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.
JJ in Action
Canon 7D, 125mm, f/4, 1/160s, ISO 1600
Jean-Jacques Milteau is one of my favourite musicians, a paragon of taste and tone. As always with harmonica players, it’s hard to frame a shot that works because you cannot see the instrument and the hands hide half of the face. Here however, I like how the dark-tinted glasses still let some of his decisive expression show through. I’m seeing him live with a new band next Friday, expect some very different shots from that gig!
Kevin as a Young Man
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
One of the things I love about shooting the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is the often improbable way that they dress. That night at La Batterie in Guyancourt, it was cold and they all seemed to be suffering from it as several in the band were wearing winter hats like the one Kevin is wearing here. The lighting that evening was gorgeous, and the shots are all drenched in great colors (that match the shirt so well
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 7D, 32mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 400
The other evening, as I was waiting for models on the left bank of the Seine for a 1930s shoot I noticed that Notre-Dame was wonderfully lit by the impending sunset. It’s kind of a corny shot, but it’s still a beautiful building…
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2, 1/125s, ISO 1600
One of the hardest things when shooting concerts is to catch the interaction between musicians. These are fleeting moments, and it’s often hard to have the right framing and the right focus at the right time. All the more exciting when it works!
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!
The Old Music Shop
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 400
This old music shop in the middle of modern Dublin caught my eye, probably due to the greens and red, mostly. I stopped on the other side of the road from it and waited for someone to walk by…
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
Sax in the Shadows
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1600
The lighting at that Madd Vibes Brass Band concert at La Batterie in Guyancourt was pretty amazing, and although Arnaud’s face is in the shadows on this shot, I still like it a lot.