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Evan Baines
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p.1 #1 · Portrait of My Boss


Congratulations to Evan Baines for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 4 votes - View Previous Winners


This is the officer who has been my boss for the past year and a half. She's been a great leader and taken care of me and mine. This was her last day. I'm attempting to balance professionalism/heroism/leadership and femininity. These shots are a sort of a hybrid between formal portraiture and more personality driven work: shots that maintain a sense of decorum for the uniform, but nonetheless demonstrate personality.

The others can be seen here:
http://bainesphoto.com/index.php?/color/military/







Edited on Nov 23, 2013 at 01:20 AM · View previous versions



Nov 23, 2013 at 01:06 AM
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p.1 #2 · Portrait of My Boss


This portrait is near perfection with your choice of overall placement of the subject, posing, lighting, separation from the background, personality, and decorum. Great job!


Nov 23, 2013 at 01:19 AM
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p.1 #3 · Portrait of My Boss


All very well executed and very much the style you were going for.


Nov 23, 2013 at 01:57 AM
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p.1 #4 · Portrait of My Boss


'I'm attempting to balance professionalism/heroism/leadership and femininity.' You did a fine job capturing all of those things with this photo. She is obviously someone to be respected, but her smile is inviting and shows her humanity. I really like this photo.


Nov 23, 2013 at 04:01 AM
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p.1 #5 · Portrait of My Boss


Thank you all for taking the time to comment and for your kind words!


Nov 23, 2013 at 03:48 PM
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p.1 #6 · Portrait of My Boss


Beautiful work Evan, great ongoing work with your series, i simply love your approach and final results.
Tell me please did you use a background light on this one or did you manage to create the nice gradient in PP ?



Nov 23, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Evan Baines
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p.1 #7 · Portrait of My Boss


Thank you Raymond!

Technical:

Lighting:
Key: 64" PLM w/ white diffuser camera right
Fill: Full body length silver reflector camera left
Accent: 45" White umbrella (bounced) camera left rear
Background: 30deg grid camera right rear
*Note the subject is quite far from the background to decrease the effect of the key on the gradient

Camera:
5D3 w/ 70-200 f/4IS @ 106mm, f/8

Post:
Minor retouching and conversion in SilverFX pro 2



Nov 23, 2013 at 04:05 PM
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p.1 #8 · Portrait of My Boss


I would prefer a higher camera angle. But otherwise, yeah, it's as good as they get. FWIW :-)


Nov 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM
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p.1 #9 · Portrait of My Boss


I like it as is. Sometimes when shooting people with power a lower angle helps give them stature. Another nice piece to the series Evan.


Nov 23, 2013 at 11:24 PM
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p.1 #10 · Portrait of My Boss


This is probably your best one yet! Very nice job!


Nov 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM
 



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p.1 #11 · Portrait of My Boss


A very successful portrait, Evan- and I really like it.
You've got an excellent series going- and this is a worthy addition to it.
Not so sure about the color in the background- but that's just an imo.
Charlie



Nov 24, 2013 at 12:48 AM
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p.1 #12 · Portrait of My Boss


Thank you all for taking the time to share your thoughts!

Airfrog's explanation was exactly my reasoning in selecting the angle I did, for good or for ill.



Nov 24, 2013 at 01:25 PM
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p.1 #13 · Portrait of My Boss


I admire the lighting in this one, especially the background separation achieved. The warm smile does bright out the personality of the lady, just as you wanted. Pose is well done too - just enough to see the ribbons and the front of the tunic.

She's gotta be happy with this shot and so should you.



Nov 24, 2013 at 06:08 PM
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p.1 #14 · Portrait of My Boss


I think you did GOOD


Nov 24, 2013 at 08:49 PM
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p.1 #15 · Portrait of My Boss


I doubt that you could ever get that look if you didn't have mutual respect and admiration. I like the expression.


Nov 25, 2013 at 02:26 AM
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p.1 #16 · Portrait of My Boss


Outstanding work.


Nov 25, 2013 at 02:30 AM
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p.1 #17 · Portrait of My Boss


nice B&W portrait


Nov 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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p.1 #18 · Portrait of My Boss


Thank you all for the kind words!


Nov 25, 2013 at 05:43 PM
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p.1 #19 · Portrait of My Boss


I really really like this. Not much to add.

I think BW is the way to go here (give the series and your intentions to create a "classic" look), but I would be curious to see a color version as well. I get you'd get some really nice painterly tones in a color version of this shot.



Nov 25, 2013 at 06:01 PM
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p.1 #20 · Portrait of My Boss


This is just a quick LR preset on it, not a thorough edit... but it will give you the idea.

I chose BW for the series not even so much for the "classic" look (I deliberately want to avoid being self-consciously "retro") but because I feel it mitigates the eye-catching quality of the awards and decorations. We have DA photos (and frequently, upon retiring, showcases and the like) to serve the purpose of "showcasing the awards," so I don't feel that these shots need to be about drawing the eye there. Notice in the color version how your eye is slightly more drawn to the rank, the ribbons, and so on, while the BW version is more about her expression. These portraits are about the person, and the uniform is an important part of that, but it is not about the uniform.








Nov 26, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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