

Yes, indeed, I do write a crack'n artist's statement, no?
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: opgr on June 07, 2013, 04:29:19 AM
I think there is another possibility: it becomes an "impressive piece of architecture" at night, precisely because of  the "pleasing palette" of its lighting?

That would fly if we actually saw the colors as they are reproduced here. As much as I would like that: by choice seeing stripes of light as opposed to cars driving, or consciously adjusting whitebalance so I see orange, I can't do either. I also find it hard to comprehend that the glow of the evening sky is less saturated than the artificial lights in the scene before me. I don't have a problem with it as an artistic representation, but surely this isn't even close to daily reality.

(In fact, i think in practice this will give me the shivers. Junky-deterrent-blue pretty much always does.)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: chrismuc on June 07, 2013, 06:11:15 AM
@ joe
... a little photoshoping of the left upper corner reduces the distortion effect of circular objects in that area
:-)
chris
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Livsey on June 07, 2013, 08:41:01 AM
I think if I was going to that trouble I wound have taken out those utility wires in the window  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on June 07, 2013, 08:44:06 AM
To be honest, the distortion does not bother me.  It is a product of perspective, as Chris stated earlier.  Not to mention that now with the sconce "fixed," the sink just does not look right, and the sink would be much harder to "fix."   The wires in the window were removed later on.  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Livsey on June 07, 2013, 02:27:05 PM
 The wires in the window were removed later on.  

Thank you, I feel better now  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 09, 2013, 05:55:19 AM
For SecondFocus aka Ian Sitren.

Thought of you as I was thinking of W. Eugene Smith, so maybe this makes you both content!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on June 09, 2013, 11:28:28 AM
Rob, dare I suggest that the title is as good, if not better, as the image? ;)
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 09, 2013, 11:37:09 AM
Rob, dare I suggest that the title is as good, if not better, as the image? ;)



It's just what I see every morning in the mirror after my shower. Okay, there's lots of condensation about, just like in the BMW 850, and I could be a little bit mistaken... let's just think of it as a digital dream, then?

Thanks for the kind thought!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 09, 2013, 11:52:34 AM
That would fly if we actually saw the colors as they are reproduced here. As much as I would like that: by choice seeing stripes of light as opposed to cars driving, or consciously adjusting whitebalance so I see orange, I can't do either. I also find it hard to comprehend that the glow of the evening sky is less saturated than the artificial lights in the scene before me. I don't have a problem with it as an artistic representation, but surely this isn't even close to daily reality.

(In fact, i think in practice this will give me the shivers. Junky-deterrent-blue pretty much always does.)

White balance was set for daylight. The "look" of this image is virtually identical to using a saturated daylight transparency film for twilights which I did for 25 years before digital. I have probably had close to a hundred magazine covers with such dramatic color twilights-I am known for it frankly-clients ask me for it. So while you are entitled to your opinion (of course), it flies in the face of my 35 years experience in the architectural photography marketplace.
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: opgr on June 09, 2013, 12:20:25 PM
White balance was set for daylight. ... it flies in the face of my 35 years experience in the architectural photography marketplace.

What's your point? I already used all the superlatives required to express my appreciation for the result, but if you're now trying to argue with me that my eyes would perceive artificial light without adaptation, then you really are being unnecessarily argumentative.
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on June 09, 2013, 01:15:13 PM
Oscar, I think what we are talking about here is there is a "natural" way of how we perceive things and there is a "cultural" way. Take for instance your example of "seeing stripes of light as opposed to cars driving." We've all seen so many pictures of those "stripes of light" in photographs, that we have become conditioned to accept them as "normal." The same goes with the orange glow of incandescent lights. If we are inside a room lit by it, we do not notice it as orange. However, go outside into the dark night and look back at the windows and you will see that light as orange. Culturally, we have also been conditioned to see daylight-balanced film deliver those oranges, and got used to it as "normal." To the point that if Kirk balanced it back to white, I would slap him silly ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 09, 2013, 03:59:50 PM
Quote
I don't have a problem with it as an artistic representation, but surely this isn't even close to daily reality.
Quote
or consciously adjusting whitebalance so I see orange

Well I guess my point is who cares if it is close to daily reality? I don't. These are not courtroom evidence but a kind of promotional photography. You brought up these points and I am just explaining my thinking and methodology. No argument intended-just answering your question highlighted above and the one implied in the second quote where you were dead wrong.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on June 12, 2013, 12:23:55 PM
Well, it's NeoCon... the world's biggest commercial furniture expo and I am absolutely drained.  We've put in about 8 days or work so far (in 7 actual days) and produced some work that I'm really happy with at Herman Miller and a couple other showrooms.

We were working around construction, installation and styling the whole time.  The space just outside of every composition is a mess of workers, furniture and props EVERYWHERE.  I have ingested more caffeine in the last week than I care to admit and have filled up nearly a TB worth of Hard drive space.  The images, while not quite straight out of camera only had time for about 15 minutes of retouching each before they had to be turned around for the monday morning web launch.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/130603_009.jpg)

More at the blog... (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2568)

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 12, 2013, 12:28:15 PM
Well, it's NeoCon... the world's biggest commercial furniture expo and I am absolutely drained.  We've put in about 8 days or work so far (in 7 actual days) and produced some work that I'm really happy with at Herman Miller and a couple other showrooms.

We were working around construction, installation and styling the whole time.  The space just outside of every composition is a mess of workers, furniture and props EVERYWHERE.  I have ingested more caffeine in the last week than I care to admit and have filled up nearly a TB worth of Hard drive space.  The images, while not quite straight out of camera only had time for about 15 minutes of retouching each before they had to be turned around for the monday morning web launch.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/130603_009.jpg)

More at the blog... (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2568)




CB

Clean and elegant as usual. Well done!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on June 12, 2013, 12:40:48 PM
Well, it's NeoCon... the world's biggest commercial furniture expo and I am absolutely drained.  We've put in about 8 days or work so far (in 7 actual days) and produced some work that I'm really happy with at Herman Miller and a couple other showrooms.

We were working around construction, installation and styling the whole time.  The space just outside of every composition is a mess of workers, furniture and props EVERYWHERE.  I have ingested more caffeine in the last week than I care to admit and have filled up nearly a TB worth of Hard drive space.  The images, while not quite straight out of camera only had time for about 15 minutes of retouching each before they had to be turned around for the monday morning web launch.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/130603_009.jpg)

More at the blog... (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2568)

CB

Nice images as usual Chris.

Many years ago I shot in the Shaw Walker display, following a crew shooting motion.  The grip from the motion crew placed a tota-light too near a sprinkler head.  Needless to say the shooting stopped :)

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 12, 2013, 01:43:41 PM
Chris, excuse me if I'm mistaken, but am I looking at a bathroom?

I'm sure I detect a toothbrush in a mug, but I'm completely thrown by the screens and chairs. Please tell me I'm mistaken.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 12, 2013, 01:58:50 PM
Chris, excuse me if I'm mistaken, but am I looking at a bathroom?

I'm sure I detect a toothbrush in a mug, but I'm completely thrown by the screens and chairs. Please tell me I'm mistaken.

Rob C
I think that's a pencil (or two) in a cup, not a toothbrush.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on June 12, 2013, 02:09:36 PM
Chris, excuse me if I'm mistaken, but am I looking at a bathroom?

I'm sure I detect a toothbrush in a mug, but I'm completely thrown by the screens and chairs. Please tell me I'm mistaken.

Rob C

Looks like a very comfy toilet, but the plumbing looks kind of small :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on June 12, 2013, 03:46:57 PM
Well, it's NeoCon... the world's biggest commercial furniture expo and I am absolutely drained.  We've put in about 8 days or work so far (in 7 actual days) and produced some work that I'm really happy with at Herman Miller and a couple other showrooms.

We were working around construction, installation and styling the whole time.  The space just outside of every composition is a mess of workers, furniture and props EVERYWHERE.  I have ingested more caffeine in the last week than I care to admit and have filled up nearly a TB worth of Hard drive space.  The images, while not quite straight out of camera only had time for about 15 minutes of retouching each before they had to be turned around for the monday morning web launch.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/130603_009.jpg)

More at the blog... (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2568)

CB


Well balanced and proportioned compositions as always - what an energetic and fun environment to be a part of.
Thanks for sharing here and on your blog.

Andrew

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 12, 2013, 05:37:53 PM
Nice images as usual Chris.

Many years ago I shot in the Shaw Walker display, following a crew shooting motion.  The grip from the motion crew placed a tota-light too near a sprinkler head.  Needless to say the shooting stopped :)



I was shooting an IBM sales facility in Lubbock TX back in the day. I was shooting the demo room with dozens of computers set up and running. My client, the architect, tripped over my 1000W halogen light on a stand (bouncing light off the ceiling) but he caught it before it hit the ground. He then set it back up again but directly beneath a sprinkler head. I was under the dark cloth concentrating on the composition..................
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 12, 2013, 06:34:31 PM
I was recently honored by the acquisition and permanent installation of two of my Chaco Canyon prints in the NM State Capital-"the Roundhouse". The Roundhouse houses a premier art collection of state artists (as well as the state legislature)and I am very honored to be in it. It is a very selective collection of some 600 works-all of which are on permanent display. As space runs out they become increasingly selective. Some years ago I approached them twice-got nowhere and basically gave up, but last year a board member approached me at a group show I was in at the Albuquerque Museum and it finally happened. Scanned 4x5 Tri-X Film with orange filter.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on June 12, 2013, 06:47:10 PM
congrats Kirk.   :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 12, 2013, 07:59:16 PM
congrats Kirk.   :)
From me, too. I'll look for them the next time I get to NM.

Eric M.



Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on June 13, 2013, 06:24:00 AM
I was recently honored by the acquisition and permanent installation of two of my Chaco Canyon prints in the NM State Capital-"the Roundhouse". The Roundhouse houses a premier art collection of state artists (as well as the state legislature)and I am very honored to be in it. It is a very selective collection of some 600 works-all of which are on permanent display. As space runs out they become increasingly selective. Some years ago I approached them twice-got nowhere and basically gave up, but last year a board member approached me at a group show I was in at the Albuquerque Museum and it finally happened. Scanned 4x5 Tri-X Film with orange filter.

Kirk, You've captured the essence of New Mexico in these two shots!!  I need to get back!  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on June 13, 2013, 07:55:51 AM
Awesome, Kirk.  I need to get out there with you sometime and explore my new-found love of shooting rocks and sand.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 13, 2013, 10:11:59 AM
Thanks guys. If you all get out here give me a ring and we can meet up.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: favalim on June 13, 2013, 06:41:42 PM
Very intersting light Chris! how did you fill the light? do you use frost?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: NickCroken on June 13, 2013, 07:03:18 PM
I don't typically shoot weddings but had the opportunity to shoot a friends wedding last weekend.  These are a couple of the images that I like as plow through the processing.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on June 13, 2013, 07:55:44 PM
Well, it's NeoCon... the world's biggest commercial furniture expo and I am absolutely drained.  We've put in about 8 days or work so far (in 7 actual days) and produced some work that I'm really happy with at Herman Miller and a couple other showrooms.

We were working around construction, installation and styling the whole time.  The space just outside of every composition is a mess of workers, furniture and props EVERYWHERE.  I have ingested more caffeine in the last week than I care to admit and have filled up nearly a TB worth of Hard drive space.  The images, while not quite straight out of camera only had time for about 15 minutes of retouching each before they had to be turned around for the monday morning web launch.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/130603_009.jpg)

More at the blog... (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2568)

CB
I like this. Beautiful work as always.

Ps: IMO, the plant is a mixed bag. It ads an "organic" feeling and a warmer tone in a rather cold and surgical precision environement (and also balanced the compo), but on the other hand, it has nothing to do with it.
I would have been on the difficult choice to keep or not to keep if I shooted that. In the end, I'd get rid-of the dentist waiting room plant in post and just center on the space with its pureness.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on June 13, 2013, 09:50:35 PM
Fantastic Kirk,

B&W just lends itself so well to this type of drama.
Do you still find yourself time in the darkroom to print yourself?

Andrew
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 13, 2013, 10:09:12 PM
Thanks. These are scanned film printed digitally. For many years I printed these traditionally and could not get exactly what I wanted-maybe 95%. Digitally I could get exactly what I wanted.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on June 13, 2013, 10:52:26 PM
Yeah, I hate plants.  That's all the Art Director.  Whatevs.

Here's what we did...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/130603_009_MarkedUp.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 14, 2013, 04:13:37 AM
Awesome, Kirk.  I need to get out there with you sometime and explore my new-found love of shooting rocks and sand.

You can 't do that, Chris: you simply must indulge the entire triumvirate: rocks, sand and at least one tree!

Enjoy.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on June 14, 2013, 06:44:33 AM
You can 't do that, Chris: you simply must indulge the entire triumvirate: rocks, sand and at least one tree!

Enjoy.

Rob C

Or...in Rob's style:
Rocks, sand, and at least One chick

Topless of course.
Shaken, not stirred
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on June 14, 2013, 08:04:44 AM
You can 't do that, Chris: you simply must indulge the entire triumvirate: rocks, sand and at least one tree!

Enjoy.

Rob C

Actually, I guess I am a fan of the at least one tree...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/PODAS_011.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/PODAS_005.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/PODAS_006.jpg)

;)

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on June 14, 2013, 09:41:06 AM
Yeah, I hate plants.  That's all the Art Director.  Whatevs.

Here's what we did...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/130603_009_MarkedUp.jpg)

Chris, those Dedo's are tungsten balanced, yes?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Jeffery Salter on June 14, 2013, 09:47:16 AM
Hi CB,

Really beautiful.  If I may ask a few questions about your workflow.  (This is in regards to your office and NEOCON photography)

Do you do your own postproduction work?  Just curious to know how many layers do you typical work with?

I really appreciate how you manage the various color temperatures (strobes vs hot lights vs daylight).  Do you balance every to daylight 5500k on the location or correct the colors in post in layers?

Your style really allows the architecture and furnishings to shine.  Cool and crisp.  I can really tell you are very graceful under pressure!

Thank you for sharing.

regards,
jeffery
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on June 14, 2013, 09:57:26 AM
Pfff guys.
The only thing that's missing in those
Desert landscapes is a ww hippy van
Parked next to the tree
With a fire and a guitar.
A bit of Neil Young Or CSN
And a view camera on a wooden tripod.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 14, 2013, 11:33:35 AM
Pfff guys.
The only thing that's missing in those
Desert landscapes is a ww hippy van
Parked next to the tree
With a fire and a guitar.
A bit of Neil Young Or CSN
And a view camera on a wooden tripod.


What about Gram Parsons?

Speaking of whom, here goes the Grievous Angel onto the player.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kaypee on June 14, 2013, 12:53:13 PM
Thanks for sharing Chris. Really inspiring work. Can I ask are you hiding the demo's or are they behind camera?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on June 14, 2013, 02:49:43 PM
Casa Salis

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Casa_Salis_03.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 14, 2013, 03:28:55 PM
Kodachrome rescued - more or less - from a shoot in Greece.

Don't think I posted it before.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on June 14, 2013, 04:01:09 PM
Kodachrome rescued - more or less - from a shoot in Greece.

Don't think I posted it before.

Rob C

Beautiful. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 14, 2013, 05:32:50 PM
Thank you, gentleman, made my day in turn!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 14, 2013, 05:36:10 PM
Kodachrome rescued - more or less - from a shoot in Greece.

Don't think I posted it before.

Rob C

Dam...............nation!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on June 14, 2013, 06:34:03 PM
Hi CB,

Really beautiful.  If I may ask a few questions about your workflow.  (This is in regards to your office and NEOCON photography)

Do you do your own postproduction work?  Just curious to know how many layers do you typical work with?

I really appreciate how you manage the various color temperatures (strobes vs hot lights vs daylight).  Do you balance every to daylight 5500k on the location or correct the colors in post in layers?

Your style really allows the architecture and furnishings to shine.  Cool and crisp.  I can really tell you are very graceful under pressure!

Thank you for sharing.

regards,
jeffery


Thanks, Jefferey.  As for color, I go with whatever the dominant ambient light source is.  This space was lit with florescent and tungsten track lights.  It all balanced out to about 2700k and a little green.  I don't carry a color meter, we just white balance the first capture and go from there.

So, the Dedos were straight tungsten, the Strobe and HMI had Full CTO and I think we had 1/8 or 1/4 Plus Green on everything.

We mix up our sources all the time with no regard to their native color balance and we just gel to match.  I carry CTO, CTB and Plus Green in 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and Full.  That usually gets me through any situation.

CB

Edit:  Yeah, I do my own post.  In the time it takes me to mark up notes for the retoucher (and I have a really good guy here in Chicago) I could have just done it myself.  I've become petty damn quick with Photoshop and reasonably skilled.  For this set of images, I've just done a quick round of work.  Next I'll ftp the High Res to the client's server and they'll work directly with my retoucher for any additional work.

Yada Yada.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on June 15, 2013, 06:29:26 AM
Thanks, Jefferey.  As for color, I go with whatever the dominant ambient light source is.  This space was lit with florescent and tungsten track lights.  It all balanced out to about 2700k and a little green.  I don't carry a color meter, we just white balance the first capture and go from there.

So, the Dedos were straight tungsten, the Strobe and HMI had Full CTO and I think we had 1/8 or 1/4 Plus Green on everything.

We mix up our sources all the time with no regard to their native color balance and we just gel to match.  I carry CTO, CTB and Plus Green in 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and Full.  That usually gets me through any situation.

CB



That was very interesting, along
With the light set-up pic.
I'd like to see those posts
More often.
Thanks Chris.

Ps: are you going to the Madrid festival ?
Maybe Rob could move his bottom
From the island beaches and we
All meet there. That would be a gas.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Jeffery Salter on June 15, 2013, 02:14:37 PM
Thanks, Jefferey.  As for color, I go with whatever the dominant ambient light source is.  This space was lit with florescent and tungsten track lights.  It all balanced out to about 2700k and a little green.  I don't carry a color meter, we just white balance the first capture and go from there.


It amazes me how much science and good technical skills go into our art form. It's a fun rabbit hole of learning shooting and shooting and learning.

Thanks again for sharing.
Jeffery
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on June 16, 2013, 05:09:50 AM
It amazes me how much science and good technical skills go into our art form. It's a fun rabbit hole of learning shooting and shooting and learning.

Absolutely right! And yet there are some here who are offended by being asked the square root of 16 when registering. Bizarre.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 16, 2013, 12:48:52 PM
Absolutely right! And yet there are some here who are offended by being asked the square root of 16 when registering. Bizarre.

Jeremy
Ah, but asking for the square root of 25 would be a different story!   ::)


Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 16, 2013, 01:20:18 PM
Ah, but asking for the square root of 25 would be a different story!   ::)





Doesn't count: you have to limit these trick questions to straight twelve-times tables!

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 16, 2013, 01:23:53 PM
This is a very difficult type of technical shot: it means calculating the wind speed, the model's drift and the photographer's compensatory shake.  Actually, it ends up a bit like sailing.

Definitely more Gram Parsons than Chuck Berry.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 16, 2013, 03:55:58 PM
Rob, Rob, Rob,

you surprise me. How could you crop the window in this architectural image?

The girl has a bit of an awkward position and the dress is strange. But I like the image anyway.

Best,
Johannes


I was using the built-in level of the camera, but didn't realise until later that it was front-focussing a little bit. Obviously, that's what happens in such cases. No proper QC these days. Must buy a Leica.

The awkward position comes from her being hungry. The dress was from Bob Dylan's early line: Blowin' in the Wind. Wonderful label.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on June 17, 2013, 12:18:41 AM
Just developed this one. From my 1-st DMF shoot when I rented H1 with Leaf 22MP. The shoot was with a gorgeous model I worked a year before, but she was kind enough to bring a long a body builder this time:)

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/RSM_188_V1_web700px.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 17, 2013, 04:14:06 AM
Michael, where's the girl? Forget the guy - he's for the birds, or at least the ones who dig bodybuilders.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on June 17, 2013, 07:42:40 AM
She is right here:)

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/SAW_B075_LEAF_V1_web700px.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on June 17, 2013, 09:47:08 AM
And here they are together of course:

(http://michaelezra.com/images/photography/MichaelEzra_SRM_288.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 17, 2013, 10:55:58 AM
Now you're shooting porcupines?  ;-)

I think your darker background tones are more pleasing than the lighter ones that I seem to remember you using before. I'm probably mistaken about the earlier ones - my memory isn't what it used to be, not that I think I remember the memory as being particularly good in the first place when it was young. But as it is, the background works very nicely with the skins.

I have a problem about the guy: isn't he missing something, what with gravity and all...?

Rob C

Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on June 17, 2013, 11:02:50 AM
... I have a problem about the guy: isn't he missing something, what with gravity and all...?

Rob, you should remember that Michael clones out all the props that help his models appear in nearly impossible positions ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on June 17, 2013, 11:16:54 AM
Now you're shooting porcupines?  ;-)


I have a problem about the guy: isn't he missing something, what with gravity and all...?

Rob C


Rob, It' known that body builder's
Are tiny, propotionaly tinied to their
Mass muscle increment.

Women don't like those kind of men.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on June 17, 2013, 11:25:20 AM
Fred, you'd be surprised how proportional body builders can be:)!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 17, 2013, 12:11:25 PM
Rob, It' known that body builder's
Are tiny, propotionaly tinied to their
Mass muscle increment.

Women don't like those kind of men.


Strangely, that's what my wife used to say; I thought she was only being kind to me. Hey ho! she wins again.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on June 17, 2013, 03:36:26 PM
She is right here:)

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/SAW_B075_LEAF_V1_web700px.jpg)

Michael, Amazing shot. Beautiful tonality
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on June 17, 2013, 07:13:11 PM
Fred, you'd be surprised how proportional body builders can be:)!

Rob, we indeed have been fooled by our wife and girlfriends !!!

B....s
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on June 17, 2013, 08:20:30 PM
Maybe he, like, tucked it....

Michael, thank you for sharing these here. I really like your work.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on June 17, 2013, 10:33:15 PM
Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on June 18, 2013, 01:29:15 PM
This is a very difficult type of technical shot: it means calculating the wind speed, the model's drift and the photographer's compensatory shake.  Actually, it ends up a bit like sailing.

I like the shot, Rob, but I can't avoid a nagging feeling that you might be stretching the word "Recent" just a tad far.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: heinrichvoelkel on June 18, 2013, 03:33:30 PM
No, no, no. Please Rob don't listen. Recent is not an exact period of time. For me Rob's images feel very recent.

Best,
Johannes

There some breast's in the picture and some let every measure of time and space go. Some are so brutally honest with themselves. There's no wink wink or other emoticon connected to my post.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 18, 2013, 04:12:59 PM
I like the shot, Rob, but I can't avoid a nagging feeling that you might be stretching the word "Recent" just a tad far.

Jeremy


Jeremy, 'recent' is a comparative term; at my age, recent isn't the same as for a newborn babe. My mother told me, approaching her nineties, that she was still twenty-seven or so; I believed her then and I now know she was telling the truth.

Goddamit, we still make and look at documentaries about (classical) Roman mistesses, wives and mothers! If two thousand years is but the batting of an eyelid, what's a few long months or, alternatively, short years? (We may make movies about recent Roman ladies too, but I can't vouch for that because I haven't been in a cinema since Thunderball because the print I was attempting to watch was OOF and the manager, when I went to complain, said it wasn't.)

;-)

Anyway, it's light relief from other things. Such as taxes and cerebral battles about photographic morality and honesty - a paradox, no doubt - in the art world.

At least I offer no Statement!

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on June 18, 2013, 05:14:01 PM
I wish I had a pool like this.   :(
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 18, 2013, 06:45:48 PM
I like the shot, Rob, but I can't avoid a nagging feeling that you might be stretching the word "Recent" just a tad far.

Jeremy
I think a definition of "recent" that might be useful here is "since Rob C was born."

Eric M.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 18, 2013, 06:47:37 PM
And to Michael Ezra,

I hope some day you'll tell us just how you designed and built the anti-gravity studio that you obviously use for your nude photos.  ;)

Eric M.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on June 18, 2013, 06:56:46 PM
Eric, it is just a 14'x21' living room with seamless 9.5 feet paper background. When I am done with the Levitation series, I might share the custom-designed support built with plumbing pipes and a few hoses from the dish-washing machine all for $60 @homedepot :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: K.C. on June 18, 2013, 11:50:44 PM
I wish I had a pool like this.   :(

Great images Joe but poor timing if you wanted anyone to pay attention. It'll take a couple of days for this predominantly male forum to get over the breasts that preceded your post.  ::)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 19, 2013, 03:56:41 AM
Great images Joe but poor timing if you wanted anyone to pay attention. It'll take a couple of days for this predominantly male forum to get over the breasts that preceded your post.  ::)



You're an optimist, K.C.

I was there, shot the shots and still haven't got over either the breasts or the times. All I know is that both were real, and that in the case of the Greek ones, their owner and my wife later spent time in Cannes discussing the rash of identical Arabian ones being sported along the edges of the pool of the Montfleury Hotel where we were staying on another shoot (identical, not in the sense of being simliar to the model's but that a common design ran through the Arabian ones; you learn so much with travel. We firmly believed Slazenger had a hand in it).

Again, thank you for the kind remarks!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 19, 2013, 11:51:08 AM
I never have enjoyed getting up before dawn and driving for miles. But then, you duz wot you have to duz.

Kodachrome 64, of course, one of the Nikons and probably the 2.8/35 non-AI'd Nikkor that was my crispest piece of glass at the time. I don't think I'd like to try shots like that with digital. That's one of the good things about digital though: never made me get up early.

"I think a definition of "recent" that might be useful here is "since Rob C was born."

Eric M."

I'll fly with that; thanks for the escape clause!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 19, 2013, 11:58:26 AM
The online version of my recent article in Dwell:
http://www.dwell.com/house-tours/article/sustainable-rammed-earth-home-new-mexico

(http://www.dwell.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/earth-moves-front.jpg?itok=_yv0xczF)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on June 19, 2013, 12:34:37 PM
I never have enjoyed getting up before dawn and driving for miles. But then, you duz wot you have to duz.

Kodachrome 64, of course, one of the Nikons and probably the 2.8/35 non-AI'd Nikkor that was my crispest piece of glass at the time. I don't think I'd like to try shots like that with digital. That's one of the good things about digital though: never made me get up early.

"I think a definition of "recent" that might be useful here is "since Rob C was born."

Eric M."

I'll fly with that; thanks for the escape clause!

;-)

Rob C
Rob, I hated sunsets pics. Before seeing this.

(Excellent composition too)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 19, 2013, 01:46:49 PM
Rob, I hated sunsets pics. Before seeing this.

(Excellent composition too)


Keith, Fred, thanks very much - glad you like it!

Fred, it isn't a sunset - it actually was shot at sunrise, the main reason being that that beach gets a lot of low surf in the late afternoons sometimes, and that causes quite a bit of humidity to hang like a cloud; apart from that, I can't figure a way to get the damned sun to set in the east.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on June 19, 2013, 01:49:40 PM
The online version of my recent article in Dwell:
http://www.dwell.com/house-tours/article/sustainable-rammed-earth-home-new-mexico

(http://www.dwell.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/earth-moves-front.jpg?itok=_yv0xczF)


Nice work Kirk.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 19, 2013, 02:38:35 PM
Thanks. Hey does anybody have a current live contact for an editor or someone at Sunset? I have a couple of things I want to pitch to them but get 0 response from any of the listed methods of contact.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 19, 2013, 04:37:59 PM
Nice work Kirk.
+1.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on June 19, 2013, 06:58:37 PM
New project in Albuquerque-The Jerry Cline Tennis Complex by Lee Gamelsky Architects. 2X flat stitch with Canon 24 T/S II.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on June 19, 2013, 10:41:35 PM
Thanks, but yes, nothing like a nice pair of breast to distract my counterparts.   :D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on June 19, 2013, 10:55:23 PM
I had the opportunity to be at the Phase One World Tour in Hollywood the other day. Great program and Phase One, Profoto, Eizo and Siren Studios really were very exceptional in providing a superb experience. We also had presentations by David LaChapelle and Art Streiber.

I also had the chance to shoot a few frames with the IQ260, very impressive. But what impressed me was that in the very bright sunlight outside on the roof of Siren Studios I was able to clearly see the screen on the back of the camera. Even more visible than on my Canon 5DMkIII.



Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on June 20, 2013, 02:12:12 AM
Hi,

Shot this a couple of days ago for a client of mine.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on June 20, 2013, 09:20:51 AM
I never have enjoyed getting up before dawn and driving for miles. But then, you duz wot you have to duz.

Kodachrome 64, of course, one of the Nikons and probably the 2.8/35 non-AI'd Nikkor that was my crispest piece of glass at the time. I don't think I'd like to try shots like that with digital. That's one of the good things about digital though: never made me get up early.

"I think a definition of "recent" that might be useful here is "since Rob C was born."

Eric M."

I'll fly with that; thanks for the escape clause!

;-)

Rob C

Love it.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 20, 2013, 10:57:12 AM
Love it.


Thank you, T; much appreciated!

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on June 20, 2013, 12:15:08 PM
From another lifetime: my recorded struggles with Ilford HP3, 35mm and bounced flash.

Her Majesty The Queen; The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Where was Harry Benson that day?

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on June 20, 2013, 01:43:10 PM
I think a definition of "recent" that might be useful here is "since Rob C was born."

OK, then. I'll accept that.  ;)

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Emilmedia on June 20, 2013, 03:15:50 PM
Hi,

Shot this a couple of days ago for a client of mine.

Cheers

Simon

You keep delivering great work!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: wolfnowl on July 07, 2013, 01:56:45 AM
Love the Harris' Hawks!  :)

Mike.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on July 28, 2013, 04:06:23 PM
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/at_ege_ca_mag.jpg)

P21+, Contax.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on July 28, 2013, 11:33:42 PM
A few stills from the new short film we just wrapped on...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/FaGTC_Blog_Cover.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/FaGTC_Blog_001.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/FaGTC_Blog_003.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/FaGTC_Blog_005.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/FaGTC_Blog_007.jpg)

More at the Blog (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2590).

Shot on RED Epics.  All the wides with the Canon 17 & 24 mm TS-Es with mediums and closeups on Leica R Series primes and zooms.  Good stuff, those '80s Leicas!

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 02, 2013, 06:56:19 PM
July was a slow month for me, but I did shoot this interesting project.  Ok, so it was not the highest budget project for my client, but I thought the stairs added a different feel. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on August 02, 2013, 07:11:26 PM
Hi Joe,

Same sort of July here!
Nice shot.  It tells the story of the twisting stair well.
My only comment/crit would be that I might have switched the bariatric (big person) chair out for a normal one.  It seems to grab my attention.

Did you use any supplementary lighting?
Is it a hospital, or health center of some sort?

Cheers
Andrew
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 02, 2013, 10:53:30 PM
The big person chairs were all over the place; about a third of the chairs were wide.  And they were so heavy, I mean all of the chairs, like 45 lb. heavy.  

I did use supplemental lighting, but mainly on the stair to make it shine.  I had a couple of flood lights in the back of the office as well.  

And yes, it is a healthcare office, here is a couple more from the same job.  

BTW, I hate being slow and waiting for people to make up their minds.  I currently have a 15 project proposal out there; one partner said lets do this, waiting on the approval of the 2nd partner.  Come on, just say yes, lets get this moving before fall college sports practice starts up again.  (I just cant show up to a college in Sept. and say, "I'm here to photograph the women's locker rooms."   :D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on August 03, 2013, 07:49:15 AM
Looking at the last image with mediocre vinyl floor & everything else. Congratulations, you made a most mundane office look really great, that's a sign of a great professional photographer.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on August 03, 2013, 01:31:34 PM
The big person chairs were all over the place; about a third of the chairs were wide.  And they were so heavy, I mean all of the chairs, like 45 lb. heavy.  

I did use supplemental lighting, but mainly on the stair to make it shine.  I had a couple of flood lights in the back of the office as well.  

And yes, it is a healthcare office, here is a couple more from the same job.  

BTW, I hate being slow and waiting for people to make up their minds.  I currently have a 15 project proposal out there; one partner said lets do this, waiting on the approval of the 2nd partner.  Come on, just say yes, lets get this moving before fall college sports practice starts up again.  (I just cant show up to a college in Sept. and say, "I'm here to photograph the women's locker rooms."   :D


That would have been a challenge that the old Playboy of the 60s would have embraced and completed to everyone's satisfacation. Regardless of Mr Jagger.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 03, 2013, 02:04:32 PM
Looking at the last image with mediocre vinyl floor & everything else. Congratulations, you made a most mundane office look really great, that's a sign of a great professional photographer.
Thanks for the compliment!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 03, 2013, 02:08:21 PM

That would have been a challenge that the old Playboy of the 60s would have embraced and completed to everyone's satisfacation. Regardless of Mr Jagger.

;-)

Rob C
Yes, Rob, would be nice.  However I've never been that smooth. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on August 03, 2013, 04:09:21 PM
Yes, Rob, would be nice.  However I've never been that smooth.  



With Playboy picking up the tab, everything is smooth!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on August 03, 2013, 07:30:15 PM

With Playboy picking up the tab, everything is smooth!

;-)

Rob C

Not really.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on August 03, 2013, 10:34:21 PM
Ouch - that'll do the back in.

Slow is a tough frustrating one, especially when you're waiting for the green light....

Nice package.  I'm sure your client is happy with those.  As SeanBK said....you lifted the space.

Well done.
AL

The big person chairs were all over the place; about a third of the chairs were wide.  And they were so heavy, I mean all of the chairs, like 45 lb. heavy. 

I did use supplemental lighting, but mainly on the stair to make it shine.  I had a couple of flood lights in the back of the office as well. 

And yes, it is a healthcare office, here is a couple more from the same job. 

BTW, I hate being slow and waiting for people to make up their minds.  I currently have a 15 project proposal out there; one partner said lets do this, waiting on the approval of the 2nd partner.  Come on, just say yes, lets get this moving before fall college sports practice starts up again.  (I just cant show up to a college in Sept. and say, "I'm here to photograph the women's locker rooms."   :D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on August 04, 2013, 04:35:45 AM
Not really.




Hey, it's an imaginay locker room in what was an even more imaginative epoch!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on August 07, 2013, 11:24:45 PM
Hello,

Just one in a series of ten images I did for a fitness client.

Go to the link below if you want to see the other nine

https://www.facebook.com/harper.photographics

Ciao

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JohnBrew on August 08, 2013, 07:22:13 AM
Wow. Nice work, Simon.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on August 08, 2013, 10:16:01 AM
Indeed!

Wow. Nice work, Simon.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on August 08, 2013, 03:57:01 PM
Nice comps man.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on August 08, 2013, 04:52:16 PM
Skylabs, Heidelberg, Germany:

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Slablux_02.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Slablux_03.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Slablux_05.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Slablux_08.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Slablux_09.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on August 08, 2013, 05:12:46 PM
Hello,

Thanks guys.

Aphoto spectacular architecture images.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on August 08, 2013, 06:57:25 PM
Form and Shadow - Fantastic work Aphoto.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on August 08, 2013, 09:22:54 PM
Adrian, Simon, thanks for sharing these fantastic works.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on August 08, 2013, 11:51:42 PM
Adrian, Simon, thanks for sharing these fantastic works.
ACH

+1

(http://martinrangerimages.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/130728162430_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on August 09, 2013, 10:53:23 AM
Martin, delighting sensual and well staged shot.

This is another one from my series Collected and Treasured.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/conchas/010813%28C%2C-9%2C-7%29.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 14, 2013, 11:24:50 AM
I am in the process of "relocating" to NYC from Philly and, of course, need to change branding a little.  Shot these two Sunday; although I wish I had sun, I think they came out ok.  Both shot with the Rodie 55, which I am also trying to use more often too. 

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 14, 2013, 01:15:50 PM
Hi Joe,

is New York the only place to be as a photographer in the US? It seems a lot of photographers are moving there – even Mark Tucker. Forgive, but I'm curious.

Best,
Johannes
That really depends on what your intentions are and what you want to do with your career.  If you are fine with being a somewhat successful photographer that has good clients and can support a family, then anywhere should be a good place.  And there is nothing wrong with this.  

But if you want to be the best, shoot the best, work for the best clients, use the best equipment, charge the highest fees, then you really need to be in a cultural Hub, and NYC is a hub.  This is where I want to be in my career in a few years, but Philly is not a hub; it is a pit stop between two hubs (sad to say about my home town, but it is true).  

I thought being in Philly would give me advantages, such as being able to learn the business before going after NYC and DC (which was actually a good thing since Philly is a little more laid back), having a lower cost of living, and being able to support NYC and DC clients equally as well since I am in between both cities.  My girlfriend, who is a food photographer, felt the same thing.  However we are finding that a lot of NYC firms do not look at us as "great photographers," but as "great photographers who live in Philadelphia."  I was flat out told by a very prestigious firm in NYC that they thought my work was exceptional and would consider working with me ... if I was in NYC, but since I am not what would be the point.  It is frustrating for both of us.  

To be the best, you need to be in a hub (or at least get established in one), plain and simple.  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: pixjohn on August 14, 2013, 10:52:36 PM
I can tell you from personal experience  and a lot if years in NYC. You should continue in Philly and make it look like your in NYC for awhile. Get a NYC number and address first, move in steps. living in  NYC is not a golden ticket. Why do they need to know where your house is? In the past if you shot in Brooklyn, you might has well have lived in Kansas. I had friends who got a NYC numbers and address and marketed themselves as a NYC photographers and did very well, why living in Brooklyn. I lived in NYC for over 10 years and did very well, but had very little money left to enjoy. I had another friend in the same boat that did extremely well in NYC and after 10 years moved to CT and he continues to do even better with his NYC number. Its a mind game, you just have to play it.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on August 15, 2013, 03:08:28 AM
Hi Joe,

I don’t know you from a bar of soap. But there is an old saying when you are the best there is only one direction and that is down. Take some  advice from a 53 year old photographer who has done pretty good over the years. Longevity is a better option. Also I was invited to New York in the late 90’s to set up a studio and my replay was and leave my beautiful New Zealand no thanks

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on August 15, 2013, 03:51:01 AM
awas in NYC, but since I am not what would be the point.  It is frustrating for both of us.  

To be the best, you need to be in a hub (or at least get established in one), plain and simple.  



I have to agree. It's not only about address, it's also about bonding and that means personally.

Many years ago, when I was doing quite well up in Scotland, I moved out to Spain in order to have instant calendar locations all around me. I got that. I also decided that to maximise the advantage, I should change stock libraries for one that did stock as well as provide commissioned work of the type that I did: calendar girls.

