The Chandler influence

Posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010 at 1:20 am

Like other amateur photographers, and some professionals, I get influenced by others. I have been for a long time a big fan of black and white. A few years ago, Photolife published a black and white picture on their front page taken by Polly Chandler. The picture was of her younger sister (http://www.flickr.com/photos/polly_chandler/1117502930/). I became an instant fan of her work. Her depth of field control are simply amazing and truly shows that out of focus can be beautiful when well planned.

So today, I wanted to do a bit more Lightroom 3 exploration. I randomly selected a few images from my catalog, imported them in LR and then started to consider the type of post process I would apply. This is when one of the images struck me; it had a Chandler feel to it. Of course, the depth of field was no where near what Chandler achieves with her camera so I had to toggle between Photoshop and Lightroom. I ended up with a 6 images composite. Although I wish I would have been able to apply a better depth of field, I ended up appreciating the image very much.

The original image was taken on a Mamiya m645 1000s on fuji film (can’t remember which one). All visual manipulations are done in Photoshop CS4 and the black and white conversion was done in Lightroom 3 Beta 2.

I think this influence might stick for a while.
The Polly Chandler influence

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