What an insane week! Thanks to everyone that took the time to come and say hi. It means the world to me when a blog reader or a facebook friend comes and meets me in person. If you did come say hi and I acted dazed and confused... I was! It was probably my busiest week I've had in my career to date! No sleep and going non-stop. Not only would I have platform presentations, interviews, showroom demonstrations, business meetings, but ALSO after parties! BUT I am not complaining one bit. It was also one of the best weeks of my career... and its what I live to do!
When I've had a day or two to recuperate, I'll do a bit more of a summary and follow up on the entire conference. My brain is a bit fried (no, serious it is!) so I'll keep it simple right now. For now I just wanted to share the images I had featured at the Sigma Booth at Photo Plus Expo. I had 5 images that were HUGE at the expo. One 40x60, and four 30x40 images. I've never seen any of my images so large before. Let's just say it was awesome! Everything looks better when its bigger and that was true of these photos too!
Sigma invited me to test out their newest camera, the Sigma SD1. It is a 46megapixel camera that opens to 360mb tiffs. In other words, its basically a 30x40in print out of camera! It has a specialized sensor that captures true and realistic color. I set up a shoot where I would test these capabilities- ability to capture detail as well as ability to represent color and tonal range. The resulting images were presented in lightboxes around the Sigma booth this past week.
This first image I wanted to share captured both detail and color. I wanted to do a shot all about texture... tons of texture. So I decided to cover a subject with red powder... complete cover him. That would allow me to capture the vibrant red and also to capture the texture. I was very pleased with the resulting image, but lets just say that the model was less than pleased with the image-making process of covering him with powder!
Below is a crop of the eye, to show just how much detail and texture there was in the photograph!
My next favorite image was a shot of my friend Kara. I decide I wanted people to really pay attention to texture and therefore I turned Kara into both a model and mannequin. If you look at the image, the person on the right is Kara. She has texture in her skin (though she already had perfect skin so no retouching required! In fact, I kept a few 'imperfections' to make her look more real). Then if you take a closer look you will notice that the subject on the left has a similar face, but is a mannequin. I wanted people walking by to do a double take, look closer and the mannequin and then notice the skin texture on Kara and the smooth surface on the mannequin. To create this shot I rented a mannequin, then I cut and pasted Kara's head onto the mannequin and retouched it so it would look smooth and plastic.
Below you can see the more realistic skin tone and texture on Kara (right) and then how I faked the mannequin effect on the left.
I also left detail in the hands so perhaps someone walking by would take a closer look and see the detailed hand, and mannequin on the left.
I also did another image of Kara, specifically so the eye would focus on the detail in her dress.
Finally are the images I did of Cynthia. If you have come to any of my recent NYC workshops, you may have met Cythnia. I did two images of her. One of her in furs and jewels so that I could show a smooth gradient of tonalities as well as textures. Next we a clean beauty shot. The beauty shot ended up 40x60inches. It was HUGE and beautiful. I spent hours retouching to maintain every piece of skin detail. No short-cuts-- just perfect skin. The print was great up closer. The image is 'just okay' when you see it online. its a pretty portrait basically. But when its huge... well... everything is impressive huge. 😀 Including this shot. Just a comment... for some reason right now the images look too saturated on my screen when viewed in wordpress. Perhaps I have a wrong color profile setup, but they did look fine in print and in the lightboxes.
So there you go. There is something truly gratifying about seeing your images huge. Even better, because I shot a 46megapixel camera, even when blown up to 40x60 I had perfect detail. Kind of cool, kind of exciting. Again, if you stopped by to say hi, I really appreciate it and apologize if I wasn't able to catch you! Look for more posts this week or next with some more summaries of the events. I'll be traveling to SanFrancisco and Tucson this week, but then things start to become a little more calm in November. I plan on producing a LOT of new images!