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Self Portrait - Amongst the smoke and stage lights #1 by Mark Elshout

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My business work in portraiture is shifting towards more work with musicians for promotional purposes. I wanted to be able to recreate the live atmosphere in my own studio so I purchased a smoke machine and a couple of Par can lights and had a play.
The two shots I have chosen were my favourites from the shoot.
Nikon D700, 50mm 1.4g lense, smoke machine and Par 56 light.

Featured in the “Australian Portraits”, “Jazzed Up Art”, “Nikon DSL Users”, “The Top Favorite Group – 30 or more”, “Black and White Photography”, “Brass Instruments”, “That One Great Shot” and “Tone it Down” Group

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My interest in photography began back in high-school when I used my mother’s Olympus OM-1 to shoot sports events. I learnt to understand film, light meters and other technical issues. I bought my first SLR, a Nikon F70, when I finished uni and became more focussed on shooting portraiture, landscape and photojournalism. Since then I have not looked back opening my own business in 2009 specialising in portrait photography.

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  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 4 years ago

    Wonderful Mark,looks like you are playing in a night club

  • Thanks Hans. That was the look I was going for but now that they don’t allow smoking indoors, allot of the traditional haze has dissipated in nightclubs. Lucky for smoke machines! Pity my apartment will smell of stage smoke for the next week!!

    – Mark Elshout

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 4 years ago

    And I thought the smoke from these machines don’t smell

  • mmmm… its kind of a sickly sweetish talcum like smell

    – Mark Elshout

  • Fiona Kersey
    Fiona Kerseyover 4 years ago

    I love this Mark….very cool!!

  • Thanks Fiona. I want to be able to offer local musicians a few options for promotional portraits so I have invested in some stage lights and bits and pieces to bring the stage into my living room!!

    – Mark Elshout

  • Sarah Jennings
    Sarah Jenningsover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot; very powerful.

  • Thanks Sarah. It is a touch cliche but it is the image the people come to expect from live music performance of a “jazz” genre so I am simply trying to deliver this product in a sense!

    – Mark Elshout

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 4 years ago

    Love the lighting captured here

  • Thanks very much Andrew. Appreciate the feature!

    – Mark Elshout

  • Paul Cons
    Paul Consover 4 years ago

    fantastic low key shot!

  • Thanks Paul. Appreciate your feedback!

    – Mark Elshout

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosover 4 years ago

    WOW,fantastic shot, fantastic lighting,tones and mood!

  • Thanks very much carlos for your very nice feedback!

    – Mark Elshout

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensover 4 years ago

    Powerful self portrait Mark,
    love the mood in this, looks to me as if that smoke machine & those lights were a very good investment. ;)

  • Thanks Peter. I am pretty happy with my purchase for the moment…. till the credit card bill comes :)

    – Mark Elshout

  • Bernadette Claffey
    Bernadette Cla...over 4 years ago

    Great job. Very moody. A classic.

  • Thanks very much. Glad you like it!

    – Mark Elshout

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks. Glad you like it!

    – Mark Elshout

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