Wearable Art

by George Murphy on July 29, 2012

It seems I am always photographing Justin Oliphant on his birthday behind some kind of persona facilitating eyewear. This latest Photo Splash post is an image we made outside of McNear’s Saloon in Petaluma, a few nights ago. That’s the neon marquee of the Mystic Theater that you see reflecting off of the highly polished Bausch and Lomb lenses of these very cool high-tech, retro glasses. While it wasn’t actually his birthday yet when I shot this, I am posting it today (which is) in tribute. As a side note: I’m currently tracking down the name of the artist who made these glasses and will post an update when I have that information.

Justin Oliphant gets his steampunk on as he sports a pair of fine art spectacles under the multi-colored neon of Petaluma's Mystic Theater.


Technical Notes:
This shot is also a fine example of how handy it is to work with the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III in low light situations. Using available lighting at ISO 1600, I shot hand-held at 1/50th sec. at ƒ/4.0 using a focal length of 80mm. The lens was a Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L lens and the image stabilization definitely allowed me to stay sharp on the eyeglass details. I did have a rim light from a wirelessly triggered Canon Speedlight 580EX II, but ended up framing out the contribution from that source.

If you think that I’m holding a lot of depth-of-field for an ƒ/4.o aperture, you’d be right. I bracketed my focus on the eyeglasses and merged the two shots to retain detail in both lenses.


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