Knight

September 25th, 2009
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Sometimes, shooting a location portrait means cluttered backgrounds, gawking parents, jeering students, and the list goes on and on and on.  Basically, setting up for one with any of the above elements means you’ve just turned on the “Hi look at my lightstands and big cameras, everyone!!,” sometimes making the subject a little self-conscious.

This is what happened during my portrait session with Castle High School receiver Shaydon Kehano.  I arrived, and it so happened to be team picture day–read:  ENTIRE JV and VARSITY are on the field with the team photographer.  Clean background?  Fah git aboutit!

I had to think on the fly, and noticed a nice puddle by the track, and the sky had just started to clear from a passing shower–perfect backlight.  The solution?  Cook the subject, and under-expose everything else!!  I had two lights at full power, and got the result I wanted.

Castle receiver Shaydon Kehano poses for a portrait Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 at Castle High School.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 15 mm f2.8, Exposure mode:  Manual, 1/250 @f22, 200 ISO, daylight whitebalance.  Lit with two snooted Nikon SB 28 flashes at full power.

Castle receiver Shaydon Kehano poses for a portrait Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 at Castle High School. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 15 mm f2.8, Exposure mode: Manual, 1/250 @f22, 200 ISO, daylight whitebalance. Lit with two snooted Nikon SB 28 flashes at full power.

4 Responses to “Knight”

  1. kent:

    nicely lit potrait jamm. i think both speedlites were camera right? what do you use for snoots?

    Burley gave me some kind of black foil/mallebale black metal paper thing.

    cool!

    also curious to see what you pack your lighting gear in! aloha!


  2. Love the Technical:

    From Shaydon’s perspective, what did he see? I’m always interested in how others set their gear up.


  3. jammaquino:

    Love the Technical,
    From Shaydon’s perspective, literally he saw me lying prone on the ground in front of this puddle, camera in hand, and to his left, two light stands with the Nikon strobes/snoots just out of the frame. Behind me were the bleachers with some members of the JV Castle football team hanging out because they were waiting for their team picture to be taken.


  4. proudcousin:

    Jamm,
    Shaydon is my cousin, and when speaking to his parents, we were wondering how we might be able to get a print copy of this photo and/or rights to reprint? Everyone LOVES this shot and would be so proud to get a copy…
    Mahalo.


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