So I took a trip back to London, looked up American Susan G. who ran her own stock library as well as having a photographers' agency. She said she'd be delighted to take me on for stock, but that insofar as commissions went, I had to live in London or forget all about it. I understood then, and still do. But I couldn't maintain the lifestyle I could in Scotland and Mallorca in London. My nice house-with-studio in Glasgow would have bought a garage in London. And I had no intentions of stepping (leaping!) backwards. It was the same story when I had a day with the head of AGE library in Spain: I'd thought of moving to Barcelona for the models. He looked around my place here on the island and told me I was nuts: I'd have to be a stockbroker to have in Barcelona what I have here.

Such a lot depends on where your parents live, and how old you are when you face decisions. I guess that if you have nothing to lose, then do it, but otherwise choose between being paralysed by fear or betting the farm on a dream.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 15, 2013, 06:44:29 AM
Let me just say that I am moving there in steps, both of us.  We now have NYC numbers and addresses.  The only problem with not living there is not being able to network as good as if we were.  I also need to get a portfolio of exterior buildings from NYC, which is hard since I don't live there either. 

And also that fact that I will have to leave Philly at 2:15 AM this Sat. to make a 4:15 start time in Manhattan; not looking forward to that.   :(
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on August 15, 2013, 09:25:43 AM
I don't understand your rationale, Joe. Perhaps a New York rep will help you land more jobs in NYC. Photography is more competitive now than it's ever been. I live in the middle of a swamp; 90% of my projects come from clients that are at least 500 miles away. Perhaps you'd stand a better chance marketing your skills to Cleveland. I would think NYC is saturated with local talent.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on August 15, 2013, 09:28:39 AM
If I were in your shoes, live in Carrol Gardens, Brooklyn for three years.  Try and save some money (almost impossible).  Make your connections, shoot a bunch, then get the hell out.  NYC is set up for boom and bust.  If you boom in NYC, have an exit strategy, diversify, make sure you shoot in LA, make sure you make the rounds to all the big clients in the US and abroad.  Otherwise, once your connections at an agency or magazine are gone, so are you.  Then you have to start over.

Good luck.  Its a good experience living there.

Let me just say that I am moving there in steps, both of us.  We now have NYC numbers and addresses.  The only problem with not living there is not being able to network as good as if we were.  I also need to get a portfolio of exterior buildings from NYC, which is hard since I don't live there either. 

And also that fact that I will have to leave Philly at 2:15 AM this Sat. to make a 4:15 start time in Manhattan; not looking forward to that.   :(
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on August 15, 2013, 11:48:04 AM
My wife and I have toyed for years with getting an NYC apartment, just a small rental as sort of a weekend place.  It would also give me an East Coast presence, so that I could shoot there without my typical $3k travel expense.  I figured if it landed me a few extra jobs a year it would at least pay for the Apt.

We dig NYC but love Chicago too.

Here's a picture of some chairs...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/Caper_002_HERO.jpg)

...and a house...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/130707_929.jpg)

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on August 15, 2013, 01:30:27 PM
@Chris Barrett
oh,
I like the first one very much!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 16, 2013, 11:29:27 AM
Great work Chris, as always. 

Wow, this whole move to NYC thing is getting blown out of the water.  First, we do not plan on moving for some time now, and we would live in Brooklyn.  We already have a nice name base in NYC and our plan is to get our NYC numbers and addresses out there this winter.  Two weeks in and we are already seeing great responses, even from those we have previously met with.  One firm that I have been really trying to get in with finally returned my calls and emails after 3 years of nothing; I am sure the 646 number had a part in that. 

On another note, I hate it when people tell you they "do not have a budget, just tell us what it would cost."  Then I get the reply, your number was more then what we wanted to spend.  Me thinking, "so you did have a budget after all." 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on August 16, 2013, 12:27:14 PM
Perhaps they wanted to spend zero?  I don't even know what the going rate is anymore, whether I'm high or low. Naturally I'm happy people keep paying my day rate.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on August 16, 2013, 01:23:35 PM
Nice work Chris.

Good luck with that Joe. I hope it works out for you. Boy to each his own. New Mexico is full of successful photographers bailing from living and working in the big three markets-seems they hate the lifestyle usually. When I go to Chicago (to teach photo) I don't even look for work though some oftentimes comes my way. I love Chicago and need my urban fix there periodically but it is a huge PITA to work there. I am always thrilled to get back to the SW where things are more accessible and not so hectic.

The last time I was there I needed to get on the roof of The Palmer House hotel to do a shot down Michigan Ave. of another building. No shit it took 6 weeks to get them to return my phone calls (and my clients calls too).
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on August 16, 2013, 02:05:20 PM
I've never liked The Palmer House.  This makes me like them even less.

Nice work Chris.

Good luck with that Joe. I hope it works out for you. Boy to each his own. New Mexico is full of successful photographers bailing from living and working in the big three markets-seems they hate the lifestyle usually. When I go to Chicago (to teach photo) I don't even look for work though some oftentimes comes my way. I love Chicago and need my urban fix there periodically but it is a huge PITA to work there. I am always thrilled to get back to the SW where things are more accessible and not so hectic.

The last time I was there I needed to get on the roof of The Palmer House hotel to do a shot down Michigan Ave. of another building. No shit it took 6 weeks to get them to return my phone calls (and my clients calls too).
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on August 16, 2013, 03:54:55 PM
Nice work Chris.

Good luck with that Joe. I hope it works out for you. Boy to each his own. New Mexico is full of successful photographers bailing from living and working in the big three markets-seems they hate the lifestyle usually. When I go to Chicago (to teach photo) I don't even look for work though some oftentimes comes my way. I love Chicago and need my urban fix there periodically but it is a huge PITA to work there. I am always thrilled to get back to the SW where things are more accessible and not so hectic.

The last time I was there I needed to get on the roof of The Palmer House hotel to do a shot down Michigan Ave. of another building. No shit it took 6 weeks to get them to return my phone calls (and my clients calls too).



Isn't this an example of the benefits of living on location? One could have gone to see the right guy and got a defintive reply in moments. If I could walk in unexpectedly off the street in Cannes and get the ear of the Public Relations Manager of the Carlton, why not a joint in NY?

Belief is the miracle that opens the doors.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on August 16, 2013, 04:00:49 PM
Rob, I was living there for the summer. It took half the summer to get a phone call returned. PLUS as I said they would not return my clients calls either (their neighbor). Nor could I just "walk in" and talk to the right person-tried that and got nowhere.

A similar thing happens when trying to get my architectural photography class access to buildings to do some photography. No problem in the SW-huge problem in Chicago.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on August 16, 2013, 04:24:11 PM
Rob, I was living there for the summer. It took half the summer to get a phone call returned. PLUS as I said they would not return my clients calls either (their neighbor). Nor could I just "walk in" and talk to the right person-tried that and got nowhere.

A similar thing happens when trying to get my architectural photography class access to buildings to do some photography. No problem in the SW-huge problem in Chicago.


Maybe it's contemporary city paranoia and thoughts of terrorism. You don't, like I do, have a beard, do you? Never helps!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on August 16, 2013, 04:25:48 PM
Yes, But I look like Ansel Adams for pete's sake! :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on August 17, 2013, 03:26:33 AM
Yes, But I look like Ansel Adams for pete's sake! :)


Well, there's no answer to that!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on August 17, 2013, 03:35:07 AM
Hello,

Shot a couple of weeks ago for Hyundai.

Background image was supplied and the car was shot in my studio using a Nikon D800E attached to a Horseman VCC adaptor and a Rodenstock 105mm Apo Rodagon lens and Dedo lights. My assistant Renee and I took turns sitting in the car playing the driver. Its me in the shot.

Ciao

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 17, 2013, 12:36:20 PM
Hello,

Shot a couple of weeks ago for Hyundai.

Background image was supplied and the car was shot in my studio using a Nikon D800E attached to a Horseman VCC adaptor and a Rodenstock 105mm Apo Rodagon lens and Dedo lights. My assistant Renee and I took turns sitting in the car playing the driver. Its me in the shot.

Ciao

Simon

Very nice Simon.  Funny, you writing that you were in the shot hand me doing a double take, until I realized that the steering is on the other side than here in the States.  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: DanielStone on August 17, 2013, 12:47:45 PM
Hello,

Shot a couple of weeks ago for Hyundai.

Background image was supplied and the car was shot in my studio using a Nikon D800E attached to a Horseman VCC adaptor and a Rodenstock 105mm Apo Rodagon lens and Dedo lights. My assistant Renee and I took turns sitting in the car playing the driver. Its me in the shot.

Ciao

Simon

Hey Simon,

quick question for ya, if I may:

What's YOUR feel on the use of a "supplied" image of sorts, but then taking a separately-shot/lit car and comping it in? I know it's now a "default" practice for many in the automotive industry, but as a photographer and not just a consumer looking at pretty ad shots I'm left feeling a bit cold, so to speak.

Do you ever do rig shots? I know that many have shied away from them in the few past years due to the time involved, and the rush of modern-day shooting and budgetary constraints. But shooting both the car & background simultaneously (I've found, working on a few car jobs in the past) seems to have less of a "cut and paste" feel.

Again, just my sentiments on the issue as a whole. The lighting on the car is nice btw :)

-Dan
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on August 17, 2013, 03:48:29 PM
Hi Dan,

To be honest been in a nice warm studio in stead of a cold freezing South Island road with a team of ten people and a camera rig plus all the hassle of dealing with councils to get road permits and safety certificates as well as traffic control staff does not appeal to me. I know what you are saying but as you have mentioned it is all about money.

With fantastic software like Virtual Rig I personally can not see any reason way you would want to use a camera rig system as they are expensive, time consuming, cumbersome just unnecessary for still photography and you have to contend with the weather which is always unpredictable in winter in New Zealand. For video there is definite advantages in using a camera rig.

http://www.virtualrig-studio.com/

That Hyundai took me 4 hours to shoot compared to at lease a four day shoot on location. Personally I would have retouched the shot with more reflections of the surroundings in the car but those decisions are made by other people.

I have a couple of images I did of an Aston Marin DBS which I will releasing in a couple of weeks which was a personal project. My brief to the retoucher was Tim Burton, Batman, Gotham City, Sleepy Hollow look and I let him loss. Personally I think he hit it on the head perfectly so stay tuned.

Ciao

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: David Eichler on August 19, 2013, 02:31:36 AM
Rob, I was living there for the summer. It took half the summer to get a phone call returned. PLUS as I said they would not return my clients calls either (their neighbor). Nor could I just "walk in" and talk to the right person-tried that and got nowhere.

A similar thing happens when trying to get my architectural photography class access to buildings to do some photography. No problem in the SW-huge problem in Chicago.

Were you offering a significant amount of money to use their property? If not, what is their incentive to be responsive to you? Can't imagine they would have any interest in photos of a neighboring building, unless they happen to own or manage it as well.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: David Eichler on August 19, 2013, 02:41:25 AM
I am in the process of "relocating" to NYC from Philly and, of course, need to change branding a little.  Shot these two Sunday; although I wish I had sun, I think they came out ok.  Both shot with the Rodie 55, which I am also trying to use more often too.  



Excellent views. Color balance seems on the cool side to me for both, on my monitor. The left one seems a bit blue overall, with maybe a hint of magenta or purple in the highlights, and the right one looks positively purple to me, especially the sky.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on August 19, 2013, 04:54:31 AM
some recent work. couple of shots for one of the U.K's biggest retailers and a small bespoke racing bike company.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on August 19, 2013, 10:56:02 AM
Its called smart business. My client does a significant amount of business with them.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on August 19, 2013, 02:41:19 PM
From what I can tell, and I may be wrong, they won't even return the call to accept a large sum of money or to say no.  That is obnoxious. 

Were you offering a significant amount of money to use their property? If not, what is their incentive to be responsive to you? Can't imagine they would have any interest in photos of a neighboring building, unless they happen to own or manage it as well.
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on August 19, 2013, 02:52:44 PM
Were you offering a significant amount of money to use their property? If not, what is their incentive to be responsive to you?...

The little, obscure thing formerly known as 'common courtesy'? Let alone 'professional courtesy.'
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on August 20, 2013, 03:40:52 AM
The little, obscure thing formerly known as 'common courtesy'? Let alone 'professional courtesy.'


Goddamit Slobodan, you must be almost as ancient as am I in order to remember such niceties!

The reality? It's just another part of that long-lost Golden Age that the children amongst us deny existed.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 20, 2013, 07:24:05 PM
Shot this today.  Almost fresh out of the camera; I spent about 5 to 10 minutes in PS on it.  We used 6 strobes and 2 hot lights.  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 22, 2013, 05:39:22 PM
Spent yesterday and today (and going back tonight and a day next week) in the new Ben Franklin Museum in Philly.  The interior designer (out of London) needs a couple asap, so I just worked on this one. 

Off to shoot some more. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on August 23, 2013, 07:13:32 PM
Joe K, I always enjoy your technically perfect interior shots. Do you mind sharing the Metadata > Camera, lens, f-stop, shutter speed & any supplemental lights, if u terribly wouldn't mind, I'd appreciate it. Thnx. :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on August 24, 2013, 01:17:31 AM
Hello,

My first attempt at using my home made strip light. Its 5 meters long, 60cm wide and uses 3 strips of LED’s.

This shot is straight out of the camera.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on August 24, 2013, 01:39:08 AM
Hi Simon,

Very soft light......

I'm interested to hear your experiences in colour balancing these.  Did you use any supplementary lights?

We light the inside of this model with tungsten balanced LED's and there was strobes gelled to tungsten lighting the exterior - not totally balanced.
If anyone is interested, the model maker is www.scaleart.ca
They also work in the US and are amazingly talented.

Cheers
A.L
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on August 24, 2013, 01:55:16 AM
Hello,

The strip light is the only light sources in the shot.

I did have to use gels to balance the LED’s to the same colour temperature as my Dedo lights. So in the future I can combine the different lights together.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 24, 2013, 09:40:20 AM
Joe K, I always enjoy your technically perfect interior shots. Do you mind sharing the Metadata > Camera, lens, f-stop, shutter speed & any supplemental lights, if u terribly wouldn't mind, I'd appreciate it. Thnx. :)
Hello Sean, thanks for the compliments.  Both shots were captured with a P45+ on an Arca Swiss using a SK 35mm lens with the CF.  I was shooting at f/11 for both.  The first shot that I posted was a little hairy and complicated, so get ready. 

This was an office interior in an old building; most of the walls where white and helped a lot.  I used 6 strobes and two hot lights for this image.  For strobes, I placed one at the left of camera bouncing off of the wall, one at the right of the camera bouncing into that little out cove.  I had one directly above the camera with a 30 degree grid projecting into the shot.  A fourth was placed behind that out cove bouncing off of the wall on the right.  Fifth one was reflecting out of an umbrella by the cubicles.  The last one was behind were the chairs are, bouncing off of the floor and kitchen area.  All strobes were gelled with 1/2 CTO; the strobe with the grid also had a full diffusion gel behind the grid.  The hot lights were hitting the chair to the right and the group of chairs in front of the camera.  When I work with strobes, I balance the shot as much as I can at ISO 200.  Then throw on a device that allows me to control manually the length of the exposure, sync the pocket wizards to the Copal shutter and drop the ISO to 50.  This allows me to do multiple exposures.  I do not remember the shutter speed, but this shot was 6 multiple exposures (I think, it could have been 5) at ISO 50. 

I can explain the second one later; I have a shoot to go to.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 24, 2013, 09:45:21 PM
Did I say how much I love working with Phase backs!

Last shot of the day, Rodie 55mm at f/11.  Single capture using 5 tungsten lights.  Only opened it in PS to remove an EXIT sign.  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on August 25, 2013, 07:32:16 AM
Thank you Joe. In addition now I have healthy respect for your hard work. Just great work, love 'em all.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on August 25, 2013, 11:14:26 AM
Did I say how much I love working with Phase backs!

Last shot of the day, Rodie 55mm at f/11.  Single capture using 5 tungsten lights.  Only opened it in PS to remove an EXIT sign. 



Hotel California redux?

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on August 25, 2013, 11:18:26 AM


Hotel California redux?

;-)

Rob C
:D

Very nice. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: favalim on August 29, 2013, 04:01:48 PM
Joe I think I haven't understood your method ... can you explain it better end tell us what's the advantage of it? thank you very much
Marco

Quote
... When I work with strobes, I balance the shot as much as I can at ISO 200.  Then throw on a device that allows me to control manually the length of the exposure, sync the pocket wizards to the Copal shutter and drop the ISO to 50.  This allows me to do multiple exposures.  I do not remember the shutter speed, but this shot was 6 multiple exposures (I think, it could have been 5) at ISO 50.  

I can explain the second one later; I have a shoot to go to.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on August 29, 2013, 07:13:07 PM
Simon, congratulations for that home made led strip. Wonderful.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 01, 2013, 10:29:54 PM
Hello,

This is a personal shot I did working with a great retoucher and all round nice guy Dan Coroian-Vlad.

http://www.retouching.co.nz/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/D2-creative-retouching/166300943405238

The car was shot with a Nikon D800E, Nikon 70-200mm F2.8G @F16.0.

Lighting was Dedos my new home made strip light and some light painting.

I have another shot of the Aston Martin DBS coming soon.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on September 01, 2013, 11:23:47 PM
Outstanding!

Hello,

This is a personal shot I did working with a great retoucher and all round nice guy called Dan Coroian-Vlad.

http://www.retouching.co.nz/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/D2-creative-retouching/166300943405238

The car was shot with a Nikon D800E, Nikon 70-200mm F2.8G @F16.0.

Lighting was Dedos my new home made strip light and some light painting.

I have another shot of the Aston Martin DBS coming soon.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on September 02, 2013, 12:56:16 AM
Simon, That is a terrific shot of one of my fav car. Just a few hours back I was studying Rapide S (4door version) it was w/leasing company, fab lines. :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on September 02, 2013, 09:03:48 PM
From a collaboration with a local artist.

(http://martinrangerimages.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/One-Roll-Project-1-3_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on September 02, 2013, 09:13:03 PM
Hello,

This is a personal shot I did working with a great retoucher and all round nice guy called Dan Coroian-Vlad.

http://www.retouching.co.nz/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/D2-creative-retouching/166300943405238

The car was shot with a Nikon D800E, Nikon 70-200mm F2.8G @F16.0.

Lighting was Dedos my new home made strip light and some light painting.

I have another shot of the Aston Martin DBS coming soon.

Cheers

Simon

Simon, This shot is one of your best!!  Nice Job!  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on September 02, 2013, 09:53:27 PM
From a collaboration with a local artist.

(http://martinrangerimages.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/One-Roll-Project-1-3_b.jpg)

Awesome. Great feel.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: george2787 on September 03, 2013, 08:43:23 AM
First time posting here, I'm kind of nervous...

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2525812/uploads/bea.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on September 03, 2013, 09:51:26 AM
Nice feel your image gives out. Rather apropos. :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Manoli on September 03, 2013, 12:32:48 PM
First time posting here, I'm kind of nervous...

You don't need to be. I promise.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 03, 2013, 04:27:39 PM
Hi George,

Lovely image and she has nicer curves than my Aston Martin shot.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on September 03, 2013, 08:54:47 PM
Showing some fantastic works here. I enjoy.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on September 04, 2013, 03:25:30 AM
Bet your ass that she doesn't feel nervous...!

Nice picture.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on September 05, 2013, 02:47:18 PM
Awesome. Great feel.


Thank you. Shot on film during an art intervention.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on September 05, 2013, 03:23:54 PM
I like the idea of an Art Intervention.  Do tell!

Thank you. Shot on film during an art intervention.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on September 05, 2013, 03:31:51 PM
I like the idea of an Art Intervention.  Do tell!


In the old days it used to be called a happening, but apparently that term has too much of a drug connotation to appeal to art buyers these days. Hence, a new term. In this project, the artist wrapped the models in cellophane and sticky tape to create a torso. The models then put on his art creation (wearable art), and danced while he played music. Then the cellophane torsos are cut off the models, and the wearable art is displayed on them. All of this is filmed and photographed as part of the intervention. Quite a lot of fun, and a very different experience from my usual work.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 07, 2013, 06:22:41 PM
Hello,

This is the second shot I did of the Aston Martin DBS.

The brief I gave to Dan the retoucher was I wanted a Tim Burton, Bat Man, Sleepy Hollow look to the image.

I think he nailed it perfectly.

Stats:

Nikon D800E camera
Nikon 45mm F2.8 PC-E lens @F16.0
Dedo Lights

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ihv on September 07, 2013, 06:41:31 PM
Absolutely stunning shot.

P.S. Hold on, no driver? I hate this new world.

Hello,

This is the second shot I did of the Aston Martin DBS.

The brief I gave to Dan the retoucher was I wanted a Tim Burton, Bat Man, Sleepy Hollow look to the image.

I think he nailed it perfectly.

Stats:

Nikon D800E camera
Nikon 45mm F2.8 PC-E lens @F16.0
Dedo Lights

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: DanielStone on September 07, 2013, 11:54:01 PM
Absolutely stunning shot.

P.S. Hold on, no driver? I hate this new world.


If you look closely, there IS a driver. It's a right-hand drive vehicle

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: pixjohn on September 08, 2013, 12:56:17 AM
The car shot is stunning.  I also agree about the driver looking like he is missing. Looks like he needs to just move a little left. The other small thing that took my eye away from the image is the 2 star effects in the  reflections, but a very nice feel to the shot.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 08, 2013, 02:10:29 AM
Hello,

The driver is actually me so the least of me the better.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 08, 2013, 02:14:44 AM
Pixjohn,

You make a good point about the star effects as catching the eye. I used direct light to pick up the metallic paint as well as the carbon fiber of the car.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 08, 2013, 01:27:04 PM
Hello,

The driver is actually me so the least of me the better.

Cheers

Simon
No. You should have cranked the window down and poked your head outside so we could really see you. Perhaps with tongue hanging out like a dog riding in a car...  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on September 08, 2013, 10:34:11 PM
Simon, very cool images:)!

Does anyone know about this magazine - http://www.artefotografico.es ?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 08, 2013, 11:01:44 PM
Hi Michael,

Thanks, I don't know this magazine.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: K.C. on September 10, 2013, 02:32:14 AM

The driver is actually me...

But you're not actually moving are you ?

I think you used http://www.virtualrig-studio.com/
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 10, 2013, 02:39:05 AM
Hello,

That's correct the car is stationary in my studio.The car its self is made up of 12 different images.

Dan the retoucher doesn't have virualrig so he did it by hand.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: stevebri on September 10, 2013, 12:10:39 PM
Hi Simon,

Really great work, glad to see you actually getting the D800 singing so well and breaking forum rules shooting at f16.

What many fail to realise is how important your team is, you and your retoucher are obviously on the right page, the result is world class.

The driver thing...? So what...? It's about the car not the driver, also the empty passenger seat keeps the image culture and creed neutral and tells you the model, if you want a LHD model, just flip the ad.


Great work Simon, really love it.

Steve
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on September 12, 2013, 12:03:43 AM
It makes me really really really (how many reallys can I fit in here) want to go night driving.

Love it!  Well done Simon and your retoucher!

AL

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on September 12, 2013, 10:57:48 AM
Two new posts up on the blog:  http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/ (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/)

One project is quite colorful / ethereal, while the other is dark and elegant.  I think these speak well to the necessity of sensitivity to the environment when considering lighting as well as the importance of being well versed in different esthetics.  We did quite a bit of lighting in both projects, though it may be less apparent in the brighter one.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/Light_to_Dark.jpg)

Cheerio!
CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on September 12, 2013, 01:12:24 PM
Very nice Chris.  

I noticed that you leave the blue color cast from the sun in most of your images.  Do you find that some clients would have a problem with this?

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on September 12, 2013, 01:19:38 PM
Here are some images from a cool project I got last month.  Key to this project, scouting and more scouting.  There is a good deal of lighting with each shot, and on a scout trip I was able to capture 9 or 10 images in the space with grey cards throughout.  I then averaged the color temp from each card and figured in studio what gels I needed to match color.  (Good thing I did this before hand since the gel that I needed is not one I usually bring with me.)  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on September 12, 2013, 01:22:11 PM
And the upstairs...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on September 12, 2013, 02:22:41 PM
Very nice Chris.  

I noticed that you leave the blue color cast from the sun in most of your images.  Do you find that some clients would have a problem with this?



Nope, never.  As I sit here in my office looking at the sheers over my window... they look rather blue.  I just feel this is the natural reality and should be maintained.  I believe that neutralizing the cool exterior makes a space feel rather sterile.  Kirk and I have discussed this issue here before.  Now on your museum (?) images above, in that first shot, I would totally neutralize the blue on the right side of frame on the carpet and wall.  I don't understand where that color is coming from.

This all makes me curious, though, have you ever shot interiors on film?

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on September 12, 2013, 03:17:56 PM
Nope, never.  As I sit here in my office looking at the sheers over my window... they look rather blue.  I just feel this is the natural reality and should be maintained.  I believe that neutralizing the cool exterior makes a space feel rather sterile.  Kirk and I have discussed this issue here before.  Now on your museum (?) images above, in that first shot, I would totally neutralize the blue on the right side of frame on the carpet and wall.  I don't understand where that color is coming from.

This all makes me curious, though, have you ever shot interiors on film?

CB
It is a new museum.  The color on the right is from a gel that the lighting designer placed on the lights.  He put blue gels on a handful of the lights through out the space; I don't know why, but he did.  Also, the color temp of the screens are a bit blue as well. I was thinking about removing that blue, but since it was intentional in the design, I decided not to.  Out of the two design firms involved, the one who would have made that call is in London and was not at the shoot.  So, I decided just to leave the gel in place.  

I have never shot interiors with film.  Why do you ask?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on September 13, 2013, 07:47:42 AM
Two of my favorite.

Same talent, left during makeup, right after.

Left, a trillion iso, right much less.

Both p30+, contax

(http://www.russellrutherfordgroup.com/2_p30.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on September 13, 2013, 08:43:38 AM
Now I remember why I missed the grain. Really love the left one & the Rt one not shabby either, it has those "Blurred Lines" ;).
Bravo. :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on September 13, 2013, 09:19:42 AM
As ever, très jolie!

So's this:

http://youtu.be/9DkcQ09h2Vo

Wish the bars I get to had music like this instead of never-ending friggin' news and cooking programmes on tv.

She reminds me of Christie Turlington; it's the mouth.

Lucky guy, and the harder you work the more lucky you get...

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on September 13, 2013, 04:09:20 PM
As ever, très jolie!

So's this:

http://youtu.be/9DkcQ09h2Vo

Thanks Rob,

Dwight's cool, not from Texas though, raised in Ohio, but you can't hold that against him.

Saw him at some save the chipmunks, or something benefit at the Santa Monica hangers.  I don't think he wanted to be there
any more than I did.

He came out, his hat down to his nose so if it weren't for him singing you wouldn't know it was him.

Did three songs, said thank you and left.

I think one was this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWgd5UPmjqs

IMO

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on September 13, 2013, 05:49:01 PM
Two of my favorite.

Same talent, left during makeup, right after.

Left, a trillion iso, right much less.

Both p30+, contax

(http://www.russellrutherfordgroup.com/2_p30.jpg)

BC

Love the grainy feel. Smooth high ISO performance is one of the most overrated things.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on September 14, 2013, 09:19:11 AM
Rob,

This place plays the music you'd like.

(http://russellrutherfordgroup.com/lee_harveys.jpg)

it's called Lee Harvey's in Dallas.  Yea I know, it's not politically correct, but hey, the burgers are good, the music is rockin', the girls are pretty.

Problem is from where you live it would be kind of a long walk home.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on September 14, 2013, 09:56:51 AM
Rob,

This place plays the music you'd like.

(http://russellrutherfordgroup.com/lee_harveys.jpg)

it's called Lee Harvey's in Dallas.  Yea I know, it's not politically correct, but hey, the burgers are good, the music is rockin', the girls are pretty.

Problem is from where you live it would be kind of a long walk home.

BC



Long walk home: sounds like a movie... maybe I could find that wonderful ’59 Coupe de Ville and drive it home across the Pond? Probably cost me more than I’ve got -  but there’s a couple of car collector guys here might buy it off me if I go broke. Oh well, nice idea.

I think about getting away from here every second week or so, but the house market has collapsed along with everything else, so I couldn’t sell to save my life. Thing is, to be any the better off from the move, I’d have to live in a London, Paris or Rome, and that’s more painful than buying the Cadillac! Oh the price of having cameras that love women…

Regarding your bar – isn’t that a bit of a dangerous name in Texas? Or is there a swathe of political intrigue of which non-Texans have no idea? Don’t answer that - someone may come to visit you wearing twin Colts slung low.

Thanks for posting that shot – always enjoy seeing it again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2qo1x9rcCc&feature=share&list=RD029DkcQ09h2Vo

Maybe these girls might come to Mallorca on holiday…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQcGkzXmPjY&feature=share&list=RD029DkcQ09h2Vo

Touch of Federico Fellini?

;-)

Rob C

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on September 14, 2013, 10:27:46 AM


Regarding your bar – isn’t that a bit of a dangerous name in Texas? Or is there a swathe of political intrigue of which non-Texans have no idea? Don’t answer that - someone may come to visit you wearing twin Colts slung low.


Naw.  Dallas, regardless of perception would much rather be picked up and moved to the east cost.   Dallas is corporate money, Bentleys and Armani, the 25 year olds eat fusion and are foodies, well most of them.

There's still some Texas left in the area, if you go to Ft. Worth, but most of that is for tourists that still think we all ride horse and shoot on sight.

The name of this bar sounds politically incorrect, but for a long, long time Dallas lived under the stigma of that awful day and I think just grew tired of it

I've never heard a Dallasite mention it, but the national and international news mentions that time as if it were yesterday.

Anyway, the patrons of this bar just wanna have fun, sit out in the gravel lot, listen to music, get a little loaded, go home with a boy/girl and not worry about life.

To them the name Lee Harvey has about as much impact as saying John Wilkes Booth.  Both tragic, both way in the past.

But no you won't get shot with a gun.  There is more guns per capita in LA than Dallas, though perception and reality are way different animals.

Actually the most liberal county in American is the most caucasian centric, Marin County, North of San Francisco.  Dallas proper has more percentage of ethnic's groups than most American Cities, so  . . .

Once again, perception and reality.

(http://www.russellrutherfordgroup.com/lee_h_juke_box.jpg)

Love this shot, love this model.  Kathryn is not anorexic, or afraid to eat a meal, she's just a good hard working damn pretty woman.

Not Retouched.

IMO

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on September 14, 2013, 06:52:51 PM
Great office shoot today.  They even thought ahead and installed windows that were already gelled 3 stops downs.   :D

Single capture, 9 tungsten lights.  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on September 15, 2013, 04:49:29 AM
The name of this bar sounds politically incorrect, but for a long, long time Dallas lived under the stigma of that awful day and I think just grew tired of it

1.  I've never heard a Dallasite mention it, but the national and international news mentions that time as if it were yesterday.

Once again, perception and reality.

(http://www.russellrutherfordgroup.com/lee_h_juke_box.jpg)

2.  Love this shot, love this model.  Kathryn is not anorexic, or afraid to eat a meal, she's just a good hard working damn pretty woman.

Not Retouched.

IMO

BC


Hi, BC

1.  Some things are not allowed to pass. JFK and 9/11 are both in that category that the media has decided to immortalise for the quick, emotional jerk that becomes so useful when there’s a need to stir reaction to something. Both have become so entrenched in the ‘I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the news…’ category of incident. It’s been much the same with Elvis, too, and in his case I do, because my daughter was a staunch fan and cried herself to sleep that night. We heard the news over Radio Scotland, a soon-to-be-crushed breath-of-freedom pirate station at the time…

2.  Your Kate has exactly the sort of facial features that I think are so attractive to shoot. In some ways it’s not beauty at all, but put together as the package, it’s an amazingly sexy bundle that illustrates the wonders of the holistic approach to glamour and beauty. She floored me the first time you published her here.

Were the clothes put together for a fashion shoot, or were they styled to illustrate some non-fashion advertising feature that was just using the style/location to make a selling point?

It was always my choice to opt for locations when I could rather than studio; that damned white roll was a passion killer most days.

Lovely stuff you do. Keep your motor running.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on September 15, 2013, 11:47:19 AM
Damn, Now I can't get it out of my head. The problem is I don't know which one comes first the image of Kathryn by James or as suggested by Rob > Dwight Yokum's " Inside The Pocket of a Clown".  :)
Title: New video interview with me
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 15, 2013, 02:48:47 PM
As i know many people here I am posting this here. I posted it in the Coffee Shop and got no traction. So I think many people who are familiar with my work never saw it

THis is probably my favorite interview of all the ones I have ever participated in-this with my old friend and collaborator VB Price. You might enjoy this. It went live last week. A tough subject to talk about publically. It is long (42 minutes) but I have been told by many people that it seems much shorter and they wished there were more actually.

http://newmexicomercury.com/blog/comments/insight_new_mexico_kirk_gittings

Thanks all.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on September 15, 2013, 10:59:53 PM
Outstanding! And the photograph on the right, so very fun!

Two of my favorite.

Same talent, left during makeup, right after.

Left, a trillion iso, right much less.

Both p30+, contax

(http://www.russellrutherfordgroup.com/2_p30.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on September 16, 2013, 06:50:35 AM
Kirk, really enjoyed that.  It's always great to hear where people are coming from in their work.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on September 16, 2013, 10:37:29 AM
Kirk,
  I enjoyed your 'Insight'. Love your image & the backstory @ lightning. Impressed w/your background, Rt 66 story & spiritual efex @ church photos.. Seems like you have mastered the art of B&W landscape photography. U should post them here.
 Thank you for sharing, muchas gracias Kirk.
 Sean
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 16, 2013, 02:32:35 PM
Thanks guys I'm happy to share this. It is a difficult topic to talk about and I am pleased it resonates with fellow photographers. This is one facet of a very diverse career which includes commercial work and teaching photo. This diversity has helped a lot in the recession, but is very demanding at times when all facets are rolling like now. I'm 63 and the busiest I have been in 40 years (though not the most profitable!). I need to clone myself to do justice to it all.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on September 16, 2013, 06:34:18 PM
Thanks guys I'm happy to share this. It is a difficult topic to talk about and I am pleased it resonates with fellow photographers. This is one facet of a very diverse career which includes commercial work and teaching photo. This diversity has helped a lot in the recession, but is very demanding at times when all facets are rolling like now. I'm 63 and the busiest I have been in 40 years (though not the most profitable!). I need to clone myself to do justice to it all.


Kirk,

Just watched the video - enjoyed it a lot, with one caveat: the interviewer was very difficult for me to understand. I know my hearing isn't that hot anymore; I got everything you were saying but only a tiny fraction of his input, which made me do a lot of guessing... not always my best or most accurate quality.

That idea about the sense of place isn't limited to ancient sites; I've experienced very negative vibes from relatively modern houses too, and neither does it always hit different people in the same way.

There's a little beach zone in Cyprus called Aphrodite's Birthplace. We went there to shoot part of a calendar, and before we drove down to the shale, my wife became very agitated and demanded to be let out of the car. She did walk down to the place we were going to shoot in - I'd been there before on other trips without her - and it was strange: I always used to alternate two Nikons just in case of failures, and despite doing that, I still managed to get myself two rolls of Kodachrome that were blank. The rest of the job, shot on the same cameras later on, was perfectly normal. Our model was sitting in the shale, just a couple of feet out, and she had a helluva time getting back out of it - it simply gave way under her every step. Yet, I felt no threat at all, and my wife had never been one of those hysterical sorts of people, before or after.

Very good friends of ours bought a lovely house in the valley that goes from the Pollensa road to Cala San Vicente here on Mallorca; before they moved in, the buyer's wife, my wife and I had a look. Neither of us were happy. It turned out that the buyer's daughter had also felt unhappy in it. Eventually, we discovered that the previous owners returned to Scotland where the wife took herself out; neither of the couple who bought - our friends - lived very long after they moved in. Some places are just wrong. So yes, apart from those two incidents, there are places on a much larger scale that have a presence for me, but I generally find them to be malevolent: mountains; some forests in France. The only place that really thrilled us was the present property I still have. We saw it originally as a shell, but it was built with a larger verandah than the rest of the properties in the development and the developer wanted more for it than we were happy to spend. We settled for another property next door. We returned to Scotland, and then he rang to offer us the original one we’d desired so much at the same cost as the cheaper one we had accepted but now couldn’t have: turned out he’d wrongly thought the buyers for it had cancelled when he’d offered it to us…

We spent the best years of our lives together here. Now, without her, it has lost everything, pretty much, and with the person has gone the attraction of the bricks and mortar. For some odd reason, I've just smelled a whiff of oranges. I don't have any. Time for bed, methinks.

Oh - your pony is thicker than mine. Damn!    

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 16, 2013, 06:51:01 PM
Hello,

Here’s one from awhile back.

Mamiya RZ and Leaf Aptus 75

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on September 17, 2013, 09:27:27 AM
A little more Kodachrome 64 Pro... in Nikon F or F2.

Rob C


Strange; yes, it's been slightly blurred on purpose and grained, but for some reason the whole image, including the copy (mainly on the right), is now extra-blurred too, where it isn't on the file I transmitted to LuLa.

;-(
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 17, 2013, 10:40:39 AM

Kirk,

Just watched the video - enjoyed it a lot, with one caveat: the interviewer was very difficult for me to understand. I know my hearing isn't that hot anymore; I got everything you were saying but only a tiny fraction of his input, which made me do a lot of guessing... not always my best or most accurate quality.

That idea about the sense of place isn't limited to ancient sites; I've experienced very negative vibes from relatively modern houses too, and neither does it always hit different people in the same way.

There's a little beach zone in Cyprus called Aphrodite's Birthplace. We went there to shoot part of a calendar, and before we drove down to the shale, my wife became very agitated and demanded to be let out of the car. She did walk down to the place we were going to shoot in - I'd been there before on other trips without her - and it was strange: I always used to alternate two Nikons just in case of failures, and despite doing that, I still managed to get myself two rolls of Kodachrome that were blank. The rest of the job, shot on the same cameras later on, was perfectly normal. Our model was sitting in the shale, just a couple of feet out, and she had a helluva time getting back out of it - it simply gave way under her every step. Yet, I felt no threat at all, and my wife had never been one of those hysterical sorts of people, before or after.

