|Photograph Michael Kircher 2012.
Simple, straightforward portrait by my friend Mike Kircher on a recent outing to the Colorado mining town of Silverton. Peppered with bars and cafes we found respite in a small brewery called the Avalanche cafe.
Mike and I set to discussing portraiture, and successful photo techniques. Which led to this intimate image, made much more so by the tight crop that I have employed often in my own work. This proximity brings the viewer in close, and having good rapport with your subject is evident in this type of approach.
Prime lenses help as they are small, compact and above all honest!
Thanks for the great pic Mike!
Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.
The Nikon 50mm/F1.4 Prime lens, recently acquired and immediately tested. I picked this sucker up used for a price most photogs wouldn’t even flinch at, slammed it on my camera and then walked across the street to make this picture. The reason I bought the lens in the first place was to make this picture.
The prime with it’s shallow depth of field is ideal for portraiture. The D90 makes this a very acceptable substitute for the more expensive 85mm lens, but ever so compact, light and lovely. As the evening light dwindles and fades away, one can still create stunning images with available light and the low depth of field will only add interest as you engage your subject!
This image of a flute player was shot in bright sunlight, under the shade of a covered walkway, not uncommon in the streets of Santa Fe, New Mexico with it’s historic architecture.
Simplify your gear, free your mind of unnecessary choices and the pictures will follow! Now go enjoy the light….Cheers, Jeremy