Roger’s Big Horn
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is one of my favourite musicians, but over the years I’ve always struggled to shoot him properly. His cap always seems to get in the way, causing a deep shadow on his face. Fortunately at the DDBB concert at La Batterie in Guyancourt in October he often stood back from his microphone stand, where the shadows were deeper but also more even, which allowed me to capture this picture and a number of others. I played with a B&W version, but the colors are so gorgeous here I thought it looked better that way.
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.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Bruno Clark aka Superclark is the banjo player in the fabled French funk brass band Ceux qui Marchent Debout. CQMD has joined forces with fishbone founder Angelo Moore to form the Madd Vibes Brass Band which I was lucky enough to see live recently. The music was beyond awesome, but one of the great things about shooting these guys (apart from the uniforms) was the fact that they were all mic’ed up wirelessly, which meant that they kept moving on and off the stage, giving me plenty of opportunities for different shots. I had a hard time capturing Superclark though, until the end of the concert when he went to stand at the back of the stage, bathing in multi-colored light.
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…
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.
The Mighty Horn
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/4, 1/50s, ISO 1600
In all my years of concert attendance, I have only ever seen a bass saxophone played three times. The third and most recent was the Madd Vibes Brass Band concert I attended a few weeks ago where frontman and Fishbone founder Angelo Moore whipped out (so to speak) his bass sax for a few bowel-churning solos. The photo was edited in Lightroom with XeL 2.0.
Vintage Camera Porn #2: Moskva 5
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/16, 3.2s, ISO 100
I started working on this Vintage Camera Porn series last year, and tried to shoot and post-process all of the cameras as consistently as I could, but I’m only now rediscovering them and tweaking them in ways that truly satisfy me.
Banishment, Polish Style
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/40s, ISO 125
Walking around Warsaw’s Old Town I tried to capture some interesting street scenes. Of course, the contrast between the religious statue on the side of one of the many churches and the urban style clothing of the man in front caught my eye… Shot on Ilford FP4+.