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The Hamadryad Returns To Its Home is in so many was a stunning image
 



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Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

The Hamadryad Returns To Its Home is in so many was a stunning image


Thankyou for that kind comment
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Good work Andy!
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My mother-in-law, visiting my home, in april this year.




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Post Options Post Options   Quote Idleidolidyll Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2021 at 01:07
The Happy Bride

Can you imagine shooting a whole wedding with just one prime lens? If you can, I bet you were thinking you'd use a 35mm, 50mm or maybe 70mm lens!

How about a 16mm fisheye lens?

My elder sister asked me to shoot her wedding. I asked what she wanted from it and she said she wanted the village represented and something 'arty'. Others could shoot the people there and she knew she'd get lots of digital shots from them.

I shot the whole thing with my A900 and Minolta 16mm Fisheye lens! I then used Corel Painter to turn every image into a coloured pencil drawing and printed off 100 A3 images for her on high quality rag paper using my Epson 4800 printer. My wife and I hand made a lovely album to hold this huge set of prints, using 50mm rings and punch hole armour to allow each image to be flipped without damaging it.

Happily, she, her new husband, and everyone she showed it to, loved it. Normally, I'd have charged around $5-7,000 for that but for my sister, it was her wedding present.

This is a shot of Big Sister Cheryl getting ready in the morning of her big day.


Aunt Cheryl by Michael J Breen, on Flickr

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Idleidolidyll Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2021 at 01:16
For about 5 years, while living in Christchurch, hairdressing photography was one of my main contracts. I'd become friends with one of the leading upmarket salons and he wanted a lot of different kinds of work for competitions and advertising; nothing was ever the same as the last time!

One of his hairdressers became my 'muse' for a while. Nikki was a very attractive young woman who was really easy to work with. She never complained and never questioned what I was doing, trusting me to produce something she, and her boss, would appreciate.

I usually shot these with my Bronica ETRSi 645 medum format camera but occasionally shot with 35mm. This is a 35mm shot made with simple window light and a reflector at the salon.


Nikki by Michael J Breen, on Flickr

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Colour on Mono

This is another shot of Nikki (and a friend) for a hairdressing ad.

Mike (the Boss), wanted something that would "jump out of the page" and I decided that a hand coloured B&W would work.
I added the background graffiti using a tiny air paint pencil then added colour with a paintbrush until I got what I was after. The 'far away eyes' look was popular at the time so, although they are looking directly at the camera; they have a 1,000 yard stare going on.


Hairdressing Models by Michael J Breen, on Flickr

Bronica ETRSi with 150mm lens if I recall correctly
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Idleidolidyll Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2021 at 01:29
Lee-Ann on New Brighton Beach

In Christchurch (1990's), I also shot fashion. This one was for a well known leather shop in town. I was never paid for the shoot although the client used the shots anyway. I had to go to court to get paid.


Leanne by Michael J Breen, on Flickr

Bronica ETRSi with 150mm lens. Using natural light (obviously) with one really big white reflector

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Father-in-law


Edited by Jonas A-R - 27 September 2021 at 19:30
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Idleidolidyll Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 September 2021 at 22:02
Originally posted by Andy81 Andy81 wrote:




Andy: the eyes are the pathway to personality and are vital in most portraits.
These are excellent portraits and particularly #1 and #3
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