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Making Things: The Brenizer Method

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My friend, Jorge, loves to shoot portraits. He’s good at it. And his subjects undoubtedly hate to take pictures (me thinks). One way to ease somebody in front of a camera is to say that the image is going to be really cool because it’s going to be formed into a very complex image of details with a shallow depth of field. Confusing right? Kind of, but not really.

Even to a layman, that sounds interesting. To photo-geeks, you just put your hands in the air and say, “what the hell…let’s try it”.

The image above shows the subject off-centered and has a very shallow depth of field. WARNING: If you click on the image, it’s a very big file (23mb). If you look closer at the image, hopefully flickr can do the trick here, you’ll start to notice many, many details that seem to be very clear. That’s part of this method called “Brenizer” and is a fun way of snapping portraits of all your friends.

One thing that I’ve learned from all the photoshoots during this learning curve is that you can make it even more wild and extreme if there’s a lot of things in the fore/mid/background of the image.

Try it!

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Exploring Tones in Images

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A recent trip to Big Sur helped produced these images. After a weekend of camping fun in Pfeiffer National Park, we set a short, but new course toward the ocean for a 1 mile hike. Water is always fun to photograph and when the sun is out and the polarized filter is on, there’s usually something a little bit more at stake. Whether it’s a creek, river (trout), or huge body of water like a lake or ocean, a polarized filter can help you “trick out” some of the images captured on your camera.

I began to play with dual tones shortly after a friend wanted help photographing the ocean. I wanted to evoke different moods with the active colors and tones. Most, by far, are cooler in tone. And since water can be passive or active, there’s a lot of different ways to manipulate the image just by enhancing a specific tone.

In the image above, I wanted to visualize the enormous kinetic strength of water. I saw this large rock sitting there and water kept splashing and slapping against it. I loved seeing the “tentacles” of the water reach outward.

The richness of the image above provided me with a nice balance to all of the dual tone images I was beginning to edit and save in my work flow. This one and the one below wanted to be a clear, unobstructed image of the real daylight and with the help of my polarized filter, the vivid colors came through even more (see that green and blue tone of the water?).

Thanks to my friend, who was completely willing to accept the burden of wetness, I found a great subject to add to the image and portrait of Big Sur.

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Images We Remember

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We were located just under 40 miles south of Lake Tahoe for the weekend. The weather was extremely nice in the shade of the pine trees and waking up next to Indian Creek Reservoir wasn’t bad either. Sunsets and sunrises were spectacular.

There was absolutely too much sunshine during our drive around Monitor Pass and through some of the other canyons so I used my polarize filter on the Zeiss 35mm lens…always comes in handy during these times of the day.

Some would argue that Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) had a better set up when he was rumored to have been holed up in a cabin to write “For Emma, Forever Ago”. It would seem that this lake revealed something mystic as the 8 year old with us said this is were fairies come to rest and cool off (I’m not arguing with a child).

Incredible to view sunsets like this away from the city lights. The temperature that night was around 80 degrees and the lake was chirping with beetles, birds, and ducks.

It’s always fun to shoot at night…and especially fun with long exposures and some flash lights…everyone got involved and had their own ideas. The one above is from the artistically gifted 8 year old. It is a turkey, right? Below is something I concocted to show support of the city I live in…not the baseball team I disdain with cheerful boos.

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Scotch Tape Dispenser

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Every office needs an Elph (I’m a Canon photog supporter) like this from Middle-Earth.

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Written by F&W

April 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm