Canon 7D, 80mm, F/11, 1/250s ISO 100
We had more martial accessories as well for the « Seedy Chicago » ball shoot, including those wonderfully accurate replicas of Thompson Guns, aka Chicago Organ Grinders. To my surprise, quite a few of the girls insisted on doing photos with the guns, occasionally creating some wonderful contrasts. This one is probably my favourite, with the sober, quasi-puritanical clothing and the gun being strangely… coherent? Edited with W-Equals’ XeL 2.0 in Lightroom.
Through the Veil
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 100
Last Sunday I was lucky enough to be one of the official photographers for a costumed ball entitled « Dans les Bas-Fonds de Chicago » (which I guess one could translate as ‘Seedy Chicago‘). I shot attendees for over 4 hour straight assisted by my good friend Thomas, which was exhausting, but very gratifying as well. I had proper studio lighting and a black backdrop, and although the venue imposed some tough constraints, I had a great time. Great learning experience as well. I’ll be sharing my favourite shots from that marathon session in the coming days. In this shot, what really appealed to me was Vanessa’s veil and tattoo (although the tattoo was featured more prominently on another shot.
Portrait of Mister L.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/40s, ISO 800
One of the most frustrating things I experienced with my previous high-end compact cameras was that despite a lens that would open-wide, there was no way to get the shallow depth of field I like for portraits. This is because usually the sensor is so small that you get very sharp images all the way through -, whether you like it or not. So the first thing I did when I took the x100s out of the box was to shoot a portrait of one of my sons at f/2. And I must say the results look pretty pleasing to me: not only is the depth of field shallow enough that I get a real foreground / background difference, but in addition the sharpness wide-open is quite amazing.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/4s, ISO 1000
This is another shot in my series of experimentations for the Dreamhounds of Paris book by Pelgrane Press. I tried to imagine how surrealist photographers might have experimented with form, and came up with this idea of using a negative as a positive and scratch the negative for added deconstruction. It was all done digitally of course (the processing is a mix of Lightroom and Snapseed). I quite like the result, though I suspect it’s not surreal enough to make it into the book.
Bowler Hat Army
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/15s, ISO 400
Photoshop Composite / Model: Achille
Lately I’ve been working on some photos evocative of 1930s Paris with a surrealist edge for the upcoming book by Pelgrane Press »Bookhounds of Paris« . I will publish a few although I should stress that these are works in progress. For this one I was trying to put together two motifs of surrealist art: bowler hats (through Magritte, mostly) and repetition of characters (also Magritte, but others too). These were my first attempts at cloning in photoshop and I was quite pleased with the results. The three shadowy men remind me of Marc-Antoine Mathieu’s Julius Corentin Acquefacques for some reason. The photo was processed in photoshop and then Lightroom with XeL 2.0 emulations for the black & white.
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 200
Film: Agfa Scala 200 / Models: Anaïs & Guillaume
Lately I’ve been doing a number of photo sessions with models dressed in 1930s fashion for a project that may or may not come to fruition (more on that later if it materialises). At the end of the first session, since both me and the models had a little time on our hands, I asked the models if they wanted photos for themselves, and took this lovely portrait of Anaïs and Guillaume. I think the dynamic range and the tone of the Agfa Scala really do wonders here!
Three Monkeys in Top Hats
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/8, 1.3s, ISO 1000
Model: Guillaume Levillain
The session which I finished by shooting series of 3 monkeys with the models (see Three Monkeys in the Thirties) was really one of the best photo shoots I ever did, both in terms of having fun shooting and in terms of the results that came out of it. This photo of Guillaume was tricky because the three shots superimposed each other quite a bit. It forced me to do some very careful work in Photoshop, but I got there in the end. The photo was processed in Snapseed.
Three Monkeys from the Thirties
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/8, 0.8s, ISO 1000
I’m currently working on a project on surrealist Paris (possibly more on that later) for which I recruited a bunch of really cool period-dressed models. At the end of the session, I decided to try to do with them something that I’ve been meaning to do with my kids for a long time: a three monkeys shot. As you may imagine this is a combination of careful photo work and careful photoshop work (although the latter turned out to be surprisingly easy). The picture was then processed in B&W in Lightroom using XeL 2.0.
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 200
Model: Aurélie / Film: Agfa Scala 200
A few months ago I did a session with models dressed in 1930s style. At the end of the session, I decided to do a roll of Agfa Scala, a film I love despite the fact that I can’t print it (it’s a positive slide film). This is one of the resulting photos. It was ever so slightly out of focus, but Aurélie’s smile was so nice that I thought it would make a perfect vintage shot. I post-processed it in Snapseed and I think the result looks decidedly vintage.
Playing around with the tuk-tuk mirror of my Delhi driver.