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 – Wild West Man Playing Harmonica

Stock Photo - Wild West Man Playing Harmonica
Stock Photo – Wild West Man Playing Harmonica

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Nice! Today I woke up to find out that this shot had sold, which is extra sweet for me since it is one of my very favorites from my trip to Montana. I remember making a list of props that I should get before I left and had jotted down “harmonica”, as I thought it would be appropriate for Wild West sets. So the day I went shooting backgrounds in Montreal, I stopped by a music store and picked one up, along with a tambourine, and brought it over to the shoots. I was always carrying this large white bag around full of props. Anyways, when I got to this set, it was rather late, the sun was setting quickly and the day had been long. I was given a quick 5 minutes with this model, so I got the harmonica out and he started playing. I directed his expression until he gave me this. Got it! I went for a deep sepia tinted desaturated but not quite B/W in post to give it that vintage look, and voilà! I hope it catches on.