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Rob C

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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #40 on: September 07, 2015, 02:59:44 PM »

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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #41 on: September 07, 2015, 03:24:12 PM »

One "typical case" for me: couple of portraits of a singer, will meet her at her home. Warned to be a difficult case, writer wants to be present. Thank God he got sick and could not come. She is bit difficult at first, wants to be shot outside walking her dog. Claiming cloudy weather and imminent rain, we move to her apartment. She warms up quite nicely in 10 minutes, and after about an hour this is what we came up with (2 B&W full pages, one full page color). Illumination from one 30x25cm LED panel, background is a painted bed board which happened to be leaning against the wall in her living room. Recipe: humor, genuine interest (?), persistence. Some NIK Collection Silver Efex thrown in. Fujifilm X-T1 with 56mm f/1.2 at full open.

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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #42 on: September 07, 2015, 04:15:31 PM »

One "typical case" for me: couple of portraits of a singer…

Excellent! Composition, tonality, texture & expression.  8)

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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #43 on: September 07, 2015, 05:08:22 PM »

Her neck needs to be differentiated from her right arm.

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« Reply #44 on: September 07, 2015, 06:06:26 PM »

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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #45 on: September 07, 2015, 10:09:54 PM »

Gotta have powerful enough modelling lights to keep the pupils stopped down, not 'romantic' restaurant lighting.
Each their own. I'm with Bill. Romantic is good. Small pupils look evil.
That's why flash wins over continuous.
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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #46 on: September 08, 2015, 04:18:39 AM »

Here is one more before I retire. Did a series of workout videos with her for her fitness/lifestyle blog, and asked for a few hours of portraits in various styles. Shot with Nikon D800e and 135mm DC Nikkor. NIK Silver Efex again.

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« Reply #47 on: September 08, 2015, 09:33:19 AM »

Petrus - you can tell it's good because the composition is rock solid in the thumbnail and the detail just makes it better when  you open full size. Beautiful tones and sculpting, that is a great skill I would love to have. It's all about the light as they say :)
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« Reply #48 on: September 08, 2015, 01:32:02 PM »

Petrus - you can tell it's good because the composition is rock solid in the thumbnail and the detail just makes it better when  you open full size. Beautiful tones and sculpting, that is a great skill I would love to have. It's all about the light as they say :)

Thanks, and the full size is actually 36 MPix size, talk about detail then! And the almost 20 year old 135mm f/2 DC Nikkor is one sharp lens when stopped slightly down.

Light was from one "wok pan" flash head fitted with honeycomb, with a large lightbox for fill-in from the front. NIK Silver Efex gives countless usable varieties for B&W processing, "Wet Rock" worked quite well with this approach of the subject, applied at 60% opacity over the straight B&W conversion.
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« Reply #49 on: September 08, 2015, 01:36:25 PM »

Thanks for the details, I can only dream. Oddly I find wet rock a very usable conversion in Nik for subjects other than this.
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« Reply #50 on: September 10, 2015, 04:15:38 PM »

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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #51 on: September 10, 2015, 05:12:41 PM »

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Handsome portrait. Since the model's name seems to be "Eric," I have been tempted to steal it to use as my avatar.

But I guess my current avatar does look more like me.   ;)
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« Reply #52 on: September 12, 2015, 10:40:48 AM »

I made these two portraits today on the way home.
The guy on the left is Portuguese while the other is Brazilian.
I printed a colored photo of each image and went to give them They were happy. So am I ! :)
From my new folder "Random Images"

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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #53 on: September 12, 2015, 11:39:21 AM »

Very nice, Antonio. As usual the light is the key. I used to do what you did with these two guys, but I did it with hoboes on the street. When I was out on the street I'd carry a collection of small prints to give to the guys I'd photographed. One time, when I handed a picture to a transient I'd photographed a week earlier he started crying and said, "That's the first time anybody's taken a picture of me for twenty-five years." I've always hoped he saw the light, turned around and got a job, though I know that's wishful thinking.

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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #54 on: September 12, 2015, 04:13:10 PM »

Thank you for your comment Ross. :) Much appreciated.

This is not the case. I was driving home and when I was some 250 meters away I saw these guys working I decided to walk back and ask them if they would allow me to photograph.
They agree and I have done the work.

I have a project called "Work" which is quite some years old and I intend to keep doing but now with my different skills.

This here is one of the photographs I have made for this project. However, I do not intend to use it because I do not like the strong distortion of the right area.
I will use another photograph but that is for a moment to come ...

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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #55 on: September 12, 2015, 04:29:09 PM »

Good stuff, Antonio. You obviously know what you're doing.

Here's my crying street guy.

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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #56 on: September 12, 2015, 04:33:08 PM »

I think I could do such a thing here but I wouldn't be very comfortable with.
To tell you the truth I have thought to do something similar with guys who help parking cars.
I see them everyday...
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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #57 on: September 12, 2015, 05:02:24 PM »

I made these two portraits today on the way home.
The guy on the left is Portuguese while the other is Brazilian.
I printed a colored photo of each image and went to give them They were happy. So am I ! :)
From my new folder "Random Images"



Nice images; you certainly are able to keep a personal identity flowing through your work.

Rob C

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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #58 on: September 12, 2015, 05:22:13 PM »

I hope so indeed Rob ! :)

I like "This Site Contains No Orphan Work" !  ;)
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Re: Portraiture
« Reply #59 on: September 13, 2015, 08:43:18 AM »

Let's not forget the distaff half of the portraiture equation.

http://www.elisabethnovick.com/PEOPLE.html

Have a browse through this gallery, and then click onto the next one devoted to artists.

This lady has been around in my head since the 60s – I remember her work from British Vogue - and from those days, my memory of her oeuvre is all about black/white, unlike today.

Anyway, well worth a look, IMO. (I think I even see a portrait of a young Sarah Moon!)

One of the problems with portraiture – insofar as it seems to be understood in some forums – is that there's a kind of assumption that lighting has to conform to a kind of classical combination of key, fill and rear. Not so; it can be anything that delights the heart of the person with the camera. Unless there's a client, of course, with radical views of his/her own.

Enjoy – I hope.

Rob C

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