Derek Hudson is a local jazz musician. He and his wife, Sharon, collaborate on projects and have released CDs under the name “Inspired Jazz“. A few months ago, Derek asked me to take some pictures of him for his website. (you can see some of them at his site under “photos”.) That shoot resulted in one of my personal favorites:
Well, last week, Sharon asked if I could do another shoot for the cover of a CD they are about to release. Most of the pictures were just of her, others included Derek. They asked for a plain background so a graphic artist could change the background. First, I suggested a plain white seamless paper background. We were going to put it up on their garage door, but when I got to their house at around 10am, I saw the garage faced east and the sun was blasting it full force. No good for pictures. The subjects would be squinting…and hot! So I scouted around the house and chose the shady north side (photographer’s love northern light!). I decided that I could shoot against their brown wall; I figured with some separation and a large aperture (f/2.8 to f/5.6) I could render the wall out of focus. Anyway, here is one of my favorite shots from that day. You can see the before with the wall and the after where I replaced the color with gray.
The gray background and empty space should make it easy to add text for the CD cover.
f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/250th, 28mm
580EXII Camera Left, ETTL, Diffusion Dome on