Grabbing a portrait opportunity…


It’s been a while since I blogged about any still photography projects, but with the launch of our new Photography website last week, I should be producing more of these from now on!

And quiet a bit has been happening photography wise over the past year that I haven’t talked about…

The first little project I would like to talk about revisits a continuing portrait theme, and also the last photography blog I wrote about the 35mm lens being the “God Lens”..

Never pass up the opportunity to make a great portrait. It doesn’t need to be complex with fancy lighting, it just needs to talk a little bit about the subject. Keeping it simple is the best approach.

We have talked on Facebook a bit about the work Dave and I did for the Forestry commission last year, during which I was drawn to the diversity of fans. From posh folks with dalmatians… (You can see that image in our Forestry Commission gallery on our web site… ) to aged rockers and new hipsters.

Even though I was on a mission to capture a wide vision of the concert, I decided I couldn’t pass on an opportunity to create a series of editorial style portraits of some of these folks.

Shot very quickly on the Canon 5dmk3 and the 35mm f2 at f2… These were the simplest and fastest of portraits. The overcast conditions meant that I had fairly easy light to work with, so that helped as it provided an even light, but what of course made it work was the good hearted and friendly nature of everyone who I approached.

Here’s a small selection….

Editorial portrait of Zepplin fans at forest concert by Doug Marke.


A Led Zeeplin fan posing for his portrait.

Potrait of Robert Plant fan shot on 5dmk3 with 35mm F2. By Doug Marke.


Contrast this Robert Plant fan with the traditional image of a Led Zeppelin fan.

Robert Plant reaches across the ages and the types with his music, as this portrait of two fans shows.


Doug Marke at Page One photography photographed a number of Zeppelin fans.



Tip; To help with this type of thing, its handy to have a soft reflector. You can get reflectors that can be folded up into a very small packages and are easy to hand hold. This is much faster than attempting to use fill flash, especially if the subject is back lit, as its easy to pump a bit of fill into the face if needed. In this case I didn’t have a reflector so the light was entirely as presented.



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