Very good friends of ours bought a lovely house in the valley that goes from the Pollensa road to Cala San Vicente here on Mallorca; before they moved in, the buyer's wife, my wife and I had a look. Neither of us were happy. It turned out that the buyer's daughter had also felt unhappy in it. Eventually, we discovered that the previous owners returned to Scotland where the wife took herself out; neither of the couple who bought - our friends - lived very long after they moved in. Some places are just wrong. So yes, apart from those two incidents, there are places on a much larger scale that have a presence for me, but I generally find them to be malevolent: mountains; some forests in France. The only place that really thrilled us was the present property I still have. We saw it originally as a shell, but it was built with a larger verandah than the rest of the properties in the development and the developer wanted more for it than we were happy to spend. We settled for another property next door. We returned to Scotland, and then he rang to offer us the original one we’d desired so much at the same cost as the cheaper one we had accepted but now couldn’t have: turned out he’d wrongly thought the buyers for it had cancelled when he’d offered it to us…

We spent the best years of our lives together here. Now, without her, it has lost everything, pretty much, and with the person has gone the attraction of the bricks and mortar. For some odd reason, I've just smelled a whiff of oranges. I don't have any. Time for bed, methinks.

Oh - your pony is thicker than mine. Damn!    

;-)

Rob C


Yes there are issues with his audio quality. These videos are done on a shoestring and i'm surprised they are as good as they are. It is a labor of love for them. And yes I have a ponytail :) I never figured out anything else to do with my unruly hair since the 60's.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JohnBrew on September 17, 2013, 11:49:52 AM
Kirk, at least you still have hair...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 17, 2013, 12:32:20 PM
Kirk, at least you still have hair...

I still have some hair....a pale reflection of what I had :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on September 17, 2013, 01:51:55 PM
I still have some hair....a pale reflection of what I had :)


Don't let it bug you: I have a magnificent reflection. Right on the top of my head.

;-(

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 18, 2013, 12:14:32 AM
Hello,

New image for Honda.

Nikon D800E, Nikon 85mm PC-E lens and Dedo lights

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on September 18, 2013, 12:52:23 AM
I have seen these kinda concept in auto photography but this is tops IMHO just love it. As everything else is done 'fore. very creative.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: george2787 on September 18, 2013, 03:13:54 PM
I absolutely love this one Simon, pure elegance.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 18, 2013, 05:18:06 PM
Hello,

New image for Honda.

Nikon D800E, Nikon 85mm PC-E lens and Dedo lights

Cheers

Simon

Positively gothic! I love it!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 18, 2013, 09:22:27 PM
Hi Sean, George and Kirk,

Thanks for your kind words.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on September 19, 2013, 04:58:36 PM
Hello,

New image for Honda.

Nikon D800E, Nikon 85mm PC-E lens and Dedo lights

Cheers

Simon
This is really cool!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: NickCroken on September 19, 2013, 07:12:26 PM
A recent portrait of the founder of a machine shop here in Edmonton.  88 years old and still hands on his shop, a truly remarkable man.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on September 20, 2013, 03:28:24 AM
Nice image Nick. Still frame from Red I assume, looking @ the title of the file.  ;) Tho' it could b his name too 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: NickCroken on September 20, 2013, 02:58:33 PM
Thanks Sean!  It's actually a d800e file.  My company is Redline Photography so I just changed the first few lets to red for easier file tracking.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chairman Bill on September 20, 2013, 03:11:01 PM
... yes, it's been slightly blurred on purpose and grained, but for some reason the whole image, including the copy (mainly on the right), is now extra-blurred too, where it isn't on the file I transmitted to LuLa.

;-(

That photo is pin-sharp, as I'm sure everyone else will confirm. Maybe you need to get your eyes tested  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on September 20, 2013, 04:33:33 PM
the view from today's location.  Just wrapped 5 days of furniture.  Now I have a week off and then start production on a new short film.  Bisy Bisy Backson!

(https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/q71/s720x720/581188_10201439884494100_1918465675_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on September 20, 2013, 05:54:36 PM
That photo is pin-sharp, as I'm sure everyone else will confirm. Maybe you need to get your eyes tested  ;)


Thanks for the confirmation - it makes me more convinced that there's something odd going on in my computer when it deals with LuLa. Having said which, I don't find the same softening looking at other people's images on LuLa. I discount the eyes, even though I do have problems, because my images are as crisp when viewed on my LaCie via the memory of the computer on which the pix are created, as they look when I inspect them from the external hard drive on which I store them for added security and for posting via the other, Internet-linked machine. Again, thank you for your confirmation - it makes me feel happier that the world at large sees them more as they were intended to look!

But I do wish I understood where the problem lies.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on September 20, 2013, 07:16:07 PM
Been busy these past weeks on a Home and Apparel shooting. These are a couple of them.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/_DSC8806.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/_DSC8777.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on September 21, 2013, 12:27:11 AM
Antonio, Real tough but successful results. Like the two.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on September 21, 2013, 12:28:58 AM
A typical Chris Barrett smooth tones & a terrific composition. Leaf back? :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on September 21, 2013, 06:00:46 AM
Recent, in the sense that I have developed my own, dedicated brand of colour film.

The difficulty, as ever, is in the marketing.

(500C + 4/150 + Ektachrome 64.)

;-)

Rob C

P.S. This still looks like mush to me - hope the grain is crisp for you. It's fine (for me) seen outwith the LuLa translation.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: jerome_m on September 21, 2013, 07:16:15 AM
This still looks like mush to me - hope the grain is crisp for you. It's fine (for me) seen outwith the LuLa translation.

When I click the image, my browser opens a small window with a bigger version of the image. The grain does not look sharp in that window, because it is too small for the image. The browser uses its internal scaling function to fit the image to the window.

When I move my mouse pointer in that small window, it changes to a magnifier. When I click with this magnifier, it tells my browser not to scale the picture and I get to see the picture in its original resolution. The picture looks noticeably sharper.

Your browser may use a different symbol than the magnifier. Internet Explorer, for example, displays a symbol at the lower right side of the picture.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on September 21, 2013, 08:03:59 AM
Shot these recently, very cool project.  That curved wall is actually 1x3 inch (about that size) rectangles of vinyl sown together and wrapped around a somewhat soft material.  Kind of cool. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on September 21, 2013, 10:20:11 AM
When I click the image, my browser opens a small window with a bigger version of the image. The grain does not look sharp in that window, because it is too small for the image. The browser uses its internal scaling function to fit the image to the window.

When I move my mouse pointer in that small window, it changes to a magnifier. When I click with this magnifier, it tells my browser not to scale the picture and I get to see the picture in its original resolution. The picture looks noticeably sharper.

Your browser may use a different symbol than the magnifier. Internet Explorer, for example, displays a symbol at the lower right side of the picture.


Thanks, Jerome -

I have Windows Explorer, and what I get when I click on the thumbnail is the enlarged image in a new window, along with a scale system that allows for magnifications/reductions by clicking on the enlargement percentages that run down the right hand side. I have it at 100%.

Alternatively, I can move the pointer over the image and that gives a small + or - symbol that, on clicking, does a small change in magnification.

But there's no visible change in definition beyond the expected degradation on going larger than 100%.

Best -

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on September 21, 2013, 10:38:53 AM
Antonio, Real tough but successful results. Like the two.

Thanks Sean. It indeed was tough. Many people involved and many decisions to make, but I love it!
It is part interior photography and part still life.
 
The forum (Recent Professional Works 2) has been moving these days. That is a good sign. Sorry to be away too long.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on September 21, 2013, 12:36:12 PM
Joe, nice stuff... a quick pointer from my toolbox.  If you can turn off those overhead cove lights, then you can grab an exposure of the windows with no reflection.  It's usually a very quick composite in post and makes things feel a bit nicer.


Sean, thanks!  That's out of the IQ 260 which recently replaced my P65+.


CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on September 21, 2013, 05:00:07 PM
Joe, nice stuff... a quick pointer from my toolbox.  If you can turn off those overhead cove lights, then you can grab an exposure of the windows with no reflection.  It's usually a very quick composite in post and makes things feel a bit nicer.


Sean, thanks!  That's out of the IQ 260 which recently replaced my P65+.


CB
Chris, thanks and nice tip; I have done that before.  For this project, the cove lights in the lobby were on the emergency breaker, however maybe I should have done that with the board room image.

Oh well; I'll have to remember this for Tuesday.  Shooting an arboretum, reflection heaven.   :-\
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on September 23, 2013, 10:24:30 AM
Some more from last week shooting. For all, previous photos and theses ones I used Nikon D800 60mm G Macro, 85mm G 1.8, Pentax 645 120mm Macro with adapter.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/_DSC8838.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/_DSC8748-1.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 23, 2013, 11:01:35 AM
Nice work Antonio. Were you working with a stylist and art director? I require such for work like this even if it is low budget editorial as I have enough to do working out the lighting.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on September 23, 2013, 12:22:43 PM
Two new city houses in Berlin:

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/cws01.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/cws02.jpg)

HCAM + Aptus II8 + Zork PSA + Pentax 645 A 35mm
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 23, 2013, 01:41:10 PM
Aphoto. Nice clean shots. I generally avoid cars as they date the architecture. Unless the architecture is really trendy it will look contemporary for maybe a decade or even more-but the car will look dated in much less time as car styles change more rapidly.

Twilight shots of those would be really juicy too.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on September 23, 2013, 02:03:10 PM
the car will look dated in much less time as car styles change more rapidly.


GLK 350?  I kinda want one of those, but what I really need is a cargo van.  Ugh.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on September 23, 2013, 02:45:15 PM
Nice work Antonio. Were you working with a stylist and art director? I require such for work like this even if it is low budget editorial as I have enough to do working out the lighting.

Thanks Kirk, yes we had stylist and art director, although the agency art director limits himself to diagrammatic matters.

We are thinking, in the near future to establish ourselves in the United States. I don't know if you guys run things the same way we do here in South America, but provably very similar.

There's too much political intrusion in our lives and it somehow gets on you.

So that's the next move in my career. Thanks God Hopefully!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 23, 2013, 02:49:25 PM
GLK 350?  I kinda want one of those, but what I really need is a cargo van.  Ugh.

I'm interested to know if you agree "in general" with my point about cars?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on September 23, 2013, 03:08:51 PM
Yeah, the last house we shot, we were actually able to get permits to post no parking all in front for a week.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 23, 2013, 03:33:16 PM
Yeah, the last house we shot, we were actually able to get permits to post no parking all in front for a week.

Yes when I shot the new history museum in Santa Fe a couple of years back we got all parking along the street in front of the museum blocked off. Then when we were ready to shoot the assistants would pull all the barricades out of the way and chase cars away trying to park. I then had to Photoshop out all the parking meters and their shadows. All in all a PITA but it sure made for some clean exterior shots.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Harold Clark on September 23, 2013, 04:14:02 PM
I'm interested to know if you agree "in general" with my point about cars?

I agree about cars, except for one of my clients who manages shopping centers. They want lots of cars in the parking lot to make the place look busy, this is a different purpose than most architectural photography though.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Harold Clark on September 23, 2013, 04:23:03 PM
Here are a couple from a Rec Center shoot:
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on September 23, 2013, 05:03:31 PM
Yes when I shot the new history museum in Santa Fe a couple of years back we got all parking along the street in front of the museum blocked off. Then when we were ready to shoot the assistants would pull all the barricades out of the way and chase cars away trying to park. I then had to Photoshop out all the parking meters and their shadows. All in all a PITA but it sure made for some clean exterior shots.
Interesting.  A lot of firms I have been meeting with and work with in NYC and Center City Philly like the congested look; want to keep it looking natural. 

But, alas, I would prefer the clean look you describe above; he who pays the piper calls the tune I guess. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 23, 2013, 05:29:17 PM
Quote
A lot of firms I have been meeting with and work with in NYC and Center City Philly like the congested look; want to keep it looking natural. 

Joe,
My theory is get rid of everything possible that distracts from the architecture. Its worked for me for 35 years. FWIW that museum I referred to above in Santa Fe was for SaylorGregg Architects in Philly. You can see a couple of the shots here-one of the street shots is included: http://www.saylorgregg.com/projects/NMHM.htm (http://www.saylorgregg.com/projects/NMHM.htm). Cars, meters etc. would draw your eye and your interest away from the architecture.

(http://www.saylorgregg.com/slider-images/NMHM/NMHM2.GIF)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 23, 2013, 06:12:13 PM
Hi Antonio,

This series of images are lovely. There has definitely been a lot of preparation in making these images and the lighting is beautifully.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on September 23, 2013, 10:07:06 PM
Joe,
My theory is get rid of everything possible that distracts from the architecture. Its worked for me for 35 years. FWIW that museum I referred to above in Santa Fe was for SaylorGregg Architects in Philly. You can see a couple of the shots here-one of the street shots is included: http://www.saylorgregg.com/projects/NMHM.htm (http://www.saylorgregg.com/projects/NMHM.htm). Cars, meters etc. would draw your eye and your interest away from the architecture.

(http://www.saylorgregg.com/slider-images/NMHM/NMHM2.GIF)

Saylor Gregg, great firm.  I have been trying to get in front of them for a while.  However, for local shoots they are very loyal to Tom Crane, a local Philly photography legend (been in the biz for over 40 years and started off with Ezra Stoller). 

Funny thing is that I really want to travel for projects, like Tim Griffith, and see the world.  But looking at those images you took and knowing that a native South-Westerner captured them, it makes me wonder is someone not native to the Southwest could capture the essence as well as you did.  Kind of makes it a hard sell to convince clients to send you to exotic locations.  I wonder, do I see city architecture differently because I live in Center City Philadelphia and am I better at photographing it? 

Anyway, great job on Sante Fe, Kirk. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on September 23, 2013, 10:33:29 PM
Hi Antonio,

This series of images are lovely. There has definitely been a lot of preparation in making these images and the lighting is beautifully.

Cheers

Simon

Thank you Simon.!

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on September 23, 2013, 10:56:42 PM
Yeah, the last house we shot, we were actually able to get permits to post no parking all in front for a week.


BRILLIANT (did you see those Sydney 2000 Guinness ads?)......not sure the city of Vancouver would go for that.....

Chris, did you get hit up for a pretty fortune for a weeks worth of no-parking?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 23, 2013, 11:01:17 PM
Saylor Gregg, great firm.  I have been trying to get in front of them for a while.  However, for local shoots they are very loyal to Tom Crane, a local Philly photography legend (been in the biz for over 40 years and started off with Ezra Stoller). 

Funny thing is that I really want to travel for projects, like Tim Griffith, and see the world.  But looking at those images you took and knowing that a native South-Westerner captured them, it makes me wonder is someone not native to the Southwest could capture the essence as well as you did.  Kind of makes it a hard sell to convince clients to send you to exotic locations.  I wonder, do I see city architecture differently because I live in Center City Philadelphia and am I better at photographing it? 

Anyway, great job on Sante Fe, Kirk. 
Well that's a great question. In the "old" days there were a handful of good architectural photographers so the one that were top tier got to travel extensively. I was fortunate to get my share of that. But frankly for me personally I prefer working closer to home-somewhere I can drive to. I had so many terrible experiences with airlines that I soured on traveling by air for commercial shoots. Toooooo much stress. I love to travel! But not for work unless I can drive. I love to drive and even at 63 don't hesitate to jump in the truck and drive to a shoot 12-16 hours away.

The fact is that there are more good architectural photographers than there used to be. That makes it easier for clients to find good people on location in distant areas. I think because of the internet tech info is easier to come by. You used to have to apprentice or just learn the hard way by making every mistake possible (what I did-there was no one to apprentice with).

I do think there is a  regional "sensibility" to regional forms of architecture. It comes from experience with the regional light, contrast, color, skies, weather, materials, hassles etc.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 24, 2013, 02:33:07 AM
Hello,

Honda interior.

Nikon D800E, Nikon 24mm PC-E lens and 12,000 watts of Bowens flash at full power. I love the cracking sound of Bowens generators going off at full power it sounds like a bullwhip.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on September 24, 2013, 03:42:22 AM
Nikon D800E, Nikon 24mm PC-E lens and 12,000 watts of Bowens flash at full power. I love the cracking sound of Bowens generators going off at full power it sounds like a bull wipe.

Lovely - and the steering wheel's on the correct side! Forgive my ignorance, but what is a bull wipe?

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on September 24, 2013, 04:20:31 AM
Hello,

Thanks.

Whoops spelling mistake.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullwhip

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on September 24, 2013, 04:49:02 AM
Lovely - and the steering wheel's on the correct side! Forgive my ignorance, but what is a bull wipe?

Jeremy




A veterinary version of tissue à la Kleenex.

It was originally developed to deal with the results of cat flu.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on September 24, 2013, 07:30:27 AM
Lovely - and the steering wheel's on the correct side! Forgive my ignorance, but what is a bull wipe?

Jeremy

Simon, I guess this takes many hours to set up, I've never done cars but seen colleagues doing it and is a lot of work.
Nice post too.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 24, 2013, 09:48:07 AM



A veterinary version of tissue à la Kleenex.

It was originally developed to deal with the results of cat flu.

Rob C

Yours is a lot funnier than what I was working on. Made my morning!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on September 24, 2013, 11:59:10 AM
Yours is a lot funnier than what I was working on. Made my morning!


We live to serve!

Thanks -

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 25, 2013, 07:41:14 PM
Twin Arrows, AZ 2013. This image is from my long running project on Route 66. It is currently showing in Santa Fe at the Marion Center for Photographic Arts "In/Visible Borders" exhibit and shortly will also be in the Albuquerque Museums "Miniatures" show where it will be for sale also.

(https://scontent-a-lax.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1376590_10202104362840552_780292097_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on September 25, 2013, 08:07:09 PM
Twin Arrows, AZ 2013. This image is from my long running project on Route 66. It is currently showing in Santa Fe at the Marion Center for Photographic Arts "In/Visible Borders" exhibit and shortly will also be in the Albuquerque Museums "Miniatures" show where it will be for sale also.

Amazing!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on September 26, 2013, 04:21:21 AM
Whoops spelling mistake.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullwhip

I'm never sure, when I ask questions like that, if I'm going to be revealing my own cultural ignorance  ;)

Shame, really. I like Rob's idea.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 26, 2013, 11:46:35 AM
Thanks Antonio. I would have shot this with film if I had had it with me, but such was not the case. As it were it is a 3x stitch with a Canon 45 T/S.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on September 26, 2013, 12:01:10 PM
Of course, the micro contrast and atmospheric mood you would get with film is different, mostly in landscapes.
But still my preferences for the ease of digital.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on September 26, 2013, 02:08:54 PM
Thanks Antonio. I would have shot this with film if I had had it with me, but such was not the case. As it were it is a 3x stitch with a Canon 45 T/S.

Kirk, what are your thoughts regarding that  lens? When I tried it out I was disappointed: softness (especially when shifted), CA, barrel distortion. So I never bought one, and limped along with "regular" 50mm lenses and/or cropped down from my 24TS. Recently I bought the Schneider 50TS -- I posted a few examples from it on the "Cameras & Lenses" thread here.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 26, 2013, 02:10:54 PM
Scott, Its a great lens when you are doing 3x stitch for an 11x14 print ;).........need I say more?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 26, 2013, 02:12:50 PM
Quote
Of course, the micro contrast and atmospheric mood you would get with film is different, mostly in landscapes.
But still my preferences for the ease of digital.
For b&w I actually don't find digital any easier. Convenient yes on the capture side, but more work in post to get the tones I want.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on September 26, 2013, 02:13:25 PM
Actually, here's a couple with the Schneider Super Angulon 50mm that I was going to post here anyway...

I made the kitchen shot in a big hurry during a lunch break (because my client was utterly disinterested in it but I wanted it). Now he's licensing it....heh. 8)

I also made a 4x5 film version of that, on Ektar 100 but I'm not holding out much hope for it as I was really rushed at the time. I just don't shoot with that camera enough to be truly proficient with it.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on September 26, 2013, 02:16:37 PM
Scott, Its a great lens when you are doing 3x stitch for an 11x14 print ;).........need I say more?

I guess I was asking more in terms of interiors...I know you wouldn't have the lens if you didn't think it worked, but are you seeing any of the issues that I mentioned? I think the Canon 24 is really the gold standard for me and I tend to hold other lenses to that, which is kind of unrealistic, I suppose.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 26, 2013, 03:19:58 PM
I guess I was asking more in terms of interiors...I know you wouldn't have the lens if you didn't think it worked, but are you seeing any of the issues that I mentioned? I think the Canon 24 is really the gold standard for me and I tend to hold other lenses to that, which is kind of unrealistic, I suppose.

Scott, You missed my humor. A single capture image that looks like crap in terms of CA and soft corners can become acceptable when you then build the image from 3 frames even from the same lens and camera and only print it to 11x14. Yes the lens is very mediocre.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on September 26, 2013, 04:35:44 PM
Haha! Whew!
I respect both you and your work, and if you were going to tell me that this lens was something great I was really going to question my sanity! Or maybe yours....

Thanks for clarifying.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on September 26, 2013, 05:09:04 PM
Very Nice work Scott. Congrats on the Schneider Super Angulon 50mm. Quite some money there.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Harold Clark on September 26, 2013, 05:23:05 PM
For b&w I actually don't find digital any easier. Convenient yes on the capture side, but more work in post to get the tones I want.

Kirk, do you still print negatives conventionally, or do you print only digitally now?

Harold
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on September 26, 2013, 05:40:15 PM
Kirk, do you still print negatives conventionally, or do you print only digitally now?

Harold

Traditional silver, Piezography and silver via digital files from a couple of labs.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: epines on September 26, 2013, 10:53:09 PM
Recent personal / portfolio series. The first one is coming out in Workbook in the next week or two. It's a single capture, H3DII-39, HC 50mm lens.

The shoot was a ton of fun, but it's also hell shooting that close to the tide. Sand gets in everything. The water occasionally comes much higher than you expect, potentially drenching gear. Whether the tide is rising or receding, you're constantly moving the talent and lights with it.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: NickCroken on September 27, 2013, 12:59:55 PM
Great shots Ethan! 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: epines on September 27, 2013, 11:10:47 PM
Thanks! I put them through some retouching too, but I try to get as much in-camera as I can. The octopus and seagull were there in the (fake / stuffed) flesh. One of the perks of being in L.A. -- amazing FX and wardrobe houses, plus a very expensive taxidermist.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on October 01, 2013, 11:12:08 PM
A grab from a new short film we're just about to wrap on...

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1239064_10201512947800637_1452858653_o.jpg)

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: heinrichvoelkel on October 02, 2013, 04:13:11 AM
For b&w I actually don't find digital any easier. Convenient yes on the capture side, but more work in post to get the tones I want.

Absolutely true, b&w film is easier to handle after the capture than digital.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on October 02, 2013, 05:41:36 AM
(http://russellrutherfordgroup.com/n_sr_.jpg)

Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards for motion and ad series.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Professional on October 02, 2013, 07:18:05 AM
(http://russellrutherfordgroup.com/n_sr_.jpg)

Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards for motion and ad series.

BC

Nice shot, but i have 2 comments:

1. Is that flare on face a good idea? I like the sun flare if it is there without getting on the face, but maybe some like it this way i dunno.

2. It will be better if her left foot is shown fully rather than it is cropped.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on October 02, 2013, 11:23:45 AM
It is what it is.  No retouching, other than some curve adjustments a a little skin cleanup.

That's just the face the flare exactly on the file.

That's what they wanted, that's what we did.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: epines on October 02, 2013, 12:37:55 PM
bcooter: Nice -- love the flare, the warm/reddish tones, the motion that the lines in the track lend to the shot.

Assistant holding large Sun-Bounce?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on October 02, 2013, 01:01:03 PM
bcooter: Nice -- love the flare, the warm/reddish tones, the motion that the lines in the track lend to the shot.

Assistant holding large Sun-Bounce?

Assistants running with multiple shiny boards.

Hey better them than me.

BC

P.S.  In regards to adding the other foot, it's not in this frame, is in others so an easy retouch, except the look, at least the creative brief I get today is for more real, less manicured.

I like real . . . I guess.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: epines on October 02, 2013, 01:08:56 PM
Same deal here, regarding less manicured shots -- My rep wants me to put a new lifestyle section on my website with looser, less-planned, less-perfected shots, since everything these days is following that Instagram style. Just not sure if it's a good idea to follow trends. By the time I've shot and finished new work, and made that gallery section a known presence in the marketplace, I might look like just another photographer shooting that kind of imagery. A while back, people wanted the Jim Fiscus look, then the Jill Greenberg look, then the Erik Almas look ... et cetera. The danger with chasing every trend is, you're always a bit behind the curve, and and you're never doing what's in your heart. (cooter -- I'm not implying you're doing this; I'm just voicing my thoughts I've had on the matter.)

ethan
 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on October 02, 2013, 01:25:46 PM
Same deal here, regarding less manicured shots -- My rep wants me to put a new lifestyle section on my website with looser, less-planned, less-perfected shots, since everything these days is following that Instagram style. Just not sure if it's a good idea to follow trends. By the time I've shot and finished new work, and made that gallery section a known presence in the marketplace, I might look like just another photographer shooting that kind of imagery. A while back, people wanted the Jim Fiscus look, then the Jill Greenberg look, then the Erik Almas look ... et cetera. The danger with chasing every trend is, you're always a bit behind the curve, and and you're never doing what's in your heart. (cooter -- I'm not implying you're doing this; I'm just voicing my thoughts I've had on the matter.)

ethan
 

Naw I get it.  Every agent wants you to broaden your repretioire, but hey they sell, they get use to what they see and kind of forget that not everybody they show is as bored with it as they are and I can elaborate on this, but I'd get in trouble.

Anyway, I did a video that was shot with stills and a really "real" look a while back, it still pulls work and well . . . a gigs a gig man.

video (http://www.russellrutherford.com/magic/)

Not to go of topic, but I really resist being put in a category like a brand of soap.   I dunno, I find most of it is just silly.

When we shot lingerie/inner-wear (what a strange name) we shot for the 4 largest companies in the world and two we're completely positive we only shot men, for the other two it was women.

Silly, but you just roll with it.

Personally if I just had to shoot one thing, either motion or still I'd go crazy.  It just seems boring and after a while you just can't get out of it.

After all still photography is just subject, light and background.  Always is and shooting "real" (what the heck is real?) or manufactured it's all kind of the same.

Most people will disagree, but hey, that doesn't matter.  It matters if you work.

The only thing I don't want to do is subjects that don't breath.   I just fall asleep.


IMO

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: epines on October 02, 2013, 02:39:20 PM
Naw I get it.  Every agent wants you to broaden your repretioire, but hey they sell, they get use to what they see and kind of forget that not everybody they show is as bored with it as they are and I can elaborate on this, but I'd get in trouble.

Anyway, I did a video that was shot with stills and a really "real" look a while back, it still pulls work and well . . . a gigs a gig man.

video (http://www.russellrutherford.com/magic/)

Not to go of topic, but I really resist being put in a category like a brand of soap.   I dunno, I find most of it is just silly.

When we shot lingerie/inner-wear (what a strange name) we shot for the 4 largest companies in the world and two we're completely positive we only shot men, for the other two it was women.

Silly, but you just roll with it.

Personally if I just had to shoot one thing, either motion or still I'd go crazy.  It just seems boring and after a while you just can't get out of it.

After all still photography is just subject, light and background.  Always is and shooting "real" (what the heck is real?) or manufactured it's all kind of the same.

Most people will disagree, but hey, that doesn't matter.  It matters if you work.

The only thing I don't want to do is subjects that don't breath.   I just fall asleep.


IMO

BC

Holy moly -- that's a lot of stills. Nice video.

A gig's a gig, indeed. I had a discussion with my lady about all this, and we came to the same conclusion.

About being put in a category -- I hear you, but in my experience, agencies often want to know what to hire me for. I'm not at the level you're at in the industry, and so far it seems like it's been in my interest to specialize a bit more. If it were just up to me, I'd be shooting a greater variety of things. I love it all -- portraits, conceptual productions, moody series, quirky documentary work from traveling, spontaneous moments, film-noir series, urban landscapes, etc. Yes, stills can start feeling like just subject-light-background, but I'm still having a good time taking my conceptual / produced shoots to the next level. Sometimes I fear I might be chasing a part of the ad world that's already gone, but I'm maintaining faith that there's still a need for that kind of work.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on October 03, 2013, 07:46:23 AM
A Mamiya ZD frame from 2011, just developed

(http://timelessme.com/temp/Postings/NU_JDY_C189_web900px.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: slackercruster on October 03, 2013, 08:14:57 AM
A Mamiya ZD frame from 2011, just developed

(http://timelessme.com/temp/Postings/NU_JDY_C189_web900px.jpg)


Beautiful work.

She has a wonderful symmetrical body. I love the 3 ribs! One of the best studies in gray tones I've seen.

Why did it take so long to bring to light?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: slackercruster on October 03, 2013, 08:16:14 AM
Recent personal / portfolio series. The first one is coming out in Workbook in the next week or two. It's a single capture, H3DII-39, HC 50mm lens.

The shoot was a ton of fun, but it's also hell shooting that close to the tide. Sand gets in everything. The water occasionally comes much higher than you expect, potentially drenching gear. Whether the tide is rising or receding, you're constantly moving the talent and lights with it.


Nice work, very creative.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: slackercruster on October 03, 2013, 08:20:41 AM
Naw.  Dallas, regardless of perception would much rather be picked up and moved to the east cost.   Dallas is corporate money, Bentleys and Armani, the 25 year olds eat fusion and are foodies, well most of them.

There's still some Texas left in the area, if you go to Ft. Worth, but most of that is for tourists that still think we all ride horse and shoot on sight.

The name of this bar sounds politically incorrect, but for a long, long time Dallas lived under the stigma of that awful day and I think just grew tired of it

I've never heard a Dallasite mention it, but the national and international news mentions that time as if it were yesterday.

Anyway, the patrons of this bar just wanna have fun, sit out in the gravel lot, listen to music, get a little loaded, go home with a boy/girl and not worry about life.

To them the name Lee Harvey has about as much impact as saying John Wilkes Booth.  Both tragic, both way in the past.

But no you won't get shot with a gun.  There is more guns per capita in LA than Dallas, though perception and reality are way different animals.

Actually the most liberal county in American is the most caucasian centric, Marin County, North of San Francisco.  Dallas proper has more percentage of ethnic's groups than most American Cities, so  . . .

Once again, perception and reality.

(http://www.russellrutherfordgroup.com/lee_h_juke_box.jpg)

Love this shot, love this model.  Kathryn is not anorexic, or afraid to eat a meal, she's just a good hard working damn pretty woman.

Not Retouched.

IMO

BC

Beautiful, natural look. I enjoyed all your shots.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: slackercruster on October 03, 2013, 08:22:01 AM
Two of my favorite.

Same talent, left during makeup, right after.

Left, a trillion iso, right much less.

Both p30+, contax

(http://www.russellrutherfordgroup.com/2_p30.jpg)

BC

OK, not an anorexic, but she is pretty thin...nice work!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: slackercruster on October 03, 2013, 08:23:11 AM
Hello,

This is a personal shot I did working with a great retoucher and all round nice guy Dan Coroian-Vlad.

http://www.retouching.co.nz/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/D2-creative-retouching/166300943405238

The car was shot with a Nikon D800E, Nikon 70-200mm F2.8G @F16.0.

Lighting was Dedos my new home made strip light and some light painting.

I have another shot of the Aston Martin DBS coming soon.

Cheers

Simon

Very nice. Reminds me of that guy that does all the sports shots.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: slackercruster on October 03, 2013, 08:25:18 AM
Skylabs, Heidelberg, Germany:

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Slablux_02.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Slablux_03.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Slablux_05.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Slablux_08.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Slablux_09.jpg)

I'm not too much for architecture. But you put out some nice clean work...beautiful!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on October 03, 2013, 08:48:18 AM
a chemex coffee brewer for a mag cover all about coffee



Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on October 03, 2013, 11:12:23 AM
Beautiful work.

She has a wonderful symmetrical body. I love the 3 ribs! One of the best studies in gray tones I've seen.

Why did it take so long to bring to light?

Thanks. Simply not enough time to process images. I still have many from even 2002.
A lot of retouching time is spent on the background behind the model. Paper is never as smooth as I like it to be.
Even a fresh roll of paper quickly develops some bumps on the surface. I suppose due to humidity, although it is very dry in my studio.
I was thinking of trying vinul, not sure if it is as matte as the paper, but even then it would get quickly stretched under the model's weight... well unless she is levitating:)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on October 03, 2013, 11:50:59 AM
Thanks. Simply not enough time to process images. I still have many from even 2002.
A lot of retouching time is spent on the background behind the model. Paper is never as smooth as I like it to be.
Even a fresh roll of paper quickly develops some bumps on the surface. I suppose due to humidity, although it is very dry in my studio.
I was thinking of trying vinul, not sure if it is as matte as the paper, but even then it would get quickly stretched under the model's weight... well unless she is levitating:)

I appreciate the effort it takes to render a smooth bkg. when working with seamless. I've found that increasing the distance of the subject in relationship to the background helps. But of course, I've only got about 20 feet lengthwise, so that severely limits what I am able to shoot. I'm fanatical about smooth bkgs. for my doggie portraits http://www.topdogimaging.net/dog-photos.html. I am stunned by how much the price of seamless has gone up over the past few years. Nothing turns me off more than seeing ripply backgrounds.

By the way, I love the image. You really have an incredible knack for taking interesting minimalist photos. I know how much perfection it takes to pull it off.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on October 03, 2013, 11:56:44 AM
In re Russel and Rutherford's picture: Not to be a fuddy duddy, Michael Ezra's photos truly enter the realm of fine art. To me, this picture of the sultry woman looks well ... slutty. I've seen this type of picture ten million times in one form or another. The execution is fine. ... Not to be harsh, but I just don't get it, and I'm not trying to be mean-spirited.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 03, 2013, 12:23:57 PM
Thanks. Simply not enough time to process images. I still have many from even 2002.
A lot of retouching time is spent on the background behind the model. Paper is never as smooth as I like it to be.
Even a fresh roll of paper quickly develops some bumps on the surface. I suppose due to humidity, although it is very dry in my studio.
I was thinking of trying vinul, not sure if it is as matte as the paper, but even then it would get quickly stretched under the model's weight... well unless she is levitating:)
Now I understand why your models are usually levitating!  ;D

This one, like the levitaters, is stunning. And they are truly fine art, as BobDavid says.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on October 03, 2013, 06:18:09 PM
Hmm, let me think, Cooter’s earthy, colourful women or clinical, grey mannequins? ...Not to be harsh, but I just don't get it, and I'm not trying to be mean-spirited.


Have you ever tried to photograph a model in a minimalist setting? If you study Ezra's work, it's clear to see that he has the eye of a sculptor along with total mastery of the aesthetic and the technical aspects of making a timeless image. Perhaps the difference between the "grey mannequins" and "colorful women" is akin to the difference between great literature and pulp fiction. Ezra has a consistent vision and his execution is exquisite. I've been looking at his nude studies for years. More often than not they are masterpieces that I think are as compelling as Rodin's sculptures. I like the fact that he uses an obsolete entry-level  Mamiya/22MP camera.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 03, 2013, 07:36:33 PM
Have you ever tried to photograph a model in a minimalist setting? If you study Ezra's work, it's clear to see that he has the eye of a sculptor along with total mastery of the aesthetic and the technical aspects of making a timeless image. Perhaps the difference between the "grey mannequins" and "colorful women" is akin to the difference between great literature and pulp fiction. Ezra has a consistent vision and his execution is exquisite. I've been looking at his nude studies for years. More often than not they are masterpieces that I think are as compelling as Rodin's sculptures. I like the fact that he uses an obsolete entry-level  Mamiya/22MP camera.
Exactly! Well said, Bob.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Jeffery Salter on October 03, 2013, 09:06:17 PM
Art is in the eye of the beholder.  Sometimes it's easy to mix up an artfully done photograph with *fine art*.  I guess we all have our own definitions of what is fine art.  

Why compare?  Cooter's contemporary classics are rooted in a sense of place and mood, with eye to making a statement about the "now".  Looking at his images it's easy to connect and understand him as a visual artist.
Ezra's images are past views of Greek Classic nudes.  Well done and beautifully toned.  It's difficult for me to really connect with his wonderful images because I don't understand what he's trying to say, however that's doesn't diminish any visual pleasure I may derive from the work.

No need to rehash the f/64 group's manifesto. Comparing pictorialists to modernists.  Let's continue to learn and enjoy the vision of the artists who freely choose to share their images with us.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: jeremydillon on October 04, 2013, 12:07:33 AM
Thanks. Simply not enough time to process images. I still have many from even 2002.
A lot of retouching time is spent on the background behind the model. Paper is never as smooth as I like it to be.
Even a fresh roll of paper quickly develops some bumps on the surface. I suppose due to humidity, although it is very dry in my studio.
I was thinking of trying vinul, not sure if it is as matte as the paper, but even then it would get quickly stretched under the model's weight... well unless she is levitating:)

Hi Michael,
Do you store your paper on the wall or off?  I tend to get 'dimples' if I keep my background paper up on the wall. I think it sags slightly in the middle and when it unrolls the dimples appear. Rolls which I store off the wall, rolled up in their boxes standing vertically don't seem to have this problem.
Cheers
Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on October 04, 2013, 12:29:00 AM
Greek sculpture has fascinated artists, historians, and regular folks for millinia. I think Ezra's work certainly exhibits a classical aesthetic. But, I've yet to encounter a Greek sculpture able to capture the female form as Ezra does. His models are real. The synergy between all of the elements--artist, model, space, and moment in time fit together in a manner that is truly sublime,rare. My guess is that he has spent years cultivating his skill. And his images are mysterious. His models have obviously been on a journey exploring the limits of body and mind. There is a certain contemplative/mediative aspect of his work that satisfies.

The picture of the girl in the bar is not a bad picture, nor is it a great one. It is not mysterious or subtle. It's a one-liner. And it's common. I see a lot of work like that in portfolios from enthusiast photographers that are workshop junkies. Michael's work is not like that. I cannot even imagine how beautiful one of his images would look as an artisan print. I see silver, not grey.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: epines on October 04, 2013, 12:34:00 AM
a chemex coffee brewer for a mag cover all about coffee

No one's mentioned it yet, so I will -- this shot is gorgeously done. Nice composition, lighting and retouching. Great work.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on October 04, 2013, 03:35:37 AM
Thanks. The blue and wood is a bit more subtle that that, save for web>sRGB>browser seems to have given it some punch that wasn't there in the original.
Client was happy which is the important thing. ;D

(Edit: must be settings in Safari, the colour tone is fine on iPad, new retina MBP so I need to make safari profile aware)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on October 04, 2013, 03:19:19 PM
I'm not too much for architecture. But you put out some nice clean work...beautiful!

Thank you  :)

I've got some more:

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_01gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_05gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_06gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_10gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_11gr.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on October 04, 2013, 03:33:00 PM
No one's mentioned it yet, so I will -- this shot is gorgeously done. Nice composition, lighting and retouching. Great work.

