New Stock Images – American musician couple in Brooklyn

Part two of my New York City  images shot last Fall during a Getty Image event. This one was shot at the same time and venue as Tia’s shoot and featured a real life couple of NYC artists – they’re musicians, actors, dancers, models and are looking great. I had approached them before leaving Montreal and unfortunately they couldn’t make the date I had in mind for an Astoria shoot. So I booked them for the Brooklyn one instead and it worked out great since Lorraine and Juan were with me and we could share.

I had asked them to bring something they would like to be pictured with and they brought a mandolin! Along with their styling there was something really American about this, so I decided to kind of de-contextualize the images by shooting in front of the gorgeous sky and sunset and then in the alleyway. I really liked the softness of the light in these last few shots (A. is an example) and left out my current flashy-composited-color-infused-light-bomb-is-that-Vaseline-on-the-lens-give-me-that-sig+-I’ll-never-make-10k-images-at-this-rate post processing routine to preserve the intimate mood. Sure enough,  only A. and another from that set were selected to be on Getty. Still some of my favorite shots. Oh and I totally submitted D. as an afterthought – the image is totally out of focus and the model’s faces completely washed out by that humongous lens flare, but I thought the dreamy factor played really well with the action and since anonymity has a definite allure in stock, I thought hey, why not? Sure enough it not only made Sig+ but also is pulling ahead as one of the best sellers in the series.

You can view the whole series in this lightbox or this Photoshelter Gallery . Enjoy!

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A. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images

B. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images

C. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images

D. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images

E. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images

Featured stock photo – Four friends at a cafe vertical

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stock photo – Four friends at a cafe vertical

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I’m not one to usually use gimmicky post processing, but upon coming back from Berlin, I found myself with hundreds of gray images shot on an overcast day. I started fiddling around with adding flares and discovered a whole array of lighting effects that can be done by using the technique: tweak your colors by using Selective Colors on Neutral in Photoshop (less cyan, less black, more yellow), then add a layer, put it on Screen blending mode, fill it with black and apply your Lens Flares (under Filters – Render) then desaturate the layer and apply a wide gaussian blur to remove the tacky sharp flares and odd color bursts. You can then repeat, adjust opacity and then have fun in Color Efex to get something like the above photograph, which just sold today. It does look much more lively than a flat gray shot I admit. Flares are quite trendy these days… now I get why!