So as most of you know I shoot medium format when I’m not shooting with my Nikon D4, and have mainly shot with a Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID. When I first got the camera, I would take it along on my travels. Recently while doing some spring cleaning I came across some old exposed 6×7 film shot back in 2013. What I found on these rolls were just amazing.
I’ve received a few DM’s and messages about the photo I recently posted of Maylin, asking about me about my lighting settings and setup.
So here is its.
I used the window light as my main light – we shot around 10AM and the light that was coming through the window was strong but defused due to being a cloudy day. Room being a light colour helped a bit by bouncing the light back on the subject.
I used the ElinchromELB 400 head with Rotalux 100cm square softbox (internal defuser only) as my fill, it was placed at a 45 degree angle from the subject. The head was placed on the B channel and was set at a low power, not to overpower the ambient light from the window or the lamp.
The shot was taken with a 35mm lens with the camera set to ISO 160, it was then manually set to f3.5 aperture and 1/125 shutter speed. By placing the lens close to the lamp and making use of the depth of field at f3.5 the foreground lamp melted away leaving the out of focus bright orange affect you see in the image this was caused by fthe tungsten bulb in the lamp.
A sample from my recent portrait session with Maylin Aguirre@fashionmodel.it from Milano, Italia. We have been trying to coordinate a shoot for over 4 years and finally the stars connected in 2018. Photographed with the NIKON D4 and lit by Elinchrom ELB400 w/ a Rotalux 100cm Octobox.
Had the privilege of photographing and chatting with Maj. J. Estrela, an Army officer in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, this past Rememberance Day. Special thanks to Royal Canadian Military Institute for hosting us and Robert Baines of The NATO Assoication of Canada for helping me put this together. I am currently looking for funding for a project to photograph and document the stories of 400 veterans from across Canada. I hope this is the first portrait of many to come. Thank you Maj. Estrela for your time, service and sacrifice.
Working with Aliya Jasmine is always amazing, love her energy and enthusiasm, she’s so much fun to work with. So when she told me about her concept I was so down. Our shoot was one that was very close to her heart, it allowed her to show herself for who she is, no photoshop, just her raw in the wilderness. AJ is a role model to many young girls and this shoot will definitely help instill confidence in many.