All of that AND the Chemex is the bomb.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on October 04, 2013, 03:37:32 PM
In re Russel and Rutherford's picture: Not to be a fuddy duddy, Michael Ezra's photos truly enter the realm of fine art. To me, this picture of the sultry woman looks well ... slutty. I've seen this type of picture ten million times in one form or another. The execution is fine. ... Not to be harsh, but I just don't get it, and I'm not trying to be mean-spirited.

I like them both. They don't lend themselves to comparison, really. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on October 04, 2013, 08:24:57 PM
Gosh!

Having spent a great deal of time during my formative years as an art student viewing the classical Greek statuary I still see it as a celebration of life and the personification of human sexuality and form.

Conversely…

Thankfully it is the differences between us that make for an interesting life.


You are spot on about Greek sculpture. The intent of sculptors in ancient Greece was to chip away at stone to apotheosize the human form. Well, those statues are idealized interpretations. Ezra's photos are about possibilities rather than dreams.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on October 04, 2013, 08:49:40 PM
Thank you  :)

I've got some more:

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_01gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_05gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_06gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_10gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_11gr.jpg)

Adrian, You captured this building beautifully!  It's a spectacular structure and I think your approach is perfect!  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on October 04, 2013, 09:50:21 PM
I got trapped in photography, still sketching the sculptures I hope some day to really create.
I can't live without my BW "girls" but James' always make my day when I see them:)
Our works have similar yet very different purposes.
In the end it is all about witnessing the originals, all that we show are just copies:)




Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on October 04, 2013, 09:58:40 PM
Hi Michael,
Do you store your paper on the wall or off?  I tend to get 'dimples' if I keep my background paper up on the wall. I think it sags slightly in the middle and when it unrolls the dimples appear. Rolls which I store off the wall, rolled up in their boxes standing vertically don't seem to have this problem.
Cheers
Jeremy

Hi Jeremy, I store paper within the plastic bag in their boxes yet still the same problem. I remember the first days in the studio when I was just stapling the paper to the wall under the ceiling:) Don't recall that I paid attention to the "dimples" then... more to the RZ, counting the frames and the model:) I may try the vinul on PhotoExpo, see if that works better.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on October 04, 2013, 10:58:37 PM
Thank you  :)

I've got some more:

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_01gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_05gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_06gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_10gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_11gr.jpg)

Really nice.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Professional on October 05, 2013, 01:32:43 AM
I agree about those architectural shots, very nice, i like them, i wish to see some buildings that interesting to shoot.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Hulyss on October 05, 2013, 06:02:14 AM
I agree about those architectural shots, very nice, i like them, i wish to see some buildings that interesting to shoot.

Dito ... very well executed work !
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on October 05, 2013, 08:29:43 PM
a chemex coffee brewer for a mag cover all about coffee
I love the colors:)

Here is one (or two) more from the same session:

(http://www.michaelezra.com/images/photography/MichaelEzra_JDY_C165.C168_web800px.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ErikKaffehr on October 06, 2013, 03:21:43 PM
For my part, I don't know if I like Michaels work, but I am quite impressed by it. It's great work!

Best regards
Erik


Greek sculpture has fascinated artists, historians, and regular folks for millinia. I think Ezra's work certainly exhibits a classical aesthetic. But, I've yet to encounter a Greek sculpture able to capture the female form as Ezra does. His models are real. The synergy between all of the elements--artist, model, space, and moment in time fit together in a manner that is truly sublime,rare. My guess is that he has spent years cultivating his skill. And his images are mysterious. His models have obviously been on a journey exploring the limits of body and mind. There is a certain contemplative/mediative aspect of his work that satisfies.

The picture of the girl in the bar is not a bad picture, nor is it a great one. It is not mysterious or subtle. It's a one-liner. And it's common. I see a lot of work like that in portfolios from enthusiast photographers that are workshop junkies. Michael's work is not like that. I cannot even imagine how beautiful one of his images would look as an artisan print. I see silver, not grey.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on October 06, 2013, 04:03:58 PM
I love the 2 for 1, Michael. Keep 'em rolling.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on October 06, 2013, 08:06:38 PM
Shoot this last week.  P45+, single capture, and then pushed the hell out of it in post.   ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on October 06, 2013, 08:40:35 PM
Joe, I would have waited longer till when the interior spaces started to glow (not just the light sources).
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: wolfnowl on October 06, 2013, 09:22:24 PM
Greek sculpture has fascinated artists, historians, and regular folks for millenia. I think Ezra's work certainly exhibits a classical aesthetic. But, I've yet to encounter a Greek sculpture able to capture the female form as Ezra does. His models are real. The synergy between all of the elements--artist, model, space, and moment in time fit together in a manner that is truly sublime,rare. My guess is that he has spent years cultivating his skill. And his images are mysterious. His models have obviously been on a journey exploring the limits of body and mind. There is a certain contemplative/meditative aspect of his work that satisfies.

<snip>I cannot even imagine how beautiful one of his images would look as an artisan print. I see silver, not grey.

What he said, me too!

Mike.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on October 06, 2013, 09:32:46 PM
Joe, I would have waited longer till when the interior spaces started to glow (not just the light sources).

Joe, I agree with Kirk.  Your shot would have been the base capture for my approach to a backlit dusk shot.  I leave the camera in place from before sunset until it's completely dark.  I then run the inside light bracket thru Photomatix to even out the light sources and drop the file on the base shot as a lighten or screen blend.  Quite often the exterior lighting also will come into play making a more impactful image.  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on October 06, 2013, 09:36:31 PM
Joe, I would have waited longer till when the interior spaces started to glow (not just the light sources).

I am not sure how I feel about having that happen, seeing more of the inside; you have to give me a few days to disconnect from this version before coming to a conclusion on that.  However, if this was the main shot, I probably would have waited longer.  The main shot was the interior, which I had to run inside after this and set up (not through post yet), and the backside (see below).  They were much more important than this image, which was a novelty to myself and the architect.  

With that shot (the one above), I was more impressed with how hard I could push the file and still get a very usable image.  I have tried and failed several times with my Canon gear to shoot a similar image with the sun behind the building while still being able to pull out the details in the shadows.  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on October 06, 2013, 10:42:30 PM
Joe, Try experimenting with Photomatix, the extended range that is possible thru their exposure fusion mode is a tremendous asset to an architectural photographer.  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on October 08, 2013, 11:30:57 PM
Standard Poodle against a grey seamless background.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 09, 2013, 12:14:07 AM
Nice one, Bob, but I still prefer Michael Ezra's levitating nudes against a grey seamless background.  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on October 09, 2013, 08:26:19 AM
Nice one, Bob, but I still prefer Michael Ezra's levitating nudes against a grey seamless background.  ;)

It's hard to compete with the female form. I prefer Michael Ezra's levitating nudes to this picture. As a dog photographer, I am a minimalist and do not stuff the backgrounds with silly props or worse, have the dogs pose in costumes. I appreciate what it takes to render a seamless paper background smooth as silk.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: NickCroken on October 09, 2013, 12:02:03 PM
Thank you  :)

I've got some more:

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_01gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_05gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_06gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_10gr.jpg)

(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/Skyl_11gr.jpg)

I absolutely love these! How much post processing do you do? Would you mind sharing a before and after (publicly or privately) if not, I totally understand!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on October 10, 2013, 05:09:56 AM
I absolutely love these! How much post processing do you do? Would you mind sharing a before and after (publicly or privately) if not, I totally understand!

I did some post-processing: In general, I pushed the shadows a fair amount, changed the sky a little bit (selection) and removed some objects, I don't like. 
About 1hour/picture.

raw file:
(http://www.adrianschulz.de/forum/skylabsbefore1.jpg)
HCAM + Aptus II 8 + TS-E 24mm + 12mm shift
Amazingly, the top of the building is still pretty sharp.


Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Mr. Rib on October 10, 2013, 10:44:40 AM
I like the first one, the rest looks a tad bit too much like a 3d render for my liking but that's of course only my opinion.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: NickCroken on October 10, 2013, 12:16:34 PM
Thanks so much Aphoto!! That's a lot less post work than I was expecting!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on October 10, 2013, 07:58:58 PM
Hello,

This shot was partly lit using my new Ice Light.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MAmaro on October 10, 2013, 08:58:04 PM
Simon,

Great shot, that Ice Light is really a nice piece of kit to work with!  I been testing mine out and find it creates great highlight lines along the contours of the body.  I think that's where you used it in your photo if I'm not mistaken.  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: DanielStone on October 10, 2013, 10:37:36 PM
Hello,

This shot was partly lit using my new Ice Light.

Cheers

Simon

Simon,
is that the new self-driving CR-V? Hence no steering wheel :P?
I like the end result nonetheless :)

-Dan
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on October 10, 2013, 10:55:04 PM
Hi Dan,

Here in New Zealand the steering wheel is on the left.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: DanielStone on October 10, 2013, 11:19:13 PM
Hi Dan,

Here in New Zealand the steering wheel is on the left.

Cheers

Simon

so is that "stage left"(so when on stage looking out, it's on your left), or "audience left"(where it's on your left side when looking towards the stage)?

Assuming you mean like this?
http://youtu.be/ZzpEaLz_mnE

BTW, I was kidding you about the missing steering wheel :P

-Dan
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on October 11, 2013, 08:13:35 AM
Hello,

This shot was partly lit using my new Ice Light.

Cheers

Simon

Are you light painting with it...like the old Hosemaster but without the hose?

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on October 11, 2013, 03:00:56 PM
Hi Craig,

Yes I dress myself in black like a ninja and light paint the car with the Ice Light. Its hit and miss but a lot of fun. From combining the best light brush images and other conventional Dedo lit images the retoucher came up with the finished shot.

The Ice Light just added a different look.

Craig for the RV work you do I think the Ice Lights could be very useful.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ErikKaffehr on October 11, 2013, 04:39:57 PM
Hi,

I am also quite impressed with Michael Ezra's images. Not my kind of stuff, but very well down and I think he has great respect for his subjects.

Best regards
Erik


Nice one, Bob, but I still prefer Michael Ezra's levitating nudes against a grey seamless background.  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on October 11, 2013, 05:09:55 PM
Thank you all for the kind words.
Here is one from the levitation series

(http://www.michaelezra.com/images/photography/MichaelEzra_SSM_B115_web.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on October 11, 2013, 05:20:47 PM
Simon, Way back when I used to use the Hosemaster on rv's and custom vans.  It was film back then so it was harder to combine images (digital retouching was still an infant and really pricey) It was really fun but really hit or miss. I wasted a lot of time playing with that thing, but at the time I was the senior in-hose photographer for a Boat/RV/Custom Conversion van company, so I had a lot of freedom to play.  I'll see if I can find some old samples.

You ended up with a very nice result.

The problem I would have using it now is I no longer have a studio to shoot in.  Its all location now, usually at the end of the production line or in a parts warehouse in some factory.  No way to control the ambient lighting. I use a lot of parts and pieces in my current work and strip them together in post, but is all generalized lighting from strobes. 

But its really cool seeing this technique in action again!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MJSPhoto on October 11, 2013, 06:01:38 PM
I've been using a fluorescent light I got at Home Depot for $12 a few years ago  :P

(http://ppcdn.500px.org/31201257/7285bc107bbf4ebeaf4921e57a93bb5fce64244c/4.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8432/7518013404_672f93bf60_b.jpg)






.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on October 18, 2013, 05:10:11 PM
Very clean color from those lights!

A couple of new ones, shot yesterday, not sure which I like more though.

(http://www.michaelezra.com/images/photography/MichaelEzra_BLE_A_033_web800px.jpg)

(http://www.michaelezra.com/images/photography/MichaelEzra_BLE_A_035_web800px.jpg)

I find the camera raw very useful for BW conversion via a combination of tonemapping and the HSL Grayscale mixer.
I just tried the DXO film pack 3 (it is given for free here http://www.dxo.com/intl/sony) and was surprised how well the familiar BW films as simulated.
Superbly! but in the film days.. what would we give to have ease and flexibility we enjoy now and deviate from any given film recipe for an already shot image:)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on October 18, 2013, 05:25:13 PM
Hi Michael,

I prefer the first one it is more symmetrical.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on October 18, 2013, 11:16:25 PM
I think whatever the material of the wall cladding/siding is along with the angle panels helps provide this feeling, effect.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: uaiomex on October 19, 2013, 02:48:56 AM
+1
Mesmerizing as always.
Eduardo

Hi Michael,

I prefer the first one it is more symmetrical.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JohnBrew on October 19, 2013, 07:55:33 AM
Michael, I prefer the second version. I like the impression of movement. Yes, the first is more symmetrical, but for me it is almost too perfect.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on October 26, 2013, 05:59:39 PM
I've been shooting way more furniture than architecture lately.  This is from a series that we revisit once a year as new product is designed.  I have a lot of fun designing the sets and then the lighting of course...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131002_2170.jpg)

from our new IQ 260 on the M-Line 2

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on October 26, 2013, 06:07:32 PM
Chris, very cool looking set!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: georgem on October 27, 2013, 07:33:36 AM
maybe you wouldn't mind some architecture then...

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on October 28, 2013, 05:41:56 PM
As always, great work Chris and Ashley. 

Here are some recents of mine, architecture though. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ken R on October 29, 2013, 10:02:08 AM
Some recent published work (Modo de Vida (interior design magazine) ). Long time client and as usual as of late almost extremely low budget and almost zero time (private residence). These are scans from the actual magazine in print. Single image captures, no retouch other than lightroom adjustments and dust cleaning.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ken R on October 30, 2013, 10:24:16 AM
If you had been given a bigger budget to play with, what would you have done differently ?

Or to ask the same sort of question from your client's perspective: what more would he have got from you, should he have agreed to pay you more ?  

In this specific case I would have used lights for the exterior specially for the landscaping to the right and also the pool and deck area and also the interior walls. Obviously I would have needed to shoot a bit later around dusk. It would have made the location look a bit more high end which is the clientele the company is going for with this line of products (the folding aluminum and glass doors). The space inside was quite small so it would have required a lot of creativity for rigging the lights. Rigging the lights for the outside areas would not have been a big deal but still all that takes time and more money (rentals, and at least an assistant or two). Also, the lighting would have been identical from shot to shot. You can see on the published shots that the light outside changed quite a bit. I could have composited the exterior under one of the lighting conditions but that also required much more time and the images needed to be delivered that same night to meet the magazine's deadline.

I think the images came out really nice considering it was just me with my camera and tripod and no one else. I had to clean up the patio area of toys, furniture, gardening stuff and some leaves that were making the background look quite busy. Also I had to remove all the interior furniture to make room for the shot. The wind was also moving the doors so I had to keep them in position with some ingenuity. At least long enough to take the shot. :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on October 30, 2013, 06:12:51 PM
+1 I agree. Sometime that extra effort, not paid at the moment, brings new chances with clients.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ken R on October 30, 2013, 07:50:38 PM
Ive been working with this client for 6 years. And no they will not pay for extra usage. They pay for the shooting day that is it. It is a small market but they have to / want to use new images constantly. I did this shooting for 2 hours one afternoon. On that day I had another job with another different client in the morning.

This client has tried other photographers and they come back to me now they just hire me, always. Good price, good quality, fast and I am responsible and coordinate the shoots well. It is more about the service. Not always 100% about the image. Also I deal well with the owners of the mostly expensive properties. It seems absurd but if they do not like you they might complaint to the client.

Also, if I h=give this client the service of a more involved production for free how would I justify charging for it on another shoot? They will absolutely say, and rightfully so, "last time you brought lights, grip equipment and took time to light the scene and you only charged me x amount.."
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on October 30, 2013, 08:04:26 PM
Hi Ken,

I totally agree with your comment Ken

“Also, if I h=give this client the service of a more involved production for free how would I justify charging for it on another shoot? They will absolutely say, and rightfully so, "last time you brought lights, grip equipment and took time to light the scene and you only charged me x amount.."

You start giving them the full service for the cost of a get in and out quick shoot the you are bugged.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on October 30, 2013, 10:41:23 PM
Hi Ken,

I totally agree with your comment Ken

“Also, if I h=give this client the service of a more involved production for free how would I justify charging for it on another shoot? They will absolutely say, and rightfully so, "last time you brought lights, grip equipment and took time to light the scene and you only charged me x amount.."

You start giving them the full service for the cost of a get in and out quick shoot the you are bugged.

Cheers

Simon

Simon, Ken,

This is something we all fight in today's economy, large production or small.

We'll get a gig that big, but still the cost is held tight and to be safe you want to double your lights, add more crew, maybe even add another 4k RED or a focus puller, steadycam op,  etc. etc., but we're working from a bottom line and they know they aren't paying for all that extra convenience and safety.  

It's a tightrope and I agree with Ken and Simon, do the very best, very professionally with what you have and get on with it.   As long as your honest about what your going to provide then everyone is usually more than happy.

Turning an image or video with twice the production values might seem like a good idea and be appreciated, but usually it works the opposite way and the next time they ask why do you need to charge for that?

Ashley,

You work differently in the fact you have a unique system of shooting on assignment with the agreement to liscense your imagery to others later.  It's a good plan and the investment pays off for you.

For me,  my client's would have a coronary if I tried to cut a deal to sell their images later.  

In most cases after the licensing is up I could, in fact I have millions of dollars in lifestyle production I could offer,  but it wouldn't go over very well.

IMO

BC

P.S.

Actually I'll tell you a little secret.  A few years ago we we're shooting a still and video production and the client's ad manager asked how I promote myself.  I said by building equity with my clients and pointed to the extra RED1, the steadicam operator and focus puller.

I said there is no line item for them, I threw that in for free and that is hard cost out of my pocket of about $8,000 plus cameras I own, lens rentals etc.

The ad manager asked why I would do that and I said because you'll get imagery that's more than you expected, more usable and should put me ahead of anyone I compete with.

He kind of smiled and said, uh yea, I guess so, but next time will you do it?

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on October 30, 2013, 11:45:39 PM
Word.

I am incredibly invested in gear.  Mostly because I am a big gear junky, but also because I believe that the right tools liberate creativity and allow me to do the best job that I am capable of.  I hire an assistant or two for every shoot I do and always have the same complement of equipment with me.  Well, unless we're also shooting motion and then I have twice the gear.

This week is crazy.  We started off in Austin.  I'm currently in Nashville and am catching a flight to D.C. tomorrow.  It's going to cost the client a few grand just to fly my gear around all week.  They look at the pile of gear though and they just go "Wow".  It almost doesn't even matter how much of it we actually use.

And then they look at the images on the laptop and they go "Wow" again... and we've just justified the costs.  Sometimes we go out with a couple dozen lights and only set up one... but every single time I've left some of my gear at home it's hurt my images... a missing hi-light here, not as much texture there, that little extra sparkle that puts the image over the top.  When that happens I just end up turning around, closing my eyes and quietly screaming "FUCK FUCK FUCK" in my mind.

I don't really know exactly what I'm getting at here, except to say... that Cooter's example struck a nerve.  If you want to make the best work possible, if you want to be in this for the long run, make money and be respected, then don't dick around.

Rant brought to you by Fat Tire Amber.

Now here's a picture of an elevator.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131005_3116.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on October 31, 2013, 12:30:39 AM
Word.


I don't really know exactly what I'm getting at here, except to say... that Cooter's example struck a nerve.  If you want to make the best work possible, if you want to be in this for the long run, make money and be respected, then don't dick around.



I get it.

We travel with 4,900 lbs of equipment, from asia through europe and keep lighting, grip and computers in three cities and like Chris says, if I leave something I didn't want to carry like the hmi's or a lens set I curse myself.

And don't get me wrong, the image matters, really matters and in the end that's all anyone sees, but it does have an effect if you come in on set with cases of equipment, crew and work highly professional.

Professionalism, work ethic, to equipment matters and with the addition of video you can't have too much equipment (unfortunately).

Still, there is a fine line between being prepared and giving away the store and the days of a single tasking crew member is over.

The only people I work with that single task are the sound tech and usually hair and makeup.   I expect prop stylists to wardrobe, wardrobe to prop, the guy running the dit station can sure as hell pick up a light stand, or a Pelican case, because I do.

Ok, now off to bed.

BC







Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on October 31, 2013, 01:11:04 AM
Hello,

A new image for Honda combining Dedo lights and my new Ice Light.

Nikon D800E and Nikon 80-200mm G lens @ 92mm, F16.0, 10 Sec, 100ISO

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on October 31, 2013, 01:21:36 AM

Now here's a picture of an elevator.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131005_3116.jpg)

Mighty fine elevator at that....

Careful over delivery may make it easier for a new client to become a repeat client...but over delivery for the repetitive sake of over delivery....you'll be needing to work at the goldenarches through the midnight hours.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ken R on October 31, 2013, 09:31:09 AM
Yelhsa:

That is right. Ideally one would charge for the use of images and concede rights to certain media and time usage and based on the media's circulation / reach and the time used and calculate cost based on that. I think there are even tables for this.

I do adjust my fee depending on the usage and scope of the project or campaign the images will be a part of but my client has to at least cover the actual production and post-production costs + my fee of the shoot. (Cost + Fee).

I honestly do not have the time or the resources to monitor the usage of the images I produce for my clients. A lot of the time the client does not even have the entire media plan set in stone when the images are produced, just a general idea. I do specify the intended use on all my invoices. If by chance I see that they deviated a lot from that and / or the ad agency uses the images for another product / brand or anything else then I might confront the ad agency or client. But in the 10 years that I have been in business that has never happened.

With stock or stock type photography then it is another story since you basically run with all production costs (or the stock agency) and the stock agency manages the images for you. Also a lot of editorial and wedding photographers also put their images in their stock photography agency of choice. They mostly work for a fee and then make up their income with the stock sales.

Basically there is not one clear cut business model for everything it depends on the situation and market.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on October 31, 2013, 11:36:25 AM
Does he or does he just need to pay you enough for 'the use of your images' to cover all of this ?
Because there is a big difference between asking someone to pay for 'the use of your work' and asking them to pay you 'to do the work' for them.

Anyway, it's sounds like you don't have time for any of this, so I'll leave it at that.

Cheers
Ashley.


My thoughts.

Being that this is the medium format forum, I assume that those who post and follow this section are either those at the top or those who aspire to be there.  If this is the case (for anyone), my question is can you really afford to produce images any less than your best? 

A few years ago, a very smart consultant told me that a potential client will always judge you on your worse images.  You could have some of the best work out there, but if a high end prospect sees a shitty set of images you shot (especially recently), none of that other work will matter in his eyes.  So, for my business development, I never will shoot less than the best I can, and most of the time I am still not completely happy with the images I produce, because there is always something else I could have done.  (How much sleep have I lost to this?)

Does this mean that you will make less than you should on a project, maybe, or maybe you just don't shoot those jobs?  So IMO, charge like Ashley does and have faith more licensing will be bought later on (happens at least 50% of the time for me) or let them go.  Either choice can be a hard pill to swallow sometimes, but in the end, most clients like this dont pay well anyway.  And if not doing this job means you'll have less money but also one less set of shitty images out there for the high end prospects (the ones who pay well) to see and degrade you with, then I would let that money go. 

But anyway, here is an image of a crappy lunch room/hallway in an township utilities garage.  Not the best space out there, but hey, they needed it documented, for, you know ... marketing stuff.  I used three strobes and two hot lights, and they were very pleased I gave it the same attention as the nicer spaces in the other building. 
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on October 31, 2013, 12:36:58 PM
Came across this on the web. Seems like something to come handy next time a client asks you to do it cheaper. Original source here (http://image-store.slidesharecdn.com/9d742f32-4062-11e3-bf06-22000a970267-original.jpg).  :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on October 31, 2013, 12:42:05 PM
.. would have said: "Why are you asking ?" - and then listened to what he had to say.

Because it's sounds to me, like he may have had something interesting to say to you here - in regards to how you could actually charged them more.

 :-X







He actually meant if I went that direction next time would I charge full tilt?   Me I'd probably try to find a good middle ground.

Ashley, you and I have had this discussion before and I respect your business model.  I also own my images, but honestly no client that runs a dedicated still and motion campaign that takes 6 months to complete is going to be happy if I keep hitting them with extra usage because some in store or product layed on a shelf for an extra month, just like they assume I won't take their imagery and sell it into stock, for anyone, even though I can.

My goal is to improve, to work, to stay busy (because I like hard work) and be paid well.  I never have a master plan but I do shake it up.  Now I've added a space in London (where I am today) and I love it.

It's opened up new business and a  new life experience, put me closer to family and allowed for a different thought process.  I just had european clients in last week for an edit.  I flew in from LA to meet them.  I could have squeezed them for airfare and transfers, but it was my decision to be here and make it easier for them.

Good work, convenience and lack of small time bullshit always pays off long term.

But understand I do appreciate your business model and if it works for you, keep on cooking.

IMO

BC

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on November 02, 2013, 10:33:35 AM
Photographer's business models can be such a source of aggravation for clients as well as other photographers.  I have no desire to police the usage of my images, I want to spend my time making more of them.

I think in these regards I'm fortunate to be working (for the most part) in the niche of architecture.  Residual usage rights drive architects nuts.  My fee model is based upon a day rate.  Within that rate I included a license for unlimited usage of the images.  That dayrate is probably higher than a lot of my competition, but my clients seem to be happy to pay it and not have to worry about when or where they use the images.

Also, my clients usually have no problem with stock sales.  In fact, most of my stock sales are referred by the original client.

So, I make a lot of images and I make a nice living.  I really don't spend any of my time calculating and chasing usage fees.  My clients are happy.  Life is simple and good.  This business model may not work for everyone, it may even piss some photographers off but it's been pretty sound for me over the last 20 years.

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on November 02, 2013, 01:13:02 PM
Photographers don't have unions, collective bargaining power, or paid advocates in every nation's Capitol.

Photographers are just hired hands and usage has always been a sticky subject to discuss, but the real honest to god truth is nothing matters unless you turn a profit.

Doesn't mean that usage isn't a consideration, in Chris' case he uses it to bargain for more money, in Ashely's case he uses it to bargain for more money, they just come about it from different angles.

In my case we're a bottom line group.  Pay us we'll play, but we have a number we have to hit and getting rich off of one gig isn't the plan.

Doing a lot of gigs is.


IMO

BC


Photographer's business models can be such a source of aggravation for clients as well as other photographers.  I have no desire to police the usage of my images, I want to spend my time making more of them.

I think in these regards I'm fortunate to be working (for the most part) in the niche of architecture.  Residual usage rights drive architects nuts.  My fee model is based upon a day rate.  Within that rate I included a license for unlimited usage of the images.  That dayrate is probably higher than a lot of my competition, but my clients seem to be happy to pay it and not have to worry about when or where they use the images.

Also, my clients usually have no problem with stock sales.  In fact, most of my stock sales are referred by the original client.

So, I make a lot of images and I make a nice living.  I really don't spend any of my time calculating and chasing usage fees.  My clients are happy.  Life is simple and good.  This business model may not work for everyone, it may even piss some photographers off but it's been pretty sound for me over the last 20 years.

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on November 02, 2013, 02:40:42 PM
Photographer's business models can be such a source of aggravation for clients as well as other photographers.  I have no desire to police the usage of my images, I want to spend my time making more of them.

I think in these regards I'm fortunate to be working (for the most part) in the niche of architecture.  Residual usage rights drive architects nuts.  My fee model is based upon a day rate.  Within that rate I included a license for unlimited usage of the images.  That dayrate is probably higher than a lot of my competition, but my clients seem to be happy to pay it and not have to worry about when or where they use the images.

Also, my clients usually have no problem with stock sales.  In fact, most of my stock sales are referred by the original client.

So, I make a lot of images and I make a nice living.  I really don't spend any of my time calculating and chasing usage fees.  My clients are happy.  Life is simple and good.  This business model may not work for everyone, it may even piss some photographers off but it's been pretty sound for me over the last 20 years.

CB

I tend to be in the same boat Chris.  Direct usage billing your get me tossed out on my ear but then again the usage for most of the work I produce has a limited shelf life due to model year introductions.  I ditched the day rate model years ago because the clients just kept adding more and more shots to the list.  Its all piece rate now for me.  X shot costs X Y shot cost Y and so on. Post to my taste is included. I have some ala carte billing points to cover unusual situations but really they don't crop up very often.  Besides, if I have perfected my methods so that I produce the images in less time, why should I be penalized?

RV photography is a pretty tiny niche. My clients are generally happy and keep calling me year after year.  Not counting when the Marketing manager gets fired or takes another job and the new person like some other photography. Sometime I win some of those back again :)

But I work all I want and I earn a very good living.  Like you, no need to complicate it.   Not at this stage of my career anyways.

Which brings up another question ..off topic.  I'm 61 this year and I'm looking out over the retirement landscape.  It just kind of hit me this year that there will be some sort of end in sight someday.  I'm still capable of doing the work ( I work with just my wife so I'm the grunt too) but I'm trying to decide if I really ready to quit, or at least in a few years.  So how long is everyone looking to work?

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on November 03, 2013, 11:19:38 AM
I'm doing a hybrid model: day rate + a "per image" fee. This keeps the shot list reasonable, and also allows me to do really small jobs, with maybe only 2 or 3 photos, without losing money.
Like many of the other architectural photographers here, I'm granting very broad licensing to my architect/design/build clients. Perpetuity, broadcast & display, web, print collateral, local advertising. I exclude National Print, editorial, and of course third-party usage, where I make a lot of money. I do lots of secondary licenses. When you're shooting for someone's portfolio, it's difficult to impose a time limit. I wouldn't accept it if I were on the other side.

Straight-ahead advertising work, on the other hand, has more of a tradition of more controlled rights-management, and I guess I'd be happy enough to play by those rules, if I were in that game.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on November 03, 2013, 03:17:32 PM
Interesting.  My clients all know about how many shots we can get in a day.  For interiors it's usually 4, 5 if we have great ambient.  I've had people come at me asking for much more (as they're accustomed to photographers not taking much time with the shots).  I just explain my process and they usually cut the shot list in half.

I do have a per shot cost that I call "Capture / Processing / Retouching" which also dissuades the "All you can eat" mindset.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on November 03, 2013, 05:34:02 PM
Interesting.  My clients all know about how many shots we can get in a day.  For interiors it's usually 4, 5 if we have great ambient.  I've had people come at me asking for much more (as they're accustomed to photographers not taking much time with the shots).  I just explain my process and they usually cut the shot list in half.

I do have a per shot cost that I call "Capture / Processing / Retouching" which also dissuades the "All you can eat" mindset.

Mine do to, now. I'm happy to shoot as much as I can each day, because each image adds directly to the invoice, but there is a practical limit.  That said, not all shots are major productions.  A shot of a pantry stocked with stuff takes a lot less time that a full interior for example.  So a good day might be 5 images or it might be 20.  I also bill  a "file fee". Its kind of a hold over from the transition days from film to digital and then it was a way to counter the, "its digital it does not cost you anything" mentality.  I always equated it to the drum scan and proof fees they paid with film.  Its a substantial chunk of change each so I'm not really that hip on eliminating it. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on November 03, 2013, 06:44:58 PM
Interesting.  My clients all know about how many shots we can get in a day.  For interiors it's usually 4, 5 if we have great ambient.  I've had people come at me asking for much more (as they're accustomed to photographers not taking much time with the shots).  I just explain my process and they usually cut the shot list in half.

I do have a per shot cost that I call "Capture / Processing / Retouching" which also dissuades the "All you can eat" mindset.

This can be a make or break with some firms.  I tell people anywhere from 5 to 7, depending on the interiors, how much staging is involved, if it will just my assistant and I or people from the firm will be there (which is how I like it).  

Although some firms like the 15 to 20 images in a day.  I met with a firm in the beginning of the year and they asked how many I could get in a day.  I said 5 to 7; they said that they usually get 12 to 15.  I asked why they would need so many.  They said they like to tell the entire story and some of the rooms would be small side rooms anyway.  I gave them a sample estimate and I never heard back from them.  I finally got a hold of them three months later.  They said the other guy priced out 15 images for about 30% less.  

I had found that I would spend more time in total making an HDR image look to the same standards as if I lit the space.  So to shoot 15 images in a day and than spend all that time in post and charge less for it makes no sense to me.  This is especially the case when I am always asked by the highest end clients if I light my interior images.  It is kind of a "your book looks great closed, so please give me a reason to open it."

Speaking of lighting, there was a good amount of lighting in this image.  The image looked a little rough in raw with no adjustments, which made me not too excited.  Now that it is done, I'm digging it; client really digs it too.  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on November 03, 2013, 11:16:32 PM
A few recents, good to be shooting boats again.  34', and 31' boats shot in the factory

(http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/craiglamson/Rinker14_310_rearint_zps1efc5071.jpg)


(http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/craiglamson/Rinker14_340_frtint_zps06d59971.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on November 04, 2013, 03:59:05 AM
Wish I could do that, Craig; probably find myself a new career in yacht brokerage. Plenty of big boats around the Med, but my eyes popped when I saw the ones tied up at Abu Dhabi yesterday as I watched the F1 race on tv. I'd thought Monaco was something else.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 04, 2013, 12:44:01 PM
as above. i use the AOP standard forms slightly modified.
watertight paperwork has saved my bacon many times, when clients have gone into liquidation or or accounts have moved etc.
if you set yourself up to be shafted you will be. if you are smart this only happens once. ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alan_b on November 04, 2013, 03:02:20 PM
Some interiors:
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on November 05, 2013, 12:40:38 AM
A couple of new images from travels in 2006 to Colorado

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/CO_2006_D8_549-550_V3_BW_web1.jpg)

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/CO_2006_D8_530-552_V2_BW_web1.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Craig Lamson on November 05, 2013, 06:31:48 AM
A couple of new images from travels in 2006 to Colorado

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/CO_2006_D8_549-550_V3_BW_web1.jpg)

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/CO_2006_D8_530-552_V2_BW_web1.jpg)

Those are really nice and you are lucky you got them in 2006. Lots of the pines are gone or dead due to a bug infection.  Even Rockey Mountain National Park looks pretty bad these days.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on November 11, 2013, 02:21:18 PM
I have a new article in NM Magazine in the November issue on one of my favorite subjects-the history of architecture in New Mexico.
Virgin Galactic Spaceport-Foster and Partners Architects London.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1462738_10202460228696976_1769783087_o.jpg)

http://www.nmmagazine.com/article/?aid=83871#.UoEnL_msio9 (http://www.nmmagazine.com/article/?aid=83871#.UoEnL_msio9)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on November 11, 2013, 02:45:37 PM
LIKE IT.!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on November 11, 2013, 02:59:01 PM
LIKE IT.!
Me too - I believe it'd be awesome in some exaggerated B/W conversion too.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on November 11, 2013, 03:58:39 PM
Kirk, is that Sun in the right place? Something in the shadows bugs me. Whatever, a very effective, simple and strong image.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 11, 2013, 05:01:41 PM
Wow! The Anasazi didn't build that! Great shot.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on November 11, 2013, 11:31:52 PM
Kirk, is that Sun in the right place? Something in the shadows bugs me. Whatever, a very effective, simple and strong image.

Rob C


From the lowness of the sun, you'd expect the shadows to be longer, but no... if you draw a line from the sun to the shadow, they're exactly right, no Hocus Pocus going on, which I wouldn't expect from Kurt anyway...

Optical illusion

Awesome shot Mr. G.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on November 12, 2013, 04:40:15 AM

From the lowness of the sun, you'd expect the shadows to be longer, but no... if you draw a line from the sun to the shadow, they're exactly right, no Hocus Pocus going on, which I wouldn't expect from Kurt anyway...Optical illusion

Awesome shot Mr. G.

Why ever not? It's professional photography: it's the result that counts, not a declaration on the Bible or the peace of mind of another snapper!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on November 12, 2013, 09:15:10 AM
I'm not saying there's anything wrong at all with image manipulation, Rob.  Hell, my own images have little regard for reality.  I've always felt like Kurt's work (in particular) has always been more about capturing the best moment.

Edit:  Kirk.  Way too little sleep!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on November 12, 2013, 10:18:03 AM
The shadows on the left side look infinitesimally longer than the shadows on the right side...which could well be the reality if there's variation in the height of the burm.

I agree that this could make a great B&W photo. Nice work, Kirk (or is it Kurt?)   ;-)
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on November 12, 2013, 11:34:49 AM
Shadow-peepers! ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on November 12, 2013, 11:35:37 AM
Thanks all. That was a tough shoot. It took months to get access with numerous postponements. Only the shell is finished and they haven't moved in yet. I'm shooting editorial but how do I make this sexy? Only get a couple of hours at most with strict security escort. We get there and the light SUCKS big time-flat and lifeless. So I am trying odd angles with my Canon 24 LII T/S and the results look hokey so I decide to shoot this shot straight into sun. It has potential but I am already stressed and fried and feeling like I haven't accomplished much. So I line this shot up and it doesn't feel right. But no matter where I stand and frame it it doesn't feel right. Just looking at it seems ok even thought the construction is wanky and nothing is perfectly level or lined up. I can tell the escort and my writer are getting impatient. We are running out of time and I haven't even been inside yet to see if there is anything potential in the unfinished shell. So I shoot the shot and a few slight variations and figure I'll work on fine tuning the alignments and leveling in PS. But a couple shots later when I am completely on the other side of this huge complex I realize a big part of the "feeling" wrong problem was that I had the lens shifted slightly to the left from an earlier shot.............totally amateur mistake. Too late to go back and reshoot it as the the sun would have moved. So I work on it in PS-never feels 100% right between my shifted lens, the slight distortion in this lens anyway when it is shifted and the wanky construction, but I think the image is strong enough to override the slightly "off" feel.

Ironically this is the only place I have posted it where anyone caught anything. You guys are the best. Tough audience. :)
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on November 12, 2013, 11:36:58 AM
Shadow-peepers! ;D

No shit!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 12, 2013, 12:13:14 PM
a couple of coffee machine bling images from a recent shoot

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: aaronleitz on November 12, 2013, 03:12:30 PM
Thanks all. That was a tough shoot....
...Ironically this is the only place I have posted it where anyone caught anything. You guys are the best. Tough audience. :)

I think it's a really nice shot considering the conditions. Since you're open to some nitpicking - It feels off to me because it's tilted a wee bit to the right. Rotate the image counter-clockwise about .5 of a degree and it will look more even.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on November 12, 2013, 03:27:47 PM
yes that helps. Though it still doesn't quite "feel" right then either.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: george2787 on November 12, 2013, 03:53:55 PM
a couple of coffee machine bling images from a recent shoot

I enjoy every one of your images and this got me wondering... isn't the left panel getting too much attention? just asking to get your point of view, it's milles away from anything I've done on product.

Thanks ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on November 12, 2013, 04:04:25 PM

Ironically this is the only place I have posted it where anyone caught anything. You guys are the best. Tough audience. :)





I'm going to take that personally.

