“Eric Sommer #3″

Eric Sommer at the Hyatt Tunnel Savannh Ga
Canon 7D f2.8 70-200mm zoom lens@ 155mm (EFL on the 7D = 248mm) ISO 2500 f2.8@ 1/350th handheld existing light

Had the great pleasure of photographing Eric and being inspired by his music during a recent swing he made through Savannah on his relentless touring schedule. You can check out his music here.

This entry was written by Craig , posted on Saturday January 07 2012at 05:01 pm , filed under Black and White, Music, People, Portraits, Savannah . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

10 Responses to ““Eric Sommer #3″”

  • wnor says:

    A great place to shoot because of the lighting that one can find here. I love the combination of leading line and the almost silhouette of the main subject. The reflective rail leads right to Eric’s hand, holding the guitar and to the main subject. I also like the presence of Eric’s right hand that stands out against the bright background. To me, it adds a bit stress, as if Eric was having trouble getting across the street. You got great separation from the background in this shot, with this particular lens and a setting of f2.8. How far away were you from Eric when you took this shot. I can guess the distance from Eric and the background structures. The Black and white checkered guitar fits right in with the texture of the rest of the image. So much to enjoy here.

    Great work,

  • Craig says:

    Hey Wes,

    Thank you for the kind words about this shot. I like it a lot too. Most of the credit here goes to Eric becasue to me most of what makes this shot is Eric’s gesture which was all him with no direction from me.

    Eric is a brave soul….living and actually having a life…expressing who he is and what he uniquely has to offer…….what a rarity…..and what an inspiration.

    As far as my distance this is an extremely long effective focal length and its still an environment dominant portrait….another way of saying I was very far away….probably over a 100 feet…..Craig

  • Sam Gray says:

    Hi Craig,

    I am enjoying this image too…brings back lots of good memories when Wes and I met Eric in a coffee shop in Savannah. Truly a friendly, fun and sincere guy. One of the highlights from the Savannah workshop, Wes and Eric with some coffee to boot, what a trip…


  • aprilS says:

    There’s such a great feeling in this image that I clicked on the link to Eric’s music and…wow! Double your pleasure, double your fun. :)

    P.S. I see he’s coming to Chicago next August; cool.

  • tonebytone says:

    Wes said it all – commenting on why I like this image so much. I also like that he’s not quite a silhouette, that there’s some detail in his dark form. I know you’d talked about this during the Oct Composition workshop.


  • SKIUL8R says:

    I love the image and the toned treatment really captures a wonderful mood. Why did you unconventionally crop this photo? Instead of giving him space to walk into you turned convention on it’s ear and put him up against the edge….Was this more of factor of space to work with (like parked cars right outside the left edge) or did you have some other thought in mind?
    Fantastic Image,

  • Dundalk69 says:


    I’ve been following you for years (back to Radiant Vista) and enjoy very much your work, your philosophy, and your teaching. I’ve sent two emails via the contact page without reply so I’m attempting via this forum. I’m curious if your ever going to resume your daily/weekly critiques or add any other new content? As a big fan of your site, I hope the recent lull in activity is not due to anything negative – hopefully it is because you’ve been just too busy with positive things in your life.


  • SKIUL8R says:

    I have to admit that I miss you myself. I hope all is well.

  • Craig says:

    Hey Matthias,

    Thanks for stopping by and thank you for asking. I took a very, very long break. I’m back with a lot of energy and a lot of creative projects in the works.

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