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Johanne Brunet

Candiac, Canada

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Artist's Description

This is my final assignment for my portrait class at Marsan Photography College in Montreal.

I had experimented beforehand with my son, making a test shot which I uploaded less than 2 weeks ago. The explanations are already there, but I will repeat them here in order to make it easier for my visitors.

The theme for the assignment is In the manner of…, and consists in creating an image inspired from, or reproducing a photo that we like from another photographer.

The goal of this exercise is to gain a better knowledge of directing a model, lighting setups and post-processing, by practising until we get it right. When we finally succeed, we should have learned a few things in the process…

For my inspiration image, I chose a portrait of Shu, a professional model, photographed in natural light by Tom Hoops published in the February 2009 issue of Digital SLR Photography . I recently found out that it has been published in Tom’s portfolio on 1×.com (Onexposure) here is a link to his stunning portrait of Shu, my inspiration shot

Fortunately, the camera settings used by Tom were printed in the magazine, and I used almost identical settings (my shutter speed was a tad faster). Luckily, I have the same lens too!

Focal length 50 mm
ISO-100
Aperture f/1.8
Shutter 1/250 sec.

Nikon D60
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

Shot hand held in manual mode with manual focus, model sitting just a bit inside of a doorway, with a dark background. She was lit by the natural light from outside, no flash fired. I was standing outside in the cold, with the door wide open to shoot.

Processed in Lightroom 2.6 and Photoshop CS4.

Model: Hillary Guillermo (16 years old)
Make-up: Jade Boudreau (15 years old)
Jewellery: Johanne Brunet (this bracelet has been sold since the shooting)

PLEASE NOTE that I have obtained Mr. Hoop’s blessing to use his photo and publish my results, with proper credits, of course. (The photo of Shu on his blog is the version before he dodged out her elbows. See the link to Onexposure above for his final version)

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Model Beginnings on April 2, 2010

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The Silky touch on June 21, 2010

Photography Challenge Group on January 21, 2011

Challenge Winners Vault on January 23, 2011

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The Group on July 1st, 2011

The Best of RedBubble on July 9, 2011

The Addicted Photographer on October 15, 2011
 

Top 3 in challenges

2nd place out 415 in the Black & White contest of ThirstyPhoto

1st place winner in the challenge Your Best of 2010 of the Ebony and Ivory group on January 3, 2011

3rd place in the challenge Portrait shots in sepia or black and white of the Photography Challenge Group on January 20, 2011

1st place winner (a tie) in the challenge Portrait of a Person of the group Low light – Dark Background on March 26, 2011. The challenge shows second place, but it was a tie.

1st place winner (another tie with 11 votes) in the Ladies Wanted! challenge of the group People and Portraiture Photography on April 23, 2011. The challenge shows second place, but it was a tie.

1st place winner (another tie with 8 votes) in the Portrait in Black and White challenge of The Addicted Photographer in August 2011

Here is my son in the test shot:

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