Made my evening, Kirk!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on November 12, 2013, 04:08:46 PM



I'm going to take that personally.

Made my evening, Kirk!

;-)

Rob C

:)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 12, 2013, 04:46:01 PM
I enjoy every one of your images and this got me wondering... isn't the left panel getting too much attention? just asking to get your point of view, it's milles away from anything I've done on product.

Thanks ;)

It's all arbitrary really, I look to create a bit of contrast and mood but you are right it could be flatter but I like to give things shape and form. With this shot the client picked up on the expensive attributes so the valves and the lever group were the highlights so these had to be lit and focussed on which means the end result is partly client led rather than my own self indulgence. The background tones are a quick render and not what the client went with.
I'm actually proud of the right hand reflection in the drip tray shot as it was removed to shoot so that panel didn't exist so I made it in photoshop in a couple of mins ;D. Then the final square crop meant it's not going to be seen  >:(
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on November 12, 2013, 09:37:15 PM
Since I haven't really contributed anything for a while...interior design shoot from August. Every time I look at this photo I wish I'd moved the shoes to another spot....and every time it's a different spot.
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: julienlanoo on November 13, 2013, 08:27:08 AM
Nice prodoct shot that coffee machine,
Shoes why dont you just photoshop them away, could be the solution, as i understand your questioning them..
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kaypee on November 18, 2013, 02:52:34 PM
Lovely shots and well beyond my skill set. Can I ask you, are the coffee maker reflections done in PS or on the shoot? Also to get the gradiated background, would you be sneaking a grid or a snoot behind and underneath the coffee maker. I wouldn't know where to begin with managing the reflections!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 18, 2013, 03:56:08 PM
The reflection under the machine is real but the rest of the background is made in photoshop.
Although I was schooled in the 10x8 in-camera way of shooting still life it's easier to do some things in post, as it's me that puts the shot together I know what I need to shoot to get the final image I want.
 If you look at the tonal fall-off across the side, front panels and lever groups it's not physically possible for the machine to look like that in one lighting exposure (the surfaces being mirrors) so they have been shot individually but the tones/gradations are real.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kaypee on November 18, 2013, 04:04:50 PM
Thanks for that. It's really interesting. I imagine you shoot it with a grey or white background then to make it easier to replace?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 18, 2013, 04:18:37 PM
It's shot on a sheet of black Perspex as a base and a white colorama a few feet behind.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 19, 2013, 01:10:02 AM
I love coffee machines...I don't see it any more
 :(
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on November 19, 2013, 12:09:22 PM
I shot a little looser a couple weeks ago.  No lights, only my camera (although I did have to adjust window shades).  I dig the results!  But the interiors were very forgiving, so I am not going to say I can do this all the time now.   :D

I shot all with the SK 35mm; captured some shots with the CF at ISO 50 and some without the CF at ISO 100.  I grabbed people from both kinds of captures for each image.  No HDR layering, just some pushing and noise reduction in post.  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kaypee on November 19, 2013, 03:23:22 PM
Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 20, 2013, 12:29:12 PM
couple of stills for a trade magazine to illustrate cutting costs in construction by 1/3  managed to get the cuts done by laser cutting (or possibly water?)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Nick-T on November 20, 2013, 02:05:07 PM
Nice work as always Mr Smith, nice to see a bit of craft :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on November 20, 2013, 02:56:15 PM
Nice work as always Mr Smith, nice to see a bit of craft :)

Yup.  I agree.  Really nice.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 20, 2013, 03:28:55 PM
Thanks for your comments. :D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on November 20, 2013, 04:30:00 PM
Always nice to see people making photographs and not Photoshop renderings. Nice clean images, Mr. Smith!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 20, 2013, 04:53:00 PM
There are a couple of layers in there  ;D
Only 2 though.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on November 21, 2013, 09:05:21 AM
Ceiling Detail.

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1476542_10201881010721980_1400133180_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 21, 2013, 10:26:04 AM
those angles appease my visual sensibilities.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 21, 2013, 01:25:52 PM
sweet! I like those MrSmith. I still wanna see the coffee machine. Coffee still has a place in my heart!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on November 21, 2013, 01:32:28 PM
Some kinds of imagery appease parts that others cannot reach, never mind appease.

The best solution is to keep good relations going, then you never need to appease anything or anyone!

Of course, that's a life-skill all too rare in the digital age; ´face-to-face' developed that skill at an early age, back when people actually met one another.

Internet dating: can you imagine the scorn it would have raised in the 50s or 60s? It used to be all about trying it on...

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 21, 2013, 01:34:51 PM
Not sure what you mean? The machine is there!?  
The company who manufacture the machine are based in Birmingham (the real one not the U.S. One) family run business who now export machines to Italy and have won a Queens award for export.
We have a phrase 'coals to Newcastle' which is very apt.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 21, 2013, 02:34:10 PM
Thought for a second you took it down for a revise :-P
I was having a browser issue i guess.

Thats just a beauty! with a beauty of a picture to go with it. :-)
Sure would love one of these to continue where my Nuovo Simonelli Oscar left off.
These heads are like the lever style as La Marzocco GS3
That water tray looks like what I put in my shower...nice touch!

Very nice work MrSmith! I wonder what shots like that, or a group of 3-5 go for in the UK?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 21, 2013, 03:35:03 PM
The lever group (made by CMA)is the same as a lot of other more expensive machines. The 1 group machine is £1950 and the 2 group £4500
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on November 21, 2013, 03:37:26 PM
Beautifu machine.



The lever group (made by CMA)is the same as a lot of other more expensive machines. The 1 group machine is £1950 and the 2 group £4500
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 21, 2013, 03:43:13 PM
CMA, one of the largest, they make parts for a lot of the machines out there. Take a look at the Speedster by Westen  That would be fun to photograph!

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: wolfnowl on November 22, 2013, 02:46:19 AM
those angles appease my visual sensibilities.
Indeed!  Interesting angles!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: mitchino on November 22, 2013, 04:53:20 AM
I like these shots a lot, but I'm amazed you actually physically cut the saw blade! I hope you don't mind my asking, but what did the magazine pay for these two shots? I have a similar potential job at the moment for a small design agency and I'm unsure what to quote.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 22, 2013, 05:15:43 AM
I'm not going to tell you but I felt it was a reasonable rate for a trade only editorial magazine of 90'000 circulation but less than my lower advertising/design rate. Im in the U.K. So I expect its lower than a US day rate.
What you charge is dependent on usage and what kind of client, these will only ever appear in the magazine once then after a year the licence expires, the fee's reflect this.

We cut them because we could and it wasn't that expensive.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 22, 2013, 12:57:31 PM
I doubt they are lower than the States, if it is direct to client.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 22, 2013, 02:02:24 PM
Unless it was for a trendy style/fashion mag then the fee would be £0
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 22, 2013, 03:02:08 PM
We cut them because we could and it wasn't that expensive.
With a little glue and duct tape you could make that saw blade almost like new.  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on November 22, 2013, 03:07:32 PM
With a little glue and duct tape you could make that saw blade almost like new.  ;D



So that's who supplies them!

Good weeding, Eric.

Rob C
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on November 24, 2013, 04:17:08 PM
Given that I am getting paid for a jewelry shoot, I hope I can post some of them here?

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 24, 2013, 08:37:12 PM
Nicely done, SB.

If they were mine, I'd be tempted to do a little more PP to get rid of the chewing gum (wax) that holds them up, especially in the second one.
But they're certainly much better than I could do with such subjects.

-Eric

P.S. If you need help with PP, there's a guy on the forum who is a real whiz at such stuff. His name is Slobodan...  ;)
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on November 24, 2013, 09:03:23 PM
Yes, Eric, that is exactly the sticky point ;D

Have not taken them yet to PS (LR is not well suited for that type of correction), as I still have tons of pieces to shoot. In the meantime, I ordered Crystal Clear Museum Wax, (Simon Harper's recommendation), hoping that it will be less visible than the slightly opaque one used for those shots. I am also getting used to just how small the quantity of the damn wax is needed: every time I think that's it, turns out you can get away with a half of it. Kind of down to microscopic quantities.

As an alternative, the client is ok with simply cropping out the very bottom, as the top is what counts anyway (but, pssst, do not tell Russ!). That solution might save me tons of work in PS too.

I posted them here with the wax also to gauge the reaction, i.e., to see just how much people are bothered by it. I guess they are.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on November 24, 2013, 09:49:46 PM
Slobodan, simple surf wax for tropical waters is even better than many of the expensive specialized product out there. I've tryied them all and stick to this one. It's harder so heavy rings won't fall down!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 25, 2013, 03:29:22 AM
Cool Slobodan, would be nice to see the finished images.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 25, 2013, 03:36:20 AM
Is this one area the MF would excel?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on November 25, 2013, 09:17:24 AM
I'm sure camera types help, especially with movements, but in the end, this sort of work seems to depend for its success upon the skills of the people involved. It must be one of the few areas of photography where it's difficult to hide your mistakes. I would hate to have to try to do it. I know my limitations and lack of particular training/experience too well for that!

How nice if one could do all things photographic well!

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 25, 2013, 01:36:27 PM
Very true, and if you don't have that particular interest or understanding inside, its even more effort to approach it. Lots of info to consider with metal colors, stone colors and facets, etc.

Paul does very nice work. I wonder if this requires a stylist, or he does on his own?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 25, 2013, 01:38:58 PM
Im not sure how much movements would play into this ? at such mag you are limited on the F due to sensor and lens diffrac, and TT/S is hardly going to bring that any further. I would think a smaller sensor would give you more DOF
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Paul-H on November 25, 2013, 04:58:22 PM
Hello

Thanks for the kind comments. It's my website.
Paul
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Paul-H on November 25, 2013, 05:05:53 PM
Hi Keith

I often visit the LuLa site. It reminds me I should get out of the studio more often.
P
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 26, 2013, 12:23:26 AM
Yes, out of the studio is always helpful.  It would be great to also hear your take on the questions and comments regarding the actual need for tilt/shift, and MF sensors, etc.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Paul-H on November 27, 2013, 05:25:15 PM
Sorry about he delay in replying. It's been a bit busy in the studio this week.

Covering a few of the topics a page or so back.
Slobodan, a tip for gluing rings. Don't use wax use hot glue. The Bosch hot glue guns with their own brand of glue stick can deliver a tiny dab of glue to the ring shank. It flicks off afterwards with your finger nail or if stubborn, a little lighter fuel loosens it. Only on the metal! never on precious stones or pearls. Ever!
Yes I shoot MF. Yes I also use focus stacking and tilt/shift and some times I use a combination of both. It depends on the shot.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 27, 2013, 05:50:41 PM
Thanks for getting back Paul. good to hear.
Do you think a sensor like the D800E or A7R would be a quality option to get more DOF without giving up anything but more resolution? Any chance to test it?

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on November 27, 2013, 06:02:23 PM
Hello,

Taken with my Nikon D800E attached to a Horseman VCC adaptor with a Rodenstock 120mm Apo Rodagon lens.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 27, 2013, 06:09:40 PM
Nice Simon,
With 120, you get more DOF with it I would think. less stack. Did you compose that preshot or after? I tend to take pieces alone then composite. but this takes more shots per as I try and fill the frame. Nice how you and the D800e held the highlights on the stone...or perhaps that was handy work?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 27, 2013, 06:14:00 PM
what are some limitations to the VCC? you might be limited on extension it looks? And you can attach the screw on lenses from a "standard" Sinar lens board? Maybe not as the elements behind are gonna be close to the body. I wonder if there is a 180 of this adaptable lens?  Very cool!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on November 27, 2013, 07:02:53 PM
Hi Phil,

This image consists of 12 images which where focus stacked with Helicon Focus.

I shot all 3 rings at the same time.

I exposed for the highlights so they where safe.

The longest lens I have for the Horseman VCC is the Rodenstock 150mm Rodagon lens which is also very sharp.

This wine bottle was taken with the 150mm

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HSakols on November 27, 2013, 07:50:39 PM
Simon,
Would you tell us what type of lighting you used for the rings?  How many?  I like the way you have a subtle shadow of the rings. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 27, 2013, 08:03:14 PM
Yes, come over and light it for us...

But seriously, how do you find the differnece of MF (below 40mp) to your setup?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 27, 2013, 08:06:05 PM
Very nice wine bottle image. Besides the great light, that touch of creme background makes all the difference
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on November 27, 2013, 09:26:57 PM
Hello,

The ring where lit with 3 Bowens heads fitted with honeycombs. I have had made a large Perspex tube made with a removable lid made which I shoot the light trough. As an ex manufacturing jeweller in my past life the one thing I dislike is seeing the outlines of soft boxes and reflector boards.

I was using a Mamiya 645AFDII with a Leaf Aptus 75 on the Horseman VCC before the D800E and the Nikon has a bigger dynamic range than the Leaf.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 28, 2013, 12:58:40 AM
Would be awsome to have that ring image of yours side by side with A75 vs D800
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on November 28, 2013, 01:53:45 PM
I was invited to make a posting about a large format film image of mine for the Eastern Sierra Center for Photography blog:blog.http://esc4p.org/2013/11/tales-from-the-lens-kirk-gittings/ (http://esc4p.org/2013/11/tales-from-the-lens-kirk-gittings/)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on November 28, 2013, 02:29:44 PM
I was invited to make a posting about a large format film image of mine for the Eastern Sierra Center for Photography blog:blog.http://esc4p.org/2013/11/tales-from-the-lens-kirk-gittings/ (http://esc4p.org/2013/11/tales-from-the-lens-kirk-gittings/)


Kirk, that print 'look' takes me back half a century to my pro initiation in an industrial photo-unit; 4x5 and larger give something special - there's just no getting away from it. 6x6 'blads etc., Pentax 67, nothing really looks like large sheet film.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on November 29, 2013, 08:55:48 AM
More coffee machines  i'm afraid ;D  though i have been out on location this week shooting non-caffeinated things.
same machine but 2 different looks. top one is for a feature, bottom one a test shot for me.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 29, 2013, 11:13:27 AM
These shots really have me salivating and lusting for one of these gorgeous machines.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 29, 2013, 12:40:29 PM
I like the agressive bottom angle machine
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: sdwilsonsct on November 29, 2013, 12:59:27 PM
I posted them here with the wax also to gauge the reaction, i.e., to see just how much people are bothered by it. I guess they are.

Well I was sitting here wondering how you got the rings to stand up.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on November 29, 2013, 03:48:09 PM
Hello,

My latest car creation.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on November 29, 2013, 04:07:24 PM
Nice Simon, very graphic-like
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: NickCroken on November 29, 2013, 06:04:47 PM
Hello,

My latest car creation.

Cheers

Simon

wicked as always!  I wish we had those cars here in Canada.  Nobody appreciates a nice wagon up here!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Justinr on November 30, 2013, 07:01:37 PM
wicked as always!  I wish we had those cars here in Canada.  Nobody appreciates a nice wagon up here!

It's not all wall to wall V8 Hemi's.  :)

900+hp caught at Athabasca.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Justinr on November 30, 2013, 07:05:17 PM
More coffee machines  i'm afraid ;D  though i have been out on location this week shooting non-caffeinated things.
same machine but 2 different looks. top one is for a feature, bottom one a test shot for me.


Wonderful wonderful lighting.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on December 02, 2013, 10:11:13 AM
just put up a little blog post (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2697) about a recent furniture shoot.

Cheers,
CB

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/CumberlandBlog_001.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on December 02, 2013, 11:11:01 AM
Nice Chris. That whole suit of images on the blog are just elegant and rational.....classic modern approach and superb execution.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kaypee on December 05, 2013, 07:25:41 AM
I'm really intrigued how these type of products get lit without noticeable spill. Is it multiple grids and snoots?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on December 09, 2013, 04:52:32 PM
Some recent stuff. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on December 11, 2013, 06:28:45 PM
here's a picture of someone's cubicle.  I'm fond of our lighting.

-CB

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/100506_029.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on December 12, 2013, 10:52:34 AM
Hello,

My latest car creation.

Cheers

Simon


Am I seeing well? A family break Jag like the Volvos? Are they kidding me?

Simon, the work is gorgeous, as always. But I find the shade contours a Little too harsh. They almost look as a painted floor.
But this graphic approach is clear so it's more a question of choice.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on December 12, 2013, 11:16:28 AM
I dig Volvos.  The new Jags don't look English, is the problem.  They look like something that would come out of Lexis' California design center.

I really want Alfa to start selling cars in teh US again.


Am I seeing well? A family break Jag like the Volvos? Are they kidding me?

Simon, the work is gorgeous, as always. But I find the shade contours a Little too harsh. They almost look as a painted floor.
But this graphic approach is clear so it's more a question of choice.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on December 12, 2013, 11:30:09 AM
I dig Volvos.  The new Jags don't look English, is the problem.  They look like something that would come out of Lexis' California design center.

I really want Alfa to start selling cars in teh US again.


Yeah. G.B has sold its beautifull car industry all over the world.

I had many Alfas. Very fun to drive BUT: always electrical issues.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 12, 2013, 02:16:33 PM
Yeah. G.B has sold its beautifull car industry all over the world.

I had many Alfas. Very fun to drive BUT: always electrical issues.


Make that just Italian, and I have to agree: Alfas and Fiats were pretty unfriendly if you drove in the wet, the cold, the damp or left them outside for any length of time. Which I had to do: we took away the old garage to get enough space to build a studio alongside the house. When we came to Spain, anyone with a Panda had to beg lifts in the mornings.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on December 12, 2013, 03:17:26 PM

Make that just Italian, and I have to agree: Alfas and Fiats were pretty unfriendly if you drove in the wet, the cold, the damp or left them outside for any length of time. Which I had to do: we took away the old garage to get enough space to build a studio alongside the house. When we came to Spain, anyone with a Panda had to beg lifts in the mornings.

Rob C
True Rob.

Now, I'd like you to explain me something I never ended to understand about the british car industry:
In G.B it rains all the time init? Why then british cars are so bad in terms of oxydation?
I would have expected GB to be the best in oxyd protection, and they are the worst.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on December 12, 2013, 03:28:18 PM
Accessories for a gentleman's bespoke outfitters. The ring is their signature tie-pin.
Still a couple of things to tweak in post.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on December 12, 2013, 05:52:40 PM
So am I.

I'm put in mind of the photorealist painters.

Chris,

How many Hopper books do you keep on your bookshelf and that's not a dig.

I know of no living photographer that hasn't tried to search out a hopperesque (is that a word?) diner location.

Just like I know of no living portrait photographer that hasn't put someone in a corner of two set walls sitting on a stool because Irving did it why not?

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on December 12, 2013, 06:06:25 PM
True Rob.

Now, I'd like you to explain me something I never ended to understand about the british car industry:
In G.B it rains all the time init? Why then british cars are so bad in terms of oxydation?
I would have expected GB to be the best in oxyd protection, and they are the worst.



Not the worst. Lancia, Alfa, fiat. There was a class action against lancia as cars were turning to dust at an alarming rate so trading standards stepped in, that finished the brand off in the U.K.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on December 12, 2013, 06:44:17 PM
Quote
here's a picture of someone's cubicle.  I'm fond of our lighting.

-CB


Very simple clean, Nice!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on December 13, 2013, 03:18:59 PM
Ha ha! 





Just like I know of no living portrait photographer that hasn't put someone in a corner of two set walls sitting on a stool because Irving did it why not?

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on December 13, 2013, 03:28:44 PM
Ha ha! 





I think it's ok that someone does it, though it's kind of lame considering it was Irving's calling card, but I find it really strange that someone does it and thinks they're original and sticks their chest out.

I'd probably respect Penn copies more if someone stomped through the Amazon and shot the natives in a portable studio.  At least I'd give them an A for effort, but two corner walls?

I think I've seen that copied twenty two billion times.

It's the same with Hopper, who no photographer I know has copied well.  They find that corner diner on a wet 4am Sunday morning and shoot and shoot and think they invented it, or shoot straight angles and think that really is "their" style.

It's pretty funny.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on December 13, 2013, 03:38:02 PM
A friend did the corner set wall Penn thing recently but he had the subject trying to break out of it, climbing the wall, smashed into it. 

He said he was running out of ideas and then went to the corner, feeling shitty about the Penn-esque nature of it and he wanted to break it all down, so he directed teh subject to do just that.  I'll find a link and post it up.  It actually works.

Now the Hopper thing, well, its a vibe and people take it literally and try to find a diner with that mood, which is a scene that hasn't existed in Manhattan for years.  They even try to find THE diner, which was a composit of places and moods, and light it up with strobes and it looks like shit, or rather, it looks cheap.



I think it's ok that someone does it, though it's kind of lame considering it was Irving's calling card, but I find it really strange that someone does it and thinks they're original and sticks their chest out.

I'd probably respect Penn copies more if someone stomped through the Amazon and shot the natives in a portable studio.  At least I'd give them an A for effort, but two corner walls?

I think I've seen that copied twenty two billion times.

It's the same with Hopper, who no photographer I know has copied well.  They find that corner diner on a wet 4am Sunday morning and shoot and shoot and think they invented it, or shoot straight angles and think that really is "their" style.

It's pretty funny.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on December 13, 2013, 03:55:07 PM
Hopper depresses me.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on December 13, 2013, 04:06:54 PM
A friend did the corner set wall Penn thing recently but he had the subject trying to break out of it, climbing the wall, smashed into it.  

He said he was running out of ideas and then went to the corner, feeling shitty about the Penn-esque nature of it and he wanted to break it all down, so he directed teh subject to do just that.  I'll find a link and post it up.  It actually works.

Now the Hopper thing, well, its a vibe and people take it literally and try to find a diner with that mood, which is a scene that hasn't existed in Manhattan for years.  They even try to find THE diner, which was a composit of places and moods, and light it up with strobes and it looks like shit, or rather, it looks cheap.




When photographers look at work from the past, they tend to forget that a lot of the "style" is just the period of the time.  Robert Kennedy in Manhattan with a white shirt, small collar and skinny tie and everyone around him is in suits and  white shirts with khaki pants makes for an amazing photography regardless of who shoots it with any camera.

Today if you step out on broadway, everybody is wearing sweats with Jet's logos and orange knee socks which is fine, but doesn't make for a cohesive simple, background.

Alsoi people in America have grown really wide, which isn't that pretty.

We were shooting motion in the London Tube and had a simple shot of the talent walking onto a escalator and riding it down, with me tracking in front.  Talent was great, lighting was good given the budget, but wrangling civilians was impossible, due to permits and it's almost impossible to find a cut where someone doesn't have a sweatshirt on that says I heart something, but even if you have total control sometimes crazy s--t happens.

The best story I have is when I started this biz I was hired to shoot the advertising and a book for a movie.  It was a 4 month project.   Getting to the end the production was way over budget and time and we needed a sunny day on a restaurant patio and of course it was a trillion degrees below zero.

Everything was going wrong and it was a big scene where the murder scene happens.  

We'd shoot, get close, someone would knock over a light, the director would yell keep rolling and of course we'd run out of film.
This went on and on for hours until at one moment, one very special moment, everything was going perfect.  You could feel it and I just knew in thirty minutes I'd be out of there doing something a lot more fun.

The moment the lead actor pulls out the prop gun, points it and is ready to shoot, one of the extras, right in the left center of the camera view pulls out a point and shoot with a flash and fires it.

The director (who was brilliant but insane) goes postal.  He leaps over the table, slides across it, grabs the extra by the throat, tumbles to the floor and is choking him to death.  Seriously.

Being camera and being at the end of what felt like a tour of occupied Germany,  we really had no respect for anything, so when security tried to jump in to stop the real murder, we kept yelling leave them alone, we've bet serious money on this.  

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on December 13, 2013, 09:48:41 PM
Violence at the end of an ordeal like that can be very gratifying.  Sounds like a wild ride.

You'll like this.  Bridgeport Connecticut.  They want films shot there.  They offer incentives, discounts on police, easy permiting, tax breaks etc.  Its an interesting looking place as well, lots of 30's and 40's facades, lots of deco.  Reflects the money the place had before it went rust belt, before the ships stopped coming to the port.

So my ex-partner, who is from Fairfield, is all hot on shooting in Bridgeport.  I'm not convinced.  The local film/tv commission are out of it, and teh cops are not enthused.  So we agree to shoot a music video as a test case.  Its 17F outside.  We had a few streets blocked off.  We had a hot rod and driver, pulling brodies and burning rubber.  We had a fight and a shoot out with squibs.  It was a difficult shoot, made harder by:  1. a drunk woman in a Lexis runs up a curb, knocks over an Ari Sun.  She gets out, in our shot, mind you, and bottles fall out of her car.  She vomits.  Its 8:00AM.  2. The local drug dealer saunters over and offers us coke.  The cop chases him off and tells us about the guy and how he killed two people.  Its 10:00AM, really behind schedule.  At 1:30PM said drug dealer was stabbed.  Cops come in force, we were shut down for the day.  The next day we shot exteriors, no sound, natural light, just the Red on a steady cam, got out of there ASAP.  I'm glad our first try in Bridgeport was a pro bono video.  A paying client would have been pissed.


When photographers look at work from the past, they tend to forget that a lot of the "style" is just the period of the time.  Robert Kennedy in Manhattan with a white shirt, small collar and skinny tie and everyone around him is in suits and  white shirts with khaki pants makes for an amazing photography regardless of who shoots it with any camera.

Today if you step out on broadway, everybody is wearing sweats with Jet's logos and orange knee socks which is fine, but doesn't make for a cohesive simple, background.

Alsoi people in America have grown really wide, which isn't that pretty.

We were shooting motion in the London Tube and had a simple shot of the talent walking onto a escalator and riding it down, with me tracking in front.  Talent was great, lighting was good given the budget, but wrangling civilians was impossible, due to permits and it's almost impossible to find a cut where someone doesn't have a sweatshirt on that says I heart something, but even if you have total control sometimes crazy s--t happens.

The best story I have is when I started this biz I was hired to shoot the advertising and a book for a movie.  It was a 4 month project.   Getting to the end the production was way over budget and time and we needed a sunny day on a restaurant patio and of course it was a trillion degrees below zero.

Everything was going wrong and it was a big scene where the murder scene happens.  

We'd shoot, get close, someone would knock over a light, the director would yell keep rolling and of course we'd run out of film.
This went on and on for hours until at one moment, one very special moment, everything was going perfect.  You could feel it and I just knew in thirty minutes I'd be out of there doing something a lot more fun.

The moment the lead actor pulls out the prop gun, points it and is ready to shoot, one of the extras, right in the left center of the camera view pulls out a point and shoot with a flash and fires it.

The director (who was brilliant but insane) goes postal.  He leaps over the table, slides across it, grabs the extra by the throat, tumbles to the floor and is choking him to death.  Seriously.

Being camera and being at the end of what felt like a tour of occupied Germany,  we really had no respect for anything, so when security tried to jump in to stop the real murder, we kept yelling leave them alone, we've bet serious money on this.  

BC

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 14, 2013, 04:11:30 AM
A friend did the corner set wall Penn thing recently but he had the subject trying to break out of it, climbing the wall, smashed into it. 

He said he was running out of ideas and then went to the corner, feeling shitty about the Penn-esque nature of it and he wanted to break it all down, so he directed teh subject to do just that.  I'll find a link and post it up.  It actually works.

Now the Hopper thing, well, its a vibe and people take it literally and try to find a diner with that mood, which is a scene that hasn't existed in Manhattan for years.  They even try to find THE diner, which was a composit of places and moods, and light it up with strobes and it looks like shit, or rather, it looks cheap.




Isn't that supposed to be the spirit of the concept of 'diner'?

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 14, 2013, 04:18:29 AM
Hopper depresses me.


But isn't he wanting to? That's what happens when there's no tit 'n' ass in your life! I used to be a very happy photographer.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on December 14, 2013, 04:28:40 AM

But isn't he wanting to? That's what happens when there's no tit 'n' ass in your life! I used to be a very happy photographer.

Rob C

Well, you know he answer to that.

Break open the wallet Rob.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on December 14, 2013, 04:40:03 AM
T

That's the problem with small markets.  The don't know s__t or how to spin it professionally.

When we bought the Dallas studio, we did a lot of work there (not local as I don't do much local anywhere) but anyway made use of it.   Most of my crew came in from NY a few from LA and a few local pick ups.

The locals wanted more money than the NY crews, (of course), so one night one of the third assistants we called Mr. cheese (you can guess why) wouldn't leave so we invited him to dinner.

He ate the most expensive entree on the menu (though I really didn't care) parked in valet and didn't have any cash(at this point I'm starting to care)  and then a week later I get an invoice where he bills me overtime for the dinner.

When I got the invoice I laughed and had to give him a call.  I said you know, I've seem so stupid stuff in my life and I'm not cheap, but what possessed you to bill me for eating dinner,especially charing overtime?

His reply "I thought that's the way you new york guys work".

My reply, you need to intern for Seleger, Klinko or T-bone, then get back to me.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on December 14, 2013, 05:50:36 AM
Lol. Assistants always order the lobster but then billing you for the time to eat it??
I know an assistant (now photographer) who was given £4 by the photographer "to get me a sandwich".
 "What about lunch for me? "
"Oh you can get your own"
He handed the money back and said "see you in an hour, I'm off for my lunch".
 I learned quickly to never take any crap from photographers when assisting and just worked with ones who you could have a laugh with but also happy to pull out the stops for because they paid you well and appreciated your efforts.
Apart from the time a photographer I had never worked with before suddenly put his jacket on to leave and told me to finish the shoot and put the studio key back through the door... ??? I was just left with a load of product, film and Polaroid and a late evening. I didn't work for him again.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 14, 2013, 06:46:58 AM
Well, you know he answer to that.

Break open the wallet Rob.
BC


It wouldn't work BC; even when I did stock I couldn't make it work if I shot for myself - there simply had to be a client to provide both the money and the motivation. On the very rare occasion when I paid for the shoot myself, I was worried about everything; when it was on a client, I mostly enjoyed it and brought back what he wanted and then I used the extras (with permission) for stock.

I'm not sure why - maybe a deep insecurity about money, maybe just that I needed the affirmation that an assignment brought with it.

The exception to that rule was in my early photographic life, when I had a muse/model who was as into and informed about fashion photography and photographers of the day as was I. We often went off together for a day and just shot whatever she picked up from the boutiques, which being from a very notable Glasgow family, she was easily able to do. There was no money involved in those shoots, just the happiness of a mutual learning process and no sex, honestly, just an slight undercurrent that kept it all alive and fresh. I suppose, in a way, she was my local Penelope Tree or Marisa Berenson to my David Bailey, because at the time, even he needed the money and the ladies didn't.

I suppose muses are thin on the ground today. As are David Baileys.

A shot from the period, below, and with Twiggy eyelashes...

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on December 14, 2013, 07:19:03 AM
Cewdson, Freidlander, Gowin, Sugimoto, Abelardo Morell.... but no Hopper on the shelves.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on December 14, 2013, 04:31:42 PM
T-Bone would not have handled that situation well, at all, especially in the old days.  Things could get ugly very quickly back then, in the Mars Bar days.



T

That's the problem with small markets.  The don't know s__t or how to spin it professionally.

When we bought the Dallas studio, we did a lot of work there (not local as I don't do much local anywhere) but anyway made use of it.   Most of my crew came in from NY a few from LA and a few local pick ups.

The locals wanted more money than the NY crews, (of course), so one night one of the third assistants we called Mr. cheese (you can guess why) wouldn't leave so we invited him to dinner.

He ate the most expensive entree on the menu (though I really didn't care) parked in valet and didn't have any cash(at this point I'm starting to care)  and then a week later I get an invoice where he bills me overtime for the dinner.

When I got the invoice I laughed and had to give him a call.  I said you know, I've seem so stupid stuff in my life and I'm not cheap, but what possessed you to bill me for eating dinner,especially charing overtime?

His reply "I thought that's the way you new york guys work".

My reply, you need to intern for Seleger, Klinko or T-bone, then get back to me.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on December 14, 2013, 04:32:20 PM
GREAT SHOT ROB!!



It wouldn't work BC; even when I did stock I couldn't make it work if I shot for myself - there simply had to be a client to provide both the money and the motivation. On the very rare occasion when I paid for the shoot myself, I was worried about everything; when it was on a client, I mostly enjoyed it and brought back what he wanted and then I used the extras (with permission) for stock.

I'm not sure why - maybe a deep insecurity about money, maybe just that I needed the affirmation that an assignment brought with it.

The exception to that rule was in my early photographic life, when I had a muse/model who was as into and informed about fashion photography and photographers of the day as was I. We often went off together for a day and just shot whatever she picked up from the boutiques, which being from a very notable Glasgow family, she was easily able to do. There was no money involved in those shoots, just the happiness of a mutual learning process and no sex, honestly, just an slight undercurrent that kept it all alive and fresh. I suppose, in a way, she was my local Penelope Tree or Marisa Berenson to my David Bailey, because at the time, even he needed the money and the ladies didn't.

I suppose muses are thin on the ground today. As are David Baileys.

A shot from the period, below, and with Twiggy eyelashes...

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on December 14, 2013, 06:11:21 PM
^ get wordpress theme/blog take pics of girls then publish in seconds.
Just get a 22yr old to show you how the wordpress/blog works (it's easy)

Tempted to shoot that way myself but I'm shy with the ladies, you have no excuses.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on December 14, 2013, 08:06:32 PM
Rob,

What Mr. Smith and Cooter said.
Title: Re: AW: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on December 14, 2013, 08:12:56 PM
Rob, I'm going to hit you with a cushion to get you out shooting in about 1.5 weeks. ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 15, 2013, 04:58:02 AM


"But this isn't about me, it's you. There are dozens of aspiring models, agents, assistants and interns that would love to work with someone of your talent and our style doesn't cost that much to do.

Let them put it on line for you on insticrap, facebook and tumbler. Just send them everything with a water mark so everyone will know you shot it."..... BC.


BC, I have no argument with what you write, but you miss the point, which I'd imagined had already been made clear: were I living in the UK that's exactly what I'd be doing; I had all the model agency contacts I needed, gave them business, and I'm sure we would have continued happily for as long as suited us both. I used to get sick of requests to do model tests etc. and I know the hunger is out there, and no, I haven't lost my desire to do stuff at all. I have tried to wean myself off that particular diet with a little success, but pangs still come now and again.

The trouble is the place where I live and can't escape. The housing market has sunk below its own knees. Many estate agents have collapsed, nothing sells; neighbours trying to sell have dropped their prices to around 2/3rds of what their places were worth five years ago, but no viewers, never mind buyers, ring their bells. So, geographically, I'm on St Helena along with Napololeon. As the property represents most of what’s left to show for my life, I don’t intend to trade it for peanuts!

Models. I have been to see the only model agency I think exists here, appeared to impress the agent with the book, and then nothing happened. I contacted them a couple of times again, but still zero. I chatted up a few local girls and even ran an ad for a while in my website both in Spanish and English, and zilch. One girl did get in touch via a guy I know; she sent a vimeo of her 'working' with a male model... no, thanks, not my bag at all. I tried to look the agency up again a couple of weeks or so ago, and either they are bust or have changed their name - the site's no longer there.

Yes, I can understand that it all sounds like excuses from someone who doesn't really want to do anything, especially when you live in London, Paris, NY, Rome, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona or even Glasgow, but it's the unvarnished and inescapable truth of life where I am. I'm sure that were I to cruise the bars in Palma or Ibiza something would turn up, but it's not my style at all: I like straightforward relationships with models.

You say you too are trapped, in front of computers etc, and I understand what you mean, but the thing is, you are still working, and that's the vital difference: it's all part of the creative process. I'd love to be trapped in front of a computer if it meant I was working and turning a buck! As it is, my trap only leads to another empty Coke bottle. Which is still better than no bottle at all.

Several friendly souls have tried to lift me back to something suitable, but none realises or believes the basic facts as I've outlined them here; it's one of those things where you have to be there - with or without f8!

So yes, thanks for the concern and advice, and I can promise you, were this the UK I wouldn't be needing any friendly prod/advice at all, but it's not: it's a little Mediterranean island that, but a scratch below the skin, is still the 1800s.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on December 15, 2013, 06:22:46 AM
Living where you do would be seen as a gift by some photographers, I know a photographer who spends his precious time off wandering around places similar to where you live shooting portraits of everyday people.
They will probably want to keep their clothes on though. :-)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Justinr on December 15, 2013, 06:43:22 AM
Living where you do would be seen as a gift by some photographers, I know a photographer who spends his precious time off wandering around places similar to where you live shooting portraits of everyday people.
They will probably want to keep their clothes on though. :-)

Well I can't speak for Mr C but I find that familiarity brings insensitivity. For  a year, maybe two, after moving to Ireland I still saw the country as a different place and noticed what the Irish perhaps didn't but now there is little that excites me enough to want to capture it. The upside is that I see my old country in a different light which is good from a photographic point of view but politically and emotionally I doubt that I could ever return.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on December 15, 2013, 06:58:42 AM
I know where you are coming from, it's not always easy to be motivated to shoot tests and ones own landscape becomes too familiar.
Same for a working photographer shooting still life/people, I need a germ of an idea or an approach to think about before wanting to create something, plus a little head-space which modern life doesn't always allow.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 15, 2013, 12:21:46 PM
Rob, what you have is too good to waste. I'm sure many of those "friendly souls" do understand that it's unlikely that you will ever take up exactly where you left off. What I and others over the years have been trying to do is to encourage you to move on, find a new passion and purpose.

Given the encouraging signs of late I'm sure we all still live in eternal hope ;-)

Best

Keith
 


I thank you for that, Keith, and it's true that I have found a new outlet - at least until the head runs dry or bored - with the green lady. It's also something that plays at my rpm: when an idea comes to call I just have to figure how to do it, or where, and that's it - no pain, no tantrums, no client breathing over my shoulder or watching the clock. And better yet: I actually enjoy shooting it!

Apart from the situation re. availability of local models, there's another angle to the thing: I had the very good fortune to end up working with the best girls that money could buy in London. Pretty much every one of them got to the casting because she'd already worked with Lichfield or Lategan (Lich for Unipart and Lategan for Mintex or similar) - I don't think there's a single one on my website's pro section that hadn't been through the process of working for those guys. The chances of landing a dummy were well weeded before I began. And having said that, I realise that it's exactly the problem novice snappers face too: people (clients) are comfortable working with others that they know have the mileage. So basically, anything I would find here has to be judged against that level of alternative, and it's a tough call. In a nutshell, why shoot stuff that you know isn't going to be what it could have been in different circumstances? I think I eventually came to terms with that reality, but I shall never like it!

