"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be." —John Wooden

People ShowcaseFun Session with John

User avatar
Duck
Key Founding Member
Key Founding Member
Posts: 2339
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:31 am
Location: Shelton, CT
Social Media Opt-In: Yes
Editing option: Yes, feel free to edit my image
Contact:

Fun Session with John

Post by Duck » Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:58 am

This story begins some seven months (or more) ago. When I had my tattoo shop, Jeannine (my other artist) had a boyfriend who was a musician with a really cool look to him. Of course you know the adage, "if you want interesting photos, photograph interesting subjects." So I told John I had to get him up to my studio some day to take photos. Well, one thing led to another and life interfered but finally he and I connected for a session at the end of last month. I had put together a mood board on Pinterest to help John visualize some of the ideas I had for the shoot. We spent about three hours and a few costume and setup changes later we had a good collection of images. not all are great but considering I am still learning how to properly light people, I think I did fairly well.

Anyhow, here are some of the images from that day's shoot.
Unitas_Photography-John.jpg
Unitas_Photography-Neon.jpg
Unitas_Photography-John_M.jpg
"If you didn't learn something new today, you wasted a day."
Image ImageImageImageImage

User avatar
Duck
Key Founding Member
Key Founding Member
Posts: 2339
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:31 am
Location: Shelton, CT
Social Media Opt-In: Yes
Editing option: Yes, feel free to edit my image
Contact:

Post by Duck » Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:59 am

...a few more...
Unitas_Photography-Jackson_Ad.jpg
Unitas_Photography-John_playing.jpg
Unitas_Photography-Fire.jpg
"If you didn't learn something new today, you wasted a day."
Image ImageImageImageImage

User avatar
Psjunkie
Mentoris Secundus
Mentoris Secundus
Posts: 1263
Joined: Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:20 am
Social Media Opt-In: No
Editing option: Yes, feel free to edit my image
Contact:

Post by Psjunkie » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:23 am

Looks to me like you have already learnt.....

User avatar
Duck
Key Founding Member
Key Founding Member
Posts: 2339
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:31 am
Location: Shelton, CT
Social Media Opt-In: Yes
Editing option: Yes, feel free to edit my image
Contact:

Post by Duck » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:33 am

Psjunkie wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:23 am
Looks to me like you have already learnt.....
Thanks of that vote of confidence, but the hard truth is that I have a looooonnnnngggg way to go. That's why I didn't post these in the critique section because I can see so many issues with them. John, on the other hand, loved them all.
"If you didn't learn something new today, you wasted a day."
Image ImageImageImageImage

User avatar
PietFrancke
Mentoris Secundus
Mentoris Secundus
Posts: 1022
Joined: Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:38 pm
Location: WV
Social Media Opt-In: Yes
Editing option: Yes, feel free to edit my image
Contact:

Post by PietFrancke » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:00 am

some of those shots look pretty damn good to me. I think the first and second and pretty edgy. I think I can see why he was happy.

User avatar
davechinn
Mentoris Secundus
Mentoris Secundus
Posts: 1207
Joined: Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:01 pm
Location: Ky
Social Media Opt-In: Yes
Editing option: No, please do not edit my images
Contact:

Post by davechinn » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:56 am

Duck wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:58 am
This story begins some seven months (or more) ago. When I had my tattoo shop, Jeannine (my other artist) had a boyfriend who was a musician with a really cool look to him. Of course you know the adage, "if you want interesting photos, photograph interesting subjects." So I told John I had to get him up to my studio some day to take photos. Well, one thing led to another and life interfered but finally he and I connected for a session at the end of last month. I had put together a mood board on Pinterest to help John visualize some of the ideas I had for the shoot. We spent about three hours and a few costume and setup changes later we had a good collection of images. not all are great but considering I am still learning how to properly light people, I think I did fairly well.

Anyhow, here are some of the images from that day's shoot.

