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Portrait with a wide angle lens 2

Artist Pat Corbin Chao–works on her landscape of the fishing pier at Lake Evans. I used just a reflector to direct the light down towards the palette and her canvas. See this picture from my student Erika Garcia taken from the  reverse angle.

Our 2nd artist Pat Corbin Chao set up to work closer to the lake but still within our immediate vicinity.

At this time of the day, about 7 pm, the sun was almost below the horizon.

But there was still a lot of light because of the mirror-like quality  from the water of Lake Evans.

The very warm and directional light gives everything a nice gold glow.
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Portraits with a wide angle lens 1

Artist Sharon Suhovy painting on location–The time of the day, 6:37 pm, made very directional light possible. I made sure Sharon’s face was lit by the setting sun bouncing off Lake Evans. This helps draw even more attention to her since her face is now the lightest part of the picture.


The Rule of Thirds is often cited in composition.

In fact I hear it discussed ad nauseam in painting, drawing and photography.

I mention it once to my students and I quickly move on.

It’s the rebel in me, the part that questions authority.

I just don’t like that word “Rule” when it comes to art, that’s why.

If it works, that’s all that matters.

Those Art History classes in college left me scarred.

Those classes where the professor would analyze and explain away the great masterpieces and why he thought the artist did what they did. Great bedtime stories by the way.
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