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ErikKaffehr

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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #780 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!

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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.

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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #781 on: October 06, 2013, 04:03:58 PM »

I love the 2 for 1, Michael. Keep 'em rolling.
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #782 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.   ;)
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #783 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).
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #784 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.
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #785 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

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« Reply #786 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.  
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #787 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

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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #788 on: October 08, 2013, 11:30:57 PM »

Standard Poodle against a grey seamless background.
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #789 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.  ;)
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #790 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.
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #791 on: October 09, 2013, 12:02:03 PM »

Thank you  :)

I've got some more:











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!
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« Reply #792 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:

HCAM + Aptus II 8 + TS-E 24mm + 12mm shift
Amazingly, the top of the building is still pretty sharp.


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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #793 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.
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #794 on: October 10, 2013, 12:16:34 PM »

Thanks so much Aphoto!! That's a lot less post work than I was expecting!
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #795 on: October 10, 2013, 07:58:58 PM »

Hello,

This shot was partly lit using my new Ice Light.

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« Reply #796 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
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Re: Recent Professional Works 2
« Reply #797 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
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« Reply #798 on: October 10, 2013, 10:55:04 PM »

Hi Dan,

Here in New Zealand the steering wheel is on the left.

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« Reply #799 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

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