Mista Skee

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photoblog image "Lessons in Chiaroscuro"

"Lessons in Chiaroscuro"

Not too long ago on my former blog, I talked about Chiaroscuro, the effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something. And it's use in modern day photography.

Applied to portraiture, it yields very dramatic results, but only for those who dare, to use it and for those who take time to understand it.

The proof is as they say in the pudding…enjoy!

--Skee

"Lessons in Chiaroscuro"

Not too long ago on my former blog, I talked about Chiaroscuro, the effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something. And it's use in modern day photography.

Applied to portraiture, it yields very dramatic results, but only for those who dare, to use it and for those who take time to understand it.

The proof is as they say in the pudding…enjoy!

--Skee

comments (27)

  • Sinem
  • 5 Apr 2006, 00:43
Beautiful! You must be the modern Leonardo - the master of chiaroscuro (by the way proof-read your title for typo). This reminds of poster prints of 50s jazz musicians. Lovely!
Mr Skee: Thanks... i'm not so good at replying posts! I see you too have caught the photobug lol, keep it up!
  • Otto K
  • United States
  • 5 Apr 2006, 00:47
Terrific portrait. It's bold and dramatic.
Mr Skee: Thanks... The shadows in this case form a very important role in the formation and definition of the subject.
  • Adanna
  • UK
  • 5 Apr 2006, 00:57
this picture definately captures the true beauty of the person in question. Am a fan.....
Mr Skee: Thanks, glad that you appreciate the subject, I mean photo ;-)
  • Adeola
  • United States
  • 5 Apr 2006, 01:12
Like i am lost for words, really. That is a wonderful picture, the picture captures the intenisty of the models face. I think the lighting(shadow) also helped bring out the intensity. Great job and keep up the great Job.
Mr Skee: Adeola, thank you for your comment... you simply have been "skee-dazzled"
  • Titilope Buraimo
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Apr 2006, 01:36
This photogragh really struck a chord, left me speechless...
Mr Skee: Thanks... the problem will be topping this on thursday!
  • attah
  • United States
  • 5 Apr 2006, 02:11
This one shot has made me appreciate portraiture in a different way. Well done.
Mr Skee: Thanks...As soon as I pressed the camera button, I knew this was going to be good. I think it's called the "S.T.E", the skee town effect smile
  • Janice
  • Canada
  • 5 Apr 2006, 02:47
This shot just blows me away. This lighting is so utterly amazing. Oh how I'd love to know more about this and how to achieve it.
Mr Skee: Shot using just one light source , in the form of a softbox, using a 100mm macro canon ef usm (My secret weapon lol) shot from above the models eye line, infact I was standing on a chair. Cropped....just a little and converted to b&w in C1pro. Additional sepia tonation done in photoshop, Since I knew what I was looking for, I went straight in for the kill... Total time spend....maybe 10mins.
  • Temi
  • United States
  • 5 Apr 2006, 03:16
Love the picture...it looks very natural and bold at the same time. Well done!
Mr Skee: Thanks, compositon and light and shade will always be a powerful tool, In the right hands! The question is...can I top this tomorrow? lol...lets wait and see.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 5 Apr 2006, 08:20
Me likey, reminds me of somthing I would shoot tongue . Seems you have been busy today, replying all your posts? Whats going on? smile

Need to come and sit with you one of these days and see you work your magic with this C1pro.

P.s
Remember to leave the software lying around so I can nick it smile
Mr Skee: What can I say....i've decided to reply to posts alittle more often.....ok im off to work!
Skee, fantastic!! My highest regards
Mr Skee: Thanks... Now that the weather has started to look up... i'll try n get out more and do some street stuff!
Really really nice portrait, lovely details in this.
Mr Skee: thanks! The 5D is a topper!
  • Funmi
  • 5 Apr 2006, 09:58
Fantastic portraiture...
must admit, this time im really skee-dazzled.
Mr Skee: Thanks.... just wait till thursday, you will be skee-dazzled twice in a row! ;-)
  • tolu
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2006, 09:58
Its a really good shot dat gets u thinkin bout wats going on in the subject mind. Great angle and basically its a fantastic shot. You did a fab job
Mr Skee: Thanks Tolu, I will try to top it tomorrow!
  • Morenike
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • 5 Apr 2006, 10:04
This is a brilliant shot. i particularly like how it's tightly cropped. it draws attention to the model's face and his hands. The lighting and the shadows are also fantastic and seem to reflect the model's mood. Your technique gives this picture a lot of depth and brings out the intensity of the to the model's expression. it's (almost) a work of genius smile
Mr Skee: Luckely I'm too dark to blush! Thanks Morenike!
  • Bougzy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2006, 10:50
I really like the detail to his face, not sure about the hands. I happen to know the subject and for a very unserious chap, you’ve really captured him in seriously good light. As much as I like teh intensity in his eyes, I bet he was probably just thinking about what tie to wear to work tomorrow! (hehe luv u bro smile)

Kinda reminds me of Kirk Franklin’s Preachers son. Like this chiaroscuro (sp) thing!
Mr Skee: You have really got me cracking out over here! smile
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 5 Apr 2006, 13:27
Very dramatic lighting and contrast, makes you wonder what he's thinking. Excellent shot.
Mr Skee: Thanks
  • Dimples
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2006, 14:17
I like(hmm!!! the picture or the subject!!!)Well done love the picture the detail is just fantastic.
Mr Skee: Thanks Dimples :-D
  • Yuwa
  • United States
  • 5 Apr 2006, 14:20
Magnificent work of art. Bravo!
Mr Skee: Replying these comment anit easy....thanks!
This is really great, Skee. The light, as you mentioned, is very dramatic. Why anyone shold be afraid in digital photography to take risks is beyond me. Nice post. High regards, Brent
Mr Skee: As usual a nice comment from Brent! Thanks
  • divarous
  • Canada
  • 5 Apr 2006, 14:44
Interesting play of light and shadow....kind of brings out the full glory of the black man......who dat punk anyway?
Mr Skee: If I tell u...Ill have to send suby over!
  • incubus
  • london
  • 5 Apr 2006, 15:31
wow!! amazing!!
Mr Skee: Thanks...wait till thrusday's shot!
Well composed shot, the use of the entire frame with the subject really looks cool.
Mr Skee: Replying posts is harder than taking the pics themself! Thats for your comment.
  • temi
  • london
  • 7 Apr 2006, 10:18
i like the picture almost as much as i like the subject (and that's alot)
never been one for photography but i'm really impressed.
Awesome portrait...love the lighting...
  • Mrs El Boogie
  • UK
  • 8 Apr 2006, 21:39
i really like his nose! very sexy
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Oct 2006, 13:51
a bit luther vandrossish..heehee..lol
Hello! i am new! what's up?

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