I was going through my old fashion portfolio and came across this shot of Ron Ames and thought is would make a good illustration for a second installment about classical portraits and single light setups. I think it is always the case that that a classical style photographic portrait aims to emulate window light. I this case, the "window" has Venetian blinds to add a little drama and mystery. I found when I was lighting this shot that adding any additional lights or reflectors detracted from the overall graphic effect.
The lighting came from a single Broncolor flood/spot head in spot mode shown through blinds suspended from a boom arm. Lighting from the left adds tension because is breaks from the convention established in painting. The background is just white seamless paper.
This picture is a digital copy of an 11x14 gelatin silver print made on the rich warm Agfa Portriga Rapid, which was partly bleached in potassium ferro-cyanide, then treated in Kodak Selenium Toner. I always liked the blue/sepia split tone effect this processing yields.
|Lens:||Leica 90mm f/2.8 Tele-Elmarit-M|
|Exposure:||Agfa Pan 400, f/5.6 @ 1/30s|
|Lighting:||Broncolor studio strobe|
|Support:||Gitzo Studex Tripod with #2 Pan/Tilt head|
|Location:||Globe Building Studio, St. Louis, MO|
|Dates:||Capture - April 17, 1991, Processed April 17, 2011|