My Photos Featured at Photo Plus Expo

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!

Images by Lindsay Adler (left, middle and right) at Photo Plus Expo 2011
Images by Lindsay Adler (left, middle and right) at Photo Plus Expo 2011

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!

Red Head SD1 Image by Lindsay Adler, featured at the Photo Plus Expo
Red Head SD1 Image by Lindsay Adler, featured at the Photo Plus Expo

Below is a crop of the eye, to show just how much detail and texture there was in the photograph!

Red Head SD1 Image by Lindsay Adler, featured at the Photo Plus Expo
Red Head SD1 Image by Lindsay Adler, featured at the Photo Plus Expo

 

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.

Kara as Model and Mannequin, photo by Lindsay Adler with the Sigma SD1
Kara as Model and Mannequin, photo by Lindsay Adler with the Sigma SD1

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.

Kara as Model and Mannequin, photo by Lindsay Adler with the Sigma SD1
Kara as Model and Mannequin, photo by Lindsay Adler with the Sigma SD1

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.

Kara as Model and Mannequin, photo by Lindsay Adler with the Sigma SD1
Kara as Model and Mannequin, photo by Lindsay Adler with the Sigma SD1

 

I also did another image of Kara, specifically so the eye would focus on the detail in her dress.

Kara photographed with the Sigma SD1 by Lindsay Adler
Kara photographed with the Sigma SD1 by Lindsay Adler

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.

Cynthia in Fur and Jewels by Lindsay Adler with the Sigma SD1
Cynthia in Fur and Jewels by Lindsay Adler with the Sigma SD1

 

Cynthia Noir photographed by Lindsay Adler with the Sigma SD1
Cynthia Noir photographed by Lindsay Adler with the Sigma SD1

 

Lindsay Adler with her images at Photo Plus Expo 2011
Lindsay Adler with her images at Photo Plus Expo 2011

 

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!

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  • Hi Lindsay,

    Love your use of color and texture. In the photos of Kara the difference is pretty subtle, it looked to me like Kara was coming to life from image 1 to 2. I didn’t guess why the first image looked lifeless!

    Best, Karen

  • Mark

    Great work, but the SD1 is not a 46 megapixel camera. It’s native size is 4800 x 3200 pixels, or 15 megapixels, which less than Nikon & Canon’s flagship cameras. Sigma counts the individual layers of a pixel as separate pixels, which is incorrect. Otherwise, as I said, great work.

  • Awesome images! Congratulations!

  • Great work ! Those poster sized images are very impressive . Specially with you sitting right next to them to give us an idea of how huge they are. How were they printed and by whom?

  • Lindsay,
    It was great seeing you and listening to your lectures.
    Thanx again for signing my shutterbug magazine 🙂

    All the best,
    Larry

  • Marlet

    Oh my, what kind of camera is this?? i have never seen such output esp with red and such details.