Mr Smith and Justin,

Yes, you both have a point. I came to live here because my wife and I were doing a lot of travel, I was designing and producing the calendars as well as shooting them, and it seemed to make sense to live in a place that had the beaches etc. and so that's what we did. It saved a lot of travel, and the non-model opportunities got me holiday brochure work and in that, apart from hotels and apartments, I had a place to sell a lot of stock outwith what I already had with Tony Stone (Getty-to-be). I also had a separate, rep contract with him. However, as with most everything, bubbles have a habit of bursting, and those did too, in time. Frankly, I've had experience of both most enjoyable highs and depths to which I wouldn't wish anyone. In retrospect, I think it's just the photographic life.

As for getting blind to where you live: absolutely. That was why location work was so good for fashion, too, where nobody ever asked me for beaches. New places stir your juices and that, in turn, gives you ideas and enthusiasm that pretty much dies after a week with a white roll of Colorama. Then it comes full circle: your home island/town/village is just another roll of paper and new alternatives cost money and it's not a holiday: it has to bring profit.

Further, it has never been my interest to shoot people and cultures just because they are different. I leave that to National Geographic!

Regarding the snap of the 'Real 60s' that I posted above: it was actually an Ektachrome, 'scanned' on my D700, and one of the last I shot on a Mamiya C33, or whatever it was coded, using a 180mm. It ran as buddy to my new 500C with 80mm for which I couldn't, at the time, afford a long lens. As soon as I could, I bought the 150mm and almost immediately wished I hadn't. The 150mm was great in itself, but too short: the 180mm gave me bigger heads further away, so no distortion, and the hassy coudn't. They didn't have a 180mm in the hassy range at that time, and 250mm was too long.

To illustrate how shoestrings worked in pro life: the shot was done with two heads. The 'brolly front one was a black, gent's umbrella with multiple coatings of white Dulux emulsion - obviously, you couldn't fold it! - and the modelling light was a bare hundred watt domestic bulb in a socket lashed to the wooden handle of the 'brolly. The electronic head? That was a battery Braun shoulder flash - I think an F700 (though it might have been a Metz)- and the rear light was a tiny grey Braun I'd had forever. Synch. was via a splitter plug that went into the camera socket. There were several cables lying around the place... And you know what? When the main flash eventually blew up - literally burst - and I bought a proper monobloc, I found I'd been better off with the F700: it was far faster a flash, could stop motion where the mono had such a long flash duration that it was pretty much hopeless for any leaping about. Not that I encouraged that sort of thing much: Colorama rolls cost money. Mine! Don't believe what they lied about in Blow-Up.

What was also very much of the time was makeup. Twiggy was the first time any of us came across the accentuated lower lashes. Lipstick was another product that was used rather dramatically - the false lip lines were usually done with a brush and filled in, and it didn't matter that the real, natural line was visible: that was part of the game, showing the artifice. Hard to understand today, I suppose, but it was about yesterday, when yesterday was indeed today.

Frankly, I can't know, but I think it might have been more fun back then.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 15, 2013, 03:13:00 PM
The only thing I have to say about any of this (and I promise to stop because all of this is just words about the past and I care zip about the past) is . . .  to each his own and we're all different.

I never had plans to stop, hell I'm just getting good at this.

We have too much we plan and want to do, God willin' and the creek don't rise.


BC


That's the bit that gets you sometimes. But not always!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Manoli on December 15, 2013, 05:05:33 PM
The dude is not Young at all, I beleive on his 60, 65...he is working very well in your island, he sells well. I

Fred,
The dude is YOUNG, very young - a mere babe … what's the matter, no good at math ?

M
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on December 15, 2013, 05:10:38 PM
Fred,
The dude is YOUNG, very young - a mere babe … what's the matter, no good at math ?

M
uuuups... ;D

Ok Manoli: 65 is still Young !
Title: Re: AW: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on December 15, 2013, 05:24:15 PM
Rob - I'll come and hit you with a cushion to get out - all this discussion is just foul excuses. I am much younger than you are and suffer from a badly arthrotic hip - but I don't let that stop me to go out for a 9 hr hike to take images and take some painkillers with me. Dude you know enough enough about life to get rid of all these foul excuses stopping you from getting active.

Cheers
~Chris
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 15, 2013, 05:29:01 PM
Fred,
The dude is YOUNG, very young - a mere babe … what's the matter, no good at math ?

M
Yeah, that's just what I was going to say!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 15, 2013, 05:58:23 PM
Yeah, that's just what I was going to say!



I wasn't. What I was going to say was that what's numerically cool/good for Bailey is good enough for me.

I was also going to say that I'm quite surprised how effing brilliant some people are at solving problems for other people. It's reassuring to know that, obviously, nobody else has any: they've solved them all! Hence that song about bright, shiny people! Now I understand it! But it took a while.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Manoli on December 15, 2013, 06:01:46 PM
Rob,
If they burn me at the stake so be it …


Quite a few moons ago …

I was driving back in the early hours of the morning following a good friend ( actually a VERY good friend) in, as fate would have it, his Ford Fiesta. We were close to the London HILTON, Park Lane where we came across a police Panda. Needless to say he was stopped; stopped for 'driving whilst hanging out of the driver's door and waving at the car behind'.  I parked on the other side of the road. The boys in blue were so gobsmacked as to how someone in his condition could actually get behind the wheel of a car, let alone drive, that one of them came over and, still shaking from disbelief,  was in the process negotiating a safe form of passage with me, whilst 'B',  as he will be referred to from now on,  couldn't quite adopt a marginally penitent attitude with the other. His only response to the cops request to ' get out of the car ' was to tell them to 'f*** off ' - not once but thrice.

As he sat in the back of the Rover - nicked - no amount of friendly exchange was going to circumvent the 'trip to the nick' - not even his articulate ' Who do these punks think they are … ? ' 

He got driven, I drove, to Vine Street police station, Soho. No longer exists but it was, as most of these old London house were, extremely narrow  with an impossibly steep staircase.  Such was B's underlying good nature, that the cops disposition, by this time, had gone from disbelief to a rather more humorous take on the whole episode. Nevertheless the visit by the police doctor was indeed inevitable. The 'interview rooms were on the first floor, I was on the ground floor, at the base of the staircase.

The doctor turned out to be a barrel of a woman. As tall as she was wide (with a sense of humour to match). Now, what follows I didn't witness first hand - but the police did.

Doc enters the room, and finds B siting calmly in a chair, against the wall, next to a table. Doc approaches and instructs B to empty all his pockets on said table. Out came the keys, cigarettes,  wallet and a multitude of god-knows-what items. Doc approaches, picks up all the items and proceeds to lay them all out, in a square, on the floor, in the middle of the room. B sits calmly, silently, just watching her.

Doc then approaches B, looks him in the eyes, and says in a calm, soft and controlled voice  'Now, I want you to stand up and pick all these items up'.   B' s eyes widen slightly, a somewhat surprised even incredulous look comes across his face, his head cocked in disbelief, pauses and then replies

" 'Me ? ... Me ?  You put them there you silly bitch, you pick them up !"

The cops, literally, fell down the staircase, one over the other, in hysterics. It took a good 10 minutes for the mirth to subside. No exaggeration, NADA. One of them was laughing so hard she even had tears rolling down her cheeks .  By this time it was 05:00 in the morning, I had work and wasn't going to nanny him to Bow Street Magistrates Court at 10:00. They took him to court directly …

The rest I'll let him tell you in person one day - he lives in Arta, Mallorca.

\

These antics are long gone. NO, he got spared jail, just -  and before anyone comes back at me over this anecdote - this was then , I don't condone drink driving in any way, don't drink or indulge in illegal substances either.

And to complete the picture, BTW, he was also the only person to grab John Conteh by the neck and threaten to thump him! For those who don't know who John Conteh was, here's a link ..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Conteh
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on December 15, 2013, 06:21:58 PM
Great story. Did you frequent the Zanzibar? Before my time but I heard all the stories from other photographers.
Halcyon days  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 15, 2013, 06:27:12 PM
"The rest I'll let him tell you in person one day - he lives in Arta, Mallorca."

OMG! That says it all.

A very confusing place; they have regular wildfires around there. It's something in the air... fumes?

It's one of those places that you drive through en route to somewhere else, even if you live there. You can forget, I think.

Really, after you live in Mallorca for a while, you just can't leave. You become too committed to too many things, and you end up in exactly the same situation that you were in before you left wherever you came from, only older and more confused about what in hell it actually was that you were trying to get away from in the first place. I know what we were looking for, beaches for photography, but then what? Could have been worse: I'd wanted to buy a yacht and live on that. My wife disagreed and said no, she'd be happy for us to sell the house, but no boats. No wonder I always listened to her advice, even if I didn't always quite know why. About boats, she was absolutely right: we'd have been bankrupt in five years - at a conservative estimate.

I once saw a boat here called Camera Sheik, he was probably a dealer. Perhaps of cameras. I don't know. I don't imagine he was a photographer to trade.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on December 15, 2013, 06:48:40 PM
Hey guys any chance you could move this little love in to so other section of this website or post some professional images.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 16, 2013, 02:17:52 PM
Still awaiting the scintillating pictures that we 'off topicers' were holding up...

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on December 16, 2013, 03:49:41 PM
Rob, that's what you need to knock on your door: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCZuYS-9qaw

or that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQh8oh0rj3s

 ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: abiggs on December 16, 2013, 05:37:49 PM
Hey guys. Just back from another huge amount of time in the African bush. Here is an image I captured a few weeks back with my DF+, IQ280 and Schneider 240mm lens. I know medium format isn't the best or easiest tool for the type of imagery I create, but every now and then things just line up perfectly and I can grab a shot. Over the past year I have added about 6 medium format African wildlife images to my portfolio, so I am pretty happy with the setup so far.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 17, 2013, 08:30:40 AM
Rob, that's what you need to knock on your door: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCZuYS-9qaw

or that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQh8oh0rj3s

 ;)


Well, Fred, the Billy Idol one has possibilities at least because his mother lives/lived(?) in Cala Millor on this island in the 80s, and the girl - the little fille de rêves - looks fine, other than she suffers from what the locals call fate: piernas y cul bonito = tetas pequeñas. But on this occasion, I'd be prepared to overlook such little failings. From any direction.

The Stones girl looks like one of the Page 3 girls I think I recognize from a casting, but I could be totally wrong: they all looked much the same at the time. However, I can probably compete with Keef in the lines department (facial) but I surrender now, without a fight, in the battle of the tonsures - well, I have and he didn't then...

I took my broken stove door to the steel-worker today, and he said to return at four in the afternoon and he'll have welded the thing back together again. It's almost as old as the apartment,  but if I can squeeze another winter out of it, that's cool. No, that's hot. I tried the English makers a couple of years ago, but they can't replace antiques. Coños!

Rob
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on December 17, 2013, 02:24:14 PM
...I think I recognize from a casting, ...

She is Anita Morris
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on December 17, 2013, 04:03:57 PM
Rob, take your camera and shoot a few frames of the guy repairing/welding your stove door. That alone would be something to look at. Maybe not your usual subject, but!  Your posts are always a joy...help us with some visuals :-)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 17, 2013, 05:05:01 PM
Rob, take your camera and shoot a few frames of the guy repairing/welding your stove door. That alone would be something to look at. Maybe not your usual subject, but!  Your posts are always a joy...help us with some visuals :-)


Hey, that bird has flown and the door's back on its hinges! If it rains tomorrow, I'll see if it works. I save the fire for rain - lifts my spirits up a lot.

When we bought, the apartment had a chimney chase on the outside of the wall, running up to service the three apartments, but no fireplace was actually built inside - just a blank wall with electricity cables spreading out like spider webs underneath the plaster. Hanging a picture meant risking electrocution - guess somebody loved me at the time because 32 years later here I be. Anyway, I designed an open fireplace with one of those projecting hoods, and had the builders, still working on the site - construct it for me. It looked really nice - log cabinish? - and then came the winter. My son and I collected bits of tree and old building stuff from around the place and I set up the first fire, looking like a wigwam, proud in my learnings from the scouts during my Indian period (India, not the USA). Anyway, we all sat around and I felt really smug as the paper caught and the kindling did too. In minutes it was chaos. We had to open everything, let the freezing wind in and the smoke out. End of that.

So we decided we had to get a stove. The guy came to fit one, saw the tiny hole through the wall into the exterior chase up at the top of the new hood, and laughed. It was about the size of a golfball, when what it should have been was about six inches across at least. So we ended up with a stainless steel pipe running up from the stove, through the wall and into and up the inside of the chase to the roof, another two apartments above. That pipe cost more than the stove. No wonder I get the stove door fixed - even if for just another winter at a time.

No cellpix cameras then; no digital at all, so no snaps, I'm afraid. Anyway, the smoke would just have looked like any old rock concert, so you don't really need a picture - you've seen them all already.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 17, 2013, 05:09:02 PM
She is Anita Morris


The name doesn't ring bells. I'll google Ms Morris and see what comes up.

Thanks -

Rob

P.S. Just looked her up - not anyone I met. Funny old site I came across: they had a shot of Anita O'Day on stage at the '58 Newport Jazz Festival (a shot taken from - I suspect - the Bert Stern movie Jazz on a Summer's Day) along with a lot of other people all listed as Anita Morris. You can't rely on Google, it seems. But the real one (Morris) looks terrific when she's bending down, shot from the side.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 17, 2013, 05:43:00 PM
Time for a snap? One in a series.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on December 17, 2013, 10:30:21 PM
testing the A7r on our last shoot of the year...

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1461031_10202096581991127_706247718_n.jpg)

Happy Holidays!
CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on December 18, 2013, 01:17:17 AM
Time for a snap? One in a series.

Rob C

I don't know my way around a guitar, let alone know who that might be strumming it...but interesting compilation


Chris, That is looking mighty solid
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: georgem on December 18, 2013, 02:51:01 AM
Today's cover on the Wallpaper website.

Happy holidays!

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 18, 2013, 04:05:45 AM
Today's cover on the Wallpaper website.

Happy holidays!




Now that's the house I always wanted for myself on a cliff, overlooking Monaco. Or even Loch Tay.

Sadly, I couldn't even afford the garage in Monaco. And Loch Tay would be impossible because of planning permits, anyway. You'd have to settle for building another cowshed in which to house sheep, not cows.

;-)

Rob C

P.S. It's nice to see somebody able to do these things. Same buzz as when I see a Ferrari go past.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 18, 2013, 05:16:15 AM
Hey guys. Just back from another huge amount of time in the African bush. Here is an image I captured a few weeks back with my DF+, IQ280 and Schneider 240mm lens. I know medium format isn't the best or easiest tool for the type of imagery I create, but every now and then things just line up perfectly and I can grab a shot. Over the past year I have added about 6 medium format African wildlife images to my portfolio, so I am pretty happy with the setup so far.


Nice shot; not sure why you went for MF unless for huge blow-ups, but impressive nonetheless.

Looking at your site, I am absolutely knocked out by the Skeleton Coast, Namibia image you have, the flying one of the dunes and the sea. It's beyond pretty and touches something primaeval - the same kind of emotion that volcanoes induce if you find yourself near them. The sense of unstoppability, of the relative insignificance of man in the general scheme of things, even if we are quite capable of destroying the entire show. It also touches a sense of the romantic - of places we shall probably never see. I felt a similar sense as a child, sailing up the Red Sea, with Arabia on the starboard bow, that distant line of jagged mountains looking so Arabian Nights it wasn't true. The world is indeed an amazing place.

Of Africa and safari the most lasting impression that I have, which struck me immediately, was the cruelty of zoos: when you realise the vast spaces that animals require, that they use in their hunt for food and survival, the idea of caging something with all that background of latent experience, throwing it some dead meat like a tip, seems unbelievable.

I think that the preservation of species case is bunk. Why do we think of doing it? For the sake of the animals? No, for the gratification of ourselves, the curio value. We cage humans for punishment; how do we miss the point when we do it to an animal? Better to go extinct on your own terms than live in a prison.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: fredjeang2 on December 18, 2013, 09:59:56 AM
testing the A7r on our last shoot of the year...

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1461031_10202096581991127_706247718_n.jpg)

Happy Holidays!
CB
Well I finaly shooted with the A7 in a private stuff along with the M.
I don't know you but did not like at all the combination with telemetric wides.
We found (but that is very subjective) that the M "wides" aren't really suitable for the A7.
(maybe because of sensor distance?)
But long focal worked well.
Overall great camera but I'd frankly stay with a M.

So wich lenses are for this body? The Zeiss ones that used the former ff Sony?

The body reminds me of a vintage Oly OM2 feels. (wich is not bad)

All those vintageries bodies in a world of digital, looks very much like the
same vintage copies car design bureaux are doing, like the Beattle, the Mini etc...

But as we now have 4x4 Ferraris...


Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: TMARK on December 18, 2013, 10:04:49 AM
You can get this in the Hollywood Hills, the Valley side of Laurel Canyon. 


Now that's the house I always wanted for myself on a cliff, overlooking Monaco. Or even Loch Tay.

Sadly, I couldn't even afford the garage in Monaco. And Loch Tay would be impossible because of planning permits, anyway. You'd have to settle for building another cowshed in which to house sheep, not cows.

;-)

Rob C

P.S. It's nice to see somebody able to do these things. Same buzz as when I see a Ferrari go past.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 18, 2013, 10:12:14 AM
You can get this in the Hollywood Hills, the Valley side of Laurel Canyon. 




Isn't that the bit of California that always catches fire?

In Monaco it's not allowed too, and on Loch Tay it's usually too wet for anything to burn... but if it snows, you've got Ben Lawers for your skis.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 18, 2013, 10:18:13 AM
Problem is they are going extinct due to our actions and on our terms.


This is probaby true too, and that makes it the battle of the species that ever was. Not pretty, but I do believe that we could manage everything a lot better than we do. As for ivory and animal parts for madmen abroad - what can you say other than eduction, education, education? Maybe you can say free Viagra? I don't think I heard anyone claim that poached tiger balls or snorted rhino horn can match the Big V's 4hr marathons. But local advertising there probably disputes that.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on December 18, 2013, 10:20:19 AM
Today's cover on the Wallpaper website.

Happy holidays!


Very nice picture!
 :)

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chokourov on December 19, 2013, 11:28:41 AM
Job for Light box (transparency)  Fuji680 180mm Sinar54H Simple one light.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Mitchell Baum on December 19, 2013, 02:30:53 PM
Andy,

Love the leopard shot. I can't understand anyone not thinking the world will be a much poorer place without animals in the wild.

Happy Hols,

Mitchell
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: abiggs on December 19, 2013, 06:45:33 PM

Nice shot; not sure why you went for MF unless for huge blow-ups, but impressive nonetheless.

Looking at your site, I am absolutely knocked out by the Skeleton Coast, Namibia image you have, the flying one of the dunes and the sea. It's beyond pretty and touches something primaeval - the same kind of emotion that volcanoes induce if you find yourself near them. The sense of unstoppability, of the relative insignificance of man in the general scheme of things, even if we are quite capable of destroying the entire show. It also touches a sense of the romantic - of places we shall probably never see. I felt a similar sense as a child, sailing up the Red Sea, with Arabia on the starboard bow, that distant line of jagged mountains looking so Arabian Nights it wasn't true. The world is indeed an amazing place.

Of Africa and safari the most lasting impression that I have, which struck me immediately, was the cruelty of zoos: when you realise the vast spaces that animals require, that they use in their hunt for food and survival, the idea of caging something with all that background of latent experience, throwing it some dead meat like a tip, seems unbelievable.

I think that the preservation of species case is bunk. Why do we think of doing it? For the sake of the animals? No, for the gratification of ourselves, the curio value. We cage humans for punishment; how do we miss the point when we do it to an animal? Better to go extinct on your own terms than live in a prison.

Rob C

Thanks for the kind and well-thought-out comments, Rob. Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chokourov on December 20, 2013, 05:07:53 AM
One more, if I may, from same shop outfit.
One shot. There No Photoshop used in this image, just Lightroom for exposure twick and crop. Rings in the scine sequred on surf-wax and carefull placement of reflectors on the same sticky stuff :-). Single light source.
Ilia
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on December 20, 2013, 01:16:06 PM
One more, if I may, from same shop outfit.

Ilia

These look clean for SOOC.

What reflectors are you trying on the surface?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on December 20, 2013, 01:18:55 PM
Looks like black Perspex to me.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on December 20, 2013, 03:31:42 PM
From what he says, it sounds like he "filled/reflected" with other material into the rings.
So you brighten the piece itself to take out the darks....
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chokourov on December 21, 2013, 04:20:39 AM
Hi Guys thanks for interest! I would love to have some critical response (the type can learn from ;-) this shot is on black glass .

Mr.Smith, I tried black perspex too unfortunately not good for this closup perspex got light burgundy tint ( when 2000W/s light hit them).

Phil, yes reflectors (and black flags) placed in key areas to lighten the item and Diamonds without spill of light on background. 
I often see shots of diamond set jewelery were large parts of diamonds look totally black - my customers (not an easy going type) wont accept that.
 
Anyone had any experience with shooting H-end jewellery (tricky one) ?

I'm in Poole, Dorset, UK
Ilia
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chokourov on December 21, 2013, 06:14:35 AM
Phil
Reflectors made of polystyrenes ( how to spell this ?) and scrim starched on frame, flags from black card as usual.
Mirrors and highly reflective things create overexposed spots on polished jewellery and destroy smooth reflection lines on jewellery surface but this is good only for this particular rings to highlight the shape ( customer wanted to see the "flow" ). For diamond "pave" set pieces were not much of plane polished metal good to use silver pop-up reflectors they kinda break the light and diamonds pickup diffraction and rainbow colors.
Ilia
P.S. "These look clean for SOOC" jewellery has been cleaned in ultrasonic cleaner and dryed with steam after I use only microfiber gloves (black) to handle this and keep all set V clean use watchmakers blow thing to dust off right before shot taken. I know some say it can be cleaned in Photoshop I honestly given up cleaning fingerprints from jewellery shots.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on December 21, 2013, 12:58:52 PM
Now that's the house I always wanted for myself on a cliff, overlooking Monaco. Or even Loch Tay.

I doubt you'd use the pool much at Loch Tay, Rob.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 21, 2013, 01:08:21 PM
I doubt you'd use the pool much at Loch Tay, Rob.

Jeremy

I would have improvised: used a wetsuit!

(Pools: we purposely avoided a complex with pools when we bought. In 'holiday' resorts they attract children, drunks and sound-barrier punkists. I think you now also need to pay for a guard. Even country house ones are a drag: the noise from neighbouring houses is as bad unless you can live far out in the sticks. But that usually means buying an estate along with the pool.)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on December 21, 2013, 08:35:53 PM
...jewellery has been cleaned in ultrasonic cleaner and dryed with steam after I use only microfiber gloves (black) to handle this and keep all set V clean use watchmakers blow thing to dust off right before shot taken. I know some say it can be cleaned in Photoshop I honestly given up cleaning fingerprints from jewellery shots.

Hehe, In a pinch, I used to use my espresso machine steamer for this.  Being born into the 5th generation of the business you get to adapt with what you have :-)
You do need a commercial high pressure machine. Krups ain't gonna cut it. Ot a industry steamer. Ultrasonic is helpful too.  Its best to not handle after manufacture, rhodium plate etc. lint in prongs from clothes are a pain to work with.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chokourov on December 22, 2013, 10:52:21 AM
Phil
Cannot agree more cleaning this things is pain in … I know what is lint in prongs tried with needle and tweesers stubborn stuff on the end I burn it with lighter it works :-)
Don't have industrial Espresso machine ( love to have one actually:-) I bought old steam cleaner on flee-bay it seeping stem form all aver but work ok.
Photo is my second job don't see how you guys can pay bills from photo this days. I do jewellery desighn (cad and conventional drawing) plus  gem and diamond setting, it help as I see how this gems react on different light and angles.
Here is one from rejects (swear there no manipulations except crop, exposure and colour balance don't think it needed)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Lorenzo Pierucci on December 22, 2013, 11:48:26 AM
Shoot for MMoser Taipei ( Taiwan )
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on December 22, 2013, 02:09:19 PM
No shooting this stuff is more pain than pay. Its also very hard to explain to a manufacturers mentality about good imagery, when all they do is think how many pieces they can stuff in one shot.
But those are the newbies who have no clue about marketing.  I stopped being an educator, so I don't do these types of shoots much any more.  

You likely use Solidworks and Matrix, Rhino etc. good stuff. You can create images from those files too.  That last one, left stud can be better positioned, but it is nice. (When I say better, I mean I might have positioned it differently:-). It looks great.)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on December 22, 2013, 02:28:33 PM
A very good friend of mine recently finished her first high end interiors project.  Shot this about 2 weeks ago, during a blizzard; luckily we both live around the corner from this project  :D. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on December 22, 2013, 02:44:01 PM
These look rather good Joe
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on December 22, 2013, 04:55:15 PM
Thanks Phil. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on December 22, 2013, 06:13:35 PM
Hello,

This is the first of a number of 24 locations I have to photograph around New Zealand over the summer for a client of mine.

Nikon D800E and Nikon 14-24mm G lens

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on December 22, 2013, 08:23:23 PM
Hello,

This is the first of a number of 24 locations I have to photograph around New Zealand over the summer for a client of mine.
Cheers

Simon

Poor Simon :-) nice!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on December 23, 2013, 04:24:17 AM
Hello,

This is the first of a number of 24 locations I have to photograph around New Zealand over the summer for a client of mine.

Nikon D800E and Nikon 14-24mm G lens

Cheers

Simon


Nice shot, Simon, just one question: it's never been my bag, so I don't know, but should interiors look so, well, yellow? Especially when shown in conjunction with the great outdoors? Perhaps it's a convention of the genre.

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on December 23, 2013, 04:32:49 AM
should interiors look so, well, yellow?

Warm and inviting, Rob. Not "yellow".

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on December 23, 2013, 08:53:20 AM
Nice image Simon.  Although, I would like to see it color balanced somewhere between inside and out; the yellow just seems too strong. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ken R on December 23, 2013, 09:13:22 AM
Nice image Simon.  Although, I would like to see it color balanced somewhere between inside and out; the yellow just seems too strong. 

I agree. I like the composition the subject, the clouds and the time of day / light chosen to shoot it but the color inside is too intense and a bit warm. The sky also seems a bit purplish to me.
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on December 23, 2013, 10:56:35 AM

Nice shot, Simon, just one question: it's never been my bag, so I don't know, but should interiors look so, well, yellow?...

Ah, Rob, you apparently did not get the whole brief!

The client for this shot was the local fire department and this is just the first shot in a series. The next ones are showing them in full gear, entering the scene and braving the blaze that is obviously engulfing the beautiful home from within ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on December 23, 2013, 11:15:12 AM
A few from a pretty awesome recent project...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131104_001.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131104_005.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131104_008.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131104_010.jpg)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131104_011.jpg)



All Rm3d / IQ 260

CB
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on December 23, 2013, 11:54:11 AM
Now I am longing for Simon's warm interiors ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on December 23, 2013, 01:34:33 PM
Top shelf Chris...nicely done!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on December 23, 2013, 02:04:33 PM
Hello,

This is the first of a number of 24 locations I have to photograph around New Zealand over the summer for a client of mine.

Nikon D800E and Nikon 14-24mm G lens

Cheers

Simon

Nice image Simon.!
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: David Eichler on December 23, 2013, 03:32:00 PM
Hello,

This is the first of a number of 24 locations I have to photograph around New Zealand over the summer for a client of mine.

Nikon D800E and Nikon 14-24mm G lens

Cheers

Simon

Since some others have offered critiques, I will try my hand as well. I agree with some others about colors the exterior lighting. Personally, I would prefer less of a purplish bias to the exterior. This is not to say that a purplish cast is wrong for twilights, just that it seems a bit strong to me for this particular shot, with the lighting at hand.

As to the color of the interior light, which some have said is too yellow, I think maybe in this case it is too warm, and perhaps could be biased a bit more orange and less yellow. For a later, twilight, shot, I think it might be a different case. However, the colors for these kinds of shots can be rather subjective and don't necessarily have to be strictly what the eye would see in real life.

Also, I think this could have been shot later, which would have yielded a more dramatic effect (assuming that would be acceptable for the client). And, while I like the composition, I wonder what this would have looked like shot from a little further away. As it is, I find the scale (near-far) distortion a bit strong for something like this. However, maybe there wasn't enough room for other options?

Lastly, I would have added some light to those skylights on the left and maybe lightened up the upper windows to make them closer in brightness to the lower ones.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on December 23, 2013, 06:19:41 PM
There is always things you can do, and nice suggestions....

Though, I don't think Simon was trying to show this as a "final" image . He was saying that it's 1 of a few locations. 
If you were to look at that image...Besides color the center can be distorted to sit flatter(convex), colors can be balanced etc.
But seeing Simon's work, he just put this up about the project. Either way, not a bad image.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on December 29, 2013, 08:54:33 AM
These are not really professional works, but close to it.  

For the first two images, I shot part the interiors for a local architect this month who did a large renovation inside.  Being so, the exteriors were not a concern during the shoot and I had to get somewhere else to grab a dusk shot of another building they did on the campus.  So I went back later and took these for my portfolio.  

The last image is probably the coolest new building in Philly and is about 2 miles from where I live.  The architect is very loyal to Esto  >:(, so I am shooting this as personal project.  Problem with this building is that dusk is the best time to shoot, but there is only a 5 minute window, and with a CF & polarizer, you can not get more than one shot a night.  So I will be return a few more nights.  I know someone who works at the university too, so I am going to try and get interiors too.  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on January 04, 2014, 10:26:57 AM
I'm putting together some promo stuff for 2014 and asked my 9 year old to rate selections from the last 5 years.  I think he did a pretty good job picking the more impactful images!

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1559259_10202216712314310_455040925_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on January 11, 2014, 10:57:26 AM
Start of the new series
(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/BLE_A_108_web_800px.jpg)

Happy New Year, everyone:)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on January 11, 2014, 02:05:20 PM
Start of the new series
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Happy New Year, everyone:)

In colour, Michael? I'm looking forward to this.

Happy New Year.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on January 11, 2014, 03:46:39 PM
Start of the new series
(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/BLE_A_108_web_800px.jpg)

Happy New Year, everyone:)

Michael, I think this will be very successful.  Great use of color, I like the warmth alot.  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ndevlin on January 11, 2014, 10:42:49 PM

Beautiful image Michael - you've got the tonality just right.

Cheers.

- N.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on January 11, 2014, 11:00:54 PM
Knockout shot, Michael!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: wolfnowl on January 11, 2014, 11:41:39 PM
Indeed!  All been said... excellent work.

I'd add, "Looking forward to seeing more" but with nudes that might be misconstrued.  ;)

Mike.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 12, 2014, 09:13:27 AM
Indeed!  All been said... excellent work.

I'd add, "Looking forward to seeing more" but with nudes that might be misconstrued.  ;)

Mike.
Michael Ezra's nudes are always elegant and classy, in a league with Edward Weston's.

Eric
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ErikKaffehr on January 12, 2014, 11:08:06 AM
Hi,

I almost agree, but I feel that Michael is in a league of his own.

Best regards
Erik


Michael Ezra's nudes are always elegant and classy, in a league with Edward Weston's.

Eric

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 12, 2014, 01:04:45 PM
Hi,

I almost agree, but I feel that Michael is in a league of his own.

Best regards
Erik


I agree with that, too. But I feel that Edward and Michael each has produced the most sophisticated and classy nudes of their own time. Edward's were the best of the whole twentieth century, and Michael's certainly have a lock on the twenty-first, IMHO.

Eric
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on January 12, 2014, 03:39:32 PM
Guys, thank you for your kind words. I don't even know what to say..., so I'll just post more pictures:)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 12, 2014, 09:29:15 PM
Guys, thank you for your kind words. I don't even know what to say..., so I'll just post more pictures:)
That's exactly the response we wanted.  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on January 13, 2014, 10:39:40 PM
Just WOW

Contax P30+
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/russell_rutherford_gold_shoes.jpg)


BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on January 14, 2014, 01:03:29 AM
(https://scontent-b-lax.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1525111_10202970932544253_1908402700_n.jpg)
One of my images currently in the "In/Visible Borders" Exhibit in Santa Fe. The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Community Gallery.  An abandoned Curio Shop along Rt. 66 in AZ. Curated by Mary Anne Redding. It is up through February 21.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on January 14, 2014, 04:15:44 AM
Contax P30+
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/russell_rutherford_gold_shoes.jpg)


BC


Made my morning BC; now I can go and put in my daily eye-drops a happier man! As I then have to lie with my head back and eyes closed for ten minutes, it gives me better food for thought for those ten minutes than prosaic matters such as what the lunch choices will turn out to be...

It also proves that one is sometimes just as good company as two - if not more so. I'd have stopped at just below the pants - not mad about the leg shape, but maybe you were selling shoes?

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on January 14, 2014, 04:19:33 AM
Lovely shot, Kirk, and I wonder if anyone noticed just how vital the little clump of weed at the bottom left? Take it away and the entire balance is screwed. On such tiny things depend our visual lives!

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on January 14, 2014, 04:54:27 AM
Great shot BC.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on January 14, 2014, 10:14:54 AM
Rob, Thanks and very true. FYI it is scanned 4x5 film printed digitally.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on January 14, 2014, 02:12:01 PM
Rob, Thanks and very true. FYI it is scanned 4x5 film printed digitally.


I hope Christoph finds this post!

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on January 14, 2014, 09:08:42 PM
Thanks everyone.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on January 14, 2014, 09:26:25 PM
Contax P30+
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/russell_rutherford_gold_shoes.jpg)


BC

Pretty pallet:) Is this a real hair? It is fantastic!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on January 14, 2014, 10:29:44 PM
James, I am curious, on the last image - the design is clearly intricate and requires a skill, but how much "stray hair Photoshopping" could one expect from the "best" hairdresser?
Is this mostly handled in post or on the live model?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on January 14, 2014, 10:45:00 PM
James, I am curious, on the last image - the design is clearly intricate and requires a skill, but how much "stray hair Photoshopping" could one expect from the "best" hairdresser?
Is this mostly handled in post or on the live model?

All of the hair designs require a skill.  Actually the bottom less than the top.

This is one of the hardest, because it looks simple, but simple is hard.
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/fashion/pictures/005rr_beauty.jpg)


post work on hair should be minimal.  If it's a lot you blew it.

The last image actually doesn't have a lot of work, some on the garment, obviously some on the direction of the vignette and the coloration, very, very little on the face.

The makeup is either directed or done by my partner who is our producer but a tremendous makeup artist. She even developed her own base to match the lighting for a specific glow.

Nobody can make a face glow like Ann.

The top image I posted earlier has virtually nothing on the hair, or than cleaning up some stray hairs and lightly filling in one spot.

It actually has only a few spot clean ups on the face, though the legs needed some work because of veins that happens sometimes depending on talent.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on January 15, 2014, 02:50:52 PM
quick grab of a chair... available light.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/chair.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Aphoto on January 16, 2014, 02:59:00 AM
quick grab of a chair... available light.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/chair.jpg)

Oh, I really like this one!

(except for one little detail, see attachment)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on January 16, 2014, 06:19:06 PM
Took the A7r out on this shoot too and it performed impressively.  This was with the Leica-R 70-180 2.8, a stellar piece of glass.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131202_014.jpg)

Full Size for the pixel peepers (http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131202_014.tif)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on January 17, 2014, 06:42:54 AM
Chris, Are you able to tether the camera and process in C1?  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on January 17, 2014, 10:24:33 AM
I havent ever posted here but thought i may as well jump in with a pic. The jewelry images I do are heavily worked but the quality of the file is still due to the Beginnings. Sinar P3 54H and Bron lighting. this particular client has a product that needs a lot of attention. Have a look at my site for more. http://www.deanelliott.co.za/ (http://www.deanelliott.co.za/)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Manoli on January 17, 2014, 10:47:53 AM
Chris, Are you able to tether the camera and process in C1?  Jim

JIm,
Apologies for butting in, but as there has been some ambiguity on other threads plus I've just been testing the A7r, today - thought I'd quickly comment.

(1) Both C1 and Lightroom offer file support but not tethering.

(2) You can tether with the SONY Remote Camera Control App. It downloads both RAW & JPEG's (or both) to a folder of your choice. It's fast - I tried it on FF RAW's - and In addition to the usual controls, you can, via the app,  control and set:
-Drive modes (both single and continuous) , exposure bracketing,  self timer, interval and host of others which I've now forgotten.
-WB (and) WB bracketing.
-DRO / HDR
-Colour Temp
-Colour Filters
-Picture Effects (the built-in ones, if you use them)

(3) You can also apparently tether with a program by DNA software.  http://dslrsoftware.com/tethered_shoot_lr5_a7_macosx.php . Allegedly this also works with their iPad remote viewer.  I haven't yet had time to try these out. Frankly the remote Camera Control works so well that I doubt I'll bother.  Just set a 'hot' folder in either Lightroom or C1.

(4) The SONY 'multi' socket may be multi, but is in fact a USB MICRO socket. I've connected the camera with a bog standard USB micro cable (in fact a 20ft one) - and it connects/tethers with no problems.  (Though it didn't mind being connected to either the mac or one of my hubs,  it didn't work when I used a USB socket on the back of a Cinema Display).

I didn't expect it to work so well. It was rock solid. Impressive.

All best
M

** Edit:
When using “Remote Camera Control,” the following ops  are available via computer.
- Changing this product’s settings and shooting.
- Recording images directly to the computer.
- Performing interval timer shooting.
NB :  MENU → (Setup)(p4) → [USB Connection] → [PC Remote].
[p360]
https://docs.sony.com/release/ILCE-7_7R_guide_EN.pdf


Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on January 17, 2014, 12:49:35 PM
Took the A7r out on this shoot too and it performed impressively.  This was with the Leica-R 70-180 2.8, a stellar piece of glass.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131202_014.jpg)

Full Size for the pixel peepers (http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131202_014.tif)

Nice Chris as always. I'm back in Chicago this summer-hope to meet up with you.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: David Eichler on January 17, 2014, 05:31:23 PM
Took the A7r out on this shoot too and it performed impressively.  This was with the Leica-R 70-180 2.8, a stellar piece of glass.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131202_014.jpg)

Full Size for the pixel peepers (http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/131202_014.tif)

Great job. Really like the high-key look.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on January 17, 2014, 08:07:17 PM
JIm,
Apologies for butting in, but as there has been some ambiguity on other threads plus I've just been testing the A7r, today - thought I'd quickly comment.

(1) Both C1 and Lightroom offer file support but not tethering.

(2) You can tether with the SONY Remote Camera Control App. It downloads both RAW & JPEG's (or both) to a folder of your choice. It's fast - I tried it on FF RAW's - and In addition to the usual controls, you can, via the app,  control and set:
-Drive modes (both single and continuous) , exposure bracketing,  self timer, interval and host of others which I've now forgotten.
-WB (and) WB bracketing.
-DRO / HDR
-Colour Temp
-Colour Filters
-Picture Effects (the built-in ones, if you use them)

(3) You can also apparently tether with a program by DNA software.  http://dslrsoftware.com/tethered_shoot_lr5_a7_macosx.php . Allegedly this also works with their iPad remote viewer.  I haven't yet had time to try these out. Frankly the remote Camera Control works so well that I doubt I'll bother.  Just set a 'hot' folder in either Lightroom or C1.

