Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA  



October 2021 - Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA


About the Image(s)

Here's another one from a model shoot earlier this year. I chose the title "Hollywood Nights" in the thought of trying to replicate the 'glamour' shots of the stars from the 40's and 50's. As always, you are never quite sure what IR will offer you when doing a portrait under artificial lighting. My settings for this were: 90mm equivalent focal length on the Nikon D300 (converted to Deep BW IR by LifePixel), 1/30th second, f5.6, ISO 400. Of course, these settings are somewhat discretionary and variable based on the power and type of light source. I was using strobe flash from Elinchrom. You'll note that the original shows my model with bare arms and some distracting background, both elements I felt diminished the impact of the image. Post processing was quite simple--NIK Detail Extractor, NIK Darken/Lighten Center and some spot adjustments in the eyes for brightening and contrast. I am reasonably pleased with the resulting image, but now you can see if you agree and how you might suggest this be improved. Note, too, the portrait was cropped quite a bit to focus the eye on the model's face and expression.

14 comments posted

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

The fewer words on my comments the better: Excellent

Emil   Posted: 10/01/2021 11:07:25
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks much, Emil...glad you like this one.   Posted: 10/03/2021 18:19:42

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
Love this image in terms of lighting and composition. The cap, partially covering the eye is a fine touch. On a minor point though, would you consider darkening the patch of highlight so that it blends into the shadow area of the face!   Posted: 10/02/2021 00:22:50

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Gary, It's all about the light. Beautifully captured. Wonderful pose. Perfectly processed. Wow!

  Posted: 10/03/2021 17:52:44
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks Melanie...   Posted: 10/03/2021 18:18:38

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Palli...great comment, good point. I'll go back and darken this and compare them side by side. Thanks.   Posted: 10/03/2021 18:19:14

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Beautifully done, Gary! I especially like seeing how you're processing improved this over the original. Not only the lighting, but the composition, the folded hands, comes into its own. And you have just a touch of that infrared wax museum character as well...   Posted: 10/03/2021 20:41:16
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks Jack.   Posted: 10/13/2021 14:57:47

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Very nicely done. The original portrait is beautiful, and your post made it even better.   Posted: 10/03/2021 21:18:27
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks Arik...much appreciated.   Posted: 10/13/2021 14:57:07

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, people talk about cropping and how it can transform an image, for those who don't believe this, they should have a look at "Hollywood Nights". The crop and the adjustment of tones in the highlights and shadows transformed an ordinary portrait into a masterpiece.   Posted: 10/09/2021 20:49:17
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Many thanks, Charles...I think I surprised even myself with the 'after' version!   Posted: 10/13/2021 14:54:20

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
(Group 3)
Gary, as someone who is neither a fan of infrared nor portraiture, when I came across your image I felt I had to comment. Your image really caught my eye with the pose, the detail / sharpness, the mood and the lighting...and then to realize it's in infrared! All I can say is WOW - you may have just changed my mind about both portraiture and infrared! Nicely done!   Posted: 10/12/2021 10:41:07
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Why, thank you Michael. I appreciate your comments, especially coming from a member of another DDG. Infrared, in my view, is simply another photographic tool in the bag...but often, the effects are stunning.   Posted: 10/13/2021 14:53:34


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