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#1 Sailjunkie

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:50 AM

The latest assignment was to photograph someone from our town who did something that was so amazing.  The challenge was to use the image to show why what they did was so amazing.  Local charities were closed over the Xmas holidays, but our next door neighbour stepped forward.  Steve retired from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the end of the year, but still plays for his church orchestra.

 

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Because this was the first time that I have ever shot anyone's portrait, I wasn't sure what to expect.  I needn't have worried.  Steve was very easy to work with; and I remembered enough of the videos on portrait photography, to get him in a good pose.  I had been concerned about how Steve would hold his viola and bow, but just told Steve to hold it as he normally would.  He told me that this posture is his "Zen" mode.

 

I wasn't expecting so much positive feedback during this week's class.  Don told me that I nailed it.  His only suggestion would have been to place the shoot-through umbrella a bit higher.  When I mentioned that we only had a 7 foot ceiling, he said that is when you switch to a soft-box.  The learning continues.

 

I used a Godox SK-300 strobe with a shoot-through umbrella.

 

  • ISO 64
  • 24-70/2.8 @ 46mm
  • f11
  • 1/125 sec.

 

PP was limited to a levels adjustment in PS, plus cosmetic cloning & healing.  I finally used LR for limited final adjustments.  

 

Thanks for looking everyone.  :)

 


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:48 AM

Nice one, Mark.

 

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 11:50 AM

Nicely done

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:44 PM

Thanks, guys.  After this assignment, I can appreciate why Art enjoys shooting portraits.  :)


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 03:35 AM

Very nice Mark.


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 01:59 PM

Very nice Mark.

 

Thank you, Peter.  :)


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 04:32 PM

Mark,

 

Well done.

If I could offer one suggestion .... you have a little too much black on the left.  Is there any way tome him more to the left of the frame?  Not sure how much you cropped this, but I might improve where your eye goes when you first look.  Mine went to the left and the extra black.

To me, the lighting is technically perfect.  You are getting very good at this.


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Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:54 PM

Thank you, Art.

 

I think I know what you are referring to.  However, are you talking about his left or camera left?    :)


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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:17 PM

See your watermark, my left, above the watermark.  Too much black space.  Move him move over into it.


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