(4) The SONY 'multi' socket may be multi, but is in fact a USB MICRO socket. I've connected the camera with a bog standard USB micro cable (in fact a 20ft one) - and it connects/tethers with no problems.  (Though it didn't mind being connected to either the mac or one of my hubs,  it didn't work when I used a USB socket on the back of a Cinema Display).

I didn't expect it to work so well. It was rock solid. Impressive.

All best
M



Manoli, I appreciate your response!  Sounds like it works well, perhaps I'll have to try one out.  Thanks, Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JWGeiger on January 17, 2014, 09:36:16 PM
I don't normally do this type of work, but had a reason to and I'm glad I did. It was a blast to do.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/11990907003_666b53da68_o.jpg)
Mamiya 645DF : Leaf Aptus II - 12 : 80mm f/2.8 LS D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on January 17, 2014, 10:38:53 PM
I havent ever posted here but thought i may as well jump in with a pic. The jewelry images I do are heavily worked but the quality of the file is still due to the Beginnings. Sinar P3 54H and Bron lighting. this particular client has a product that needs a lot of attention. Have a look at my site for more. http://www.deanelliott.co.za/ (http://www.deanelliott.co.za/)

Very nice Dean. Clean work.
When you say Bron, does that mean you lit these with standard heads, or perhaps Box?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on January 17, 2014, 11:03:44 PM
I don't normally do this type of work, but had a resin to and I'm glad I did. It was a blast to do.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/11990907003_666b53da68_o.jpg)
Mamiya 645DF : Leaf Aptus II - 12 : 80mm f/2.8 LS D

Neat! Details?

Edmund
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on January 17, 2014, 11:27:12 PM
I don't normally do this type of work, but had a reason to and I'm glad I did. It was a blast to do.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/11990907003_666b53da68_o.jpg)
Mamiya 645DF : Leaf Aptus II - 12 : 80mm f/2.8 LS D

Cool looking shot !
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on January 18, 2014, 03:04:39 AM
Very nice Dean. Clean work.
When you say Bron, does that mean you lit these with standard heads, or perhaps Box?

Thanks Phil Indeblanc, I lit it with Broncolor lighting, using mainly standard dishes and honeycomb grids. But not directly onto the subject. I use a bunch of diffuser paper around the setup to eliminate too much specular highlight and blowing out of the whites in the image. The lights are positioned around the setup, moved in closer and distanced to create the right gradient of light seen in the ring shanks.

I hope this answers the question. I don't use just soft boxes as it is not enough control for me.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: David Eichler on January 18, 2014, 04:01:39 AM
(https://scontent-b-lax.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1525111_10202970932544253_1908402700_n.jpg)
One of my images currently in the "In/Visible Borders" Exhibit in Santa Fe. The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Community Gallery.  An abandoned Curio Shop along Rt. 66 in AZ. Curated by Mary Anne Redding. It is up through February 21.

Quite dramatic. I miss New Mexico.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: skimasks on January 19, 2014, 01:56:20 AM
Cool splash! You should let us know if it gets sold on ImageBrief.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on January 21, 2014, 07:53:24 AM
an outtake from a recent shoot at a building research/testing facility. it's not a pretty picture but i like it. :)


Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 21, 2014, 10:06:46 AM
an outtake from a recent shoot at a building research/testing facility. it's not a pretty picture but i like it. :)



That is wild! I love it!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on January 21, 2014, 10:52:01 AM
One from last weeks shoot...
(http://www.ashleymorrison.com/pictures2/Icehouse-177758.jpg)
.. in the restaurant at the Ice House hotel, in the west coast Irish town of Ballina.


So they feed ghosts too? Nice shot.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Harold Clark on January 21, 2014, 02:29:24 PM
Here is one from the Ice Hotel near Quebec City, which is made entirely of ice including the beds and glasses at the bar.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on January 21, 2014, 03:36:15 PM
Maybe you could try to use oof glasses/bottles or something with sparkle, but then oof stuff probably isn't what clients really want to pay you to give them; I'd thought of those napkin-art works some restaurants delight in offering you - those things you fear opening out in case you cut your wrist on them or, worse, remove an eye. But nothing, really that demands the human presence too close to camera. Your people are just at the right distance to give scale.

Oh the (relative) joy of unpaid work!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 21, 2014, 03:37:38 PM
Having said that, it does need something here in the foreground - so not sure what I'd do, if I were to shoot something like this again someday.


How about semi-transparent ghosts instead of invisible ones?  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on January 22, 2014, 08:55:14 AM
Yes, that's the bottom line.

So we made a few suggestions and then left it up to the client and their marketing people to make the final call - as I had only a few minutes of daylight left to play with here, to capture this and the other variations which included staff in the background.

Away, 3 years web use is all they are currently talking about right now - so I'll not lose sleep over it - as this is the image they are saying they want to use a lot more...
(http://www.ashleymorrison.com/pictures2/Icehouse-177632.jpg)
.. which is okay with me.



With that ambience, who could blame them? Lovely site -at least in your photograph it is, which is job well done!

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Emilmedia on January 22, 2014, 09:06:00 AM
Long time no post here i guess. This is one of the things i've been doing lately. This is actually not shot with my hassy because of the extreme cold i used the 5D mk II
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on January 28, 2014, 06:24:45 AM
is anyone shooting anything or just poring over the minutiae of large cmos sensors and cogitating monthly board meetings at phase/hassleblad?
about time this thread had a bump.  anechoic chamber shot on old technology low dynamic range amateur camera in an inferior format.
editorial story about a research facility.


Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on January 28, 2014, 07:42:36 AM
Nobody ever posts in or cares about the "Non-pro" thread, so I guess I'll post here. :)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7328/12188097625_b3a89f7d3d_b.jpg)

Credo 40, 80mm LS, Elinchrom Quadra + 70cm deep octa.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Manoli on January 28, 2014, 08:54:52 AM
editorial story about a research facility.

compliments - intriguing photo.

Nobody ever posts in or cares about the "Non-pro" thread, so I guess I'll post here. :)

Synn, good attitude, even better photo. Don't you think that perhaps the skin tones would have been better if you'd shot it on a D800 ? - and, NO, you don't have to answer that ...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on January 28, 2014, 09:01:34 AM
compliments - intriguing photo.

Synn, good attitude, even better photo. Don't you think that perhaps the skin tones would have been better if you'd shot it on a D800 ? - and, NO, you don't have to answer that ...

Boy, do I have something in store for you...  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ErikKaffehr on January 28, 2014, 09:26:26 AM
Nice work!

Best regards
Erik

Nobody ever posts in or cares about the "Non-pro" thread, so I guess I'll post here. :)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7328/12188097625_b3a89f7d3d_b.jpg)

Credo 40, 80mm LS, Elinchrom Quadra + 70cm deep octa.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on January 28, 2014, 09:48:52 AM
Thank you, Erik!

Keith, I am a big fan of this series that you're doing. :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on January 28, 2014, 11:43:13 AM
A house and a kitchen.  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on January 28, 2014, 04:04:37 PM
Some new images. Architecture. Nikon D800.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Pto%20Ordaz/_DSC0664.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Pto%20Ordaz/_DSC0762.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Pto%20Ordaz/_DSC0768.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Pto%20Ordaz/_DSC0868.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on January 28, 2014, 04:56:05 PM
Lot of really nice architectural photography posted, Ashley & Antonio. 

Now if only no one will post an image of a half nude sexy lady, maybe we will get some more comments.   :D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on January 28, 2014, 07:38:20 PM
Thanks Joe, That's all I can do.  :-[
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on January 28, 2014, 10:13:23 PM
Non professional, not work, all play.

My recipe for getting a picture is to point the camera at random, press the shutter and trust in Kanon.

Edmund
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on January 28, 2014, 10:22:03 PM
Very atmospheric.

Good job!

Edmund

Yes, that's the bottom line.

So we made a few suggestions and then left it up to the client and their marketing people to make the final call - as I had only a few minutes of daylight left to play with here, to capture this and the other variations which included staff in the background.

Away, 3 years web use is all they are currently talking about right now - so I'll not lose sleep over it - as this is the image they are saying they want to use a lot more...
(http://www.ashleymorrison.com/pictures2/Icehouse-177632.jpg)
.. which is okay with me.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: EricWHiss on January 28, 2014, 11:08:08 PM
Rob, Thanks and very true. FYI it is scanned 4x5 film printed digitally.

Kirk,  Nice shot and I was wondering if it was film or not. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: EricWHiss on January 28, 2014, 11:11:07 PM
an outtake from a recent shoot at a building research/testing facility. it's not a pretty picture but i like it. :)

Love the sign that says "all cutting must be done outside" juxtaposed to the empty chair and open wall.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on January 29, 2014, 12:40:22 AM
Kirk,  Nice shot and I was wondering if it was film or not. 


Thanks, yes it is 4x5 b&w film.

And also if anyone cares, my b&w photography is a vital part of my "photography" career and my income so I post it here. I'm coming up on my 100th show next year. The only difference really between this and my architecture/editorial work is that with the b&w I am my own client-print sales are substantial but peripheral to my intent.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on January 29, 2014, 12:42:21 AM
Quite dramatic. I miss New Mexico.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Harold Clark on January 29, 2014, 01:24:19 PM
Here are a couple from a shoot of the new aquarium in Toronto. The inhabitants were very cooperative, the big guy at the top parked there for a couple of minutes.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: LKaven on January 30, 2014, 01:15:38 AM
Here are a couple from a shoot of the new aquarium in Toronto. The inhabitants were very cooperative, the big guy at the top parked there for a couple of minutes.

Very nice work!  Good creative choices.  I don't think the fish could have posed any better. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on January 30, 2014, 01:42:15 AM
Here are a couple from a shoot of the new aquarium in Toronto. The inhabitants were very cooperative, the big guy at the top parked there for a couple of minutes.


I love the second one.
What camera-lens combo is that?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Harold Clark on January 30, 2014, 07:08:31 AM
I love the second one.
What camera-lens combo is that?

Thanks folks for the compliments, these were done with a Canon 5D3, 17mm tse for the large fish, 24mm tse for the jelly fish
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on February 02, 2014, 07:55:55 PM
Just playing actually...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/egg.gif)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: skimasks on February 02, 2014, 08:27:51 PM
Two can play at this game  :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on February 03, 2014, 05:37:38 PM
Just playing actually...

Fun! I bet your first attempt, without the glass sheet, was really messy.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on February 04, 2014, 11:50:50 AM
revisiting some old work while doing some portfolio printing, was going to drop this shot but decided it needed some colour changes, think this was shot on an imacon 16mp back
(i guess it's hardly recent but the interpretation of the file is  ;D   )
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on February 07, 2014, 01:46:29 AM
One from last weeks shoot...
(image)
.. Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party set-up, in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.

Seems the candles stand no chance here ... ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: EricWHiss on February 07, 2014, 01:50:09 AM
Thanks, yes it is 4x5 b&w film.

And also if anyone cares, my b&w photography is a vital part of my "photography" career and my income so I post it here. I'm coming up on my 100th show next year. The only difference really between this and my architecture/editorial work is that with the b&w I am my own client-print sales are substantial but peripheral to my intent.

Kirk,
Thanks - hope you understood that was a positive.  I still shoot lots of film 120 in the Hy6 and TLR's and 4x5 and 5x7 in the Linhof's and love it.   I often shoot digital and film side by side and feel each has some advantages and in your shot, I felt that only film could have given that look and liked it.    I am involved with a non profit that assists the SF city run Harvey Milk Arts Center  - one of the largest public darkrooms in the country.
Eric
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: RVB on February 07, 2014, 05:07:46 AM
Thanks Michael,

All real, just a very, very good hairdresser.  Not the best hair artist I've used but 99% as good, but the best I've worked with got married, adopted a kid, opened a salon and lives a real life.

To do fake hair is costly.   I can be done, extensions work if they're expensive like 5 grand, wigs can work if they're also 5 grand and cut to the talent, but you have to really want that look and stills are much less forgiving than motion imagery.

This is the best hair artist I've ever worked with:

(http://www.russellrutherford.com/fashion/pictures/002rr_beauty.jpg)
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/fashion/pictures/003rr_beauty.jpg)
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/044rr_beauty.jpg)

I won't show you the worst.


BC

These are very nice BC.. did you use the S2 for these??

Rob
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: rsmphoto on February 07, 2014, 12:19:52 PM
From a recent arch. shoot
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: rsmphoto on February 07, 2014, 12:25:32 PM
...and another.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: rsmphoto on February 07, 2014, 12:32:07 PM
Last one.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kers on February 07, 2014, 12:35:54 PM
stiill have to sell this one...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on February 07, 2014, 05:46:50 PM
They actually created quite nice light when the main lights were dimmed, but that obviously then made it more difficult for me - and especially when I tried to show how it looked during the meal...
(image)
.. with everyone seated.

Seems we have a real world use case for an IQ250 here ....
Cheers
~Chris
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MJSPhoto on February 07, 2014, 10:44:03 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7329/11003605083_29345dba70_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7441/11941431164_53ea9a7148_c.jpg)

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MJSPhoto on February 07, 2014, 10:45:20 PM
From a recent arch. shoot

Hi Rick!  ;D

Shots look great...

.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MAmaro on February 08, 2014, 02:23:50 AM
Nice work Morgan!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on February 08, 2014, 09:46:59 AM
Hi Morgan, great images and concept.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: rsmphoto on February 10, 2014, 12:33:57 PM
Many thanks Morgan!  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: rsmphoto on February 10, 2014, 12:35:04 PM
As always Morgan, great work.  Hope to see you when I'm in LA next.
Rick
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on February 11, 2014, 03:21:18 PM
This is a new house I had the opportunity to shoot. The architecture is amazing, I love it. It has taken 4 years to build and still on going.
Some images are a bit too distorted due to walls around the perimeter.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
ACH

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1202.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1169.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1151.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1001%201.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1066.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1208.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1239.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1178.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on February 11, 2014, 04:56:14 PM
By the way, this is March 2011.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on February 11, 2014, 08:48:00 PM
This is a new house I had the opportunity to shoot. The architecture is amazing, I love it. It has taken 4 years to build and still on going.
Some images are a bit too distorted due to walls around the perimeter.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
ACH

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1202.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1169.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1151.jpg)




(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1001%201.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1066.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1208.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1239.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Val%200214/_DSC1178.jpg)

Nice job!  The shots look great!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on February 11, 2014, 08:53:47 PM
Thank you James. Coming from you is a great honor. Ach
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on February 11, 2014, 09:30:13 PM
Thank you James. Coming from you is a great honor. Ach

I agree with James. Great project.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on February 11, 2014, 09:59:43 PM
Thank you Kirk.!!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on February 11, 2014, 10:47:49 PM
Antonio,

Nice work. 
Visually it's a busy house....Each photograph is simple and conveys a single element (of the many) very well.

Cheers
Andrew
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on February 12, 2014, 08:31:50 AM
Andrew Thank you, nice appreciation.!

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on February 12, 2014, 11:10:18 AM
Antonio  -  killer. Love the second and third shots especially. Nice to see some exteriors that didn't get cooked to death.

4th shot from the top seems a little crowded on the left side, to me.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on February 12, 2014, 11:47:58 AM
Thanks for your comments Scott.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on February 12, 2014, 08:53:27 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1/1620806_10152044503949209_386132352_n.jpg)

Credo 40, Elinchrom Quadra+ Deep octa
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: David Eichler on February 14, 2014, 01:33:37 PM
Two from this weeks shoot...
(http://www.ashleymorrison.com/2014-02/Dromoland-178380.jpg)
.. of the Lounge area and the Cocktail bar...
(http://www.ashleymorrison.com/2014-02/Dromoland-178564.jpg)
.. at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.

Excellent work as usual. Love the way you capture the dark, rich tones. Perspective height in the top shot is unusually low, especially with seating in the foreground, but works well here I think.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: rsmphoto on February 14, 2014, 05:13:37 PM
Adding to the hotel theme...From a recent hotel shoot

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: rsmphoto on February 14, 2014, 05:30:35 PM
...and when I don't shoot arch.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on February 15, 2014, 09:48:08 AM
Great project in DC for a new client...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/Client_Proofs/CSIS_Retouched/photos/previews/140101_008.tif.p.jpg)

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: jerome_m on February 15, 2014, 12:33:33 PM
Two from this weeks shoot...
(http://www.ashleymorrison.com/2014-02/Dromoland-178380.jpg)
.. of the Lounge area and the Cocktail bar...
(http://www.ashleymorrison.com/2014-02/Dromoland-178564.jpg)
.. at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.

That is very nice. How did you light the scene, if I may ask?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on February 16, 2014, 09:10:31 AM
a recent (like yesterday!) shoot for a bespoke cycle brand.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on February 16, 2014, 10:44:05 AM
You can read more about this shoot and what was involved in creating this and some of the other images we produced at that time here: A lighting challenge (http://ashleymorrisonphotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/a-lighting-challenge/).



Very nice Ashley, as usual.  Love seeing how you lit the room and I would really like to incorporate more that style in my work.  Architects and designers tend to be more natural look, so maybe I just need to go after resorts more.  
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on February 17, 2014, 10:37:19 PM
"Reflections" series:


(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/NU_5221.2_C1.jpg)

(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/NU_5191.5-7.jpg)

(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/NU_5204.3_4.jpg)

(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/NU_OLM_0313.314.jpg)

(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/NU_OLM_0315.322.jpg)

(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/NU_JDY_B211.B212_V1.jpg)

(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/NU_JDY_C165.C168.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 17, 2014, 11:47:25 PM
Fantastic new series, Michael!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on February 17, 2014, 11:50:58 PM
Talk @ thinking outside the box. Congrats, excellent series.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ErikKaffehr on February 18, 2014, 01:28:59 AM
+1

Erik
Fantastic new series, Michael!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: oschebell on February 19, 2014, 09:16:18 PM
Hi people, first time posting here so please be gentle  ;D
Thought I'd post a couple of images from a real estate shoot last week, property was an old squash court converted into a dwelling. One of the most difficult images I've taken in terms of balancing colours. So many different light sources, and very specific instructions on having the CBD in the background. Any feedback is welcome. And don't worry, I know real estate photography isn't real photography but it pays the bills at this stage and I always take my time to shoot it as 'architecturally' as I can  ;)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii312/oschebell/SVIS9692.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/oschebell/media/SVIS9692.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii312/oschebell/SVIS9811.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/oschebell/media/SVIS9811.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on February 20, 2014, 07:47:24 AM
A recent shot done for Jewelry client. Im quite happy with ho it turned out. What do you think? any input would be great.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on February 20, 2014, 08:43:11 AM
A recent shot done for Jewelry client. Im quite happy with ho it turned out. What do you think? any input would be great.

Disclaimer: I'm not a professional.

That said: To me it looks like a gorgeous shot, but:
I'm afraid the reds - as great as they are - might overpower the jewellery - I can't judge if that would be a problem, just thought I'd mention it.
Cheers
~Chris
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on February 20, 2014, 08:52:55 AM
Disclaimer: I'm not a professional.

That said: To me it looks like a gorgeous shot, but:
I'm afraid the reds - as great as they are - might overpower the jewellery - I can't judge if that would be a problem, just thought I'd mention it.
Cheers
~Chris

Hey Christoph, i did forget to mention this was a shoot for Valentines day and this was the cover shot. Essentially the idea was to set a mood, while portraying some fine product. I hope that helps clarify. I guess i should be more descriptive ha ha. Next time. Thanks for your feedback, and i agree with you, perhaps a little less red...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on February 20, 2014, 08:56:52 AM
Hi Dean, the photography is great,  but placement of the finger and its nail seems unnecessarily intrusive. My impression is that if finger was bent with the nail appearing at shallower angle, it would allow for a greater accent on the ring.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on February 20, 2014, 09:11:21 AM
Hi Dean, the photography is great,  but placement of the finger and its nail seems unnecessarily intrusive. My impression is that if finger was bent with the nail appearing at shallower angle, it would allow for a greater accent on the ring.

Thanks for your response Michael. I agree that a different angle of the finger could have been a better composition. There were actually a few shots exactly like that but unfortunately the client select is the one you see here. (I could not find the time to personally retouch extra images specific to my needs, not to say i would have chosen a better one though). Maybe ill look for a better one from the batch when i get some free time.

Thanks again, i appreciate your input.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on February 20, 2014, 09:17:11 AM
Thanks for your response Michael. I agree that a different angle of the finger could have been a better composition. There were actually a few shots exactly like that but unfortunately the client select is the one you see here. (I could not find the time to personally retouch extra images specific to my needs, not to say i would have chosen a better one though). Maybe ill look for a better one from the batch when i get some free time.

Thanks again, i appreciate your input.

While I agree with Michael that the composition is wrong, as an unique image the whole thing is right. And in fact it gets across very well how diamonds really are a girl's best friend ;)

Edmund
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on February 20, 2014, 09:42:57 AM
While I agree with Michael that the composition is wrong, as an unique image the whole thing is right. And in fact it gets across very well how diamonds really are a girl's best friend ;)

Edmund

Thank you Edmund.  :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on February 20, 2014, 09:53:31 AM
A recent shot done for Jewelry client. Im quite happy with ho it turned out. What do you think? any input would be great.

Your photograph is perfectly fine; why would you care what an electrician says about your plumbing or a sommelier about your cooking? (Of course, if you lived in Mallorca they might all be the same person...)

You have two important minds to satisfy: your own and that of your client. The rest, including my opinion, is bullshit. We all have degrees in critique...

Rob C
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on February 20, 2014, 10:17:46 AM
Your photograph is perfectly fine; why would you care what an electrician says about your plumbing or a sommelier about your cooking? (Of course, if you lived in Mallorca they might all be the same person...)

You have two important minds to satisfy: your own and that of your client. The rest, including my opinion, is bullshit. We all have degrees in critique...

Rob C

Thanks for your input Rob, you are absolutely right, however, although this job has already gone to print, my time for this image is exhausted and my mind has been made, the sole purpose is to get feedback. Or rather just to hear others' opinions. I find it interesting to hear what others have to say especially since there are very few valued opinions where i am from let alone a network from which to form a discussion of meaning. So not all bullshit, rather like gold. (in some cases  ;).

Thanks for your take.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on February 20, 2014, 10:41:27 AM
Syd Brak eat your heart out.



Wish I'd had his abilities!

Imagine what he'd have done with PS instead of Aerograph DeVilbiss... but maybe the latter is actually better.

;-)

Rob C

P.S. I wrote 'done', but is he still working - does he need to?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on February 20, 2014, 11:10:16 AM
i think it's fine composition wise, me i would reduce the detail in the finger/skin a little but it's not a deal breaker
Title: Re: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on February 20, 2014, 01:14:39 PM
I'm not showing my wife that! I can't afford it!
Great shot. It oozes Valentine's Day.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on February 20, 2014, 02:21:29 PM
I'm not showing my wife that! I can't afford it!
Great shot. It oozes Valentine's Day.

Absolutely - it says "you'd better gimme!" ;)

Edmund
Title: Re: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on February 20, 2014, 02:29:40 PM
I'm not showing my wife that! I can't afford it!
Great shot. It oozes Valentine's Day.

Thanks guys for your comments.

It really isn't an expensive piece. The client is a "wholesale" client. By that i mean they do everything possible to make it as cheap as possible via mass production and the stone in there is a cubic zirconia. That ring is probably below R1500 (Rands) which is about u.s. $136
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on February 20, 2014, 06:42:12 PM
Michael Ezra, LIKE LIKE LIKE on those reflections.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on February 20, 2014, 09:34:58 PM
Thanks:)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: oschebell on February 21, 2014, 01:05:35 AM
Are my images that bad that there is not one comment? Oh dear...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on February 21, 2014, 01:27:40 AM
Are my images that bad that there is not one comment? Oh dear...

I think the reviewers are all done for today, and are enjoying their after-squash cocktails. :)

Edmund
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on February 21, 2014, 06:22:06 AM
Are my images that bad that there is not one comment? Oh dear...
Never good to follow pics of naked women with pics of interiors if you want any kind of attention on this forum.   :D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on February 26, 2014, 02:05:23 PM
Dean,
The image overall looks sexy and attractive. Decent execution.

The finger itself is a bit weird and prominent. Perhaps fade it from the left of the frame going in. This is the only major issue I personally have with it.
Other details I myself would alter...
The polish on the finger nail can follow the direction of the finger more towards the tip and not flair out. (The way it is now makes her finger look a bit "off". Also something too edited looking about the cutical).
Your highlight blows on the lips don't look too clean.

How do you price such an image for a piece that sells for $136?

Overall sexy! And great for V Day!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on February 26, 2014, 03:44:44 PM
Dean,
The image overall looks sexy and attractive. Decent execution.

The finger itself is a bit weird and prominent. Perhaps fade it from the left of the frame going in. This is the only major issue I personally have with it.
Other details I myself would alter...
The polish on the finger nail can follow the direction of the finger more towards the tip and not flair out. (The way it is now makes her finger look a bit "off". Also something too edited looking about the cutical).
Your highlight blows on the lips don't look too clean.

How do you price such an image for a piece that sells for $136?

Overall sexy! And great for V Day!

Hi Phil, thanks so much for your Comments.
All the things you mentioned that you would change are exactly what i had done or suggested before client changes. I 100 % agree with you on them. The cuticle, the polish shape and the lips. The client chose to change back to how it is now. The nail polish i had adjusted to retain the sheen but neaten up the tip to a harder edge but keeping the natural feel as if the nail had been carefully manicured. I dont mind the finger too much, but i hear where you coming from and agree that the finger is odd. Its the best of the batch of shots taken though.

The highlight on the lips was a difficult one, because it is natural and is as it was shot.  I honestly struggled with the lips and did not have a solution for them, though i had an idea of how i wanted them to look. Basically i should have had make up done a bit different. Though not sure if it would have sold the problem. Perhaps a different light modifier?

The whole image is a little to worked if you ask me, but client expectations are sometimes just more important than my opinion.
Thanks again, i really appreciate the feedback.

Oh and lastly, to answer your question on the value of the ring and how i price a shot like this. Firstly i must mention that here in South Africa and especially my city, Durban, the whole place is about bargaining. Similar to Thailand and its negotiating system. Now i know some might say, "yes yes so is the rest of the world", trust me on this one. Its bargain central. In Durban in particular, we have a large indian demographic and are really tough negotiators which really pushes the whole city to drive a hard bargain really.

With that said - The Client is a large wholesale jewelry client. They spend fairly well on the photography and post production. Then they look for the best 'value for money' printer that can print run 100s of thousands of leaflets and a large portion of in-store posters for the countries 80 + outlet stores.  They also offer credit payments over 3 months. Value for money. Not expensive, not unique, not quality.

I am not sure if this is painting the picture? Its always difficult to explain how this crazy country works.

I hope you like the little story i wrote anyways, I seem to ramble on sometimes.   ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on February 26, 2014, 10:58:51 PM
Hahaa Dean!
I love the story. I have 3 Indian clients , and a number of other international ones. I have become accustomed to the "bargaining" songs. Many don't work with me until another couple years or even more. Competition is very tough, and the entire personability, emotion and the moment is NOT in the equation when shooting product, so it has that difficulty added to deal with.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on February 27, 2014, 02:21:33 AM
Here is a work in progress. Not for client but for possible portfolio work. Feel free to comment. Or just view.  ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on February 27, 2014, 06:36:10 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5544/12812105213_62866af9fe_b.jpg)

An executive portrait I did.
Credo 40.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dragomir Spassov on February 27, 2014, 11:04:16 AM
Very nice portrait Synn!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on February 27, 2014, 01:53:58 PM
Great port Synn!

Shoe looks great Dean!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on February 27, 2014, 05:50:34 PM
Thank you both!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ErikKaffehr on February 27, 2014, 06:11:56 PM
Yes, indeed!

Erik

Very nice portrait Synn!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on February 28, 2014, 02:09:21 AM
Very smooth portrait. Well done.
And thanks Phil.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: [email protected] on February 28, 2014, 05:44:23 AM

I don't think I've ever commented out aloud about images here, maybe it's a friday beer talking..

Phil
Products are not my field but I really like this shoe..I love the light and the textures / feel.
One thought was that I want to be able to define the back edge of the heel more, especially viewed at smaller size (even though I appreciate this may have been blended into the green on purpose). Nice image!


Synn
Nice light in this portrait, suits fall that way when sitting but maybe a little more attention with the clothing- 
upper left arm area (bunched)
tie feels like it's outside the jacket and the top button. (can't always get these up high enough - sometimes I extend the tie in post a smidge after)

IMO - (I learned this from BC)

Regards

Sam
 


Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: [email protected] on February 28, 2014, 05:46:00 AM
Apologies Dean (and Phil) - my comment is to Dean about his lovely shoe..

Regards

Sam
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on February 28, 2014, 07:39:59 AM
Thanks again, all.

@Sam: Good points! Will take note!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: NickCroken on March 02, 2014, 01:18:01 PM
Some shots from a cross fit shoot I did yesterday.  The first shot I've had in a while that allowed me to do whatever I wanted.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on March 03, 2014, 05:49:10 AM
Apologies Dean (and Phil) - my comment is to Dean about his lovely shoe..

Regards

Sam


Thanks Sam, I appreciate the comments and your input very much.
The Friday beer must have been good.   ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on March 04, 2014, 08:52:19 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3824/12927878634_c432d0e358_c.jpg)

A fun little Anime shoot I did for an aspiring cosplayer.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on March 04, 2014, 10:19:57 PM
Some shots from a cross fit shoot I did yesterday.  The first shot I've had in a while that allowed me to do whatever I wanted.

Very creative work.
Well done.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on March 05, 2014, 10:34:20 PM
Did a "pay the bills" job today.  When I was packing up, I saw this awesome view of the New York Times Building and could not refuse the shot (especially considering the windows actually opened in this office building).  P45+ with the Roddie 90mm. 

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: alatreille on March 06, 2014, 01:38:33 AM
About time to put some work up here.

Lots of heritage restrictions involved in the process given the Victorian era street-scape and existing building.....
The interiors were very nice with some great spatial connections - unfortunately the owner wasn't keen on them being shown online.

Forms slipping past forms....I think the Architectural response was pretty interesting.

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-KpwwFdy155s/UxgVoINvzLI/AAAAAAAAEg8/BcUYK5d_Zyc/w1125-h633-no/LAP0027_9195_B.jpg)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ZLC6FKuztCc/UxgVmERD3pI/AAAAAAAAEgg/2sXfqjBN6EQ/w1125-h844-no/LAP0027_7847_B.jpg)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nB0DB8Ww3po/UxgVoC25uTI/AAAAAAAAEg4/FuL6HpNQ9HY/w750-h1125-no/LAP0027_9192_B.jpg)
 
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-y93TmUj3q1U/UxgVmUXO73I/AAAAAAAAEgk/Y4iM_WuQ0UA/w844-h1125-no/LAP0027_8403_B.jpg)










Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on March 08, 2014, 03:50:44 PM
A fun little Anime shoot I did for an aspiring cosplayer.

Pretty:)

ZD & 80mm Mamiya lens

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/JDY_C219.218_web.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on March 10, 2014, 06:19:50 PM
I had to take a second look, and it is a secondary image, the first went through a closer look.

What kind of spaceship is this?
Ion beam drive?

Cheers
~Chris
;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on March 10, 2014, 06:20:24 PM


A fun little Anime shoot I did for an aspiring cosplayer.

Nice Synn
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on March 10, 2014, 06:22:42 PM
What kind of spaceship is this?
Ion beam drive?

Cheers
~Chris
;)

:-)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on March 10, 2014, 06:23:44 PM
Pretty:)
ZD & 80mm Mamiya lens

Nice pose
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on March 10, 2014, 06:33:43 PM
Apologies Dean (and Phil) - my comment is to Dean about his lovely shoe..
Regards
Sam

No worries Sam.
I too can understand your input on the two images. none taken away from their overall niceness. :-)

One thing with the shoe, now that I take another look Dean....I wonder how it would look if you "pull" the surrounding glow/green down a notch so it doesn't compete with the shoe, kinda helping it to emerge from the fx?  When I squint, I would still want to see a separation from product to rest of page. Just a thought to try if you can see the direction. Again, Well done.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 14, 2014, 03:51:30 PM
Hello Fellows.  Some recent work at a new Hotel. D800 + 14-24mm. C1 7

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Arq1024/desktop1857%20copy.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Arq1024/desktop1874%20copy.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Arq1024/desktop1890%201%20copy.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on March 14, 2014, 04:27:41 PM
On many of these professional interior shots I hardly see any shadows.
Is that a common requirement?
Shots often get this odd artificial look to me because of that.
(Not only the last - just recognizing on many interiors shown here.)
Sorry - I'm not a pro - so no idea.
Could someone explain?
Cheers
~Chris
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Rob C on March 14, 2014, 05:06:15 PM
Very nice pictures, ACH, and I'm surprised you got them looking so natural with that lens - I'd have imagined more distortion. I was never an arch. photographer though I did shoot some house stuff for holiday brochures and estate agents (just a bit!) now and again, but always found myself frustrated by lack of movements - hated cropping at the wrong levels, but knew no other way of staying vertical... no PS in those days.

Colour looks very inviting, to me, and that's what usually counts, I'd think: attractive versions of reality.

Rob C

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 14, 2014, 05:28:28 PM
Well Chris, Rob Thanks for the liking and comments.
Chris my approach is to emulate or enhance reality, or both.
What we see is not the same film or digital sees, our eyes-brain accommodate to light, contrast and color temperature.
These images reflects what my eyes saw and what my soul felt sitting in that place.
If I photograph a wooden mountain house would provably use deeper shadows and more moody color balance.
Hope this answer the interesting question.
About my nikon 14-24 I think is great for interiors, I use a 28mm, 35mm and 60mm as well. Distortion is minimal if you shoot at level.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on March 14, 2014, 05:40:30 PM
Well Chris, Rob Thanks for the liking and comments.
Chris my approach is to emulate or enhance reality, or both.
What we see is not the same film or digital sees, our eyes-brain accommodate to light, contrast and color temperature.
These images reflects what my eyes saw and what my soul felt sitting in that place.
If I photograph a wooden mountain house would provably use deeper shadows and more moody color balance.
Hope this answer the interesting question.
About my nikon 14-24 I thing is great for interiors, I use a 28mm, 35mm and 60mm as well. Distortion is minimal if you shoot at level.
ACH

Well - I think its a valid look and it has its own merits and beauty.
I just realized many interiors I see in this thread or occasionally in magazines have this sort of
soft lighting with hardly any shadows, so I wondered if its a kind of unspoken standard or market demand.

Cheers
~Chris
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on March 14, 2014, 06:58:33 PM
Well - I think its a valid look and it has its own merits and beauty.
I just realized many interiors I see in this thread or occasionally in magazines have this sort of
soft lighting with hardly any shadows, so I wondered if its a kind of unspoken standard or market demand.

Cheers
~Chris


In a sense there is no right or wrong way in this, but there is competent and incompetent. And this is very competent of a full on "strobe lit" commercial interior. I'll bet the clients loved it. But compare it to the interiors of Yelhsa (I'm probably remembering his name wrong) who also posts here-who lights with much more drama. If this was a film shoot 20 years ago I would refer to these above as "American Style Lighting" of an interior vs. a European or Asian Style which used less fill and more shadows and contrast and existing light. I say that because both as a practitioner and an academic (I have done AP for a living for 36 years and taught AP at three universities) I have studied this subject extensively. These days those distinctions are meaningless. I don't know if that confuses things more or helped-just my analysis over the years learning from some of the US greats and then having the opportunity to watch some Europeans work in Santa Fe some years ago and trying to figure out the difference. I personally have moved from the American Style to a more European Style (now obsolete terms) with the advent of digital because it is more forgiving in mixed light and by layering files I can have much greater control than I ever had with film and don't have to have total control in a single exposure as I did with film.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on March 14, 2014, 07:11:16 PM
In a sense there is no right or wrong way in this, but there is competent and incompetent. And this is very competent of a full on "strobe lit" commercial interior. I'll bet the clients loved it. But compare it to the interiors of Yelhsa (I'm probably remembering his name wrong) who also posts here-who lights with much more drama. If this was a film shoot 20 years ago I would refer to these above as "American Style Lighting" of an interior vs. a European or Asian Style which used less fill and more shadows and contrast and existing light. I say that because both as a practitioner and an academic (I have done AP for a living for 36 years and taught AP at three universities) I have studied this subject extensively. These days those distinctions are meaningless. I don't know if that confuses things more or helped-just my analysis over the years learning from some of the US greats and then having the opportunity to watch some Europeans work in Santa Fe some years ago and trying to figure out the difference. I personally have moved from the American Style to a more European Style (now obsolete terms) with the advent of digital because it is more forgiving in mixed light and by layering files I can have much greater control than I ever had with film and don't have to have total control in a single exposure as I did with film.

This is one of the answers why I love LuLa so much.
Thanks !
~Chris
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 14, 2014, 09:17:20 PM
Yes Kirk very well illustrated. Also there are signs of the times in all commercial photgraphy, kind of trends in style.
would be interesting if Yelhsa and Chris Barrett gave their opinions.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on March 14, 2014, 09:21:54 PM
The photos of the hotel's interior are very crisp and clean. It has been interesting reading everyone's comments--Kirk's in particular. I never had the patience for architectural photography. It's highly technical and highly challenging to be able to capture an architect's design or a client's intention with finesse. A lot of artistic decision-making is required by the photographer too--lots of variables to juggle. From what I've observed about photographing architecture is that it takes years of experience to really master the craft. By the way, I also have the Nikon 14-24mm lens. It is an awesome lens. I would have to guess it is one of those "must have" lenses for FF 35mm architecture gigs.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 14, 2014, 11:08:36 PM
New blog post regarding Art & Commerce with personal images derived from a commercial series...

http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2719 (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2719)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/OnSet_003.jpg)

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on March 14, 2014, 11:11:47 PM
Interesting.

