It takes a lot to know a photographer….part 2

So more of the gracious friends and family that were harassed into getting their portraits taken. So starting in the family, we are getting to the younger family members. In my immediate family, this means my brothers, Willy and Tyler.

It's my brother Willy, the middle child of the family (I'm the oldest, the youngest is coming). He's posing by a fence with grafitti on it near the Burger Baron on Grand Ave. on the near west side of Chicago

It's my brother Willy, the middle child of the family (I'm the oldest, the youngest is coming). He's posing by a fence with grafitti on it near the Burger Baron on Grand Ave. on the near west side of Chicago

Willy and I don’t always get along (especially when we travel together), but he has always been one of the most encouraging people around when it comes to my photography. I believe this was shot with my old Nikon F100 and a 28-105 f2.8 Tamron lens. Exposure was (and I’m guessing again here) about 1/250 of a second at f4 on iso 400 fujicolor Press 35mm film. Of course, there’s another brother too. His name is Tyler.

I really like what Tyler is doing in this picture, but it was years ago and now I don't actually remember what it was that he was doing. Looks good though.

I really like what Tyler is doing in this picture, but it was years ago and now I don't actually remember what it was that he was doing. Looks good though.

Tyler here was shot on the Hasselblad again, f 2.8, iso 400, Hp5 film. All available light. On an interesting side note, both of my brothers got interested in China during their school days. Now they both live there, in Shanghai. It’s hard to admit, but I do miss them. Our mother now refers to me as her “resident son,” which sucks, because even though I’m the closest, I’m still a four hour drive away.

Family members aren’t the only people college photographers take photos of though. I went to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, which is about six hours south of the familial home in Oak Park. So local subjects were a must. Some times these were just the poor saps that happened to be around. Like say, a roommate:

My old college roomate, Tony, being a relatively good sport, given that this was probably the hundreth time I took his picture.

My old college roomate, Tony, being a relatively good sport, given that this was probably the hundreth time I took his picture.

I’m guessing this one was about 1/60 of a second, f5.6 at iso 100 on the Hassleblad. Shot, in all likelihood, on Provia 100F.

Other people were just coworkers, like these two newspaper guys:

Daudi, doing a fashion shot for me on top of railroad tracks outside of Cairo (the impoverish Illinois town, not the impoverished Egyptian city).

Daudi, doing a fashion shot for me on top of railroad tracks outside of Cairo (the impoverish Illinois town, not the impoverished Egyptian city).

Dave or Daudi as he’s known now, was a graphic designer at the time, but he’s done a lot of photo work of his own since then. This was shot with a Canon Eos A2 with a 300mm f4 lens and a 1.4X teleconverter at around 1/250 of a second at f 5.6. Lighting is a radioslaved Nikon Sb 28 on a lightstand bouncing into an umbrella. Then there’s Geoff.

Geoff also being a very good sport and even smiling during his portrait session.

Geoff also being a very good sport and even smiling during his portrait session.

Geoff’s picture was taken on a 4X5 with a 150mm lens. Exposure around who-cares-there’s-a-strobe at f22. This was shot on Kodak Vericolor film. It was a 160 iso film, but I would shoot it with two extra stops of exposure and then cross process it into a chrome. I cannot for the life of me remember how I lit this. As I said before, there were strobes involved, and it was in the studio, so it was probably Speedotrons, with perhaps…a softbox. I’m really just guessing.

Even the neighbor gets his picture taken:

Justin, or Ed as I knew him, in the house he was renting when he was my neighbor, a geodistic dome built in Carbondale by the world-famous Bucky Fuller

Justin, or Ed as I knew him, in the house he was renting when he was my neighbor, a geodesic dome built in Carbondale by the world-famous Bucky Fuller

The house Tony, my other roommates and my self rented in Carbondale was across the street from the Bucky dome, a geodesic dome built by Buckminster Fuller, or the Fool on the Hill, as the Beatles referred to him. Ed was the guy who rented that dome when we moved in and we became friends with him. Shot on the Hasselblad, exposure unknown, diffused umbrella on Ed, grid spot on the dome behind him, both are 750 w/s Travelites.

Continued in Part 3: If a photographer shoots a photo of another photographer, does anyone care?

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