One of the first ideas I had for King Leonidas was to apply a red filter, but the effect was not pleasing. Too much red can be numbing and dull. For this shot, the background and front side light is tungsten balanced warm white fluorescent, while the front fill is skylight from a window. The combination of warm rim light and bronze patina emerged to look like a combination of light from a blazing sunset and a splash of arterial spray. Color Isolate Red develop preset eliminated the bright greenish yellow background.
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: AF Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8D
Exposure: ISO 200, f/8 @ 0.8s, tripod, cable release
Lighting: Window light and warm fluorescent lamp
Location: My houseProcessing: Lightroom 3