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There is Always the Music... by Johanne Brunet


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When everything else seems to be going wrong, and when life is hard… there is always the music.

I had to make a diptych for my photography class, with two portraits made in natural light.

My son Jonathan has agreed to model for me, while playing the guitar. It was really nice to do a shooting to the sound of Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin and other beautiful songs.

Aperture f/2,8

Top close-up
Shutter 1/125 sec.
Focal length 125mm

Bottom with guitar
Shutter 1/160 sec
Focal length 82mm

Nikon D60
AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED (rental)

Natural light from the window, and silver reflector on the opposite side in both shots.

Musical Brushes by =HeartDriven

Featured in The Woman Photographer on February 9, 2010

Featured in the group Dimensions on March 8, 2010

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  • PeterBusser
    PeterBusseralmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful lighting, Johanne. I can even see a triangular shape running through the two pictures. They are connected by both the direction of light and the poses of Jonathan.

  • Thank you Peter! It seems to work then, I’m glad about that. I had a hard time to choose two shots that would compliment each other without being too similar… and I’m biased when looking at photos of my sons! LOL!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinalmost 5 years ago

    These are AWESOME Johanne – I see the triangle theory – but I’m blown away by the moment … I LOVE the light on the lower one … simply your best!!

    OMG – 70-200 AFS!!!

  • Thank you so much Vikram for your encouraging words! I have a huge respect for your talent, and I truly value your opinion, so this your comment really makes my day (or rather my night; it’s 1:17 AM!).

    Oh, and don’t get all excited by the 70-200mm, I did not buy it; it was a rental!! LOL! I just set the records straight in the description. ;-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Kym Howard
    Kym Howardalmost 5 years ago

    A lovely image and a wonderful portrait & I love Stairway to Heaven

    This image has a wonderful mood and lovely feel to it.
  • Thank you so much Kym, I’m glad that you like the mood; it really was just like that. :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsalmost 5 years ago

    Great work Johanne. So good. Your son must be very happy with the results. Love to know how you do a diptych.

  • Thank you Clare! I am happy with the results, and most importantly, he is too! I used the second half of this tutorial to create versions with borders for both images, added some vignetting like in the tutorial, then pasted them on a blank canvas. Very easy!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful composition , you achieved such great clarity on both images Johanne! And well the model is both handsome and sexy (sorry mom!), great light and extraordinary tonal contrasts! I don’t know how to explain this but I also like the smoothness of this image, very fluid!

  • LOL!! Thank you Joanne! I made him read your comment before he left for the CEGEP this morning, and it made his day, I think…

    – Johanne Brunet

  • en-joy
    en-joyalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shots, I like them a lot!

  • Thank you, glad that you like them! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • faceart
    faceartalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely lovely composition!

  • Thank you so much! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Squealia
    Squealiaalmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous, he is gorgeous, if only I was younger! Superb work Johanne

  • At 18, he is very good looking, and very sweet too! Thank you for your kind words, Celia! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Jo! This is a great diptych. This is a beautiful thing for you, and your son! Congrats on the feature too :)

  • Thank you Ursula! When I submitted this work in class, my instructor told me that it was great in terms of photography, but that I should get rid of the border. :-|

    I made a version without the border, but it looked strange because the cut between the two images was too strong and the soft dreamy quality suffered from it.

    So I made a third version for class, with no border, but I added some vignetting in the middle towards the right, making the two photos blend more softly. I think it works, but my instructor will let me know only on Tuesday.

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordalmost 5 years ago

    The light and images are really wonderful – great portraits – love the b/w and presentation :)

  • Thank you so much, Trish!

    – Johanne Brunet

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