Posts Tagged ‘hilite’

Baby Benny & Dad

June 30th, 2011

Friends of mine, a couple, were not long ago blessed with the birth of the most adorable little boy. Now, the father is an accomplished photographer himself and so it was proving a little difficult to find him in front of a lens.

So eventually they asked me to make some portraits of their little family. And it was one of the most fun shoots I’d had in a long time.

Here are a few pictures:

All shots taken with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 prime lens, and lit (not always directly) with two studio lights, one of which was firing through my trusty Lastolite Hi Lite background and the other through a Lastolite Ezybox softbox.

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The Friendly Neighbourhood Hydromancer

January 31st, 2011

As promised, this is another photograph from The Saint’s photoshoot (his garb has, of course, *magically* changed from white to black).

Here he is seen scrying in a bowl of water.

I lit him with one studio strobe shooting through a softbox high to camera left, and another strobe firing through my Lastolite HiLite Background.

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The Nobility of Time

November 2nd, 2010

Dali. The mad genius.

Regardless whether you love or hate his works, it cannot leave you unmoved. For my part, the effortless grace and simplicity in his madness speaks to me. And I enjoy how the meaning of his works to me has changed as I have grown older and the way I view the world has evolved.

I recently had the chance to shoot a sculpture by Dali  titled “The Nobility of Time” (yep, the real thing). Here are two pictures from that shoot.

For the above shot I added a quarter CTB (color temperature blue) gel to the background flash. It gave a slightly blue tint to the back of the sculpture, as well as to the white surface upon which it rested.

The second shot was made without the CTB gel.

I lit both shots with a studio flash firing through a softbox high to camera left, and another firing through my HiLite Background (I love that thing).

The Nobility of Time was described follows (I don’t remember where I got the text from, sorry):

Dali’s melted and crowned watch is both draped against and supported by the remains of a tree – the trunk sprouts new life and its roots entwine a stone. The terminology, “the crown of a watch” is assumed to mean a mechanical device that allows us to set the hands and wind the timepiece. Time, however, according to a Dalinian watch, has no internal power or motion. Given this watch’s lack of movement, the crown is interpreted as a royal crown adorning the watch, clearly identifying time’s mastery over human beings, rather than being an object of utility. His majesty is attended by two reoccurring, mystic Dalinian symbols: a pensive angel and a nude female figure elegantly draping herself in a long piece of cloth.

As the watch melts over the tree, it transforms into a human profile, underlining the interminable relationship between human beings and time. The unexpected softness of the watch also represents the psychological aspect whereby time, whilst considered to be a precise and fixed concept, can in fact vary significantly in human perception. The flow of time and its unusually irrational nature developed into an obsession for Dali; the image and symbolism of the melted watch thus reoccurred in many of his works.

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

October 24th, 2010

Not long ago a friend of mine needed his portrait taken for use in a newspaper article that was to feature him.

So he called me up and we set up a photoshoot in my living room. Once the formal shots were taken, we decided to just have some fun and we even managed to rope his lovely fiancee into the game as well.

I lit them with 2 studio lights, one firing through my (oh-so-awesome) Lastolite HiLite Background which I set up behind them and the other high to camera left firing down and through a softbox.

Here are some of the shots from that day.

Effortlessly cool.

Some of the best advice I had ever been given on how to make people more comfortable in front of a lens consists of three words: give them props!

The super cool super spies.

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Mother of Pearl

October 18th, 2010

This picture was part of a test of some new gear I got: a Lastolite HiLite Illuminated Background. And I have to say, I love the background. It’s easy to set up and dismantle and works beautifully. One of the best (read most fun) investments in gear I’ve made yet.

Pictured is one of a set of two chairs which come with a folding games (cards, chess and backgammon) table. They’re wood inlaid with mother-of-pearl and handmade in Syria, a country with a long tradition in, and famous for, the handcrafting of quality mosaic furniture.

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