Thursday, 28 February 2013

Susie-Blue live at Cafe Soul

My colleague Bryan and I thoroughly enjoyed Susie-Blue's performance at Cafe Soul tonight in Londonderry. She has a great voice and I really enjoyed hearing her own tracks as well some cracking cover-versions. My favourite was Lisbeth:

If you like Lisbeth, please like her Facebook page:

Anyway, onto the shot. The venue was really dark, but luckily I had the 50mm f/1.2 handy. Combine this with ISO1600 on the 1DsIII and -1 EV you get a just about handholdable 1/40s! I could have used flash, but that would have killed the feel of the shot.

This was a fairly heavy crop - I loved Susie's expression here as she glanced out of the window.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/1.2 @ 50 mm, 1/40, ISO 1600, No Flash

The viewing platform - Victoria Square - Belfast

Tried to upload this last night but the internet was miserable in the hotel!

10mm of fisheye goodness for this one! Used a dash of flash to illuminate the central stairway.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/4 @ 10 mm, 1/15, ISO 800, Flash

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Posing on the Sculpture

Some people can't resist performing when they see a camera!

Wide open on the 1DsIII with the 50L, cross-processed in Lightroom.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/1.2 @ 50 mm, 1/125, ISO 800, No Flash

Market candid

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/1.2 @ 85 mm, 1/2000, ISO 100, No Flash

Sunday, 24 February 2013

The big boot

Fisheye's aren't the usual weapon of choice when shooting portraits. In this shot, however, I deliberately wanted to emphasize the huge boot and going in close with a fisheye helped the effect.

The shot was taken on an IR camera, the red & blue channels reversed before converting to mono. Bare 580EX flash used off camera above camera right.

Canon EOS 450D, f/8 @ 10 mm, 1/125, ISO 800, Flash

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Reflecting at the end of the day

This was taken just before the sun disappeared below the line of trees behind me.

Canon EOS M, f/5.6 @ 22 mm, 1/100, ISO 100, No Flash

Monday, 18 February 2013

The thoughtful ballerina

A large softbox was positioned to camera left shooting parallel to the mirrored wall.
Used a split toning preset in LR and then tweaked the sharpness, exposure and added a vignette.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/5.6 @ 50 mm, 1/125, ISO 100

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Hannah ballet pose

This was tricky to light! I used two strip boxes either side of Hannah for rim-lighting and a large Octobox high camera left for fill. This made her hair disappear into the background so I added a gridded reflector shooting from behind over the top of the background.
I ended up happy with the light and shadows and Hannah's pose is excellent!
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/11 @ 50 mm, 1/125, ISO 100

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Hannah Ballet Silhuoette


Had a great shoot with the ballerina Hannah this evening. Will be sharing a number of shots over the coming days - thought I'd start with this silhuoette.

I lit this very simply - two flashguns with reflectors on the rear wall. I then darkened Hannah to black and used the magic extractor in PSE to cutout her silhuoette.

To give the shot some depth and context I blended some of the floor back in.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/13 @ 50 mm, 1/125, ISO 100

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

One more Michelle!

I was attempting a softer fancy look here. I blended a fractal converted layer with the reversed colour IR layer and then used a cross-processing filter in LR.
Canon EOS 450D, f/4 @ 10 mm, 1/200, ISO 400, Flash

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Michelle crouching

Flash bare and high above Michelle, f/2.0 for slender DOF.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, f/2 @ 135 mm, 1/250, ISO 200, Flash

Friday, 8 February 2013

Michelle meets Geoff in Infrared

This shot was on the 450D IR conversion using the Canon 24mm f/1.4. I adjusted the colours taking most of the red out and then tone-mapped the single image in Photomatix.

Despite not showing it in the EXIF I had the 580EXII firing into a silver brolley off camera to the right.

Canon EOS 450D, f/3.2 @ 24 mm, 1/200, ISO 400

Monday, 4 February 2013

Geoff goes for a walk with an infrared fish!

I decided a surreal shot like this needed a surreal name!

This shot was taken on the 8-15mm fisheye zoom which was attached to Bob's IR modified 450D. I took three AEB (Auto exposure bracketed) shots and combined them in Photomatix. I bled the colour out of Geoff and added some clarity to him for extra 'pop'.

Finally I used a hue adjustment in Lightroom to give a little more blue to the image.

Canon EOS 450D, f/8 @ 10 mm, ISO 100