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By chase
This is Richard,one of my work colleagues.
He came to do a photoshoot as he is going to be in my calendar for next year as Mick Fleetwood.
I couldn't resist a few frames of him being himself.
I find it difficult to get blokes in any kind of decent pose so I asked him to sit on a stool & light his pipe,just as he would do naturally.
Lit with one softbox turned way down low,a triflector infront of him & a lump of black velvet behind.
I think it turned out ok,my fave bit is the smoke just coming around the brim of his hat.

Thanks for dropping by.
Janet xx

Tags: Hat Smoke Pipe Portraits and people Flash and lightingRichard

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10 Jul 2012 6:46PM
Superb portrait of a very interesting character Janet Smile

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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 6:48PM
Well spot and grat processing.
gcarth 14 3.0k 1 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 7:01PM
Fine portrait and beautifully lit. Perfect composition with nice diagonal lines. Well done!

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 7:06PM
an absolute gem Janet, just superb!
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
10 Jul 2012 7:08PM
Stunning lighting Janet.....

Paree 13 616 3
10 Jul 2012 7:16PM

JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 7:51PM
Brilliant, i love the way you have created a glow in his face.
10 Jul 2012 8:01PM
Lovely tones.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
10 Jul 2012 8:04PM
Fabulous, Janet, so natural. Carol
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
10 Jul 2012 8:17PM
A superb portrait Janet - as Carol says it has a very natural/casual look.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 8:33PM
Done with your own characteristic style Janet

Mick Fleetwood eh?

Look forward to seeing themWink
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 8:36PM
A lovely characteristic portrait with atmospheric lighting.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
10 Jul 2012 9:13PM
well worked here Janet
Regards Richard
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 9:49PM
Great portrait.
The styling is superb, be it his own or your idea.
I especially like the inclusion of that bit of white cuff.
RogBrown 11 3.1k 10 England
10 Jul 2012 10:23PM
Cracking portrait Janet. It's tempting me to start smoking my pipe again. Smile
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
11 Jul 2012 1:17AM
Janet -- not "OK" but rather WONDERFUL!
PS thanks for including the lighting info.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
11 Jul 2012 8:05AM
Thanks all.
Walter,thankyou for your enthusiasm & your UA,much appreciated.
Janet xx
Sezz 13 617 15 England
11 Jul 2012 8:05AM
Superb portrait Janet, beautifully processed!

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cassiecat 10 39 46 England
11 Jul 2012 2:11PM
beautifully done.shortlisted.lesley
pablophotographer 6 951 335
11 Jul 2012 7:22PM
Hi Janet.

I like the arrangement.

Can you please let us know if the picture is digitally manipulated?

I am trying hard to understand the lighting and its arrangement. His face looks much brighter than his hands, despite waring a hat.. I suspect that the main light came from the left. Normally smoke patterns can appear when they are light from the back. How could a triflector light his face and not his hands by the same way? Was the right reflector panel down?

Thank you
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
11 Jul 2012 8:09PM
Thanks all.
Lesley,thankyou so much for your UA.

Hi pablo,yes indeed,the main light is from camera left with the triflector above the level of his hands with the right side down,therefore just lighting his face.A bit of a squeeze to get into the gap with the camera though Wink Took several attempts before I got the light in the right place.No light at the back for the smoke,just the one at the side,guess I got lucky with the smoke.
Levels adjusted & a drop of contrast added,that's all.
Janet xx
pablophotographer 6 951 335
11 Jul 2012 8:44PM
Thank you Janet Smile
13 Jul 2012 10:34PM
I signed up just to say what a beautiful composition this is. The lighting is very Rembrandt, was that a conscious decision?
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
13 Jul 2012 10:38PM

Quote:was that a conscious decision?

Very much so,thanks for the compliment & welcome to ePz.

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