I am absolutely thrilled to share that I completed all 100 days of my colossal project that began on the Summer Solstice in June. I'm especially proud of how the images developed and the complexity of some of the shots from the last week. I was determined to finish with a bang ... and how couldn't I when I begin the final week with a black evening gown and a sparkling 2015 white Porsche? Click to view a slideshow of the complete project.
Quick recap: 100 days of images, each taken of one subject outside in only natural light. Canon’s flagship 5DS R mounted with Canon’s 50 mm f/1.2L lens was the only one that could be used. And, every shot had to be taken “wide open” at an aperture of f/1.2, which creates an extremely shallow depth of field. The lens at this setting is one of the most challenging to shoot with, and it’s now among my favorites. The project was inspired by a broad-scoped challenge in “The Great Discontent” magazine — the parameters for the project were my own choice. The daily goal was to be creative, unique, and true to my style — it wasn’t about the most flattering portrait or hokey poses, rather about manipulating light, perception, angle, depth of field, and composition for the final product.
Fun facts: No typical smiling shots; in fact, only five out of 100 have smiles — and those were completely spontaneous grins. Out of 100 pics, 68 are color, 26 black/white, 2 color/black-white mixed, 2 split toned for a sepia effect, and 2 partially desaturated. Most shots were taken in Chester, NJ, although about 20 were taken in the Adirondacks, Poconos, Bernardsville, Gladstone, Delbarton, Elmwood Historic Cemetery in New Brunswick, Bucknell University, and Lehigh University.
A special thanks to all the individuals and businesses that allowed me to shoot on their grounds. And, most important, hats off to my six awesome models for joining in my creative endeavor!
Note: Check out a recent blog entry for the story behind this swan song shot!