Photos from my second professional gig

frank theriault knarftheriault at gmail.com
Sat Oct 17 00:03:04 EDT 2009


On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 3:36 PM, Larry Colen <lrc at red4est.com> wrote:
> The company a friend works for put on a charity poker tournament (the
> winners got to donate to their favorite charity) as basically a
> shmoozefest for oracleworld.
>
> This was a very different style of photography than I've done. As long
> as it was "good enough" content and expediency were far more important
> than technical, or even artistic, perfection.
>
> I was hired nominally to get shots of the guests in front of the
> backdrop. They didn't do a great job of herding the guests to me as
> they came in and there was a hard time limit of when the instruction
> of how to play, and then the actual tournament would start.
>
> The plan was that I'd take the shots from 6:00 to 6:30, process them,
> and someone would run the files down to Walgreen's for 5x7 prints. I
> was then encouraged to take photos during the tournament. I took care
> to ask who were the people I should get the photos of (important
> customers etc.)
>
> One of the customers missed out on the first round of "prom photos",
> and asked if he could get a shot later. Rather than shooting with
> Anita Cocktail (the drag queen impersonator in several of the shots)
> we got a shot of him with Amy (the friend who organized the event). He
> was hamming it up a bit for the camera putting his head on her
> shoulder, so I told her to kiss him on the cheek. It turns out that
> their company may get a contract from his, so that may have worked out
> quite well.
>
> If your curious, the pictures are up. They aren't destined for any
> galleries, but the customer was happy, and the check cashed.
>
> Twenty three shots in the set:
> There are two ways of viewing them, the flickriver site shows them in
> 600x800, but is a little slower to load:
> http://www.flickriver.com/photos/ellarsee/sets/72157622589959338/
>
> The flickr site shows them as 100x100 crops
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/sets/72157622589959338/

I don't know why, but I really like these.  There's a sort of "formal
snapshot" look to the posed shots that I really like - they're almost
surreal.

cheers,
frank

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"Sharpness is a bourgeois concept."  -Henri Cartier-Bresson




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