Lots of comments on the picture of Don Prince on the porch last week. Fifty yards from that old porch was an equally dilapidated field of sunflowers, which offered promise, and color.
Don has a face full of character, charisma, and history. Stephanie Quayle, above, rising Nashville star, has beauty, soft curves and the radiance of youth. I’m not gonna use that sharper, more direct light on her. She mighta busted her guitar over my head.
Light here couldn’t be simpler. Again, the Lastolite rotating tri-flash, holding three flashes, was used. (The sun was blazing out there.) And I put those flashes through what’s called a four in one umbrella, which I helped Lastolite design. Big rounded light flies out of that 51″ source, which I worked to get as close to my subject as the frame allowed. Soft as can be, it graces her face in lovely fashion as she faces the camera, and the sun backlights her. The tall sunflowers actually served as backdrop and as a flag for me to keep the sun out of the lens.
Same thing here, light to camera left, and the same big, easy going umbrella. This shot done with probably my all time favorite middle telephoto, the 200mm f2. Used at f2, 1/2500th, on a D810. Heavy duty Gitzo for support and framing, as it’s a chunky piece of glass.
Thank goodness for the down home character of country music folks. It was over 90 degrees in that sun, and Stephanie pulled it off with humor and grace.
Same day, and a very different light. More tk….