Unitas_Photography-John.jpg
Unitas_Photography-Neon.jpg
Unitas_Photography-John_M.jpg


Excellent concept !!! An interesting subject does go a long way, but so does the ability to capture a subject in an interesting composition & lighting such as you have here. A knock out series for sure. If this is not the finished results, I would love to see them when complete. Although, I can't imagine how much further one could go with the processing, but the sky is the limit with imagination.
Dave

User avatar
minniev
Mentoris Legatus
Mentoris Legatus
Posts: 3029
Joined: Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:55 am
Location: Mississippi
Social Media Opt-In: Yes
Editing option: Yes, feel free to edit my image
Contact:

Post by minniev » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:41 pm

Duck wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:58 am
This story begins some seven months (or more) ago. When I had my tattoo shop, Jeannine (my other artist) had a boyfriend who was a musician with a really cool look to him. Of course you know the adage, "if you want interesting photos, photograph interesting subjects." So I told John I had to get him up to my studio some day to take photos. Well, one thing led to another and life interfered but finally he and I connected for a session at the end of last month. I had put together a mood board on Pinterest to help John visualize some of the ideas I had for the shoot. We spent about three hours and a few costume and setup changes later we had a good collection of images. not all are great but considering I am still learning how to properly light people, I think I did fairly well.

Anyhow, here are some of the images from that day's shoot.

Unitas_Photography-John.jpg
Unitas_Photography-Neon.jpg
Unitas_Photography-John_M.jpg
So you look a lesson from Ernst and “grabbed one off the street”! It worked, he made a great subject and ya’ll came up with some interesting images with lots of creativity. They look great to me! Even if you had posted it in the Critique section, I wouldn’t have the expertise (in People, Lighting or Composites) to give you more than an uninformed opinion. If you ever want some more expert feedback on this type of image we actually have a member, donolea (he hasn’t posted much but he’s a great guy and I’m sure would respond) who does some of this sort of stuff. https://don-olea.pixels.com.
"God gave me photography so that I could pray with my eyes" - Dewitt Jones

User avatar
Charles Haacker
Mentoris Primus
Mentoris Primus
Posts: 1749
Joined: Mon May 01, 2017 7:20 pm
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Social Media Opt-In: No
Editing option: No, please do not edit my images
Contact:

Post by Charles Haacker » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:47 pm

I shot portraits for a living full time for 16 years. You are being too self-critical, Duck. This is awesome, AWESOME stuff! The split lighting is right for the subject. He is fierce. They are fierce! Perfection has a lot in common with happiness: you are encouraged to pursue it but rarely will any of us actually catch it. :D
Friends call me Chuck. :photo: This link takes you to my Flickr albums. Please click on any album to scroll through it.
(I prefer to present pictures in albums because I can put them in specific order.)

All the great photographers use cameras! No, really. :|

User avatar
Matt Quinn
Mentoris Primus
Mentoris Primus
Posts: 1957
Joined: Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:12 pm
Location: MD in winter: Cape Cod in summer
Social Media Opt-In: No
Editing option: No, please do not edit my images
Contact:

Post by Matt Quinn » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:02 pm

Masterful, Duck. They look darn good to me. You caught his many manly moods. Nice start!!!! Matt
Matt Quinn

"One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind." Dorothea Lange

User avatar
Duck
Key Founding Member
Key Founding Member
Posts: 2339
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:31 am
Location: Shelton, CT
Social Media Opt-In: Yes
Editing option: Yes, feel free to edit my image
Contact:

Post by Duck » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:11 am

Thank you all for the wonderful comments and encouragements. I had so much fun that I almost forgot my lack of confidence in photographing people. I guess it's because I know John and didn't feel like I had to 'perform' in front of him. He was also into it and was in no rush to leave the studio. All those combinations made for a perfect sitting.

To push things further I have decided to kick it up a notch.

My studio is in a century old building complex full of character and charm. There are about three dozen tennants, most of them small business owners, craftspeople and artisans. I am teaming up with the landlord to promote a maker space he is setting up by doing a free social media headshot session for building tenants only. Tenants get introduced to this new space, they get a headshot and I get publicity. A win, win situation. Let's see where this goes...

Here's the flyer I'll be posting soon.
Conti_Headshots.jpg
(Image courtesy of Unsplash.com)
Conti_Headshots.jpg (70.21 KiB) Viewed 251 times
"If you didn't learn something new today, you wasted a day."
Image ImageImageImageImage

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider] and 1 guest