Mono magic ~ Urban Portrait workshop pictures of Stina

Sep 1, 2010 | Flash, Location | 18 comments

Minimalist light and a strong pose create a striking image

1. Minimalist natural light and a strong pose creates a striking image.

All the shots from Mondays workshop have been processed by Luke in black and white. My shots were taken using prime lenses and we shot in extreme exposure situations to challenge and educate us all.

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2. Dappled sunlight is perfect for beauty shots when used well.

3. Simple natural light portraits like this made up 80% of the workshop.

3. Simple natural light portraits like this made up 80% of the workshop.

4. A slash of flash set up this simple portrait.

4. A slash of flash set up this simple portrait.

5. I love natural light contra jour portraits.

5. I love natural light contra jour portraits.

6. Simple key and kick lighting created by the urban environment.

6. Simple key and kick lighting created by the urban environment.

7. I always look for an alternative angle. Stina's soft shadow is accentuated by her bias cut dress.

7. I always look for an alternative angle. Stina's soft shadow is accentuated by her bias cut dress.

8. Key and kick lighting at a very low level gave us a challenge to capture sharp pictures.

8. Key and kick lighting at a very low level gave us a challenge to capture sharp pictures.

Orange and blue colours blinded us at this location. This mono shot clears the tones and simplifies the lines.

9. Orange and blue colours blinded us at this location. This mono shot clears the tones and simplifies the lines. We had the choice of doubling the light but I like the simple single shadow lighting.

10. Striking light occurs in the most unlikely places. I love converging lines and grids.

10. Striking light occurs in the most unlikely places. I love converging lines and grids.

11. Natural light, a door and a drain pipe provide the perfect space for Stina to occupy.

11. Natural light, a door and a drain pipe provide the perfect space for Stina to occupy.

12. The word on the left is 'bombed' but looks better shortened to bed. Stina's pose and the low viewpoint make the shot for me.

12. The word on the left is 'bombed' but looks better shortened to 'bed'. Stina's pose and the low viewpoint make the shot for me. A splash of flash from a Speedlight on a stand brings the shot alive.

13. I couldn't resist this frame.

13. I couldn't resist this frame.

14. Rivets and a tight crop add to the intensity of the shot.

14. Rivets and a tight crop add to the intensity of this shot.

15. As the day got hotter, Stina got cooler. Aviators helped the look.

15. As the day got hotter, Stina got cooler. Aviators helped the look.

16. Stina's cool look adds to the gravity of the forced framing.

16. Stina's cool look adds to the gravity created by the forced framing.

We had a great shoot session on Monday pushing ourselves and our kit to the limits. All these pictures were taken with either a 50mm f/1.2 lens or a 100mm f/2.8 lens.

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18 Comments

  1. Robert Sail

    Nicely processed, not over done. The black and white with enhanced contrast packs a punch. Keep shotting.

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    • damien

      Wow thanks Robert.

      I will keep shooting. You can bank on that :)

      Cheers,

      Damien.

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    • damien

      Hi John,

      It was great to have you on the shoot. Thanks for your kind words,

      Damien.

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    • damien

      Thanks Will,

      I’m loving the mono look too at the moment. It suits my way of shooting at the moment.

      Cheers, Damien.

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  2. Chriss

    inspiration, inspiration, inspiration! WOW! Less is more, and in black and white too… Really cool Mr D…..

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    • damien

      Thanks Chris, I hope you are well and braced for the winter! Cheers, Damien.

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  3. Maryke du Toit

    Stunning photos!

    Maryke

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    • damien

      Thanks Maryke! Cheers, Damien.

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  4. James Jones

    Another fantastic day – thanks Damien. Also big thank you to Stina, you were fab!

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    • damien

      Thanks James, What great weather we had too. Cheers, Damien.

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  5. julie moult

    Many many thanks for a great day Damien :)

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    • damien

      Thanks Julie. You are always welcome. Damien.

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    • damien

      Thanks again Benny!

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  6. Richie

    Damien –

    I like them all but I’m loving #6!

    For #6, did you use any modifiers on the key or kick?

    Richie

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    • damien

      Hi Richie, The key and kick lighting was natural daylight. Nothing to modify. Cheers, Damien.

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