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Posts Tagged ‘fun’

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”


Fun with Oversized Sweaters!






Please click on any image to view it in a LARGER size.

Last week, I had the pleasure of shooting again with my friend, J.D., an actor and model. Regular readers will recognize her from my January blog post, Shooting with an Actor.


J.D. wanted to try some images with big, stretchy sweaters. I was game! We didn’t really have a plan for the pose concepts, rather just to try different looks and see what worked.

I had two lights on the background to make it almost pure white and also provide a bit of wraparound light. There was one big soft box above and just to the left of the camera and a reflector below the frame to bounce a bit of soft light back into her face. This is a flattering lighting setup overall, while still allowing for shading on the right side of her face to add dimension and depth to the images.

Capture0105-2-950px-EditJ. D., you are a joy to shoot with.   The best shoots are the ones where the model and the photographer collaborate in the creative process – as we did here.

OK, are you surely clicking on each image to see it bigger on your screen? It makes a difference – Try it! Thanks as always for your interest in my work.

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”


Playing with Marbles


Last week, I spent a couple of enjoyable hours playing with marbles. Loyal readers will recall I sometimes do closeup (macro) shooting of marbles or other colorful objects. This is partly for fun, partly for testing out lighting ideas and partly just a creative exercise.



Here’s an iPhone picture of my setup.  The marbles were propped up on an upside-down Chinet plate, with a blue poster background for most shots, and two lights on the sides in umbrellas (one visible in the upper right corner here).

The camera was on a tripod – something I never do when shooting portraits.







There wasn’t much editing in Photoshop for these – punching up the color slightly was about it. In most of the pictures, there’s very little area in sharp focus. In the photograph above, just a tiny bit of the blemishes in the green marble is sharp. And of course there’s a marked drop off in focus as you move further back in the image – I purposely went for a very narrow depth of field.

As always, I’d welcome any reactions, comments, questions on the pictures.  I’m aiming to do more of this type of shooting over the next few months – who doesn’t enjoy playing with marbles?

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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