A Snowy Day at The Planting Fields & Brenizer Portrait | Long Island Photographer
I think I'm one of the few people that have actually been waiting for it to snow all Winter. Last year I had a bunch of fun snowy adventures, but had been wanting to get down to the Planting Fields, and never made it. All Winter, I've been hoping for snow, to no avail. Until last week that is. Last weekend, I was finally able to get over there and take some pictures! Hurrah!
While I was there, I took another stab at freelensing, which was only mildly successful. I feel like I'm either completely getting something wrong, or missing something completely. I love some of the photos I've seen taken with this photography method, but I can never get anything close to what they get. It's frustrating, but I refuse to give up.
Something I've been meaning to try for quite a while is to take an "Epic Portrait". One of my photography idols, Sam Hurd, has an amazing series on his website of portraits he's taken using the Brenizer Method (amongst other methods). In short, you use a lens with a wide aperture, take multiple shots while maintaining the same focus point and then stitch it all together in post. The idea is that you get a super shallow depth of field, akin to large or medium format cameras. For this shot, I took 8 shots with my 105 Macro lens, using the window as a light source. I cropped it to a 6x7 format, because I love shooting with my Mamiya RZ67. It's absolutely not perfect, next time I would like to shoot earlier in the day for more light, or with a strobe, probably use my 50 possibly and get more of his body in the shot. I just love to share my work with you (that includes some failures and near misses).
Shooting these type of "experimental" techniques, really excites me about photography again. In the way it did back in college in my Alternative Photography class. The experiental and unexpected nature of this, are part of what made me love photography to begin with. When I would feel like a mad scientist in the darkroom, agitating my print in the developer, waiting to see what would appear. This is love. This is passion.