I’ve contemplated medium format for a good few years now. I disliked it in my film days, because it was just far too cumbersome. I possibly didn’t persevere for long enough, but should you really have to adapt yourself to become accustomed to a tool of the trade? I much prefer when a tool can adapt to my particular style of shooting, and meet my needs without unnecessary drama.
This was a rather nice shoot, and a bit of a reunion. Hannah is a violinist and tutor, and needed some imagery for her website which promotes her sessional work. I say a reunion, because I had photographed Hannah and her boyfriend a good few years ago, when they were members of Montego Bay.
Meet Damien McGlade, photographer and a long time friend. Although he did scare the hell out of me when I first met him. But that’s another story.
Whilst I only had the ELB1200 Action and Pro head to play with, I fancied my chances with pushing the Pro head as far as I could with the Skyport HS transmitter.
This is a very simple and quick portrait setup, giving quite a nice three dimensional feel to the image.
The above image is a composite of four images, suggested by my assistant Wayne. The original portraits were to be full length, in an environment conducive to an era when a string quartet would have been very much at home.
The technique demonstrated is “short lighting”, where an accent light is used on the far side of the subject’s face, which then has a slimming effect to their features. This wasn’t a portrait session, but a quick demonstration example, shot during a mentoring session.
This is the portrait of Wayne Myers I shot for the blog entry on the launch of his own career as a full time professional, as opposed to working full time for me.