Gerard Blair  

Classical Profile by Gerard Blair

March 2023 - Classical Profile

About the Image(s)

Recently been learning about Renaissance art - and the early portraits where there were many pure profiles inspired in part by the Roman coins and medals being unearthed.
This month's image is my attempt at a self-profile.

Lighting from the right side - white board on the left for bounce
Processed in Photoshop and Nik collection (Color and Silver)

f11.0 1/30 ISO320

Canon EOS 6D Mark II - Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Gerrard_ First impression: He would be a formidable opponent in a poker game. IOW your portrait is more than a "this is what he looks like," image. It's strong and tells us something about him. I am the first to admit that I am portraiture challenged. Having said that, I wish that the shadows on his right side were not distracting to me. I wonder if the shadows could be fixed by using a low luminance light on his right side. Just enough to open the shadows, without destroying the strength of the image.

  Posted: 03/04/2023 14:26:07

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
You have captured the high contrast light of Renaissance portraits. How did you produce the black background. The shadows on the face are a key component of the style, and could be stronger if you did not use the reflector.
  Posted: 03/09/2023 12:46:06
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Yes - to both you and Peter
The lighting was a compromise - between the total black and the well lit. I can make it darker with a slider :-)
Frankly I like the light on the "crown" because it seems to show more hair than is really left - but that is vanity rather than art.
  Posted: 03/13/2023 12:44:36

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Gerard, A very strong portrait with good lighting. The Crisp Sharpness makes the image far sharper than a painter could and, along with Character, is the chief attribute of the image. The light is nicely balanced. Shadows add a dimensional quality to a 2-D photograph. Well done. Perhaps a LARGE print for the wall? Karl   Posted: 03/10/2023 09:45:31
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
I think the large print might scare the cats - but thank you for the thought   Posted: 03/13/2023 12:40:05

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
I know almost nothing about portraiture! This is a marvelous, dramatic rendering of an imposing guy who may not be overly impressed by his Roman superiors. It's great!!   Posted: 03/16/2023 21:55:26