Meet Glenn Baker. Glenn arrived from the 50s in his time machine wearing white sneakers, blue jeans and a black T-shirt. Glenn has seen a bit of mileage, so has the old cars and trucks that Glenn restores. Glenn breathes new life into them, takes them to a level of artwork. Glenn has looks and character to even outshine the cars.
Glenn is a friend of my friend Mark Stothard, I assisted Mark on a night shoot Mark was doing of Glenn and his treasured baby, his blue truck. Paul Pichugin showed up with some nice Bowen lights adding to the arsenal. An arsenal that includes umbrellas to shield from the rain. Using a combination of flash and light painting in an industrial setting we lit up Glenn, the truck and the factory. My portraits are however captured in natural light. View the final image from Mark here.
Gallery of behind the scenes images from a brilliant evening, cut a bit short by the rain but a part II is already scheduled:
Hi Flemming. My concern with this one is that it appears the grainy look has carried over to Glen. I’d like to see his skin smoothed out a bit I can see there is some character lines to the guy but the blotches are very pronounced. anyway thats just my opinion. Certainly an interesting guy to photograph and it looks like you all had a bit of fun.
Hi Merv, it’s unfortunately noise, no grain added. I had to shoot at iso3200 – ran out of daylight. And noise reduction I do not like.
Awesome report on the events of the evening Flembot!
It very much shows the work that goes into one of these shoots!
Thanks mate, yes a fair bit of effort, but if it was easy everyone would do it. Toughest part was probably holding the umbrellas though 🙂
Awesome pictures. Surely you mean T-shirt though, right? 😉
Gracias amigo. Ah yes, rather unfortunate error by my keyboard (always blame technology), all fixed now!
Cool post Flemming, I don’t like noise reduction much on people either, it makes there skin very, very smooth like you’ve used too much skin softening on them but I have tried manually adjusting the noise and then sharpening a little bit for the skin and sometimes it can work quite well. Just a suggestion for you that you might like to try.
Cheers Andrea. Hope you are well. I shall try the technique on another image if I feel I need it, this one I like as is.