Monday, February 14, 2011

Portrait of Woman

portrait of woman 1
portrait of woman 1

portrait of woman 2
portrait of woman 2

Portrait of woman is a bit of a series I have started on. I am focusing on subtle motion and body language to convey the character of the subject as well as a bit of a story that can take form in the imagination of the viewer. The identity of face is covered although we can see some hints of facial features. These along with the movements can allow us to think about the subject and character and perhaps come up with unique stories and interpretations.

This was achieved with the subject moving about in a slightly rehearsed method while the camera was set at a 1 sec exposure with a single strobe burst fired at a precise moment.

It is one of a few experimental series that I am looking into building on further, but I do like the start of this.

The lighting was a 22" beauty dish as key, a strip box for rim and a small softbox near camera and eye level providing very slight fill. I'm not all that crazy for the beauty dish although the results here were pretty descent.

These photographes were imported into LightRoom 3.3 and fully finished there. The process involved converting to b&w by simply eliminating all saturation, and then tweaking color temperature, tint, and various exposure controls such as fill, brightness, black, and clarity to achieve the tone and overall aesthetic I was interested in.

I'm looking forward to getting on with some more works in these latest endeavors. Stay tuned. . . :)



You have us seeing what seems to be the motion of blooms and branches of seaweed floating and wafting along the surface of the sea.

The strands of hair, the pleats and folds of fabric and the casual posture of the shoulders down, falling into herself.

Cheers! the process.

slommler said...

What a beautiful series! Love the fluidity of them! The ebb and flow of life!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Gary =)

I love this set of photos! soft, romantic and mysterious.