Black (& White) Friday: Channelling Gregory Heisler

self portrait in black and white

I am a HUGE fan of portrait photography and I can’t seem to get enough of what other people shoot and how they shoot it. I also love creative self portraits… but this is not one of them. Aside from working on my lighting technique one day, I decided to have a little fun and channel a bit of this Gregory Heisler image…

Heisler-Sarria

 

Ok, that’s probably enough posts featuring yours truly for quite a while. Here’s to me finding some other willing subjects in the near future :)

 

Processing Someone Else’s Image

 

For the past few weeks I have been participating in a weekly before/after image processing series curated by my friend Stacy over at Visual Venturing. The remarkable part about the series is that last Friday’s post marked her six month anniversary publishing the After-Before Friday posts. To mark the occasion, Stacy asked everyone who has participated in the series to submit an image to be voted on. The winning image would then be edited by each participant, and unveiled at last week’s anniversary post.

Here’s the unprocessed version of the winning image by Karen Chengelis of KCinAZ.

Riverfront

Processing another photographer’s image was an interesting exercise, and I’m still trying to digest the feeling. Now, I an in no way an expert retoucher, but I have often wondered what it would be like to retouch an image made by someone else.

This image is an excellent one, and I’m pretty sure I’ve got a very similar one from my trip to Florence, but I’ve come to realize that there are certain elements that photographers either look for or plan for when they’re out shooting on the streets or in a studio. This is a well exposed image, and nicely composed, but it helped me realize that I intentionally (or perhaps unintentionally) under expose my images to suit my preferred contrasty, sort of gritty editing style.

Below is my version of the image, and if you click here you can see the other bloggers interpretations as well. It was a really fun exercise and I wouldn’t hesitate to edit someone else’s image again.

ABFriday - Shane Francescut

What are your thoughts on post processing? Do you have a certain style? Can you envision the finished image while you’re shooting it? Have you ever edited another person’s image, how did you find the process? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

 

My First Street Image

This image and I go way back. In fact, I think I took this shot on my very first street photography shooting attempt. At the time, I had no idea what I was doing or what I was looking for, but for some reason this particular image has stuck with me from that day.

I think the thing that strikes me most about the image, despite it’s poor quality, is the contradiction between the two strong opposing lines of the windows in the building, and the leading lines that force the viewer up through the middle of the image.

The journey seems to begin at the lady frozen by her cell phone, then travel up the stairs to the patrolling security guard as he passes, and finally through to the tip of the Christmas tree.

It’s an image that proves that image quality doesn’t necessarily matter, since I was still shooting in jpeg at the time, but the combination of photographic elements do matter. Perhaps no one else will think much of this shot, but it has always been one of my favorite shots.

x-mas tree

Black (& White) Friday: Graceful and Deadly

This is a new take on an old friend. I think I’ve shared this image at some point in the past, but in colour. So, I decided to try it out in black and white and I think I really like the result.

I’m not sure if it’s simply because I’m Canadian and we have these big fluffy guys in our Great White North, but I’m fascinated by polar bears. They’re such massive animals that truly live at the top of the food chain. This was shot at the Toronto Zoo, and though I’ve written about my feelings on captive animals in the past, this will likely be my only opportunity to see these beautiful beasts up close.

I love animals and nature so much, and I feel that this image captures the true innocence and grace of the polar bear.

polar bear b/w