A One-Light Self-Portrait (Bringing the Sun back)
I am in Malé, the capital of the Maldives, and it's raining outside. Raining very hard. I decide to pass the time by shooting a hotel-room self-portrait while waiting for the rain to stop. I want low, late-afternoon sunlight streaming into the room. The reality is a dark, thundery sky and rain lashing the window in torrents. Now, if only I could make the sun come back...
A Quick Two-Speedlight Self-Portrait
With a “round-number” milestone birthday tomorrow, I thought I’d mark the occasion and the passing of time by turning the camera on myself. Like most photographers, I am much more comfortable on the other side of the lens. However, every now and then I feel compelled to put myself in the position of my subjects.
Once I had the camera on a tripod and the lights in the rough position I wanted them, the whole shoot took between five and ten minutes. That was about as long as I could stand it. It was pretty hot to be standing in the midday sun in a suit, but I was naked from the waist down which helped keep things cool :) ...
Posted in Gear
Anatomy of a Photograph: Two Self-Portraits using Off-Camera Flash
I recently resolved to work more intensively on my lighting skills. Although I do augment natural light with strobes occasionally when making location portraits, most of my photographs are made using natural light. I have no aspiration to become a full-time studio photographer; much of my photography occurs in a travel context and I generally […]
Posted in India
The Bread Seller
While wandering through the web of ancient lanes around Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, I came across this man making and selling breads at a stall set up on the side of the street. At the time, I was trying – unsuccessfully – to find my way back to the workshop of the Engraver whom […]
Posted in India
Flirting with the Grim Reaper in India’s Garden City
Last week, I spent a day in the Indian metropolis of Bangalore, also known as the Garden City of India. Bangalore is well known as a centre for India's information-technology sector - it is also called the Silicon Valley of India - and is the third-most populated city in the country. In other words, it's huge. I had a few hours to kill, so I decided to head out with my camera and see what I could find. The fun started with an auto-rickshaw ride into the city centre. I use the word 'fun' loosely, because it was actually pretty terrifying. I am a regular traveller in India, and have become fairly used to the hair-raising driving of auto-rickshaw drivers, but this guy was in a suicidal class of his own...