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Mentoring a Young Photographer

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This afternoon, I spent some time with my friend, Ashley, giving her some tips on photography.

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Ashley has really gotten the photography bug. At age 13, she is off to a great start. She has a good eye and is already taking some very engaging pictures.

I’ve had quite a few photographer friends that have mentored me along the way, so I’m always happy to help others.

Ashley’s family has been dear friends of ours for many years and she is a delight to hang out with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, in the shade by the swimming pool, we discussed the finer points of auto-ISO, depth of field, composition and shutter speed, among other esoteric subjects.

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I quoted Cartier-Bresson, one of my favorite photographers, who said, “My first 10,000 pictures were my worst.” He was saying, of course, shoot, shoot and shoot more. This is just what Ashley is doing.  She even goes under the tree where the bugs are to get the shot!

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In the picture below, Ashley is dreaming of her next new lens. (Sorry, Mom and Dad!) And yes, I told her that the rule is to have the eyes in focus, not whatever the person is holding. But we both liked this rule-breaking image.  Look forward to shooting with you again, dear one!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Melanie Posterized

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Recently, I had the pleasure of shooting for the second time with Melanie, a young French model. Here’s one of the closeup portraits we did. Faithful readers will recall I often try to work hands into my portraits to add character and expression.

After making this fairly traditional edit in Photoshop, I decided to try a posterized version, which appears below.

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The posterized effect is an “artistic filter” in Photoshop. What do you think? Not to everyone’s taste for sure, but I think it works well for this photograph. To see the posterization more clearly, I’ve put a closeup detail of this image below.

Your comments and reactions are most welcome – either on the blog, in an email or a comment on my Facebook page.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Paris by Deaux Chevaux

by Blake Robinson

June 20th, 2014    2 Comments     Add Comment
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On our recent trip to France one of the most memorable things we did was to tour around Paris in this car, a “deaux chevaux” or 2CV, made by Citroen.  These cars are quintessentially French and were made from the late 1940′s to 1990.

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Our group had 18 people, so we had one couple in each of 9 cars. We buzzed all over town together, getting out from time to time to take pictures. Even the normally cool and sophisticated locals took note of our vehicles, as did this fellow walking his dog.

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Do you see the yellow ball suspended near the base of the tower? We wondered too. The French Open tennis tournament was going on during our trip. The ball said, “Roland Garrros 2014.”

Our driver, Antoinette, pictured below behind the wheel, was a graduate student in art and a terrific guide for us.

I have to admit, when I first heard about the deaux chevaux, I thought – why don’t they take us around in a Mercedes? But this turned out to be much more fun!

 

 

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

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“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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