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Spirals of Life

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On slow days in the studio, I often experiment with shooting abstract images. Mostly, this is just goofing around. (Click on each image to see it bigger on your screen.)

We might give these images a self-important and seriously artistic, high-brow title – like “Spirals of Life.” But I’ve come up with a better title. Keep reading!

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Can you guess what these objects are? Long time faithful readers will know right away – these are things I’ve worked with before.

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Yes, these are Slinkies. I’m fascinated by the shapes you can come up with when playing with these toys that have been around since before I was born.

 

 

 

Did you send these down the stairs as a kid? The original Slinkies were shiny steel and came out in the 1940’s.

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Rather than “Spirals of Life,” how about we just call these photographs: “Fun with Slinkies!” Enjoy!

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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A Performance with Christina

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I’m continuing with my 10 week project to photograph Christina, pictured here. If you missed any of the earlier blog posts, please click on the blue links just to the right, with the name “Christina” in the title.

Also, please click directly on each image in this post to see it in a larger and clearer view.

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So, last week I photographed Christina with her country group, Gunsmoke, in performance at the Long Ridge Tavern in Stamford.  The concert was great fun and everyone in this fabulous group played and sang beautifully. But this was a challenging place to take pictures.

First, the space was very tight and I had to be careful not to block the view of people who were having dinner and watching the show.

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In this image, Christina is standing between her grandfather and her father, both members of Gunsmoke. It’s a mostly family affair!

Aside from the tight space to shoot in, the light was very poor. For those of you who are familiar with cameras, I usually shoot at an ISO of between 100 and 400. (The ISO is a setting for the sensitivity of the light.) In low light settings, I’ll normally go up to 1000 or so. In some of these images, I used an extraordinarily high ISO of 12,600. It’s absolutely amazing that the new pro-level cameras can capture images which are decent at these levels. The pictures had a fair amount of noise (graininess) because of the high ISO, but I was able to take most of the noise out in Photoshop.

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Despite the challenges, it was a fun evening of music and picture-taking. Stay tuned for more images of Christina in the coming weeks.

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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On Beauty

by Blake Robinson

May 7th, 2015    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Julie Kent, by Elizabeth Lippman, for The New York Times.

Julie Kent, by Elizabeth Lippman, for The New York Times.

 

 

 

In my photography, I try to represent beauty whenever I can. I get kidded by my friends sometimes for apparently only wanting to shoot beautiful women.  A quick look at the flash sequence on the homepage of my website  might reinforce that idea. Although, truth be told, I seek beauty in everything I photograph – flowers, landscapes and even men – we’ll call it handsomeness for men!

Beauty in photography seems to be under attack these days. Fashion magazines are criticized for showing models that have been “over-Photoshopped” to an unrealistic ideal. And pictures that win all the awards are often shocking and upsetting, representing violence, natural disasters and all kinds of ugliness.

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Flower (seven), Blake Robinson Photography

Julie Kent, a beautiful person inside and out, is retiring from the American Ballet Theatre this summer, after an amazing 30-year career as a dancer.  Read what Julie said (as reported in The New York Times today).

“I once received a note from the famous Natalia Makarova. She said, essentially, that beauty can save the world — what a big responsibility you have on your shoulders. This concept has meant different things at different times in my life, but it’s been constant in my purpose in ballet: the beauty that is so classically expressed in art and dance.

But there is beauty in everything if you look for it and find it in yourself, and if you contribute it to your world in any way you can. You don’t have to be a ballet dancer.”

Brava to both Julie and Natalia. Not sure if I can save the world, but I’ll keep shooting beauty whenever and wherever I find it.

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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