Story Behind the Photo-Freeman Patterson

0921NCFREEMANBLURFAV1.jpg

Many people ask me about how photographs I’ve done were taken. Lots of interest in the techniques or technical aspects. The Story Behind The Photo series answers those questions! This one is a portrait of world renowned photographer Freeman Patterson.
If you see any shots of mine that you are dying to know how they were done, send me an email and I’ll post em.

As a photographer, being assigned to photograph one of your peers with the stature of Freeman Patterson would scare anyone. Having known Freeman personally for a few years however made me a bit less apprehensive. The assignment was made more difficult however as he insisted that he would not be photographed with a camera, slides, or taking photographs.

As we went through his house he showed me some recent slides images he had captured. One of which was a scene of backlit trees with light shining through, with the trees blurred by camera movement, a technique he uses frequently. When I asked him where the photograph was taken, he said in the woods just outside his front door. We ventured into those woods, and I saw the same type of light as the photograph he showed me. I had him stand so he was backlit by the trees, then using a slow shutter speed I began attempting various blurring techniques like zooming, juggling, and rotating the camera during the exposure.
This created the interesting background, but of course Freeman was backlit so he was just a black shape. So to get him in the photograph, I used a flash off camera to fire at the end of the exposure, which then produced a sharp Freeman in the middle of the blur. The fact he was backlit was very important, because if the same light was on him that was on the background, it would have recorded him as a blur as well as the flash. When I showed the photos to Freeman, he asked me how I was able to get him sharp in the frame…now that was cool, I was able to teach Freeman Patterson something!!!

Below are some outtakes from the shoot using different movement!

0921NCFREEMANBLURFAV2

0921NCFREEMANBLURFAV3

0921NCFREEMANBLURFAV4

Technical info:
Canon EOS-1D Mark II N
Lens: 35mm
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/4
Aperture: F11
Whitebalance: Daylight
Metering: MANUAL of course!

Noel Chenier

———-
Photographer and teacher
Connect with Noel on INSTAGRAM or TWITTER or via EMAIL 
Photography Assignment Generator Apps now available on the app store!
Noel’s Portfolio
Work Done by My Students!

Want to make sure you get all the latest posts and info? Subscribe!

 

 

More Stories Behind The Photo Post

  • Canada Games Athletes-Cyclist Justin Theriault

    Canada Games Athletes-Cyclist Justin Theriault

    Today’s athlete is cyclist Justin Theriault, who I photographed outside the Telegraph-Journal office in Saint John. The upper parking lot provided a nice high spot that allowed me to get lower than Justin so I could put some of the nice clouds behind him on his bike. So like many …
  • Canada Games Athletes-Sailors Alex Black and Kelvin Gilliland

    Canada Games Athletes-Sailors Alex Black and Kelvin Gilliland

    The second portrait in the series is of Team New Brunswick sailors Alex Black(l) and Kelvin Gilliland, one of the few multi-person shoots. They can be a bit of a challenge as you are trying to get both people into the composition along with the equipment/background, etc that tells their …
  • Story Behind the Photo: Twins Tower Over Their Fellow Grads

    Story Behind the Photo: Twins Tower Over Their Fellow Grads

    Over the years, I must have photographed over thirty university, college,  and high school graduation ceremonies. Mostly the ones for the University of New Brunswick and St Thomas in Fredericton. The challenge was always finding something interesting…because they are pretty much the same every year. (249)
  • Canada Games Athletes-Basketball player Laura McCaffrey

    Canada Games Athletes-Basketball player Laura McCaffrey

    Today’s New Brunswick Canada Games team member is basketball player Laura McCaffrey. Being indoors gives you total control over the light, as you can use the flashes at higher power levels to overpower the ambient light, or turn the lights down or off indoors! I had previously done an interesting …
  • Canada Games Athletes-Tennis player Daniel Blake

    Canada Games Athletes-Tennis player Daniel Blake

    Today’s shoot is of Canada Games Tennis player Daniel Blake. Another shoot where I had an idea of the shot I wanted…the player leaping through the air, stretched out, smashing the ball… and well, just couldn’t make it work the way I envision it. I don’t think Daniel had enough …

 

(865)

1 thought on “Story Behind the Photo-Freeman Patterson”

Leave a Comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.