Edmund

New blog post regarding Art & Commerce with personal images derived from a commercial series...

http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2719 (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2719)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/OnSet_003.jpg)

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 14, 2014, 11:12:13 PM
@ Antonio... I typically avoid direct shadows in my interiors, they often just add visual clutter and distract from the design.  Once in a while though, they make the shot...  Here's one where I added my own shadow with an HMI through the window...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/121003_004.jpg)

All good tools have a time and a place
CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on March 14, 2014, 11:31:51 PM
New blog post regarding Art & Commerce with personal images derived from a commercial series...

http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2719 (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2719)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/OnSet_003.jpg)

CB

Superb. ... I'm thinking Bauhaus. I like the way you are taking photography to the edge, to where the medium becomes ambiguous. CGI, painting, serigraphy? Who knows, who cares. The images are provocative.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 15, 2014, 11:58:27 AM
@ Antonio... I typically avoid direct shadows in my interiors, they often just add visual clutter and distract from the design.  Once in a while though, they make the shot...  Here's one where I added my own shadow with an HMI through the window...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/121003_004.jpg)

All good tools have a time and a place
CB

Chris, beautifully executed. Inspiring Image.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on March 15, 2014, 09:23:02 PM
:)

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/SSM_B331_V1_BW_web-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on March 15, 2014, 11:11:41 PM
:)

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/SSM_B331_V1_BW_web-1.jpg)

I'm going to have nightmares after seeing this one :)

Edmund
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 16, 2014, 12:25:19 AM
I'm going to have nightmares after seeing this one :)

Edmund
It's the dreaded Octopaw!  :D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on March 16, 2014, 08:05:06 AM
It just likes being photographed:)

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/SSM_B324_V1_BW_web-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on March 16, 2014, 08:52:41 AM
It just likes being photographed:)

... (image) ...

It invites for composites.
Since you have opened that box of Pandora - I'd add a mouth, eyes, horns and other animal parts and so on ... maybe a steam machine ... OMG OMG OMG ....
Greetings from Hieronymus Bosch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hieronymus_Bosch).

Cheers
~Chris
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: David Eichler on March 16, 2014, 01:36:57 PM
But compare it to the interiors of Yelhsa (I'm probably remembering his name wrong) who also posts here-who lights with much more drama.

Actually, if you look through the range of Ashley's (Yelhsa) interior photos, you will also see a fair number with soft lighting and faintish, soft shadows also.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 16, 2014, 08:45:16 PM
Actually, if you look through the range of Ashley's (Yelhsa) interior photos, you will also see a fair number with soft lighting and faintish, soft shadows also.

I think it all goes down to the place and the design style you have in front, and a bit of personal seasoning.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on March 17, 2014, 01:27:27 AM
It just likes being photographed:)

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/SSM_B324_V1_BW_web-1.jpg)

I think it must be the Siamese twin sister of Thing (from the Addams Family film). It's really quite disturbing.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on March 17, 2014, 09:54:43 AM
I heard about this movie, but never actually watched it... Always find myself steering away from the "dark" movies.
I don't perceive this as a threatening image and hence disturbing, I thought of it as playful and a bit funny.
That is, if it is not perceived literally, of course, or I would run from it as fast as I can:)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on March 17, 2014, 10:13:08 AM
I heard about this movie, but never actually watched it... Always find myself steering away from the "dark" movies.
I don't perceive this as a threatening image and hence disturbing, I thought of it as playful and a bit funny.
That is, if it is not perceived literally, of course, or I would run from it as fast as I can:)

I unreservedly recommend The Addams Family film. Its darkness is very lightly handled and it's very funny.

I do like your image, by the way: I don't see a contradiction between playful and disturbing.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 17, 2014, 11:46:07 AM
Indeed Michael's photo is disturbing, very funny, and executed in a light-hearted but technically superb way. It's kind of a gentle self-parody of his beautiful, serious work.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on March 17, 2014, 09:34:14 PM
@ Antonio... I typically avoid direct shadows in my interiors, they often just add visual clutter and distract from the design.  Once in a while though, they make the shot...  Here's one where I added my own shadow with an HMI through the window...

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/121003_004.jpg)

All good tools have a time and a place
CB

This is spectacular.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on March 17, 2014, 09:35:49 PM
Here's a few from a Mulberry USA (handbag people) store in San Jose.
These are challenging to me for a number of reasons; the mixture of LED, Halogen and Fluorescent lighting, the speed with which I have to work (about a photo every 20 minutes, average) and the fact that they're still working on the store right up to (and after) the public opening. I kept it simple and worked with just a couple of strobes and some cards/black fabric, and focused on trying to keep consistent color and build some directionality to the (flat) lighting in there.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on March 18, 2014, 09:14:25 PM
Scott, I think the retail shop was nicely handled.  On one of the shots the bags at the edges are a little distorted, did you try turning them into the shot just a bit.  I'm not sure if it would help but perhaps it would.  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Kirk Gittings on March 18, 2014, 09:51:13 PM
New blog post regarding Art & Commerce with personal images derived from a commercial series...

http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2719 (http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/?p=2719)

(http://christopherbarrett.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/OnSet_003.jpg)

CB

I get it and I like it mucho.
Kirk did you get my response to your PM?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 18, 2014, 10:10:17 PM
Thanks, Man.  and yup I'll come bother you guys this summer!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Hulyss on March 19, 2014, 09:53:35 AM
Spring is coming ! Time to put the models outdoor.

(http://payload113.cargocollective.com/1/9/313125/4578694/Italia.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on March 19, 2014, 11:26:07 AM
Thanks, Haefnerphoto. Their merchandising people are VERY particular about how the bags are displayed, so no angling...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on March 20, 2014, 10:12:50 PM
It's kind of a gentle self-parody of his beautiful, serious work.
Thanks, Eric. That was the intent:)

Here is a recent Reflection.

(http://www.michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/JDY_B153_V3a_web900px.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on March 20, 2014, 10:54:32 PM
back to work today... un-retouched and hot out of C1Pro

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/Planes_006.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 21, 2014, 10:23:57 AM
Some more on Hotel Cayena.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Arq1024/desktop1985.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Arq1024/desktop1909.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: craigrudlin on March 23, 2014, 06:40:08 PM
As an "intimate landscape" photographer, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Iceland in Feb.  I have posted some
images on my website:

http://www.rudlinfineart.com/p433361521

I have attached just a few lower resolution jpg images below; please
visit the web site for more.  Enjoy and thanks for looking.

Images were captured with  a Leica S2, mostly with either the 70mm
or the 120 mm Leica S lenses.  A few with the 35mm.

I was impressed by the low light capabilities of the S2, a characteristic
it is not particularly known for having.  The detail in the ice upon inspection
at full size and resolution is incredible and fascinating.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on March 26, 2014, 03:06:32 AM
Leica S2 120mm.   Broncolor 575 watt HMI

(http://www.russellrutherford.com/leica_s2.jpg)

BC

Yeah, the HMI is nice :) There is a definite sense of quality of light in this image. Of course, good model, good styling and good camera kind of helps.

Edmund

PS. Yes, congrats on very nice use of the S2; what I particularly like is that I see the light and not the S2 :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on March 26, 2014, 03:21:14 AM
Leica S2 120mm.   Broncolor 575 watt HMI

(http://www.russellrutherford.com/leica_s2.jpg)

BC

Exquisite shot, BC!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on March 26, 2014, 04:39:38 AM
Exquisite shot, BC!

Thank you Synn.

Edmund, I'll bet broncolor thanks you.   (insert silly smiling face thing).

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on March 26, 2014, 08:21:57 PM

Edmund, I'll bet broncolor thanks you.   (insert silly smiling face thing).

BC

Very nicely done. I like the layer trick too, used it a lot in my editorial images, in a style book I once read that "assymetry implies partial nudity" :)

The S2 seems to be working out quite well. Does it have enough pixels to let you shoot that horizontally?

Edmund
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 27, 2014, 08:02:33 AM
Leica S2 120mm.   Broncolor 575 watt HMI

(http://www.russellrutherford.com/leica_s2.jpg)

BC

BC this most be interesting to see mural size. Beautiful!
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on March 27, 2014, 03:30:02 PM
Edmund,

I think you see things I don't.  I just push a little button so what do I know?

IMO

BC

Isaac Asimov recounted attending a critic's discussion of one of his works. Critic says "The author tells us that". Asimov says "I don't think so". Critic, "And how would you know" ? Asimov: "I *am* the author. Critic: And how does being the author entitle you to know the signification of the story?

I confess I made up the details, from the little I remember ;)
My mother had perfect verbatim memory, but I'm more normal.

Edmund
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 27, 2014, 06:07:00 PM
Nacho's Apartment. Nacho is an architect and interior designer. He has portuguese background and his family is in the gourmet business. This is his kitchen.
Later some more.
Next week I'll be working with him again in a big house in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Apto%20Nacho/_DSC1552.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Apto%20Nacho/_DSC1532.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on March 27, 2014, 07:26:22 PM
Hi,

 Nice pic; nice floor :)
 I have a friend who built a house to sell, in the middle of Paris, and the kitchen wall also has this layout. The whole thing looks the same except a darker color scheme was used. It seems to be the design trend.

Edmund

Nachos's Apartment. Nacho is an architect and interior designer. HIs has portuguese background and his family is in the gourmet business. This is his kitchen.
Later some more.
Next week I'll be working with him again in a big house in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Apto%20Nacho/_DSC1552.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Apto%20Nacho/_DSC1532.jpg)

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on March 28, 2014, 03:43:05 AM
Pretty photo Antonio and I love the kitchen.

From Leica S2, broncolor 575 watt hmi, leica 120
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/leica_s2_2.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on March 28, 2014, 05:47:30 AM
Magazine cover about big out of town shopping centres being replaced by 'local' stores run by the big chains.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on March 28, 2014, 05:54:18 AM
Another cover shot for a coffee magazine.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 28, 2014, 08:09:41 AM
Pretty photo Antonio and I love the kitchen.

From Leica S2, broncolor 575 watt hmi, leica 120
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/leica_s2_2.jpg)

BC
BC good work, I wonder about your post. It goes very well with the subject matter. Nice recipe!

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on March 28, 2014, 10:19:36 AM
Nacho's Apartment. Nacho is an architect and interior designer. He has portuguese background and his family is in the gourmet business. This is his kitchen.
Later some more.
Next week I'll be working with him again in a big house in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Apto%20Nacho/_DSC1552.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Apto%20Nacho/_DSC1532.jpg)

ACH

I want a floor just like that. Is it "engineered" wood, as in laminate?
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 29, 2014, 07:51:56 AM
Hi Bob it is not laminated. It's wood specially ordered ti be different colors sticks.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on March 29, 2014, 09:11:02 AM
Hi Bob it is not laminated. It's wood specially ordered ti be different colors sticks.
ACH
Thanks for answering my question. I live in Florida. My house sits on a four-foot thick concreted slab. Wood floors do not do well here in Florida when put on concrete--moisture, condensation, etc. The only hardwood options available are planks that have been coated, top and bottom, with a thick, clear polymer. The coated wood has no appeal to me. A lot of us Floridians (with homes sitting on concrete slabs) end up using tile of laminates. I had a rental property that had a terrazzo floor--the floor was beautiful. Terrazzo was commonly used until the late 60s. I am tempted to rip up the carpeting in our house and simply polish, stain, and seal the concrete floor.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 29, 2014, 02:23:56 PM
Yelhsa the hotoel images are for website use. They are not planning campaings yet.
Your answer is very interestibg as I do advertising for crrtain produts as well.
Ach
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on March 30, 2014, 08:47:52 PM
Great teaching Yelhsa. I guess many here will thank you. This is the most explanatory example we have.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 02, 2014, 04:34:25 PM
BC, nice image and model.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on April 02, 2014, 05:29:27 PM
Thanks Antonio.

BC
Title: Re:
Post by: alatreille on April 02, 2014, 06:00:58 PM
I see why you liked that pose.
It's as I she was made for it.
Nice work.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on April 03, 2014, 11:51:42 PM
Nice pose. Nice image.

Edmund

olympus em-1, bron hmi.

(http://russellrutherford.com/yel_vs_skirt_oly.jpg)

I know this isn't medium format, though was shooting with the S2, shot about a dozen frames of this setup with the olympus and liked this pose.

At least it's a 4:3 crop.

BC


Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Manoli on April 04, 2014, 06:48:57 AM
Camera set at 160 iso, image 1 1/3 stops under in exposure, so final ISO probably 800 something. Opening up and processed in lightroom, no retouching. Leica S2, Contax 55mm, window/room light

If I told you that the first thing I looked at was how the Contax drew on the S2 ...
I'd be lying.

M

ps
Nice shot.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on April 04, 2014, 09:10:57 AM
Very nice image.
She looks a bit like she's been assembled from a kit, actually various pieces from various sizes got used.

Edmund

Not really finished, more of a production still.

Before starting, turned, noticed the talent and shot.  Camera set at 160 iso, image 1 1/3 stops under in exposure, so final ISO probably 800 something.

Opening up and processed in lightroom, no retouching.

Leica S2, Contax 55mm, window/room light
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/s2_contax_55.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Conner999 on April 04, 2014, 01:32:51 PM
A big "+1" on both counts.

If I told you that the first thing I looked at was how the Contax drew on the S2 ...
I'd be lying.

M

ps
Nice shot.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on April 04, 2014, 08:33:17 PM
Wonderful photograph. And she is just incredible!

Not really finished, more of a production still.

Before starting, turned, noticed the talent and shot.  Camera set at 160 iso, image 1 1/3 stops under in exposure, so final ISO probably 800 something.

Opening up and processed in lightroom, no retouching.

Leica S2, Contax 55mm, window/room light
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/s2_contax_55.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on April 05, 2014, 03:30:12 PM
I can't help but think that truly if this were shot with a Canon or Nikon or whatever, I anyway would still be really impressed. The reason is that as much as the great gear, the Leica S2, there is the continued compelling work done by bcooter. And if I am flattering, well I mean it to be. From the selection of the model, to the styling, wardrobe, scenes, all of his work is a hallmark of creativity and professionalism. There is just so much more to it than megapixels!

Not really finished, more of a production still.

Before starting, turned, noticed the talent and shot.  Camera set at 160 iso, image 1 1/3 stops under in exposure, so final ISO probably 800 something.

Opening up and processed in lightroom, no retouching.

Leica S2, Contax 55mm, window/room light
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/s2_contax_55.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on April 05, 2014, 03:51:38 PM

(http://www.russellrutherford.com/s2_contax_55.jpg)

BC

I can't really put my finger on it, but for some reason this one, for me, lacks Cooterness.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on April 05, 2014, 06:05:03 PM
I can't really put my finger on it, but for some reason this one, for me, lacks Cooterness.

It does . . your right.

This was not what we shot for real, I was just standing there and saw the talent in that pose and shot.  As I said it was nearly 3 stops under and I didn't explore it past a few frames and this was the first frame.

It even has the wrong lens, a 55, the no seam is filthy.

We're in post now on the finals which are much different than this.

Personally, I'm not wild about white studios.  It seems everything we shoot in NY has to be a white studio and I've tried every trick in the book to make white work.

I personally like more texture, more complexity and this image is not lit and at best a snapshot, but it kind of shows how well the leica works as a snapshot camera.  (go figure).

IMO

BC
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on April 06, 2014, 02:48:56 PM
A couple of months ago I shared my work in progress from a jewelry shoot. I thought I should show the end-result:
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Pics2 on April 06, 2014, 03:19:29 PM
Slobodane, I like the last set best.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 06, 2014, 06:29:55 PM
Very nice work, SB. I'm glad to see you haven't given up photography while you've been away.
How about a couple of scathing (or at least perceptive) commentaries before you go into hiding again?

Eric
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on April 06, 2014, 07:19:24 PM
... How about a couple of scathing (or at least perceptive) commentaries before you go into hiding again?

Hehe... that would definitely ruin my chances of getting those letters of recommendation you mentioned in another thread  ;)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: chiek on April 07, 2014, 12:17:47 AM
2014 volvo XC60 D5 awd for magazine
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t31.0-8/1980525_747925895231667_1384875750_o.jpg)
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t31.0-8/1412485_747925815231675_794793538_o.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t31.0-8/1782496_747926138564976_904636087_o.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/t31.0-8/1926302_747925978564992_1533515871_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on April 07, 2014, 06:17:46 AM
Not really finished, more of a production still.

Before starting, turned, noticed the talent and shot.  Camera set at 160 iso, image 1 1/3 stops under in exposure, so final ISO probably 800 something.

Opening up and processed in lightroom, no retouching.

Leica S2, Contax 55mm, window/room light
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/s2_contax_55.jpg)

BC

It comes across as a quick shot, but not the "quick-snap" type of image if you know what I mean. Seems controlled but looks sort of caught in the moment. Well done. Very nice.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 07, 2014, 08:55:40 AM
Chieck, cool images. her and last like them very much.

ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Scott Hargis on April 07, 2014, 08:52:45 PM
Here's a set from last fall (apologies if I already uploaded one of these here). Renovated Joseph Eichler house in Marinwood (San Rafael, CA). Owned by an architect/builder, whose wife is a landscape architect....good combination.

Canon 5DmIII, various lenses. Some write-up and a few more photos on my blog:
 (http://scotthargisphoto.com/blog/eichler-living-with-building-lab/)

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 08, 2014, 08:20:24 AM
Hi Scott, interesting verticals.
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: rsmphoto on April 08, 2014, 03:22:48 PM
Shot for a recently published ad - two page spread
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on April 08, 2014, 05:04:41 PM
Chiek, great car shots, boom, car to car, that new motion blur app or just photoshop? Either way I like the look.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on April 09, 2014, 12:10:28 AM
Love everything about it… Outstanding of course!

Nice images Chiek,


(http://www.russellrutherford.com/final_2_NY_blue_sofa.jpg)
Leica S2, Key and Rim Light 1ft. square Lightpanel LEDS.

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on April 09, 2014, 12:11:01 AM
Wonderful!

2014 volvo XC60 D5 awd for magazine
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on April 11, 2014, 07:10:21 AM
Love everything about it… Outstanding of course!


Thank you Ian.

Now:

Leica S2, Bron 800 watt hmi with par reflector for key, 575 watt for accents.
(http://russellrutherford.com/final_armani_blue_212_sm.jpg)


BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on April 11, 2014, 07:40:37 AM
doesn’t really do it for me.. ::)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MJSPhoto on April 12, 2014, 02:02:48 AM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5130/13474075114_1a1265c453_b.jpg)



.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on April 12, 2014, 03:44:56 AM
Leica S2, lightpanels
(http://russellrutherford.com/sml_rl_jeans_jacket_.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on April 12, 2014, 10:19:53 AM
Leica S2, lightpanels
(http://russellrutherford.com/sml_rl_jeans_jacket_.jpg)

BC


This one has a nice 3D look to my eyes.

Edmund
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on April 12, 2014, 01:05:04 PM
Grab from a documentary I'm working on.  Leica-R 50mm Summilux on the RED.

(http://christopherbarrett.net/forum_images/ivor.jpg)

CB
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on April 12, 2014, 04:38:56 PM
Hello,

Olympus 50mm F1.4 MF lens on a Nikon D800E

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on April 12, 2014, 05:39:11 PM
Hello,

Olympus 50mm F1.4 MF lens on a Nikon D800E

Cheers

Simon

Is it just my impression, or are the three previous images taken from below and aimed at the left (or right?) nostril of the subject? Is there something special about nostrils? Or is it subliminally about nostril-mediated lifestyle enhancement?


Edmund
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on April 12, 2014, 05:46:49 PM
...Is there something special about nostrils?...

You have to have a nose* for such things  ;D


*Idiom dictionary: Fig. to have the ability to sense or find something, such as news, trouble, gossip, etc.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 12, 2014, 07:26:24 PM
Needless to say, lost of good work showing in these posts.
Here some more from Nacho's apartment.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Apto%20Nacho/_DSC1492.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10120389/Apto%20Nacho/_DSC1582.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on April 12, 2014, 10:23:36 PM
You have to have a nose* for such things  ;D


*Idiom dictionary: Fig. to have the ability to sense or find something, such as news, trouble, gossip, etc.

Slobodan,

Serve me right for my snotty remark :)


ACH,

 Very nice take on the geometrical motifs, with the 45 degree perspective. The image almost looks like a poster :)

Edmund

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on April 12, 2014, 11:07:37 PM
Just wanted to share this view from recent stay in Mexico where I relaxed from everything professional:)

(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/2014-MX_0091-0093_web-1200px.jpg)
3 frame stitch with Nex-5R and Sigma DN 60mm
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ErikKaffehr on April 13, 2014, 02:21:23 AM
Hi,

Nice image and nicely processed. How did you get rid of those levitated ladies?

Best regards
Erik

Just wanted to share this view from recent stay in Mexico where I relaxed from everything professional:)

(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/2014-MX_0091-0093_web-1200px.jpg)
3 frame stitch with Nex-5R and Sigma DN 60mm
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ErikKaffehr on April 13, 2014, 02:27:38 AM
Hi,

I like it, a lot.

No issue with nostrils…

Best regards
Erik


Hello,

Olympus 50mm F1.4 MF lens on a Nikon D800E

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ErikKaffehr on April 13, 2014, 02:29:39 AM
Interesting stuff, well done!

Best regards
Erik
2014 volvo XC60 D5 awd for magazine

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on April 13, 2014, 11:18:59 AM
Just wonderful!

As much as I would like to give the photographer all of the credit for great work; I am sure liking the skin tones coming out of that Leica S2. Is that what I am seeing?

Leica S2, Bron 575 HMI

(http://russellrutherford.com/la_per_innerwear_sm.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on April 13, 2014, 03:23:08 PM
Excellent BC I like everything about the image, the girl and the makeup!
ACH
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on April 13, 2014, 03:30:07 PM
Leica S2, Bron 575 HMI
BC
Adorable picture:)
Tooth seems like a minor distraction.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on April 13, 2014, 03:54:45 PM
Adorable picture:)
Tooth seems like a minor distraction.

A tiny imperfection enhances a nice image :)

Edmund
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on April 13, 2014, 04:08:52 PM
Teeth, nostrils... Invasion of the Body Nitpickers? ;)
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on April 13, 2014, 04:10:49 PM
Teeth, nostrils... Invasion of the Body Nitpickers? ;)

What?  another lousy joke? ;)
Cooter is still debugging his new camera ...

Nice assets, nicely wrapped, well presented :)

Edmund
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on April 13, 2014, 04:20:50 PM
Just wonderful!

As much as I would like to give the photographer all of the credit for great work; I am sure liking the skin tones coming out of that Leica S2. Is that what I am seeing?


I read this article http://www.digipixelpop.com/?p=897  go to the last paragraph and I'm so down with this.

I think most cmos is just thin and/or too smooth or something that looks like something I did't expect.  Anyway other feel different, it's now a cmos world with a trillion iso, though those things really don't concern me as I've worked at 800 iso and below my whole career.

Anyway, yes I think the S2 gives me the "base" to make a film look and I like the s--t out of the camera and I would imagine the next leica I buy will buy a ccd, though I will test the newest Leica when it comes out.

From the dcs 760, to my phase backs to the Leica, the most film like look I've ever seen is from the old aptus 22 though all the ccd cameras give a color reception that allows you to keep or toss what you want.

This is still my favorite series from the aptus and contax and boris tilt shift.
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/fashion/pictures/rr_fashion_0018.jpg)

Of CMOS I like the first 1ds, though the center was thin, the the RED 1 looks film like and the small olympus em-5 (not 1) has an interesting look.

But I'm curious what is anyone going to do with 400,000 iso?   chase the cat around their flat in the dark?

IMO

BC

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on April 13, 2014, 05:26:32 PM
J,

 I'm starting to think that the CCD to Cmos controversy actually may have something to it; which doesn't mean that CMOS will not in due course become better. I've looked at some of my old Nikon D1x images, and they were kind of interesting, had good skin tone.

 Regarding ISO, you know, when you're doing available light in this city 1600 is probably the strict minimum to use a camera handheld, in the late afternoon. My 1Ds3 is always at the limit of its abilities. I have a D4 that can at least in theory do better ISO, but I'm not happy with it, it's going to be sold soon. The 1Ds3, whatever its limitations performs wonderfully as long as you are inside its envelope.

 There is a lot of room for better high ISO; here is ISO 52000, 1/30s F1.4 from my Nikon D4;  this is within the designated usage of this camera, but go up over 3200 ISO, and you steadily loose color quality, sharpness and resolution until you are left with a postage stamp :)  if you ask me there is a lot of room for Nikon to raise their quality to marketing ratio, frankly I would recommend people just go straight to the D800 or Sony equivalent, although I did make a bunch of interesting images @6400.
 
Edmund


But I'm curious what is anyone going to do with 400,000 iso?   chase the cat around their flat in the dark?

IMO

BC


Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on April 14, 2014, 06:53:12 AM

 I'm starting to think that the CCD to Cmos controversy actually



There's no controversy about cmos vs ccd.

Nobody in the west wing is holding meetings ad governments in any country aren't planning hearings.

First we had film, ccd's mimicked film, in other words they needed light, sometimes a tripod, nearly always some planning, but they were just the digital equivalent of a film capture.

Then CMOS because they could stuff more electronics on the chip, in smaller camera and  it was cheaper, could evolve to higher iso, for the people that didn't want a world of lighting or crafted images.

They just wanted to shoot at film speeds that would work anywhere, but mostly cmos was cheaper ad offered more in the way of services, i.e. live view and video.

IMO

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: araucaria on April 14, 2014, 03:19:23 PM
Hello,

Olympus 50mm F1.4 MF lens on a Nikon D800E

Cheers

Simon
Did you modify the lens or how are youmadapting it to a nikon?

I have been reading this topic for a while and there is a lot of great work!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on April 14, 2014, 06:24:08 PM
Hello,

This is the adopter I used.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181298276636?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: peterv on April 18, 2014, 05:41:44 AM
BC, Beautiful, very nice color separation.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on April 18, 2014, 09:00:12 PM
Sure liking that "see see dee". Gotta get me some!

Leica S2 the see see dee version
(http://www.russellrutherford.com/la_per_innerwear_1.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MichaelEzra on April 19, 2014, 02:17:04 PM
D800e + Sigma 50-500mm @ Bronx Zoo
(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/BZ_201208_238_BW_web1.jpg)

I've been comparing the later version of this lens to the original EX that I purchased in 2001 and have to admit that chose the original.
The new has OS and better contrast but the sharpness of the EX beats it still.

On the subject of CCD vs CMOS... the differences are insignificant in comparison of post processing impact on the final picture..
However much fun it is to play with the toys (and yes, it is just too much fun!:)), post work would be a better time and effort spent to get a significantly better final result.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: chiek on April 21, 2014, 06:50:46 AM
D800e + Sigma 50-500mm @ Bronx Zoo

Wow, Nice capture MichaelEzra.

(http://chiek.co.kr/list/revol_getimg.php?id=blog&no=332&num=1&fc=d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e)
(http://chiek.co.kr/list/revol_getimg.php?id=blog&no=332&num=0&fc=e4bde0eb46b8f32ef4b4207f5344b4d4)
(http://chiek.co.kr/list/revol_getimg.php?id=blog&no=332&num=2&fc=d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e)

silbatone acoustics
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JWGeiger on April 22, 2014, 11:08:23 AM
Client: SmartDrop (http://www.smartdropbottle.com)
Photographer: Joshua Geiger (http://www.geigerfoto.com)
Gear: 645DF - Leaf Aptus II 10 - 80mm LS D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: calindustries on April 24, 2014, 05:31:58 PM
first shoot with new h4x and credo 40, lookbook shots:

(http://craiglacourt.com/ftp/samples/0030_crop.jpg)

(http://craiglacourt.com/ftp/samples/0002_crop.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on April 24, 2014, 06:11:29 PM
Great job! Love both of them!

first shoot with new h4x and credo 40, lookbook shots:

(http://craiglacourt.com/ftp/samples/0030_crop.jpg)

(http://craiglacourt.com/ftp/samples/0002_crop.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: eronald on April 24, 2014, 09:10:09 PM
D800e + Sigma 50-500mm @ Bronx Zoo
(http://michaelezra.com/Projects/Posts/BZ_201208_238_BW_web1.jpg)

I've been comparing the later version of this lens to the original EX that I purchased in 2001 and have to admit that chose the original.
The new has OS and better contrast but the sharpness of the EX beats it still.

On the subject of CCD vs CMOS... the differences are insignificant in comparison of post processing impact on the final picture..
However much fun it is to play with the toys (and yes, it is just too much fun!:)), post work would be a better time and effort spent to get a significantly better final result.



Nice shot, Michael.
I prefer to think good ingredients show through in the quality of the cooking.

Edmund
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: DanielStone on April 24, 2014, 11:23:24 PM
I'd say you kicked ass on these ones ;)!

first shoot with new h4x and credo 40, lookbook shots:

(http://craiglacourt.com/ftp/samples/0030_crop.jpg)

(http://craiglacourt.com/ftp/samples/0002_crop.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: chiek on April 25, 2014, 03:05:10 PM
VW CC 2.0tdi 4motion for magazines.

Nice shape car but i like previous CC design.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on April 29, 2014, 08:35:07 AM
an outtake from a recent watch shoot, sony A7r canon 100 macro, stacked in helicon focus.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: bcooter on April 30, 2014, 03:31:57 PM
leica s2, lightpanels leds

(http://www.russellrutherford.com/la_perl_blu_studio.jpg)

BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Ken R on April 30, 2014, 04:26:05 PM
PhaseOne IQ160 on the Hasselblad H1 w/ 80mm f2.8 lens

iso200 (IIQ L, 60MP), lens @ f2.8, 1/125 s.

M Chimera soft box left of me w/ a AB1600 at low power (w/ Vagabond Mini Lithium), very light and affordable setup.

Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on April 30, 2014, 11:09:00 PM
Hello,

The new 2014 Subaru WRX.

Nikon D800E + assorted Nikon lenses.

Dedo’s and Ice light.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on May 01, 2014, 02:02:12 AM
first shoot with new h4x and credo 40, lookbook shots:

(http://craiglacourt.com/ftp/samples/0030_crop.jpg)

(http://craiglacourt.com/ftp/samples/0002_crop.jpg)

Very nice images. really like the lighting. Ringflash. It was a great choice and suits the subject. And the colour background is great. Nice legs too! ;D
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Dean Elliott on May 01, 2014, 02:28:01 AM
Hey All just thought i would post some of the more recent things i have done for this Client.
This particular one was done for the Diamond catalogue. Which the whole catalogue i have posted on my Behance for anyone that wants to see the whole thing. Follow the link: https://www.behance.net/gallery/16490437/NWJ-Diamond-catalogue-2014
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: BobDavid on May 01, 2014, 09:09:16 AM
Hello,

The new 2014 Subaru WRX.

Nikon D800E + assorted Nikon lenses.

Dedo’s and Ice light.
As usual, crisp, clean, beautiful photography. Now, as for the WRX: Lust.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MrSmith on May 01, 2014, 09:25:38 AM
"dedo’s and an ice-light."

it’s so much easier now with smaller direct lights, the days of laying out blackout and building walls with rolls of black felt in a white studio to stop a black car going milky are long gone. i remember the first time i saw a photographer drag a kino along the floor and light the whole side of a car in one pass, bit of a revelation to not have to wrestle with the ceiling and trying to lose the corners of the studio.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: calindustries on May 01, 2014, 04:45:37 PM
(http://craiglacourt.com/ftp/erica/ManiBlack)

another outtake from the first Credo shoot. gridded profoto silver dish and ring.
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on May 01, 2014, 04:49:20 PM
Dean, beautiful jewelry photography!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: synn on May 01, 2014, 09:35:07 PM
Been busy and missed some great work in this thread. Here's one from me:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7391/14105457463_7a5286bb71_c.jpg)

Credo 40, 80mm LS
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: JoeKitchen on May 06, 2014, 12:47:51 PM
So I have decided to start fooling around with furniture I have to see what I can do.  I am not yet ready to start sourcing materials, reaching out to stylists for TFP works and renting out a studio, so these cheap black IKEA chairs were on the docket yesterday.  I am finding out that I need much more room than I thought and my living room is just big enough for a chair.  So until I get more confident and want to rent out a studio, I am not going after anything bigger than a chair.  

For these images, I used a 90mm with a P45+ on an Arca RM3Di.  I cropped very little into the images, so they are almost full frame.  For the lighting, I used 3 heads each, two with soft boxes and one with a 20 degree grid, along with many white, grey and black foam core boards as bounce cards and flags.  

Any comments or advice would be appreciated.   :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on May 14, 2014, 12:26:50 AM
Hello,

Nikon D800E and Nikon 85mm F1.4G lens @F1.8.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: EricWHiss on May 15, 2014, 01:14:48 AM
first shoot with new h4x and credo 40, lookbook shots:



Excellent!  2nd is my favorite!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: heinrichvoelkel on May 15, 2014, 03:35:33 AM
Hello,

Nikon D800E and Nikon 85mm F1.4G lens @F1.8.

Cheers

Simon

Great picture! Love the "creamyness".
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: HarperPhotos on May 15, 2014, 03:44:47 AM
Hello,

Thanks. Here's another taken on the same shoot.

Nikon D800E and Nikon 35mm F1.4 G lens @F1.6, 8000th sec.

Nikon SB900/Pocket Wizard FlexTT5/Softbox combo.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Martin Ranger on May 15, 2014, 01:58:18 PM
Hello,
Thanks. Here's another taken on the same shoot.
Nikon D800E and Nikon 35mm F1.4 G lens @F1.6, 8000th sec.
Nikon SB900/Pocket Wizard FlexTT5/Softbox combo.
Cheers
Simon

Very nice!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: calindustries on May 15, 2014, 04:48:45 PM
Recent writer portrait. 5DMKIII, Ring, Rotalux Deep

(http://craiglacourt.com/ftp/CristM)

-Craig
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Barrett on May 15, 2014, 04:56:05 PM
Dig that, Craig.  Very Vermeer.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: kikashi on May 16, 2014, 03:19:18 AM
Thanks. Here's another taken on the same shoot.

He can't be a real farmer - he has ten fingers (http://www.theonion.com/articles/mr-prettyboy-farmer-still-has-all-his-fingers,2705/).

Jeremy
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: ErikKaffehr on May 16, 2014, 03:20:38 AM
Hi,

I like those images, they have character. A welcome change from the usual fashion stuff.

Best regards
Erik

Hello,

Thanks. Here's another taken on the same shoot.

Nikon D800E and Nikon 35mm F1.4 G lens @F1.6, 8000th sec.

Nikon SB900/Pocket Wizard FlexTT5/Softbox combo.

Cheers

Simon
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: calindustries on May 19, 2014, 05:31:46 PM
a portrait I did for a podcast recently:

(http://craiglacourt.com/ftp/jordy.jpg)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SecondFocus on May 19, 2014, 09:47:52 PM
bcooter…

Revives my urge to get a used 1Ds! Amazing work of course. Just curious, did you ever try the Kodak DCS Pro SLR Canon or Nikon versions? I remember trying one out when they were new and at that time thought the colors and skin tones were superb.

Jim, Craig . . . nice work.

Canon 1ds
(http://russellrutherford.com/la_perl_prime_sm_fl_tone.jpg)

(http://russellrutherford.com/la_perl_prime_sm_grn.jpg)


BC
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: LKaven on May 20, 2014, 07:51:30 AM
Craig LaCourt,

Liking your portrait eye a /lot/.  Also liking your use of ring flash. 
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: calindustries on May 20, 2014, 10:53:06 AM
Thank you very much! I keep grinding away...
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: SeanBK on May 28, 2014, 03:50:42 PM
Terrific as always. You have that signature look that exudes perfection. Thnx for sharing.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: danlandoni on May 29, 2014, 04:50:44 PM
A few from yesterday!  Phase one P30+ and Hassey H2. 80mm and 50-110mm
(http://i.imgur.com/dlgwM0h.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/YadLNYQ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/0twNhS0.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Gd9Nxcx.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on June 03, 2014, 07:39:11 PM
This shot has been recently licensed to Canon through ImageBrief photo library for worldwide use, all media, one year, exclusive. More on ImageBrief blog: http://tinyurl.com/l2nkn3m

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7167/6415581677_61f8e94933_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/aLVwVc)
Paris - Pont Notre-Dame (https://flic.kr/p/aLVwVc) by Slobodan Blagojevic (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: sdwilsonsct on June 03, 2014, 08:14:12 PM
A nice little earner (and great image): congrats, Slobodan!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: wolfnowl on June 04, 2014, 02:14:30 AM
Congrats indeed!
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 04, 2014, 02:31:25 AM
My congrats, too.
I hope you get paid!
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on June 04, 2014, 10:51:49 AM
... I hope you get paid!

Fortunately, ImageBrief is not a penny stock agency. It pays previously unheard of 70% of royalties  to the photographer. As how much the client paid, you can find in the provided link :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 04, 2014, 12:57:11 PM
Unlike the penny stock outfits, ImageBrief must have someone on staff who can actually appreciate quality photography.
I'm delighted that we got to see it here for free!  ;)
Title: Re: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: haefnerphoto on June 04, 2014, 05:59:19 PM
This shot has been recently licensed to Canon through ImageBrief photo library for worldwide use, all media, one year, exclusive. More on ImageBrief blog: http://tinyurl.com/l2nkn3m

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7167/6415581677_61f8e94933_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/aLVwVc)
Paris - Pont Notre-Dame (https://flic.kr/p/aLVwVc) by Slobodan Blagojevic (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

That's a great fee!  I sold a racetrack shot thru them for close to that but it included a location fee.  I think Imagebrief is an interesting concept and they've had great success as far as I can tell.  Jim
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: MarkoRepse on June 06, 2014, 03:11:58 AM
Nice Slobodan! The income looks good too :)
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on June 10, 2014, 05:22:05 AM
bcooter…

Revives my urge to get a used 1Ds! Amazing work of course. Just curious, did you ever try the Kodak DCS Pro SLR Canon or Nikon versions? I remember trying one out when they were new and at that time thought the colors and skin tones were superb.


I still have my Kodak DCS  ProSLR/c. I recently sold my 1Ds (It is a superb machine).
The Kodak and the software are really amazing. To this day the software is superior over many I use. The problem is that the sensor has issues with direct light into the lens.
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Chris Livsey on June 10, 2014, 07:55:44 AM
I still have my Kodak DCS  ProSLR/c. I recently sold my 1Ds (It is a superb machine).


Interesting post in Lens Rentals Blog on cover glass thickness, and its effects. A trend, on the limited data, is how this has increased since the early models, perhaps contributing to the "effect' or "look" of those early models.

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2014/06/sensor-stack-thickness-when-does-it-matter
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on June 10, 2014, 12:48:26 PM
One thing for sure, the Kodak had a very LF Db look to the files. It too had no AA filter, and the files with Leica glass were beautiful...in the right light
Title: Re: Recent Professional Works 2
Post by: Phil Indeblanc on June 10, 2014, 02:19:59 PM
Yes. When ever there is ground breaking new technology, the first ones are made the best with the new born tech. But as soon as its discovered how to exploit the potential and need, the design limiters crop up to force consumers to consume more...