Pushing the envelope of portraiture by photographing with a Fisheye Lens.
One of the experiences I had at the PDN Photo Expo in New York City was my purchase of a Westcott Ice Light. I immediately knew I should I have purchased two of them. They are spectacular. I would recommend this light to anyone looking to pick up consistent lighting for their photo or video shoots. The light is super light, mountable and provides a nice true light.
Today I was able to photograph a very gifted designer Daniel Brock. After seeing my work, Daniel asked me to take his portrait. I made sure to keep him calm and relaxed. I constantly spoke with him while shooting and photographed him with both a Canon 100mm 2.8L lens and a Zeiss 50mm Planner 1.4 lens.
My goal was to take very flattering photos of Daniel; and take some high contrast photos, which Daniel had said he liked, after viewing my work.
This may be the last photo/s I post while Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America. So to represent the two main political parties running for that office... here are two portraits. Both portraits were shot with a Canon 5D mark II and a 100mm 2.8L lens.
This photo was taken at Comicon 2012 at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City. The Samurai was brought there by the Japanese Consulate; and is an authentic complete set of Japanese Samurai Armor.
A photo of a New York City Calvery Officer while he's on horse back, at Times Square. The title says it all. He saw me lining up my lens from at least 20 feet away. He made the face on purpose. I believe he was having a bit of fun. It makes me smile.
As many of my little in prompt to photo sessions begin, I am often sitting around with my friends or colleagues, and see photographs in my mind's eye. I wanted to capture my friend who's camera shy in a manner which would help her overcome her shyness. I love high contrast black and white photography. And felt the computer monitors next to her face would cast enough light to deliver a sharp silhouette. I love the hard grain of 3200 speed film; and wanted to shoot with a high ISO to help simulate it.
In the end she liked it, and said I could use it.
One last note of interest. This was the last photo I took with my old Sigma 27-70mm 2.8f EX DG Macro lens.
A very dear group of photos, I was fortunate to take of a long time friend and her beautiful dog. I met them many years ago at a dog run, in Manhattan. Jess was fairly new there and Cocoa was just a young dog, filled with wonder, inquiry and fun. As our dogs played, Jess and I became friends.
Then one day, Jess moved away...
I was very happy to have an opportunity to visit one day this past summer; and take photos of both of them. I knew Cocoa's time was near. To me there was a sense of urgency. I wanted to capture them both together. It was important to me to be able to give Jess some of the great moments they both shared.
Cocoa passed away this past Sunday (10-21-12). I am so very sorry, Jess.
Some of the people who's photo I take are self conscience for some reason or another. Their hair is a wreck... No makeup... Not dressed to impress... blah blah blah. Some of the best photos I've taken, the subject has not had a hair and makeup session.
After I showed this beautiful woman her photo, she said it looks horrible. I told her she looks beautiful. (Am I the only one who see's beauty in this photo?) She said, "... my freckles." I told her they are beautiful. I don't know what her response was. I turned to look at her photo on the computer display. But my ears heard, a subtle but clear lightening of her voice... ahhh the sound of gentle approval.