Saturday, June 16, 2007

Homage to Karsh

Sometimes opportunity just presents itself. When it does, seize the moment!

During a recent portrait session of a board or directors, one of the subjects had a particularly great face. After I created the images the client needed I asked him, Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson, if he would mind me making a few extra images. "I've never met a politician who didn't love to get their picture taken" he said. With that I simply asked him to turn a little and raise his hand to his chin.

The lighting was also quite simple, one kicker light at 62 watt seconds in a small Chimera softbox aimed at him from the rear, camera left, and the main light at 125 watt seconds in a medium Chimera. set in direct line of his face. No hair light, background light or separator was used.

The entire "extra" shoot took about 90 seconds. Four frames were exposed.

To increase drama, I converted the original color image to a black and white and applied a custom chocolate tone. Photoshop CS2 was used.

Camera was a Canon 5D and the lens was a 28-135 mm zoom set at f/8.

1 comment:

David Burke said...

That is an Awesome Portrait! You are the Master of Light!