Some Models Never Complain

I photograph people most of the time, and that means I work hard to manage skin tones. At the Griffith Observatory over the weekend, I snapped this picture of the James Dean statue.  It’s nice to be able to play with extreme color variations without worrying about offending the model.

I consider harsh midday light and a hazy background sub-optimal for portraits. This statue didn't mind holding still in the blazing sun, and hasn't said a word about the exaggerated contrast and saturation of the finished image.

I rarely experiment with cross-processing photographs of people, but I've yet to receive any complaints from statues.


Filed under Just for FUN, Portraiture, Post Processing

2 responses to “Some Models Never Complain

  1. Ted Hammond

    I use a Canon 50D with a 15-200 mm Zoom lens. I carry a 50 mm. The purpose of the camera is to take dolphin and other species dorsal fins for Identification when doing open water surveys. I am getting ready to go into the field again starting in October for four months in West Africa. I was wondering if there were other lenses you might suggest I take with me as I wish to take pictures of the local folks working with us and the villages where we stay during the survey. I wanted to obtain a 15-300 Zoom, but it is heavier and I am not sure of the advantage in taking dorsin pictures. I try to prevent motion and shaky pictures while at sea to a minimum.
    Thank you. TH

    • I’m reluctant to offer gear suggestions, because everyone sees so differently. I like my fifty as a walk-around and people lens. In your situation, I might add a 28mm fast lens (I believe Canon makes a 28 f/1.8) to the mix. It would give you a little wider angle of view, but not so wide that you have to deal with distortion in every image. But you know, you can always take a few steps backward with the fifty, too.

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