If you've been following along with the blog for any length of time you will have heard me talk about my mission to rid Calgary of boring corporate portraiture, so when the good people at Paragon Capital contacted me about shooting some executive portraits (the very first company photos they have had done in their 30+ years of business I might add) I was pretty pumped. When I went down to their offices to discuss the shoot a couple of weeks ago, I noticed they had a large boardroom on the second floor that also stepped out onto a private deck overlooking some Calgary architecture, as well as... wait for it... it's very own roof. Now for anyone not living in Calgary, AB and surrounding area, that may not mean much, but for those of you that do, you know how incredibly wet its been for the last month, and on the day of the shoot it was no different. With a roof over my head the rain coming down, we shot some photos that looked like this:[aside position="absolute"]Is it just me, or does the founder of the company look a bit like Sir Anthony Hopkins?...[/aside]
So, how did I do it? Well the setup was quite simple, as you can see from the photo below.[aside position="absolute"]Einstein head with a mounted 64" PLM with diffusion panel. Why the PLM? I was working with limited ceiling height, and the umbrella style mounting of the PLM allowed me to position the modifier higher than I would be able to with a standard octabox, as well as provide easy access to the controls on the strobe (as in not having to dangle over the edge of a railing to change my settings). [/aside] When I metered the background, I got f/2 at 250th/sec, ISO 100 (It was cloudy and raining remember). Knowing that I wanted to blur out the background, but not over power the ambient, I metered my strobe to match, and voila. Below are some samples of the light off and on so you can see exactly what it's doing.
[aside position="absolute"]power off[/aside]
[aside position="absolute"]power on[/aside] And there you have it. Thanks for reading.