Deal with the Devil
Canon A2, Lensbaby, Ilford FP4+
Back in 2010 I bought a Lensbaby. I was in love with the selective focus and the creamy bokeh… and wasted so many shots because of it. I took me a long time to recognize and admit that selective focus is pointless in most scenes. But a few years ago, I was due to take some family portraits and decided to shoot film portraits with the Lensbaby… and loved the results. Last summer I took a lot of shots of various friends and family, four rolls of Ilford 4+ in all. We had a few accessories during one of those sessions, and Clément’s dark skin, with the top hat and the grin made for a positively devilish photo.
Bass in the Dark
Canon 7D + Lensbaby, 80mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 800
When I revisit old concert shots, I occasionally stumble upon some under-exposed ones that seem to have potential. Instead of trying to get the exposition corrected, I sometimes go deeper into underexposition to try and get a mood out of them. This is a photo of bassist Gilles Coquard at a Sébastien Charlier concert. It was shot with the lensbaby, and I like how the silhouette is picked up by a tiny bit of backlighting. I think it works, but I’m not quite sure and I’d certainly like to hear what you think.
Canon 7D + Lensbaby Composer, f/4, 1/125s, ISO 500
I’ve started working on a book project showing my favourite B&W concert shots and talking about the musicians and why I love their music. I was sorting through the photos of an Avishai Cohen gig from 2010 when this shot came up. It was in color, but I tweaked a nice B&W and I think it works a treat. Edited in Lightroom with x-equals’ XeL 2.0.
Playing around with the tuk-tuk mirror of my Delhi driver.
Gilles Coquard is a wonderful jazz bassist who toured with Sébastien Charlier on the Precious Time tour. This was shot with a Lensbaby, hence the soft look, but I think it works well.
A macro shot of a piano’s hammers.
The shot that ultimately got me into collecting and shooting old camera gear.
When I crossed the eastern part of San Fransciso by car I never imagined stumbling on a church that wouldn’t look out of place in Moscow. But I did. I had to stop and shoot it…
his is the side door of the church where I got married. I love the old look and the mystery it exudes. The photo was edited with Snapseed.