Raymond T. Perkins III
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MotherColumbia, South Carolina
photographs by Raymond T. Perkins III
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Natural BeautyColumbia, South Carolina
photos by Raymond T. Perkins III

Papa MurphColumbia, South Carolina
photos by Raymond T. Perkins III
Where was I going with this picture?
This is one of my earliest pictures with a DSLR. I took this maybe a fortnight after I purchased my Canon EOS T3. I only had the 18-55mm and the 75-300mm at the time. I didn’t have a proper editing software. All I had was iPhoto to edit. Ironically, this is one of my favorite images of all time. This is my maternal grandfather. He wasn’t posing, he was just sitting in front of  a building resting. I didn’t know what I was doing. I knew the difference between aperture and shutter mode. I usually shot in aperture mode at that time. This is just one of those shots where I was truly lucky.
What I can do better?
If I still had access to the original image, (my old external hard drive broke), I’d just soften the black and white and maybe tone down the sharpness in his hair. But other than that, I love this picture of him.

Papa, ‘The Original”Greenwood, South Carolina
photos by Raymond T. Perkins III

Self PortraitPrinceton, New Jersey
photos by Raymond T. Perkins III
Where was I going with this picture?
This image was another experiment with off camera flash, shadows, and composition. Typically, I shoot in portrait mode, but I used a square frame. I wanted to accentuate the gaze in this photo. The square frame allowed me to align the gaze with diagonal of the frame. I also used a vignette to emphasize the eyes as the initial point of the gaze.  I also wanted to emphasize depth in my face with shadows, but subtly. I used the tone curve and decreased blacks and shadows. I like images that capture the entire monochromatic spectrum. Thus, I raised the whites and highlights.