Starting to figure out a plan . . . .

Day 6 of my 365 portrait project

Day 6 365 Portrait project - Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

Day 6 365 Portrait project - Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

Link to 365 Project Flickr set

Braved the winter wonderland that is York today in an effort to shoot something. I think the cold weather has kept most of the interesting looking people indoors. Just as I was giving up hope I walked through the markets to see this friendly face looking back from amongst the camo gear.
Asked to grab a couple of shots and that was me back to the warmth of the home office.
It’s not the sharpest image i’ve ever taken but I was playing with my nikkor 85mm f2 mounted to the canon 1d mk2 (curious eh?).
Manual exp and focus, almost felt a fraud by getting the instant gratification of digital.

I suddenly realised today when I got a big wedge of provisional “work” shoot dates through that I’m not always going to have the luxury of posting everyday. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to be shooting everyday, it’s just my little excuse for apparently missing a couple of days then suddenly catching up again. I will however always strive to post seven new portraits every week.

Thought of the day – Seriously, print your photographs, don’t just leave them on your computer, display them, hand them around, feel them. There is something very very satisfying about holding a photograph, It gives it life and importance.

Todays kit –
Canon 1d mk 2, Nikkor 85mm f2
Plus a little adaptor ring that lets me mount the Nikon lens to the EOS body. Everything becomes manual, exp and focus but we’re all big boys and girls we can handle such things, right?
It’s fun using this set up, and it’s a good bit cheaper than the EF 85mm f1.2. What’s 2 stops between friends eh?

More tomorrow, plus I have a plan brewing for the weekend shots (at last, plans are forming)



Day 5 – Night Lights

Day 5 / 365 Portraits

5  365 Portraits - Mark Ivkovic

5 365 Portraits - Mark Ivkovic

Flickr 365 Portraits Project link

Serious amounts of snow are falling at the moment which is putting a slight strain on my “planned” shots. As such my muse is having to put up with being another portrait for this week.
This is a slight homage to Dustin Diaz, a man who has just completed a 365 project. He was shooting some really great images towards the end so I thought I’d put a slant on his work.
This shot was achieved using only “available” light, no strobes, torches or even reflectors were used. Minimal photoshopage, just used what the street gave me.
Canon 5d mk2, ef50mm f1.8

Wow it’s taken me forever to get the blog to show todays image. I’m learning wordpress as I go along so you’ll have to cut me a little slack for the first couple of weeks if the image isn’t showing right away. Also any eagle eyed readers may notice that the blog colours change everyday, that’s due to the theme I’m using, it checks the image and auto selects the colours which are the closest match to it for the background and such (I think that’s why I’m getting lots of peachy colours).


I think it’s in the planning . . . . .

Day 4 / 365 Portraits – One MILLION Dollars!

4 365 Portraits - Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

4 365 Portraits - Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

Don’t look him directly in the eyes! Thanks for the title Tim.

365 Portraits

Okay so this wasn’t shot today, I admit i’ve cheated a little. This image has been hanging around on my hard drive for a couple of months. It’s from a day when we were kinda messing around with lighting and poses. Despite being a photographer he also does a mean “look into the eyes not around the eyes but into the eyes” routine, classic. Anyone lucky enough to work alongside him is in for a fun-filled day. Thanks Rob 🙂

I’m starting to realise that starting a project with minimal planning or setting up of ideas can get you in all kinds of a mess. I admit I’d toyed with the idea of starting a 365 photo project after a friend instigated one last year, partly to try and give him a little support and “we’re in this together” spirit and partly to force myself to go out shooting everyday. The start of a new year seemed like a good time to get going and so ideas started rolling around in my head, it wasn’t until new years eve that I decided to alter the goalposts on myself and make it a 365 portrait project. Don’t get me wrong I’m enjoying it, it’s just that constant snowfall and minus temps are making hard to venture out to get some of those “strangers” portraits. It is giving me time to plan some styles of shot and such, along with giving me time to trawl through some really good work on flickr.

Photo geek info –

Canon 1D mark 2, EF L 24-105 f4

Shot f8 around 75mm. Four studio light set-up, Bowens Gemini 500.

More tomorrow

NB: WordPress is doing my poor little brain in today, it seems to not want to link to images properly, sorry if anyone can’t see the image above i’m working on solving the problem.

Day 3/365

3/365 –

3 365 Moment, Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

3 365 Moment, Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

So todays image lets you spend a moment caught up in the thoughts and reflections of a three year old. The eyes are said to be windows to the soul, heaven knows I get a feeling I’m seeing something special every time I look into this image.

For the photo techies –

Canon 5d mk2 – Brilliant camera, superb images and tone

EF 50mm @ f1.8 – best value for money “bang for your buck” lens canon make, trust me if you don’t have a 50mm prime get one. Sure the background blur (Bokeh) isn’t as creamy as the 50mm L f1.2, but then again this lens is less than a tenth of the price. I love it, it’s a great portrait lens on my 1d mk2 and if you have a camera with a 1.6x crop it’s a perfect portrait lens (in my opinion). Then again I do love my primes.

More tomorrow.

365 Portraits

Day two –

2_365 - Mark Ivkovic - York Photographer

2_365 - Mark Ivkovic - York Photographer

I’m still playing with ideas at the moment for this project, as such Lisa is having to be my Guinea Pig for a few of them to make sure I have a solid base to build on.

Todays image (s) is one I’ve toyed with before but not really very seriously, “Could the iphone be used as a legitimate portrait tool?” The reasons I’ve not really taken this thought seriously before are probably pretty obvious, I can’t really imagine my clients faces if I turned up for a shoot with only my camera phone and a couple of snazzy apps. However I think for the right style and type of shoot perhaps It could have a use. Obviously It’s never going to produce images that are going to make front covers of the glossy mags or even produce high enough quality photographs to print at any real enlargement, but It does give some pleasing results. In todays new media world where images are produced for online audiences or mobile devices the little perky iphone camera may well just be able to cut the mustard.

I think I’m going to revisit this one a few times over the next year.

If you do one thing this week, print a photo that you’ve taken, you never know when that hard drive of yours might just give up.


Welcome to the new.


Wow, how futuristic did that sound when we were kids? I’m pretty sure I remember being guaranteed robot servants and hover cars by now. Anyway to the image.

Looking Forward - Mark Ivkovic, bang photography, York based photographer

Looking Forward - Mark Ivkovic, bang photography, York based photographer

Enough of the retrospective, I know where I’m coming from, it’s time for me to figure out where I want to head.

Last year saw a lot of changes for me personally and to my world in general, my business managed to carry on the same but I feel now is the time to grab the bull by the horns and really knuckle down to some real creativity.

As I have stated previously, I’m primarily a portrait photographer, I also create some fine arty exhibition images (more to come on that, with a couple of new projects planned for my upcoming exhibition) but my main income is generated by shooting portraits. I love my job and I enjoy working for my clients. However I feel the time has come for me to head off in a new direction with my work, I see some really great images (portraits) being shot everyday by acquaintances and many of them truly inspire me to sort my head out and start being creative again. So with the new year comes a new project, aimed at getting me shooting some different styles and type of portraits. Getting me out of the studio and in to the “wild” I plan on creating an image everyday of the year, not just any image but a portrait. I’m planning on using friends, family, colleagues, clients and most probably strangers to achieve my goal.

Wish me luck.