Canon A2, 20mm, f/8, 1/50s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Pro 400 H
When you fly to Aarhus in Denmark as I had the opportunity to do a few weeks ago, you have to walk through a mile-long corridor between the vast international terminal of Copenhagen Arlanda and the minuscule national terminal. It’s a boring walk, but architecturally that corridor is very interesting. Since I had time to kill, I did a number of shots which I’ll be sharing, but the most intriguing in its abstractness is this one.
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!
Canon 7D, 96mm, f/8, 1/3s, ISO 200
In many ways this shot is the polar opposite of Pinecone in Darkness posted last week. It’s harder to light a subject over a white background than over a black one, I think, but I managed to pull off something that works here, I think. Edited in Lightroom with XeL 2.0
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/13, 1/10s – 1/20s – 1/40s- 1/80s – 1/160s, ISO 100
Shooting Cathedral Cove was a goal of my Coromandel expedition, and it was a tough job to take on, not only because of the trek to get there but because of the light conditions. I now hope that I’ll be able to go back there with hindsight to helm me decide on the best course of action, but in the meantime I still have this 5-exposure HDR shot that, hopefully, gives a sense of the majesty of the place. The photo was edited with HDR Efex Pro and Lightroom using XeL 2.0.
Pinecone in Darkness
Canon 7D, f/13, 1s, ISO 200
Still life is as much an exercice in technique as it can be an artistic endeavour. I’ve long been fasinated by Edward Weston’s Pepper No. 30 and without any illusion of getting anywhere near his mastery of light, I’ve been experimenting with similar in the studio still life concepts. I did a fair amount of work on pinecones, and this one is one of the most interesting results, I think.
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.
Pont de Bercy
Canon A2, 20mm, f/13, 1/40s, ISO 125
Film: Ilford FP4+
The Pont de Bercy is a very visible landmark in Eastern Paris, since it crosses the Seine along the famous modern building that hosts the Ministry of the Budget. But few people know that under the bridge is a bike track with wonderful columns on the sides…