50 Portraits – 15

Exposure: 1/50 sec – Aperture: F4.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: F4.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/500 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/800 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/100 sec – Aperture: F2.5 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/100 sec – Aperture: F2.5 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: Digital, Joy Division, A Factory Sample EP, 1978 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #15 is markley

two dudes walking around chicago for nearly 3 hours is always fun. this is what markley and i did the other day. it was a great way to be able to hang out and chat. i enjoy getting to know people better while riding on trains. markley is a professional writer with a journalist’s rabid passion for fine prose. he’s unabashed and snarky to say the least which means that he reminds me of me. markley is the youngest novelist that i have ever met and he’s so nonchalant about this fact that most of the people that work with him don’t even know that he’s an accomplished writer. this photo shoot was the first of many in which we are planning to explore the different ways to capture markley for his author photo. in this day and age of cutting edge and crazy book design, we’ll hopefully be plotting out a course so that people will pick up his first novel, turn it over, see his photo, and understand that they should probably read this book. we also wanted to make it chicago-centric. we may have taken that one a bit too literally but you have to know your boundaries on both sides of the fence to know where your final product should lie. the lighting for this shoot was perfect; overcast, occasional rain, but bright. as we move into the digital age, cameras are getting better and better at reading gray days. this shoot was really a lot of fun. at one point in the shoot, i told markley that this was his “dylan” moment. the last two photos remind me so much of robert zimmerman (or maybe just something that he would do).

the music:
don’t ever fade away, don’t ever fade away, don’t ever fade away, fade away, fade away… the fabled photographer, anton corbjin, made a movie about joy division pretty recently. i would really like to see it. their recorded sound, their vision, their music, and their lyrics were all well ahead of what their contemporaries were pulling off. their music is timeless and sounds as modern as anything on the radio these days. ground breakers indeed. if i had my choice of rhythm sections for a modern rock band, i would pluck JD’s in a heartbeat. it’s a pity and a waste that the chance of hearing more music is not possible. new order is really good, but Joy Division was amazing.

One thought on “50 Portraits – 15

  1. Lori

    Wow.
    Because those are fabulous shots, Ian.
    Because Mr. Markley wrote a novel.
    Because he’s a cutie and nobody told me.
    And because I couldn’t come up with anything better than “wow.”

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