Photo: Trinity

An older image of Trinity that I just processed.

I recently purchased a hand painted canvas backdrop from Oliphant Studios in New York. I love it so much! It was rather scary ordering it over the phone, but I trusted that Sarah, the artist, who has been doing this a long, long time, knows what she is doing. They are pretty pricey and I agonized over the size I should get. Initially, I thought I could get away with a 9’ x 12’, but in the end, decided on a 9’ x 16’ instead. Much larger that I need right now, but you never know what the future will hold.

Buy once, cry once :)

Anyway, I have the Oliphant set up on the ‘chair’ side of my studio, which I thought I’d be using more. But wouldn’t ya know, I’ve fallen in love with the ‘table’ side set up, which still has the thunder gray seamless as the backdrop.

Crap!

I tried moving the table set up over to the Oliphant side, but for some reason, I didn’t like the results as much and moved it back. So now I am not using the Oliphant side that much :(

Well, I love the effect of the Oliphant backdrop so much, that I have since tried to recreate it on images that were shot against the gray seamless. This is one of those attempts. Definitely NOT THE SAME as the Oliphant, but I guess you can say ‘similar’. There is just something so authentic about the Oliphant, I really can’t put my finger on it. A ‘classic’ look. So, do I get another one for the other side? I think YES! But first, I want to use the one I have a little more. Then I’ll decide if I want to get another identical one or a different texture/color. One thing is for sure, it won’t be 9’ x 16’!

This image was taken against the Oliphant.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/reginapagles/14388313591/

Lighting info:
- AlienBee B800 in med. soft box, camera right at aprox. 30 degree angle
- AlienBee B800 in med. octabox behind camera, up high, for fill
- AlienBee B800 with 40 degree grid behind subject, aimed at Thunder Grey seamless background

Canon 5d Mkll
Canon 24-105mm 'L' Lens
F/11 - 125th sec. - 125 ISO
Photoshop CS6

http://reginapaglesphotography.com
https://www.flickr.com/photos/reginapagles/
www.facebook.com/ReginaPagles
http://500px.com/reginapagles
Photo: Model: Rory Riccella

When a subject has the ability to express so much emotion with just their eyes, like Rory has here, I feel like I just won the lottery. I can't express how elated I am when I see results like this one. Unfortunately, most subjects don't naturally possess this skill and it is often times very challenging to teach on the fly. I've started to ask my subjects to squint and bulge their eyes at the same time. This helps, but only for those that know how to squint! Surprisingly, I have encountered some that can't for the life of them, squint their eyes. Eventually, we work through it, but it is very refreshing to have it come so naturally.

Lighting info:
- AlienBee B800 in med. soft box, camera left at aprox. 30 degree angle
- AlienBee B800 in med. octabox behind camera, up high, for fill
- AlienBee B800 with 40 degree grid behind subject, aimed at Thunder Grey seamless background

Canon 5d Mkll
Canon 24-105mm 'L' Lens
F/11 - 125th sec. - 125 ISO
Photoshop CS6

http://reginapaglesphotography.com
https://www.flickr.com/photos/reginapagles/
www.facebook.com/ReginaPagles
http://500px.com/reginapagles
Photo: Love these people :)
Photo:
Photo: Model: Aaron Mendoza

Oh my, here is another of Mr. Mendoza, aka ‘Dozer’, a rather different side.

I was grasping at straws trying to come up with an idea for this shoot with Aaron. I knew with his boyish good looks, it wouldn't be difficult to get some ‘nice’ shots, but I wanted something different. I wanted something dark. I saw an image on Pinterest by Annie Leibovitz of Jimmy Fallon in mime make up and a light bulb went off. I had never imagined Jimmy in such a portrait, just as I would never imagine Aaron in something similar. Completely out of character. That’s what I wanted!

We did some with a beret and some with the top hat. Some were with just the red striped shirt and others with the black leather jacket. I liked this combination best, but mostly, it was the one with the best expression. Sadly, we waited till the very end of the shoot to do these and by then, Aaron was a little tired in the eyes. So, unfortunately, the majority were below my expectations. The make up can only add so much. The expression still HAS to be there. Otherwise, it’s just a guy in make up. No story. The expression tells the story, ALONG with the makeup and clothes.

So, not my best, but a fun image regardless!

Lighting info:
- AlienBee B800 in med. soft box, camera left at aprox. 30 degree angle
- AlienBee B800 in med. octabox behind camera, up high, for fill
- AlienBee B800 with 40 degree grid behind subject, aimed at Thunder Grey seamless background

Canon 5d Mkll
Canon 24-105mm 'L' Lens
F/11 - 125th sec. - 125 ISO
Photoshop CS6

http://reginapaglesphotography.com
https://www.flickr.com/photos/reginapagles/
www.facebook.com/ReginaPagles
http://500px.com/reginapagles
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Trinity

An older image of Trinity that I just processed.

I recently purchased a hand painted canvas backdrop from Oliphant Studios in New York. I love it so much! It was rather scary ordering it over the phone, but I trusted that Sarah, the artist, who has been doing this a long, long time, knows what she is doing. They are pretty pricey and I agonized over the size I should get. Initially, I thought I could get away with a 9’ x 12’, but in the end, decided on a 9’ x 16’ instead. Much larger that I need right now, but you never know what the future will hold.

Buy once, cry once :)

Anyway, I have the Oliphant set up on the ‘chair’ side of my studio, which I thought I’d be using more. But wouldn’t ya know, I’ve fallen in love with the ‘table’ side set up, which still has the thunder gray seamless as the backdrop.

Crap!

I tried moving the table set up over to the Oliphant side, but for some reason, I didn’t like the results as much and moved it back. So now I am not using the Oliphant side that much :(

Well, I love the effect of the Oliphant backdrop so much, that I have since tried to recreate it on images that were shot against the gray seamless. This is one of those attempts. Definitely NOT THE SAME as the Oliphant, but I guess you can say ‘similar’. There is just something so authentic about the Oliphant, I really can’t put my finger on it. A ‘classic’ look. So, do I get another one for the other side? I think YES! But first, I want to use the one I have a little more. Then I’ll decide if I want to get another identical one or a different texture/color. One thing is for sure, it won’t be 9’ x 16’!

This image was taken against the Oliphant.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/reginapagles/14388313591/

Lighting info:
- AlienBee B800 in med. soft box, camera right at aprox. 30 degree angle
- AlienBee B800 in med. octabox behind camera, up high, for fill
- AlienBee B800 with 40 degree grid behind subject, aimed at Thunder Grey seamless background

Canon 5d Mkll
Canon 24-105mm 'L' Lens
F/11 - 125th sec. - 125 ISO
Photoshop CS6

http://reginapaglesphotography.com
https://www.flickr.com/photos/reginapagles/
www.facebook.com/ReginaPagles
http://500px.com/reginapagles

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