In honor of The Directrice’s 200+ posts, and of our country’s Independence Day, The Photographer offers some of his favorite shoots with a little information about the technical side of creating the images. Captions written by The Directrice!
I didn’t know anything about photography when my wife started The Directrice. I thought of myself as a word guy, not a picture guy. But I gamely bought a Sony Alpha a6000 DSLR. The Directrice would wait around while I fumbled haplessly with the controls. Bit by bit, I learned what worked and acquired two lenses, a Sony 50mm f/1.8 (mostly for outdoor shooting) and a Zeiss T* 24mm f/1.8 (for indoor.) I learned how to set up off-camera flash with diffuser umbrellas for indoor work. And now I’ve really gotten into it. How could I not, with a subject like The Directrice? And photography is a great hobby for the technology-minded.
This Moto Jacket Means Business (April 29, 2015) — I was beginning to understand how to take advantage of outdoor light. The Sun is the best light source you can get.
The Discreet Charm of a Shapeless Dress (April 20, 2015) — We shot this in the atrium of the National Portrait Gallery, and the diffuse light coming from above was beautiful.
Back, in Black (June 15, 2015) — Jil Sander, and a kick-ass belt. What else can I say?
Casual Friday: Unworkable Blouse ISO Smock-like Jacket (May 22, 2015) — She looked so adorable. Also, I learned how to use our building as a kind of giant reflector.
A Navy Suit with a White Blouse (September 9, 2015) — I liked the camera angles on this one, as well as her expressions. I over-saturated the colors a bit though. I’ve gotten more restrained as I learn to trust the camera to do its thing.
Directrice Everdeen (November 16, 2015) — I loved the painterly “bokeh” effect that came from using a very shallow depth of field. The fall colors made a marvelous out-of-focus background.
A Most Uncasual Friday (August 28, 2015) — She looked so elegant in this formal business suit. I saw her in suits like this when we started dating, which made me think, “If I ever screw this up I’m dead meat.” Dating a lawyer is a bit like getting to know a friendly shark.
Tip-Top (August 19, 2015) — She looked so elegant, and the fabric is beautiful when photographed close-up.
Casual Friday: An Embellished Jacket (October 23rd, 2015) — I loved the causal, unposed look of that first photograph, and all the glittery interesting detail on the sleeves. I had to smooth-talk The Directrice into that location and shot. We don’t always agree on which photos should be used.
The Invisible Woman Suit (October 19, 2015) — An experiment in portrait shooting. I was getting the hang of golden-hour photography.
The Directrice Takes the Air (December 30, 2015) — The trees were bare but the temperature was springlike, giving the scene a spare but beautiful light. Golden-hour shooting in the winter is tough because the sun is in optimal position for only about half an hour. I also really enjoyed the Anxious Mouse shot.
The Whole Peacock (February 29, 2016) — Starting to get the hang of indoor off-camera flash photography. I love teal, a color The Directrice seldom wears. If it were up to me she’d wear teal every day.
The Lighter Side of Dark (March 28, 2016) — I took these shots with an insanely expensive and heavy 35mm Zeiss Distagon T* lens. Rented, not bought. The crispness and detail of the shots was wonderful. I usually have to touch up Directrice photos a bit to bring out the highlights in her hair. Not with this lens. Maybe someday I’ll own a Distagon.
Top Hat (January 8, 2016) — I talked The Directrice into taking shots against the extremely busy background of a playground, reassuring her that I could fuzz it out with a bokeh effect. It worked out pretty well. Best part of the post, though: “Don’t stress about how, exactly, the beret is sitting on your head. The beret knows what to do.”
I Can See Clearly Now (January 29, 2016) — I don’t often get to do portrait shots of The Directrice, but this eyeglass-focused entry gave me the chance.
Use What You Have (May 2, 2016) — Sooo romantic, with the sun shining through her hair from behind and illuminating the threads of her dress. It was spring!
Marled on Marled (February 16, 2016) — An experiment in shooting with off-camera flash to the side. I like how the red came out. Also, some excellent horsing around.
A Workman-Like Effort (March 30, 2016) — Another shoot with that incredible Distagon lens. You see what I mean? Also, that blouse would look perfectly in place in a Star Trek movie.
No, I mean Star Trek! Star Wars is set in a grimy, feudalist, authoritarian universe. Star Trek depicts a future filled with reason and beauty, and that’s the one in which you belong.
Warm regards and best wishes from The Photographer and Tory for a wonderful holiday weekend.