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Archive for the ‘Portraits’ Category

Looking at People Looking at Art

by Blake Robinson

December 7th, 2018    2 Comments     Add Comment
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It’s great fun to watch – and photograph – people interacting with art. One of my favorite places to do this is the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. We were there last week. 

My rules are as follows: 1) Don’t let the subjects know you are photographing them,  2) try to just get the person or persons in the frame (with the art) without any extra people, and 3) imagine what the person is thinking about the art. 

This young man above was studying the Marc Chagall painting intently – and probably thinking to himself- Huh???

With this couple looking at one of my favorite Henri Rousseau paintings, I imagine the man is trying to explain the meaning of the piece to his girlfriend, but she has a bit of a skeptical look on her face – like – Do you really know what you are talking about?

This woman spent a lot of time trying to figure out this Rene Magritte painting. Here she is nose-to-nose with the hooded figure. Notice how close she is to the work – I expected a guard to come over and yell at her to back away. I’m hoping her close proximity gave her some clarity about the painting’s meaning!

The boy below was hamming it up for his friend, who was taking an iPhone picture of him off to my right.  The boy’s shirt is about the same color as the painting. And, by covering his face, he was perhaps trying to present a blank picture – much as he perceived the painting behind him. 

Can you see how much fun this is for me?

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

 

Window Light – and more!

by Blake Robinson

July 31st, 2018    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Last week I shot in the studio for a second time with my friend, Katie. Some of the images were with window light, such as the first photograph, above. By the way, click on any image to see it LARGER and clearer.  Window light can be beautiful – and has a quality that just can’t be reproduced with artificial lights. 

In this closeup shot, I asked Katie to look right into one of the studio lights. I used a very narrow depth of field. Note that her left eye (right as we view it) and her lips are in sharp focus but most of the rest of the image is soft.  This matches our perception when we look at someone – often our focus/attention is just on parts of a face. 

This photograph is shot in a typical fashion lighting setup, with pretty even lighting all around, but with the main light coming from the right. 

With some of the images, I converted to black and white.  In this one, we have nice, soft window light coming from the left side. 

If you missed my first blogpost of images of Katie, check out http://blog.blakerobinsonphotography.com/katie-in-the-new-studio

Katie is a joy to work with – I told her we make a great team!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

 

 

 

Katie in the New Studio

by Blake Robinson

March 13th, 2018    1 Comment     Add Comment
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As loyal readers will recall, I had a large studio space in an office building in Connecticut for 8 years. When we moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, I set up a dedicated home studio. Katie, pictured here, was my first subject in the new studio space. 

By the way, click on any image in this post to see it LARGER and clearer. This works on a computer, a tablet or a phone.  

Katie, who teaches at a local school here on the island, was a joy to work with. I’m hoping we’ll be able to shoot again!

The new studio space worked well. I don’t have all of the lights and other gear from my  studio space in Connecticut, but sometimes less is more. With a simpler approach to lighting, I can concentrate more on making a strong image. 

I’m ready to take on new clients in Hilton Head now – either in the home studio, at a client’s home or business, or outside – including the beach!  

Thanks for a great shoot, Katie!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

 “Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”