Some leica portraits with info

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by kirktuck, May 20, 2002.

  1. I shot an assignment for a magazine recently. All black and
    white of chefs in Austin, Texas. I've been testing the waters of
    delivering black and white files on CD's instead of prints, as
    magazines are just going to scan the prints. In the link below
    are three of the chef photos with info. It's not high art, just a fun
    job. Also a photo of a freind in Paris. Binna was in very low
    available light.

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    http://homepage.mac.com/kirktuck/PhotoAlbum22.html

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    Thanks, Kirk
     
  2. Kirk;

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    Good stuff. The toned shot is very nice. What toner did you use, or
    is it a print on color paper?

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    I wonder what the white circle is above Binna's right ear? Looks like
    an artifact of a mirror lens. HHHMMM

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    cheers
     
  3. Nice portraits, Kirk. Fun, relaxed, natural. You got to love Tri-X for portraits in available light. Now,
    chef Peter has a greenish cast, chef Marion a reddish cast, (chef Emmett doesn't show up in the
    slide show), and Emma lokks like the only real grayscale. To me anyway. Is this due to different
    scanning methods? Like RGB scanning of B&W or something?
     
  4. Kirk: PS

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    I like MArion's as No 1.

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    I would have included all of emmett's arms and hands. His fingers
    bleeding off to the right are a bit distracting. One of my teachers
    was a protege of Karsh and I was taught that whenever hands are in
    the picture, they need to be ALL there and clear, at that. Hands are
    important for artists, singers, sculptors, boxers, piano players and
    others as well as chefs.

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    IN fact very few portraits, IMHO are complete without hands playing
    an important role.

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    Again
     
  5. Kirk,

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    I love the expression in Binna-in-Paris. It looks like she's
    thinking, "I can't believe I'm at a cafe in Paris with a photographer
    who cuts off people's hands." But sure enough, there's her
    hand. Tricked her!
     
  6. I like Chef Emmette. Nice light; happy guy.
     
  7. Verrrry nice..... how DO you do it? How do you get the spontaneous happy expressions? I more often get plastic smiles from my subjects while I'm holding the camera and fiddling with focus. Would you like to clue us in on your technique?
     
  8. Good work Kirk, I´m sure it can become a great proyect, go on with it,
    youre doing just rigth! ;)
     
  9. Kirk,

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    Wow, these are some well-executed, professional-caliber
    portraits. Really fine work. Was this your first magazine job? If
    so, congrats! I wouldn't be surprised if others weren't knocking
    on your door soon. Keep it up.
     
  10. lux

    lux

    Decent, but what is so special about these portraits?
     
  11. Hi Kirk. It shows your talent. Keep it up. Regards,
    Ed
     
  12. Dear Lux,

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    "In the link below are three of the chef photos with info. It's not high art, just a fun job." Posted them so people could see how the scans
    worked and the tones we were getting. Does everything have to be "special"? As I said in the original post, it's just a job. Not high art.
    The reason they are posted on this list is that they are made with Leica lenses and people always seem to want to see real world
    examples of stuff.

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    Kirk
     
  13. Kirk,

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    You are too modest; these are certainly more than fun snaps! Any
    portraitist would be very happy to get interaction like that from
    their subjects. The technical annoyances, such as they are, are
    irrelevant, given the mood and moment of the portraits, though I do
    have some sympathy for the "artisan hands must be sharp" point of
    view.

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    Thank you very much for sharing; the slide show format is a real
    treat to viewers.
     
  14. lux

    lux

    Kirk, if you cannot take criticism, just don't bother posting. I am
    sure I was entitled to ask what are so special about these pictures
    that you have posted.

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    Just because you posted something here, everyone has to agree they
    are good?

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    Well, if it makes you feel better, they are excellent portraits.
     

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