I have not been nearly as diligent with posting on my blog this year as I was during the first year of my blog’s existence. Not sure why. I have plenty of photographs to share; some more share-worthy than others, of course. Either way, I finally took the time to get down to my studio last night to bring some of my ideas to life. I bought this black net fabric from Target during Halloween that I had let the kids play with and, while cleaning up the playroom, I found it and decided to try out if there was an interesting way I could wrap it around my head. I had recently seen a photo by one of my favorite photographers that depicted a woman with a net fabric wrap around her head. I wanted to see if I could use the black net somehow to incorporate into a shoot of my own, without playing copycat. It worked out quite well, although the final photos from last night’s shoot are a significant departure of what I had originally imagined in terms of poses and overall look of the images. My original vision ended up looking kind of bland and boring once I had set it up, so I moved on to my favorite thing to experiment with – slow shutter speed portraits.
Here are two of my favorites. For the first one, I stood up against the background paper under the background light that was pointing diagonally down from the upper left corner of the paper. I like the shadow-highlight play in this image, and I think that the softness that the long’ish exposure adds works really well here.
(90mm, ISO 100, f/13, 2 sec. + strobe with barn doors and grid)
I didn’t first think that the second one was going to be a keeper at all, but I played around with it in Lightroom for a little bit, and I really liked how the “infrared filter” brought out all the terrible aging signs in my skin and made them look like freckles of sorts, so I decided to do a full retouch on it in Photoshop and the end result is quite pleasing to my eye, although I still wonder whether this might have been better had I not used long’ish exposure here.
(90mm, ISO 100, f/8, 0.8 sec + strobe with beauty dish on camera left and strobe with barn doors and grid on background)
And finally a “regular exposure” portrait. I wish that I would have been even more diligent with positioning my fingers on my face, because my pinky fingers are a bit off-center, but there is not much I can do about it now, other than hope that it won’t be as apparent to others as it is to me.
(90mm, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/125 sec + strobe with beauty dish and grid on camera left and strobe with barn doors and grid on background)