A typhoon passed over Japan a couple of days ago, causing, at least in Tokyo, no more trouble than some serious rain and a couple of broken umbrellas. It was also an opportunity for photographers to catch some interesting scenes. This image in particular grabbed – as in, took and refused to give back – my attention.
With the kind permission of its author, Héctor García (aka. kirai / kirainet)
A real gem.
I have to disagree with the author when he argues the result is marred by the unbalanced composition (see the description on the Flickr page). I think on the contrary it makes the scene more vivid, more intense and in a sense, more fragile, bringing back the movement and life the high shutter speed froze away. It would have been so less interesting if it was perfectly aligned and balanced.
On a side note, also notice how the lines draw the attention on the model as the vanishing point is out of the frame. If it was within it, the feeling would be very different as the attention would drift toward the end of the street.
Last but not least, look at this light! Look at the warm reflections, the rim on the arm, the scattering through the drops…
This is exactly the sort of light I was referring to when I chose the title of this blog.
Update: Kirai made the following video out of some of the shots taken during that session.
Scott Kelby invited the photographer Peter Hurley to make a guest blog post. In this 15 minutes talk, he explains how important the jaw line is in head shots, and shows how it can dramatically improve the quality of portraits. Thanks Sylvain for pointing it out.
This morning my daily Flickr check made me stumble upon this photo. Simple composition, delicate tones, exquisite warm light contrasting with the ice it lits.
numb, by konafoto
With the kind permission of its author, konafoto.
Snow suddenly started to fall over Tokyo last night, quickly building a white layer over the never ending city. I was too lazy to grab my gear and all the stuff one needs to get out during a cold night, so I just hoped the snow would still be there on the morning and decided that I would take my camera with me on my way to work.
It was still there (although it had become ice) and it was giving the morning sunlight some exquisite tones. I love the morning light anyway: grazing, harsh, drawing bold shadows on faces and buildings… But the reflections due to the snow really make a difference.
While waiting for the train on the platform, I wanted to take a picture of that girl on the other side, lit by that light. But I didn’t even have time to aim and the train was there already. I took the shot anyway, in the hope I would catch it through the window.
The result is a bit unexpected: the tinted glass and blacklit inside give the picture a film feeling, as if tones were post-processed and black mattes were added.
The filmic train
The photographer Ted Sabarese tries on his blog to guess the lighting setup used for professional photos, and sketches them accordingly.
Angelina Jolie by Antoine Verglas
Lighting setup guess by Ted Sabarese