7.03.2013

Somehow a beautiful portrait makes my day better every time.


I'm sure you've seen a variation of this portrait before. I tend to re-work and re-work the portraits I  like and I'm sure next week I'll come back and decide that this is too processed and I'll look at it again. But for today, after a tedious ten hours of selecting and post-processing images for my presentation and waiting for the delivery thing to be sorted out I'm happy to just look at my computer screen and look at Amy's beautiful face.

When I feel down or tired or like I'm loosing ground I look back at work I like and realize that it's proof that I can do good work. Just like looking back at remarkable jobs is proof that we can do profitable work. Sometimes it's good to just sit still and appreciate what you've gotten done so far.


15 comments:

David Liang said...

Hey Kirk,

I don't recall reading a post indicating if you shoot tethered from time to time. But I recently got the a plugin/patch from DNA software for Lightroom 5. Gives you control of the a99 like all other supported camera's in Lightroom. What I found useful was the professional version for $40 comes with an iPad view app, that connects via wifi with Lightroom. It's pretty fast too I think it sends a jpg to the iPad, takes about 1 second for image to show up in Lightroom and same to show up on iPad. Pretty cool if you have to show clients as you're shooting.

John said...

Hi Kirk. I like this portrait and your work in general. But it often underscores what I don't admire about so much work I see today, with it's focus on prepped and polished youth and beauty, usually female.

All that fades so quickly. It would be great to occasionally see portraits of regular folks and faces etched with years of having lived. There's real beauty there, too.

John

Mike Dooley said...

I love it Kirk. Not just the photo, but the sentiment of going back and looking at your work! When I get in a rut or a funk I find the same thing - going back and looking at my older stuff gets me back up and going again! Thanks!

Mike

Kirk Tuck said...

Thanks David. I'm doing a project and that's just what I've been looking for. I'll download and test today. Good to have this resource.

Kirk Tuck said...

John, I totally get what you are saying. I was just in the mode for something young and pretty. I was pandering to my primary audience.....me.

André Balsa said...

Every time you post a beautiful portrait like this one I am grateful that you created this blog and that I started reading it a couple of years ago. It makes my day better too!

David Liang said...

Not a problem Kirk, your posts keep me inspired and informed to continue pursuing this career. Whatever I can do to give back I will.

Bill Mealater said...

Prettiest mannequin I've ever seen.

That was your intention, right?

Antonio Ramirez said...

Lovely portrait of a very beautiful lady! This is the first time I comment, but I have been following your blog for some time now. I very much enjoy your writing style and the photography is just outstanding.

Kirk Tuck said...

Bill. Thanks for posting your comment. You did read the little squiggly stuff under the photo, right?

Anonymous said...

Lies. All visual lies!

John Hall said...

I've had the pleasure of photographing a few (a very few) women with skin that clear.

Retouching? I'm sure there's a little - Kirk says as much after all. But, I'll bet that's a very honest portrait of the sitter.

cheers,

john

John Hall said...

P.S. My previous post is not to say that one must have a model with flawless skin to enjoy a portrait sitting, just to say that such a sitting is a unique and enjoyable experience.

Kirk Tuck said...

Thank you very, very much. Your comment was a nice counterbalance to a strident and bitchy comment that's been deleted.

Nigli said...

Kirk,

this is a truly beautiful portrait. It is luminous, peaceful, ephemeral, sombre and totally captivating. I've come back to this page a couple of times over the last few days just to look at again.

Cheers,

Nigel