When Sir Patrick arrived at the Neo Studios in Manhattan, I was a complete bag of nerves. How do you go from being a complete fanboy over somebody’s work to actually meeting and working with them? Thankfully, I managed to push my Trekkie urges to the back of my mind and shook the man’s hand.
I was well aware that there are very few pictures of him that are not in character, so in our discussion before the shoot, I told him that I wanted to try to capture who he was as a person. We took a few pictures in order to get a grasp on his best facial positions and the appropriate height for the camera. From there, Sir Patrick did the rest of the work.
As a vintage actor, he so effortlessly performed the expressions and emotions we both thought suitable – matching his natural kindness with a fierce intensity. Throughout the entire shoot, he was curious, warm and extremely polite, making this thirty minute session an absolute joy to take part in.
In my last post I mentioned the Hasselblad H3D which I hired for the assignment. Just before the end of the shoot I captured some portraits of Anna to update her portfolio. I wrote a review of the cameras portrait capabilities for my blog, so here goes.
The H3D 31 is a fine tool for taking quality portraits, it is clear why it costs £24,995 – it’s a low-volume product with expensive research and development behind it, and it is carefully made with high quality, excellent materials. It is not intended to compete with Canon and Nikon. It’s meant to be a different category, and it isn’t nearly as convenient to use as those, even though it is as thoughtfully designed. Weight, speed, automation, and flexibility all took hits in service to support image quality. The images below where photographed in my studio with a Hasselblad H3D-31 with 80 mm lens.
The closeup of Anna’s left eye really shows the detail the HD3 is capable of achieving, crisp, sharpness and perfect colour. I will definitely be hiring the HD3 for more projects in the future. A complete DSLR that is much more than the sum of its parts, the H3D is peerless in terms of its combined image quality and flexibility.
Mark Melia a renown fashion designer in Liverpool commissioned me to shoot some of his new collection. Wanting super detail in his images Mark Requested I hire a Hasselblad HD3 for the shoot.
The Hasselblad HD3 a beast of a camera boasts 39 megapixels; the sheer detail of the fabric was mind-blowing. Model Anna from Industry People created some wonderful shapes, and i’m positive the collection is going to be well received.