Careful: his eyes will burn holes in you.
I photographed a man named “Fire” at Sunrise Orchards while shooting for The Apple Pickers portfolio. My modus operandi for this project was to use one studio strobe light to make portraits of the Jamaican workers in the fields as they worked. Most of the men were eager to have their portraits made, but some were reticent, probably unsure about what I was going to do with the photographs.
“Fire” was one of the shy ones, but eventually he gave in and stood for my camera. I got a nod and a handshake when I presented him with prints the next day.
“Fire” was photographed with a Nikon D800 camera and 105mm ƒ/2.5 MF Nikkor lens. The subject was slightly backlit by the sun and illuminated in the front with a Paul Buff Einstein monolight inside a 60-inch reflector umbrella, high up and directly above the camera.
Posted in Cameras, Digital, Equipment, How-To / Tutorial, Lighting, Nikon, People, Photography, Technique Tagged documentary, editorial, onelight, People, photography, Portraits, Vermont
Alexander Cort and Lauren Honican. I made this image the same day I shot the polarizing cover image for the Winter 2014 issue of Middlebury Magazine.
This image of Alexander Cort and Lauren Honican is an outtake from my recent cover story in Middlebury Magazine on student hunters at Middlebury College. The story was so provocative that the next issue’s “Letters” section was devoted entirely to discussion of the article.
Posted in Assignment, Cameras, Digital, Equipment, Outdoors, People, Photography, Sigma Tagged assignment, digital, editorial, issues, Lighting, People, photography, Portraits, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Vermont, wildlife
Flow, Otter Creek, Vermont was photographed with a Sigma DP2 Merrill camera and a B+W ND 3.0 Neutral Density filter. The exposure was 15 seconds and ƒ/11 at ISO 100. The image was converted to monochrome using Adobe Lightroom 5.
Flow, Otter Creek, Vermont, 8″x8″ image on 11″x14″ paper
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Flow, Otter Creek, Vermont is available as an 8″x8″ image on 11″x14″ paper for $99, plus shipping and sales tax for Vermont residents. The bare print is signed and titled and is accompanied by my suggestions for mounting and framing. You can buy your print by clicking the button below to checkout with PayPal.
Posted in Black and White, Cameras, Digital, Equipment, Fine Art, Outdoors, Photography, Sigma Tagged B+W, black and white, digital, fine art, landscape, Middlebury College, New England, outdoors, Sigma DP2 Merrill, streams, Vermont
Alfred of St. Mary, Jamaica; Sunrise Orchards, Cornwall, Vermont is part of my ongoing portfolio The Apple Pickers. I photographed Alfred with a Sigma DP2 Merrill and an Einstein E640 Monolight inside a large Photek Softlighter.
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Posted in Assignment, Cameras, Digital, Outdoors, People, Photography, Sigma Tagged agriculture, Green Mountains, New England, outdoors, People, Portraits, Vermont
If you haven’t yet seen my exhibition The Pane in Empty Rooms at the Town Hall Gallery in Middlebury, you only have three days left. There will be a closing reception on Friday, May 9th for the first Middlebury Arts Walk of 2014. I will be there from 5:00 to 7:00pm to answer questions. I hope to see y’all there!
Posted in Exhibitions, News Tagged exhibitions, film, fine art, Green Mountains, landscape, New England, outdoors, People, photography, Robert Frost, Vermont
I photographed Dr. John Bennett of the Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP) in Albany, New York for Capital Magazine back in December. Using a simple gray wall as a background, I side lit him using two monolights inside strip softboxes coming in from camera right and left, even with the subject.
Posted in Assignment, Cameras, Digital, Equipment, People, Sigma, Tearsheets Tagged assignment, People, photography, Portraits, Sigma DP3 Merrill
White Pines, Ripton, Vermont. Fine art print prices start at just $50. Browse the archive to choose from a range of sizes.
The first ten customers to buy a print 24″x30″ or larger will receive this 12″x12″ book for free. The book features twenty-six toned black and white images over twenty-eight pages, comes with a written introduction, and is signed on the title page.
To celebrate the next showing of The Pane in Empty Rooms at Middlebury’s Jackson Gallery, I’ve lowered the prices on fine art prints from the portfolio.
Prices now start at $50 for an intimately sized 5″x6″ image on 8″x10″ paper and go up to $600 for a striking 30″x38″ print. All photographs are printed on archival, cotton-rag luster papers and are signed and titled in pencil on the back.
A full range of sizes is available by browsing the images in the archive.
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The first 10 people who purchase a print sized 24″x30″ or larger will receive a free copy of my 12″x12″ exhibition book.
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The Pane in Empty Rooms 7-inch exhibition book
The book features twenty-six toned black and white images over twenty-eight pages, comes with a written introduction, and is signed on the title page.
Due to popular demand, I’ve designed a 7-inch version of The Pane in Empty Rooms exhibition book. The original 12-inch version, which I released as a bonus for customers who purchased larger prints, was too expensive to print to offer at a reasonable retail price.
The new, intimately sized 7-inch book is identical to the larger book in every way:
- 26 toned black and white images on 28 pages
- Introduction written by the photographer
- Signed on the title page
- Printed by Blurb™ using their highest quality papers
- $35 plus Shipping and Handling via USPS Priority Mail. Customers outside of the continental United States please contact me for a customized shipping quote.
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Posted in Black and White, Exhibitions, Fine Art, Photography, Print Sales, Prints, Publications, Special Offers Tagged B+W, black and white, books, exhibitions, fine art, photography
Middlebury College student hunters John Montgomery, Katherine McFarren, and Alexander Cort (L-R).
COVER STORY FOR MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE
The Winter 2014 issue of Middlebury Magazine features my cover story The Call of the Wild where I followed a group of Middlebury College student hunters at the start of the 2013 deer hunting season. You can view a large selection of images from the assignment in the archive.
Thanks to student hunters Alexander Cort, Lauren Honican, Myles Kamisher-Koch, Katherine McFarren, and John Montgomery for their help with this assignment.
I photographed the cover shot with a Nikon D800 and Nikkor 17-35mm ƒ/2.8 AF-S lens. I stood on my Pelican case to gain a little altitude and illuminated the hunters with an Einstein monolight and Vagabond battery pack in a bare reflector.
Posted in Assignment, Outdoors, People, Photography, Tearsheets Tagged assignment, editorial, New England, outdoors, People, photography, Portraits, Vermont
An exhibition of images from my portfolio The Pane in Empty Rooms will open at the Jackson Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont on March 21st, 2014. The exhibition will continue through May 9th for the first Middlebury Arts Walk.
The Jackson Gallery at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater
68 South Pleasant St
Middlebury, VT 05753
Opening Reception: Friday, March 21st, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 12:00pm-5:00pm
For more information, visit the The Jackson Gallery’s website or call them at 802-382-9222.
View the Pane in Empty Rooms portfolio here, or shop for prints here.
About Brett Simison
Brett Simison is an award-winning editorial, commercial, and fine art photographer based in Vermont. His work has appeared in publications such as Outside Magazine, The New York Times, National Geographic Online, and Backpacker Magazine from assignments throughout the United States and abroad. The native of Citronelle, Alabama now lives with his wife Amy and son Connor in the city of Vergennes, Vermont. His website is www.brettsimison.com.