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3 Chateaux and a Cathredral

by Blake Robinson

June 12th, 2014    0 Comments     Add Comment

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On our recent trip to France, we saw a lot of – well – OLD buildings! Pictured above is Chateau d’Angers, home of the famous Apocalypse Tapestries. You can read about the Chateau here.

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Most of the days were overcast, but we did have a sunny day to see Chateau d’Usse, pictured above. This chateau is said to have inspired the Sleeping Beauty fable.  Read more about it here.

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This is Chenonceau, one of the most famous Loire Valley chateaux. Read about it here. Another view of the chateau appears below. Kings, mistresses, queens, lots a drama at this place.

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We also went to Chartres Cathedral, pictured below.  The most memorable story about Chartres for me is about World War II. As the Allies were advancing through France, they believed many Germans were holed up at the cathedral and were ready to shoot at them from the towers. There was an order to destroy the cathedral, but a Colonel Griffith ignored the order, went behind enemy lines and found out that, in fact, there were no Germans there. The cathedral was spared. Way to go, Colonel Griffith! You can read about Chartres Cathedral.

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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Channeling Martin Schoeller

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Martin Schoeller is a very famous portrait photographer with a unique and instantly recognizaable style.

At right is a portrait he took of Jack Nicholson, which is pretty representative. Schoeller is shootng up close to his subject and uses two vertical strip lights, one on each side of the camera. Notice the two catchlights in the eyes. The expressions tend to be serious or almost blank. The eyes are in very sharp focus but most of the rest of the head falls out of focus fairly quickly.

His subjects are almost always squared up to the camera. And the background lighting is always brightest close to the shoulders and less bright higher in the image.

Here’s another portrait Schoeller did, of Timothy Geitner, for the New York Times Magazine cover last weekend.

 

 

 

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I’m intrigued by Schoeller’s work. It certainly causes the viewer to look twice. And there is a strong connection between the subject and the viewer.

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You can see more of Schoeller’s work here.

I think the technique works better for men than for women. Cate Blanchett was likely game for this picture, as there are thousands of flattering images of her. But I’m not going to try this lighting technique on my female clients unless they ask for it!

This morning in the studio, I experimented with Schoeller’s style with a few selfies. I had some with the blank/serous look, but decided to edit one with at least a hint of a smile.

I’d love to know what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Square Crops for Kids

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Square crops will often work well for kids – and adults too – by themselves or in a small group.

Pictured here are Shawn and Owen. My assignment was to do individual images of them, but as they were sitting together clowning around, I grabbed a few shots.

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Their grandmother will put several of these together in one frame as a gift to the boys’ parents. Great fun to shoot with these youngsters!

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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