This Time in Color!

This Time in Color!

Black and White wasn’t the only thing going for these guys, the light which wasn’t the greatest when we first got there, was getting better and helped create a lot of nice shadows. Shadows can be a very powerful aspect when included in the composition. For a lot of those shots when the light was harsh the shadows were great to have. The reenactor below, who couldn’t keep a straight face if her life depended on it, posed beautifully on the staircase where the shadows actually add to her surrounding.

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Then of course you have this General who was probably the quietest out of all the reenactors but made a very convinsing somber man. It seemed like the only places we had him were besides buildings, but that’s okay his shadow did wonders.

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As you can see the background made everything with these guys and the buildings on the Sully Plantation were just killer. The General was a great sport and stood here in front of this particular buildings for a good 20 minutes before he finally walked away. In case any of you were wondering none of this was flash everything was just natural light.

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Now in case anyone was wondering why i choose to use a 70-200 for these shots instead of something like a 50 f/1.4, it’s for two reasons. The first and most important, when working with people you haven’t worked with before and you’re in a big group, getting physically close to them with a camera can be very uncomfortable for that person. The 70-200 gives enough range that I don’t have to be close. The second reason just has to do with courtesy, since there was 60 of us there, if everyone got up close then there would always be someone in the shot. It’s just more polite and easier to move around this way.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

The Reenactors

The Reenactors

This past week at Photoshop World has just been a blast and it has gone by so fast that it’s hard for me to be back in my office already. Every Photoshop World is a little bit better than the last, partly because the staff is always trying to improve the experience for the participants. Photoshop World always starts off with Precons, this year there was ten different ones. For the Photo Safari it was off to Virginia to meet with some real Civil War reenactors who did a outstanding job portraying people from the period. You might of course notice Honest Abe there who happens to be none other than infamous Russell Brown, not a reenactor but certainly a convincing President. Heck I’d vote for him.

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Now this was by far the most challenging of Precon shoots I’ve been to so far mostly because it required communicating with very accurate reenactors, which has never been my strong suite. So I might have, sorta, kinda sponged off of a few other people’s idea’s when it came to the positioning. Hey if it’s a good idea why knock it.

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Now while I was out there I was thinking of black and white. I was also thinking of tin types. SilverEfex has a great filter for both, which was what these were converted in. Tin Type’s can be a lot of fun but I find a limitation on how often they can be used, mostly because the subject matter just doesn’t support the conversion. This is one of those instances when it fits absolutely perfectly.

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The two gentleman above are a general and a governor. Both played their characters brilliantly to the point where it was difficult to get them to talk about themselves! Even so they made for excellent subjects. The Governor bellow posed especially well, he was so relaxed watching the 60 or so photographers move around the place.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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