Canon 5D MarkII Lensbaby Composer ISO 6400 f2.0@ 1/45th
Really like the energy in this shot. Subject, colors and composition all come together to create a very dynamic image.
Like the dynamic color in this shot, red, blue, green, yellow and that splash of “neon” magenta. The repeating patterns in the background echo the frets on the guitar and the magenta highlights have that great pick shape to them. All that, some split focus (look like it to me) and a great expression make for a wonderful image…love the latest series.
Tim and Sam have said it all. The only thing this image lacks is the sound! I think you have just about every color of the rainbow here, too, except true red.
Craig, did you ever use Live View for focusing with the Lensbaby? Just wondered, as the focus doesn’t seem to be tack sharp like you’ve been able to get with LB images shot in brighter light. Or is the softness due to the high ISO, even tho there is little if any noise? Also, 1/45th second is just on the edge of hand-holding sharpness.
Love & Hugs,
Hey Tim, Sam and Flo,
Thank you for being here. Happy to hear you like this one. Flo…. about the sharpness…. no I have not used live view yet at all on my new Canon 5D Mark II. .Jeff is a very dynamic performer. The combination of F2 on the Lensbaby along with him moving quite a bit and me shooting at a 45th meant that most of the shots in this series were soft all the way around. This also looks really soft coming on the heels of Walter’s shot which was taken with an extremely sharp lens and shot with strobe which adds to the perception of sharpness even more because the duration of the strobe is so fast it creates the equivalent in some parts of the image of shooting at a very high shutter speed.
There is an element of the softness that I like here in terms of it creating a sense of musical movement…. Craig
I do like the softness. It just surprised me to see it after some sharper images!
I’d bet that this is what his music looks like…
Thinking about this image before drifting off into my nap… :)
I wondered what it might look like flipped. Gave that a go this evening, and it’s a rare instance where I like the variation!
I think because it implies the musician throwing his music out toward the audience and inviting them to enjoy, rather than being confronted by the audience looking in.
What an interesting implied triangle between photographer, musician, and audience. Which one am I…?
I hadn’t noticed it on the first pass, but there are all kinds of funky angles here that really make it dynamic. The only thing orthogonal to the frame is the gaze of the musician. Perfect.
Hum, April – I think you’re onto something! In Craig’s version, and if we read the image from left to right, it seems to be the light/reaction/appreciation from his audience that he’s receiving and playing to. Synergy – give and take – interaction.
In the horizontally flipped version, then he seems to be sending out his music to the audience. Also the light on his face doesn’t seem to have as great an impact. Visually, I like the flipped version better – but emotionally I like Craig’s version better! Amazing!
You’ve concocted a signature palette Craig. Not so much the heavily gel’d look of some of your theatrical shots… (which are fine) but this image is illustrative of what seems to be an insightful way to do color as composition by cranking up the pastels into primaries… I took, for example your 5/19 posting into CS4 then with filter->Noise -> Median (at 14) I pulled out just the colored for to which I restored the dynamic range with a curves adjustment layer.
The result is, as you undoubtedly realize, a composition in the pure colors that you’ve imagined and arranged into an emotional wallop! A quick review shows the palette developing in your portraits early on, but it’s clearly grown as you’ve chosen to investigate portrait compositions from the primary forms of this interesting … well… imagining. What a delightful device to pull us through the plane by our feelings.
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