Exotic Portraiture: Split Light, Clarity and Vibrance

Exotic Portraiture: Split Light, Clarity and Vibrance

Sitar John Protopapas is primarily a World Music instructor at York College in York, PA. A study in diversity, John has a Greek background but grew up in South Africa and studied music in India.  He lives in the USA where he teaches World Music,  sitar, tabla and of course, Yoga, because, why not? The …

Vive le Etrange: Wide Angle Portaiture

Vive le Etrange: Wide Angle Portaiture

When you have an interesting, unique or just plain weird fashion to shoot, nothing brings out the odd like a wide angle lens.  Indeed, Tim Burton uses wide angle shots to great affect in all his movies. This shot was taken at 11mm on the underrated Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 ATX Pro lens for crop format …

Salad Days: Storytelling With Fuji XT2 Color Rendition

Salad Days:  Storytelling With Fuji XT2 Color Rendition

Doing a photoshoot in a supermarket was never high on my list, but there I was on vacation, three thousand miles from home, with only a travel camera and a kit lens. Luckily the camera was a Fuji XT2, and lens was Fuji’s XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4, the most capable kit lens I’ve ever used.   …

The Three Tenors

The Three Tenors

‘Even a fish would not get in trouble if it kept its’ mouth shut.’ – My Dad (Who once worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency.) At the docks in Garibaldi, Oregon, after the fishing boats come in, I used a Fuji XT2 – the perfect travel system – to capture these stunning, back lit, dinner-to-be’s. …

Just a Hint of Light, Kissing the Shoulder

Just a Hint of Light, Kissing the Shoulder

Does a nude have to be nude?  Can you show someones beauty with showing them?  Every communication today seems overt and over done.  I argue that subtlety still has a place in this world.  

Cubist Photography

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Cubist Photography

There’s no such genre, but now it’s a thing.  Multiple images of one pose, rendered on fabric with four light sources.  Because a guy has to do something with his creative energy.

Every Footstep Required the Faith to Fall Forward.

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Every Footstep Required the Faith to Fall Forward.

More so when you are a bird and every flight begins with a fall from the safety of a perch.

It’s The Dead of Winter and Even the Flowers are Blue

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It’s The Dead of Winter and Even the Flowers are Blue

This photo uses a north-facing window for a flattering, diffuse light source, a wide aperture for a narrow, dramatic field of focus, and high ISO for a textured grainy effect. Still, the photo wasn’t quite depressing enough to match the weather, so I used Lightroom sliders to increase the shadows and clarity.  Finally, pushed the …

What People Do to Kids

What People Do to Kids

The empty chair in this photo represents all those kids who aren’t love or protected.  The starkness and shadowing represent the despair I feel every time there is another news story about a broken, abused or murdered child.  As a father, I take each and every one of these stories like a punch in the …

Abstract Portrait

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Abstract Portrait

Straightforward portraits have their place, but if you really want to mix things up a bit, try to look at your subject from an angle that evokes emotion, intimacy, or even an angle that makes you question your perspective.  This angle represents the image less traveled. Take it for what it’s worth.