Probably couldn’t pull this off in California with all the police helicopters circling overhead. But out here in the farm country of Northern Indiana – well, let’s just say I’ve not seen anything circling overhead larger than a purple martin…
Dad used to raise horses – Rocky Mountains, to be precise. And while he no longer has the horses due to health issues, he still has a lot of the gear that went with it. And I can’t think of anyone who looks cooler in cowboy attire than my dad!
So, went out this evening with a pair of SB-800s (to overpower the sun), and a couple of his favorite long guns, waited for the right couple minutes, and came up with this series of portraits
The portrait below was done indoors with a pair of SB-800s behind the white background (more even illumination, and don’t have to worry about wrinkles), and a third SB-800 in a 24-inch Ezybox for key. It was actually just a lighting test (Dad standing in for my models who had yet to arrive), but I liked the way it worked out.
My dad was a real trooper. That Aussie raincoat weighs about 20 pounds, and doesn’t breath worth a darn. Had it taken much longer to shoot, he probably would have passed out from excessive sweating! It did keep the ‘skeeters away though!
Edit: added a couple new photos of Dad on black. Key light was a single Nikon SB-900 in a 24-inch Lastolite Ezybox; rim light via a pair of SB-800s with Honl Speed Grids (GREAT tools for modifying small flash) to control flare.
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