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jnanian
03-16-2009, 07:08 PM
nadar

gerryyaum
03-16-2009, 07:43 PM
August Sander, Paul Strand, Jock Sturges come immediately to mind

David William White
03-16-2009, 08:20 PM
A bit of edge, but need to mention Helmut Newton. Love him or hate him, there is no mistaking the uniqueness of his style. In the age of complicated studio fashion and portrait shoots, he preferred one camera and natural light.

benjiboy
04-30-2009, 07:16 AM
There are so many good ones, but check out the work of Jane Bown, I greatly admire her,and she works almost exclusively with just an Olympus OM1 and 85mm f2 lens.

Cheryl Jacobs
04-30-2009, 09:17 AM
Oh yes, do check out Cheryl Jacobs' latest offerings in the galleries!

Thanks for the mention, Keith.

PVia
04-30-2009, 09:59 AM
No, I am saying that even if he used natural light, the result of whatever it is that he does is anything but natural in appearance. That's all. N.b. I did not express any like/dislike of his work, I simply do not [personally!] find it in keeping with the general objectives of available light photography.

Not all of Sieff's work has the "halo"...much of it involves, in fact, beautiful natural light. Actually, much of his studio work that is "lit" has the halo burning he was so fond of for a while...

Either way, the large Sieff book by Taschen is probably the best photo book bargain in the world, $25 for a huge book, beautifully printed, with hundreds of large, wonderful photographs!

Don Wallace
04-30-2009, 01:19 PM
Charles, the link works, I was able to get in. Quite an impressive body of work, many famous people there.

Didn't work for me either, no matter how many times I tried, on both Explorer and Firefox.

pa79
11-09-2009, 09:17 AM
How about Jean-Francois Jonvelle? Perhaps not all his photographs are portraits (or would be classified primarily as such), but they are beautiful.

wclark5179
11-09-2009, 09:26 AM
My friend, coach and mentor, Monte Zucker:

http://images.google.com/images?client=safari&rls=en&q=monte+zucker&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=czT4SpDiJYW2Nv2-qekF&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CCoQsAQwAw

Here is the basis of his portraiture:

http://forum.montezucker.com/index.php?act=ST&f=11&t=8344&

MattKing
11-09-2009, 12:22 PM
My friend, coach and mentor, Monte Zucker:

http://images.google.com/images?client=safari&rls=en&q=monte+zucker&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=czT4SpDiJYW2Nv2-qekF&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CCoQsAQwAw

Here is the basis of his portraiture:

http://forum.montezucker.com/index.php?act=ST&f=11&t=8344&

That second link is great - and now bookmarked!:)

Thanks

Matt

wclark5179
11-09-2009, 11:30 PM
Thanks Matt.

Here is a link to Montes mentor:

http://jzportraits.home.att.net/

Don't panic when you see how old the photographs are, taken during the 1970's when, well, you look at them and try not to laugh too much!

At any rate, the gentleman Joe Zeltsman was Monte Zuckers mentor. He passed away just a short time ago and it's been over two years since Monte left us.

One time when I was visiting with Monte he said, when he was first starting out, his wife complained on how much time he would spend with Joe. She even told Monte that he would be a cheap copy of Joe. Monte responded, "I may become a copy of Joe but I won't be cheap!"

2F/2F
11-09-2009, 11:49 PM
How can I really answer this question? Why natural light only? Portraits are portraits, regardless of whether the light is the sun or an electric light, and light is light. "Natural light portraits" is such a meaningless technical category. Why make that technical distinction between one source of lighting and another, as opposed to a conceptual one? Talk about meaningless...this is like asking who the masters of telephoto portraiture are, or who the masters of overcast portraiture are. I will tell you that anyone whose portraiture is best described in one short phrase by a technical term is nobody who is worth talking about. Now, "natural portraits" I could understand...

keithwms
11-10-2009, 12:47 PM
How can I really answer this question? Why natural light only? Portraits are portraits, regardless of whether the light is the sun or an electric light, and light is light.

Natural, available light is [usually] different in character. Of course, it is possible for artificial light to approach the qualities of natural light, but even then, one has to wonder if it is even possible to photograph a portrait subject in the same disposition when artificial light is used. People simply feel a lot more comfortable and 'natural' when they don't have big softboxes or flashes or whatever aimed at them.

Denis K
11-10-2009, 01:28 PM
Take a look at the following search on Hive Mind. It will show you what people found interesting on flikr.

http://fiveprime.org/flickr_hvmnd.cgi?search_type=Tags&photo_number=50&photo_type=250&noform=t&quicksearch=1&sort=Interestingness&textinput=naturallight+portrait&.submit=Search+Tags

Denis K

TheFlyingCamera
11-10-2009, 02:21 PM
My friend, coach and mentor, Monte Zucker:

http://images.google.com/images?client=safari&rls=en&q=monte+zucker&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=czT4SpDiJYW2Nv2-qekF&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CCoQsAQwAw

Here is the basis of his portraiture:

http://forum.montezucker.com/index.php?act=ST&f=11&t=8344&

While Monte was a very successful portrait and wedding photographer, and he often shot on location, I sincerely doubt that during his professional career he shot much without at least a fill-flash, if not an entire array of reflectors, off-camera strobes, and other light modifiers manipulating the ambient light. I can't recall any of his articles for Shutterbug, or any of his books, where he discussed a setup without any artificial light source included.

viridari
11-11-2009, 09:56 AM
Lou O'Bedlam

wclark5179
11-13-2009, 07:16 PM
Scott,

I knew Monte quite well and though he would use reflectors as well as devices to subtract light he, in fact, made many portraits with natural light. Matter of fact he would look for natural controlled light. Do you have "How'd He Do Dat," where Monte used natural light for many of the portraits made on the CD?

I worked with Monte and knew him better than those who only read his articles in Shutterbug and other publications.

Here is a link to some of his ideas on lighting patterns:

Studio setups or outdoors with natural light the patterns are the same. By the way my wife is in a photo in this series:

http://www.montezucker.com/content.html?page=7

Quote by Monte:

"Notice anything different about the light pattern on Toby’s face here? Of course not! It’s one and the same! All natural light."


At any rate, thanks for your comments.

DanielStone
11-24-2009, 10:10 PM
dean collins did a good job, at least IMO, with reflectors and plexi mirrors.

worked for him, and has worked for me numerous times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ykLKifD1lU

-Dan

Nicole
11-24-2009, 11:56 PM
Also amongst us, Nicole Boenig-McGrade does mostly natural light work, I believe.

Just saw your post for the first time. Thank you very much mabman!
I try to travel light and am a one camera, one lens, all natural light kinda girl.

df cardwell
11-25-2009, 06:24 AM
Nic's smile is all the fill light anybody needs.