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The Mechanic

The Mechanic

f/4, 1/125, ISO-100, 25mm

This young man and his father build motorcycles. Lots of them. It was an obvious choice to include this theme in his senior portrait session, but not quite so obvious to me at first how to go about capturing it. The workspace was tight and there was no direct light into the room. A dim florescent light hung from the ceiling but was not going to provide the drama the image needed. It served nicely as a highlight though. I put a 5″ snoot on a Speedlite at about the same elevation as his earlobe and directed it slightly to the right of his face. That served both to not over-expose his face and to provide highlights to his prized motorcycle and the wheel behind him.

In post-processing, I converted the image to black and white and elevated the contrast through several means, being very careful to not make his features too chiseled, while providing a “hardness” to the tools and engine around him. I added a significant amount of grain to the image to add to the feel of grittiness. I wanted to evoke a working garage, not a squeaky-clean senior.

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Into The Sunset

Into The Sunset

f/4.5, 1/800, ISO-100, 25mm

A teaser image I worked up for a young man who entrusted me with his senior photos. I do mean entrusted. I’ve said before what an enormous responsibility I think this is. We worked hard together last night to come up with a number of distinctive photos and I hope he’s pleased.

On a slightly related topic, I’m sorry to all you who follow me and whose blogs I faithfully follow myself. I haven’t been able to keep up with your posts as closely as I would normally like. Turns out that my services as a photographer have suddenly become of interest to an unexpectedly large number of people. I’m juggling as many things as I can, but for awhile at least I’m going to need to focus getting work done for people who are actually paying me for it 🙂 I’ll continue to post here, but I may not be able to reciprocate your kind likes and social media links as much as I’d like. Please bear with my while I get through this high class problem.

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Rework Wednesday – Harley

Rework Wednesday - Harley

F/4, 1/400, ISO-200, 18MM

This is one I’ve been wanting to rework possibly longer than any other photograph. The original was OK, but it is very evident how green I was at post-processing at the time. It’s particularly evident if you look at it on a flat-panel screen from a very high angle. It was a drizzly, overcast day when I took the photo, and I struggled getting the clouds to provide some texture. To be fair on my post-processing skills, the picture first went wrong in the camera. I was lying on the ground and had a lot of difficulty with framing and metering. I should have been 5 or 6 feet back really.

However, in post-processing, I tried to fix the clouds with the adjustment brush in Lightroom. I didn’t yet have the imagination or experience to do area adjustments without the brush. Consequently when viewed from a high angle there are lots of halos around everything because the adjustment brush is a really lousy way to do that sort of editing.

This time I focused on not blowing out the black areas, which gives the whole thing a bit more of an HDR look. I used the gradient tool and a bit of vignette to bring out the clouds a bit. And I did end up using the adjustment brush after all, but for the sort of thing it is good at – I lightened the shadows in the eyes to get rid of the raccoon look.


Rework Wednesday – Har by Anthony Bopp is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Harley

Harley

f/4, 1/400, ISO-200, 18mm

Harley Black And White

f/4, 1/400, ISO-200, 18mm

For the life of me, I can’t decide which photograph I like better. What do you think?

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